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Ernest Clyde "Fritz" Ausmus
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Birth: Jan. 10, 1913
Crosby County
Texas, USA
Death: Jan. 28, 1982
Crosby County
Texas, USA

Clyde "Fritz" Ausmus, one of the community´s better known residents, was claimed by death at 12:30 p.m. Thursday in Crosbyton Clinic Hospital following a sudden illness. He was 69.
Mr. Ausmus reportedly was repairing plumbing in his wife´s beauty shop, adjacent to the family residence, when he became ill. Although he had undergone open heart surgery in recent years, his health had been good.

He was rushed to the local hospital by Crosbyton Ambulance Service.

Memorial services were at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Church of Christ with Glen Gray, minister of the church, and Joseph Johnston, minister of White River Lake Church of Christ, officiating.

Interment was made in Crosbyton Cemetery, under direction of Adams Funeral Home of Crosbyton.

Mr. Ausmus was a lifelong resident of Crosbyton. He was born here Jan. 10, 1913.

The former Helen Shores and Clyde Ausmus were married Dec. 25, 1939, in Dickens.

He was a member of Crosbyton Masonic Lodge 1020 AF&AM and Crosbyton Order of Eastern Star 891

Mr. Ausmus worked as a grocery clerk and butcher for seven food stores here. He started his career 1934 with the Red & White Grocery Store. He also worked for Plains Mercantile, Piggly Wiggly, Modern Foods, Mac´s Food Stores and Foodway before joining the Pinkston Super Market staff on July 10, 1971. He was employed at Pinkston´s until his retirement May 27, 1978.

In a Review article at the time of his retirement. Mr. Ausmus recalled his experiences, starting with the depression years when he worked at the Red & White Store, located in the present White´s Home and Auto building. He remembered that W. Lee O´Daniel´s (former governor of Texas) Hill Billy Flour was among the items stocked.

At Plains Mercantile, located in the present Winn´s facilities, he gained experience in threading pipe, selling hardware, pumping kerosene oil for stoves and kerosene lights, as well as working in the meat market. The firm also sold farm implements such as wagons and plows and bought eggs, butter, and cream from its farmer customers.

He remembered curb service, as well as home delivery in town and occasionally in rural area. The only adding machine in one of the stores was in the office. Purchases were itemized on a store pad.

Store hours in early days on Saturdays were 6 a.m. until "Jack Arthur closed the picture show, whether it would be midnight or 1 or 2 a.m. "

Survivors include his wife, Helen; one son, Michael Ausmus of Crosbyton; two daughters, Mrs. Jerry (Sharyn) Webb of Lubbock and Mrs. Kenneth (Janice) Brixey of Dallas; one sister, Cassie Crump of Lubbock; and nine grandchildren.

A twin brother, Claude Ausmus, died in 1980.

©Crosbyton Review, February 4, 1982
Family links: 
  James Canady Ausmus (1884 - 1963)
  Matilda Edwards Ausmus (1881 - 1951)
  Helen Shores Ausmus (1921 - 2006)
  Cassie G Ausmus Crump (1904 - 1988)*
  Walter Laudy Ausmus (1905 - 1905)*
  Ira Carl Ausmus (1907 - 1912)*
  Lottie Leota Ausmus (1909 - 1911)*
  Ernest Clyde Ausmus (1913 - 1982)
  Claude Edwin Ausmus (1913 - 1980)*
*Calculated relationship
Crosbyton Cemetery
Crosby County
Texas, USA
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Ernest Clyde Fritz Ausmus
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