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John Ralph Basiger
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Birth: Mar. 31, 1840
Bern, Switzerland
Death: 1924
Colorado Springs
El Paso County
Colorado, USA

Husband of Ellen Jane Smith. Son of Andrew Basiger and Anna Lanz


John R. Basiger, manufacturer and dealer in harness, saddlery, trunks and valises and everything pertaining to a first class harness shop. He opened trade in March 1879 and employs from three to five men. He carries and average stock of $3,000. His store is 22X60 feet.

He first came to Larned in March 1879, sold goods as a traveling salesman for two years in Kansas. He was born in Wangen, Switzerland, March 31, 1840. He came, with his parents to America in 1854 and was raised in Delaware County, Ohio.

He enlisted April 22, 1861, in Company I, Fourth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, transferred January 8, 1863, into Company B, Thirteenth Veteran Reserve Corps and served as hospital steward in the latter. He was mustered out April 22, 1864, being the first soldier mustered out of the United States volunteer service who had served a three year term.

He re-entered the service July 27, 1864, as Second Lieutenant, and was mustered in as Captain of Company H, One Hundred and Seventy-fourth Ohio Volunteer Infantry the September following and participated in the battles of Overall Creek, Cedars, Tennessee, and Kingston, North Carolina, and many skirmishes. He was mustered out on July 8, 1865.

He soon went to Cass County, Missouri and farmed a year and then went into the harness business at Harrisonville, Missouri, until 1877, when he went on the road as a salesman for a St. Louis leather house and to introduce his patent hook and terrett pad and hame strap buckle.

He was married in December 27, 1870, to Miss Ellen J. Smith, of Kenton, Ohio. He and his wife are members of the Presbyterian Church of Larned.

Family links: 
  Andrew Basiger (1801 - 1854)
  Anna Lanz Basiger (1811 - 1878)
  Ellen Jane Smith Basiger (1838 - 1905)*
  Jessie W. Basiger (____ - 1874)*
  Nellie I. Basiger (1872 - 1880)*
*Calculated relationship
Larned Cemetery
Pawnee County
Kansas, USA
Plot: SE 238
Created by: Skip
Record added: Mar 07, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 86400935
John Ralph Basiger
Added by: Judy Mayfield
John Ralph Basiger
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- Judy Mayfield
 Added: Sep. 24, 2012

- Skip
 Added: Mar. 7, 2012

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