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Ruth Adell "Rose" Barnes Ahart
Birth: Sep., 1887
Plymouth County
Iowa, USA
Death: Nov. 16, 1920
Clearwater County
Idaho, USA

Ruth Adell Barnes was the daughter of Pleasant Henderson Barnes and Elnora Nichols. Ruth was married to William Simon Ahart on April 25, 1903 in Hubbard County, Minnesota. She led a very hard life and William was a very abusive husband, which led her to go insane. They had 4 children together. Three daughters, Matilda, Nellie and Edith, and one son, whose name is unknown to us. All of the children were taken away and adopted out. We have found all 3 girls and their adoptive families, but not the boy. It is not known what happened to William Ahart. Matilda and Nellie were adopted by a man named Jacob Lang, and went by the last name Lang. Edith's whole name was changed to Barbera Fern Guhr. She was adopted by a family named Guhr.

Idaho Death Index, 1911-51
Year: 1920
Certificate Number: 032230
County of Death: Clearwater
Date of Death: 11/16/1920
Date of Birth: 99/99/9999

From: The Pend D'Oreille Review (Idaho)
Friday, March 21, 1913


Sad Case of Leona Woman Results From Husband's

The endurance of many hardships and worry over
domestic troubles brought on insanity in the case of
Mrs. Rose A'Hart, the wife of a rancher, residing near
Leonia. The woman was taken in charge by Marshal
Worley and Constable McGreevy and was brought to
Sandpoint for a hearing before Probate Judge Woods.
Mrs. A'Hart went to Bonners Ferry last Saturday,
walking eight miles through the snow, and secured work
at the Casey café as a dishwasher. She was meanly
clad and in a half-starved condition and told that her
husband had continually beat her and whipped her with
a horsewhip. She is a physical wreck.
Wednesday night her mind wandered and Thursday
she became violently insane. She told that she was
going to be good now and that God had sent her to
spread the gospel.
Neighbors of the A'Harts tell that Mr. A'Hart has
been cruel and has not provided for his wife and four
children. It is said that for days at a time the
children have not had enough to eat and that they
suffered from cold and unsanitary conditions.
Neighbors are now trying to have the county take
charge of the children and E.B. Schlette has
interviewed the county authorities in regard to the
matter. It is claimed that neighbors will prefer
charges against A'Hart.

From: The Pend D'Oreille Review (Idaho)
Friday, March 28, 1913, page 8



Mother In Insane Asylum and Father to Be Arrested -
Sad Case of Destitution From North End.

Four little children huddled together in James
Bullock's buggy took a trip to the poor farm Wednesday
morning from the jail where they had been cared for
while their mother, Mrs. Rose A'Hart of Curley Creek,
was adjudged insane in probate court and sent to the
Orofino asylum. The youngest of the children was a
year-old boy and the oldest was a girl of six; two
more sisters between the chubby year-old and the
oldest girl. They were interested in the ride before
them as they left the court house corner after the
poorfarm keeper's old Dobbin. They were also
interested, at least the six-year-old girl, who was
old enough to know, in the fact that they were going
to have something to eat.
Few cases of want and destitution which have come
to the attention of the authorities in Bonner county
were more sad than the annals of the A'Hart family. A
little over a year ago Simon A'Hart went into the
Curley Creek country from Paradise valley. He and his
wife and four babies lived in a two-room log cabin.
All winter, through A'Hart's shiftlessness, they have
had little to eat and the mother's mind finally gave
way under the stress of poverty and starvation.
Neighbors reported that the mother had become insane
and E.B. Schlette, Justice of The Peace for the
precinct, became interested in the case. Schlette is
on the regular panel of the district court jury and
went up to the home over Sunday in company with Deputy
Sheriff Twiss to get the children after the mother had
been brought here Friday to await examination on an
insane charge. Mr. Schlette states that the A'Hart
home was of two rooms, that it looked as if it had not
been swept for all winter and that there was not a
vistage of food about the place. What was more,
neighbors had complained to him that articles had been
missing through the winter and that A'Hart was
suspected of pilfering what little food he did find
for his wife and children.
Mrs. A'Hart was adjudged insane by Judge Woods
Sunday and an attendant from the Orofino asylum came
Thursday and took the woman to the asylum there. She
had become violent during her stay in the jail and her
mania had taken a religious turn. She said God told
her what to do and if in her hallucinations she had
felt directed to kill her babes in their fastness home
in the woods a tragedy might have been the result.
She claimed her husband had burned her Bible and since
then she had received direct communication from on
high. A'Hart when asked about the Bible by the
authorities said he had burned a piece of a Bible
which his wife read all the time instead of looking
after her household and children.
"The children did not live, they existed," said
Mr. Schlette, who made a trip to the log cabin where
the children had been housed through the hard winter,
cold and with little to eat. "A'Hart, the father, is
no good. Several complaints have been made before me
as Justice of The Peace, which I will take up as soon
as I am off the jury and return home. One complaint
is from the Lazarus Bros. Logging camp that A'Hart
stole some stuff from there. Others have missed
articles and several other complaints have been made
to me as Justice."
A'Hart begged Probate Judge Woods for his
children and said he would employ a housekeeper to
take charge of them if they were returned to him.
Judge Woods told A'Hart that the children would be
placed at the county farm until the father
demonstrated his ability to take care of them.
Justice Schlette thinks A'Hart should not have custody
of the children at all and that they should be
provided with a home at the Lewiston home for the
Anyway, the little A'Hart children, and
especially the chubby boy, are getting something to
eat at Mr. Bullock's and that's something for them and
something the general public should be greatly
interested in.

Family links: 
  Pleasant Henderson Barnes (1853 - 1929)
  Elnora Nichols Barnes (1862 - 1930)
  Matilda Rhoda Ahart Geiger (1906 - 1993)*
  Nellie Ruth Ahart Hanford (1908 - 1991)*
  Millard Fillmore Barnes (1877 - 1959)**
  Marshall Dillman Barnes (1879 - 1929)**
  Perry B. Barnes (1880 - 1975)**
  Ruth Adell Barnes Ahart (1887 - 1920)
  Charles Clifford Barnes (1888 - 1956)*
  George Washington Barnes (1896 - 1987)*
  Chesley Barnes (1898 - 1945)*
  Joseph Barnes (1900 - 1984)*
  Marjorie Mary Barnes Lippert (1902 - 1997)*
*Calculated relationship
State Hospital North Cemetery
Clearwater County
Idaho, USA
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