|Birth: ||Aug. 21, 1905|
|Death: ||Jul. 16, 1969|
Ernest S. Branch, born 21 August 1905 in Woodward County, Oklahoma Territory, he farmed all his life and supplemented farm income with several jobs. For a few years in the 40s, Ernest and Imogene owned and operated a grocery store in the small town of Selman, seven miles east of Buffalo, OK. In the 1950s, Ernest was emergency welfare director for 15 counties in Oklahoma. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Ashland, the IOOF (Oddfellows Lodge), Rebekah, Cantonment and Patriarch Militants (three higher orders of IOOF). In 1938, on his driver's license he was: age 32, weight 200, hair dark brown, eyes brown, height 6 foot tall.
They lived in Buffalo until 1965 when they moved to Ashland, KS, where Imogene taught school. She was speech and English teacher in the high school and loved every minute of it.
Ernest was a good man, a loving husband and father and a good Christian. He had a lot of musical talent, could play piano or guitar by ear and had a beautiful singing voice. When I was a child he would hold me on his lap while he played the guitar and sang, "Beautiful beautiful brown eyes", "Mexicali Rose," or my favorite "Redwing." There was another song I would ask for, a sad ballad called "The Meek's Murder." His brothers were also musical; Carl played violin and Paul the harmonica. Ernest loved to dance but after being converted to Southern Baptist faith in his late 20s, he only danced at home with his daughter and his wife.
Ernest loved to go fishing. He and Imogene had a modern mobile home, and in later years they traveled the country with a group of friends. He often took his grandchildren fishing at Cowley County Lake near Ashland. We had family dinners at their house about once a week and every year a big Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner because Mom was a great cook. Everyone loved her big yeasty caramel cinnamon rolls topped with pecans and her strawberry rhubarb pie and Dad loved having all the family and grandkids around all the time.
Ernest's fervent wish when he learned he was dying was that all his children and grandchildren would profess Christianity so he would be rejoined with them in Heaven. He recorded his memories on a cassette tape .
Alpha Curtis Branch (1871 - 1930)
Addie Matilda Barr Branch (1868 - 1946)
Ethel Imogene Parsons Branch (1913 - 1970)*
William Ernest Branch (1933 - 1992)*
High Point Cemetery
Created by: carolyn leonard
Record added: Jun 28, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 92749310