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Ruth Sheldon Brown Gieske
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Birth: Jun. 3, 1897, USA
Death: May 1, 1990
Wichita County
Texas, USA

Ruth Sheldon was born June 3, 1897 in Mason City, Iowa to Albert Hugh Sheldon (1870-1947) and Etta DeVault Sheldon (1863-1955) Ruth's 1st husband was Ernest R. Brown (06/24/1878-06/03/1955)They were married August 12, 1917. Ernest is buried in the Electra Cemetery. Ruth's 2nd husband was Al Gieseke (05/13/1900-12/20/1974) They were married August 30,1960. Ruth died May 1, 1990 and is buried in the Electra, TX Cemetery. (I am not sure if Ruth actually died in Electra.)

Ruth's children are: 1. Ernie D. Brown born 11/01/1918 who married Bonnie Allard (born 11/02/1923) on April 6, 1942. 2. Bert Brown born November 21, 1922 who married Mary Seeliger (born 06/02/1928)on September 24, 1951. 3. Jean Ruth Brown born April 22, 1925 who married Robert Zerkie on May 23, 1947.

Notes from Shirley Hemingway: In the 1980's I corresponded with Ruth Sheldon Brown Gieske who then lived in Electra, TX. She gave me names, dates & some addresses for her family... children, grandchildren & great grandchildren. She was a very nice lady & I appreciated everything she shared with me. Unfortunately after a surge of genealogical searching in the 80's I slowed down on my Hemingway(Sheldon) Family quest for information. And unfortunately I did not keep in contact with Ruth. In my renewed interest in genealogy, brought on by the "findagrave" site, I discovered a listing of the Electra, TX cemetery where I discovered that Ruth had died in 1990.

Here is an excerpt from a letter I received from Ruth dated Feb.19,1984:

"I married Ernest Brown (brother of Jessie Sheldon) in 1917. He was editor of the Electra News until his death in 1955 at which time I managed the paper until I sold it.

I married Al Gieseke in 1960, he was from Maryland, he died nine years ago. Both of my husbands were amateur radio operators (hams) as we are called. My son Ernie is also a ham, we have kept schedules for over forty years. I have been a ham for 56 years, it is a wonderful hobby...Ernie's wife, Bonnie, is also a ham so you see we are a "hammy" family."

I ran across a post card that Ruth had sent me in May, 1984. I had asked her if she knew anything about her great uncle Clinton Hemingway...she replied..."I don't know a thing about Clint, he is a mystery to me too but when grandma (Caroline Hemingway Sheldon)died aunt Mate (Mary Sheldon Carpenter) sent me a lovely berry spoon in a black leather case with a note saying 'Wedding present from Clint Hemingway' that is the only time I heard him mentioned. I gave the spoon to my daughter, Jeanie."

From the Electra Star News...Thursday May 10, 1990...


Ruth DeVault Gieske, 92, died May 1, 1990 in Electra Nursing Center.

Graveside Services were held Saturday, May 5, 1990 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Marty Loughry officiating. Interment was in Old Electra Cemetery under the direction of Totten-Day Funeral Home.

She was born June 3, 1897 in Mason City, Iowa to Albert & Cynthia Sheldon. She had lived in Electra all her life. She was an active amateur radio operator for over 60 years.

Survivors include two sons, Ernest D. Brown of Minden, Lousiana, and Bert A. Brown of San Antonio, Texas; one daughter, Jeanette Zerkie of Palm Desert, California; five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Family links: 
  Albert Hugh Sheldon (1870 - 1947)
  Etta DeVault Sheldon (1863 - 1955)
  Ernest Reuben Brown (1878 - 1955)
  Alfred William Gieske (1900 - 1974)
Old Electra Memorial Cemetery
Wichita County
Texas, USA
Created by: S Hemingway
Record added: Apr 14, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 18926947
Ruth <i>Sheldon</i> Brown Gieske
Added by: S Hemingway
Ruth <i>Sheldon</i> Brown Gieske
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Ruth is a a great granddaughter of Josiah & Elizabeth Hemingway
- S Hemingway
 Added: May. 22, 2007 memory of Ruth Gieske...a very nice lady who shared her family history with me...I wish I could have met her in person
- S Hemingway
 Added: Apr. 14, 2007

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