Homecoming at West View School

[Date of the Homecoming event and original publication of this material is unknown]

Last Friday evening about 7 o’clock cars began to drive into the West View School from miles around for a get together of former teachers and pupils. After a supper a program was given by the teacher, Miss Alma Lehman and pupils, after which histories were read by representatives of the pioneer families.

They were given of the Fulks family, by Roberta Milburn, the Fulks family came to the district in 1731. The Peter Newkirk family who homesteaded in 1732, by Darlene Hofstetter; in 1835 the Thixtons, by Merlyn Hofstetter; the Bowen families in 1835, by Mrs. B. F. Akin; Hays families, by Mrs. John Carter; the Loganbills, Balora Hofstetter; Lehmans by Alma Lehman; the Grinsteads, by Gerald Rimel; Weltys, by Clara Welty; the Schaffters, by Glen Schaffter; the Baxters, by W. H. Baxter; the Kaspers and Ratzliffs, by Mrs. Edward Roth and the Foley family, by Mrs. E. H. Fowler.

Aeschbacher, Ruth Elizabeth Lehman

Ruth Elizabeth Aeschbacher, age 100, of Jefferson City, formerly of the Versailles and Laurie area, passed away Saturday, March 28, 2015, at Adams Street Place in Jefferson City. She was born on July 10, 1914, the daughter of Thomas and Alpha Lehman, who preceded her in death.

On December 3, 1939, on the family farm near Versailles, she was married to Herbert Aeschbacher, who preceded her in death on April 5, 2000.

Ruth was an active member of the Bethel Mennonite Church near Fortuna and for many years graced the altar every Sunday morning with a beautiful bouquet of roses from her rose garden. She was also an active member of the Women’s Missionary Society sewing many comforter and quilt tops. She was an avid quilter and also enjoyed gardening. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed cooking and spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She lived on the family farm near Versailles until 1978, when she and her husband sold the farm and moved to Laurie to be close to her eldest daughter Myrna and son-in-law Dave Sherman.

She is survived by one daughter, Elaine Ernst and her husband Don of California, Missouri; four grandsons, Mark (Melaine) Sherman of Laurie, Kirby (Angel) Ernst of Holts Summit, Missouri, Jay (Lisa) Ernst of New Bloomfield, Missouri and Scott Sherman of Kansas City, Missouri; six great-grandchildren, Madisen Sherman, Connor, Max, Macee, Alisa and Delainey Ernst and several nephews and nieces. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her eldest daughter, Myrna Sherman and son-in-law, Dave Sherman and two brothers, Tilman Lehman and Eldon Lehman.

A visitation will be held at the Bethel Mennonite Church near Fortuna on Saturday, April 4, 2015, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. A celebration of Ruth’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m., with graveside services and interment to follow in the Bethel Mennonite Church Cemetery. Those desiring may make contributions to Bethel Mennonite Church or Adams Street Activity Fund.

Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.

Lehman, Eunice Esther Bentch

Eunice Esther Bentch Lehman was born November 2, 1937, in Camden County near Edwards, Missouri. She passed away on October 24, 2009, at her home near Versailles. She was the daughter of George Ezra and Minnie Opal McDavitt Bentch. She moved to Morgan County northeast of Versailles in the Providence/Bethel community in 1945. She lived there for the remainder of her life. She grew up on a dairy farm, helping to milk and to care for the cows and sheep.

Eunice graduated from the eighth grade at Providence School and was a graduate of Versailles High School in 1955. She attended Draughn’s Business College in Springfield, Missouri.

Eunice married a farmer, Quintin Garber Lehman, in August of 1965. They were the parents of two sons, Rodney Brian and Brent Kevin Lehman.

Eunice accepted Christ as her Savior as a young girl and was baptized at Mt. Zion Mennonite Church. She transferred her membership to Bethel Mennonite Church in 1965, and has remained an active member. In her younger days, she served as Primary Sunday School Superintendent, Sunday School Teacher, MYF sponsor, and as Church Secretary. She was active in the Women In Mission group.

Eunice worked as a dental assistant for Dr. M.S. Otten in Versailles, and as an office clerk for Western Auto in Kansas City, Missouri. Eunice was a bookkeeper at Versailles Truck & Tractor for many years, and in 1993, she was employed at Crown Power & Equipment in Eldon, Missouri. She retired from Crown Power in October of 2005.

In the early 70’s, Eunice served on the Farmer’s Home Administration committee in Morgan County. She was a past member of American Business Women’s Association, and was a charter member of the Versailles Visionaries Chapter.

Eunice enjoyed nature and being outside. She was a member of the Grow & Glow Garden Club and was a Master Gardener.

Her hobbies included reading, music, gardening, baking, and most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren. It would make her day when the family came on Wednesday night for fried chicken. She always had time or would make time to baby sit for her grandchildren.

Eunice is survived by her husband, Quintin, of the home; her sons, Rodney Brian Lehman and wife Secely and Brent Kevin Lehman and wife Becky; two granddaughters and two grandsons, Nicole Elizabeth Lehman, Connor Quintin Lehman, Gabriel Joseph Lehman, and Josie Kate Lehman; a sister, Lela Wenger and husband Paul; and two brothers, Harlen Donalee Bentch and Clarence Everett “C.E.” Bentch and wife Betty. In addition to her parents, a grandson, Luke Joseph Lehman, and a sister, Glendola Wenger preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 27, at the Bethel Mennonite Church with Pastor Dave Zapf officiating. Interment will follow in the Bethel Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Monday, October 26, at the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Bethel Mennonite Church or to Women In Mission. Expressions of sympathy may be left online at www.kidwellgarber.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.

Lehman, Alma

Alma Lehman, age 86, of Versailles, passed away Monday, January 19, 2009, at Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City. She was born April 14, 1922 in Morgan County, Missouri to Frank A. and Linda Lehman.

She attended school at Prairie Valley and high school in Versailles graduating in 1941. She attended college at C.M.S.U. in Warrensburg graduating in 1953. She retired in 1978 after teaching 33 years in Moniteau and Morgan Counties.

Her parents and two brothers, Lloyd and Leonard preceded her in death. She is survived by several cousins and many friends. She accepted Christ during teenage years and was a member of Bethel Mennonite Church. After retiring from teaching she volunteered for Mission Work in Oklahoma and Arkansas until 1983, when she returned home to care for a cousin. In 1992 she returned to volunteer work at Source of Light Mission in Georgia.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, January 22, at Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home in Versailles, with Rev. Paul Wulff officiating. Interment will be in the Bethel Cemetery near Versailles. Casketbearers will be Cary Featherstone, Charles Featherstone, David Hall, Stanley Garber, David Alexander, and Kenny Aeschbacher. Condolences may be sent online to www.kidwellgarber.com. Memorial contributions are suggested to Bethel Mennonite Church. Arrangements are under the direction of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.

1955 Interviews by Pastor Albrecht

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