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Wilhelmina  Anna (Rohrs)


 Born - November 30, 1867

Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio

Married - February12, 1886 - Henry C. Ehlers

Johnson, Nemaha County, Nebraska

Married - May 1903 - Joseph Thomas

Hiawatha, Brown County, Kansas

Residence -1920 - Willow Lake, Brule County,

South Dakota

Died -January 25, 1939

Kimball, Brule County, South Dakota

Buried - Kimball Cemetery, Kimball, South Dakota

Lot -1    Block 14

Find A Grave Memorial # 93819932




Thomas Family Head Stone






Mrs. Joseph Thomas

Passes Away

Death Comes After Serious Illness During Past Month


Mrs. Minnie Thomas of Willow Lake township passed away last Wednesday, January 25, 1939, at 9:30 in the Methodist Hospital in Mitchell, South Dakota.  Her passing was not wholly unexpected as she had not been well for the past several years. During the last month she became seriously ill, with heart and kidney trouble.

She was preceded in death by her husband who passed away in June 1934, and by her brother, John, who died November 24, 1938.

Minnie Anna Rohrs was born November 30, 1967, at Napoleon, Ohio. Her parents were Mr. and Mrs. Henry Rohrs. Being raised in a Christian home, she was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith.

When she was twelve years of age, her father died as a result of being kicked by a horse. After her fathers death, she and her mother moved to Auburn, Nebraska.

It was while in Auburn that she was married to Henry Ehlers on February 16, 1884. To this union two children were born; Joseph and Cecil.

The family moved to Brule county in 1913 and located on a farm northeast

of Kimball, where she lived with her husband until 1924. Joseph Thomas was killed in a tornado in 1924. and Mrs. Thomas continued her residence on the same farm with her son, Cecil, until the time of her death.

She leaves to mourn her loss, one daughter, Mrs. Chris Thomsen of Kimball, and four sons, William Ehlers, of Kimball; Elmer Ehlers, of White Lake, and Cecil Thomas, of Kimball. There are sixteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She also leaves one sister, Mrs. Ida Carson of Rhodes, Michigan, and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held in the American Lutheran church at Kimball, January 28, 1939, with the Rev. Roleder conducting. Burial was made in the Kimball cemetery.



In Memory of  "Our Dear Mother"


I'd like to be the sort of mother that you have been to me,

I'd like to be the help that you've been always glad to be.


I'd like to say the kind things that I so oft have heard,

And feel that I could rouse your soul the way that mine you've stirred.


I'd like to give you back the joy that you have given me,

Yet that we're wishing you need, I hope will never be;


I'd like to make you feel as rich as I, who travel on,

Undaunted in the darkest hours with you to lean upon.


I am wishing this year that I could be repay,

A portion of the gladness that you've shown along the way;


Could I have but one wish this year, this only would it be;

I'd like to be the sort of mother that you have been to me.



Brule County News


February 2, 1939




1stHusband - Henry C. Ehlers

Born - August1864 - Missouri

Married - February12, 1886 -Wilhelmina  Anna (Rohrs) Ehlers

Johnson, Nemaha County, Nebraska

Father- Henry Ehlers

Born - Germany

Mother - Christina (Evarts) Ehlers

Born - Germany



Son - William Henry Ehlers

Born - February 2,1887

Johnson, Nemaha County, Nebraska

Died - December 14, 1964


Daughter - Christine Ehlers

Born - May 1888

Johnson, Nemaha County, Nebraska


Son - Elmer Edward Ehlers

Born - February 10, 1890

Johnson, Nemaha County, Nebraska



2ndHusband - Joseph Thomas

Born - March 16, 1861

Cass County, Nebraska

Residence -1870 - Mount Pleasant, Cass County, Nebraska

Married - December 3, 1882 - Mary Frances (McMullin) Thomas

Cass County, Nebraska

Married - May 1903 -Wilhelmina  Anna (Rohrs) Ehlers Thomas

Hiawatha, Brown County, Kansas

Died - June 14 , 1924

Kimball, Brule County, South Dakota

Buried -Kimball Cemetery, Kimball, South Dakota

Lot -1     Block 14

Find A Grave Memorial # 93819504



Father - Joseph Thomas

Mother - Elizabeth (Archer) Thomas

1st Wife - Mary Frances (McMullin) Thomas

Born - May 14, 1860


Tombstone - Joseph Thomas



SonRaymond Thomas

Born - 1883 - Cass County, Nebraska

Wife - Dora Thomas


Son John William Thomas

Born - March 9, 1885

Murray, Cass County, Nebraska

Died - April 27, 1965
Plattsmouth, Cass County, Nebraska


Daughter - Myrtle E Thomas

Born -  February 12, 1888
Cass County, Nebraska,

Died - July 2, 1888
Cass County, Nebraska,


Son - Robert Thomas

Born - April 2, 1891
Died - February 1967
Portsmouth, Shelby County, Iowa


Daughter - Mamie Thomas


Son - Marion Thomas

Born - November 17, 1897 - Iowa
Died - December 1966
Spokane, Spokane County, Washington


Son - Joseph Alvin Thomas

Born -  September 16,1905

Baileyville, Nemaha County, Kansas

Married -  January 1, 1930

Aurora County, South Dakota

Wife - Eva Mae (Freeman) Thomas

Born - 1913


Son - Cecil Lee Thomas

Born - August 24, 1907

Baileyville, Nemaha County, Kansas



Sister - Catharine (Rohrs) Fre˙tag

Born - December 9,1849

Hanover, Germany


Brother - Henry R. Rohrs

Born - January 1, 1852

Hanover, Germany


Brother - Johan Heinrich Rohrs

Born - July 3, 1853

Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio


 Sister - Anna S. Rohrs

Born - February 24, 1857 - Hanover, Germany

Died -  April 5, 1862 - Henry County, Ohio


Brother - John Christopher Fredrich Rohrs

Born - December 23, 1859

Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio


Sister - Emma Maria Elizabeth Rohrs

January 26, 1862

Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio

Died - October 10, 1906


Brother - Friedrick Henry Rohrs

Fred Rohrs

Born - November 5, 1863

Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio


Sister - Ida (Rohrs) Cartens

Born - March 8, 1870

Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio


Brother - John Rohrs

Born - 1879

Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio



Father - John Henry Rohrs

Mother - Maria (Schroeder) Rohrs


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