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  • Fredrick "Fred" Gassman (1911 - 2000)
    Frederick "Fred" Gassman, 89, of Cheyenne died Oct. 12.He was born March 6, 1911, in Schoenchen, Kan., and had lived here for 44 years.Mr. Gassman was a bridge building foreman employed by Union Pacifi...
  • Jacob Gassman (1908 - 1991)
  • Herman Joseph Hammerschmidt (1912 - 2010)
    RUSSELL — Herman J. Hammerschmidt, 98, of Russell, died Oct. 25 at Russell Regional Hospital in Russell. Herman was born on June 23, 1912, in Walker, the son of Jacob and Anna (Geist) Hammerschmidt. He...
  • Sgt. Anselm Joseph Hammerschmidt (1910 - 1975)

Please add profiles of those who were born, lived or died in Ellis County, Kansas.

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Ellis County was founded on February 26, 1867. It is named for George Ellis, first lieutenant of the Twelfth Kansas Infantry. Ellis County is the official German Capital of Kansas. German immigrants settled in Hays, Ellis, Victoria, and nearby villages in the 1870s and 1880s. In 1942, the Walker Army Airfield was built northwest of Walker. Thousands were stationed at the airfield for training of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress during World War II. Over the years, the airfield was abandoned and most of it razed.

Adjacent Counties

Cities & Townships

  • Big Creek
  • Buckeye
  • Catherine
  • Ellis
  • Freedom
  • Hays
  • Herzog
  • Lookout
  • Schoenchen
  • Victoria
  • Wheatland

Other Communities: Antonino, Catharine, Chetolah, Emmeram, Hog Back, Munjor, Pfeifer, Rome, Smoky Hill City, Stockrange, Toulon, Turkville, Walker and Yocemento



Ellis Congregational Church

Fort Hays (AKA Fort Fletcher)

Basilica of St. Fidelis (AKA Cathedral of the Plains)

St. Joseph's Church & Parochial School