(Franz Anton), Frank Armbruster

Frank Armbruster (Franz Anton)
b: 12 AUG 1845
d: 01 APR 1937
Frank was the 9th child of Anton and Maria Hund Armbruster.
In German records he is noted as Franz Anton Armbruster.

From New York he traveled on to Oklahoma and Texas.

In a note from Colleen Armbruster: She had been told that afterarriving in NY, the 3 brothers went to a brother's home in Iowa andworked there for awhile.

Had a son who was dragged to death by a horse. (Charles)

With first wife, Elizabeth, they had 7 children. He remarried in 1899and with Lou Brock he had six more children.

Frank Armbruster was born Franz Anton on 12 Aug 1845 in Baden Germany. He came to America in 1865 per the 1900 Greer Co., OK census. Hewas nineteen years old when he sailed and is said to have been a stowaway. His parents did not want him to go but he was determined andhid on the ship for two days until they were at sea. One of hisbrothers was Sigmund who later settled in Nebraska. They arrived inNew York harbor of Castle Gardens. We do not know where they wereuntil we find Frank on the 1870 Saline Co., MO census with a wife andone infant which would be Aunt Annie, Eliza was also born in Missouriin 1874. The family then moved to the Chickasaw Nation land whereMolly was born in 1875. They lived near a settlement called Loco,there is a spring there called Armbruster Springs. Five children wereborn near Loco including Joseph Andrew. The last child was Williamborn 1882. After his birth Elizabeth did not gain strength and duringthe winter she had pneumonia and died. In 1886 Frank moved the familyto Greer Co., Texas which became Greer Co. Okla then Backham Co.,Okla. As a newspaper article said the family lived at three addresseswithout ever moving. In 1899 Frank married Louise Brock per 1900Greer Co. census. In 1905 Joseph married Nora E. Lee.

Frank moved his family from Oklahoma to Galveston, TX where he boughta farm. He built a house and two barns, the house was very much likethe stone house. He did not like the sandy soil there so they movedback to his old farm. Every Aug. 12th a birthday party was held forFrank and Joseph whose birthday was Aug. 11. They put long tablesfilled with food under the trees, played music and there was dancing.All the neighbors came and it was a popular event. The stone housewas the first permanent structure in this part of the territory. Theother settlers were living in half dugouts. Lumber had to be shippedin and you had to go by wagon to Lawton or Texas to buy it. Frankquarried all the stone himself from an area called the Breaks. Josephand his younger brother William also helped, it took 6 years to build. It was made a historical monument but due to a lack of care andweather erosion it has since collapsed.

Obituary from the Sayre Weekly Newspaper:


Services are Held at Catholic Church

Services were conducted at 10 0'clock Saturday morning at the SacredHeart Catholic church, Sayre, for Frank A. Armbruster, 91 year oldcounty resident.

Armbruster was born August 18, 1845 in Baton, Germany. He came toAmerica in 1865 with his four brothers. He was married to MissElizabeth Smith in 1868 and to this Union eight children were born,three of whom preceded him in death. Living children are Mrs. AnnieBatchelor, Erick; Joe Armbruster, Carter; Will Armbruster, BigSprings, Neb.; Mrs. Eliza Coffman, Mor, Ore.; and Mrs. Franie Gilgie,McCloud. This first wife died in 1883.

In 1898 he married Miss Lou Brock and to this union six children wereborn, three of whom preceded him in death. Those living are Frank andGeorge Armbruster and Mrs. Viola Fugitt, all of Willow.

Other survivors include 49 grandchildren and 60 great Grand-children.Interment was made in Spring Creek Cemetery with Littrell-Johnsonfuneral directors in charge.
  • 12 AUG 1845 - Birth - ; Onsbach Achern, Baden Germany
  • 1937 - Burial - ; Spring Creek Cemetery, Beckham Co., Ok.
  • 01 APR 1937 - Death - ; Spring Creek, Oklahoma
  • 15 APR 1865 - Immigration - ; Landed in N.Y.
  • 26 JUN 2007 - Record Change -
Heinrich Armbruster
15 JUL 1779 - 17 FEB 1817
Anton Armbruster
15 JUN 1807 - 12 AUG 1869
Sophie Braun
08 MAY 1783 - 04 NOV 1829
Frank Armbruster (Franz Anton)
12 AUG 1845 - 01 APR 1937
Maria Anna Hund
07 MAR 1807 - 26 JUN 1882
Family Group Sheet - Child
PARENT (M) Anton Armbruster
Birth15 JUN 1807Onsbach Achern, Baden Germany
Death12 AUG 1869 Onsbach Achern, Baden Germany
Marriage03 OCT 1831to Maria Anna Hund at Onsbach Achern, Baden Germany
FatherHeinrich Armbruster
MotherSophie Braun
PARENT (F) Maria Anna Hund
Birth07 MAR 1807Ulm Oberkirch, Baden Germany
Death26 JUN 1882 Onsbach Achern, Baden Germany
Marriage03 OCT 1831to Anton Armbruster at Onsbach Achern, Baden Germany
FMaria Josepha Armbruster
Birth02 JAN 1833Onsbach Achern, Baden Germany
Death14 FEB 1833Onsbach Achern, Baden Germany
MWendelin Armbruster
Birth01 AUG 1839Onsbach Achern, Baden Germany
Death21 OCT 1839Onsbach Achern, Baden Germany
FN. N. Armbruster
Birth28 MAY 1848Onsbach Achern, Baden Germany
Death28 MAY 1848Stillborn in Onsbach Achern, Baden Germany
FMaria Anna Armbruster
Birth08 JUL 1849Onsbach Achern, Baden Germany
Death08 JUN 1881USA
Marriageto Michael Ochsner at Almond, Wisconsin
MConstantine Armbruster
Birth19 JUN 1833Onsbach Achern, Baden Germany
Death29 DEC 1912Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Riverside, Iowa
Marriage03 NOV 1862to Ann Wombacher at St. Stanislaus, Riverside, Iowa
MSigmund Armbruster
Birth02 MAY 1844Onsbach Achern, Baden Germany
Death23 FEB 1914Anaheim, CA.
Marriage12 APR 1869to Katherina Tex at St.MaryMagdeline, Omaha, NE.
MJoseph Armbruster
Birth08 DEC 1846Onsbach Achern, Baden Germany
Death07 NOV 1900Cuming Co., Monterey, NE.
Marriage09 JAN 1871to Amalia Armbruster at StMaryMagdeline, Omaha, NE.
MHeinrich (Henry) Armbruster
Birth25 JUN 1836Onsbach Achern, Baden Germany
Death10 OCT 1860Richmond, Iowa
MKarl Andrew Armbruster
Birth30 NOV 1842Onsbach Achern, Baden Germany
MFrank Armbruster (Franz Anton)
Birth12 AUG 1845Onsbach Achern, Baden Germany
Death01 APR 1937Spring Creek, Oklahoma
Marriage1868to Elizabeth Ann Smith at Missouri
Marriage1898to Lou Brock
FMaria Anna Armbruster
Birth28 NOV 1837Onsbach Achern, Baden Germany
Death01 DEC 1837
FHelena Armbruster
Birth04 NOV 1840Onsbach Achern, Baden Germany
Death31 JUL 1891Onsbach Achern, Baden Germany
Marriage15 JUL 1867to Martin Weber at Onsbach Achern, Baden Germany
Family Group Sheet - Spouse
PARENT (M) Frank Armbruster (Franz Anton)
Birth12 AUG 1845Onsbach Achern, Baden Germany
Death01 APR 1937 Spring Creek, Oklahoma
Marriage1868to Elizabeth Ann Smith at Missouri
Marriage1898to Lou Brock
FatherAnton Armbruster
MotherMaria Anna Hund
PARENT (F) Elizabeth Ann Smith
Death1883 Stephens Co., Okla.
Marriage1868to Frank Armbruster (Franz Anton) at Missouri
FMary Ann Armbruster
DeathJAN 1965Texas
Marriageto Martin Perry Parrish
MarriageAPR 1898to James Wilson at Div 1903
Marriage1905to Charles Batchlear at Greer Co., OK
FEliza Armbruster
Marriageto Joseph Franklin Ritner
FMolly Mary Armbruster
Marriageto Gus Pinner
FSophonia Armbruster (aka Fronie)
BirthNOV 1872Missouri
Death1948McCloud, Oklahoma
Marriage1898to Adolph Gustav Jilge
MJoseph Andrew Armbruster
Birth11 AUG 1878Stephens Co., Okla.
Death21 APR 1939Beckham Co., OK.
Marriage23 DEC 1901to Julia A. Brock
Marriage06 JUN 1905to Nora Elvira Lee
MCharles Armbruster
Birth28 FEB 1879
Death07 JUN 1895Greer Co., OK.
MWilliam Armbruster
Birth23 MAR 1882
Family Group Sheet - Spouse
PARENT (M) Frank Armbruster (Franz Anton)
Birth12 AUG 1845Onsbach Achern, Baden Germany
Death01 APR 1937 Spring Creek, Oklahoma
Marriage1868to Elizabeth Ann Smith at Missouri
Marriage1898to Lou Brock
FatherAnton Armbruster
MotherMaria Anna Hund
PARENT (F) Lou Brock
Birth15 APR 1864
Death07 DEC 1942
Marriage1898to Frank Armbruster (Franz Anton)
MFrank Antonio Armbruster Jr.
Marriageto Dorothy Viola Ellison
FInis Armbruster
Birth08 APR 1902
Death31 AUG 1902
FViola Armbruster
MSigmund Armbruster
Birth08 FEB 1907
Death14 DEC 1907
MGeorge Armbruster
MBennie Armbruster
BirthABT 1910
DeathABT 1916Galveston, Texas
Descendancy Chart
Frank Armbruster (Franz Anton) b: 12 AUG 1845 d: 01 APR 1937
Elizabeth Ann Smith b: 1854 d: 1883
Mary Ann Armbruster b: 1870 d: JAN 1965
Martin Perry Parrish b: OCT 1858 d: JUN 1895
Bessie Mae Parrish b: AUG 1894 d: SEP 1995
Oliver Heard b: AUG 1924 d: OCT 1989
Ruth Heard b: SEP 1927 d: AUG 1989
Martin Perry Parrish III b: JAN 1896 d: 1915
James Wilson b: 1900
Roena Wilson b: SEP 1901 d: SEP 1902
Charles Batchlear b: 1869 d: 1953
Naomi Batchlear b: 1906
Arthur Batchlear b: 1909
Eliza Armbruster b: 1874
Elizabeth Ritner b: 1894 d: 1903
Ella Ritner b: 1896 d: 1979
William Ronspiez b: 1876 d: 1950
Maria Ronspiez b: 1922 d: 1988
Ernest Ronspiez b: 1924 d: 1961
Leonard Ronspiez b: 1916 d: 1988
Anthony F. Ronspiez b: 1915 d: 1993
Saphronia Ritner d: UNKNOWN
O''Leta Bell Ritner b: 1907 d: 1979
Joseph R. Ritner b: 1912 d: 1992
Sophonia Armbruster (aka Fronie) b: NOV 1872 d: 1948
Adolph Gustav Jilge b: 11 JUN 1874
Adolph Jilge b: 31 JAN 1900 d: 26 DEC 1990
Monnetta Jilge b: 1901
Henry Jilge b: 1903
Arthur Jilge b: 26 MAY 1907 d: JAN 1986
Bertha Jilge b: 20 JUL 1910 d: 24 OCT 1992
Lewis Lester Jilge b: 20 JAN 1913 d: 31 MAY 1976
Albert Jilge b: 1916 d: 1947
Baby Jilge b: 1902
Augusta Mae Jilge b: 05 JAN 1899 d: MAR 1973
Christina Ronspiez b: 10 JUL 1918 d: 11 MAY 1999
Joseph Andrew Armbruster b: 11 AUG 1878 d: 21 APR 1939
Julia A. Brock b: AUG 1874 d: OCT 1902
Nora Elvira Lee b: 11 MAY 1885 d: 02 AUG 1979
Joseph Andrew Armbruster b: MAR 1922 d: 1958
Lavern Armbruster b: 1946 d: MAY 2007
Delma Lee Armbruster b: 19 MAR 1917 d: 15 MAY 1994
Frances Louise Ramsey b: 07 APR 1920 d: 29 JUL 2007
Charles Armbruster b: 28 FEB 1879 d: 07 JUN 1895
William Armbruster b: 23 MAR 1882 d: 1958
Lou Brock b: 15 APR 1864 d: 07 DEC 1942
Frank Antonio Armbruster Jr. b: 1900 d: 1965
Inis Armbruster b: 08 APR 1902 d: 31 AUG 1902
Viola Armbruster b: 1906
Sigmund Armbruster b: 08 FEB 1907 d: 14 DEC 1907
Bennie Armbruster b: ABT 1910 d: ABT 1916