Transcribed from A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans, written and compiled by William E. Connelley, Secretary of the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka. [Revised ed.] Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., 1919, c1918. 5 v. (xlviii, 2530 p., [155] leaves of plates): ill., maps (some fold.), ports.; 27 cm.

Carl Anschutz

CARL ANSCHUTZ came to Western Kansas, a sturdy young Russian from the country north of the Caspian Sea, about forty years ago, and has put his energies to such good use and accepted the privileges and opportunities of America so well that he is regarded today as one of the most prosperous men of Russell County.

Mr. Anschutz was born November 10, 1859, in the Province of Samara. That district of Russia is especially distinguished in modern times because it was the scene of the recent operations of the allied army of intervention in Russia. A large number of settlers in Western Kansas came from that district to this state thirty or forty years ago, and have proved some of the most prosperous and energetic citizens.

His father, Christian Anschutz, was born in the same province November 14, 1835. He is now a man past eighty years of age and is still living at Russell. He was a Russian farmer and in 1878 brought his family to the United States, first locating at Ellsworth, Kansas, but in the spring of 1879 moved to Russell County. He farmed continuously until he retired to Russell in 1908. He is a republican in politics and a member of the Lutheran Church. Christian Anschutz married Maria Miller, who was born at Samara in 1838 and died on the home farm in Russell County in 1904. Their children were: Elizabeth, wife of Christian Stoppel, a farmer in Russell County; Carl; David, a farmer in Russell County; Marie, wife of Alexander Ehlich, a Russell County farmer; Henry, who runs an oil wagon at Spearville, Kansas; Nicholas, a homesteader in New Mexico; Dora, wife of Ed Morganstein, a farmer at Oakley, Kansas; and Alexander, a farmer in Russell County.

Carl Anschutz was nineteen years old when the family came to Kansas. In the meantime he had attended local schools in his native country. For several years he lived at home and assisted in developing the homestead, but at the age of twenty-five he began farming on his own account. He started with a modest capital, but with unlimited energy, and has prospered so that he now owns 1,280 acres of fine land in Russell County and has developed it as a wheat and stock ranch. These farms he now rents out and has lived retired at Russell since 1910. In 1911 he built a modern residence in the southeast part of the town. He is interested in the elevator and grain business at Russell and is also a director in the Farmers State Bank. In politics he is a republican.

In 1884 in Russell County, Mr. Anschutz married Miss Amelia Ehlich, daughter of George and Catherine Ehlich, both now deceased. Her father was one of the early settlers of Russell County. Mr. and Mrs. Anschutz are the parents of six children: Anna Marie, wife of John A. Meler, who is associated with Mr. Anschutz in the grain business at Russell; Eleanor, a graduate of the Russell High School; Otto, Lial, Ray and Freddie, all of whom are at home and attending the local schools.

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