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SHURTZ, Ambrose

SHURTZ, Ambrose[1]

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  • Name SHURTZ, Ambrose 
    Born 8 Apr 1878  Escalante, Garfield, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 4 Jun 1885  Escalante, Garfield, Utah Territory, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    WAC 30 Nov 1898  MANTI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    _TAG Reviewed on FS 
    Died 31 Dec 1968  Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 3 Jan 1969  Escalante, Garfield, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Person ID I61212  Joseph Smith Sr and Lucy Mack Smith | Joseph Sr.
    Last Modified 20 Aug 2020 

    Father SHIRTS, Don Carlos ,   b. 28 Jul 1836, Kirtland, Geauga, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jun 1922, Escalante, Garfield, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Mother WILLIAMS, Elizabeth ,   b. 11 Mar 1840, Lakefork Township, Logan, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jul 1907, Escalante, Garfield, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Married 23 Aug 1857  Parowan, Iron, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F21743  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family MCKEAN, Clarice ,   b. 28 Apr 1879, Escalante, Garfield, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Nov 1964, Provo, Utah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Married 23 Nov 1898  Escalante, Garfield, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 6 Oct 2020 
    Family ID F22118  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 8 Apr 1878 - Escalante, Garfield, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 23 Nov 1898 - Escalante, Garfield, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsWAC - 30 Nov 1898 - Manti Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 3 Jan 1969 - Escalante, Garfield, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    AMBROSE SHURTZ
    Ambrose Shurtz & Robert Darius Adams
    As a young man

  • Notes 
    • Stories I Can’t Remember
      by Maxine Shurtz Hansen

      There are a few important and interesting incidents in our lives we cannot remember. I guess the really most important one is when and where we were born. According to stories told me, it was a sunny Sunday afternoon, February 28, 1915 in Escalante. I had delayed my arrival long enough to miss a very big snowstorm. My mother told me there were huge glistening snow drifts everywhere.

      My family was living in what they called “the little white house under the hill.” It wasn’t really near a hill but the terrain of the ground did take a sharp downgrade jump right there. The house still stands today but is much larger as it has been added upon many times.

      My three preceding brothers had not had the pleasure of having a Doctor in attendance at their births, only the town midwife. I was honored to have both a Doctor and the midwife. Doctor Moorehouse happened to be in town as was Sister Schow, the local midwife.

      At 2:00 P.M., just as the church bells started to ring for the afternoon meetings, I decided to make my entrance into the world. Dr. Moorehouse said to my mother, “This baby is a boy and he is going to be a real good preacher as he is being born as the church bells are ringing.” How wrong he was, as I was a ten pound baby girl and have never been known for my preaching, only maybe to my family.

      Sister Schow gave me my first bath and as she was working she said to my mother, “Oh her eyes are so black, they look just like little burned holes in a blanket.” My mother never forgot those adjectives and always was upset when she thought about them. But she was happy to have a girl after three boys.

      When spring came, my family moved from the little white house to their ranch home. This was called the “Pine Creek Ranch” and was located about two miles north of town and was over the Escalante River.

      The house was not quite as nice, being a little frame home and of course no water or bathroom. The drinking water was scooped out of a nearby ditch and emptied into wooden barrels. Here the dirt in the water settled to the bottom of the barrel. There was a common drinking cup which happened to be a long handled dipper. It was made of tin and hung by the barrel.

      When I was about two years old, I had enjoyed a drink from the dipper and my brother Ted wanted one. However, I refused to give him the dripper, but after some talking to by my father I finally threw it at Ted. My father asked me nicely to pick it up and give it to my brother, but I refused. My father took out his pocket knife and cut a very small willow twig. He proceeded to tingle my legs with it and that convinced me to pick up the dipper and hand it to Ted.

      I must have been a fast learner as my folks said they never used another twig on me. I can never remember them ever giving me a swat of any kind, nor can I remember any loud persuasive language.

      Garfield County News December 31, 1925

      Ambrose shurtz and family motored over from Circleville to spend the holidays.

      Newspaper Clippings from Kanab 1859-1925 David Andersen Kaylene Canfield 2016

      Deseret News April 23, 1904
      Escalante

      R. H Charlton, forest reserve inspector, was here last week. While here Mr. Charlton received applications for grazing permits on the Aquarious forest reserve and selected two rangers for the reserve from the applicants from this place. Ambrose Shutrz and Joseph J. Porter were the fortunate applicants. Mr. Meeks the newly appointed supervisor for this reserve, was here with Mr. Charlton.

      News Clippings from Kanab, Utah 1859-1925 David Anderson and Kaylene Canfield 2016

      SURNAME: Also shown as Shirts

      BIRTH: Also shown as Born Escalante, Garfield, Utah.

  • Sources 
    1. [S600] #1, Woolsey, 1.pp. 398-401, Photo p. 143.