Ruth Ettie Laufman , 18761949 (aged 73 years)

Ruth Ettie /Laufman/
Given names
Ruth Ettie
Also known as
Ruth Ettie /Forsythe/

"Was killed in a plane crash with daughter Jane and her husband husband Harold and an infant)"

[This information provided by Betty Jean Norman: 10/19/2005]


"My Aunt Jane was killed in the plane crash.(Martha Jane) There was no infant. Her husband Harold Rose was the pilot and they had flown to Hutchinson, KS to visit my grandmother's sister. They were on their way back to Marshall, when the plane ran out of gas."

[Ruth Forsythe Robinson: 12/2005]


Harold's obituary appeared in the The Terre Haute Tribune, Tuesday, 10 May 1949, page 2. It reads:

Marshall, IL - Joint funeral services for three well-known residents of Marshall killed in a plane crash Sunday at buffalo, MO, will be held at the Marshall Methodist church at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon.

Rev. H. J. Kemp and Rev. John E. Evans will officiate, and burial will be in Forsythe cemetery, north of here. Bodies of the victims, Mrs. Etta Forsythe, 74 years old; her daughter, Mrs. Martha Rose, 31 years old, and son-in-law, Harold Rose, 31 years old, arrived here and were taken to the Marrs Funeral Home. They will remain at the funeral home until 12:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, at which time they will be taken to the chuch for services at 2 o'clock.

Mrs. Mary Ward, 43 years old, Chicago, another daughter of Mrs. Forsythe, was reported as resting well in a hospital at Springfield, MO.

Mrs. Ward, a passenger in the plane, suffered two broken arms and is reported as suffering from shock as a result of the accident.


Appearing in the Terre Haute (IN) Tribune, Monday, May 9, 1949 Page 1:
FATAL PLANE CRASH PROBED Three Persons of Marshall-Paris Family Killed in Accident in Missouri

Marshall, Ill., May 9 – An investigation was being made today of a plane crash which killed three members of a Marshall, Ill., family and injured a fourth near Buffalo, Mo., Sunday afternoon.

Aeronautics authorities believed that engine trouble or a depleted fuel supply caused the crash.

The victims are:

Harold Rose, 31 years old, of Paris and Marshall, pilot.

Mrs. Martha Jane Rose, 31 years old, his wife

Mrs. Ellie Forsythe, 74 years old, Mrs. Rose’s mother, 401 Archer Avenue, Marshall.

Injured in the crash was Mrs. Mary Ward, 43 years old, of Chicago, Ill., a second daughter of Mrs. Forsythe. The victim is in a Springfield, Mo., hospital suffering from two broken arms and from shock. Her condition today was reported as good.

The group was returning from Hutchinson, Kan., after a visit with Mrs. Forsythe’s sister, Mrs. C. A. Randall, when the tragedy occurred.

Develops Engine Trouble.

Citizens of Buffalo told Dallas county Sheriff Monty Pitts that the plane seemed to develop engine trouble directly over the town. It crashed in a pasture near the city limits when the pilot attempted to make an emergency landing.

Mrs. Ward was thrown clear of the wreckage. The plane did not catch fire. A flight log found in the cockpit showed the plane had stopped recently at Columbia, Mo., and Hutchinson, Kans., but did not give details of the fatal flight.

A veteran of World War II, Rose, who operated a garage at Midway Airport, located between Paris and Chrisman, rented the plane from Reece Morris, operator of the airport. Rose held a private pilot’s license.

Paris High Graduate.

He was a graduate of Paris High School and entered the armed service from Paris. He served as a personnel officer at Wright Field and was discharged with the rank of Captain.

Mr. and Mrs. Rose resided in Marshall with the Forsyth’s. Mr. Rose drove to his garage north of Paris daily. He was a member of the Marshall post of the American Legion.

Surviving are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Rose of 130 West Newton Street, Paris, and a brother, Jack Rose of Paris.

Mr. and Mrs. Rose had been married for six years. They had no children.

Besides the injured daughter, Mrs. Forsythe is survived by the husband, Benjamin Forsythe of Marshall; another daughter, Mrs. Nelle Buck of Chicago, and four sons, Glenn of Dresser, Fenton of Chicago, Ora of Chicago and Laufmann of Marshall.

Mrs. Ward’s husband, Kenneth, left Chicago immediately for Springfield.

Mrs. And Mrs. Ben Forsythe celebrated their golden wedding anniversary three years ago on Feb 3, 1946. The Forsythe's are members of the Marshall Christian Church. Mrs. Forsythe was also a member of the Marshall Woman’s Club.

Mrs. Rose was vice president of the Legion auxiliary and a member of the Junior Women’s Club.

Benton Marrs of the Marrs Funeral home and assistants went to Buffalo, Mo., to return the bodies to Marshall for burial.

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Ruth 'Ettie' Laufman Forsythe
Ruth 'Ettie' Laufman Forsythe
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Ben Forsythe Family Photo
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Mrs. Ben Forsythe
Mrs. Ben Forsythe