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Gordon Ellis Ford

Gordon Ellis Ford, 1921 Gordon Ellis Ford, 1922

Gordon Ellis Ford was born on 03 Aug 1901 in Kansas, the youngest child of Fred James and Anna Eliza (Austin) Ford. He and his siblings, Norma, Paul, and Gertrude, were raised in Burlingame, KS. He graduated from Burlingame High School in 1920.

On 13 Sep 1920, he entered K-State, studying mechanical engineering. He was excused from military science on account of physical disability. He attended three semesters, fall of 1920, spring of 1921, and spring of 1922.

He lived at the Phi Beta Sigma Chapter House, 1020 Colorado, during his time at K-State. In 1922, he began working in the Sante Fe Railway shops in Topeka, KS. He married Janet Buffington in Topeka on 10 Dec 1926. Their son, Paul Ellis Ford, was born on 11 Jun 1927.

He continued to work for the railroad until he lost his sight. He went to the Rehabilitation Center for the Blind at Topeka, and continued to work there until he retired in 1981.

Gordon Ford died in Jul of 1982 in Topeka, KS, and was buried in Mount Auburn Cemetery. Janet Ford died 19 Sep 1999 in Sterling, KS.

Sources of Information:

K-State Transcript
K-State Directory, 1920-1921
Royal Purple, 1921-1922
1910 Census: Kansas - Osage County - Burlingame - Dist 94
1920 Census: Kansas - Osage County - Burlingame - Dist 103
1930 Census: Kansas - Shawnee County - Topeka - Dist 42
Social Security Death Index
Obituary: Topeka Capitol Journal, 29 Jul 1982, p. 37