Clark County Clipper, March 14, 1929

(Alfred Ebenezer Tift)

Alfred Ebenezer Tift was born near Leon, Iowa, in Decatur county, on July 5, 1869, where he lived until he was five years old, then he moved with his parents to near Eureka, Kansas.  A few years later they moved near Wichita.

In 1886 he went to Oklahoma where he worked as a cattleman for a while and afterward homesteaded there.

He met his wife Anabelle Lizzie Fosher while in Oklahoma and they were married in 1896.  To this union five children were born, three girls and two boys, the eldest girl dying in infancy.

In 1905 he moved his family to Englewood where he became engaged in the hotel business.  He moved the hotel to the new town of Englewood when it was established.  He later engaged in the garage and blacksmith business until moving to California where he lived nine years.  Then he returned to Englewood for a change of climate as his health was poor.

He has served in a number of city and county offices and at the time of his death was serving as city marshall and deputy sheriff.

He was a member of the K. P. and I. O. O. F.  Lodges as long as they were active in Englewood.

He died suddenly on March 7, 1929 at the age of 59 years, 8 months and 2 days.

Surviving him besides his wife and two daughters, Mrs. Ruby Shutts of Englewood and Mrs. Beulah Dillon of Luke, Kansas and two sons, Dave Tift of Long Beach, California, and Elmo Tift of Englewood, and three grandsons, also three sisters, Mrs. Martha Kile, Mrs. Lissie Williams and Mrs. Edith Carter.  Both of his parents preceded him in death.

Contributed by ~Shirley Brier~ November 3, 2005.

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