|Mabel Brown Hibbard Collection
|Anna Harmon Woodruff-Ransom
Affectionately known as "Aunt Annie," Anna Woodruff is
credited with preserving the early history in this collection,
including family letters dating back to 1835. Her collection
is so vast, it has been divided into sections, including
Victorian Valentines and a collection of invitations and
notes from Savanna friends, known as "Ransom Notes."
Annie Harmon Woodruff
Birth 26 Jun 1854 in Illinois, USA
Married Charles Adelbert Ransom 05 Mar 1884
Death 11 Dec 1943 in Broken Arrow, Tulsa Co, OK
Annie was the daughter of Isaac Sheldon Woodruff (born
02 Sep 1816 in Marlborough, MA, to Thomas Woodruff
and Silence Sheldon, and died 27 May 1891 in Savanna,
IL) and Mary Goodrich (b. 17 Feb 1834 in Shelbyvile, IN, to
James Goodrich and Cynthia Ritter Midkiff) and died 31
Dec 1914 in Savanna, IL.
Annie had many admirers as growing up in Savanna, IL.
Pictured to the right is Annie with the man she chose to
marry, Charles Adelbert Ransom. He was born around
1848 in NY. Charlie and Annie married 05 Mar 1884
Sadly, he died within a year of their marriage on 22 Jan
1885 in Preston, IA.
Annie never remarried. She relocated to Oklahoma, I.T.,
where she was a teacher in Broken Arrow for many years.
|Annie Ransom later in life
|Mary Hazen (l), Annie Ransom (r)
|Aunt Annie with her grand niece,
Brown and Northrope Hibbard)
Annie relocated to Oklahoma, Indian Territory, to take a job as a teacher in Broken Arrow, right outside Tulsa. Years later,
she was honored with a medal for her service. This is a typewritten description of the ceremony that may have been used in
a newspaper. One of Annie's students was Ralph Blane, noted composer whose works include "The Trolley Song" and
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." Annie wrote him a letter, and here is Ralph Blane's reply on NBC stationary.