What an interesting family! You may already be familiar with the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia (AHSGR). According to their files, Johannes Eifert was born in 1885 in Rasanowka, Volga, Russia (perhaps an alternate spelling of the same village to which you refer). Certainly this could be the Johannes Eifert to whom your ancestor was traveling.
EIFERT, Johannes David born 06 Dec 1885 in Rasanowka, Volga, Russia died 02 May 1934 in Bad Axe, Michigan
EIFERT, Johan David born 11 July 1914 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin and died 1953 in Cass City, Michigan
Obituaries for Huron County, Michigan @ usgwarchives
I don't see the year noted on the following obitutary, ca 1951, for Johannes's wife Molly.
"Mrs John Eifert. Bad Axe, June 6
Mrs Molly Eifert, 68, widow of John Eifert, died unexpectedly Fri in Pleasant Home Hospital, Cass City, after a brief illness. Born July 2, 1883, in Russia, Mrs Eifert came 41 yrs ago to the U.S. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs Ellen M Warthman, Detroit and Mrs Emma Kaijala, Birmingham, MI; a son, John, Cass City, and five grandchildren. Her husband died May 2, 1932. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Our Savior Luth Ch. Rev Karl H Trautman will officiate. Burial will be in Colfax Cemetery. Remains are in Alden A MacAlpine funeral home and will be removed at noon Mon to the church."
1940 US census
Sheridan, Huron, Michigan
Mollie Eifert 56, widowed, b abt 1884 Russia
John Eifert 25 b abt 1915 Wisconsin
John senior, Mollie, and John junior are all buried at Colfax Cemetery, Bad Axe, Huron, Michigan. SOURCE Find-a-Grave and local genealogy volunteers here: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mihuron/research/colfax_cemetery.htm
Cass City Chronicle
20 June 1968
"John Eifert, 48, Dies In Cass City
John D. Eifert, 48, of Bad Axe died Thursday, June 13, in Stevens Nursing Home where he had been a patient 12 years. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the MacAlpine Funeral Home, Bad Axe, and burial was in Colfax cemetery. Born July 11, 1914, near Bad Axe, he was a lifelong resident of the Thumb. Stricken when a young man, he was first confined to a wheelchair and later to bed. Survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Ellen Warthman and Mrs. Emma Kaijala, both of Bad Axe. Eifert's tragic illness stemmed from a fall he suffered as a boy. Despite the crippling illness, he remained a cheerful patient through his years of illness."
Cass City Chronicle article
"ORDER APPOINTING TIME FOR HEARING CLAIMS.
State of Michigan. The Probate Court for the County of Tuseola. In the Matter of the Estate of Mollie Eifert, Deceased.' The article refers to executor of the estate, Ellen M. Warthman of 15485 Grandville, Detroit 23, Michigan.
Hope this helps a little.
-- a volunteer, not related
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