Ernest Anstee (SL 4)

See ‘Anstey: A Complete History From the Norman Invasion to World War One‘ for much more on the Salt Lake City, Utah Anstees. In addition to biographies of various Anstey individuals who make up this sub-branch, the book contains a plethora of Anstey research and statistics, including an analysis of how the Salt Lake City, Utah Anstees fit into the pedigree descendent from Hubert de Anesti, the 12th century originator of the ‘Anstey’ surname.

SL 4. Ernest Anstee: He was born on 4 August 1878 in Denver to father George Anstee (SL 1). He was a “druggist” living with his family in Salt Lake City in the 1900 Census. He married Leona Erickson (daughter of Jonas Henry Erekson) in 1905 in Salt Lake City and they were living together in Salt Lake Ward 3 (next door to his family) in the 1910 American Census where he was still a “druggist“. Leona died in 1912 – the ‘Deseret News (Salt Lake City)‘ on 17 Feb 1912 reporting “ERNEST ANSTEE BETTER President of Sun Drug Co. Recovering From Pneumonia. The condition of Ernest Anstee, president of the Sun Drug company, who is ill at his home. 79 Wall Street, of pneumonia, was reported this afternoon to be much improved, and that the chances are good for his ultimate recovery. Mr. Anstee has been the victim of most unfortunate circumstances. Last week he was called to California where his wife was critically ill. Mrs. Anstee had gone to California in the hope that a change of climate would benefit her, but before she could be brought back home she died. Mrs. Anstee passed away at a point just west of Las Vegas [on the train near Elnora] and when the sorrowing husband arrived in Salt Lake with the body Sunday, his condition was serious. Pneumonia developed and for a time it was feared he would not recover. The funeral of Mrs. Anstee was held Thursday and the body is in a vault at the mortuary Undertaker Eber W. Hall and will remain there until the recovery of Mr. Anstee.“.

The same newspaper on 2 May 1912 reported “Funeral of Mrs. Anstee—The body of Mrs. Leona Anstee, who died in California, Feb 9, 1912 was buried yesterday in the Mt. Olivet cemetery. The burial had been delayed pending the recovery of William [Ernest!] Anstee, who was stricken with pneumonia while bringing the body of his wife home from California. Mr. Anstee was able to leave his room yesterday for the first time. Funeral services were held April 1, so there remained only the short service at the grave.” She was buried at Mt Olivet Cemetery. 

In the September 1918 Draft Registration for World War One, he was a self employed druggist living at 359 Wall in Salt Lake City then he remarried Barbara Bell Barton in Ogden, Weber, Salt Lake City in 1920. He died on 31 March 1924 at Holy Cross Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, a “drug store proprietor” at the time of his death, buried in Mt Olivet Cemetery, Salt Lake City plot reference “R_228_9“.

The ‘Salt Lake Telegram‘ on 1 April 1924 reported “Ernest Anstee, Druggist, Dies: Ernest Anstee, druggist of Salt Lake died last night at a local hospital after an operation for stomach trouble. Mr. Anstee was ill for a week but his condition was not thought serious. He was born in Denver forty-six years ago. There he received his elementary education. Having decided to become a druggist. he went to St. Louis and attended the St.Louis College of Pharmacy. After graduating from that institution, seventeen years ago he went into business here with his brother Fred [SL 5]. The two brothers had been partners ever since, operating the Rex Drug Company at broadway and West Temple streets. Mr. Anstee is survived by his widow Barbara Barton Anstee living at 351 Wall Street: his mother, Mary Jane Anstee; three sisters, Mrs. George T. Brice, Mrs. H.M Chamberlain of Salt lake and Mrs. Annie Campbell of Los Angeles; two brothers George of Phoenix Arizona, and Fred [SL 5] of Salt Lake. The body was removed to the O’Donnell undertaking parlours“.

His second wife Barbara Anstee was also buried there in 1940. There were no children from either marriage.

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