My grandmother, Julia Sophia BALLAUF, married Asa E. RAMSAY, who served as Vice President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City under President Wilson. My mother was born in Kansas City in 1915. The family returned to Jefferson in 1927 and moved into this house which was owned at that time by my grandmother’s sister, Mamie BALLAUF Goldberg. My grandfather served as county judge of Marion County until the end of his life in 1944.
KATHERINE RAMSAY Wise, my mother, lived in this house from the time the family returned from Kansas City until her death in 2000, with only brief re-locations to attend school, marry, and start a family. She purchased the house from her aunt, Mamie BALLAUF Goldberg in 1947, and renovated and restored it for the remainder of her life, while also serving as Jefferson’s Town Historian. The “youth” bed in Katherine’s Room was given to me from the Goldberg estate by my great aunt, Mamie BALLAUF Goldberg. It was made to order in New Orleans for a Goldberg child and shipped upriver to Jefferson by paddle-wheeler. It has matching marble-topped dresser and side table.
Katherine’s Room–part of The Ramsay Suite
– Victorian Queen bed AND Victorian Youth bed (Suitable for one adult) in Katherine’s Room
– Private bath with shower / Hair Dryer / Shaving mirror / bath amenities
– In-room coffee service
– Bedside Chocolates
– Extra pillows
– Reading lamps
– Six windows
– Marble top Victorian tables & dresser
– Free wireless Internet
– Cable TV / DVD library
– Magazine collection
– Central Air & Heat, augmented by Emerson Electric Fan, c. 1937.
– Breakfast for two or for three served in the dining room at 9:00 a.m.
– $139 + tax on most week-nights, Sunday-Thursday
-$159 + tax per night — Friday-Saturday, holidays, and special events
-Comfortable air mattress available for 4th person (add $25.00)