Ruth Aleen Hall

Brief Life History of Ruth Aleen

When Ruth Aleen Hall was born on 18 October 1911, in Essex, Page, Iowa, United States, her father, Burwell E Hall, was 32 and her mother, Grace M Durfey, was 23. She married Jerry Moses Pettengill on 16 February 1927, in Clarinda, Page, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 2 daughters. She lived in Sheridan Township, Daviess, Missouri, United States in 1940 and Greeley, Weld, Colorado, United States in 1950. She died on 25 August 1974, at the age of 62, and was buried in Linn Grove Cemetery, Greeley, Weld, Colorado, United States.

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Jerry Moses Pettengill
Ruth Aleen Hall
Marriage: 16 February 1927
Frances Naomi Pettengill
Jerry Marvin Pettengill
Roy Allen Pettengill
Donald Lloyd Pettengill
Harold Dell Pettengill
Joyce Aleen Pettengill

Sources (16)

  • Ruth E Pettengill, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Ruth Alien Hall, "Iowa, Birth and Stillbirth Records, 1921-1947"
  • Ruth Alene Hall, "Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934"

World Events (8)

1912 · The Girl Scouts

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1913 · The Completion of the Keokuk Dam

The Keokuk Dam was completed in 1913 and began to power the surrounding area. It was the largest single capacity powerhouse in the world at the time. After World War II, the powerhouse was modernized and all the units were converted in 2002. It remains the largest privately owned and operated dam on the Mississippi River.


13 million people become unemployed after the Wall Street stock market crash of 1929 triggers what becomes known as the Great Depression. President Herbert Hoover rejects direct federal relief.

Name Meaning

English, Scottish, Irish, German, Norwegian, and Danish: from Middle English hall (Old English heall), Middle High German halle, Old Norse hǫll all meaning ‘hall’ (a spacious residence), hence a topographic name for someone who lived in or near a hall or an occupational name for a servant employed at a hall. In some cases it may be a habitational name from any of the places called with this word, which in some parts of Germany and Austria in the Middle Ages also denoted a salt mine. Hall is one of the commonest and most widely distributed of English surnames, bearing witness to the importance of the hall as a feature of the medieval village. The English surname has been established in Ireland since the 14th century, and, according to MacLysaght, has become numerous in Ulster since the 17th century.

Swedish: ornamental or topographic name from hall ‘hall’ (a spacious residence), or a habitational name from a placename containing the element hall ‘rock’ (from Old Norse hallr).

Chinese: variant Romanization of the surnames 何 and 賀, see He 1 and 2.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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