Ruth Arvilla Elsie Foote

28 November 1902–13 January 1984 (Age 81)
Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States

The Life of Ruth Arvilla Elsie

When Ruth Arvilla Elsie Foote was born on 28 November 1902, in Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States, her father, Clarence Delbert Foote, was 34 and her mother, Eliza Elizabeth Mecham, was 30. She married Fred A Dofner Sr on 20 May 1918. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Crescent, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States in 1910. She died on 13 January 1984, in Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States, at the age of 81.

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Fred A Dofner Sr
Ruth Arvilla Elsie Foote
Marriage: 20 May 1918
Pearl Elizabeth Dofner
Fred ( Freddie) Adelbert Dofner Jr
Dorothy M Dafner
Emmett E Sr Dofner
Charles W Dofner

Spouse and Children

20 May 1918
Council Bluffs,,Iowa


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World Events (8)

1903 · Department of Commerce and Labor

Age 1

A short-lived Cabinet department which was concerned with controlling the excesses of big business. Later being split and the Secretary of Commerce and Labor splitting into two separate positions.
1913 · The Completion of the Keokuk Dam

Age 11

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.
1926 · Iowa becomes a provider of food to the world

Age 24

Pioneer Hi-Bred International was the leader company experimenting with hybridization of corn and other seeds for agriculture in the world. It helped make different kinds of crop able to grow in harsh conditions so that other parts of the world would be able to farm and become self-sufficient. It was bought out by DuPont in 1999 and has continued to help struggling countries around the world.

Name Meaning

English (Somerset):1. nickname for someone with a peculiarity or deformity of the foot, from Middle English fot (Old English fōt), or in some cases from the cognate Old Norse byname Fótr. 2. topographic name for someone who lived at the foot of a hill.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Ruth Foote, "Iowa State Census, 1905"
  • Ruth E Dafner, "Iowa State Census, 1925"
  • Ruth Doffner in household of Fred Doffner, "United States Census, 1920"

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