Ralph Marcellus Alger

29 July 1878–19 October 1942 (Age 64)
Grant, Newaygo, Michigan, United States

The Life of Ralph Marcellus

When Ralph Marcellus Alger was born on 29 July 1878, in Grant, Newaygo, Michigan, United States, his father, Corydon Marcellus Alger, was 33 and his mother, Lucinda Amelia Reed, was 33. He married Delia Elizabeth Young on 6 November 1905, in Newaygo, Michigan, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. He lived in Wyoming Township, Kent, Michigan, United States in 1940. He died on 19 October 1942, in Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan, United States, at the age of 64, and was buried in Newaygo, Newaygo, Michigan, United States.

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Family Time Line

Ralph Marcellus Alger
Delia Elizabeth Young
Marriage: 6 November 1905
Lucille M Alger
Lyle Maxwell Alger
Maisie Helen Alger

Spouse and Children

6 November 1905
Newaygo, Michigan, United States


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World Events (8)

1879 · New State Capitol Building Dedicated

Age 1

After the second state capitol had been destroyed, Michigan Governor Henry P. Baldwin initiated the passing of a bill that would cover the costs for a new building. The bill was adopted and raised over $1 million by a six year state income tax. Architect Elijah E. Myers' design named Tuebor, or I will defend, was selected and he was commissioned to design the new capitol building. The renaissance revival brick and sandstone building soared 267 feet from the ground and was dedicated on January 1, 1879.
1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 3

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.
1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 18

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.

Name Meaning

1 English: from one or more Middle English personal names variously written Alger, Algar, Alcher, Aucher, etc. These represent a falling together of at least three different Continental Germanic and Old English names: Adalgar ‘noble spear’ (Old English Æðelgār), Albgar ‘elf spear’ (Old English Ælfgār), and Aldgar ‘old spear’ (Old English (E)aldgār). The Continental Germanic forms were brought to England from France by the Normans. Compare the French cognate Auger . In Norfolk and northern England, the source is probably the Old Norse name Álfgeirr ‘elf spear’. The modern English surname is found mainly in East Anglia.2 German: from a reduced form of the Germanic personal name Adalgar (see 1 above).

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

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Story Highlight

Life Story of Lucille M Alger

My natural parents were Della E. Young and Ralph Alger who was a brother to my adopted father, Archie Reed Alger. When I was eight years old I went to Detroit to spend the summer with my uncle Archi …

Sources (3)

  • Ralph Alger in household of Coregan Alger, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Ralph M Alger, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Ralph Alger, "United States Census, 1910"

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