Ruth Maurine Peterson

12 October 1914–25 July 1922 (Age 7)
Provo, Utah, Utah, United States

The Life of Ruth Maurine

When Ruth Maurine Peterson was born on 12 October 1914, in Provo, Utah, Utah, United States, her father, Charles Mauritz Peterson, was 40 and her mother, Minnie Lee Harkin, was 29. She died on 25 July 1922, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 7.

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Charles Mauritz Peterson
Minnie Lee Harkin
M Wayne Peterson
Shelton Kenneth Peterson
Ruth Maurine Peterson
Charles Wendell Peterson
Beverly Baine Peterson

Parents and Siblings



World Events (8)

1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 2

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.
1916 · No-Ni-Shee Arch

Age 2

The No-Ni-Shee Arch was a temporary archway near the intersection of Main Street and South Temple in downtown Salt Lake City. The archway was built in 1916 for the Wizard of the Wasatch festival. The name No-Ni-Shee was derived from a mythical American Indian Salt Princess. Her tears caused the Great Salt Lake to be salty. The arch was dedicated to her and sprayed with salt water so that salt eventually crystallized on Main Street. The Wizard’s carnivals enlivened Utah’s summers for several years. The last Wizard of the Wasatch carnival was held in 1916, on the eve of World War I.

Age 3

U.S. intervenes in World War I, rejects membership of League of Nations.

Name Meaning

1 English, Scottish, and German: patronymic from Peter .2 Americanized form of similar surnames of non-English origin (such as Petersen , or Swedish Pettersson).3 In VT, there are Petersons who were originally called by the French name Beausoleil ; in some documentation this was translated fairly literally as Prettysun, which was then assimilated to Peterson.

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

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Story Highlight

Principal Incidents in My Life by S. K. Peterson

I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on Feb. 1, 1911 at my grandmother's home at 775 Third Avenue. I was told that my mother had a very difficult time at my birth but when it was all over she said I wa …

Sources (3)

  • Ruth M Peterson in household of Charles M Peterson, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Ruth Maurine Peterson, "Utah, Salt Lake City Cemetery Records, 1847-1976"
  • Ruth Maurine Peterson, "Utah, Salt Lake City Cemetery Records, 1847-1976"

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