Ruby Alice Melissa White

20 January 1913–30 September 2003 (Age 90)
Roger Mills, Oklahoma, United States

The Life of Ruby Alice Melissa

When Ruby Alice Melissa White was born on 20 January 1913, in Roger Mills, Oklahoma, United States, her father, Henry Clifton White, was 26 and her mother, Margarette Emeline Wesson, was 21. She had at least 1 son and 1 daughter with Alton Temple Robertson. She lived in Hartley, Texas, United States in 1935 and Justice Precinct 2, Dallam, Texas, United States in 1940. She died on 30 September 2003, in Forrest City, St. Francis, Arkansas, United States, at the age of 90, and was buried in Farewell Cemetery, Long Creek Township, Carroll, Arkansas, United States.

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Alton Temple Robertson
Ruby Alice Melissa White
Barbara Jean Robertson
Jack Clifton Robertson

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    Barbara Jean Robertson


    Jack Clifton Robertson


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World Events (8)

1917 · The Green Corn Rebellion

Age 4

A farmer’s revolt known as the Green Corn Rebellion resulted due to frustration toward landowners and local authorities. A small group of wealthy landowners obtained property by fraudulent means which forced many Oklahoma farmers into a tenancy in 1917. Many farmers joined the Working Class Union who became hostile toward county officials. Hundreds of men gathered on the farm of John Spears in Sasakwa where they planned to march to Washington to repeal the draft act and end the war. Their plan included eating green corn and beef along the way, which gave the rebellion its name. An informer alerted authorities and their effort was halted as several groups collided with the rebels, firing shots into the air. The men scattered, three were killed, over 400 were arrested, and 150 were convicted and received federal prison sentences.
1922 · The First Radio Station WOK Begins Broadcasting

Age 9

In 1922, Harvey C. Couch Sr. started WOK the first radio station in Arkansas. After a trip to Pittsburgh and the KDKA radio he came up with the idea for Workers of Killowatts (WOK). WOK had no commercials which was nice for the listeners.
1941 · Comanche Code Talkers

Age 28

Many Native Americans from Oklahoma were once again employed as code talkers during WWII to create a code impenetrable by enemies. Rather than Choctaw, a Comanche-language code was developed. Several of these men were sent to invade Normandy to send messages. None of the men were killed and the Comanche code was never broken. 

Name Meaning

1 English, Scottish, and Irish: from Middle English whit ‘white’, hence a nickname for someone with white hair or an unnaturally pale complexion. In some cases it represents a Middle English personal name, from an Old English byname, Hwīt(a), of this origin. As a Scottish and Irish surname it has been widely used as a translation of the many Gaelic names based on bán ‘white’ ( see Bain 1) or fionn ‘fair’ ( see Finn 1). There has also been some confusion with Wight .2 Translated form of cognate and equivalent names in other languages, such as German Weiss , French Blanc , Polish Białas ( see Bialas ), etc.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Ruby Robertson in household of Alton Robertson, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Ruby White in entry for Robertson, "Texas Birth Certificates, 1903-1935"
  • Ruby White in entry for Barbara Jean Robertson, "Texas Birth Certificates, 1903-1935"

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