Ruth Fern Beard

4 April 1892–30 April 1981 (Age 89)
Webster, Madison, Iowa, United States

The Life of Ruth Fern

When Ruth Fern Beard was born on 4 April 1892, in Webster, Madison, Iowa, United States, her father, William Beard, was 52 and her mother, Eliza Ann Miller, was 29. She married Byron Pace in July 1910. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 6 daughters. She lived in Madison Township, Madison, Iowa, United States in 1925 and Center Township, Madison, Iowa, United States in 1940. She died on 30 April 1981, in United States, at the age of 89, and was buried in Winterset Cemetery, Winterset, Madison, Iowa, United States.

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Byron Pace
Ruth Fern Beard
Marriage: July 1910
Mildred Fay Pace
Lawrence E Pace
Namana Pace
Lorine Pace
Lenora Beard Pace
Vesta Pauline Pace
Miles Alden Pace
Kenneth Pace
Billy Dean Pace
Shirley Ann Pace

Spouse and Children

July 1910


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World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 4

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.
1913 · The Completion of the Keokuk Dam

Age 21

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.
1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 24

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.

Name Meaning

English:1. nickname for a bearded man (Middle English, Old English beard). To be clean-shaven was the norm in non-Jewish communities in northwestern Europe from the 12th to the 16th century, the crucial period for surname formation. There is a place name and other evidence to show that this word was used as a byname in the Old English period, when beards were the norm; in this period the byname would have referred to a large or noticeable beard. As an American surname, this name has absorbed cognates and equivalents in other languages, in particular German Bart . 2. habitational name from a place in Derbyshire, which derives its name by dissimilation from Old English brerd ‘rim’, ‘bank’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Ruth Pace in household of Byron Pace, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Ruth F Beard, "Iowa State Census, 1895"
  • Ruth F Beard, "Iowa State Census, 1905"

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