Ruby Purcell

20 July 1893–26 November 1972 (Age 79)
Missouri Valley, Harrison, Iowa, United States

The Life of Ruby

When Ruby Purcell was born on 20 July 1893, in Missouri Valley, Harrison, Iowa, United States, her father, Bruce Rutherford Purcell, was 28 and her mother, Ida Eliza Moore, was 24. She married Henry Dela Habert on 30 January 1919, in Woodbury, Iowa, United States. She lived in Pleasant Valley, Walsh, North Dakota, United States in 1910. She died on 26 November 1972, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 79.

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Henry Dela Habert
Ruby Purcell
Marriage: 30 January 1919

Spouse and Children

30 January 1919
Woodbury, Iowa, United States

Parents and Siblings



World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 3

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.
1906 · Great San Francisco Earthquake

Age 13

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook San Francisco for approximately 60 seconds on April 18, 1906. A 1906 report by US Army Relief Operations recorded the death toll for San Francisco and surrounding areas at 664. Later reports record the number at over 3,000 deaths. An estimated 225,000 people were left homeless from the widespread destructuction as 80% of the city was destroyed.
1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 23

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, Welsh, and Irish (of Norman origin): from Old French pourcel ‘piglet’ (Latin porcellus, a diminutive of porcus ‘pig’), hence a metonymic occupational name for a swineherd, or a nickname, perhaps affectionate in tone. This is a common surname in Ireland, having become established there in the 12th century.

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

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Sources (3)

  • E Rubie Purcell in household of R Bruce Purcell, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Ruby E Purcell in household of Bruce R Purcell, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Ruby Ethel Purcell, "Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934"

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