John Cleveland Ruark

12 August 1854–6 November 1941 (Age 87)
Iowa, United States

The Life of John Cleveland

When John Cleveland Ruark was born on 12 August 1854, in Iowa, United States, his father, Thomas Jefferson Ruark, was 20 and his mother, Mary Adelia Messenger, was 18. He married Rebecca Catherine Burgess on 2 June 1882, in Walla Walla, Walla Walla, Washington Territory, United States. He lived in Russell Creek, Walla Walla, Washington, United States in 1900 and Kootenai, Idaho, United States in 1920. He died on 6 November 1941, in Spokane, Spokane, Washington, United States, at the age of 87, and was buried in Pomeroy, Garfield, Washington, United States.

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John Cleveland Ruark
Mary Elizabeth Howry
Marriage: 27 April 1918

Spouse and Children

27 April 1918
Spokane, Spokane, Washington, United States

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World Events (8)

1857 · The State Capital moves to Des Moines

Age 3

The Capitol was located in Iowa City until the 1st General Assembly of Iowa recognized that the Capitol should be moved farther west than Iowa City. Land was found two miles from the Des Moines River to start construction of the new building. Today the Capitol building still stands on its original plot.

Age 9

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 27

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.

Name Meaning

Irish: reduced and altered form of O’Rourke .

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

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Sources (3)

  • J C Ruark, "United States Census, 1920"
  • John C Ruark, "United States Census, 1940"
  • John Ruark, "United States Census, 1930"

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