Alma Ruby Myrtle Swain

1895–1985 (Age 90)
Portland, Multnomah, Oregon, United States

The Life of Alma Ruby Myrtle

When Alma Ruby Myrtle Swain was born on 11 January 1895, in Portland, Multnomah, Oregon, United States, her father, Russel Bigalow Swain, was 45 and her mother, Florence Virginia Jones, was 34. She married Clarence Arthur Allen on 26 February 1914, in Clark, Washington, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 daughters. She died on 25 January 1985, in Tulare, California, United States, at the age of 90.

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Alma Ruby Myrtle Swain
Clarence Arthur Allen
Marriage: 26 February 1914
Esther Ruby Allen
Edith Florence Allen
Dorothy Galena Allen

Spouse & Children

26 February 1914
Clark, Washington, United States


  • Esther Ruby Allen


  • Edith Florence Allen


  • Dorothy Galena Allen


Parents & Siblings

  • Russel Bigalow Swain


  • Florence Virginia Jones




World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 1

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 11

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.
1919 · The Eighteenth Amendment

Age 24

The Eighteenth Amendment established a prohibition on all intoxicating liquors in the United States. As a result of the Amendment, the Prohibition made way for bootlegging and speakeasies becoming popular in many areas. The Eighteenth Amendment was then repealed by the Twenty-first Amendment. Making it the first and only amendment that has been repealed.

Name Meaning

1 Northern English: occupational name for a servant or attendant, from the Middle English word swein ‘servant’ or Old Norse sveinn ‘boy’, ‘servant’. In Old Norse this word is also found as a personal name in the form Sveinn; so in some cases the origin may be patronymic.2 Scottish and Irish: reduced form of McSwain .

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • Ruby M Allen in household of Art A Allen, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Ruby M Allen in household of Arthur C Allen, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Alma R M Allen in household of Clarence A Allen, "United States Census, 1920"

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