Ralph W Small

1 December 1904–22 December 1956 (Age 52)
Cicero, Jackson Township, Hamilton, Indiana, United States

The Life of Ralph W

When Ralph W Small was born on 1 December 1904, in Cicero, Jackson Township, Hamilton, Indiana, United States, his father, Arthur Orestas Small, was 37 and his mother, Isa Letitia Purkey, was 31. He married Bonnie Zellas Dobson on 22 August 1930, in Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He lived in Hamilton Township, Jackson, Indiana, United States in 1910. He registered for military service in 1940. He died on 22 December 1956, in Noblesville, Hamilton, Indiana, United States, at the age of 52, and was buried in Westfield, Hamilton, Indiana, United States.

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Ralph W Small
Bonnie Zellas Dobson
Marriage: 22 August 1930
Conrad Dobson Jensen

Spouse and Children

22 August 1930
Salt Lake, Utah, United States


Parents and Siblings

    Arthur Orestas Small


    Isa Letitia Purkey




    Cecil G Royer


    Marjorie Catherine Small


    Margery C Small



    John Robert Small


World Events (8)

1906 · Saving Food Labels

Age 2

The first of many consumer protection laws which ban foreign and interstate traffic in mislabeled food and drugs. It requires that ingredients be placed on the label.
1906 · Gary, Indiana, Is Founded

Age 2

The town of Gary, Indiana, was founded by the United States Steel Corporation in 1906. The Gary Works steel mill was the largest integrated mill in North America. The city of Gary was named after Elbert Henry Gary who was the founding chairman of the United States Steel Corporation and American lawyer and county judge. Gary partnered with J.P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie, and Charles M. Schwab to found the United States Steel Corporation.
1918 · Attempting to Stop the War

Age 14

To end World War I, President Wilson created a list of principles to be used as negotiations for peace among the nations. Known as The Fourteen Points, the principles were outlined in a speech on war aimed toward the idea of peace but most of the Allied forces were skeptical of this Wilsonian idealism.

Name Meaning

1 English: nickname for a person of slender build or diminutive stature, from Middle English smal ‘thin’, ‘narrow’.2 Translation of equivalents in other European languages, such as German Klein and Schmal , French Petit .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Ralph W Small in household of Isa L Small, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Ralph W Small in household of Isa L Small, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Ralph W Small, "Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007"

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