Ruben Franklin Altom

1874–1963 (Age 88)
Dyer, Tennessee, United States

The Life of Ruben Franklin

When Ruben Franklin Altom was born on 28 December 1874, in Dyer, Tennessee, United States, his father, George Washington Altom, was 44 and his mother, Lucy Wooley, was 28. He married Valula Ella DeLoach on 22 December 1897, in Independence, Arkansas, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 4 daughters. He lived in Liberty Township, Independence, Arkansas, United States for about 10 years and Jackson Township, White, Arkansas, United States in 1920. He died on 10 March 1963, in Heber Springs, Cleburne, Arkansas, United States, at the age of 88, and was buried in Henderson Cemetery, Pangburn, White, Arkansas, United States.

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Family Time Line

Ruben Franklin Altom
Valula Ella DeLoach
Marriage: 22 December 1897
Homer Leroy Altom
Lucy Jane Altom
Bertha L Altom
Nancy Arena Altom
Ada E. Altom

Spouse & Children

22 December 1897
Independence, Arkansas, United States


  • Male1898–1988Male

  • Lucy Jane Altom


  • Bertha L Altom


  • Nancy Arena Altom


  • Female1906–1984Female

Parents & Siblings



World Events (8)

1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

Age 1

In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.
1878 · Yellow Fever Epidemic

Age 4

When a man that had escaped a quarantined steamboat with yellow fever went to a restaurant he infected Kate Bionda the owner. This was the start of the yellow fever epidemic in Memphis, Tennessee. By the end of the epidemic 5,200 of the residence would die.
1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 24

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.

Name Meaning

Probably one of several variants of English Halton or Alton , but it could also be an altered form of English Altham, which is a habitational name from Altham in Whalley, Lancashire, named in Old English as ‘river meadow (hamm) of the swans (elfitu)’.

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • Franklin Alton, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Rubin A Altom, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Rubin F Altom, "United States Census, 1910"

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