Ruth Sarager

21 June 1923–3 October 1999 (Age 76)
Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States

The Life of Ruth

When Ruth Sarager was born on 21 June 1923, in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States, her father, Rudolph Saueregger, was 27 and her mother, Esta Wright Ensign, was 30. She married Harold Nelson Bennett on 22 September 1940, in Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona, United States in 1930 and Supervisorial District 2, Maricopa, Arizona, United States in 1940. She died on 3 October 1999, in Arizona, United States, at the age of 76, and was buried in Glendale, Maricopa, Arizona, United States.

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Family Time Line

Harold Nelson Bennett
Ruth Sarager
Marriage: 22 September 1940
Duke Nelson Bennett
Dorian Sarager Bennett
Beebe Bennett

Spouse and Children

    Harold Nelson Bennett



22 September 1940
Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona, United States


Parents and Siblings



World Events (8)

1925 · The Goodman Theatre

Age 2

The Goodman Theatre was founded as a tribute to the Chicago playwright Kenneth Sawyer Goodman, who died in the Great Influenza Pandemic in 1918. The theater was funded by his parents, who donated $250,000 to the Art Institute of Chicago. The first theater was designed by Howard Van Doren Shaw and its opening ceremony was performed on October 20. 

Age 4

Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.
1944 · The G.I Bill

Age 21

The G.I. Bill was a law that provided a range of benefits for returning World War II veterans that were on active duty during the war and weren't dishonorably discharged. The goal was to provide rewards for all World War II veterans. The act avoided life insurance policy payouts because of political distress caused after the end of World War I. But the Benefits that were included were: Dedicated payments of tuition and living expenses to attend high school, college or vocational/technical school, low-cost mortgages, low-interest loans to start a business, as well as one year of unemployment compensation. By the mid-1950s, around 7.8 million veterans used the G.I. Bill education benefits.

Name Meaning

German: probably a habitational name for someone from a place called Sarow in Pomerania, the Slavic suffix -ow (in place names) frequently being replaced by the German element -au.

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

Story Highlight

The Story of My Life, by Esta Ensign Sarager Call, written 1970

CHAPTER 1 "O shucks! I have to get this hay in. Can't you see it's going to rain?" As Martin came into the yard with a load of hay, Martha came out of the house to tell him that she was having pain …

Sources (3)

  • Ruth Sarager in household of Esta Sarager, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Ruth Sarager in household of Ralph Sarager, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Ruth Sarager, "Arizona, County Marriages, 1871-1964"

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