Ruth Evelyn Smith

6 June 1892–20 August 1981 (Age 89)
Albany, Linn, Oregon, United States

The Life of Ruth Evelyn

When Ruth Evelyn Smith was born on 6 June 1892, in Albany, Linn, Oregon, United States, her father, Edward Francis Smith, was 25 and her mother, Louisa Mabel Gregg, was 23. She married Carl Guy Butler on 2 October 1911, in Sonoma, California, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons. She lived in San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States in 1910 and Santa Rosa, Sonoma, California, United States in 1920. She died on 20 August 1981, in Paradise, Butte, California, United States, at the age of 89.

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Carl Guy Butler
Ruth Evelyn Smith
Marriage: 2 October 1911
Carl Butler
Adelbert Allen Butler
Philip Butler
Clayton Henry Butler, Sr.
Robert Edward Butler

Spouse and Children

2 October 1911
Sonoma, California, United States


    Carl Butler


    Adelbert Allen Butler


    Philip Butler


    Clayton Henry Butler, Sr.


    Robert Edward Butler


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World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 4

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.
1898 · Oregon Historical Society

Age 6

The Oregon Historical Society was founded on December 17, 1898, for the “collection, preservation, exhibition, and publication of material of a historical character, especially that relating to the history of Oregon and of the United States.” 
1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 24

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.

Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a worker in metal, from Middle English smith (Old English smið, probably a derivative of smītan ‘to strike, hammer’). Metalworking was one of the earliest occupations for which specialist skills were required, and its importance ensured that this term and its equivalents were perhaps the most widespread of all occupational surnames in Europe. Medieval smiths were important not only in making horseshoes, plowshares, and other domestic articles, but above all for their skill in forging swords, other weapons, and armor. This is the most frequent of all American surnames; it has also absorbed, by assimilation and translation, cognates and equivalents from many other languages (for forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988 ).

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

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Sources (3)

  • Ruth Butler in household of Carl Butler, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Ruth Smith in household of Edward Smith, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Ruth Smith in household of Mabel Smith, "United States Census, 1900"

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