Mary Opal Jackson

13 December 1901–9 October 1976 (Age 74)
Cleburne, Arkansas, United States

The Life of Mary Opal

When Mary Opal Jackson was born on 13 December 1901, in Cleburne, Arkansas, United States, her father, Gaden Alexander Jackson, was 31 and her mother, Emma Serena Johnson, was 29. She married Cecil Franklin Ritter on 2 April 1919, in Independence, Arkansas, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. She lived in Dane, Major, Oklahoma, United States in 1930 and Grassy Township, Cleburne, Arkansas, United States in 1940. She died on 9 October 1976, in Batesville, Independence, Arkansas, United States, at the age of 74, and was buried in Concord, Cleburne, Arkansas, United States.

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Cecil Franklin Ritter
Mary Opal Jackson
Marriage: 2 April 1919
Eugene Leagon Ritter
Mary Evelyn Ritter

Spouse and Children

2 April 1919
Independence, Arkansas, United States


    Eugene Leagon Ritter



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World Events (8)

1902 · So Much Farm Land

Age 1

A law that funded many irrigation and agricultural projects in the western states.
1904 · William H. Fuller Grows 70 Acres of Rice

Age 3

Rice is one Arkansas leading crops, in 1904 William H. Fuller planted 70 acres of rice, this act is what started the making rice the leading crop in Arkansas.
1921 · Tulsa Race Massacre

Age 20

 By 1921, Tulsa was a booming city with a population of over one hundred thousand, with ten thousand African Americans in the Greenwood District. Crime rates in Tulsa soared and vigilantism was present. An incident occurred with Dick Rowland, an African American shoe shiner, and Sara Page, a white elevator operator. Reports claim Rowland stepped on Page’s foot and she let out a scream. The newspaper reported Rowland attempted to rape Page. Rowland was arrested and white vigilantes demanded the sheriff to hand over Rowland for lynching. An armed group of African American men went to the courthouse to aid in protecting Rowland from the mob. The group was turned away and a shot was fired between the white and African American groups, which ignited a riot. While buildings in Tulsa were burned, a major effort by whites focused mainly on the Greenwood District which was burned to the ground and many were shot. Over 30 people were killed and many were injured in the riots. 

Name Meaning

English, Scottish, and northern Irish: patronymic from Jack 1. As an American surname this has absorbed other patronymics beginning with J- in various European languages.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Opal M Ritter in household of Cecil Ritter, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Opal Ritter in household of Cecil F Ritter, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Opal M Ritter in household of Cecil F Ritter, "United States Census, 1920"

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