Ruby Elizabeth Tomlinson

1915–1981 (Age 66)
Oklahoma, United States

The Life of Ruby Elizabeth

When Ruby Elizabeth Tomlinson was born on 9 March 1915, in Oklahoma, United States, her father, Henry Clay Tomlinson, was 48 and her mother, Maria Wooldridge, was 38. She married Rueben Haffner on 16 December 1946, in Canadian, Oklahoma, United States. She lived in Kennedy Township, Blaine, Oklahoma, United States for about 10 years. She died on 21 October 1981, in Lodi, San Joaquin, California, United States, at the age of 66, and was buried in Lodi, San Joaquin, California, United States.

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Ruby Elizabeth Tomlinson
Rueben Haffner
Marriage: 16 December 1946

Spouse & Children

16 December 1946
Canadian, Oklahoma, United States

Parents & Siblings

  • Henry Clay Tomlinson


  • Maria Wooldridge




World Events (8)

1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 1

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.
1917 · The Green Corn Rebellion

Age 2

A farmer’s revolt known as the Green Corn Rebellion resulted due to frustration toward landowners and local authorities. A small group of wealthy landowners obtained property by fraudulent means which forced many Oklahoma farmers into a tenancy in 1917. Many farmers joined the Working Class Union who became hostile toward county officials. Hundreds of men gathered on the farm of John Spears in Sasakwa where they planned to march to Washington to repeal the draft act and end the war. Their plan included eating green corn and beef along the way, which gave the rebellion its name. An informer alerted authorities and their effort was halted as several groups collided with the rebels, firing shots into the air. The men scattered, three were killed, over 400 were arrested, and 150 were convicted and received federal prison sentences.
1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Age 19

Alcatraz Island officially became Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary on August 11, 1934. The island is situated in the middle of frigid water and strong currents of the San Francisco Bay, which deemed it virtually inescapable. Alcatraz became known as the toughest prison in America and was seen as a “last resort prison.” Therefore, Alcatraz housed some of America’s most notorious prisoners such as Al Capone and Robert Franklin Stroud. Due to the exorbitant cost of running the prison, and the deterioration of the buildings due to salt spray, Alcatraz Island closed as a penitentiary on March 21, 1963. 

Name Meaning

English: patronymic from the personal name Tomlin .

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • Ruby Tomlinson in household of Ira Tomlinson, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Ruby D Tomlinson in household of Clay H Tomlinson, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Ruby Tomlinson, "Oklahoma, School Records, 1895-1936"

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