Maria Unruh

12 July 1908–23 January 2001 (Age 92)
Odessa, Kherson, Russian Empire

The Life of Maria

When Maria Unruh was born on 12 July 1908, in Odessa, Kherson, Russian Empire, her father, John Unruh Sr, was 26 and her mother, Rosina Gutjahr, was 27. She married Emil Robert Becher on 1 October 1929, in Beulah, Mercer, North Dakota, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. She immigrated to New York City, New York, United States in 1911 and lived in Mercer, North Dakota, United States for about 10 years and Township 140 Range 87, Morton, North Dakota, United States in 1940. She died on 23 January 2001, in Glen Ullin, Morton, North Dakota, United States, at the age of 92.

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Family Time Line

Emil Robert Becher
Maria Unruh
Marriage: 1 October 1929
Walter Arthur Becher
Elizabeth Doris Becher
Gordon Floyd Becher

Spouse and Children

1 October 1929
Beulah, Mercer, North Dakota, United States


    Walter Arthur Becher


    Elizabeth Doris Becher


    Gordon Floyd Becher


Parents and Siblings

    John Unruh Sr


    Rosina Gutjahr




    John E Unruh



    Rosanna Unruh


    Fred Unruh


    Edward Unruh


+1 More Child

World Events (8)

1913 · The Woolworth Building Opens as the Tallest Building in the World

Age 5

At 792 feet above Broadway, the Woolworth Building became the tallest building in the world and held the record for 17 years. The Woolworth Building was overshadowed by the Chrysler Building at 1,046 feet in 1930 and the Empire State Building at 1,454 feet in 1931. Retailer and mogul Frank W. Woolworth commissioned the Woolworth Building in 1910 with the intent of his namesake building to be the tallest in the world. The 13 million dollar project was financed in cash by Woolworth which allowed him freedoms in the design and construction of the ornate, gothic building. An opening ceremony was held on April 24, 1913 at which President Woodrow Wilson pressed a button from the White House and lit the historic building in New York City.
1914 · Russia Fights German and Austria in WWI

Age 6

Russia entered World War I in August of 1914, they fought against the Germans and Austrians. They were part of the allied forces. In 1917, with the signing of the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk Russia left the war.
1935 · The FBI is Established

Age 27

The Bureau of Investigation's name was changed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation to help citizens know that the Government is helping protect from threats both domestically and abroad.

Name Meaning

German:1. nickname for a restless or quarrelsome person, from Middle High German, Middle Low German unrouwe, unrāwa ‘unrest’, ‘disturbance’. 2. habitational name from places called Unruh, in East Prussia, or Unrow. 3. nickname for a careless or casual person, from Middle High German unruoch ‘careless’, ‘negligent’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Marie Unruh in household of John Unruh, "North Dakota Census, 1915"
  • Marie Unruh in household of John Unruh, "North Dakota Census, 1925"
  • Mary Unruh in household of John Unruh, "United States Census, 1920"

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