Joel Joseph Ridgway

1870–1948 (Age 78)
Monongalia, West Virginia, United States

The Life of Joel Joseph

When Joel Joseph Ridgway was born on 1 January 1870, in Monongalia, West Virginia, United States, his father, Elihu Horton Ridgway, was 45 and his mother, Mary E Jarrett, was 28. He married Rhoda Litman on 16 December 1901, in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. He lived in Springhill, Springhill Township, Fayette, Pennsylvania, United States for about 20 years and Springhill Township, Fayette, Pennsylvania, United States in 1940. He died on 13 November 1948, in Monongalia, West Virginia, United States, at the age of 78.

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Joel Joseph Ridgway
Rhoda Litman
Marriage: 16 December 1901
Merlin Litman Ridgeway
Elton Howard Ridgeway

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16 December 1901
Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States


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World Events (8)

1870 · The Fifteenth Amendment

Age 0

Prohibits the federal government and each state from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen's race, color, or previous condition of servitude. It was the last of the Reconstruction Amendments.
1884 · There is now a Capital Building

Age 14

The capitol building in Des Moines originally had a budget of $1,500,000 but complications arose because of the need of a redesign. The building was dedicated on January 17, 1884, but it wasn’t completed until 1886. On January 4, 1904, a fire started and swept through the areas that housed the Supreme Court and Iowa House of Representatives. A major restoration was performed and documented, with the addition of electrical lighting, elevators, and a telephone system. By the early 1980s, the sandstone exterior of the Capitol had started deteriorating and prompted the installation of canopies to protect pedestrians from falling rubble. The entire reconstruction process took around 18 years to complete.
1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 26

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.

Name Meaning

English: variant spelling of Ridgeway .

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • Joseph R Ridgeway, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Joel Ridgway in household of Eliha Ridgway, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Joseph Ridgeway in household of Elihem Ridgeway, "United States Census, 1880"

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