Ruth Virginia Whiteside

Brief Life History of Ruth Virginia

When Ruth Virginia Whiteside was born on 1 January 1891, in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States, her father, Walter Hunter Whiteside, was 29 and her mother, Carrie Virginia Kendall, was 31. She married Marvel Harold Parsons on 19 June 1912, in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. She lived in Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States in 1910 and Pasadena, Los Angeles, California, United States for about 10 years. She died on 17 June 1952, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 61.

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Family Time Line

Marvel Harold Parsons
1889–1947
Ruth Virginia Whiteside
1891–1952
Marriage: 19 June 1912
Ruth Virginia Parsons
1913–1913
John Whiteside Parsons
1914–1952

Sources (19)

  • Ruth V Whiteside in household of Walter H Whiteside, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Ruth Virginia Parsons, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
  • Ruth Virginia Whiteside, "Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915" m 19 Jun 1912

World Events (8)

1891 · Angel Island Serves as Quarantine Station

Angel Island served as a quarantine station for those diagnosed with bubonic plague beginning in 1891. A quarantine station was built on the island which was funded by the federal government at the cost of $98,000. The disease spread to port cities around the world, including the San Francisco Bay Area, during the third bubonic plague pandemic, which lasted through 1909.

1892 · The Masonic Temple Building

The Masonic Temple Building was a skyscraper built in Chicago and from 1895 to 1920 it was the tallest building in Chicago. The building featured a central court surrounded by shops on nine floors. On top of the shops there were meeting rooms that were also used as theaters. In 1939 the Masonic Temple was demolished, and a Walgreens drug store was erected in its place. 

1908 · The Bureau of Investigation is formed

Known as the National Bureau of Criminal Identification, The Bureau of Investigation helped agencies across the country identify different criminals. President Roosevelt instructed that there be an autonomous investigative service that would report only to the Attorney General.

Name Meaning

English and Scottish: nickname from Middle English white ‘white’ + side ‘side, flank’ (Old English hwīt + sīde), perhaps referring to one who habitually wore white clothes (compare Greenside ). The name may also be habitational, from any of several places called Whiteside in southwestern Scotland and Northumberland, probably named with Old English hwīt ‘white’ + sīde ‘slope, hill’. The surname was very strong in central Lancashire in the late 16th century, and it may also derive from an unidentified place in this area. The name is now common in Ireland (Antrim and Down).

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

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