Herl Joseph Ryan

16 March 1894–10 March 1985 (Age 90)
Jennings, Indiana, United States

The Life of Herl Joseph

When Herl Joseph Ryan was born on 16 March 1894, in Jennings, Indiana, United States, his father, Martin Lewis Ryan, was 24 and his mother, Emma Florence Heid, was 21. He married Georgia Dency Harrison on 29 May 1915, in Cass, Michigan, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 daughters. He lived in Hope, Haw Creek Township, Bartholomew, Indiana, United States in 1900 and Elkhart, Concord Township, Elkhart, Indiana, United States for about 10 years. He died on 10 March 1985, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 90, and was buried in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States.

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Herl Joseph Ryan
Georgia Dency Harrison
Marriage: 29 May 1915
Eileen Ryan
Patricia K Ryan

Spouse and Children

29 May 1915
Cass, Michigan, United States


    Eileen Ryan



Parents and Siblings


    Emma Florence Heid




World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 2

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.
1897 · Beginnings of Kmart

Age 3

Detroit was the home of the second dime and nickel stores that S. S. Kresge owned. After two years with John McCrory, his partner, he traded his share in the Memphis store, plus $3,000, for full ownership of the Detroit store and formed the Kresge & Wilson Company with his brother-in-law, Charles J. Wilson. In 1962, the S. S. Kresge Company would rebrand and change their name to Kmart.
1918 · Attempting to Stop the War

Age 24

To end World War I, President Wilson created a list of principles to be used as negotiations for peace among the nations. Known as The Fourteen Points, the principles were outlined in a speech on war aimed toward the idea of peace but most of the Allied forces were skeptical of this Wilsonian idealism.

Name Meaning

1 Irish: simplified form of Mulryan.2 Irish: reduced form of O’Ryan , an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Riagháin (modern Irish Ó Riain) ‘descendant of Rian’; Ó Maoilriain ‘descendant of Maoilriaghain’, or Ó Ruaidhín ‘descendant of the little red one’. Ryan is one of the commonest surnames in Ireland; there has been considerable confusion with Regan .3 Americanized spelling of German Rein .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Pherl Ryan in household of Martin L Ryan, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Herl J Ryan, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Herb Ryan, "United States Census, 1920"

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