Ralph Sherman Loomis

26 November 1908–15 April 1985 (Age 76)
Carthage, Jasper, Missouri, United States

The Life of Ralph Sherman

When Ralph Sherman Loomis was born on 26 November 1908, in Carthage, Jasper, Missouri, United States, his father, Sherman Eugene Loomis, was 35 and his mother, Alice Irene Harvey, was 29. He married Madeline Gillespie about 1938, in Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. He lived in Tomahawk, Lincoln, Wisconsin, United States in 1930 and Saylor Township, Polk, Iowa, United States in 1940. He registered for military service in 1944. He died on 15 April 1985, in Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, United States, at the age of 76, and was buried in Glendale Cemetery, Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, United States.

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Family Time Line

Ralph Sherman Loomis
Madeline Gillespie
Marriage: about 1938
Thomas Ralph Loomis
James John Loomis

Spouse and Children

about 1938
Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, United States


    Thomas Ralph Loomis


    James John Loomis


Parents and Siblings

    Sherman Eugene Loomis





World Events (8)

1909 · The NAACP is formed

Age 1

Organized as a civil rights organization, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is a bi-racial endeavor to advance justice for African Americans. It is one of the oldest civil rights organizations in the nation.
1913 · The Completion of the Keokuk Dam

Age 5

The Keokuk Dam was completed in 1913 and began to power the surrounding area. It was the largest single capacity powerhouse in the world at the time. After World War II, the powerhouse was modernized and all the units were converted in 2002. It remains the largest privately owned and operated dam on the Mississippi River.

Age 21

13 million people become unemployed after the Wall Street stock market crash of 1929 triggers what becomes known as the Great Depression. President Herbert Hoover rejects direct federal relief.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a lost place near Bury in Lancashire, recorded in the Middle Ages as Lumhalghs, and apparently named with the Old English elements lumm ‘pool’ + halh ‘nook’, ‘recess’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Ralph Loomis, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Ralph Loomis in household of Sam E Loomis, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Ralph Loomis in household of Sherman E Loomis, "United States Census, 1930"

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