Ruth Margaret Radford

13 July 1924–28 November 1996 (Age 72)
Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland, United States

The Life of Ruth Margaret

When Ruth Margaret Radford was born on 13 July 1924, in Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland, United States, her father, Everett Lyndon Radford, was 30 and her mother, Erla Melvin Thorney, was 25. She married Floyd Kerns Fritter on 2 April 1942, in Catonsville, Baltimore, Maryland, United States. She lived in Pinellas, Florida, United States in 1935. She died on 28 November 1996, in Crawfordville, Wakulla, Florida, United States, at the age of 72, and was buried in Arran Cemetery, Arran, Wakulla, Florida, United States.

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Floyd Kerns Fritter
Ruth Margaret Radford
Marriage: 2 April 1942

Spouse and Children

2 April 1942
Catonsville, Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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World Events (8)


Age 3

Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.
1941 · Florida Involvement in World War II

Age 17

Similar to the first World War, Florida's location and temperature served as an ideal location for military training; in fact, Florida would end up having 172 military installations. As a result of World War II growth, Camp Blanding became the fourth largest city in Florida, capable of housing over 55,000 soldiers. Many Floridians sacrificed their lives among other Americans to win the war; it's estimated that about 3,000 U.S. deaths were from Floridian troops.
1944 · The G.I Bill

Age 20

The G.I. Bill was a law that provided a range of benefits for returning World War II veterans that were on active duty during the war and weren't dishonorably discharged. The goal was to provide rewards for all World War II veterans. The act avoided life insurance policy payouts because of political distress caused after the end of World War I. But the Benefits that were included were: Dedicated payments of tuition and living expenses to attend high school, college or vocational/technical school, low-cost mortgages, low-interest loans to start a business, as well as one year of unemployment compensation. By the mid-1950s, around 7.8 million veterans used the G.I. Bill education benefits.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the various places so named, for example in Devon, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, and Hereford and Worcester. Most are named from Old English rēad ‘red’ + ford ‘ford’, but it is possible that in some cases the first element may be a derivative of Old English rīdan ‘to ride’, with the meaning ‘ford that can be crossed on horseback’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Ruth Radford in household of Everett Radford, "Florida State Census, 1935"
  • Ruth Radford in household of Everett Radford, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Ruth Radford in household of Everett Radford, "United States Census, 1930"

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