Ruth Emma Olga SOYK

7 February 1917–2 March 2010 (Age 93)
Wausau, Marathon, Wisconsin, United States

The Life of Ruth Emma Olga

When Ruth Emma Olga SOYK was born on 7 February 1917, in Wausau, Marathon, Wisconsin, United States, her father, Otto Emil Richard Soyk, was 24 and her mother, Dorothea Florence Augusta Kraatz, was 22. She married Harold James Brinkman on 10 August 1935. She died on 2 March 2010, in West Linn, Clackamas, Oregon, United States, at the age of 93.

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Family Time Line

Harold James Brinkman
Ruth Emma Olga SOYK
Marriage: 10 August 1935

Spouse and Children

    Harold James Brinkman



10 August 1935

Parents and Siblings





    Elenore SOYK


    Otto William SOYK Sr.


    Wilbert E Soyk


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World Events (8)

1918 · Attempting to Stop the War

Age 1

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.
1918 · Spanish Flu Kills Thousands in Oregon

Age 1

The “Spanish Flu,” or the influenza pandemic, claimed the lives of over 50 million across the globe, 450,000 across the U.S., and thousands in Oregon during the years 1918 to 1919.
1942 · The Japanese American internment

Age 25

Caused by the tensions between the United States and the Empire of Japan, the internment of Japanese Americans caused many to be forced out of their homes and forcibly relocated into concentration camps in the western states. More than 110,000 Japanese Americans were forced into these camps in fear that some of them were spies for Japan.

Name Meaning

German: of uncertain origin. Perhaps a metonymic occupational name for a shoemaker (of light, slipperlike shoes), from Middle High German socke ‘sock’; East German from a Slavic personal name Sock. Compare Sokol .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Ruth E Sayk in household of Otto E Sayk, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Ruth Emma Soyk in entry for Joan Brinkman, "Illinois, Cook County, Birth Certificates, 1871-1940"
  • Ruth Brinkman in entry for Harold Brinkman, "Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1994"

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