Mina Ralston

December 1878–26 March 1919 (Age 40)
Brandon Township, Jackson, Iowa, United States

The Life of Mina

When Mina Ralston was born in December 1878, in Brandon Township, Jackson, Iowa, United States, her father, Mellon Ralston, was 42 and her mother, Eliza Louise Sinkey, was 35. She married Frank Farnsworth on 2 February 1899, in Jackson, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. She lived in Perry Township, Jackson, Iowa, United States in 1900. She died on 26 March 1919, at the age of 40, and was buried in Maquoketa, Jackson, Iowa, United States.

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Frank Farnsworth
Mina Ralston
Marriage: 2 February 1899
Nellie Victoria Farnsworth Willison

Spouse and Children

2 February 1899
Jackson, Iowa, United States


Parents and Siblings

    Mellon Ralston


    Eliza Louise Sinkey




    John N Ralston


    Mary E. Ralston


    Nancy Elvira Ralston




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World Events (8)

1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 3

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.
1884 · There is now a Capital Building

Age 6

The capitol building in Des Moines originally had a budget of $1,500,000 but complications arose because of the need of a redesign. The building was dedicated on January 17, 1884, but it wasn’t completed until 1886. On January 4, 1904, a fire started and swept through the areas that housed the Supreme Court and Iowa House of Representatives. A major restoration was performed and documented, with the addition of electrical lighting, elevators, and a telephone system. By the early 1980s, the sandstone exterior of the Capitol had started deteriorating and prompted the installation of canopies to protect pedestrians from falling rubble. The entire reconstruction process took around 18 years to complete.
1890 · The Sherman Antitrust Act

Age 12

This Act tried to prevent the raising of prices by restricting trade. The purpose of the Act was to preserve a competitive marketplace to protect consumers from abuse.

Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from the lands or barony of Ralston near Paisley, in Renfrewshire.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Miner Ralston in household of Melin Ralston, "Iowa State Census, 1895"
  • Mina Farnsworth in household of Frank Farnsworth, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Minor Ralsten in household of Millen Ralsten, "United States Census, 1880"

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