Ruth Abigail Turner

3 January 1883–15 August 1964 (Age 81)
Delhi, Delaware, Iowa, United States

The Life of Ruth Abigail

When Ruth Abigail Turner was born on 3 January 1883, in Delhi, Delaware, Iowa, United States, her father, Eli Turner, was 37 and her mother, Elizabeth Rebecca Harris, was 27. She married Perry Ratcliff on 21 March 1905. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Waterloo Township, Black Hawk, Iowa, United States for about 10 years and East Waterloo Township, Black Hawk, Iowa, United States in 1940. She died on 15 August 1964, at the age of 81, and was buried in Fairview Cemetery, Waterloo, Black Hawk, Iowa, United States.

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Family Time Line

Perry Ratcliff
Ruth Abigail Turner
Marriage: 21 March 1905
Fern Elizabeth Ratcliff
Harry Gail Ratcliff
Nina E Ratcliff
Gladys M Ratcliff
Melvin Lloyd Ratcliff

Spouse and Children

21 March 1905




    Nina E Ratcliff


    Gladys M Ratcliff


    Melvin Lloyd Ratcliff


Parents and Siblings

    Eli Turner


    Elizabeth Rebecca Harris





    George Edmond Turner


    Fred Joseph Turner


    Frank Turner



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World Events (8)

1884 · There is now a Capital Building

Age 1

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.

Age 3

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.
1906 · Saving Food Labels

Age 23

The first of many consumer protection laws which ban foreign and interstate traffic in mislabeled food and drugs. It requires that ingredients be placed on the label.

Name Meaning

1 English and Scottish: occupational name for a maker of objects of wood, metal, or bone by turning on a lathe, from Anglo-Norman French torner (Old French tornier, Latin tornarius, a derivative of tornus ‘lathe’). The surname may also derive from any of various other senses of Middle English turn, for example a turnspit, a translator or interpreter, or a tumbler.2 English: nickname for a fast runner, from Middle English turnen ‘to turn’ + ‘hare’.3 English: occupational name for an official in charge of a tournament, Old French tornei (in origin akin to 1).

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

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Sources (3)

  • Ruth A Ratcliff in household of Perry Ratcliff, "Iowa State Census, 1925"
  • Daisy R Radcliffe in household of Perry Radcliffe, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Ruth A Ratcliff in household of Perry Ratcliff, "United States Census, 1910"

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