Monday, June 23, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Week 7

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Week 7

Ruth E. Mendenhall (1927- ?)- My great aunt

Birth:           16 Jan 1927           Dayton, Ohio
Death:           Unknown              Rumored- California

                  Age: Unknown

Parents:       Earl Dwight Mendenhall (1894-1972) &
                              Edna Grace Miles (1894-1934)

          Harold Earl Mendenhall (1916-1989)
          Robert Eugene Mendenhall (1919-1993)


1930  (Age 3)        2260 Catalpa Dr, Dayton, Ohio
1940  (Age 13)      129 E. Orchard Springs, Harrison, Dayton, Ohio

When Ruth was 14, she was disowned by her family. The reasons are unknown because nobody would discuss it, but it rumored that she was pregnant. Her family burned all of the family pictures that included her. Only one picture was found- it had fallen behind a dresser. She was never heard from again after she left home.
In the 70's, someone in the family tracked her down with a private investigator. She was found living in California, married to a doctor. She told the investigator she wanted nothing to do with the family.

This is the only picture we have of Ruth. It is from her 3rd grade picture in 1935 at the Shiloh Springs School in Dayton Ohio. Ruth is in the middle row, 4th one in from the left- she has a mischievous smile on her face J

The Shiloh Springs School was located at 5816 North Main Street, Dayton, Ohio. It was demolished in August 2012.

If Ruth is still alive today, she would be 87 years old.

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