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Ruth C. Cooke
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Birth: 1893
Upper Marlboro
Prince George's County
Maryland, USA
Death: Sep. 19, 1975
District Of Columbia, USA

Ms. Cooke handled the switchboard at the local phone company the night of Jan. 28th 1922 during the fierce snowstorm which resulted in the roof falling in on a packed theater. She lined up doctors, emergency crews, and fended off the media. 98 folks died and another 135+ were injured. She worked closely with the D.C. government, mostly thru her fellow operator at the District Building, Ms. Viola Wheeler.

Viola Wheeler

As a result of her (Ruth) actions that night, she was the first woman to receive the silver Vail award from the parent AT&T telephone company. She had retired with over 40 years of service. She left 2 cousins as next of kin. 
Fort Lincoln Cemetery
Prince George's County
Maryland, USA
Created by: Fred Sanford
Record added: Nov 30, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 81272177
Ruth C. Cooke
Added by: Fred Sanford
Ruth C. Cooke
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