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 Ruth Vivian <I>Walker</I> Beecham

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Ruth Vivian Walker Beecham

Birth
Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, USA
Death 16 Oct 1999 (aged 91)
Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California, USA
Burial Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California, USA
Memorial ID 197310091 View Source
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Ruth Picture in:
School Year book Central High School in St. Paul 1926
Ruth Vivian Walker
Glee Club; Girls' Athletic Club; Tennis Tournament; "Babes in Toyland:" Bells of Beaujolais;" Assemblies.
"She hath indeed better-bettered expectation."

Ruth's picture, on the left, accompanied the announcement of her engagement to Dr. Clayton Beecham.

The Minneapolis Star (MN)
Sun. Aug. 21, 1932
"DR. BEECHAM, RUTH WALKER TO WED OCT 1
Mr. and Mrs. Edwin G. Walker, 1248, Laurel Avenue, St. Paul, announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Ruth Vivian, to Dr. Clayton Tremain Beecham of Minneapolis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Horace King Beecham, 1212 Marshall Avenue. St. Paul. The wedding will take place Oct. 1 in the Olivet Congregational Church, St. Paul. Miss Walker is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, a member of Phi Upsilon Omicron and Eta Sigma Upsilon sororities. Dr. Beecham is a graduate of the university and a member of Phi Beta Pi, medical fraternity."
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The Minneapolis Star (MN)
Mon. Aug. 22, 1932
"MISS RUTH WALKER TO WED DR. C.T. BEECHAM
Miss Ruth Vivian Walker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin G. Walker, 1248 Laurel Avenue, St. Paul, and Dr. Clayton Tremain Beecham of Minneapolis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Horace King Beecham, 1212 Marshall Avenue, St. Paul. The wedding will take place Oct. 1 in the Olivet Congregational Church, St. Paul. Miss Walker is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, a member of Phi Upsilon Omicron and Eta Sigma Upsilon sororities. Dr. Beecham is a graduate of the university and a member of Phi Beta Pi, medical fraternity."
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They were married. An article posted in the Star Tribune on Mon. Nov. 28, 1932 mentions "Mrs. Ruth Walker Beecham."
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Star Tribune (MN)
Sun. June 30, 1935
"C.C. (T) BEECHAMS GO EAST
Dr. and Mrs Clayton C.(T) Beecham of Philadelphia left Friday to motor east following a visit of two weeks in the Twin Cities. They were guests of Dr. Beecham's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Horace Beecham, 1212 Marshall Avenue, St. Paul and Dr. Beecham, who is a graduate of the school of medicine at the University of Minnesota attended the sessions of the Minnesota Medical association in Minneapolis the past week.

They were guests of Mrs. Mary Louise Dicus at dinner Wednesday evening at her home, 607 Ninth street south. Mrs. Dicus' daughter, Mrs. Mary Ertzgaard of Minneapolis and Mrs. Elizabeth Jackson of St. Paul, also were entertained. Mrs. Lucy File of Rochelle, Ill., accompanied the Beechams here and visited in Minneapolis with her sister-in-law, Mrs. Bessie Graham."
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Ruth gave birth to a son, Richard King, on June 29, 1936.

Perhaps they had separated by the time the following Federal Census was taken. Ruth was living with her parents. Their son, Richard, was living with his father.

On April 2, 1940,
Ruth W Beecham, age 31, married, lived with her parents on Laurel Ave. in St Paul, Ramsey, MN.
Household Members:
Edwin Walker 63 -head - born in WI - real estate clerk for RR.
Lillie C Walker 62 -wife - WI
Ruth W Beecham 31 - daughter- MN - married - had completed 4th yr. college

On April 12, 1940
Clayton T. Beecham, age 33 - married - renting a home on Wayne Avenue in Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co, PA
(Inferred Residence in 1935: Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Highest Grade Completed: College - 5th or subsequent year
He owned his practice as a physician.
Household Members:
Clayton T Beecham 33 - born in IL
Richard King Beecham 3 - son born in PA
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They were apparently divorced when Clayton married again.
The Philadelphia Inquirer (PA)
Sun. May 25, 1941
"Mr. and Mrs. Walter Bowers announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Nina Milner Bowers, to Dr. Clayton T. Beecham, son of Mr. and Mrs. Horace King Beecham, of St. Paul, Minn. ... ."

Some time later Ruth and her family moved west to CA. She kept her married name, Beecham.

She died in Santa Clara, CA on October 16, 1999, at the age of 91 years, 9 months, and 12 days.


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  • Created by: Virginia Brown
  • Added: 5 Mar 2019
  • Find a Grave Memorial 197310091
  • Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/197310091/ruth-vivian-beecham : accessed ), memorial page for Ruth Vivian Walker Beecham (4 Jan 1908–16 Oct 1999), Find a Grave Memorial ID 197310091, citing Santa Rosa Memorial Park, Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California, USA ; Maintained by Virginia Brown (contributor 47053782) .