Ruth Drew (1897 - 1978)

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Ruth Drew
1897 - 1978
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February 22, 1897
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April 1978
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Quincy, Adams County, Illinois 62301
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Ruth Drew was born on February 22, 1897. She died in April 1978 at age 81. We know that Ruth Drew had been residing in Quincy, Adams County, Illinois 62301.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Ruth Drew passed away in April 1978 at 81 years of age. She was born on February 22, 1897. There is no information about Ruth's family or relationships. We know that Ruth Drew had been residing in Quincy, Adams County, Illinois 62301.

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In 1897, in the year that Ruth Drew was born, on September 21st, editor and publisher Francis P. Church responded to a letter to the editor from Virginia O'Hanlon, 8 years old. Virginia's father had told her that "If you see it in The Sun, it's so." So she wrote to the Sun, asking if there was a Santa Claus. Church responded with the now famous editorial "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus".

In 1903, by the time she was just 6 years old, the United States Department of Commerce and Labor was created by President Theodore Roosevelt to control the excesses of big business. Renamed the Department of Commerce 10 years later, many departments concerned with workers were transferred to the Department of Labor at that time. Another spin-off, the Bureau of Corporations, became the Federal Trade Commission.

In 1919, Ruth was 22 years old when on January 6th, President Theodore Roosevelt died. Having gone to bed the previous night after being treated for breathing problems, the ex-President died in his sleep from a clot that had traveled to his lungs. He was 60. After a simple service, Roosevelt was buried on a hillside overlooking Oyster Bay.

In 1969, by the time she was 72 years old, one hundred countries, along with the United States and the Soviet Union signed the nuclear nonproliferation treaty (NPT). It called for stopping the spread of nuclear weapons, the peaceful use of nuclear energy, and the goal of nuclear disarmament.

In 1978, in the year of Ruth Drew's passing, on November 18th, Jim Jones's Peoples Temple followers committed mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana - where they had moved, from San Francisco, as a group. Jones was the leader of the cult and ordered his followers to drink cyanide-laced punch, which they did. Whole families (women and children included) died - more than 900 people in all.

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