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Henry John Ruehl II Family

HENRY JOHN RUEHL II son of Henry Ruehl I and Elizabeth (Dörr) Ruehl
born: Jul 1859 in Egg Harbor, Atlantic County, New Jersey, USA.
died: 22 Oct 1939 at the age of 80 in St Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, USA.
married: MARGARETHA “MAGGIE” HECK , on 25 Sep 1890 at the Church of Sacred Heart 

MARGARETHA “MAGGIE” HECK daughter of Jacob and Margaretha E. (Kirsch) Heck
born: 28 Feb 1869 in St Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, USA.
died: 30 Apr 1961 at the age of 92 in Los Angeles County, California, USA.

 

Henry is showing as Henry John, John Henry, and J. H. I’ve found some confusion in webgens with his brother John.  The census records I found list Margaretha as Margaret. Some documents show her as Maggie, which is what her family most likely called her, and not to be confused with Henry’s sister, Maggie.

Marriage Announcement for Maggie Hech and Henry Ruehl

Henry John Ruehl II and Margaretha (Heck) Ruehl Story

Based on records I could uncover, we see that Henry II and Margaret Heck married in St. Paul Minnesota in 1890. Henry was 31 years old when they married and Margaretha was 21. Although they married in St. Paul, Minnesota, their first two children, Cyrilla and Harry, were born in Sioux City, Iowa (1891 and 1894), by 1896 they have moved to Nebraska, where their daughters Pauline, Marie and Dorothy were born. Their daughters Elizabeth, Florentine and Margaret were born in Minnesota (1907-1911). 

In 1891 Henry sold property in Sioux City proper for $2,200.00

In 1895 we find the following legal notice in the Sioux City, Iowa Journal:

The 1900 census shows them owning their own farm in Covington Precinct, Dakota County, Nebraska. 

By 1910 they must have sold the farm because Henry is showing as a hotel proprietor and they were renting their home in St. Paul, Minnesota. Their daughter Cyrilla was living at home at 18 years old and is showing as a cashier at a grocery store, they now have 7 living children, 2 children not living. Their daughter, Florentine is showing as a son, but all future records show her as female.

By 1920 Henry is 60 and working on his own account as a carpenter and they are still renting in St. Paul. they have another daughter, Margaret showing as 9 years old. Their daughter Cyrilla is married to Charles J. Lick and they are living with them. Oddly, five of their children are showing as Lodgers. 

A 1928 St. Paul, Minnesota Directory shows them:
     Ruehl, Henry J (Margt) slsmn Cleland-Hughes Motors Co. furnished rooms 237 N Smith av h1238 Como blvd.

By the 1930 US Federal Census, all children except for Florentine had left home and Henry was proprietor of a rooming house in St. Paul. I have not listed all the residents of the rooming house, only the three family members.

A 1934 St. Paul, Minnesota City Directory shows them: 
    Ruehl, Henry (Margt) h1238 E Como blvd

By the 1940 US Federal Census, Henry had died the previous year and we find Margaret head of household, living with her daughters, Pauline and Elizabeth in St. Paul. 

Henry and Margaret Ruehl Census Records

Census records were given to a census taker typically by someone in the household and sometimes even by a neighbor. Also, information is subject to interpretation by the census taker. 

1895 Iowa State Census, Ossian, Military Township, Winneshiek County, Iowa. Henry is living with his siblings, John, Maggie and Katie. All are showing as being born in Pennsylvania, so perhaps the older sisters gave the information (since they were born in Pennsylvania, Henry and John being born in New Jersey). 

  • Henry Ruehl, age: 24, single, occupation: Cigar Manufacture, birthplace: Pa
  • John Ruehl. age: 21, single, occupation: laborer, birthplace:, Pa
  • Maggie Ruehl, age: 29, single, occupation: milliner, birthplace: Pa
  • Kattie Ruehl, age: 27, single, birthplace: Pa

1900 US Federal Census, District 67, Covington Precinct, Dakota County, Nebraska, Supervisor District No. 8, Enumeration District No. 67, Sheet No. 10, enumerated 13th day of June, 1900.

  • Henry Ruehl, Head, born: July 1859, age: 40, married for 1 years, birthplace: New Jersey, both parents born in Germany, occupation: Farmer, can read, write and speak english, own their Farm.
  • Margaret Ruehl, Wife, born Feb 1869, age: 31, married 10 years, number of children born: 4, number of children living: 4, birthplace: Minnesota, both parents born in Germany, can read, write and speak english. 
  • Cyrilla Ruehl, daughter, born July 1891, age: 8, birthplace: Iowa, attended school, can read, write and speak English.
  • Harry Ruehl, son, born Feb 1894, age 6, birthplace: Iowa, attended school, can read write and speak english.
  • Pauline Ruehl, daughter, born June 1896, age: 3, birthplace: Nebraska.
  • Marie Ruehl, daughter, born May 1899, age: 1, birthplace: Nebraska.
1910 US Federal Census, District 126, St. Paul City, Ward 9 (part of), Ramsey County, Minnesota, Precinct 1, Supervisor District No. 4, Enumeration District No. 126, Sheet No. 16, enumeration 26th, 27th & 28th days of April, 1910, House No. 58, dwelling No. 170, family No. 316, street name: Iglehart Ave:
  •  John H Ruehl, head, age: 49, married for 21 years, birthplace: New Jersey, parents birthplace: Germany, occupation: proprietor, Industry: hotel, Employer, can read & write and is renting home.
  • Margaret Ruehl, wife, age: 41, married 21 years, number of children born: 9, number of children living: 7, birthplace: Minnesota, parents birhplace: Germany, occupation: none, can read and write.
  • Cyrilla Ruehl, daughter, age 18, single, birthplace: Iowa, occupation, Cashier, industry: grocery store, can read and write. 
  • Harry Ruehl, son, age: 16, birthplace: Iowa, can read and write, is attending school.
  • Pauline Ruehl, daughter, age: 13, birthplace: Nebraska, can read and write, is attending school.
  • Marie Ruehl, daughter, age: 10, birthplace: Nebraska, can read and write, is attending school.
  • Dorothy Ruehl, daughter, age: 7, birthplace: Nebraska, can read and write, is attending school. 
  • Elizabeth Ruehl, daughter, age: 2, birthplace: Minnesota.
  • Florentine Ruehl, son, age: 10 months, birthplace, Minnesota.
1920 US Federal Census, District 73, St. Paul City, Precinct 2, Ward 7, Ramsy County, Minnesota, Supervisor’s District No. 4, Enumeration District No. 73, Sheet No. 8, enumerated on the 8th day of January 1920.
  • Henry Ruehl, head, renting,, age: 60, married, can read and write, birthplace: New Jersey, occupation: Carpenter, Industry: Own Shop, own account.
  • Margaret, wife, age: 50, born in Minnesota.
  • Henry J. Ruehl, son, age: 25, single, born in Iowa, occupation: saleman, industry: clothing.
  • Cerilla M. Lick, daughter,, age: 28, married, born in Iowa, occupation: none.
  • Charles J. Lick, son-in-law, age: 28, married, born in Minnesota, occupation: Manager, Industry: Telephone.
  • Pauline Rule [Ruehl], lodger, age: 22, single, born in Nebraska, occupation, Telegrapher, industry: Telegraph
  • Dorothy Rule [Ruehl], lodger, age:  16, single, born in Minnesota
  • Elizabeth, lodger, age: 11, born in Minnesota
  • Florentine, lodger, age: 10, born in Minnesota
  • Margaret, lodger, age: 9, born in Minnesota
1930 US Federal Census, Block No. 14, District 43, St. Paul City (no farms in this district), Ramsey County, Minnesota, Supeervisor’s District No. 8, Enumeration District No. 62-43. Enumerated April 8, 1930. North Smith Avenue, House No. 233, Dwelling No. 35, Family No. 74. Note: they had 8 lodgers living in their rooming house (not listed here).
  • J. Henry Ruehl, Head,, renting, $40 / mo, age: 71, married, age at first marriage: 31, birthplace: New Jersey,.
  • Margaret Ruehl,, wife, age: 61, married, age at first marriage: 21, birthplace Minnesota, occupation: none.
  • Florentine Ruehl, daughter, age: 20, single, birthplace: Minnesota. occupation: none.
1940 US Federal Census, St. Paul City Ward No. 5, Block No. 9, Ramsey County, Minnesota, S.D. No. 4, E.D. No 90-72, sheet 3 A & 3-B, enumerated on April 5, 1940. N. Smith Avenue, House No. 233, Rent: $30/mo.
  • Margaret Ruehl, head, age: 71, Widowed, highest grade completed: 5th grade, birthplace: Minnesota, residence in 1935: same house. employment details: Home Housework.
  • Pauline Ruehl, daughter, age: 42 single, attended college: no, highest grade completed: high school 4th year, birthplace: Iowa, residence in 1935: same place. employed: yes occupation: Steongrapher, Industry: Community Day Auction State. Class of worker: Wage or Salary worker in Government work. weeks worked: 52, salary: 1200, 
  • Elizabeth Ruehl, daughter, age: 32, single, highest grade completed: high school 2nd year, birthplace: Minnesota, residence in 1935: same place, occupation: bookkeeper, Industry: Insulating Felts. Wage or Salary in private work. wage or salary: 0, Income other sources: yes. 

Henry John and Margaretha (Heck) Ruehl Children

  1. CYRILLA RUEHL daughter of Henry John and Margaretha (Heck) Ruehl was born on 14 Jul 1891 in Sioux City, Woodbury County, Iowa, USA. She died in Feb 1979 at the age of 87 in Prescott, Yavapai County, Arizona, USA. She married CHARLES JOSEPH LICK son of Charles Lick and Bertha (Wolfurth) Lick, on 14 May 1912 in St Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota, USA. He was born on 15 Apr 1893 in St Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota. He died on 08 Feb 1970 at the age of 76 in Los Angeles County, California, USA.

    Cyrilla and Carl Lick had a daughter, PATRICIA M. LICK, who married JIMMY G. MEAROS, son of Alton Hughes and Margaret Elizabeth (Bunge) Meares. Jimmy was a US Army Veteran.

  2. HENRY “HARRY” JOHN RUEHL III son of Henry John and Margaretha (Heck) Ruehl was born on 27 Feb 1894 in Sioux City, Woodbury County, Iowa, USA. He died on 07 Jun 1954 at the age of 60 in Los Angeles County, California, USA. He married MERLE MARIE KISLING daughter of John E. and Anna (Thomson) Kisling, about 1921 in Madison, Nebraska, USA. She was born on 31 Mar 1896 in Monona County, Iowa, USA. She died on 11 May 1957 at the age of 61 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA.  Harry was a World War I Veteran. He is my 2nd cousin 2x removed and an ancestor I will follow.

  3. PAULINE C. RUEHL daughter of Henry John and Margaretha (Heck) Ruehl was born on 22 Jun 1896 in Nebraska, USA. She died on 05 Feb 1989 at the age of 92 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA.

    The 1940 US Federal census shows Pauline as a Stenographer for Community Day Auction State as a Government employee.  She apparently relocated to Los Angeles at some point before death, perhaps with other siblings.

  4. MARIE RUEHL daughter of Henry John and Margaretha (Heck) Ruehl was born in May 1899 in Nebraska, USA. She died in Nov 1976 at the age of 77 in Mount Vernon, Skagt County, Washington, USA. She married GEORGE LEONARD TOBIN. son of James W. and Stella A. Tobin. He was born June 13, 1895 in Minnesota, USA and died June 23, 1980 at the age of 85. George was a US Army Veteran and served from April 25, 1918 to May 14, 1919. Marie is my 2nd cousin 2x removed and an ancestor I will follow.

  5. DOROTHY C. RUEHL daughter of Henry John and Margaretha (Heck) Ruehl was born about 1903 in Nebraska, USA. She may have married E. A. Johnson (based on brother Harry’s obituary through a process of elimination), but I was unable to find any documents to support this. 

  6. ELIZABETH RUTH RUEHL daughter of Henry John and Margaretha (Heck) Ruehl was born on 25 Apr 1907 in Minnesota, USA. She died on 12 Feb 1982 at the age of 74 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA. She married ALONZO D. ALEXANDER on 19 Sep 1946 in California, USA. 

    1940 US Federal Census shows Elizabeth living with her mother Margaret and sister Pauline in St. Paul Minnesota. By 1946 she has moved to Los Angeles, most likely with her brother Harry, who moved to Los Angeles in 1945 to open a Packard dealership, where she married Alonzo D. Alexander Jr. when she was 39 years old. 1.

  7. FLORENTINE C. RUEHL daughter of Henry John and Margaretha (Heck) Ruehl was born on 19 Jun 1909 in Ramsey County, Minnesota, USA. She died on 17 Mar 1994 at the age of 84 in Los Angeles, California. She married ALFRED B. HEIDER. He was born about 1909 in Minnnesota. 

    The following birth record is from the Minnesota, Birth Index, 1900-1934 2:

    Name:Florentine C. Ruehl
    Birth Date:19 Jun 1909
    Birth Place:Ramsey, Minnesota, USA
    Father’s Surname:Ruehl
    Mother’s Maiden Name:Heck
    Certificate Number:1909-37060

    I found her in a 1932 St. Paul, Minnesota City Directory. She appears to be living with her parents and sisters Betty [Elizabeth?] and Pauline at r600 Summit av.

    Florentine and Alred Heider had at least one child: RICHARD ALFRED HEIDER (1933-2006) who was born in St. Paul, Minnesota and died in California. Richard married HAZEL M. UNKNOWN.

  8. MARGARET THERESA RUEHL, daughter of Henry John and Margaretha (Heck) Ruehl was born 7 Nov 1910 , most likely in St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota. She died 1 Jul 2000 at the age of 89. She married JEWELL THORE HAGE, the son of Sigmund J. and Bertha Malina (Thompson) Hage / Hague. He was born 8 Oct 1909 in Driscoll, North Dakota, USA and died 16 Nov 1987 at the age of 78 in Los Angeles County, California, USA. 

Citations:

  1. Elizabeth R. Ruehl, Alonzo D. Alexander Jr. marriage record, Sep 19,1946, recorded Book 2677, page 143, California, County Birth, Marriage, and Death Records, 1849-1980. California Department of Public Health, courtes of www.vitalsearch-worldwide.com, Digital Images. Ancestry.com Operations, Inc, Publisher Date: 2017, Lehi, UT, USA. Ancestry.com.
  2. Florentine C. Ruehl Birth Record, Female, Birth Date: 19 Jun 1909, Birth Place: St. Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota, Father: John Henry Ruehl, Mother: Margaretha Heck, FHL Film Number 1309045. Household Members: margaretha Heck, John Henry Ruehl, Florentine E. Ruehl. Minnesota, Births and Christenings Index, 1840-1980, Author: Ancestry.com, Publisher: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., Publisher Date: 2011, Publisher Location: Provo, UT, USA. Repository Information: Ancestry.com.

Disclosure:
The family Information was retrieved from a variety of family trees, webgens and family stories. I will note citations as appropriate and hope the information assists you in your research, but please do not use this as proven evidence. Feedback is welcome!

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