Ruby Davis

Last updated 5 Nov 2021 in Spear–Johnson Family.

Individual

Born: 29 Oct 1909 in Pedro, Pennington County, South Dakota, United States

Died: 27 Oct 1995 in Rapid City, Pennington County, South Dakota, United States

Father: Guy E. Davis (1882 – ?)

Mother: Myrtle S. Rose (1884 – 1942)

Supporting evidence for:
name

census-us-1910-ps-sd-pennington-93-8b: 1910 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Pennington County, Township 5, enumeration district 93, sheet 8B (form/penned) or page 166B (stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1910 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 14 August 2018) > "South Dakota > Pennington > Township 5 > District 0093" image 2; citing “Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910, NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 1486 (of 1784), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1375499]

Additional detail for reference: Line 74 dwelling 164

Comment: Source includes name (Ruby Davis).

census-us-1920-ps-sd-pennington-165-1a: 1920 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Pennington County, Deep Creek (Township 6NR17E, Precinct 31), enumeration district 165, sheet 1A (form/penned) or page 126A (stamped OR stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1920 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 17 August 2018) > "South Dakota > Pennington > Deep Creek > District 0165" image 1; citing “Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920, NARA microfilm publication T625, roll 1725 (of 2076), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 19, dwelling 6

Comment: Source includes name (Ruby Davis).

census-us-1930-ps-sd-pennington-32-2a: 1930 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Pennington County, Wasta Township, enumeration district 52-32, sheet 2A (form/penned) or page 169A (stamped); 1930 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 18 August 2018) > "South Dakota > Pennington > Wasta > District 0032" image 3; citing “Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 2229 (of 2667), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 2341963]

Additional detail for reference: Line 15, dwelling 28

Comment: Source includes name (Ruby Davis).

marriage-morgan-davis-1931: Record of marriage for Harold Morgan and Ruby Davis (1931); South Dakota, Marriages, 1905-2017, database with images, Ancestry (https://ancestry.com: accessed 8 May 2018) > “1931-1932” image 1743; citing “South Dakota Department of Health; Pierre, South Dakota; South Dakota Marriage Records, 1905-2016

Comment: Source includes name (Ruby Davis).

memorialcard-ruby-breck-1995: Memorial card (funeral program) for Ruby (Davis) Morgan Breck (1995); privately held

Comment: Source includes name (Ruiby Davis Morgan Breck). This name includes her birth surname, followed by the surnames of her two husbands..

obituary-albert-breck-1990: Obituary for Albert B. “Al” Breck (1990); “Albert B. ‘Al’ Breck,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 20 May 2018), image “United States of America > South Dakota > Rapid City > Rapid City Journal > 1990 > 03 > 05” page 14; citing “The Rapid City Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 5 Mar 1990 (Monday), page B2, column 1”

Comment: Source includes name (Ruby Davis Morgan). The surname Morgan is from her first marriage.

obituary-myrtle-rose-davis-1942: Obituary for Myrtle (Rose) Davis (1942); “Former Pennington Woman Dies, Philip,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 20 May 2018), image “United States of America > South Dakota > Rapid City > Rapid City Journal > 1942 > 06 > 19” page 2; citing “The Rapid City Daily Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 19 Jun 1942 (Friday), page 2, column 5”

Comment: Source includes [married] name (Ruby Morgan).

periodical-friday-ceremony-unites-couple-1951: “Friday Ceremony Unites West River Couple,” wedding description; Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 8 May 2018) > “United States of America > South Dakota > Rapid City > Rapid City Journal > 1951 > 07 > 05” page 6; citing “The Rapid City Daily Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 5 Jul 1951 (Thursday), page 6, column 7”

Comment: Source includes [married] name (Ruby Morgan).

periodical-morgan-divorce-1948: “Briefs / Divorces / <Ruby Morgan from Herald Morgan…>,” local news brief; Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 20 May 2018) > “United States of America > South Dakota > Rapid City > Rapid City Journal > 1948 > 10 > 04” page 2; citing “The Rapid City Daily Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 4 Oct 1948 (Monday), page 2, column 3”

Comment: Soruce includes [married] name (Ruby Morgan).

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birth

census-us-1920-ps-sd-pennington-165-1a: 1920 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Pennington County, Deep Creek (Township 6NR17E, Precinct 31), enumeration district 165, sheet 1A (form/penned) or page 126A (stamped OR stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1920 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 17 August 2018) > "South Dakota > Pennington > Deep Creek > District 0165" image 1; citing “Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920, NARA microfilm publication T625, roll 1725 (of 2076), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 19, dwelling 6

Comment: Source includes age (10) and location (South Dakota). Using her age and the official census date of 1 Jan 1920 gives a birth date range from 2 Jan 1909 to 1 Jan 1910.

census-us-1930-ps-sd-pennington-32-2a: 1930 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Pennington County, Wasta Township, enumeration district 52-32, sheet 2A (form/penned) or page 169A (stamped); 1930 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 18 August 2018) > "South Dakota > Pennington > Wasta > District 0032" image 3; citing “Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 2229 (of 2667), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 2341963]

Additional detail for reference: Line 15, dwelling 28

Comment: Source includes age (20) and location (South Dakota). Using her age and the official census date of 1 Apr 1930 gives a birth date range from 2 Apr 1909 to 1 Apr 1910.

marriage-morgan-davis-1931: Record of marriage for Harold Morgan and Ruby Davis (1931); South Dakota, Marriages, 1905-2017, database with images, Ancestry (https://ancestry.com: accessed 8 May 2018) > “1931-1932” image 1743; citing “South Dakota Department of Health; Pierre, South Dakota; South Dakota Marriage Records, 1905-2016

Comment: Source includes age (21). Using the marriage date of 10 Oct 1931 gives a birth date range from 11 Oct 1909 to 10 Oct 1910.

memorialcard-ruby-breck-1995: Memorial card (funeral program) for Ruby (Davis) Morgan Breck (1995); privately held

Comment: Source includes date (October 29, 1909) and location (near the community of Pedro on the Cheyenne River [Pennington County, South Dakiota]).

census-us-1910-ps-sd-pennington-93-8b: 1910 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Pennington County, Township 5, enumeration district 93, sheet 8B (form/penned) or page 166B (stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1910 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 14 August 2018) > "South Dakota > Pennington > Township 5 > District 0093" image 2; citing “Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910, NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 1486 (of 1784), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1375499]

Additional detail for reference: Line 74 dwelling 164

Comment: Source includes age (?/12 [unknown months]) and location (South Dakota). The number of months is clearly a single digit, and none of 1, 2, 3, or 4 seems a reasonable interpretation, the number of months must be between 5 and 9. Using this and the official census date of 15 Apr 1910 gives a birth date range from 16 Jul 1909 to 15 Dec 1909.

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death

memorialcard-ruby-breck-1995: Memorial card (funeral program) for Ruby (Davis) Morgan Breck (1995); privately held

Comment: Source includes date (October 27, 1995).

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father

census-us-1910-ps-sd-pennington-93-8b: 1910 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Pennington County, Township 5, enumeration district 93, sheet 8B (form/penned) or page 166B (stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1910 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 14 August 2018) > "South Dakota > Pennington > Township 5 > District 0093" image 2; citing “Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910, NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 1486 (of 1784), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1375499]

Additional detail for reference: Lines 71,74, dwelling 164

Comment: Source identifies Ruby Davis as a daughter of Guy E. Davis. The source does not provide sufficient evidence to denote the type of parent/child relationship.

census-us-1920-ps-sd-pennington-165-1a: 1920 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Pennington County, Deep Creek (Township 6NR17E, Precinct 31), enumeration district 165, sheet 1A (form/penned) or page 126A (stamped OR stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1920 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 17 August 2018) > "South Dakota > Pennington > Deep Creek > District 0165" image 1; citing “Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920, NARA microfilm publication T625, roll 1725 (of 2076), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Lines 16,19, dwelling 6

Comment: Source identifies Ruby Davis as a daughter of Guy Davis. The source does not provide sufficient evidence to denote the type of parent/child relationship.

census-us-1930-ps-sd-pennington-32-2a: 1930 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Pennington County, Wasta Township, enumeration district 52-32, sheet 2A (form/penned) or page 169A (stamped); 1930 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 18 August 2018) > "South Dakota > Pennington > Wasta > District 0032" image 3; citing “Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 2229 (of 2667), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 2341963]

Additional detail for reference: Lines 13,15, dwelling 28

Comment: Source identifies Ruby Davis as a daughter of Guy Davis. The source does not provide sufficient evidence to denote the type of parent/child relationship.

memorialcard-ruby-breck-1995: Memorial card (funeral program) for Ruby (Davis) Morgan Breck (1995); privately held

Comment: Source identifies Ruby Davis Morgan Breck as the biological daughter of Guy Davis.

periodical-friday-ceremony-unites-couple-1951: “Friday Ceremony Unites West River Couple,” wedding description; Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 8 May 2018) > “United States of America > South Dakota > Rapid City > Rapid City Journal > 1951 > 07 > 05” page 6; citing “The Rapid City Daily Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 5 Jul 1951 (Thursday), page 6, column 7”

Comment: Source identifies Ruby Morgan as the daughter of Guy Davis. The source does not provide sufficient evidence to denote the type of parent/child relationship.

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mother

memorialcard-ruby-breck-1995: Memorial card (funeral program) for Ruby (Davis) Morgan Breck (1995); privately held

Comment: Source identifies Ruby Davis Morgan Breck as the biological daughter of Myrtle (Rose) Davis.

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Family

Spouse/Partner: Albert Bernard "Al" Breck (1908 – 1990)

Married: 29 Jun 1951 in Rapid City, Pennington County, South Dakota, United States

Supporting evidence for:
marriage

obituary-albert-breck-1990: Obituary for Albert B. “Al” Breck (1990); “Albert B. ‘Al’ Breck,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 20 May 2018), image “United States of America > South Dakota > Rapid City > Rapid City Journal > 1990 > 03 > 05” page 14; citing “The Rapid City Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 5 Mar 1990 (Monday), page B2, column 1”

Comment: Source includes date (June 29, 1951) and location (Rapid City [, South Dakota]).

periodical-friday-ceremony-unites-couple-1951: “Friday Ceremony Unites West River Couple,” wedding description; Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 8 May 2018) > “United States of America > South Dakota > Rapid City > Rapid City Journal > 1951 > 07 > 05” page 6; citing “The Rapid City Daily Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 5 Jul 1951 (Thursday), page 6, column 7”

Comment: Source includes date ([last] Friday [giving a date of 30 Jun 1951]) and location ([Rapid City, South Dakota]) for the marriage of Albert Bernard Breck and Ruby Morgan.

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Miscellaneous Facts

Events

Burial: at Pedro, Pennington County, South Dakota, United States

Graduation: (Quinn High School) 1929 at Quinn, Pennington County, South Dakota, United States

Certificate: (State Teacher's Certificate) 1930 at Spearfish, Lawrence County, South Dakota, United States

Cemetery: (Rose Cemetery) at Pedro, Pennington County, South Dakota, United States

Supporting evidence for:
events

memorialcard-ruby-breck-1995: Memorial card (funeral program) for Ruby (Davis) Morgan Breck (1995); privately held

Comment: Source includes cemetery location (Pedro, South Dakota).

memorialcard-ruby-breck-1995: Memorial card (funeral program) for Ruby (Davis) Morgan Breck (1995); privately held

Comment: Source indicates Ruby graduated from Quinn High School in 1929.

memorialcard-ruby-breck-1995: Memorial card (funeral program) for Ruby (Davis) Morgan Breck (1995); privately held

Comment: Source indicates Ruby earned a State Teachers Certificate at Spearfish Normal School [Spearfish, South Dakota].

memorialcard-ruby-breck-1995: Memorial card (funeral program) for Ruby (Davis) Morgan Breck (1995); privately held

Comment: Source includes cemetery (Rose Cemetery) and locatoin (Pedro, South Dakota).

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Attributes

Residence: 15 Apr 1910 at Township 6 North Range 17 East, Pennington County, South Dakota, United States

Residence: 1 Jan 1920 at Township 6 North Range 17 East, Pennington County, South Dakota, United States

Education: (Spearfish Normal School) 1929-1930 at Spearfish, Lawrence County, South Dakota, United States

Occupation: (teacher)

Residence: 1 Apr 1930 at Wasta, Pennington County, South Dakota, United States

Residence: 10 Oct 1931 at Hilland, Haakon County, South Dakota, United States

Residence: 18 Jun 1942 at Milesville, Haakon County, South Dakota, United States

Residence: 10 Jul 1951 at Rapid City, Pennington County, South Dakota, United States

Residence: 1965 at Pedro, Pennington County, South Dakota, United States

Residence: 1982 at Rapid City, Pennington County, South Dakota, United States

Supporting evidence for:
attributes

census-us-1910-ps-sd-pennington-93-8b: 1910 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Pennington County, Township 5, enumeration district 93, sheet 8B (form/penned) or page 166B (stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1910 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 14 August 2018) > "South Dakota > Pennington > Township 5 > District 0093" image 2; citing “Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910, NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 1486 (of 1784), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1375499]

Additional detail for reference: Line 74 dwelling 164

Comment: Source includes census date (15 Apr 1910) and location (Township 6NR17E (partial), County: Pennington, State: South Dakota).

census-us-1920-ps-sd-pennington-165-1a: 1920 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Pennington County, Deep Creek (Township 6NR17E, Precinct 31), enumeration district 165, sheet 1A (form/penned) or page 126A (stamped OR stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1920 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 17 August 2018) > "South Dakota > Pennington > Deep Creek > District 0165" image 1; citing “Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920, NARA microfilm publication T625, roll 1725 (of 2076), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 19, dwelling 6

Comment: Source includes census date (1 Jan 1920) and location (Township 6 North Range 17 East, County: Pennington, State: South Dakota).

memorialcard-ruby-breck-1995: Memorial card (funeral program) for Ruby (Davis) Morgan Breck (1995); privately held

Comment: Source indicates Ruby attended Spearfish Normal School [, Spearfish, South Dakota] in 1929 and 1930.

periodical-friday-ceremony-unites-couple-1951: “Friday Ceremony Unites West River Couple,” wedding description; Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 8 May 2018) > “United States of America > South Dakota > Rapid City > Rapid City Journal > 1951 > 07 > 05” page 6; citing “The Rapid City Daily Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 5 Jul 1951 (Thursday), page 6, column 7”

Comment: Source includes implied date ("former") and occupation (teacher).

census-us-1930-ps-sd-pennington-32-2a: 1930 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Pennington County, Wasta Township, enumeration district 52-32, sheet 2A (form/penned) or page 169A (stamped); 1930 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 18 August 2018) > "South Dakota > Pennington > Wasta > District 0032" image 3; citing “Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 2229 (of 2667), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 2341963]

Additional detail for reference: Line 15, dwelling 28

Comment: Source includes census date (1 Apr 1930) and location (Wasta (unincorporated), County: Pennington, State: South Dakota).

marriage-morgan-davis-1931: Record of marriage for Harold Morgan and Ruby Davis (1931); South Dakota, Marriages, 1905-2017, database with images, Ancestry (https://ancestry.com: accessed 8 May 2018) > “1931-1932” image 1743; citing “South Dakota Department of Health; Pierre, South Dakota; South Dakota Marriage Records, 1905-2016

Comment: Source incudes location (Hilland, Haakon County, S.D.) on marriage date (October 10th, 1931).

obituary-myrtle-rose-davis-1942: Obituary for Myrtle (Rose) Davis (1942); “Former Pennington Woman Dies, Philip,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 20 May 2018), image “United States of America > South Dakota > Rapid City > Rapid City Journal > 1942 > 06 > 19” page 2; citing “The Rapid City Daily Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 19 Jun 1942 (Friday), page 2, column 5”

Comment: Source includes death date (18 Jun 1942) and location (Milesville [,South Dakota]).

periodical-friday-ceremony-unites-couple-1951: “Friday Ceremony Unites West River Couple,” wedding description; Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 8 May 2018) > “United States of America > South Dakota > Rapid City > Rapid City Journal > 1951 > 07 > 05” page 6; citing “The Rapid City Daily Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 5 Jul 1951 (Thursday), page 6, column 7”

Comment: Source includes date (July 10 [, 1951]) and location (Rapid City, South Dakota).

obituary-albert-breck-1990: Obituary for Albert B. “Al” Breck (1990); “Albert B. ‘Al’ Breck,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 20 May 2018), image “United States of America > South Dakota > Rapid City > Rapid City Journal > 1990 > 03 > 05” page 14; citing “The Rapid City Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 5 Mar 1990 (Monday), page B2, column 1”

Comment: Source includes date ("after he retired in 1965, they moved to...") and location ("Davis homestead in the Pedro area" [, South Dakota]).

obituary-albert-breck-1990: Obituary for Albert B. “Al” Breck (1990); “Albert B. ‘Al’ Breck,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 20 May 2018), image “United States of America > South Dakota > Rapid City > Rapid City Journal > 1990 > 03 > 05” page 14; citing “The Rapid City Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 5 Mar 1990 (Monday), page B2, column 1”

Comment: Source includes date (1982) and location (Rapid City [, South Dakota]).

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General Notes and Anecdotes

Al and Ruby lived on her father's homestead near Creighton, South Dakota. The homestead was somewhat remote, as noted in the Rapid City Journal in 1975. One of the paper's news editors had taken some aerial photographs from a helicopter in March, to help show the results of a severe spring snowstorm. Included in these were the Davis homestead. After presenting prints of their home to Al and Ruby, she wrote back, "We love the large pix you took from the sky. I thank you very much for your splendid courtesy. ... We are unable to subscribe to your very fine daily paper. But, you see, it is sometimes six weeks between pickups of our mail. So you see, the mail box would usually be filled with daily papers covering at least a week-old news." [periodical-the-weekender-1975]

Supporting evidence for:
general notes

periodical-the-weekender-1975: “The Weekender,” by Ron Bender, column; Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 20 May 2018) > “United States of America > South Dakota > Rapid City > Rapid City Journal > 1975 > 05 > 17” page 5; citing “Rapid City Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 17 May 1975 (Saturday), page 5, column 2”

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Research Notes (Conflicts/Spelling/Followup)

FOLLOWUP

Ruby and Al's marriage announcement in 1951 indicated that Ruby was a former teacher in Pedro. However, her memorial card indicated she taught for 40 years after her graduation in 1930, meaning until 1970. Was this because she had changed school location, or perhaps more likely, because had stopped teaching, but returned to teaching after her marriage? [periodical-friday-ceremony-unites-couple-1951, memorialcard-ruby-breck-1995]

Supporting evidence for:
research notes

memorialcard-ruby-breck-1995: Memorial card (funeral program) for Ruby (Davis) Morgan Breck (1995); privately held

periodical-friday-ceremony-unites-couple-1951: “Friday Ceremony Unites West River Couple,” wedding description; Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 8 May 2018) > “United States of America > South Dakota > Rapid City > Rapid City Journal > 1951 > 07 > 05” page 6; citing “The Rapid City Daily Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 5 Jul 1951 (Thursday), page 6, column 7”

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Sources

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