Monday, September 14, 2009

Ruth Emily Lange Adamson 1918-1986

Ruth Emily Lange was born March 27, 1918 at her home in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Lange family moved to Calumet, Itasca, Minnesota, where Ruth attended school and graduated from Greenway High School in 1935. She attended one year at Itasca Junior College. Ruth was always active in many church activities at the Community Presbyterian Church and was the first female elder of the church. Ruth was well known for her Norwegian Cookies, marzipan, and lefse. She knitted beautiful sweaters, many in a Norwegian pattern, did cross-stitching, crocheting, and made many of her own clothes as well. Ruth died on February 8, 1986 in Grand Rapids, Itasca, Minnesota.

Ruth Lange was married to Harry Thomas Adamson in the Calumet Presbyterian Church on September 5, 1937. Harry Adamson was born on December 12, 1915 in Menagah, Wadena, Minnesota, to William and Clara Adamson. Harry and Ruth first lived in a small upstairs apartment on the farm of William and Clara Adamson in Calumet, Itasca, Minnesota. (Calumet was formerly called Cooley back in the early 1900’s.) After that they lived in Nashwauk and on April 1, 1951 moved to Grand Rapids, Itasca, Minnesota. Harry was also very active in church activities and was Churchman of the Year in the 1970's. After his retirement, he spent some time practically every day doing handyman work at the church. Sometimes to Ruth's dismay, there were things to be done at home, too! Harry worked for Butler Brothers, Itasca Tire Company, and Blanden Wood Products all located in Grand Rapids, Itasca, Minnesota. They were both active in the Sons of Norway and Boy Scouts. Harry died on July 9, 1991 in Holland while visiting his son and family.

My Sources are from my database, birth, marriage, and death certificates and family history from two sons.

Copyright © 2009 by Gus J. Marsh

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