Ruth Bressler was born into a prominent family in her small town. Her father John Bressler was a founder of Wayne, Wayne county, Nebraska. Her mother, Julia Fair Bressler, was a civic leader. She was born on August 13, 1886 in Wayne. She had an older sister, Maude. A brother had died as an infant before Ruth was born. And three siblings came after her, Kate, John Jr., and Dorothy.
Although northeast Nebraska had only recently been settled, Ruth and her sisters were well educated. Maude, Ruth, and Kate attended the Birmingham School for Girls in Pennsylvania – near the home of their Bressler grandparents. This was not a finishing school, this was a serious academic institution. Ruth attended from 1903 to 1906. She went on to attend the University of Nebraska, but I haven’t found anything that indicated that she graduated.
Ruth married Amos Townsend Claycomb on 15 June 1912 in Wayne, Nebraska. Their first home together was in Marengo, McHenry county, Illinois. It was there that their first son, John, was born. Their second son, Frank, was born in Sycamore, DeKalb county, Illinois, where Amos’ father lived.
In 1916 they moved to Ruth’s hometown, Wayne, Nebraska, to a farm that her father bought and put in the children’s names. It was here that George (1916), Barbara (1918), and Richard (1922) were born. Ruth lived here the rest of her life.
She was busy in the community as well as keeping the farm household in order. We visited from California every few years and she often came out to stay with us the other years. I remember thinking she was always very well dressed (this from a tomboy granddaughter). She wore lace-up shoes with cuban heels. And she always visited the foot doctor when she came to visit.
She was a good cook, put up fine preserves and made great ice creams and sherbets.
She collected bells.
She loved to travel which is good because her children lived on the east coast, west coast and Wisconsin.
After Amos’ death in 1958, Ruth and her son George continued to farm. At age 86, she died 29 October 1972, following a stroke.