Ruth’s house now, photo by Kate Hess

Ruth was born in 1905 in a mid-size city in Iowa. She was the youngest of four sisters, daughter to Julia, an Iowa girl, and to Louis, a Bohemian immigrant who worked as a carpenter and a contractor. Ruth and her sisters all went to college, and she and one of her sisters continued to work in education until they retired, both remaining unmarried and passionate about their work with students. Ruth had a degree in French and a 2 year degree from Chicago Normal…