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title:

Birthday party for Ruth Ralston Cravens

image number:

P0056968

description:

A label on the back of the photo reads:

"Note - In honor of her fourth anniversary Ruth Ralston Cravens
gave a birthday party at her home, 222 East Fourth street,
Bloomington, Indiana. The following invitation was issued:

I will be four years old Wednesday, February 12,
1902. I am going to have a birthday party from two to
four o'clock and I want you to come.
I do not want you to bring or send me any presents.
I just want you to come and play with me.
Ruth Ralston Cravens.

In response to this invitation sixteen little friends and
playmates came and had a delightful time. Prof. John A.
Stoneking, on Indiana University, took a photograph and each one
of the guests received one as a souvenir of the occasion."

Ruth was born on February 12, 1898 (her mother died eight days later). She was graduated from IU in 1920, and from 1942-1956 she worked as an administrative assistant to IU President Herman B Wells. Ruth never married. She died January 20, 1982.

Ruth's stepmother, Emma Lucille Krueger Cravens, worked in the IU Library and then as a secretary for IU President William Lowe Byran.

Ruth's father, John W. Cravens, graduated from IU in 1897. For many years he served as IU Registrar and Secretary to the IU Board of Trustees.

date taken:

1902 February 12

photographer studio:

Stoneking, John Andrew

accession number:

0103

personal name:

Woodburn, Mary

personal name:

Woodburn, Martha

personal name:

Cunningham, Dorothy

personal name:

Joyner, Agnes

personal name:

Hoffman, Doris

personal name:

Davis, Marjorie

personal name:

Louden, Mary

personal name:

Miller, Elizabeth

personal name:

Dill, Ruth

personal name:

Hershey, Frieda

personal name:

Cravens, Ruth

personal name:

Buskirk, Martha

personal name:

Hoffman, Carol

personal name:

Faris, Margaret

personal name:

Clough, Dorothy

personal name:

Reed, Pauline

personal name:

Fletcher, Catherine

location of individuals:

(Back Row, L to R) Mary Woodburn, Doris Hoffman, Martha Woodburn, Marjorie Davis, Dorothy Cunningham, Mary Louden, and Agnes Joyner.

(Middle Row, L to R) Elizabeth Miller, Martha Buskirk, Ruth Dill, Carol Hoffman, Frieda Hershey, and Ruth Cravens.

(Front Row, L to R) Margaret Faris, Pauline Reed, Dorothy Clough and Catherine Fletcher.

topic:

Children

topic:

Dolls

topic:

Toys

topic:

Women

topic:

Birthday parties

topic:

Group portraits

city:

Bloomington

state:

Indiana

other place name:

Fourth Street (222 East)

series:

Individuals

subseries:

Cravens, Ruth Ralston