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Ruth's Miscellaneous Items, 1937 - 1945

 File — Box: 07, Folder: 12
Identifier: MSA 394, Series 8, File 2

Scope and Contents

These materials are miscellaneous items with Elmer's sister's, Ruth, name on them which consist of a report card from Proviso Township High School, a S.S. data form, and an agreement between Singer Sewing Machine Company and Ruth for employment.


  • Majority of material found within 1937 - 1945

Access Information

The collection is open for research.


Ruth was born June 23, 1919 in Denver, Colorado and is the older sister of Elmer F Kern Jr. She graduated from Proviso High School in 1937 and attended Dodd College for a few years. She moved with her family when they moved from Maywood, Illinois to Van Nuys, California. After Elmer's death, they moved to the San Diego area. She never married or had children, but instead worked her entire life and saved money in honor of her brother. Found in her obituary, she started her career with Pacific Bell in 1946 and retired in 1979. After retirement, she owned and operated a store in College Grove Shopping center and devoted her free time to raising money for scholarships. She was president of the San Diego County Citizens' Scholarship Foundation, the found of Dollars for Scholars, the Mesa College Foundation and National Business and Professional Women's Club, a member of the Angels of Aseltine, supported Aseltine School for childen with disabilites, and served as the Peninsula Chamber of Commerce's first female president. Upon her death on June 10, 2010, she bequeathed half of 2 million dollars to Purdue's Mechanical Engineering Department in honor of Elmer F. Kern Jr's sacrifice, thus beginning the Elmer F. Kern Jr. BSME 1943 Memorial Scholarship.


From the Series: 0.988 Cubic Feet (1 flat box, 1 legal-size full-size manuscript box)

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


Materials are arranged by size.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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