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Courtney Smith Bryant

 

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Stephen Bryant - Gen 1 in America

Abigail (Bryant) Bryant - Gen 2

John Bryant - Gen 2 (immigrant)

Samuel Bryant - Gen 3

Nathaniel Bryant I - Gen 4

Nathaniel Bryant II - Gen 5

Nathaniel Bryant III - Gen 6

Rodman Bryant - Gen 7

Orris Willoughby Bryant - Gen 8

Courtney Smith Bryant - Gen 9

Maud Elise (Reynolds) Bryant - Gen 9

 

Ruth Frances (Bryant) Rubright (1922 - 2011)

 

Bryant Generation 10

Descendant # 6

 

Rubright, George Lamar 2005 Ruth Frances (Bryant) Rubright

 

1.   Ruth’s parents: Courtney Smith and Maud Elise (Reynolds) Bryant

 

2.   Ruth’s birth: 20 January 1922 at her parents’ residence on Route 12 just outside the Village of Greene, Chenango County, New York.

 

     Ruth's death: Monday, 1 August 2011 at home in Wernersville, Berks County, Pennsylvania; memorial service Thursday, 4 August at St. John's (Hain's) United Church of Christ, Wernersille; cremated remains interred in cemetery adjacent to church.  Ruth and George were in bed sleeping when George was awakened by a sound Ruth made, but he could not resuscitate her.  She had been in poor health for more than a year; in and out of nursing and medical facilities and, on one occasion, collapsing at home with no heart beat for a brief period before George was able to bring her back to life.

 

3.   Ruth’s formal education:

 

From

To

School Name, Location, Diploma/Degree

1927

1933

Greene Elementary School, Greene, Chenango County, New York.

1933

1939

Greene High School, Greene, Chenango County, New York; graduated.

1939

1940

Greene High School, Greene, Chenango County, New York; extra courses.

1940

1942

Dickinson College, Carlisle, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania; completed two years study.  Met future husband, George Rubright there; after George left to serve in the US Navy, transferred to Syracuse University to be closer to home and to save money.

1942

1944

Syracuse University, Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York; BS degree majoring in zoology. (was paid a stipend by the Pratt & Whitney Corporation to take certain engineering courses and work for them after graduation).

 

4.   Ruth’s marriage:

 

     a.  To whom: Dr. George Lamar Rubright (photos) (more info)

 

(1)  George’s parents: Norton Monroe and Adella Kate (Burchill) Rubright of Slatington/Frackville, Pennsylvania.

 

(2)  George’s birth: 26 February 1921 at Frackville, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.

 

George's death: 26 January 2017 at Reading Hospital and Medical Center, Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania.  Memorial service held 1 April 2017 in St. John's (Hain's) United Church of Christ, Wernersville, Berks County, Pennsylvania; cremated remains interred adjacent to Ruth's.

 

(3)  George’s formal education:

 

From

To

School Name, Location, Diploma/Degree

1926

1932

Frackville Elementary School, Frackville, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.

1932

1938

Frackville High School, Frackville, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.

1938

1942

Dickinson College; Carlisle, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania; BA degree majoring in philosophy (PhB).

1942

1946

Temple University Medical School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; medical student under the US Navy’s V-12 program; married between junior and senior years.

1946

1947

Community General Hospital, Reading, Pennsylvania; medical internship while on active duty in the US Navy Reserve.

 

(4)  George’s military service:

 

From

To

Service, Location

1946

1947

Medical internship, Community General Hospital, Reading, Pennsylvania.

1947

1949

US Navy Reserve; Charlestown Naval Hospital (1,500 beds), Charlestown, South Carolina.

 

(5)  George’s employment history:

 

From

To

Employer, location, job

1946

1947

Community General Hospital, Reading, Pennsylvania; internship ($50/month, which barely paid the rent).

1947

1949

Charleston Naval Hospital, Charleston, South Carolina; physician.

1949

1984

Physician in private practice (General Practitioner), Reading, Pennsylvania.  See paragraph 8.b., below.

1984

Now

Retired

 

(6)  George’s addresses before marriage:

 

From

To

Address

1921

1931

Resided with parents in Frackville, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.

1931

1938

Resided with grandparents in Frackville, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania (close to his parents’ residence)

1938

1942

Carlisle, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania; student at Dickinson College.

1942

1945

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; student at Temple University Medical School.

 

(7)  Other biographical notes on George:

 

a. George was named after his uncle George Washington Burchill, Sr., paragraph 3.d. of generation 3 of the Burchill Annex.

 

b. Origin of middle name: George’s aunt, Mary Margaret (Burchill) Haupt, wanted his mother, Della, to name her 2nd son “Lamar,” but Della refused and chose the name “Jay” instead.  Shortly after Jay’s birth, Mary Margaret died (20 May 1918).  When Della’s next son, George, was born, Norton and Della (Burchill) Rubright gave him the middle name “Lamar” in remembrance of one of Mary Margaret’s last wishes.  Why Mary Margaret was attached to the name “Lamar,” is not known.

 

c. At age 10 George moved into the nearby residence of his Burchill grandparents and their two unmarried daughters, Esther and Grace.  His parents’ home wasn’t large to start with, and when, in the spring of 1931, George’s sister, Alberta, and her family (husband, who was a medical student, and their baby daughter, Nancy) moved in, George was happy to move to his grandparents’ house, where he could have a room of his own.  It was also a move that benefited him academically and dietetically.  George’s dear aunts Esther and Grace were both school teachers, who helped guide his studies and his ambitions throughout elementary and high school.  In addition, because his parents, grandparents, and another aunt lived so closely together in Frackville, at dinner time George would "shop" the three residences for the meal he liked best.

 

d. George and Ruth were founders and active supporters of the Wernersville Historical Society.

 

     b.  Marriage date & location: Saturday, 23 June 1945 at the First Congregational Church, Greene, Chenango County, New York; Reverend William L. Wood officiated.

 

     c.  Children:

 

(1)  Leigh Bryant Rubright: Born 1947.

 

(2)  Stephen Courtney Rubright: Born 1949.

 

(3)  Ann Kasson Rubright: Born 1952.

 

(4)  Todd Burchill Rubright: Born 1955.

 

(5)  Christopher Jay Rubright: Born 1961.

 

5.   Ruth’s employment history:

 

From

To

Employer, location, job title

1927

1940

Growing up on a poultry farm with roughly 80,000 chickens, Ruth and her siblings had many routine farm chores.  She especially remembered the seemingly never-ending chore of cleaning eggs with a brush before they could be shipped for sale.  Couldn’t use water because it would stain the egg shells.

1944

1945

Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Corporation, Hartford, Connecticut.  Was obligated to work for Pratt & Whitney as a result of its sponsorship of her education at Syracuse University.

1945

1946

After marriage, moved to Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, where she worked for Leiberneck’s (a linen manufacturer); office worker.  Commuted to/from work via trolley.

 

6.   Ruth’s addresses:

 

From

To

Address

1922

1940

Resided with parents at Greene, Chenango County, New York.

1940

1942

Carlisle, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania; student at Dickinson College.

1942

1944

Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York; student at Syracuse University.

1944

1945

Hartford Connecticut; employed by Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Corporation.

1945

1946

Apartment behind Temple University Medical School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1945

1947

Apartment on Walnut Street, (downtown) Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania.

1947

1949

Rented a house in North Charlestown, South Carolina.  George commuted to work at Charleston Naval Hospital in South Charleston.  “Darned near froze to death” there; house’s heating system was not adequate for infrequent freezing winter temperatures.  Moved July 1949, about 1 month after arrival of son, Stephen.

1949

1953

Purchased house on North 3rd Street, Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania.

1953

1975

RD 1 (Wooltown Road), Wernersville, Berks County, Pennsylvania 19565 (Greystone Farm, built starting about 1792 in 2 sections, the larger was built last.  The original owner had 1,700 acres, which he split up into farms for his children.)

1975

1976

Transition house below next residence.

1976

2009

600 Fairmont Avenue, Wernersville, Berks County, Pennsylvania 19565 (just west of Reading on 80 acres overlooking Wernersville).

2009

2011

910 N. Penn Drive, Wernersville, Berks County, Pennsylvania 19565-9756

 

7.   Ruth’s organizational affiliations:

 

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To

Organization, offices held

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.   Other biographical notes on Ruth:

 

a. Ruth was named for her Aunt Ruth Winifred (Reynolds)(Pollock) Whitaker, generation 2, paragraph 3.d. of the Reynolds Annex.

 

b. In July 1949, after military service, George and Ruth purchased and moved into a house on North 3rd Street in Reading, Pennsylvania.  George remodeled some of the downstairs rooms to serve as his medical offices.  In the Thanksgiving timeframe of that year a colleague, who wanted to transition to pediatrics, offered to rent George his downtown offices while he trained for the new specialty and to transfer his GP practice to George.  George accepted the offer and stepped right into the active practice.  When the colleague returned from training about two years later it was clear the offices were too small for both practices, so George bought a building a few blocks away, remodeling the whole first floor for medical use, and creating two apartments on the second floor and another apartment on the third floor.  He was there just two years when the City of Reading condemned the property for use as a parking lot.  He lost money on the renovations, since the City would not pay what he had invested in it.  George commented: “Only my rotten lawyer made money.”  Then he bought another building two doors away (300 S. Fifth Street, Reading, PA 19602) from where he had started out – the other half of a large building that had been used primarily for medical offices since its construction in the 1800s.  George remodeled it, preserving apartments on the second and third floors, and practiced there until he retired in 1984.

 

c. Ruth and George purchased the property on the hill outside Wernersville (600 Fairmont Av.), Pennsylvania in 1960 from a Mennonite farming family.  In 1974 they constructed a transition house on a part of that property at the bottom of the hill to facilitate the move from their large stone house on nearby Wooltown Road.  They lived there in close quarters with the contents of their previous residence, much of which remained packed, for about one year while the house on the hill was being constructed, moving into the new house in 1976.  Of interest, their daughter, Leigh, and her husband also resided in the transition house for about one year.

 

 

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