2nd Generation REINECKE  to America: Hazel Ruth "Ruth" REINECKE
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1 Hazel Ruth "Ruth"  REINECKE. Known as "Billie" to friends and  Bamie to family
Birth: 18 Aug 1888, Washington, DC
Death: 30 May 1985, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Father:Otto Charles Louis REINECKE (1851-1928)
Mother: Ella Blanche Wahne MEALS (1859-1937)
Bio: Born and lived on French Street between 9th and 10th NW in D.C. as young child. Moved to Jersey  City, New Jersey as child and  raised there. Travelled frequently to Gettysburg as her mother's family was long of the area, and  hence met her future husband. On marriage she moved into the new home her husband had built for them, which later became the home of her adult son and his family. As an adult she was called Billie by her family and close friends, and her husband was called Dewey, for the Admiral and the further appelation Bamie was included with the birth of her first grandchild who had trouble with the name Billie. Ruth lived in Gettysburg the remainder of her life, minus 1/2 year increments with her child in DC until that child and family returned to  Gettysburg in 1968.  Ruth's  children needed to assist her from 
 the early 60s on secondary to blindness rom Glaucoma with no other health problems seriously impeding her until her death. f She was, up until her blindness, an avid golfer, ardent traveller, skilled bridge player, handiworker, and active civic member of the Gettysburg, Adams County community. She continued knitting until her death 25 years after her blindness,and all us have the wonderful aghans to prove it. In total, she and Dewey had 9 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren are members of this family.
Spouse: James Donald "Don" or Dewey SWOPE
  • Birth: 18 Jul 1881, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
  • Death: 23 Mar 1950, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
  • Father: Hon Samuel McCurdy SWOPE (1850-1931)
  • Mother: Anna Kate (Annie) Nana STAIR (1856-1932)
Marr: 20 Dec 1910, Jersey City, New Jersey