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Gap in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

William Chester Ruth

(1882-1971)

 
 
William Chester Ruth Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith S Smith, June 6, 2011
1. William Chester Ruth Marker
Inscription.  African American inventor who opened a blacksmith and machine shop here in 1923. He did metal work and repairs, primarily for Pennsylvania German farmers. Ruth designed and patented many agricultural devices, most notably his 1928 baler feeder. He also applied his talents to designing and building military devices. An esteemed community member, he was spiritual leader at the Church of Christ in Ercildoun, where he lived.
 
Erected 2006 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansAgricultureIndustry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission series list.
 
Location. 39° 59.512′ N, 76° 1.13′ W. Marker is in Gap, Pennsylvania, in Lancaster County. Marker is on Lincoln Highway (U.S. 30) 0.2 miles west of White Horse Road (Pennsylvania Route 897), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gap PA 17527, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as
William Chester Ruth Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 14, 2010
2. William Chester Ruth Marker
the crow flies. Great Minquas Path (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Gap Clock Tower (approx. half a mile away); Kinzer (approx. 2.8 miles away); Christiana Riot Monument (approx. 2.8 miles away); Atglen (approx. 3.8 miles away); Atglen Borough Hall (approx. 3.8 miles away); The Christiana Riot (approx. 3.9 miles away); Leaman Place Bridge (1893) (approx. 4.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gap.
 
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Also see . . .  William Chester Ruth and his sister. (Submitted on October 14, 2011, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.)
 
William Chester Ruth Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith S Smith, June 6, 2011
3. William Chester Ruth Marker
William Chester Ruth with his sister Ida Ella Ruth Jones image. Click for full size.
4. William Chester Ruth with his sister Ida Ella Ruth Jones
This is a link to this photo, http://www.flickr.com/photos/buffaloquaker/260275579/
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 9, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 24, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,138 times since then and 121 times this year. Last updated on October 6, 2020, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos:   1. submitted on June 7, 2011, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.   2. submitted on August 22, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on June 7, 2011, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.   4. submitted on October 14, 2011, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.
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