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Ruth Hanly Booe 1891-1973

 
 
Ruth Hanly Booe 1891-1973 Marker [front] image. Click for full size.
By Dave Knoch, June 7, 2015
1. Ruth Hanly Booe 1891-1973 Marker [front]
Inscription.
(Front)

In 1919, friends Ruth Hanly and Rebecca Gooch left teaching to found Rebecca-Ruth Candy. Operating out of the barroom of the Frankfort Hotel, closed due to Prohibition, the two were successful entrepreneurs before women gained the right to vote. In 1929, Gooch sold her half of the business to the widow Booe.

(Reverse)
Booe is credited as the inventor of the "Bourbon Ball", a world-famous confection, and the "Mint Kentucky Colonel". Her business savvy saw the company through a factory fire, the Great Depression, and sugar rationing during World War II. Booe remained active in the business until 1964.
 
Erected 2005 by Ruth Booe Foundation, Kentucky Historical Society, Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 2192.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kentucky Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 38° 11.685′ N, 84° 52.405′ W. Marker is in Frankfort, Kentucky, in Franklin County. Marker is on East 2nd Street just east of Capital Avenue (Kentucky Route 420), on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 116 East 2nd Street, Frankfort KY 40601, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers

Ruth Hanly Booe 1891-1973 Marker [reverse] image. Click for full size.
By Dave Knoch, June 7, 2015
2. Ruth Hanly Booe 1891-1973 Marker [reverse]
are within walking distance of this marker. Site of Winnie A. Scott Hospital (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Hampton House / Early Stone House (approx. 0.2 miles away); State Arsenal (approx. 0.2 miles away); Capt. Daniel Weisiger III / Weisiger House (approx. mile away); Early Tunnel in Kentucky (approx. 0.3 miles away); Frankfort Union Station (approx. 0.3 miles away); Paul Sawyier Boyhood Home (approx. 0.3 miles away); Hiram Lodge No. 4 F. & A.M. (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Frankfort.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Ruth Hanly Booe 1891-1973 Marker and Candy Factory image. Click for full size.
By Dave Knoch, June 7, 2015
3. Ruth Hanly Booe 1891-1973 Marker and Candy Factory
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 8, 2015, by Dave Knoch of Scott County, Kentucky. This page has been viewed 161 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 8, 2015, by Dave Knoch of Scott County, Kentucky. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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