Ruth (1911? - 1937)
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Surnames: Blackdeer, Payer, Stucki
----Sources: Neillsville Press (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) 10 June 1937
Blackdeer, Ruth (1911? - 21 May 1937)
Mrs. Wilbur Blackdeer died at the Indian Hospital in Tomah, May 21, and funeral services were held at the Indian Mission near Black River Falls, May 23, Rev. Ben Stucki officiating. She was about 25 years of age. Her maiden name was Ruth Payer. In 1930 she was married to Philip Blackhawk and lived on a small place near the Dells Dam Bridge. Two children were born to them. About three years ago Blackhawk died and some time after she married Wilbur Blackdeer. To them a son was born. This child died a few months ago, also the younger Blackhawk child. The older boy Harry Blackhawk survives, and is being cared for by Rev. and Mrs. Ben Stucki. Beside this boy and her husband she leaves her father and a brother, Stacy Payer in the town of Hewett.
While her opportunity for English education had been very limited, she had quite a brilliant mind, and wrote beautiful letters in almost perfect script and well nigh faultless spelling and construction.
The last two years of her life were spent mostly in the Tomah Hospital and the Mount View Sanitarium near Wausau.
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