As a child, I remember my Grandmother telling me about
inspiring women who achieved careers and status in a time that women usually
stayed home and raised children. One woman was an attorney, someone sang
for a local opera house and yet another was an early radio announcer.
These women, as I understood the story were all related to my Grandfather,
William Scott Martin. Ruby Campbell was one of these women.
Ruby Rendl Campbell was licensed to practice law on February
28, 1925. She attended the Kansas City Law School and obtained
her master's degree from that same school. Her mother's name was Stella
Campbell. We believe that Stella and my direct ancestor, George Scott
Campbell, were brother and sister.
She was held in high esteem by
my grandmother and I was often told that women could set their goals high and
achieve what they set out to accomplish.
Until we received Ruby's obit,
we did not know that Ruby had a brother, S Verdi Campbell His wife,
Mrs. S Verdi Campbell was listed in Ruby's obit along with a nephew, Scott V
Campbell. But a "Birdie" Campbell was listed in the obit for
other family members and my mother remembers meeting Birdie. We are not
sure who or how "Birdie" fits into the picture.
Fortunately, Scott Campbell has
been found and has provided a colorful image of both Stella and Ruby.
Ruby was a free spirit, she apparently had some colorful friends and the local
press was known to create cartoons that said that when Ruby's revolutionary
friends came to town, the police had to increase staffing.
Ruby also spoke another
language, "Espana", a language that was created for the whole world
so that everyone could communicate. Apparently, this language did not
catch on. A Mr. Rendl, apparently, a teacher in St. Louis was Ruby's
father, although Stella never married him. Ruby was
"home-schooled" and never attended public school until she went to
S Verdi Campbell was about year
younger than Ruby, although, Ruby lied about her age for years so it would
appear that her brother was older. Her obit incorrectly lists the
address of the nursing home.
June 1888 - Born in St. Louis to Stella Campbell
1900 - Enumerated St Louis Ward 14
1910 - Unknown location
1920 - Unknown location, probably Kansas City, MO
1923 - Attended Kansas City Law School, Kansas City, MO
Feb 28, 1925 - Licensed to practice law in Missouri
Stella Campbell, widowed, age 30, born April 1870, Missouri, father born Ohio, mother born Tennessee
Ruby Campbell, daughter, age 11
Leon Dilley, age 30, boarder
Edward Metcalf, age 19, boarder
Kansas City Times June
Miss Ruby Campbell
Miss Ruby R. Campbell, of 617
East Forty-second, a retired Grandview and Kansas City lawyer, died yesterday
at a nursing home at 1310 East Armour.
Miss Campbell was born in St.
Louis, MO. and had lived in Grandview 36 years before moving here four years
She was a graduate of the Kansas
City School of Law, and later received her master's degree from the college.
She was retired accounting technician from Richards - Gebaur Air Force Base.
Miss Campbell was past president
of the Woman's Bar Assn. of Kansas City, past president of the Missouri Assn.
of Women Lawyers, a member of the MO Bar, the Kansas City Bar Assn, and the
Federal Bar Assn. She was a member of the Kappa Beta Pi sorority and dean of
the Theta chapter of the sorority. She was a member of the National Assn of
Retired Civil Employees, the Grandview Questers Club and the Wesleyan guild of
the Grandview United Methodist church.
She leaves a sister in law Mrs.
S. Verdi Campbell of the home, and a nephew, Scott V.Campbell
of Melbourne, Fla.
Services will be at 4:30 o'clock
today at the George Chapel, Grandview, Cremation. Cremation.
Oral Histories - Eleanor Syers Martin Tensing & Scott V Campbell
Letter from Minnie Eftimoff
E-Mail Supreme Court of Missouri
Missouri Bar Assn Letter
Obit Kansas City Star
Case Missouri Court of Appeals
Twenty-Seventh Annual Commencement of the Kansas City School of Law
Grand Avenue Temple
Wednesday, June Third, Nineteen-Twenty-Five
OLIVER H. DEAN
SANFORD B. LADD
WILLARD P. HALL
EDWARD D. ELLISON
ELMER N. POWELL
FRANCIS H. TRIMBLE
M. A. FYKE
James M. JOHNSON
A. L. COOPER
THOMAS H. REYNOLDS
HENRY L. JO5T
ALBERT L. BEROER
JOHN G. PARK
ROY B. THOMSON
JOHN B. PEW
THEODORE C. SPARKS
SAMUEL A. DEW
W. H. MCCAMISH
JOHN B. GAGE
S. 0. HARGUS
FRANK LEE WILKINSON
WILLIAM E. BYERS
THOMAS A. COSTOLOW
A. P. LEACY
DAVID P. DABBS
EDMUND M. FIELD
HOMER A. COPE
ARTHUR J. MELLOTT
VIVIAN E. PHILLIPS
H. G. LEEDY
JOHN H. PATTRICK
HAROLD P. RAGLAND
CHARLES L. CARR
GLEN A. WISDOM
ARTHUR D. SCARRITT
JOHN GRIFFITH MADDEN
JUDGE SHEPARD BARCLAY
JUDGE WALLER W. GRAVES
JUDGE KIMBROUGH STONE
JUDGE ALBERT L. REEVES
JUDGE MERRILL E. OTIS
JUDGE JOHN C. POLLOCK
JUDGE E. E. PORTERFIELD
JUDGE ARBA S. VAN VALKENBURGH
JUDGE RALPH S. LATSHAW
HON. JOSEPH A. GUTHRIE
JUDGE J. E. GUINOTTE
JUDGE JAMES E. GOODRICH
Mr. ARTHUR C. BROWN
EDWARD H. SKINNER. M. D.
Organ Recital - by Miss Lila Steele, Organist
Hon. Edward D. Ellison, Dean, Presiding
Invocation - Dr. C. A. Riley, Pastor of First Congregational Church, Kansas City, Kansas
Duet - Mrs. George Cowden, Soprano
Mrs. Arthur D. Brookfield, Contralto
Oration - The Average American Citizen" Paul E. Vardeman of the Graduating Class
Presentation of Prizes
GRADUATE RECEIVING summa cum laude MISS MILDRED ALICE CONNOR
"Randall on Instructions" (five volumes) Offered by Vernon Law Book Company
FIRST JUNIOR PRIZE WILLIAM A. BYSEL Scholarship in Senior Class
SECOND JUNIOR PRIZE JOHN JOSEPH BURKE "Black on Rescission and Cancellation"
Offered by Vernon Law Book Company
THIRD JUNIOR PRIZE DAN JOSEPH CAMPBELLE "McQuillin on Instructions to Juries"
Offered by Vernon Law Book Company
FOURTH JUNIOR PRIZE Miss MARY RYAN
Callaghan & Company, Law Publishers, Chicago Prize consisting of "Cyclopedic Law Dictionary"
FRANCIS M. BLACK HONOR (Sophomore) WALTER II. GOUGH "Bispham on Equity"
THE GEORGE MOWNY WAYLAND PRIZE (Sophomore) Miss RUTH ALEXANDER"Brandenburg on Bankruptcy"
Offered by Mr. John Wayland of the Kansas City Bar
CODE PLEADING PRIZE (Sophomore) ARTHUR E. JOHNSON"The Revised Statutes of Missouri"
Offered by Mr. Patrick Carr of the Faculty
FIRST FRESHMAN PRIZE EARL I. VAUGHAN
Set of "Greenleaf on Evidence"
SECOND FRESHMAN PRIZE ROY MCNALLY
Cooley on "Constitutional Limitations"
THIRD FRESHMAN PRIZE MRS. IRENE WILLIAMS
Pattison's "Missouri Code Pleading"
Offered by the Vernon Law Book Company
THE MRS. MARY A. POWELL HONOR (Freshman)
EARL I. VAUGHAN "Black's Law Dictionary"
Offered by Hon. Elmer N. Powell of the Faculty
THE BEN F. TODD PRIZE (Freshman) JOHN W. LEE "Tiedeman on Real Property"
THE WILLIAM P. BORLAND PRIZE (Freshman) EARL I. VAUGHAN "Borland on Wills"
ORATION-"QUR NATIONAL PROBLEM WITHIN-TRANSPORTATION" - - - ARTHUR B. TAYLOR
of the Graduating Class
COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS JUDGE FRANK E. ATWOOD
of the Supreme Court of Missouri
Presentation of Diplomas and Conferring of Degree of LL. B. and Honors - - HON. OLIVER H. DEAN, President of the Faculty
Receiving Degree of LL. B.
HARRY LEE AKER
WILLIAM MATTHEW ANDERSON
HOMER RAYMOND BALSBAUGH
ROBERT JEPP BENSON
WALTER INGRAM BIDDLE
THOMAS JEFFERSON BOMAR
CLOY CHESTER BREWER
ALLAN ROLAND BROWNE
HOWARD S. BRYANT
EDWIN G. BUSH
*RUBY RENDL CAMPBELL
HENRY DWIGHT CARPENTER
**MILDRED ALICE CONNOR
JOHN FOREST COOK
DONALD HARLEY CORSON
JOSEPH ALEXANDER CRESSLER
GARNET STEPHEN CUDDY
GEORGE BURYL CUMMINS
HUGHES C. CUNNINGHAM
* ANDREW LEIGHTON DARBY
RICHARD PARKE DODDS
ALBERT LLOYD DYE
THEODORE DEMUTH EASTON
AUBREY BRITZ ENGLAND
WILLIAM CLARENCE FINNELL
KENNETH IRVING FLIGG
EDWARD JOSEPH FLYNN
CLARENCE Louis GERSHON
WILLARD NEWTON GRABILL
JOHN FAY GRIFFICE
RUSSELL WALTER GUNN
AUSTIN DARWIN HADSELL
JOHN P. HANCOCK
CLAYTON P. HOLMES
HARRY EMIL JAMES
JOHN PAUL JAMES
CHARLES BURTON JONES
KATHARINE LEE JONES
THOMAS EDWARD JOYCE
VIRGIL A. JULIAN
CARL CLAYTON KELLER
JAMES DODD LAUGHLIN
BERT RAWLEIGH LOOP
RUBY KASHNEU LORING
EUGENE MATFHEW LYNN
*ALBERT WILLIAM MCWHORTER
T. RUSSELL MALONEY
LOUIS JOSEPH MAZUCH
JOSEF VLADIMIR MATOUSEK
LAWRENCE PHILLIP MILLER
STEPHEN JOSEPH MORANDI
JOSEPH MICHAEL MORRISSEY
RALPH LEWIS MORSE
HARRY FRANCIS MURPHY
*DONALD EDGAR O'HARA
ROLAND RAYMOND OLSON
GEORGE BANKER OWENS
JOSEPH B. PATITO
CECIL ASHLEY PAYNTER
JOHN CHARLES POHLMANN
LLOYD GEORGE POOLE
JAMES LEO QUINN
EVERETT MONROE RAYBOIIN
LOUIS ALBERT REALE
JOHN EDWARD REDMOND
ROSE URSULA REDMOND
WILLIAM STEWART REED
ALBERT A. RIDGE
CARMEL RENO RITTMAN
HARRY STANLEY SAUNDERS
URBAN ALOIS SCHICK
MILTON CROMER SIEGFRIED
CHARLES OSWOLD SMITH
CHESTER A. SMITH
LESLIE WILLIARD SMITH
JO ZELMA SMITH
JOSEPH RICHARD STEWART
FRANCES E. SUBLETTE
ARTHUR B. TAYLOR
ELMER F. THOMPSON
ARTHUR BERGER TOBIAS
DALE FRANCIS TOURTELOT
PAUL E. VARDEMAN
FRANK LUTHER WADE
GEORGE FREDRIC WESTON
WILLIAM J. WHITE
EDWARD C. WOODARD
IDA MAY WOODWARD
WILLIAM BRUCE WRIGHT
**Summa cum laude
* Cum lande
W. A. BYSEL, President
D. J. CAMPBELLE
JOHN H. BURKE
JOSEPH N. MINIACE
SOPHOMORES JOHN C. O'BRIEN, President
WILLIAM A. HANNON
LINDSAY J. KIRKHAM
J. E. THOMAS
WILLIAM E. GREGORY, President
EDWARD T. DONAHUE
NICHOLAS J. NERO
N. E. BURRUS
1923 Roster - Kansas City School of Law
1923 Kansas City School of Law Sophomore Class Roster
Response to an inquiry: Thank you for your email about your
"cousin." The mid-1920s were a time of political ferment in Kansas
City in many ways. The Tom Pendergast regime cemented its power [literally, of
course] between 1925 and 1928. The KKK was active from 1922 to 1925. I know
that there was some socialist activity as well, some of it descended from the
International Workers of the World [I.W.W. or "wobblies"] that had
been active in the 'teens, but almost no research has been done on this topic
that I am aware.
At the Kansas City Public Library in their Special Collections area, they
have both a "general index" and newspaper indexes from the era that
pick up a lot folks who might have been covered by newspapers in their
activities. You might check with them. Their web site is www.kclibrary.org I
hope this information is helpful.
Bill Worley, Director, Kansas City Regional History Institute-UMKC
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