Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Herbert Hoover Letter Mystery

This above letter addressed to Christian Wismer Ruth (husband's grandfather) was from President Herbert Hoover. Ever since finding the letter I have diligently searched for clues to the family Mr. Hoover is referring.

Recently I did a Google search with Dr. Ruth and Mr Hoover together discovering "Seth Cook Rees : the warrior saint" by Paul S. Rees. Paul S. Rees was a pastor with the Church of the Nazarene.

Several clues discovered:

* C. W. Ruth was Assistant General Superintendent Church of the Nazarene. From family records we know that Nettie Springer (Christian's sister-in-law) was a prominent Quaker evangelist.

* Mathilda Atkinson Minthorn was a pastor with the Friends Church in Augusta, Maine.

* Mathilda's husband Dr. Henry John Minthorn was uncle to and charged with the raising of Herbert Hoover.

From the National Parks website states we learn that Herbert Hoover's family belonged to the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Are the Minthorns the family President Hoover references?

With the above facts discovered I have emailed the Herbert Hoover Library & Archives. Hopefully they will have documentation to solve this Presidential mystery!


  1. This is a valuable artifact and a wonderful family keepsake. What a great piece of history. Thank you for sharing.

  2. What a treasure! Looking forward to hearing "The Rest of the Story" when you receive your answer.

  3. kathrynsmithlockhard.blogspot.comSeptember 15, 2011 at 5:05 PM

    This is absolutely amazing. What an interesting mystery to solve. Can't wait to read Herbert Hoover Mystery solved.

  4. Thanks for the comments. I will keep you updated! Nothing like a good genealogy mystery.

  5. Dear Deb,
    Thanks for your response to the Reel Tributes blog concerning the letters my step dad wrote to me from the White House.
    I'm so glad that I had the good sense to actually keep those letters.
    I loved your story about the letter from President Hoover. I hope you get to the end of this intriguing story. Let us know when you do!
    Very best wishes,
    Lin M. Joyce
    Personal Historian