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!