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Mary Polly Spingler Ruhtenberg (King)

Also Known As: "Polly King"
Birthplace: New Jersey, United States
Death: January 23, 1983 (75)
Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Willard Vinton King and Mary Spingler King
Ex-wife of Charles Shelby Carter and Alexander Gustav Jan* Ruhtenberg
Mother of Private and Shirley Dearing
Sister of Willard van Beuren King; Vinton King and Gordon van Beuren King

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About Polly King

NY Times (edited for accuracy) pub. 27 May 1928.

"M(rs.) Mary Spingler King's Announcement Forecasts a Marriage in July...for her daughter .(the parents are) Mr. and Mrs. Willard Vinton King of Villa Raggio, Convent, NJ and through her mother, who is the former Miss Mary Spingler van Beuren....Miss King is a great-granddaughter of Mrs. Michael M. van Beuren, the former Miss Mary Spingler Fonderden....She is a granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Frederick T. van Beuren and a great-niece of the late Mrs. John W. Davis, the former Miss Mary Louise van Beuren..Miss King is a niece of Dr. Frederick T. van Beuren and of Michael M. van Beuren...."


Mary (Polly) Spingler Ruhtenberg, the daughter of Willard Vinton King and Mary Spingler Van Beuren, was born May 18, 1907. She grew up in Morristown, New Jersey, and attended the Shipley School in Pennsylvania and Barnard College in New York City. On August 4, 1935, she married Alexander Gustav Jan Ruhtenberg, an architect and her second husband, in New York City. Polly King Ruhtenberg and her husband moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1940.

Throughout her life, Polly King Ruhtenberg, a libertarian and children's book author, was active in social and civic organizations. She helped organize the New York City Maternal Health Centres and served as secretary of the New York Federation for Maternal Health Centres. From 1952 to 1962, she was elected Committeewoman of the Republican Party of El Paso County. Mrs. Ruhtenberg served as the Colorado Co-ordinator for the Vigilante Women for the Bricker Amendment, 1954-1957, the joint-chairwoman of the Colorado Committee for the Liberty Amendment, and as the temporary chairwoman of the Colorado Committee for Economic Freedom, Inc. She was a member of the National Society of Colonial Dames of America, the Colorado Springs Opera Association, and board member of the Pioneer Museum, as well as numerous other civic and social organizations.

She died January 23, 1983 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Polly Ruhtenberg Papers at the University of Oregon. Polly King Ruhtenberg (1907-1983) photographs: PH143 (6 containers/3 lin. ft.)

Polly King Ruhtenberg, the wikipedia entry

Met her 2nd husband Jan in NJ/NY. Ruthenberg designed houses and interiors for her father, Willard King; and aunt , Mrs. Frederick T. van Beuren; and her uncle and his wife, Mr. & Mrs. John van Beuren. The houses were respectively in Morris Co,NJ; NYC & NYC.

It seems the couple also remodeled and old farm house in Morris County and then, after moving to Colorado Springs in 1940, built a residence there of Jan's design (1946).

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Polly King's Timeline

May 18, 1907
New Jersey, United States
January 23, 1983
Age 75
Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado, United States