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Ruth Rosholt, consultation
Purcell, Feick and Elmslie
Minneapolis, Minnesota  1911

Text by William Gray Purcell
Parabiographies entry, Volume for 1911

Job Date (in Parabiographies): [1911]

MISS RUTH ROSHOLT -- Consultation

Miss Rosholt was one of the only two woman railroad presidents in the United States. The other was a lady who owned the Grass Valley and Nevada City Line in 1906 and whom I had met in Berkeley, California, an exceedingly interesting woman. Her few miles of track and a dozen or so items of equipment which ran back and forth "once in a while" enabled her to secure free passes all over the United States and the privilege of having her private car hooked on to all trains if she chose to do so.

Ruth Rosholt's father, a railroad builder of the early days, died and left his properties to her. She was a feminine sort of person, but a good business head and a highly intelligent and interesting talker. I had two or three conversations with her about the problems of her large house in Kenwood [Minneapolis, Minnesota], enabling her to accomplish certain repairs.

   Collection: William Gray Purcell Papers, Northwest Architectural Archives, University of Minnesota [AR:B4d1.5]
research courtesy mark hammons