Ruth Olivia (Dahlgren) Hartman (1916 - 2014)

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Ruth Olivia (Dahlgren) Hartman
Ruth Olivia Dahlgren Hartman, 97, passed away May 3, 2014. Ruth was born in North Dakota on May 26, 1916 to John and Charolotta (Erickson) Dahlgren. Both parents immigrated to the U.S. from Sweden. Ruth grew up on the family farm near Wilton, North Dakota and later moved to Bismarck - attending local schools in both areas. In 1944 Ruth attended the State Normal and Industrial School in Ellendale, North Dakota. Ruth taught for four years in rural North Dakota towns. She traveled with her father and sisters to Sweden in 1950. Upon returning to North Dakota she graduated from Minot State College in 1951 with a bachelor of science in elementary education and a minor in Library Science. From 1951-1956 Ruth was the Valley City school librarian and from 1956-1960 she was a librarian for the Glendale Public Library System in California. In the spring of 1960 she was granted her AMLS Masters Degree in Library Science from the University of Michigan, and she then was a circulation and reference Librarian at the University of Nevada in Reno from 1960-61 and was Reference librarian and Documents librarian at Fresno State College in California from 1961-1965. Ruth moved to Ellensburg to become Head of the Documents, Maps, and Microforms Department at Central Washington University (CWU) until her retirement on June 30, 1985. She married the love of her life Donald Austin Hartman, a local rancher, on August 19, 1967 and they made their home in Ellensburg. Ruth and Don enjoyed traveling worldwide in the 1980s and 1990s. Ruth was a lifetime member of the North Dakota State Historical Society, and in recent years the state legislature honored her for her family's support of this organization. She was also a reviewer for American Reference Books Annual and also wrote and presented professional papers at national organizations, including those she published. Ruth was an active member of the First Lutheran Church of Ellensburg from 1965-1988 and since then of the Central Lutheran Church in Yakima. She was also a member and leader of the Ellensburg Christian Women Club. She was preceded in death by Don; her parents and sisters, Edla, Emmy, Hilda; brother, Helmer; and niece, Jellette (Helmer's daughter). She is survived by her brother, John (Ruby) Dahlgren of California; her brother-in-law, Ken Hartman; and six nieces and nephews. Visitation will be from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Steward and Williams Tribute Center (301 E 3rd Ave.) followed by a funeral service at 11:00 a.m. Entombment at IOOF Cemetery Mausoleum (1900 Brick Road) will be held following the funeral service. A reception for family and friends will follow at The Copper Kettle (210 University Way). Condolences for the family can be left online at


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