Library & Resources


My grandfather, Dr. Ralph E. Root, was born in Missouri in 1879 and grew up in the 1880's and 1890's in northwest Iowa.  When he retired from 35+ years of teaching and textbooks on mathematics and analysis, he undertook a realistic account of the experiences and challenges of the American midwest at the end of the 19th century.
Book The Prairie Pebble – a novel by Ralph E. Root, 1957

Back in early 2010, I was contacted (via Internet, of course) by Professor Carlos Borges, one of the department chairmen at the U. S. Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) which is now located in Monterey, California.  He was putting together a history of the department, going all the way back to its origins prior to World War I.  My grandfather was the first civilian professor, hired in 1913 and continuing through both World War I and World War II.  When the Naval Postgraduate School was relocated from Annaplois to Monterey, the Engineering and Mathematics building was named Root Hall, in his honor.  Here is the whole story, about 60 minutes of a fascinating tale.
Video A Century of Mathematics at the Naval Postgraduate School
  – Prof. Carlos Borges

Notable family achievements are easy to brag about but sometimes not well documented.  Here are ones that I uncovered over the years while organizing the family history information.  More recent items are perhaps accessible through Yahoo or Google, if you have some excuse to go searching . . .  
PDF U.S. Patent #1,988,764Stop-Leak Composition and Method of Making
Carl Winning, John B. Tuttle.  Application filed 22-Jan-1932, issued 22-Jan-1935
PDF Ohio Wesleyan MagazineIn Scientific Fields:  John B. Tuttle;
February 1936, p59-60
PDF U.S. Patent #2,166,934Phthalic Acid Esthers
John B. Tuttle.  Application filed 2-May-1935, issued 25-Jul-1939
PDF U.S. Army Office of Medical History
Commission on Meningococcal Meningitis
  • "Use of Chicken Serum for Species and Type Identification of Neisseria"
      J.J. Phair, D. G. Smith, C. M. Root
    Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Biology & Medicine, vol. 52, 1943
  • "Meningococcal Carrier Studies"
      J. J. Phair, E. B. Schoenbach, C. M. Root
    American Journal of Public Health, vol. 34, 1944
PDF U.S. Patent #2,659,654Composition for Manufacture of Sand Cores
John B. Tuttle.  Application filed 14-Sep-1950, issued 17-Nov-1953
PDF "Petroleum's White Knight" – (unpublished draft article, 1945)
John B. Tuttle; Standard Oil Co. (N.J.)
PDF "Portrait Sculpture – Marianthe Karaberi" – Nov. 30 to Dec. 31, 1958
The Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC;
PDF "Ask John Tuttle" – The Lamp Magazine, Spring 1961; vol. 43 no. 1;
Standard Oil Co. (N.J.)
PDF "Business Abroad" – Avoiding Brand Name Bloopers Overseas
John B. Tuttle, Standard Oil Company (N.J.); July 24, 1967
PDF U.S. Patent #7,127,506PC Configuration Fault Analysis
Peter H. Schmidt, Peter J. White, David B. Tuttle, Davis Foulger, Arthur Mellor.  Application filed 19-Apr-2000, issued 24-Oct-2006
PDF "Ask A Scientist" – Meet The Scientists
Jeremy Tuttle, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; May, 2007

The Town of Reading, Massachusetts was organized in the late 1630s as the village of Wood End in the township of Lynn.  Fast forward 310 years or so to 1950, when Massachusetts built Route 128, a "Ring Road" highway around Boston.  I happen to have the U. S. Geological Survey topographical maps for my area, updated just after Route 128 was built.
Maps USGS Maps of Reading Area – 1951, scale 1:31680
Ten years later, the Massachusetts Turnpike (Interstate I-90) was in place, from the west to Route 128 in Natick.  The north-south interstate web was still in the planning stages, but urban Boston and the surrounding suburbs are here.
Maps USGS Map of Greater Boston – 1961, scale 1:250000

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