(1882 - 1959)
Ellis Ruley was active/lived in Connecticut. Ellis Ruley is known for naive figure-genre, animal.
Biography Ellis Ruley
Ellis Ruley, 1882-1959, lived and worked in Norwich, Connecticut
The biography of Ellis Ruley swerves through surprise, tragedy and, ultimately, grace. Born of escaped slaves in Norwich, Connecticut, Ruley left school after the third grade and joined his father in backbreaking work as a mason's tender. Ruley suffered an accident on the job in 1929 and using the $25,000 in compensation, a considerable fortune at the time, he purchased several acres of land in the all-white Laurel Hills neighborhood, bought a green Chevrolet coupe, and married for the second time (the partnership with his first wife, producing his only child, had dissolved in 1925).
His second union, with Wilhemina "Tootsie" Fox, a German woman, made them Norwi
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