Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: 30 September 1917

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Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: 30 September 1917

Postby dbennett » Sat Sep 30, 2017 6:13 am

Ruth Melton (1917-1980) was born to Jacob Fredrick Melton (1893-1967) and Lina (Whittington) Melton (1893-1957). Ruth was the sister of dulcimer builder and player Jacob Ray Melton (1923-2000).

In 1935 when she was about 18 years old Ruth won first place in the dulcimer contest at the first and second Galax Old Fiddlers Conventions (both were held in 1935) and went on to win many other dulcimer contests.

Ruth married Roscoe Edwin Russell (1917-1993) who was also a fine dulcimer player, who won the Galax Old Fiddlers Convention dulcimer contest in 1976. Their daughter, Bonnie, won the Galax Old Fiddlers Convention dulcimer contest when she was fourteen.
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