Rothrock, Helen Amelia (1878-1941)

Helen Rothrock, 1896.

Attended 1895-1896

Birth: 2 Jul 1878, Gold Hill, Rowan County, North Carolina
13 Mar 1941, Salisbury, Rowan County, North Carolina

Lewis Hazelius Rothrock (1839-1923)
Joan Luckey Hearne Rothrock (1848–1935)

Samuel Rothrock (1868-1955)
Carrie Davidson Rothrock Marsh Graf (1873-1967)
Thomas Rothrock (1875-1938)
Josie Hearne Rothrock Pirie (1881-1967)

Spouse: Henry Edward Rufty (1876-1945)
Married: 08 Apr 1900, Salisbury, Rowan County, North Carolina

Henry Edward Rufty, Jr. (1901-1993)
Lewis Rothrock Rufty (1905-1937)
Francis Donald Rufty (1908-1954)
Archibald Caldwell Rufty (1914-2002)
Joe Hearne Rufty (1917-1944)

Burial: Chestnut Hill Cemetery, Salisbury, Rowan County, North Carolina
Source:, #66561433.


Salisbury Weekly Sun (Salisbury, NC), 11 Apr 1900, p. 2.


At St. Matthews Lutheran parsonage on April 8th, 1900. Mr. Henry E. Rufty and Miss Helen A. Rothrock, both of Rowan county, were united in holy matrimony, Rev. E. W. Leslie officiating.


Salisbury Evening Post (Salisbury, NC), 19 Jul 1920, p.3.

Notable Dinner Party Friday

An elegant dinner was given Friday by Mrs. H. E Rufty in celebration of the 53 wedding anniversary of her father and mother, Prof. and Mrs. L. H. Rothrock of Gold Hill, the guests including the members of the house party and relatives in this city – number 17 in all. The gathering was in many ways a notable one, the guests all being descendants of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Melchor of Mt. Pleasant, N. C., the former having represented Stanly and Cabarrus counties in the State Legislature for 20 years. At the dinner yesterday Mrs. W. S. Bingham of Concord wore a revolving brooch containing photographs of Mr. and Mrs. Melchor which created much interest and admiration.

At the conclusion of the meal two anniversary cakes were brought in bearing 53 candles and were placed before the bride and groom of 53 years ago, their respective ages now being 71 and 82.

A tray loaded with gifts for the happy pair was next brought in and placed in front of Prof. and Mrs. Rothrock. Prof. Rothrock responded with a touching and impressive little speech. The gifts included gold pieces, a handsome brooch for Mrs. Rothrock and many other beautiful and useful things.


The Charlotte News (Charlotte, NC), 6 Dec 1921, 1.


Salisbury, Dec. 6. – Salisbury will have five women added to her city school board, according to plans of Walter Murphy, representative in the Legislature, who took with him to the special session this week an amendment to the local school law that increases the membership of the board from nine to fourteen and names women as the new members.

Those named in Mr. Murphy’s bill are Mrs. C. S. Morris, Mrs. J. M. Brown, Mrs. Ed. L. Heilig, Mrs. H. E. Rufty, and Mrs. W. W. Weant.

When the new board was elected following a big bond election last year there was a general dissatisfaction over the failure of the city authorities to put women on the board.


Salisbury Evening Post (Salisbury, NC), 16 Sep 1922, p.3.

A splendidly attended meeting of the W. C. T. U. [Women’s Christian Temperance Union], the last of the year, was held on Friday afternoon at the Maxwell Chambers building…

… Officers were elected for the coming year as follows: Mrs. T. W. Duke, president; Mrs. R. Lee Wright, vice president; Mrs. H. E. Rufty, secretary; Mrs. W. B. Smoot, treasurer; Mrs. P. R. Cagle, Corresponding secretary.


Salisbury Evening Post (Salisbury, NC), 6 Nov 1922, p.3.

Election Tomorrow

The ladies of the city are reminded that the election takes place tomorrow, and every registered woman in the city is urged to vote some time during the day. Where it is impossible to reach the poles, cars will be sent gladly if one of the following ladies are notified, East Ward, Mrs. H. E. Rufty, North Ward, Mrs. P. S. Carlton, West Ward, Mrs. H. E. Eagen, South Ward, Mrs. J. F. Somers.


The Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, NC), 14 Mar 1941, p. 6.


SALISBURY, March 13. – Mrs. H. E. Rufty, 62, widely known resident of this city, died this morning at  her home after an extended illness. Funeral services will be held at St. John’s Lutheran church Saturday morning at 11 o’clock with interment in the Chestnut Hill Cemetery.

Mrs. Rufty was the former Helen Amelia Rothrock, daughter of Prof. L. H. Rothrock, who was head of the Mont Amoena seminary at Mount Pleasant at that time. She was the granddaughter of Dr. Samuel Rothrock, noted Lutheran minister and educator of this section. The family estate was near Gold Hill.

She is survived by her husband, Henry E. Rufty, city tax collector and former chairman of the county commissioners; four sons, H. E. Rufty, Jr., Archibald C. Rufty, prosecuting attorney of the county court and Joe Hearne Rufty, all of Salisbury and Francis D. Rufty of Spencer. She also leaves seven grandchildren one brother, Sam Rothrock of near Rockwell and two sisters, Mrs. A. H. Graf and Mrs. Josie Pirie of Salisbury.

Mrs. Rufty was active in women’s clubs, served as president of the Garden club for a year and was a faithful member of the St. John’s Lutheran church. A bobby of growing flowers, which brought pleasure to an untold number of persons, became the basis for a successful florist business established six years ago.