Ruth Weinman was born in Columbus in 1907. Her father was William Weinman, owner of the Weinman Pump Manufacturing Co., and her mother was Henrietta Heinmiller Weinman.

Ruth Weinman was born in Columbus in 1907. Her father was William Weinman, owner of the Weinman Pump Manufacturing Co., and her mother was Henrietta Heinmiller Weinman.

Ruth Weinman lived with her parents on King Avenue until 1914, when the Weinmans hired Columbus architect Frank Packard to build a home at 1445 Central Ave. (now Roxbury Road) in Marble Cliff on Lot No. 9 of the original 1889 plat of Arlington Place.

Packard was a protege of Ruth's uncle, architect J. Upton Gribben, who lived on Fairview Avenue in Grandview. After graduating from Columbus School for Girls in 1925, Ruth Weinman studied sociology at Ohio State University, graduating in 1929. She married L. Kermit Herndon, then an assistant professor at Ohio State, who later took over the pump company when Mr. Weinman died in 1950.

Ruth Weinman was an active horseback rider, often riding with her neighbor, Ruth Casparis. She was a member of the River Ridge Riding and Polo Club, which operated out of stables on the Lane Farm on Henderson Road. She is shown in this early photograph next to her father's Franklin Roadster, circa 1912.