Ruth (Graves) Wakefield
Privacy Level: Open (White)

Ruth Jones (Graves) Wakefield (1903 - 1977)

Ruth Jones Wakefield formerly Graves
Born in East Walpole, Massachusetts, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Died in Plymouth, Massachusetts, United Statesmap
Profile manager: Carol Inman private message [send private message]
Profile last modified | Created 3 Mar 2009
This page has been accessed 23,659 times.
Notables
Ruth (Graves) Wakefield is notable.
Join: Notables Project
Discuss: notables


Biography

Ruth Graves Wakefield, born 17 June 1903, in East Walpole, Massachusetts, to Fred Graves and Helen Jones, was the inventor of the chocolate chip cookie.

In 1924, Ruth received her schooling at the Framingham State Normal School Department of Household Arts. She went on to work as a dietician and gave lectures about food. In 1930, she and husband Kenneth Donald Wakefield purchased a tourist lodge in Whitman, Massachusetts. The inn, located halfway between New Bedford and Boston, was a place where historically passengers would pay a toll, change horses and eat home-cooked meals.

Ruth and Kenneth named the place The Toll House Inn. Ruth cooked and served all the food and soon gained local fame and popularity for her desserts. Among the many visitors to frequent the Toll House Inn was then Massachusetts Senator John F. Kennedy.

Wakefield invented the chocolate chip cookie around 1938 and it soon become very popular. She stated she created it intentionally, saying, "We had been serving a thin butterscotch nut cookie with ice cream. Everybody seemed to love it, but I was trying to give them something different. So I came up with Toll House cookie."

Ruth eventually gave Nestlé the right to use her cookie recipe and the Toll House name for one dollar. Nestlé then began selling chocolate chips designed specifically to be used in chocolate chip cookies. The chocolate chip cookie became the most popular variety of cookie in America.

Her Children: Kenneth D. Wakefield Jr. born 1928 and died May 31, 1993. Also a daughter.

The Toll House Inn in Mass. burned in 1984.

Sources

See also: Find A Grave: Memorial #3065



More Genealogy Tools



Sponsored Search




Sponsored Search by Ancestry.com

DNA
No known carriers of Ruth's DNA have taken a DNA test.

Have you taken a DNA test? If so, login to add it. If not, see our friends at Ancestry DNA.

Comments: 1

Leave a message for others who see this profile.
There are no comments yet.
Login to post a comment.
Ruth was born in Easton, not East Walpole. Birth record: "Massachusetts Births, 1841-1915," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FX4B-93K : 10 March 2018), Ruth Jones Graves, 17 Jun 1903, Easton, Massachusetts; citing reference ID #v 532 p 164 no 51, Massachusetts Archives, Boston; FHL microfilm 2,057,389.
posted by Herbert Tardy

Rejected matches › Ruth M Grove (1904-)

G  >  Graves  |  W  >  Wakefield  >  Ruth Jones (Graves) Wakefield

Categories: Mayflower Cemetery, Duxbury, Massachusetts | Notables | Food History | Massachusetts, Inventors