Well, I just found another record that seems to change things a bit.
I had thought it possible that the brothers Robert and James had married the same Ruth.
But the Ruth that married James was born 1879 England.
There is a border crossing for a RuthI. Mather, husband Robert F. Mather. She was born about 1892 in Oakland California so that makes her a different girl - IF her husband is the right Robert. He is shown living at 3954- 29th Ave. Vancouver, B.C.
Border Crossings: From U.S. to Canada, 1908-1935 about Mrs Ruth I Mather Name: Mrs Ruth I Mather Age: 29 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1893 Arrival Port: North Portal, Saskatchewan Date of Arrival: 4 Feb 1922 Birth Location: Oakland, California Gender: Female Citizenship: American
ANDa death for her
California Death Index, 1940-1997 about Ruth Irene Mather Name: Ruth Irene Mather [Ruth Irene Owens] Social Security #: 562365279 Sex: Female Birth Date: 17 Oct 1892 Birthplace: California Death Date: 24 Oct 1983 Death Place: Santa Clara Father's Surname: Owens
so two different women.Seems this Ruth married to Robert and the Ruth married to James was Ruth Mathers.
I found Ruth Owens with parents in California census - let me know if you want that info.
I also found a Seattle passenger list Sept 1924 on the "President Grant" where there is an R.F. Mather, age 40purser and Ruth O. Mather, stewardess age 31, returning to Vancouver.
So looks like they were both working the ships also. I suspect they may have married in one of the ports also -
I see that I replied to a post of yours in2011 regarding Robert Fenton Mather and his death at the Ballentyne pier - did you ever find a newspaper write up or obit ?If you can get to a Mormom library and order the reel with his death record it should show cause of death and maybe more.
I just googled him and found his death written up in the Sun newspaper - here is the link - to os on page 12