Oh I like the idea that Ruth shot Cal!Cal didn't commit suicide after the crash of 1929. Ruth shot him and put the gun in his hand to make it look like that.
As someone mentioned, Rose and Ruth got back together and made up. When Rose told Ruth what a Cad Cal was, Ruth decided to take a gun and even things up . That was the reason Ruth shot Cal.
I couldn't resist this bit of fiction. How did young Rose who later became old Rose or Mrs. Ben Calvert meet and marry Ben Calvert ? More later. Stay tuned. Soap Opera to follow..LOL
I may have covered this before.