Biography of Albert G. Ruddock
Anderson Township, Mendocino County, CA Biographies





Albert G. Ruddock. The subject of this sketch, whose portrait will be found in the body of this work, was born in Onondaga county, New York, January 12, 1839, and was the youngest child of Justus and Rhoda Damon Ruddock. When about eight years of age he, with his parents, moved to Berlin, Green Lake county, Wisconsin, where he resided till 1853, where he received the advantages of a common school education. In March of that year he sailed from New York City on the steamer Illinois to the Isthmus, and thence to San Francisco on the John L. Stevens, arriving in the following April. It was his intention to reside with Dr. Calvin Ruddock, who was his uncle, and the man who established the first hospital in the State of California, but he was unable to find his location. He then went to the mines in El Dorado county, and began book keeping for Messrs. Henderson & Co Ex Governor Sandford had a small store just across the street at that time from where young Ruddock was at work. After awhile he went into the mines and worked a short time. Hem then went to Jimtown, Tuolumne county, and mined for about three years. He then located in Mariposa county, where he was engaged in mining for about a year. He then went to Santa Cruz county and embarked in the lumbering business, where he remained till 1862. In that year he went to Tulare county and began operations in the cattle business, remaining there till 1864. He then came to Mendocino county and located at the Mal Paso, and remained there for three years, being engaged in farming. He next went to Nevarra Ridge, where he farmed till 1870, when he moved to Booneville and began merchandising, under the firm name of Carney & Ruddock, which business he conducted for two years. He then began the stock and sheep business at the Soda Spring, and remained there till 1875 when he settled on his present place, where he is engaged in stock raising and farming. His farm comprises one thousand two hundred and eighty acres of fine land in Anderson valley. He has been postmaster at Booneville, road overseer for that district, and is at present chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Indian Creek school district. He is an enterprising gentleman of sterling qualities of character, and such as go far towards the upbuilding of the community in which he resides. March 3, 1863, he was married to Permelia Curtis, a native of Coles county, Illinois, born May 16, 1846. Their children are Simon Taylor, born February 20, 1865; Rhoda, born June 16, 1867; Emily J., born November, 11, 1868; Sarah A., born August 4, 1870; Albert S., born July 4, 1872; Melinda M., born May 8, 1874; Leona, born December 27, 1875; Charlotte A., born April 13, 1877; and Calvin J., born August 23, 1878.

From:
History of Mendocino County, California
Alley, Bowen & Co., Publishers
San Francisco, California 1880


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