Biography of John C. Ruddock
Ukiah Township, Mendocino County, CA Biographies





John C. Ruddock. Born in the city of St. John, New Brunswick March 13, 1852, and accompanied his parents to New York, where his father left the family, consisting of the mother and three children, and went to seek his fortune in California. In the spring of 1853 the father sent for the family, who came to California by way of the Isthmus of Panama, and settled in Jamestown, Tuolumne county. There James Ruddock, the father, engaged in mining, merchandising, stock raising and lumbering at different times, and was one of the leading and influential citizens of the county. The children were kept closely at whatever private schools there were in the vicinity until the establishment of the public schools, which institutions were attended regularly by them. In 1868 John C. passed an examination before the County School Board, and obtained a second grade certificate, and engaged to teach the public school at Green Springs, Tuolumne county. After completing a term of about seven months he followed the family, who had moved to San Francisco in the meantime, and entered the State Normal school. He graduated from that institution in March, 1871, and soon after engaged to teach the Onisbo public school, about fifteen miles south of Sacramento City, on the river near Courtland Landing. From there he came to Mendocino county and took charge of the public school at Mendocino City, in August, 1871. He continued in that position until June, 1875, when he went to Round valley, Mendocino county, to teach an unexpired term of about six months. In the fall of 1875 he was elected on the Democratic ticket to the position of County Superintendent of Public Schools, to which position he was reelected in 1878. During his incumbency in office he, for two terms, acted as Vice Principal of the Ukiah City school, and shortly before retiring from office was chosen to the Principalship, which he holds at the present writing. Mr. Ruddock was married February 4, 1880, to Miss Kate Siddons. His father and mother are both living, and reside in San Francisco.

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


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