Frank Carruthers, who founded and is the president of the Columbia Savings Bank of Columbia, was born in Harrison
county, Ohio, January 3, 1850, a son of Lemuel and Margaret (Phillips) Carruthers, the former a native of Virginia
and the latter of Ohio.
In 1854 they arrived in this county and cast in their lot with the early settlers who came to this district when
it was still a frontier region. They took up their abode in Washington township upon a farm which
Mr. Carruthers entered as a claim from the government and he also bought out two other men. For a time he lived
in a log cabin and the family experienced all of the hardships and privations of pioneer life, but later these
gave way before the advantages of civilization. The family resided in this county for a long period and here Mrs.
Carruthers passed away, but Mr. Carruthers aftenvard went to the Indian Territory, where his death occurred. In
the family were nine children, but only two are now living.
Frank Carruthers remained at home until he attained his majority and afterward he worked at the carpenter's trade
for a number of years. Subsequently he took up the occupation of farming and stock raising and so carefully and
wisely directed his efforts in that connection that he won a substantial measure of success. In 1902 he organized
the bank of Columbia known as the Columbia Savings Bank and became the president, with his daughter, Miss Claudie
Carruthers, as the cashier. The institution has prospered from the beginning and has proven of great convenience
to the townspeople and farmers of this locality in the transaction of their business. Mr. Carruthers is still one
of the extensive landowners of the county, his possessions aggregating ten hundred and sixty five acres of land
in Washington and Indiana townships, from which he derives a very gratifying annual income. He gives general supervision
to his farms and his investments have been most judiciously made.
In 1877 occurred the marriage of Mr. Carruthers and Mrs. Mary E. (Rudisill) Stauts, who was born in Virginia and
is a daughter of John and Elisheba (Johnson) Rudisill, who about the year 1856 came with their family to Iowa and
settled in Lucas county, where the father entered a claim from the government and began the development of a farm.
He continued the cultivation of that place until his death. His widow afterward went to Nebraska and there passed
away, but her remains were brought back to Iowa for interment by the side of her husband. To Mr. and Mrs. Carruthers
have been born seven children: Claudie, who is now acting as cashier in the bank; Erma, who is now in business
in Des Moines; Chauncey, deceased; Louis, who is a resident of Colorado; and Frankie, Marion and Dwight, all at
In his political views Mr. Carruthers is an earnest republican, voting for the men and measures of the party and
keeping well informed on the questions and issues of the day. He has served as township trustee and in other local
offices and has also been school director. He stands at all times for progress and improvement in public affairs.
He is a forceful and resourceful man and has led an active, busy and useful life. His plans are well formulated
and carried forward to successful completion and as the years have gone on his labors have brought to him a most
gratifying measure of success, which is the direct and merited reward of earnest, persistent labor guided by intelligence.
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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