Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]
The parents of W. M. Ruell were of English birth, his father having left his early home when eighteen years
of age. W. M. was the eldest in a family of four children, and was born in Pittsford, Monroe Co., Nov. 22, 1838.
He was left fatherless at the tender age of ten years, and at once turned his youthful energies in the direction
of labor for the support of the remainder of his family. At the age of seventeen he emigrated to Michigan and purchased
a home for his mother in Calhoun County, where she still resides, though married a second time. W. M. Ruell was
married in June, 1866, to Miss Celia, daughter of David and Nancy James, who was born in Calhoun County, Oct. 14,
1842. They have had three children,-Frederick James, born May 5, 1870; Florence E., whose birth occurred Feb. 1,
1873; and Mary F., born Feb. 27, 1877, who died the same year. Mr. Ruell after his marriage sold his property in
Calhoun County and removed to the present home in Casco, which embraces one of the most desirable farms in the
township, consisting of one hundred and twenty acres under a high state of cultivation, with an orchard of two
thousand trees. Mr. Ruell's political predilections were formerly Democratic, though recent events have made him
an advocate of the principles of the Greenback party. He is an influential member of the "grange," and
has held minor offices in the township, though not ambitious for such distinctions. With little else than energy
and fidelity to duty as his original capital, Mr. Ruell has gained both a competency and an honorable name among
History of Allegan and Berry Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Their Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.