Biography of Jacob Ruhter
Adams County, NE Biographies





Jacob Ruhter, who resides in Verona township, has been very successful as a farmer and now holds title to eight hundred nacres of excellent land. He was born in Hanover, Germany, on the 25th of June, 1852, of the marriage of Henry and Mary (Banidt) Ruhter, both natives of that country. In 1867 they emigrated to the United States with their family, locating at Red Wing, Minnesota, where the father passed away. The mother's demise, however, occurred in Kansas. They were the parents of the following children: John, who resides in the vicinity of Roseland, this county; Peter, who lives in Long Beach, California; Jacob; Mary, the deceased wife of Henry Augustin, Sr., of this county; Meta, the wife of Fred C. Alms, of York county, Nebraska; Henry, of Hastings, Nebraska, who owns a well improved farm in this county; George, who lives in Sidney, Cheyenne county, this state; Anna, the wife of John Stahr, who is living in Burke, South Dakota; William, of Norfolk, Nebraska; Fred, of Clay Center, Kansas; and Emma, also a resident of that place.

Jacob Ruhter attended the public schools of Hanover until he was fourteen and a half years old, or until 1867, when he was brought by his parents to the United States. He resided with them in Red Wing, Minnesota, until 1878 and during part of that time was engaged in blacksmithing. In the year mentioned he came to Nebraska and located on section 29, Verona township, Adams county. For five years he operated that place and then removed across the road to his present farm on section 20. He has made excellent improvements upon the place, which is one of the most valuable farms of the locality, and keeps everything in the best of condition. He has purchased additional land from time to time and his holdings now comprise eight hundred acres. He engages in general farming, raising both grain and stock, and derives a handsome income from his land. For many years he has also operated a threshing outfit and this has likewise proved a profitable venture. He is also interested financially in the Farmers Mutual Elevator Company at Prosser.

Mr. Ruhter was married on the 16th of February, 1883, to Miss Kate Meyer and they have become the parents of seven children, namely: William Henry, who died in infancy; George F., of Verona township; Herman O. and Albert R., also residing in that township; Lilia, the wife of Frank Bockstadter, of Verona township; and Emil Peter and Erwin Henry, both at home.

Mr. Ruhter is independent in politics, refusing to follow the dictates of party leaders but voting for the candidates whom he deems best fitted for office. For twenty seven consecutive years he has served as a member of the school board and he has always used his influence to secure the educational advancement of his district. Hem and his family belong to the German Lutheran church in Verona township and for nine years he was a member of the official board. The principles which have governed his conduct in all relations of life are found in the teachings of the church and no movement making for righteousness has lacked his support. He had no unusual advantages in his youth and began his career without capital but he has been quick to recognize and utilize opportunities and has gained financial independence.

From:
Past and Present of
Adams County, Nebraska
Supervisong Editor: Judge William R. Burton
Assistant Editor: David J. Lewis
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago, 1916


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