Biography of John Ruther
Adams County, NE Biographies





John Ruhter, who has gained financial independence through wisely directing his farming activities, now holds title to five hundred acres of excellent land in Roseland township. He was born in Hanover, Germany, near the city of Hamburg, on the 24th of February, 1850, of the marriage of Henry and Mary (Banidt) Righter, who were born and reared in that locality. They continued to reside there until 1866, when with their family they came to the United States, locating in Minnesota, fifty miles east of St. Paul, where the father died. Subsequently the mother removed to Kansas and there she passed away. They were the parents of eleven children, as follows: John; Peter, who is living in Long Beach, California; Jacob, a resident of Verona township; Mary, the deceased wife of Henry Augustin, Sr., who is living near Prosser; Mattie, who married Fred Alms, of York county, Nebraska; Henry, of Hastings; George, who is living in Cheyenne county, Nebraska; Anna, the' wife of John Stehr, of Gregory county, South Dakota; William, of Norfolk, Nebraska; Fred, of Clay county, Kansas; and Emma, who is residing with her brother Fred.

John Ruhter was educated in the public schools of Germany and of Minnesota and remained at home until 1874. In the meantime he had been thoroughly trained in agricultural work and on beginning his independent career he came to Adams county, Nebraska, and purchased his present home farm on section 5, Roseland township, which was raw prairie when it came into his possession. He at once set about its development and has brought the land to a high state of cultivation and has made many fine improvements. There are two sets of buildings upon the place, which now comprises five hundred and eighty acres, and his work is facilitated by the use of the most up to date implements. He has manifested the qualities of determination, foresight, thoroughness and thrift and the signal success which he has gained as an agriculturist is the direct result of his own industry and good management.

In 1879 Mr. Ruhter married Miss Katie Schifferns, a daughter of Peter and Susie (Pauly) Schifferns, who came to this state from Illinois in 1873. Mr. and Mrs. Ruhter have had ten children: Susie, who died when two years old; P. H., a resident of Hall county, Nebraska; Emma, the wife of Charles Oldfeldt, who is farming in Cottonwood township; Ada, who married Fred Tauty, of Verona township; Fred, at home; Amelia, the wife of William Struss, who is living near Kenesaw; Caroline, the deceased wife of Richard Struss; and Charles, August and Anna, all at home.

Mr. Ruhter casts his ballot. in favor of the man whom he deems best suited for the office regardless of his political allegiance. He has served as school director for the past thirty eight years and during that time has been instrumental in bringing about great advancement in school affairs in his district. Both he and his wife hold membership in the German Lutheran church and their lives are guided by its teachings. For forty two years he has been a resident of this county and he is not only widely but is also favorably known, his genuine worth being attested by all who have come in contact with hint

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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