Biography of Rex Ruggy
Columbiana County, OH Biographies





Rex Ruggy, of Ruggy-Courtney Motors, Inc., is one of Salem's most prominent and successful business men. He was born in this city, March 18, 1877, and is the son of George A. and Kate (Walker) Ruggy.

Rex Ruggy began life as a messenger boy for the Western Union Telegraph Company when a boy of 14 years. He spent several years later in the employ of the Deming Company, the Buckeye Engine Company, and for 20 years was a member of the cigar and sporting goods firm of Ruggy-Johnson, later known as Reich & Ruggy. This business is still conducted under the latter firm name and they are dealers in sporting goods and accessories. Mr. Ruggy has been interested in the automobile business for a number of years and has met with marked success. With Mr. Courtney he has the local Overland Willys Knight agency, and owns one of the finest salesrooms and garages in the county.

On June 30, 1909, Mr. Ruggy was married to Miss Eva B. Harris, of Salem, the daughter of C. E. and Alma Harris, residents of this city, where Mr. Harris has been foreman in the Mullins Body Corporation for 35 years. Mr. and Mrs. Ruggy have two children: George H., born Feb. 13, 1911; and Ruth Alma, born Oct. 3, 1916.

Politically, Mr. Ruggy is a Republican. He is a member of the Masonic and Elks lodges, the Salem Country Club, Salem Golf Club, and ranks high in both business and social circles.


From:
History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1926


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