James D. Rutledge, proprietor of J. D. Rutledge & Sons Company, 705-707 Railroad Street, and who is prominently
identified with the business interests of Johnstown, was born at Livermore, Derry Township, Westmoreland County,
Pa., Jan. 17, 1866, and is a son of George and Henrietta (Ferguson) Rutledge.
George Rutledge was born at Social Hall, Pa., May 20, 1829, and was the son of George and Elizabeth (Shaw) Rutledge,
natives of Enniskillen, Ireland, where they were married on March 18, 1812. They emigrated to America in 1817 and
located first in Philadelphia, where they resided four years. They then removed to Murrysville, Pa., where they
resided until 1829, thence to Steubenville, Ohio, later returning to Pennsylvania, settling in Livermore. There
they spent the remainder of their life, George Rutledge's death occurring May 5, 1866. His wife died Dec. 7, 1872.
Their children were Jane, James, Elizabeth, John, William, Irvin, and George.
George Rutledge, father of James D., the subject of this sketch, received a common school education and was employed
on the Pennsylvania Canal for 25 years as driver and teamster, and later as captain in charge of a boat. He became
engaged in the mercantile business in Livermore, Pa., for 10 years, and then removed to Johnstown, where he was
timekeeper and paymaster for the Pennsylvania Railroad Company. He remained with this company for five years. He
held the position of foreman of tracks with the Cambria Steel Company for 10 years, was the first street commissioner
of Johnstown, then in the mercantile business for two years, and in 1906 went with the National Biscuit Company.
He was a man of prominence and influence in his town and was highly esteemed for his many sterling qualities. He
was a member of the Presbyterian Church, and a stanch Democrat.
On June 19, 1856, he married Henrietta Ferguson, a daughter of Samuel and Susan (King) Ferguson, who died April
10, 1884. To this union the following children were born: Richard, Lillian, Manira, Annie, Albert, Samuel, James
D., Bell M., Frank, and Campbell.
James D. Rutledge received his education in the public schools of Westmoreland County, Pa., and at the age of 15
years he came to Johnstown with his parents and obtained a position in the grocery store of ex-Sheriff John Ryan,
where he remained for eight years. After the flood of May 31, 1889, he leased the ground where the store of John
Ryan had been standing, and started in business for himself. Shortly afterwards he entered into partnership with
Mr. Ryan, and the firm was known as Ryan & Rutledge. At the end of two years he sold his interest to Mr. Ryan,
and commenced in business for himself, this time at the corner of Market and Locust Streets, remaining until the
fall of 1905. In 1907 he established his present business and has successfully conducted it since that time. He
handles everything in the fruit and produce line, shipping to all the nearby cities. In 1922 he built one of the
most modern and up to date warehouses in the city to take care of his rapidly increasing business.
In 1892 Mr. Rutledge was married to Miss Fanny Williams. To Mr. and Mrs. Rutledge the following children have been
born: (1) George C., born April 18, 1894, a veteran of the World war and now assistant treasurer of the Johnstown
Trust Company. He married Helen Trimble, and they have one child, Ann; (2) James Robert, born June 30, 1897, in
business with his father, a World war veteran, having enlisted in Company H, Eighteenth Infantry, N. G. P., changed
August, 1917, to Company H, One Hundred Eleventh Infantry, Twenty eighth Division. He was in six major engagements,
was gassed at Fimes on Aug. 13, 1918, and wounded Oct. 8, 1918, at the Argonne. He was discharged Aug. 9, 1919,
at U. S. General Hospital No. 31, Carlisle, Pa. He is a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars,
Johnstown F. and A. M. He was married to Elda Horton and they have one child, James Horton, born July 6, 1922;
(3) Frances W., born Aug. 9, 1901, married James Bailey, with the Shaffer Ice Company of Johnstown, is a veteran
of the World war. They have one child, Alice Winifred; (4) Alice, resides at home, is a member of the Johnstown
High School class of 1926.
Mr. Rutledge is a member of the First Presbyterian Church, of which he is ruling elder. He has served on the Johnstown
School Board for over 15 years, and for the last 10 years has served as president. Politically he is a Republican.
The Rutledge family traces its descent through a number of generations to an old and honored family of Ireland.
They are widely scattered in the United States and Mr. Rutledge is a direct descendant of Edward Rutledge, who
was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, and of the Rutledge who was governor of South Carolina
in the early days.
History of Cambria County, Pennsylvania
By: John E. Gable
Historical Publishing Company
Cambria County Pennsylvania Biographies
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