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William M. Ruggles
Born 1830
WILLIAM M. RUGGLES, farmer, Rome Twp., Sec. 30; P.O. Mechanicsville; born in Richland Co., Ohio, in 1830; came to Ogle Co., Ill., in 1836, and to Iowa in 1865; bought 235 and owns 285 acres, and has made the improvements of a bank barn 36x50, with 22-foot posts; house, 21x28; wing, 13x25. Dealer and raiser Short-Horns and Cotswold sheep. In politics, Republican; in religion, Methodist. Has been Road Supervisor, School Director, Justice of the Peace and Trustee; also President of the Agricultural Society at Mechanicsville. His wife, Miss H. H. Hoke, was born in Virginia in 1839; came to Iowa in 1865; married in 1856 and have had seven children—C. F., Lydia, Hattie, Joseph, Jessie (died in 1863), George (died in 1863), Carlton (died in 1870).

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1879, page 651.

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