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E. Jerome Ruby

Davenport Gazzette
April, 28th, 1858

MARRIED
In Buffalow, Iowa on the 18th inst. By W.G. Church, Esq.
Mr E. Jerome Ruby to miss Sarah Pauline Page, all of Buffalo.

Davenport Weekly Democrat
Feb 16th 1896

An old pilot gone

At Buffalo today occurs the funeral of Jerome Ruby, one of the best known steam boatmen on the upper Mississippi. Mr Ruby died at the home of his brother H.S. Ruby, in Rock Island Saturday evening. The fatal malady was heart disease, with which Mr. Ruby had been afflicted for a year. His home was in Buffalo, but three weeks ago he came on a visit to his brother and was stricken the day he arrived. He has been steadily sinking since.

He was born in Millersville N.Y., 68 years ago, and came west in his early youth and has been on the river since. He has familiarly known the entire length of the upper Mississippi over whose bosom he has guided all manner of craft from tow boat, Rafter and ferry to the finest packet.

Of the late years he had been connected with the governments engineers fleet. He had a friend for every foot of the river, he traversed so long and loved so well, and the tiding of his death will be received with profound sorrow all along the majestic stream.

He is survived by his wife and brother, O.M. Ruby, at Buffalo; his brother, H.S. Ruby of Rock Island and his sister, Mrs. A.M. Pruden of Denver.

Davenport Gazzette
April, 28th 1858

MARRIED
In Buffalo, Iowa on the 18th inst., By W. G. Church, Esq. Mr. E. JEROME RUBY to Miss SARAH PAULINE PAGE, all of Buffalo.

“ Come all ye sober-sided folks,
And be rejoiced and merry
For long-faced creeds are all a hoax,
And long-faced lives are a grevious yokes,
And hard to balance, very:-
Then let your lives with nature’s dictates tally,
And go and do like Jerry and Sally.”


Davenport Weekly Democrat
Feb 18th 1896

An old pilot gone

At Buffalo today occurs the funeral of Jerome Ruby, one of the best known steam boatman on the upper Mississippi. Mr. Ruby died at the home of his brother H. S. Ruby, in Rock Island Saturday evening. The fatal malady was heart disease, with which Mr. Ruby had been afflicted for a year. His home was in Buffalo, but three weeks ago he came on a visit to his brother and was stricken the day he arrived. He has been steadily sinking since. He was born in Millersville N. Y., 68 years ago, and came west in his early youth and has been on the river since. He has familiarly known the entire length of the upper Mississippi over whose bosom he had guided all manner of craft from tow boat, Rafter and ferry to the finest packet. Of the late years he had been connected with the governments engineers fleet. He had a friend for every foot of the river, he traversed so long and loved so well, and the tiding of his death will be received with profound regret and sorrow all along the majestic stream.

He is survived by his aged mother and his wife and brother, O. M. Ruby, at Buffalo; his brother , H.S. Ruby of Rock Island, and his sister, Mrs. A. M. Pruden of Denver.

Transcribed by Georgeann McClure (Descendent)


Homer Sheldon Ruby

Obituary
for
H. S. Ruby (Homer Sheldon Ruby)

The Milan Rock Island Independent. (Front page, picture included.) February 28th, 1924.

CAPTAIN H.S. RUBY VETERAN RIVER MAN, ANSWERS SUMMONS
Steamboat pilot On Mississippi for More Than a Half Century is Dead.

This community lost one of its oldest residents and the Mississippi river one of its greatest friends when Captain H.S. Ruby, veteran river man and steamboat pilot for more than a half century, passed away at five o’clock Friday afternoon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Amelia Schaum, in Milan, where he had lived the last five years. He was 82 years old and had been in poor health for the past year, death resulting from the infirmities of his advanced age.

Born and reared on the banks of the Mississippi, it was only natural that he should turn to it to earn a livelihood., as had two of his brothers before him At the age of 19 years he made his first voyage on the upper stretches of the upper Mississippi as a steamboat pilot, shipping from Buffalo, Iowa, with the old Diamond Joe line, with which he was connected for many years afterward, piloting its boats up and down the river between St. Louis and St. Paul.

Starting in 1860, the towns and cities which now line the river’s bank were but villages . He saw these grow, while others started and vanished . Many were the changes he witnessed in the years of his traveling on the stream, every foot of which he was as familiar with as the names of the ports he entered. In the course of those years, which passed without being marred by the tragedy of a serious mishap, Captain Ruby had the honor of carrying many passengers, and making the acquaintance of many persons of note, but among them he held most dear his close personal friendship with Mark Twain, who was the frequent companion on river journeys in those years, when the author was gaining recognition as a writer.

Captain Ruby was born in Davenport, Oct 3, 1841, and moved with his parents to Buffalo, Iowa, when but a small child. He grew to manhood there and Sept. 12, 1861 was united in marriage with Constantine Shuck, of Andalusia, the ceremony being performed in the parlors of the old Rock Island house. They continued to reside in Buffalo until 1876, when they moved to Rock Island, where they resided for a number of years, later living in Andalusia until the illness and death of Mrs. Ruby, Feb. 27. 1919.

After moving to Rock Island, captain Ruby continued with the Diamond Jo Line until 20 years ago, when he became a pilot on the ferry boat operating between Rock Island and Davenport. He made thousands of trips between the two cities in the ensuing 13 years before he retired seven years ago. One of his proudest moments since his retirement occurred only last summer, when he was called upon to pilot a fleet of barges down the Hennipen canal and Mississippi river to Burlington, which he did, without mishap, despite the low stage of the river, which called for unusual knowledge of the channel and skill in handling the craft.

He is survived by his two daughters, Mrs,.Schaum of Milan, with whom he had made his home, and Mrs. Belle Herbert of Rock Island, one daughter Mrs. Blanch Birnstihl, having preceded him in death four years. He also leaves three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Schaum, in Milan, Rev. John Leckie, pastor of the Methodist church officiating. Interment was in Chippiannock cemetery.

Captain Ruby’s favorite hymns, “Beautiful Isle,” and “Abide with Me,” were sung by Mrs. Thomas Wright and Mrs. Edwin Gamble, with Mrs. Bartol Rollins as accompanist.


Pallbearers were Chas. Brandenburg, E.C. Nice, Lewis Guldenzopf and James Thompson of Milan and E.G. Fickenscher and Chauncey Church of Rock Island.


From Scott County Biographies

Oscar M. Ruby Bio

Posted by Debbie Clough Gerischer on Wed, 15 Sep 1999
Surname: Ruby, Fillmore, Johnson, Clark, Dobson
"From History of Scott County, Iowa 1882 Chicago: Interstate Publishing Co."

Oscar M. Ruby, pilot on the Mississippi River between St. Paul and St. Louis, was born in Alleghany Co., N.Y., Feb. 14, 1835. He came with his parents to Davenport when he was about four years of age. He attended school here at Buffalo, his parents moving to the latter place when he was about nine years old. When he was 19 years old he began to run as pilot on the river. He was learning piloting on the "Jenny Lind" when that boat with six others escorted Fillmore from Rock Island to Dubuque. During his 27 years of service on the river has been pilot on the "J. McKee," "Jenny Lind," "Ben Campbell," "Tishomingo," "Rock Island," "Dubuque," "New Boston," "Keithsburh," "North Western," "Jennie Whipple" and "Belle La Crosse" steamers. At present is pilot of the "Diamond Jo". He was pilot on the "Tishomingo" in the race with the "Keokuk," and on the "North Western" in the race with the "Lucy Bertram," winning in both instances. Mr. Ruby was married Sept. 27, 1857, to Joanna, daughter of James and Elizabeth Johnston, nee Clark, a native of Knox Co., Ohio. The subject of this memoir has been a member of the Buffalo Lodge, No. 72, A.O.U.W., since its organization. Mrs. Ruby's sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Dobson, resides with them.

From site visitor, Paul Pruden
Oscar M. Ruby has probably the best documentation. The only proof that I have on Homer Sheldon Ruby and Milo Pruden that they were pilots come from census records stating that was their occupation. A biography on Oscar M. Ruby is listed on the Scott County, Iowa GenWeb site. Oscar M. Ruby Bio Just click and go. There is a story on him. The source comes from the book "History of Scott County Iowa 1882 Chicago: Interstate Publishing Co. If you cant click on the above link type URL http://www.rootsweb.com/iascott/scott.htm Then Biographies and in name Oscar M. Ruby their search engine.His should be the bottom one listed.

By the way, was there any steamer upper Mississippi that exploded about 1877? Milo Pruden is listed LeeFort Madison 1870 census as being a pilot steamboat. 1877 he just vanishes. Wife (Charlotte (Ruby) Pruden) remarried 1878. Children are with new marriage. I cannot find grave anywhere. Yes parents, but not him. Wondering if he might have died in a steamboat explosion.

Miles (Milo) A. Pruden born 1834 in Athens, Athens Co., OH, died abt. 1877. Married Charlotte Ellen Ruby October 14, 1853 in Buffalo, Scott Co., IA. Source: 1870 Federal Census Lee County, Ft. Madison, Iowa, occupation: Pilot on Steamboat.

Homer Sheldon Ruby born 1842 in Buffalo, Scott Co., IA. Married Constantine Shuck September 09, 1861 in Andalusia, Rock Island Co., Ill. Source: 1870 Federal Census Buffalo, Scott Co., IA pg. 9. Occupation Steamboat Pilot.

Also see E. Jerome Ruby Obituary


Perry Mills Ruby

Keokuk Daily Gate City
June 13, 1924
Page 11, col. 3

VETERAN PILOT ON MISSISSIPPI DIED THURSDAY

Capt. Perry M. Ruby passed Away in Hospital here following Mastoid operation

Captain Perry M. Ruby died at the Graham hospital Thursday, shortly after 10:00 P.M. following a mastoid operation which occurred Tuesday night of this week. Captain Ruby had an attack of influenza seven weeks ago and had a slight stroke of paralysis two weeks ago. His death was caused by a mastoid abscess and meningitis.

Perry Mills Ruby was born at Buffalo, Iowa, on November 8, 1859, and received his education in that city. He was united in marriage to Laura Van Ach in 1887 at Buffalo. Mrs. Ruby died on July 5, 1912. Before coming to Keokuk Captain Ruby lived for a number of years at Davenport, Iowa. On September 14, he was united in marriage to LuLu Bell Priestly, who survives her husband.

Captain Ruby’s ancestors were all river men and he himself had been on the Mississippi since he was about seventeen years old. He received his pilot’s license at the age of twenty-one years and has been a master pilot on the Mississippi since that time. For a number of years he was the captain of the “Dandelion” a lighthouse tender playing between St. Louis, Mo., and St. Paul, Minn. At the end of the present season he would have retired from active service with a pension.

Captain Ruby attended the Presbyterian church and was a member of the Keokuk Aerie of Eagles and of the Modern Woodmen of America. Besides his wife he is survived by one son, Oscar Mills Ruby, of Denver, Colo. Two Grandchildren, Perry Mills Ruby and Janet Marie Ruby, both of Colorado and one sister, Mrs. Mary M. Campbell of Mt. Vernon, Ohio. Captain Ruby’s son, grandson and sister were all with him at the time of his death.

Short funeral services will be held from the residence 317 North Fourth Street, this evening in charge of the Keokuk Aerie of Eagles: the family will leave with the body Saturday at 2:52 for Buffalo, Iowa. Where funeral services will be held Saturday at 2:30 P.M.

Transcribed by Georgeann McClure
Descendant of E. Jerome Ruby

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