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This obit appeared in a Crawford County Newspaper, Date Unknown
James Davis Ruddell, the well known druggist die at his home on
South Cross Street at 5 am Saturday, April 22, 1899 after six
days illness of pleuro-pneumonia and what makes his death all the
sadder for the bereaved family is that Mrs. Ruddell's death
occurred on April 27th, last year.
Mr. Ruddell was the son of George and Martha NEAL Ruddell and was
born in Grant County, KY on March 15, 1849. With his parents in
1853 he moved to Crawford County, ILL. He attended the common
schools of the county until 1868, when he with his brother
Zalmon, entered Union Christian College at Merom, Ind. After
spending four years in that school, he and his brother, Zalmon
entered the drug business at Merom, and after five years of
successful business at this place they moved to Robinson where
they continued in the same business until 1896 when they also
engaged in the furniture, hardware, and undertaking business.
On account of failing health this partnership was dissolved and
after an interim of about six years, during which Mr. Ruddell was
at Danville for a while and later in the grocery business in
Robinson, he again entered the drug business in 1896 in which he
continued until his death.
He was married to Miss Ettie UPDIKE, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm.
Updike on Nov 24, 1881. To this union three children were born,
viz: Theo, Harry, and Florence, all of whom survive, bereft of
the tender ministrations of both father and mother.
While a student at Merom, Mr. Ruddell united with the Christian
or New Light Church at that place. He afterwords united with the
M.E. Church of this city, remaining a member until his death.
He was a chartermember of Rombinson Camp No. 463, Modern Woodmen
of Ameerica in which he carried a polich of $2,000.
By his death Robinson loses a successful business man and one of
its best citizens. He was a kind husband and loving father. Until
death claimed Mrs. Ruddell no happier home could be found in
Robinson. He idolized his devoted companion and never ceased to
mourn her untimely death. Few knew how keenly he felt his loss or
how eagerly he looked forward to a happy reunion on the other
The funeral services were held at the Methodist Church Sunday
afternoon conducted by Rev. C.A. Beckett after which interment
occurred in the city cemetery. The services were under the
auspices of Robinson Camp. Neighbors were present from
neighboring camps and over 150 Woodsmen were in line.
(Transcriber's note daughters Theodocia and Florence were raise
by their Aunt Maude Updike Short and Uncle Wilbur SHORT. Son
Harry was raised by his Grandfather William Updike and Uncle
Walter William Updike and their wives. The last known location of
Theodocia, Florence, and Harry Ruddell was Los Gatos, Santa Clara
County, CA. in 1920. If anyone knowns what became of them after
that, or is descended from them, please contact me. We are
related through the Updikes)