Randolph County, Indiana
Samuel B. Ruby
pioneers, having blazed the path of civilization to the section of Indiana
of which Randolph county is a part, finished their labors, and many of them
have passed from the scene, leaving the country to the possession of their
descendants and to others who came at a later period and builded on the
foundation which they laid so broad and deep. The Ruby family is of this
class, and its members have played no inconspicuous part in the affairs of this
locality, a very creditable representative of the present generation being Dr.
Samuel B. Ruby, of Union City, very ably carrying forward the
commendable work of ministering to the ills of our people, with that skill,
sympathy and honesty that characterized his well remembered father, who was one
of the leading early-day physicians of northeastern Indiana.
Dr. Ruby, of
this review, was born in Darke county, Ohio, January 15, 1855. He is a son of Dr.
James Ruby, who was born in Kentucky, in the year 1807, and there he grew
to manhood and received his early education. He came to Wayne county, Indiana
in 1828, and commenced the practice of medicine, which he continued to follow
with great success the rest of his life, dying in Union City in December, 1876.
During his years of practice he spent a portion of his time in Ohio, and in
1867 he located in Union City, Indiana where the last years of his life were
spent and where he enjoyed a large and lucrative practice. He was a man of
exceptional ability and broad minded in his views. He was a loyal member of the
Methodist church, and was charitably inclined, always ready to minister to the
poor and help those in need. He never neglected any one giving the poor the same
care he gave the rich, although he knew he would never receive pecuniary reward.
He married Hannah Hamilton, who was born in Virginia in 1827. She
was a worthy member of the Methodist church, and her death occurred in 1894.
Eleven children were born to this union; those living are J. F., Dr. Samuel B., Mrs. Ella
Bohn resides at Dayton, Ohio; A. B. lives at Moberly, Missouri; Lizzie
B. lives at Union City, and is a teacher in the public schools there. Two
of our subject's uncles were also practicing physicians and surgeons. They were
brothers of Dr. James Ruby.
Dr. Samuel B. Ruby received his primary education in the public
schools of his native community and Union City. He attended the medical college
at Cincinnati, Ohio, where he made an excellent record and from which he was
graduated with the class of 1876. The same year he began practice in Union City
and has continued here to the present time, his name becoming a household word
all over the county during these thirty-seven years of successful practice. He
has remained a profound student of whatever pertains to his science and has
from the first stood in the front rank of local medical men. When a young man,
before entering upon his more serious life work, he engaged in different
pursuits, saved his money and paid in part his own way through college, the
ambition, independence and persistency he displayed then, remaining dominant
factors in his every-day life, resulting, as one might naturally surmise, in
ultimate success of a high order. Being the third child in a family of ten children,
he was compelled to assist in rearing the younger.
Politically Dr. Ruby is independent. He is a member of the
Methodist church, and fraternally belongs to the Knights of Pythias. He is a
member of the Randolph County Medical Society and the Indiana State Medical Association.
Dr. Ruby was married September 5, 1878 to Della Haise, who
was born in Illinois, January 16, 1858. She is a daughter of Dr. John Waise,
a practicing physician in Ohio in the early days, dying in that state when his
daughter, Della, was very young.
To Dr. Ruby and wife these children were born: Dr. Fred
M., born September 19, 1881, married Estrelin Butcher; he was educated
in the public schools of Union City, later attended high school at Ann Arbor,
Michigan, then entered the University of Michigan, from which he obtained a
degree of Bachelor of Arts, also a degree of Doctor of Medicine from that institution,
making an excellent record in the same. He has been practicing medicine since
1908, making a specialty of the eye, ear, nose and throat and has been very
successful, enjoying a large practice at Union City. Clem G. Ruby, our
subject's second son, was born August 17, 1884. He has remained single,
and is engaged in Young Men's Christian Association work at Canton,
Ohio. Florence, only daughter of our subject, was born December 25,
1885, received a degree of Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan,
and is engaged in teaching in Indianapolis; she is unmarried. James, the
youngest of the children, was born January 7, 1887.
Past and Present of Randolph County, Indiana, 1914.
Contributed by Gina Richardson
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