Celebrates His 89th Birthday

LeMars Sentinel: John C. Ruble, residing at 401 Second Avenue SE, one of the few remaining veterans of the Civil war, celebrated his eighty-ninth birthday anniversary Thursday, December 17, at his home with relatives and a few friends who gathered to do him honor and extend congratulations and good wishes.

Mr. Ruble is a pioneer of the county, locating in Plymouth County in 1878. The village of Ruble, in the west part of the county, is named in his honor, being built on the land he took up in the early days, when that section of the country was a stretch of wild prairie.

Mr. Ruble volunteered for service at the beginning of the Civil war and served throughout the strife. He fought in a number of big battles and served as orderly for General Meade at Appomattox. He was shot through the lung while fighting on July 24, 1864.

Mr. Ruble is a commander of Mower Post, G.A.R., prominent in political circles and in Masonry. He obtained a driver's license the other day and may be seen driving his car with trusty hand on the streets almost daily.

Source: LeMars Sentinel article date unknown, Dec. 1931