Carroll County IL Biography

Margaret Rurewalt

Mrs. Margaret Rurewalt, widow of the late John Rurewalt, and a resident of Mt. Carroll, was born in the city of Philadelphia, Pa., Nov. 1, 1817. Her father, James Miller, engaged in mercantile pursuits in the City of Brotherly Love, many years, and died there. He married Miss Mary Emerick, and they reared a family of six children.

Miss Margaret Miller came to Mt. Carroll with the family of the Rev. Mr. Allison, a Baptist minister, who journeyed hither for the purpose of founding a church. She completed her education, and on the 13th of April, 1854, was united in marriage with John Rurewalt, one of the earliest pioneers of this county, who settled in the embryo town of Mt. Carroll as early as 1842. He established himself first as a miller, and later engaged quite extensively as a grain-dealer. In the meantime he purchased a considerable amount of land, and in 1860 abandoned his milling and grain operation, and turned his attention more particularly to farming. His labors in this direction, however, were comparatively brief, as his death took place on the 28th of March, 1863.

Mr. Rurewalt was born in Chester County, Pa., in 1809, was reared to farm pursuits, educated in the common schools and remained a resident of his native county until coming to Illinois. He was a man of good mental abilities, and in time distinguished himself as one of the most public-spirited citizens of Carroll Township. He was especially interested in the growth of Mt. Carroll. He was at one time owner of most of the ground which comprises the present site of the town, and which in 1853 was mostly occupied as a grain-field. He put up the first log house in that vicinity, and later was particularly interested in the building of the academy, and contributed largely to this, also assisting in the organization of the school. During the later years of his life his time was mostly occupied in his extensive real-estate transactions. In early manhood he was, politically, an old-line Whig, and upon the abandonment of that party allied himself with the Republicans. He was never anxious for office and meddled very little with political affairs.

To Mr. and Mrs. Rurewalt there was born one child only, a son, John M., and who is now cashier of the Bank of Carroll County. He married Miss Ella M. Shirk.

Contributed by Carol Parrish - Portraits & Biographical Pg 986

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