Lee County Biography


R.W. Ruckman, a successful and popular young citizen of Amboy, has held the position of cashier in the Amboy State Bank since its inception in December, 1932. His birth occurred at Steward, Lee county, Illinois, on the 15th of September, 1890, his parents being G.A. and Carrie (Bowles) Ruckman. The father, who came to this county from West Virginia in 1878, embarked in business as a hardware merchant at Steward, where he has conducted his enterprise successfully throughout the intervening thirty-five years. He has ably served in the capacity of township treasurer for many years and is widely recognized as one of the substantial and representative citizens of the community. His wife, whose demise occurred in September, 1910, at the age of forty-five years, is buried in the Steward cemetery. The family is of old American stock.

R.W. Ruckman was graduated from the Steward high school in 1907 and then entered Coppin's Commercial College at Dixon. After leaving the latter institution he assumed the duties of assistant cashier of the First National bank of Steward and has since remained a stockholder and director thereof. In December, 1912, at the time of the organization of the Amboy State Bank, he entered that institution as cashier, in which position he has already made a creditable record, discharging his important duties in an efficient and highly commendable manner.

In his political views Mr. Ruckman is independent, supporting men and measures rather than party. At the time of his removal to Amboy he had served in the office of town clerk for six months. Fraternally he is identified with the Masons, belonging to the blue lodge at Steward and the chapter at Rochelle, Illinois. He has always remained a resident of this county and enjoys an enviable reputation as one of its popular, progressive and enterprising young men.

Transcribed by Karen Holt - 1914 History of Lee County Illinois Vol 2 by Frank E. Stevens.

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