BIOGRAPHIES


RUTH, Albert Hayden
Jeweler; born Shelbyville, Tenn., Sept. 24, 1866; Scotch-Irish descent; son of John Wesley and Fannie Elizabeth (Newton) Ruth; father’s occupation jeweler; paternal grandparents George Washington and Anne (Downs) Ruth; maternal grandparents James S. and Caroline (McQuiddy) Newton; educated in public and private schools Shelbyville, Tenn.; has been engaged in the jewelry business since boyhood, and is a member of the firm John W. Ruth & Sons, jewelers, Shelbyville, Tenn., business established by his paternal grandfather Geo. W. Ruth in 1822, who moved to Shelbyville from Raleigh, N.C. and was succeeded by John Wesley Ruth in 1858, when the firm became Jno. W. Ruth, and later was changed to present name, hence business has been conducted continuously and by the same family eighty-nine years; married Julia Gertrude Hammond Dec. 16, 1895; member Masonic Lodges, Blue Lodge and Chapter Mason; also member of Royal Arcanum; Treasurer of Tannehill Chapter No. 40, R.A.M. and treasurer of Corona Council No. 426 Royal Arcanum; Democrat; served several terms as City Councilman and five terms as City Treasurer; former Paymaster Capt. N.G.S.T., with title of Captain, commissioned by Gov. M.R. Patterson; member of Southern Methodist church.
Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler

RUCKER, William G.
Fire insurance agent; born Bedford Co., Tenn., Jan. 10, 1851; Irish descent; son of John W. and Sarah J. (Lowe) Rucker; father was a farmer and mechanic; educated in Bedford Co., Tenn.; began career as a farmer; married Malissa A. Jones Jan., 1872; member F. & A.M., Blue Lodge and Chapter, Shelbyville, Tenn., Knights Templar, Murfreesboro, Tenn., Council Tullahoma, Tenn., Mystic Shrine Chattanooga, Tenn.; Democrat; appointed warden of the Brushey Mountain Branch Prison Feb., 1893 under Gov. Peter Turney’s administration; served as deputy sheriff 8 years, high sheriff four years; member of M.E. church, South; has been engaged in present business of fire insurance for past seven years.
Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler

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