William Ruddicks


WILLIAM RUDDICKS, a leading boot and shoe dealer of Steubenville, was born in Scotland, December 2, 1846. He was the son of John and Nancy Ruddicks, the latter of whom died when he was a very small child. After her death he lived with his grandparents until he was six years old. At that age he came to America with his father, and located in Steubenville, where his father died in 1876 and where he has resided ever since. At about thirteen years of age he began to learn the baker's trade, but followed it only for nine months. After that, for one year, he was engaged as a peddler. In August 1861, or at the early age of fourteen, he entered the service of the Union army in Company L, First West Virginia cavalry, with which he served until the close of the war. He participated in nearly all the engagements of his regiment, including the battle of Gettysburg. Just after that battle he was wounded at Fallen Water, and for three months thereafter he remained in convalescent camp. He was honorably discharged at Wheeling, W. Va., in the fall of 1865. From the war he returned to Steubenville and after a short time became employed as the driver of a dray and continued that way one year. He then became employed in a wholesale grocery and thus continued three years, after which he was employed as a clerk in a retail grocery a year and a half. For three years following this he was engaged in mercantile pursuits at Nebo, Jefferson county and there conducted a general store six years. In 1882 he sold out and returned to Steubenville. Here he clerked one year in a retail grocery and spent one year with the milling firm of Raney, Sheal & Co. He then took a situation as a clerk in a boot and shoe store, and he continued in that capacity four years. In July, 1887 he engaged in the boot and shoe business for himself, and he is now doing a large and successful business. Mr. Ruddicks was married January 21, 1868 to Mary J. Ault, daughter of Michael and Charlotte (Percival) Ault, who were respectively natives of Jefferson county, Ohio and the state of Vermont. Mr. and Mrs. Ruddicks are the parents of an only daughter, Emma C., who was born September 7, 1873. Mr. and Mrs. Ruddicks and daughter are members of the Methodist Episcopal church. Mr. Ruddicks is a member of the I. O. O. F., in which he has also taken the Encampment and Patriarchs Militant degrees. He is at present accountant of Canton Doty No. 42, Patriarchs Militant, having been appointed April 22, 1889. He is also a member of the K. of P., the G. A. R., the National Union and the Union Veteran Legion. In politics he is a republican. He is an enterprising and reliable man, and a citizen who is very highly respected.

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