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Jacob Ruble

Jacob Ruble was born to George and Mary (McClanahan) Ruble on December 17, 1838 in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania. His chances for an education on the family farm were rather limited, but he made the best of them, and became a fair scholar. When the Civil War broke out, he threw aside all personal ambitions to serve his country in her hour of need, and in the trying years that followed proved a patriotic, brave, and faithful soldier, both in camp and on the field. Along with his two younger brothers, John and Geroge, he, at the age of 22, enlisted at Lewiston, Pennsylvania as a Private into Company C, 1st Pennsylvania Reserve Cavalry. He subsequently served for a period of three years and two months in this regiment.

In one communication, Colonel John P. Taylor of Reedsville, Pennsylvania, his commanding officer, paid him the following tribute, Comrade Ruble was a gallant soldier. He faced the enemy of “Old Glory” in 28 battles and 30 skirmishes, of which Gettysburg was perhaps the hardest. He was never sick a day while in the army and escaped as by miracle from being wounded, though he had two horses shot out from under him, one at Brandy Station and another at Cold Harbor, Virginia. During the Battle of Brandy Station, Colonel Taylor gave the following report to Lieutenant William P. Lloyd, Assistant Adjutant General, 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, Com. C.

Jacob was promoted to Corporal on July 1, 1862 and to Quartermaster Sergeant on July 1, 1863 - just before the Battle at Gettysburg. He was mustered out of federal service with his regiment on September 9, 1864.

Jacob married Elizabeth Williams in Feburary 1865, and, in the fall of that year, they moved to Pleasent Valley Township, Jo Daviess County, Illinois. Here they rented land for three years, then purchased 40 acres. He afterwards sold that tract and bought a farm of 108 acres successfully managing and improving this farm. They had four daughters. After his first wife passed away March 3, 1888, Jacob married Mrs. Mary E. Richards, (fromally Mary E. Leach), at Unionville, Pennsylvania on September 6, 1891. Mary’s first husband, Glen Richards, also was a soldier having served in Company D, 45th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry from September 6, 1861 to July 17, 1865.

After farming for 28 years, Jacob and his second wife moved to the village of Stockton, Illinois in 1893. Jacob was elected as a village trustee in 1895. He served as school director for a period of time. He was treasurer of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons Plum River Lodge #554 for 20 consecutive years. He also was a faithful member of the Stockton, Illinois Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) J.A. Maltby Post #520 and filled the chair of Commander as well as many other positions of confidence in the Post. He was a member of the First Methodist Church official board for many years.

A few weeks before Jacob’s death, he expressed a desire to accompany the “boys” to Washington D.C. to attend the National GAR Encampment but remarked at the same time, I feel as if I would not have many more days in this world. Jacob passed away on Thursday morning near 8 o’clock, October 14, 1915. He was laid to rest at the Morseville Plum River Cemetery beside his first wife Elizabeth.

Photograph and information submitted by Jacob Ruble's great great grandson, Nicholas D. Rhoads, Charter Member, Corporal Louis Renninger Camp #1, SUVCW, in Springfield, Oregon.

Jacob Ruble

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