RUDDLE, James G.

Merced Express, February 4, 1927



Well-Known Resident of the

Merced River Section is


In the death of James G. Ruddle, which occurred shortly after 8 o’clock Wednesday evening at his home on the Merced river near Hopeton, Merced county loses one of its best known and highly respected pioneer residents. Mr. Ruddle suffered a paralytic stroke in July, 1925, but had been able to be about at times and was apparently as well as usual until shortly after dinner Wednesday evening, when he was again stricken, and he passed away withing a few minutes.

James Garland Ruddle, was the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Ruddle, who were among the early pioneer settlers of Merced county, and he was born at Hopeton on January 7, 1862. He was educated in the schools of Hopeton and Merced and later engaged in sheep raising and wool growing, subsequently taking charge of the valuable Ruddle ranch of 3800 acres on the Merced river, which was recently subdivided. For many years he also conducted the Ruddle flour mill, which was located on the Merced river near Snelling, and he was one of the organizers of the Merced Falls Electric Company, which for several years during the ‘90s supplied light and power for this section of the county.

"Jim" Ruddle was a most likeable man and was especially noted for his hospitality, his friends being ever welcome and cordially received at his home. He was kind and charitable in thought and action, of jovial disposition, and with a kindly greeting for all. He was a man who made friends and kept them, and there are none who knew him but who will regret his passing.

Mr. Ruddle was one of the oldest members of Yosemite Lodge of Knights of Pythias of this city and he was also a charter member of the Merced Lodge of Elks.

Surviving relatives are his widow, formerly Miss Annette ; his mother, Mrs. John Ruddle, now residing at Denair; two sons, John Garland and Allan B. Ruddle, and a daughter, Miss Alice Ruddle.

The funeral services will be held in the Welch & Griffin chapel tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon at 2 o’clock, and interment will be in the family plot in the Knights of Pythias cemetery.


RUDDLE, James G.

Merced Express, February 11, 1927

Funeral services for the late James G. Ruddle, who passed away at his home at Hopeton on Wednesday of last week, were held in the Welch & Griffin chapel last Saturday afternoon. The services were conducted by the officers of Merced Lodge No. 1240 B. P. O. Elks, and Rev. N. F. Johnson, pastor of Bethel M. E. Church preached the sermon. Interment was in the family plot in the Knights of Pythias cemetery. The pall-bearers were E. B. Maze, George S. Bloss, Jr., A. W. Meany, J. J. Garibaldi, O. A. Turner and A. E. Howard.

Contributed by: Thomas Hilk