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Ruble, John C. & Mrs. Virginia Hord (Marriage 1916)


Posted By: Linda Ziemann (email)
Date: 1/17/2006 at 16:52:31

Ruble, John C. & Mrs. Virginia Hord, 26 Jul 1916

Source: Akron Register newspaper
Dated Thursday, August 3, 1916


In the LeMars Sentinel of August 1 appears the following very felicitous account of the marriage of John C. Ruble, one of the early pioneers of Ruble, one of the early settlers of Plymouth county and a former esteemed citizen of Akron. His host of friends in the west part of the county unite with his LeMars friends in offering heartiest congratulations to himself and bride and wishing them many years of happy companionship. The Sentinel says:

John Ruble, one of the veterans of the Civil war, has surrendered to the confederacy. This is his own confession, and judging from the smiles with which he is greeting his friends he has no regrets and no explanations to offer. His surrender in the autumn of life was induced by the wiles of Cupid, who is no respecter of age or person, and is the culmination of a romance which had its beginning more than 50 years ago, when the soldiers of the North and South were at swords points.

In the days of long, long ago, John Ruble, while serving in the Northern army, in the vicinity of Washington D.C., met Miss Virginia E. Melvin, a charming young southern girl, who lived at a little place called Catlett, where her father was a country doctor. Their acquaintance ripened into a warmer feeling and John dodged the sentries many a time when the regiment to which he belonged was stationed near the Melvin place, in order to see the object of his affections. War laid its heavy hand on Catlett and its vicinity and Northern and Southern soldiers fought backward and forward over the land tenanted by the Melvin family.

Wounded and sent north to a hospital, John Ruble and Miss Melvin drifted apart and ceased to hear from each other and did not meet until years after, when they found that each had married and became heads of families. They met about two years ago in Washington D.C., where Mr. Ruble was visiting, and renewed the friendship of their youth and told each other their life’s story. Miss Melvin was now Mrs. Hord, a widow, with a grown up family.

In the spring of this year Mrs. Hord learned that members of Mr. Ruble’s family were sick and announced her intention of coming west to see them and be of assistance. This she did, and on Wednesday night the romance of fifty years ago culminated in a happy wedding, when John Ruble was united in marriage with Mrs. Virginia E. Hord, of Washington D.C. The ceremony was conducted by Squire A. A. Alline, a comrade at arms of the bridegroom. After the ceremony a pleasant social evening and supper were enjoyed by the wedding party.

Mr. and Mrs. Ruble will lived in LeMars, excepting the times at which it is impossible to keep Mr. Ruble away from the old homestead at the village west of town which is named in his honor.


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