WILLIAM RUHLEN, farmer and stock-raiser, P.O. Kenton, was born in Wurtemberg, Germany, January 21, 1842. His parents, George and Dorotha J. Ruhlen, emigrated from Germany in December, 1852, and settled in Jerome Township, Union Co., Ohio, where Mr. Ruhlen died in February of 1878. The widow is residing with her son Henry, in Union County. Our subject is the third son of a family of six children, of whom five are living. He was reared on a farm, and educated at the common schools. His brother George is a First Lieutenant in the Seventeenth Regiment of the United States Infantry, a Professor of Military Tactics and Assistant Professor in Mathematics in the State Agricultural College of Columbus, Ohio. William entered the army April 1, 1861, in Company I, Seventeenth Ohio Volunteer Infantry; served three months in Viginia. Re-enlisting in September of the same year, in Company K, First Ohio Cavalry, he served in the Army of the Cumberland, and took part in forty battles and skirmishes, of which the more important were Corinth, Perryville, Stone River, Tullahoma, Courtland, the Chickamauga campaign, Farmington, and battles of Chattanooga and Mission Ridge; in all the engagements of the Atlanta campaign, and with Gen. Kilpartick's raid around Atlanta. When that city was evacuated, our subject was mustered out at Columbia, Tenn., and discharged at Columbus, Ohio, October 12, 1864. He returned to Union County, Ohio, In 1867, came to Hardin County, settled on seventy-seven acres of land of his present farm, of which he has since cleared sixty acres, and added fifty-one acres, making a farm of 128 acres. He is engaged in farming and rearing stock, keeping thoroughbred Berkshire hogs. He was married, April 25, 1867, to Euphemia, daughter of James and Ann Reed. She was born in Union County, Ohio, November 13, 1844 and died September 26, 1879, leaving a family of five children, viz.: Willie W., James R., Lewis E. Myrta J. and Cyrus E. Ida May is deceased. Mr. Ruhlen was again married, February 16, 1880, to Dilla N., daughter of Lackey and Margaret Reed; she was born in Union County, Ohio, March 19, 1856, and has had one child-Henry R. She is a member of the Presbyterian Church. Mr. Ruhlen is a member of the Grange. In politics, he is a Republican; has served as Township Trustee for three years, and is in his second term of office as School Director.

 

History of Hardin County, Warner Beers Co., 1883