Note: Among the prominent capitalists of the East who have located in Los Angeles County, seeking its genial climate, etc., as a desirable place of residence, is the above-named gentleman, who is residing at 317 Grand avenue, Los Angeles. Mr. Ruddock is largely interested in real estate in the county and is projecting and carrying out some, of the most extensive citrus-fruit planting in the San Gabriel Valley. He is the owner of 1,100 acres of land in the Puente, San Dimas, Glendora and Azusa school districts. Of this choice land 378 acres are located two and a half miles south and west of Glendora and three and a half miles southeast of Azusa. Mr. Ruddock is planting the whole of this tract to citrus fruits. He is sparing neither time nor money in his improvements, and is destined to build up one of the most magnificent orange groves in the United States. Of the 160 acres planted in 1889, he has the following choice varieties: 800 Jaffa, 1,500 Malta Blood, 500 Sanford's Mediterranean, 1,000 Hart's Tardiff, 400 Mediterranean Blood, a large acreage of Washington Navels, ten acres in lemons, and a variety of other citrus fruits, such as Ruby, Jell, etc. He is an enthusiast in his horticultural pursuits, and gives the matter his personal attention. He is seeking and obtaining the choicest varieties of citrus fruits to be obtained, and is planting many varieties heretofore unknown in that section of the San Gabriel Valley. He is the owner of 730 acres of land two miles west of his fruit lands, which is devoted to general farming. Mr. Ruddock is a successful business man and the founder of his own fortune. He is conducting his large horticultural pursuits upon the same basis that has secured his success in the various business enterprises of his life. He is a strong believer in the future wealth and prosperity that awaits the San Gabriel Valley, and recognizes no such word as failure in his enterprise. The brief facts obtained as to Mr. Ruddock's life and business successes are of interest. He is a native of New England, dating his birth in Franklin County, Massachusetts, in February, 1818. In 1831 his father moved to Onondaga County, New York, and was there engaged as a farmer and miller. Mr. Ruddock was reared to farm life, receiving such educational advantages as were afforded by the common schools. In 1842 he determined to strike out in the great West, and in that year located near Racine, Wisconsin, where he took up Government land and commenced life as a pioneer farmer, after which he located at Berlin, Green Lake County. In 1849 he came to California, and for the next four years was engaged in mining in Placer County and on the middle fork of the American River. Returning to Berlin in 1853 he entered into extensive business operations, conducting a large mercantile establishment and lumber business. He also built steamboats and established a packet and freight line on the Fox River and portage to the Wisconsin River, thus establishing water transportation from the Lakes to the Mississippi River. He extended his operations and established large lumber yards in Milwaukee and Chicago, and for twenty years was largely engaged in the manufacture of lumber in Manistee, Michigan, owning a mill and extensive pine lands in that vicinity; was also largely interested in the pioneer railroads of his State and the establishment of banking interests in Berlin. He became one of the most prominent business men in his section, building lake and river steamers, establishing machine shops, foundries, etc. In 1870 he took up his residence in Milwaukee. He was one of the first to raise cranberries in Wisconsin. In 1879 moved to Chicago, where he resided until 1888. In that year he took up his residence in Los Angeles. Mr. Ruddock is a man endowed with a strong constitution, and in early life was reared to industrious and energetic habits. With that as his capital he started in life and success has followed. In 1847 Mr. Ruddock married Miss Maria N. Newell, the daughter of Asa and Nancy M. Newell, of Massachusetts. There are three children living from this marriage, and three are deceased. The son, Charles H., married Miss Sarah Billings; he is now residing in Chicago, and is conducting his business enterprises at that point and in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The two daughters are May B. and Nellie M. Mr. Ruddock's parents were both natives of Massachusetts. They were Justus and Rhoda (Damon) Ruddock. --- An Illustrated History of Los Angeles County, California - Chicago, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1889. Page 618.
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