Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The
Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties,
State of Washington", published by Western Historical Publishing
OLIVER A. RUDD, who lives about
five miles south from Bridgeport, was born in Draman, Norway, on July 12,
1861. His parents, Andrew and Dora (Christenson) Rudd, were natives
of Norway. He was educated in the common schools there and when twenty
years of age came to the United States, settling first in Grand Rapids,
Wisconsin. He wrought in the lumber woods for nearly two years and
in 1883, came west to Washington, stopping first in Walla Walla.
Then he journeyed to Colfax, Washington, where he wrought on a farm for
three years. It was 1886 when he went on a visit to his native country,
then returned to Wisconsin, and a year and a half later came to Garfield
county, it being 1888. He did general work for two years and in the
fall of 1890, came to Douglas county, selecting a homestead where he resides
at the present time. He commenced breeding cattle and horses when
he first came to the country and has continued in that business since.
He has some very choice Hereford animals and has been prospered in his
labors. Mr. Rudd owns one-half section of land well supplied with
springs, and well improved. He cultivates about one hundred and twenty-five
acres to hay and the balance to various crops. He has a handsome
residence and has manifested thrift and good taste in his labors on the
In political matters, Mr. Rudd is allied with
the Republican party and is a firm supporter of their principles.
In 1898, his name appeared on that ticket for county commissioner against
Lewis Brant. He won by thirteen majority, being the only Republican
elected on the ticket. He served for four years to the satisfaction
of all. For two years from July 10, 1899, he was deputy sheriff,
under C. V. Ogle. Mr. Rudd has one brother, Knud, and two sisters,
Mrs. Sarah Thornson and Mrs. Georgie Gurrick.
He was raised under the influence of the Lutheran
church and is a supporter of that denomination at this time. His
standing in the community is of the best and he receives generously the
confidence and good will of his neighbors.
At Deedsville, Indiana, on April 24, 1904,
Mr. Rudd married Mrs. Eliza Lewis, daughter of James and Isabella Fites,
relatives of Maine. Mrs. Rudd was born in Deedsville, Indiana.