I am Margaret L. Evans "Keen" author
of the RUHE Home Page and descendant of Elva D. Ruhe "Evans"
who was a daughter of Waldo E. Ruhe. Waldo was the great-grandson
of Fred K. Ruhe, Fred was the first immigrant to America from his native country of
Germany. With the exception of the present generation, Fred and succeeding
generations of RUHE were farmers of livestock!
During our research we found farming was not a glamorous
occupation, it required dedication and often enduring hardships that some
ancestors did not survive. My ancestors were of common stock,
hardy individuals with simple everyday beliefs and a straightforward
desire to do what they knew best, farm! Throughout the
genealogical search of our ancestor's lives we found feast and
famine. Even though they were blessed with fertile pastures,
against locust and other unpredictable elements, occasionally losses
occurred. With good family ties and a strong pioneering spirit
they fostered a persistence
and endurance that led to the doorway of tomorrow. We are
proud to be the descendant of such honorable ancestors.
About the RUHE Home Page
The content and format of the RUHE Home Page protects the "Privacy"
of living family members. For that reason we do not use the GEDCOM file
format. Instead, we use a chronological format of
information based on some of the direct descendants. We call this
format the "CHRONOLOGY OF THE RUHE MIGRATION." In keeping with the
Ones Roots," we have included a Surname
Index. Use the Index to compare names and possibly find
relationships to other family members.
You will also find photographs of past RUHE Family
Reunions, those Reunions are a tradition
spanning 100 years and more. In past, many of the
Reunions were held in Burt County, Nebraska, later they were held
at Columbus, Nebraska. As generations died and family members
moved to other areas, the Reunion tradition was broken. However,
after the death of the family matriarch Ada McKown Ruhe in 1978, family
members resumed the tradition of the RUHE Family Reunion. Since the
reestablishment of the tradition a RUHE Family Reunion had been
held every five years at or near Grand Island, Nebraska, usually during the
month of July.
Special Thanks to and in Memory of Aunt Elaine who began this
search many years ago and passed the "torch of inquiry"
to me in 1989.
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