William Henry Rugg

Lewiston Morning Tribune
Saturday, March 24, 1923

Death Of Peck Pioneer

Will H. Rudd Dies at Elk River, Funeral at Lewiston Sunday P.M.

Peck, March 23 - Will H. Rudd, a pioneer of Peck, died at Elk River on Thursday night at 11:30 o'clock due to heart failure. The funeral services will be held at Lewiston, on Sunday afternoon, at four o'clock, under the auspices of the Odd Fellows lodge. He was a pioneer merchant, well known in this locality.

Lewiston Morning Tribune
Tuesday, March 27, 1923

W. H. Rugg, Deceased, In Peck Many Years

Since 1902 Esteemed Merchant and Business Man Known Over Nez Perce County

Will H. Rugg, whose death occurred at Elk River, Thursday night, March 22, and whose remains were interred in the Normal Hill cemetery Sunday afternoon, was born in Laceyville, Penna., in 1861, residing there until 1878, when he removed to Nebraska, where for several years he was engaged in educational work. Later Mr. Rugg went to South Dakota to reside, and there he was united in marriage to Miss Ella Willoughby.

In 1902 Mr. Rugg and his family came to Idaho, locating at the town of Peck, where for 15 years he was engaged in the mercantile business, retiring in 1917 owing to ill health. He was a man well known and highly esteemed throughout Nez Perce county, and in all affairs tending for the betterment of his community he stood at the fore, as well as being active in social and political circles. Mr. Rugg was long a member of the Odd Fellows and at all times was very active in the promotion of its welfare and spreading its teachings.

Surviving are a wife, two brothers, B. S. Rugg, of Peck, and B. W. Rugg, of Seattle, and one son Fred Rugg, of Peck, these with a host of relatives and friends, being left to mourn the loss of this estimable man.

The officers and members of Peck lodge No. 94, I. O. O. F., wish to extend their thanks and appreciation to the members of Lewiston lodge No. 8, for their many courtesies and help in the burial of Mr. Rugg, and the widow, brothers and son of the deceased extend their heartfelt appreciation to their many friends for their kindness and helpfulness, and for the many beautiful floral offerings.

Among the residents of Peck attending the funeral were: G. W. Warren, noble grand of the I. O. O. F., of which Mr. Rugg was a past grand, M. S. Owen, Chas. Owen, A. J. Shortridge?, T. B. Henderson, Dan Lyle, Oliver Fairy, F. B. Smith, A. D. Hunter, and Mrs. G. W. Warren.

Contributed by Natalie Huntley

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