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Transcribed biography of Harry W. Ruge

DR. HARRY W. RUGE. One of the younger generation of professional men in Porter county who has attained prominence in his line of endeavor is Dr. Harry W. Ruge, an active and successful practitioner of dentistry, in Chesterton, where he not only holds a professional prestige but is highly esteemed as a citizen.

Dr. Ruge is a native son of Porter county, born in the city of Valparaiso in November, 1879. His father, now deceased, was Henry W. Ruge and his mother's maiden name was Emma Yahn. She is still living and resides in Valparaiso. His earlier education, obtained in the Valparaiso graded schools, was supplemented by three years of high school work in the same city. His professional preparation began in 1897, when he entered the Chicago College of Dental Surgery, and three years later, or in 1900, he was graduated from that well known school with the degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery. In the meantime, however, while attending the high school and prior to taking up professional training in Chicago he had been employed in Valparaiso some four years. He began the practice of dentistry at Chesterton, remaining there some three years before his removal to Valparaiso, where he was an active practitioner four years. He then returned to Chesterton where he has since continued his professional labors and has built up a reputation as a very skillful dentist. Few are better prepared for his line of work than is Dr. Ruge, who by study, observation and experience has acquired a thorough knowledge of his profession and aims to keep abreast with every development in dentistry. He is otherwise interested in the business life of Chesterton, being a stockholder in the Chesterton Bank.

Mrs. Ruge, who was formally Miss Edith Agnew, of Valparaiso, is a daughter of Nathan L. Agnew, a well known lawyer of Valparaiso and a former state senator, who has also served as state commander of the Indiana Knights Templars. She was educated in the Valparaiso public schools, the Girls Classical School of Indianapolis and in the University of Valparaiso, completing the scientific course in the latter institution.

Dr. and Mrs. Ruge are members of the Methodist Episcopal church at Chesterton, of which he is also a trustee and Mrs. Ruge is a teacher in the Sunday School. Politically Dr. Ruge is a Republican and fraternally he sustains membership in the Masonic order and in Chesterton Lodge No. 442, Knights of Pythias, being the present chancellor commander of the latter order there, while Mrs. Ruge is most excellent chief of the auxilliary order, the Pythian Sisters. Both are young people of more than usual attainments, who by education and talents are qualified to become useful factors in society. They have entered heartily into the life of their community and whether in church, social or fraternal circles, are recognized and valued as people of the highest worth and standing.

Source: Lewis Publishing Company. 1912. History of Porter County, Indiana: A Narrative Account of its Historical Progress, its People and its Principal Interests. Chicago, Illinois: Lewis Publishing Company. 881 p.
Page(s) in Source: 878-879

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