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Joseph J. Rutzer

Joseph Rutzer in 1891 cash-claimed a quarter in section 18, 4N 46W - just a couple of miles south of the Pleasant Valley church..

Joe Rutzer in 1900 was delinquent on taxes for that quarter, so he owned it then.

The 1900 census of Coos County, Oregon has a Joseph Rutzer, born October 1862 in Switzerland, immigrating in 1884.  He's a dairyman, living alone.

In 1907 he's listed as a dairyman in Wadding, 38 miles from Eureka, California.

John A. Lett, in 1907, sued Joseph Rutzer for his interest in the quarter.

In 1910 Humboldt County, California Joseph Rutzer is 48, still single. still a dairyman.

He registered to vote as a Republican in 1910.

He's listed in the 1914 Polk's Directory of Humboldt County

In 1920 Humboldt County he's a boarder with 71-year-old Benjamin Marolf, laborer on a dairy farm.


In his 1920 passport application, Joseph Rutzer said he was born in Switzerland October 16, 1861, that his father Joseph Juxtus Rutzer was deceased,  came to the U.S. in 1884, and had resided in Iowa, Colorado, and California.  He was a dairyman in Ferndale, California, and said he was naturalized January 6, 1897 at Eureka

the passenger list for the March 24, 1914 Rochambeau has
Justus Rutzer  21y  Le Havre

A relative might be  Mary Christina Rutzer, born in Switzerland in 1858, immigrating in 1891, spending her life at the Mt. Angel Academy - Oregon - died in 1947, and is buried in the Benedictine Cemetery there

This might not be related, but Rutzer is such a rare surname.....

Baker City, Oregon

Matilda M. 'Tillie' Mullen, 85, of Baker City, died Nov. 16, 2000, at her home at Meadowbrook.
Her funeral was last Saturday at the Columbia Heights Assembly of God Church at Hunter, Wash. Burial was at Greenwood Park Cemetery at Hunter, Wash.

Mrs. Mullen was born May 15, 1915, at Bend to Joseph and Josephine Rutzer. She spent her early life near Rufus and Sam's Valley near Rogue River.

After marrying Charles Wiltse in 1931, she and her family lived in the Kettle Falls and Hunter, Wash., communities for many years. In 1945, she married Henry Mattison and helped him farm in the Fruitland, Wash., area.

Together they left farming and bought the rural store/service station/post office complex at Fruitland in 1970. After her husband died in 1973, she continued to operate the complex until she retired.

She married Geary Mullen in 1977 and moved back to Hunter, Wash. He died in 1990. After a stroke in 1991, and several months of rehabilitation, she moved to Baker City.

Mrs. Mullen foremost was a wife and mother who was truly loved by her children and grandchildren. She also served as a mother figure to many other young people and was highly respected in the communities in which she lived.

At various times in her life, she held jobs as a creamery worker, rural mail carrier, school cook, postmistress and store owner/clerk. She actively supported the communities in which she lived.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Charles and Myrna Wiltse of Baker City and Robert and Nancy Wiltse of Pullman, Wash.; stepchildren, Sanford Logan of Pacifica, Calif., and Tracy Sharp of Abilene, Texas; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Goldie Rutzer of Long Beach, Wash., and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Jeannie Carpenter; a granddaughter, Connie Carpenter; a grandson, Donnie Wiltse; a sister, Josephine Johnson; and a brother, Otto Rutzer.

Used with permission from: The Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, November 24, 2000


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