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Orpha Avis Ruxton (Higgason)

Birthdate: (82)
Death: November 11, 1966 (82)
Evangelical Hospital, Marshalltown, Marshall County, Iowa, United States
Place of Burial: Zearing, Story County, Iowa, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Wallace B. Higgason and Josephine Higgason
Wife of James Allen Ruxton
Sister of Ina Leona Higgason; Walter Bruce Higgason; William Dinsmore Higgason and Hazel Higgason

Managed by: Robert Fahey
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About Orpha Avis Ruxton

From the 1956 book 'Community History, Zearing, Iowa' by Donald H. Grimm:

Zearing Telephone Association

We do not have the exact date the local telephone company was organized. The first office was a small booth in the Ingledue drug store. Elwood C. Ingledue died in 1902. So we know that there was telephone service in Zearing before that date.

Orpha Higgason worked in the drug store. A part of her duties was to take care of the switchboard. Orpha said that there was little activity at first. She said that when the bell rang it always startled her.

The first rural line was constructed northwest from Zearing. James A. Ruxton joked about that. He said that the reason was his interest in the telephone operator, Orpha. James and Orpha were married but we do not know how great a part the telephone played in the romance.


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James, Orpha & Eva Ruxton - Recollections of Margaret Bryant:

Orpha Ruxton passed on Nov. 1966. She and her husband farmed for many years and owned the Mobil gas station, restaurant and Beer Depot for over 17 years. She was born in Fremont, Iowa, and a prominent family in the Zearing community. Her father Wallace Higgason was a veterinarian in Zearing.

James Allen Ruxton was born at McCallsburg, Iowa and passed on March 1955. He was a farmer and drove the Mobil oil tank wagon for 17+ years. He was born to Adam and Maggie Wallace Ruxton. Both of his parents were from Scotland. His father was one of eight brothers who came with their father from Scotland and settled in Henry County, Illinois. A museum in Geneseo, Illinois has history of the Ruxtons.

To this union was born one daughter, Eva Josephine Ruxton. She was the only grand child that Adam and Maggie had.

The home place for Adam & Maggie was on Highway 65 and was a post office where mail was delivered.

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Ames Daily Tribune; Ames, Iowa; Friday, Nov. 11, 1966; Page 2 (the misspelling of Orpha as Ortha is just as it was in the newspaper):

Ortha Ruxton died today

Mrs. Ortha Ruxton, 82, Zearing. died early today at Evangelical Hospital, Marshalltown. She was a lifetime resident of the Zearing community. Mrs. Ruxton is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Eva Reese, also of Zearing; a sister, Mrs. Hazel Sebert. Sioux Falls, S.D.; nine grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday from the Zearing Christian Church, with the Rev. Phillip Sharp officiating. Burial will be in Zearing Cemetery.

Hardin County Index, Eldora, Iowa, Nov 25 1966:
Mrs. Ervin Myers and Mrs. Clara Myers of Eldora and Mrs. Donald E. Myers of Marshalltown attended the funeral services for Mrs. Orpha Ruxton at Zearing recently. Mrs. Ruxton is the grandmother of Mrs. J.S. "Goo" Myers.

Evening Times-Republican - Mar 12 1915:
Mrs. James Ruxton, of Zearing, was in the city Thursday evening on her way home from Fremont, where she attended the funeral of her grandmother, Mrs. Mary Dinsmore.

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Orpha Avis Ruxton's Timeline

June 1884
November 11, 1966
Age 82
Marshalltown, Marshall County, Iowa, United States
Zearing, Story County, Iowa, United States