About Ruby Anderson (Hawn)
The Township of Ruby, Wisconsin was named after Ruby Hawn, who was brought to the location by her mother when she was three years old.
The once-busy lumbering town in Chippewa County was named by Ruby's father, Ed Hawn, owner of the Hawn Lumber Company (a part of the Minneapolis Lumber Company of which Hawn was a partner) located at the site in 1907. After Hawn severed his partnership, his company became known as the Ruby Lumber Company. The town of Ruby was at the beginning of the line for the Wisconsin Ruby and Southern logging railroad. (The tiny town is now at the intersection of Highways W (230th AV) and G near Cornell.)
Ruby took a horticulture course during her four years at the University of Wisconsin - Madison that led to a lifelong love of trees and flowers. As the only girl agricultural student during her four years at the state university, she is said to have created quite a stir among faculty and classmates alike. Ruby was one of the first cow testers in the United States. Marriage to co-student Daniel Anderson changed her mind about becoming an ag teacher. But she found a knowledge of agriculture could be molded to fit a housewife's life. Though Ruby was no ordinary housewife. She worked beside her husband in their maple sugarmaking business.
A member of the Chippewa Valley Electric Cooperative, Ruby taught others to create planted windbreaks to keep warmer.