I have been doing research on the town of Ruff, Washington. My family’s farm was just northeast of this once thriving little town that is located in Grant County, Washington. My father’s birth certificate actually lists Ruff as his birthplace and I wanted to research what I could find about the community.
Many of the early settlers including my grandparents were Bessarabia Germans as they came to America from Bessarabia, Russia which is known as Moldova today. My great grandparents on my father’s side came to American in 1891 when my grandfather was 5 years old. It was interesting to find that my grandmother was also from Bessarabia and came to America later and married my grandfather in Washington state. They eventually homesteaded near Ruff Washington and were dry land wheat farmers.
I believe the town of Ruff was established around 1900 and had several businesses and at least one church the Ruff Evangelical Church. Here are a few photos that I found in my father’s old photo album.
I remember going to the Ruff store as a young girl with my Dad in the early 60’s and bought a soda pop there. I am not sure that the original store building still exists. When you look at an aerial satellite map of the area I can’t see much in the once downtown area still standing anymore.
Additional photos added January 2021 are credited to Michael Giese who has agreed to allow me to post them on this page. The first photo is of Hotel Ruff on Main Street looking West with the Ruff Bank on the right.
The only images I was able to find on the Internet today is this you-tube video taken of Ruff in 2009 which shows the grain elevators and tanks and just a glimpse of the remaining buildings in the town.
While this is just a little of the history of the Ruff Washington area, I hope if you found it useful that you let me know. Leave a comment or add any additional knowledge you may have of the area for me in your comments. Thank you!