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Willis Ralph Rupert
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Birth: Jun. 18, 1887
Columbiana County
Ohio, USA
Death: 1978
Columbiana County
Ohio, USA

h/o Emma Van Skiver

Willis R Rupert New Waterford 90, of 45853 Route 46 died of emphysema at 4:51 a.m. Tuesday at Salem Community Hospital East Unit, where he had been a patient nine days. he had been ill one year. He was born June 18, 1887 in New Waterford, the son of late Benjamin and Kate Caldwell Rupert. He was a retired dairy farmer and a lifelong area resident. he was a member of the New Waterford Presbyt Church, where he was an elder and Sunday School supt. He was also a member of the Ohio Seed Improvement Assoc., the Farm Bureau and American Jersey Cattle Club. Mr. Rupert was a charter director of the former Citizens Savings Bank of Columbiana founded in 1923. He received the Master Farmer Award in 1921 and the Master Jersey Breeder Award in 1971. He is survived by his wife, the former Emma Jan VanSkiver whom he married Feb 26, 1913, three daughters, Mrs. William Elverda Baughman of New Waterford, Mrs. John Frances Beson of Houston, Texas and Mrs. Olyn Lois Boyle of Alliance; four sons, Donald C, Raymond C, W Ralph and Robert E Rupert, all of New Waterford, a sister, Mrs. Blanch Grove of Copeland Oaks, 23 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 2 ;m.m Thurs at the New Waterford Presbyterian Church with Pastor Susan Haugh officiating. Burial will be in Columbiana Cemetery. The family requests material tributes take the form of donations to the Estern Ohio Lung Association, Mahoning County Chaapter of 255 Watt St Youngstown. End Obituary collection of Mary Rupert

Added Jan 8, 2013
(written 1957)

The Story of The Rupert Farm
In April 1849 Benjamin Rupert, (Willis Rupert's Grandfather" bought the original farm and started clearing trees and stones from the land. He and his wife made a living for the family - but a living without automobiles, television, radio, electricity, furnace running water and many other of today's conveniences.
This farm now provides a modern living for third, fourth and fifth generation of descendents. In fact, this is one of the interesting features of the Rupert Farm.
As Willis Rupert's sons came to maturity their problem was one of profitability using the large amount of labor and management on the acres they had. The solution as they saw it was not one of doing the work by hand. It had to be done efficiently. so in the presence of a large labor supply they pioneered in reducing the labor required to do a unity of work. In 1938 the Ruperts installed a milking parlor and gradually bought tractors, motors, elevators, conveyors, manure loaders, harvesters, and large plows.
The thought the better way was to enlarge the business of the farm which has been done in several ways. First they bought more adjoining land. Benjamin Rupert, the original settler had bought 122 acres, his son Benjamin, Jr., added 18 more, then in 1940 when Donald was 26 and Raymond was 25, they with their father Willis as partners bought the Schubert farm of 85 acres. Finally in 1946 when Ralph was 16 the partnership bought the John Rupert farm of 70 acres. Thus, the farm grew to 296 acres, all adjoining, with about 220 acres of crop land.
There was still a large supply of man power and managerial capacity for the number of acres. So the Rupert partnership started expanding the returns per acres. They increased yields with larger applications of lime and fertilizer and more legumes, improved pastures and meadows, and grew hybrid seed corn and certified seed wheat and oats for sale, which require more labor per acre. They also increased the production of the dairy herd. They now average almost 500 pounds of butterfat and 8, 800 pounds of milk per cow, which would sell for about the equivalent of 12,000 pounds of 3/5% milk. All these changes added to the returns per acre of land. When Ralph finished school, he too entered the partnership, making four members; with father and three sons.
Thus the Ruperts have balanced the relationship of land, labor, capital and management. Farm accounting records show that the income of the partnership is similar to the combined income they could reasonably expect if each had his own farm. But they have accomplished a desire they all had of being able to farm together.

The story of the Rupert dairy herd is equally impressive. In 1910 Willis Rupert as a young man started farming with his father, purchased the first purebred Jerseys. he started testing for butterfat then and has tested continuously since then, probably longer than any other herd in Ohio. Average butterfat production per cow gradually increased from 258 lbs. for 14 cows the year before purchase of the purebreds to 508 lbs. with 38 cows in 1956. Use of ten carefully selected sires during those years was largely responsible along with good feeding and management.
Associated with this development is an outstanding feeding program. Ruperts were the first Columbiana County farmers to improve pastures and they now have a system of rotating the use of excellent seeding pastures. They make the highest quality hay with the aid of a hay crusher and heated air for drying. No silo is being used. The top quality hay and pasture largely replaces silage used on most dairy farms.
Ruperts installed the first milking parlor and pipe line milkers in Columbiana County and have been first in many other improved practices. They have made their her one of the outstanding Jersey herds in Ohio
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Pamphlet - Program - Columbiana County Field Day -Farm of Willis R Rupert & Sons - New Waterford Ohio - August 7, 1957

*Poster not certain of mentioned "John Rupert Farm of 70 acres" that adjoined this property about 1946. Further research necessary. 
Family links: 
  Benjamin Rupert (1860 - 1930)
  Emma Kate Caldwell Rupert (1862 - 1954)
  Emma Jean Vanskiver Rupert (1890 - 1978)
  Donald Charles Rupert (1913 - 2009)*
  Raymond C. Rupert (1915 - 2002)*
  Elverda Rupert Baughman (1916 - 2015)*
  Frances Rupert Beson (1920 - 2012)*
  Robert E Rupert (1932 - 2007)*
  Clarence W Rupert (1884 - 1908)*
  Blanche May Rupert Grove (1887 - 1979)*
  Willis Ralph Rupert (1887 - 1978)
  Paul Raymond Rupert (1890 - 1890)*
  Glenn Franzo Rupert (1898 - 1967)*
*Calculated relationship
Columbiana Cemetery
Columbiana County
Ohio, USA
Created by: Anne Rupert
Record added: Mar 02, 2001
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Willis Ralph Rupert
Added by: Anne Rupert
Willis Ralph Rupert
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Willis Ralph Rupert
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