Lucius F “Lou” Rutherford

Lucius F “Lou” Rutherford

Waddington, St. Lawrence County, New York, USA
Death 28 Jul 1967 (aged 90)
Great Falls, Cascade County, Montana, USA
Burial Great Falls, Cascade County, Montana, USA
Plot Begonia, Tier 2
Memorial ID 100060901 · View Source
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Waddington — Lucius F. (Lou) Rutherford, 90, a native Waddington, NY died on 7/29/1967 in Great Falls, MT.

He was born on April 18, 1877, on a farm near Waddington. As a boy; he walked three miles to a country school and, growing up on a farm, drove oxen as well as horses. He rode race horses on the frozen St. Lawrence when he was 17 or 18.

He went west to Winona, Minn., when he was 19, using the money ($70) that came from horse trading. He spent $10 for a suit, $5 for a trunk and $33 for his train ticket. In Winona he took a job in a hardware store, for $32 a month, and then became a traveling salesmen throughout Minnesota and North Dakota for ten years. Also, he was a school teacher in a one-room country school near the Canadian border, before going to Great Falls. As soon as he was settled, he returned to New York State to marry Jennie Rutherford, daughter of a Waddington area farmer. The ceremony took place in that village in 1910.

He became a great lover of horses and, until a few years ago, maintained fancy driving horses on his farms near Great Falls. As late as 1961, he bought a team of fancy driving horses in New York and had them shipped to Great Falls for his driving pleasure. He later bought, sold, traded and shipped all breeds of horses from, coast to coast.

He was the first president of the North Montana State Fair, which he was instrumental in starting and continued to head for 11 years. Besides serving as president of the Cascade County Fair Board of the North Montana State Fair for ten years, He served several year on the Board of Education and was a charter member of the Great Falls Rotary Club; a member of the Great Falls Chamber of Commerce, Shrine Temple and the Presbyterian Church.

In 1961, the Fair Board commissioned a portrait of Mr. Rutherford. It was painted by Adolph Spahr of Cody, Wyoming, portrait painter whose works are featured in the Whitney Gallery of Western Art at Cody. The portrait now hangs in the State Fair Administration office at Great Falls.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Herbert (Margaret) Graybeal of Scottsdale, Ariz.; three granddaughters and one great-granddaughter. A son, Howard L., an auto dealer, was killed in an auto accident in 1952 and his wife, the former Jennie C. Rutherford of Waddington, died in 1954 in Great Falls. Mr. Rutherford was an uncle of Mrs. Carl A. (Marion Rutherford) Hobkirk of 817 Morris St., Ogdensburg. NY

Burial was made in Hillcrest Lawn Memorial cemetery.

Tuesday, 8/15/1967 Massena, NY, Observer

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