J. George Ruckstuhl

J. George Ruckstuhl

Bavaria (Bayern), Germany
Death 29 Dec 1896 (aged 59)
Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Burial Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Plot Section 5 Lot 61 Grave 1
Memorial ID 60238575 · View Source
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Long Illness of J. G. Ruckstuhl At An End.


One of the Country’s Leaders In Base-Ball.

Settled the Great Fight That Occurred In 1891

Mr. J. George Ruckstuhl, Vice President of the Frank Fehr Brewing Company and a heavy stockholder in the Louisville Base-ball Club, died last night at 7:45 o’clock of a complication of diseases at his residence, 613 East Broadway. He had been seriously ill for over a year and upon several occasions during that time his life was despaired of.

About a year ago upon the advice of his physician, Dr. T. Hunt Stucky, Mr. Ruckstuhl went to Hot Springs, Ark. He remained there for a time and then returned home improved somewhat, but still weak and suffering from pleurisy. His condition improved and then grew worse, until about three weeks ao[sic], when he caught cold, which, together with rheumatism and heart trouble, caused his death.

Mr. Ruckstuhl was born December 13, 1837, in Klingenmuenster, Rheinplaiz, Bavaria, Germany. He attended school in his birthplace until 1850, when, with his brothers and father, John Ruckstuhl, he came to this country and moved to Portsmouth, O. The family lived at Portsmouth for about two years then came to Louisville. Here you Ruckstuhl completed his education and lived for two years, when he went to Calhoun county, Ill. He taught school in Calhoun county for some time, but not taking a fancy to pedagogy, gave it up and engaged in the general merchandse[sic] business with his two brothers, who had established themselves at that place. In 1859 he was married to Miss Lucretia Brown of Calhoun county. When the war broke out Mr. Ruckstuhl was a strong Union sympathizer, and formed a large company of Calhoun county volunteers, which became Company C of the Ninety-seventh Illinois Infantry. Mr. Ruckstuhl was made First Lieutenant, and served with distinction throughout the war, until he received a serious wound, whereupon he returned to his Illinois home and again settled down to business.

In 1866, he decided to come back to Louisville, which he did, and accepted a position as solicitor for the late Frank Fehr, who had…(Torn page) in the employ of the Phoenix Brewing Company, started a brewery of his own and appointed Mr. Ruckstuhl his city solicitor. From city solicitor he came head book-keeper for the company, and in 1890 was made secretary. In 1891 Mr. Frank Fehr died and Mr. Ruckstuhl became Vice President of the company to succeed Mr. J. F. Kellner, who made President. He served in this capacity up to the time of his death.

Mr. Ruckstuhl, when he became Secretary of the Frank Fehr Brewing Company, began to take great interest in base-ball. His interest ripened until he became one of the greatest base-ball magnates in the country. In 1890 he was a heavy stockholder in the Louisville Club, which was then in the American Association.

In 1891 the great base-ball war, which will always go down in the history of the national game, broke out between the American Association and the National League. Something had to be done, and for a long time it looked as though no reconciliation between the two organizations could be reached. In fact, the thought of having a stable base-ball organization in the country was despaired of. Finally, a meeting of the clubs of the Associations and of the National League was called to be held in Indianapolis. Louisville, Baltimore, Washington and St. Louis were the cities in the American Associations, while Philadelphia, Boston, Brooklyn, Cincinnati, Cleveland, New York, Pittsburgh and Chicago were the National League cities. Mr. Ruckstuhl was the representative of the Louisville Club at the Indianapolis meeting. The session was called and the war began in earnest. After several days of word-fighting. Mr. Ruckstuhl, with several other sympathizing club representatives, came forth with a proposition which settled all trouble and caused ten-year agreement between the twelve clubs, which now holds, to be signed.

The meeting has always been known as the Indianapolis treaty and Mr. Ruckstuhl was the main figure in the making of it. In 1894 he resigned from the vice presidency of the club in favor of Mr. Charles P. Dehler, who now holds that position.

Mr. Ruckstuhl had always been successful in all of his business ventures and amassed a large amount of property. He is a veteran of the George H. Thomas G. A. R. Post and is a member of the following lodges and societies; Uhland Lodge, No. 4, K. of P.; Schiller Lodge, No. 24, A. O. U. W.; Armenian Lodge, No. 7, K of H.; Elks, Louisville Lodge No. 8; Kosair Temple of the Shrine; Grand Consistory of Kentucky; Liederkrans Society, and Louisville Turngemeinde Society. He is also a member of the following Masonic orders. Mount Zion; King Solomon Chapter, R. A. C. H., No. 18; Louisville Council, No. 4; Louisville Commandery; Louisville Commandery, K. of P.

Mr. Ruckstuhl leaves a wife and three children; Mrs. Henry Ewald, whose husband is connected with the Dunlap-Barret Saddlery Company; Mrs. Mattie Knight and Miss Bertha Ruckstuhl. He also leaves two brothers, Mr. John Ruckstuhl a merchant of St. Louis, and Mr. Henry Ruckstuhl, of Warsaw, Ill. The funeral will be in charge of the different lodges to he belonged. The active and honorary pall-bearers have not yet been selected. The remains will be Interred in Cave Hill cemetery.

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Kentucky, Tuesday, 29 Dec 1896, Page 2.


Other Deaths.

LOUISVILLE. Ky., Dec.28.—J. G. Ruckstuhl, the largest stockholder in the Louisville Baseball Club and prominent in local business circles, died to-day, aged fifty-nine. Mr. Ruckstuhl was largely instrumental in securing the admission of Louisville to the National League and has been an enthusiastic supporter of the game for years.

The Indianapolis Journal, Indianapolis, Indiana, Tuesday, 29 Dec 1896, Page 2.

Death of J. G. Ruckstuhl.

LOUSIVILLE, Ky., Dec. 28.—J. G. Ruckstuhl, the largest stockholder in the Louisville Baseball Club and prominent in local business circles, died today, aged fifty-nine years. He was largely instrumental in securing the admission of Louisville to the National League, and has been an enthusiastic supporter of the game for many years.

The Sun, Baltimore, Maryland, Tuesday Morning, 29 Dec 1896, Page 2.


RUCKSTUHL-J George, aged 59 years and 15 days, at his home, 612 East Br oadway, at 7:45 o'clock p. m., December 28. Funeral Wednesday afternoon a t 1 o'clock from the residence.


FUNERAL NOTICE – Louisville Commandery No. 1, K. T. will meet in called conclave in the asylum, Masonic Temple this (Wednesday) December 30, 1896, at 12:45 p.m., to attend the funeral of our deceased frater[sic], Sir J. George Ruckstuhl, member of De Molay Commandery NO. 12, and visiting Sir Knights are requested to attend. By order of T. P. SATTERWHITE, Jr., Commander.
T. E. WILSON, Recorder.

Grand Consistory of Kentucky A. A. S R will assemble in the Scottish Rite Cathedral, Sixth and Walnut streets, at 12:45 p. m. to-day to attend the funeral of Brother J. G. Ruckstuhl, 32d degree.
JAMES A. BURRELL, 32d degree, Grand Registrar
WILLIAM R. JOHNSON, 33d degree, Grand Master.

Members of Louisville Lodge, No. 8, B. P. O. E., are called to meet at their hall, Masonic Temple building, Wednesday, December 30, at 12:30 o’clock sharp to attend in a body the funeral of our late brother, J. Geo. Ruckstuhl, Fraternally.
H. M. BRENNAN, Exalted Ruler.
By EDW. H. SHERLEY, Secretary.

Mt. Zion Lodge, No. 147, F. and A. M., will meet in called session this (Wednesday) afternoon at 12:30 o’clock, for the purpose of attending the funeral of our deceased brother, J. Geo. Ruckstuhl. Members of sister lodges fraternally invited. CHRIST. SCHNEIDER, M.
J. MATTMILLER, Secretary.

The Courier Journal, Louisville, Kentucky, Wednesday, 30 Dec 1896, Page 5.


J. George Ruckstuhl of Louisville, Ky., a brother of Henry Ruckstuhl is pleasantly remembered by many of our citizens who had the fortune of meeting him on the occasion of a visit to Warsaw several years ago. The deceased formerly lived in Calhoun county, this state and as a member of the 97th Ill infantry served with distinction throughout the war. In 1868 he settled in Louisville, where he entered on a successful business career, and at the time of his death was vice president of the Frank Fehr Brewing company. The Courier-Journal says “he was always successful in his business ventures and amassed a large amount of property.” He leaves a wife and three daughters—two of whom are married—and two brothers. Mr. Ruckstuhl was a member of the following orders, G. A. R., K. of P., A. O. U. W., K. of H., Elks, and in Masonry, Blue Lodge, Chapter, Council Commandery, Shrine, and Grand Consistory of Kentucky. The funeral occurred December 30th, Rev. Chas. E. Craik(?), of Christ’s Church Cathedral, officiating. At the cemetery the Masons, Commandery, Elks, G. A. R., Liederkranz quartet First Regiment quintet, the Legion drum corps assisted. The active pall bearers were Masons, and the honorary pallbearers were prominent citizens. Mr. Ruckstuhl’s alleged ailment was pleurisy, but a post mortem examination showed that a broken rib received five years ago in what was considered a minor accident and to which he paid no attention at the time, had pierced his lungs, causing vital organs to become weak and rigid. He was treated by the most skillful physicians and none of them correctly diagnosed his case, and no two agreed as to what was his affliction.

Warsaw Bulletin, Warsaw, Illinois, Friday, 8 Jan 1897, Page 3.

The Late Ruckstuhl

The death of J. G. Ruckstuhl, who owned a majority of the shares of stock in the Louisville club, removes from base ball circles a figure of striking personality. He was a thoroughly sincere, honest man up against two very hard propositions—the first, the National League; the second, how to make Louisville a pennant-winning team. Either of these was wearing enough without being asked to meet both. He will be missed from the league, because what he did was done with such hearty sincerity that it was seldom he was involved in the war of beautiful words the magnates fling at each other’s precious heads.

The Evening Gazette, Burlington, Iowa, Wednesday, 24 Feb 1897, Page 2.

At the time of his death he was the principal stockholder in the Louisville Baseball Club (per the NY Times 12/28/1896)

Illinois: Roster of Officers and Enlisted Men

Name: J George Ruckstuhl
Residence: Deer Plain, Illinois
Enlistment Date: 9 Aug 1862
Rank at enlistment: 1st Lieut
State Served: Illinois
Survived the War?: Yes
Service Record: Commissioned an officer in Company C, Illinois 97th Infantry Regiment on 16 Sep 1862.
Mustered out on 02 Mar 1863.

Immigrated with his family, arriving in New York on 8 Jul 1850 aboard the La Duchess de Orleans.


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