VILLAGE OF RUBY.
This little villa is scarcely on the map, but holds a place among the business centers of Seward county. It
is located on the B. & M. rail road, about half way between Seward and Milford, in -J- precinct, and has a
rich and productive area of farming land surounding it, but the two larger towns draw much of its business away
from it. However it is not a dead town as it shows many signs of life and activity. It has a grain market supported
by two grain elevators; two stores, a post office and such other places of business as are required to provide
for the wants of the patrons of the place.
By looking over the foregoing historical record of modern achievements in lines of trade in merchandise and farm
prodocts in the towns of Seward county together with the advantages of public schools, churches and places of social
and public entertainment, and comparing them with the condition in the early pioneer days, the extent of the great
progress which had its origin in the gloom of pioneer sod houses and its growth through the many long years of
hopeful enterprise, will become plainly apparent. In those early times markets for any kind of farm products were
forty and fifty miles distant, while one little store and postoffice in a sod or log house within an area of fifteen
miles was considered a priceless blessing. Sod and log school houses in about the same area answered the purpose
for churches, public halls, election booths and court houses. In the towns of Seward county at the present time
there are twelve grain markets, supplied with twenty six large grain elevators, any one of which could handle and
store the amount of grain raised in Seward county in 1870. In those towns there are fifteen opera houses and public
halls, thirty eight churches, thirty general stores, thirty five exclusive stores, handling groceries, hardware,
furniture, clothing etc. And there are twenty one rural free delivery mail routes delivering mail daily to ever
farm in the county, while farmers are in touch with neighbors and the local markets of the county by telephone.
The general reader of this work is invited to examine the conditions of the two periods as they are presented,
bearing in mind at the same time, the fact that the advancements in the towns are the results of improved conditions
throughout the rural districts. The improvements of farms and their products have made Seward county's prosperity.