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Document Details


Title: Ruff, Balfour William
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: University of Southern Mississippi. Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage
Collection: Mississippi Oral History Project
Description: Mr. Balfour William Ruff Sr. was born March 31, 1923, in Jackson, Mississippi, to George William Ruff and Zillah Zent Ruff. He moved to Tupelo at a young age and attended Tupelo public schools. For many years he operated the Ruff Dairy Farm, the first in the Tupelo area to pasteurize and homogenize milk. After that, he farmed and ran a beef cattle operation. He was an active member of several area farm organizations and served on the board of directors of the Lee County Farm Bureau for fifty-five years. He was a member of the board of directors of the Federal Land Bank, and an original founder, longtime chair and commissioner of the Town Creek Master Watershed for more than thirty-five years. He was a founder and treasurer of the North Lee Rural Water Association. A land developer, he developed the neighborhood between Thomas Street and Lawndale Drive, and the Hillplace Development in Tupelo, Mississippi. He was a co-owner and founder of the Big Oaks Country Club golf course and residential development. He was a longtime member of St. Luke United Methodist Church in Tupelo and the Men's Breakfast Club.
URL: http://www.lib.usm.edu/~spcol/coh/cohruffb.html
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1999 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Ruff, Balfour William, 1923-2000
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 31-Mar-1923
Speaker place of birth: Jackson, MS; Mississippi; United States; North America
Speaker occupation: Farmer
Age at speaking: 76
Document date: 12-Nov-1999
Interviewer: Stephens, Kathryn
Locations discussed: Mississippi; North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Agriculture; Cities and towns--Mississippi; City and town life--Mississippi; Community; Local history; Mississippi; Mississippi--History; North America; Oral history; United States
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0025710-27628