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Title: Rue J. Alexander
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Let's take a moment to remember Rue J. Alexander.

Rue J. Alexander was a prominent figure in Pine Village. When he passed away, quite suddenly in 1949 at the age of 60 years old, he was nearing the end of his term as Indiana's lieutenant governor.

He was sixth district Republican chairman, at the time of his death, and had headed the GOP organization in the sixth district for ten years. The veteran Republican political leader served two terms as Secretary of State.

Rue J. Alexander was born on a farm in Benton county, graduated from Lafayette Business College, operated a farm until 1915, and then became an automobile and tractor salesman.

In 1918 he enlisted in the Army and was an instructor in the motor transportation corps. Returning from the war,he became water superintendent at Boswell and was later a saleman for the Cornbelt Feed Company which soon found him opening the Pine Village Feeding Company.

Ella (Helmerick), his wife; Mildred McCoy, a daughter; and Jim Cowgill (now deceased), a grandson were survivors.

Wilda (Helmerick) Brutus had made her home with her Aunt Ella and Uncle Rue Alexander most of her growing and young adult life. Wilda and Uncle Rue had a pair of matched riding horses, Spot and Ace, which they enjoyed together in the areas of riding and showing. Six months prior to his death, he had given Wilda in marriage to Leroy Brutus.

Thank you for the memories, Rue J. Alexander.

Date: 5/27/1999
Origin: Review Republican
Author: Barbara Brutus
Record ID: 00001094
Type: Periodical
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Clippings Scrapbook
Entered By: Amber M Knipe

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