Photographed November 4, 2014
Brookfield, Waukesha County, Wisconsin
43° 2.663′ N, 88° 6.449′ W
Jacob Ruby was among the many German settlers arriving in the Two of Brookfield in the 1850s. He initially purchased land in Section 33 and 34 and began farming. His family's original log cabin was replaced in circa 1861 with a brick house that evolved and remains today at 165 South Calhoun Road. Ruby raised wheat, barley, corn, rye, potatoes, oats and hay. He also made butter and harvested apples from his own orchard. Livestock on the farm included cows, pigs, sheep and horses. The success of Ruby's farm was evident. Its production in 1870 was 11th highest in the township and its property was valued at $10,000.00. Three more generations of Rubys maintained the family farm that eventually included a dairy operation started in 1935 in Rolland Ruby. At its peak, the farm employed twenty men and cultivated over 1,000 acres at four farms.
The marker is located on the grounds of the Dousman Stagecoach Inn Museum on southbound Pilgrim Parkway, between Gebhart Road (to the north) and West Bluemound Road / U.S. Highway 18 (to the south), and 1075 Pilgrim Parkway, Brookfield, Wisconsin 53005.
Elmbrook Historical Society: Dousman Stagecoach Inn Museum
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The full-width illustration is of the Ruby house and horse born in 2013. Insert illustrations D and E picture the milk house and milk producing facility; respectively, neither of which remains today. The image of the house is picture F dates to the circa 1970s. (All images by Heritage Research, Ltd. except for F, which is courtesy Arline Kirkham.)
Rolland Ruby sold his cows in 1952. He also sold the farm's milk business to Golden Guernsey, Waukesha, the same year. Ruby then began to raise and train draft horses for show, as well as to sell real estate. Farm structures on the east side of Calhoun Road (a diary farm, spring house/milk house, milk processing facility and silo) were torn down in 2008 as the transportation way was widened. Those on the west side remain intact.The Ruby Realty truck was used to transport Rolland Ruby's "Famous 6-Horse Hitch," comprised of Belgium horses. The hitch was in countless parades, including Milwaukee's Great Circus Parade. (Photo courtesy Arline Kirkham).
The marker is one of three at this kiosk.
The marker is located at the Dousman Stagecoach Inn Museum.