Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",  published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.

     OLE RUUD is one of the most substantial men of Douglas county, and perhaps no other settler is as well known in his section of the country as he.  Doubtless, too, no other man in Washington is as well acquainted with Douglas county as Mr. Ruud.  Since 1884 he has been surveyor of the county and although he is a Republican in politics, and his name appears on that ticket, still he is the recipient of the confidence of all parties and has given a general and thorough satisfaction during his long term of service.
     Ole Ruud was born in Parish Hole, Norway, on December 24, 1847, the son of Ole and Johanna (Vig) Ruud, natives of the same place as our subject.  The father is deceased, but the mother is still living in Norway.  After attending the common schools of his native country, Ole was confirmed in the Lutheran church and then finished his education in the agricultural college of Aws, Norway, in 1870.  After that he was engaged in the mercantile, lumber business, and farming there until 1879, the year in which he came to the United States.  He landed in Hamilton county, Iowa, and engaged in various occupations there including coal mining and so forth.  Later, he sold the property that he had acquired and came on to San Francisco.  From there, he journeyed on to Portland, then to Walla Walla and finally came out to Brents postoffice in 1882.  In May of the following year, in company with John Bannick he came to Douglas county and arrived here on the eight of the month.  On the 12th of May, 1883, he posted a notice on a claim he had selected, it being at the foot of Badger mountain, and is two and three-fourths miles due south of Waterville.  The only flowing water in that section is on Mr. Ruud's farm.  He had added three fourths of a section to this and now has an excellent estate which is laid out with the best of wisdom and taste and is a model Washington farm.  On the 17th of May after his location he had the ground prepared and planted a crop of potatoes which was the first crop in the Waterville section.  Mr. Ruud had to endure the hardships incident to pioneer life and knows what it is to labor hard with scant supplies.  In 1884, under the territorial government he was selected surveyor and since then has been in that office.  He had studied civil engineering and surveying in the old country.  In addition to the occupation mentioned, Mr. Ruud also does stock breeding and has a fine herd of graded cattle.  He has three brothers and one sister, Andrew, Martin, Christian, Olava.
     At Waterville, on November 24, 1892, Mr. Ruud married Miss Christina Larson, the daughter of Lars M. and Sara S. (Jenson) Larson, both natives of Sweden.  Mrs. Ruud was born in Lind Brufal, Sweden, on September 9, 1864, and came to the United States on April 13, 1883.  To this union six children have been born, Agnes I. J., Signe Kristiana Jane, Synneva Augusta O., Karl Oliver, Albert Martin, and Gustav Adolph.  Mr. Ruud is a member of the Old Settlers Association of Douglas county, while he and his wife belong to the Lutheran church.  They are highly respected people and have labored faithfully for the advancement of the interests of Douglas county since coming here.