Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.

     WILLIAM F. RUARK is one of the enterprising and successful mining men and farmers of Okanogan county, and is at present residing in Pateros, where he also owns property.  He was born in Platte county, Missouri, on November 10, 1854, the son of Franklin and Martha M. (Wells) Ruark.  The father died when this son was two years old and the mother later married John B. Simmons and is now living in Heppner, Oregon.  The public schools of his native place furnished the educational training that our subject was favored with, and when he had reached man's estate he migrated to Modoc county, in northern California, and there engaged in blacksmithing, a trade he had learned in his younger days.  Later he went to Boise and there beat his anvil to the tune of honest industry for seven years.  After this he located in Heppner, Oregon, and there wrought at the forge for twelve years.  After this he came on to Okanogan county and took up stock raising.  In 1900 he removed from the ranch to Pateros and has resided there since.  Adjoining the town Mr. Ruark has a fruit ranch of forty-nine acres, which is well set to the various kinds of fruit that do well in this latitude.  Among these may be mentioned peaches, apples, prunes, plums, grapes and so forth.  A portion of the land is producing good alfalfa, being under a ditch.  Mr. Ruark's son is now attending to the farm and resides there.  Mr. Ruark is superintendent of the Black Eagle mines and half owner.  He is also interested in other property and is prosperous.  Politically Mr. Ruark has always been a Democrat and is active in this realm.  He is a member of the I. 0. 0. F. and has served as justice of the peace.
     At Boise, Idaho, on July 4, 1879, Mr. Ruark married Miss Mary A., daughter of Francis M. and Hannah (Bacon) Wilmarth.  One son, Egbert A., has been born to them, the date of his nativity being August 30, 1880.  This young man married Miss Annie Thurlow, and they have one little girl, Thema A.