Born: January 29, 1850, near Ripley, Brown County, Ohio.
Died: February 13, 1940, Dayton, Ohio.
Buried: Riverside Cemetery, Troy, Ohio.
Rufus was the husband of Margaret Dragoo.
He was educated at Parker’s Academy in Clermont County, Ohio.
He received a preaching license at age 19, and was ordained a minister of the Christian Church in 1873.
After serving at various Ohio locations, including Hamersville, Higginsport, Centerburg, Sugar Creek, and Cincinnati, he retired in Dayton, Ohio.
He wrote more than one hundred hymns.