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.

  1. Since Je­sus Came in­to My Heart