Born: July 14, 1882 (or 1883, 1910  census; or 1875, 1920 census; or 1877, 1930 census; his obit would put it at ~1879)

Died: October 20, 1939



Harry Roy Ruser lived at 222 Lake Street in 1927 when it burned, destroying his collection of Adirondack materials. He was drafted into World War IHe was a son of Louisiana native Lucinda Rickert and Ludwig Ruser, who immigrated to the United States in 1874 to serve as the attorney for the German Consulate in NYC. The Rusers had four children, a daughter and three sons, including Harry and Louis H. Ruser.

He did general contracting as Ruser and Muller, and conducted the Northern Garage Corporation in Saranac Lake and Malone, a Ford sales, repair and service station.

He was a World War I veteran.

After he retired, he lived alone in Coreys.

Adirondack Record, July 1, 1910

Ruser and Muller Incorporated, of Saranac Lake has bean incorporated by the secretary of state with a capital of $5,000 to do general contracting business. The directors are Joseph H. S. Muller, Louis H. Ruser, Harry R. Ruser off Saranac Lake,

Malone Farmer, April 11, 1917

Harry Ruser, proprietor of the extensive Ruser & Muller electrical store in Malone, though of German descent and said to have an uncle who is a high officer in the German navy, is not a German sympathizer when it comes to an issue between that country and the United States. He declares publicly that he is American born and wholly American in spirit, and ready to serve in defense of his country and flag in any capacity, if needed, against Germany, or any other nation with which we may be at war. This shows what the Stars and Stripes inspire and represent, though we are a cosmopolitan people. Mr. Ruser is a patriot. He had a brother who served six years in the American navy and was a gunner with Dewey on the Olympia in the Battle of Manila Bay, He died on his return to New York city of a fever contracted in the tropics while in naval service. A bronze medal won by this brother for bravery has attracted much attention in the Ruser & Muller store window the past week. Carl Nill, of Watertown, well-known in Malone, is another young man of German descent who has stated publicly that he knows but one country, and that country is the United States.

Lake Placid News, August 17, 1917

Harry Ruser, manager of the Malone store of Ruser & Muller, at Saranac Lake, broke his arm while cranking a car.

Lake Placid News, September 21, 1917


A civil action asking $500 damages  for alleged assault and battery has  been brought by Harry Ruser of  Saranac Lake against Earl Vosburgh,  game protector. Trial of the action  will take place in Supreme Court  at Malone during the week, of November 12. Attorney F. B. Cantwell represents Ruser. The action grows out  of a controversy near Bartlett Inn on  August 12 in which Byron Cameron,  Earl Vosburgh, Harry Ruser, L. H.  Ruser and Carl Kern were involved.  Cameron and Vosburgh stopped the  other party and demanded that the  men submit to a search. In the controversy that followed revolvers were drawn and it is claimed that Cameron  poked his revolver into the pit of L.  H. Ruser's stomach. Harry Ruser,  it is claimed, who carried a broken arm in a sling, stepped between his  brother and Cameron in the role of  peacemaker. It is alleged that Vosburgh then violently pushed Harry Ruser aside.

Malone Farmer, November 21, 1917

In the trial of the case of Harry Ruser against Game Protector Vosburgh, the result of which was reported last week, there was a marked difference between the story of plaintiff and his brother, Louis, and that told by Vosburgh and Chief Game Protector Cameron, who was with him. It all grew out of the searching of a pack basket carried by Carl Kern, who was with the Rusers. The game protectors suspected that there might be short trout in the basket, but found none. The Rusers claimed that they demanded to know where the party was going, to which Louis Ruser answered to Chief Cameron that it was none of his business. They claimed that then Cameron drew a revolver and threatened Louis with it, at which Harry stepped forward as a peace maker, and Vosburgh,who also had his revolver drawn, told him to "keep back" and knocked him over a log, injuring his broken arm. Louis Ruser, who carried an axe, denied that he even raised it. The two protectors' then backed off through the woods, they stated, with their revolvers still drawn. The story of the game protectors was that when they went to search the basket Louis Ruser raised his axe as though to strike Cameron and Harry Ruser advanced menacingly with a beer bottle in his hand; that they drew their revolvers in self defense and their story was partially corroborated by Charles Schoenhut, of Buffalo, who was going through the woods in his car and was stopped by the game protectors' car in the road. He said he heard the altercation and went to a point where, screened by a tree, he could see and hear a part of what occurred.  The complaint in the action was dismissed.

Malone Farmer, March 9, 1921

Harry Ruser, head of the Northern Garage Corporation, was taken suddenly and seriously ill with an acute attack of appendicitis Wednesday evening and was operated on at the Alice Hyde Hospital by Dr. J. D. Harrigan Thursday forenoon. The malady had progressed so rapidly that the appendix was already gangrenous and it was fortunate that the operation was performed so soon. His case is progressing favorably.

Plattsburgh Sentinel, January 7, 1927

Harry Ruser of 222 Lake St., Saranac Lake, lost his home and a collection of things which were typical of the Adirondacks when flames destroyed the building. He has spent much time in accumulating his collection which he valued highly.

Malone Farmer, January 12, 1927


Home of Harry Ruser, Formerly of  Malone, Consumed by Flames.—Owner Was Absent at Time Fire Started—Loss Over $10,000

Harry Ruser, formerly a resident  of Malone. now making his home in Saranac Lake, lost a valuable collection of specimens of Adirondack wild life when his home at 222 Lake St. caught fire Wednesday morning last  and was totally destroyed. Mr. Ruser formerly conducted the Ford garage  and service station on Elm street, now, under the management of Mahoney & Peets.

The dwelling was unusual in construction, built along lines of a log cabin bungalow. Most important of the things it housed were makings of a small museum, typical of the Adirondack section. Ruser collected on hunting trips. He regarded this as priceless. Not a thing was saved. The loss was estimated in excess of $10,000.

Ruser, who lived alone, was not in the house when flames broke out. H e arose early, intending to go on a hunting trip with Neil Miner, taxidermist, residing across the street. He was at Miner's home eating breakfast, when the fire started.

When Ruser returned home for his gun he discovered the fire. The whole house was aglow, burning like tinder, when an alarm was sounded, and no opportunity was afforded to save it. Ruser collapsed and had to be put to bed at Miner's home.

The only cause ascribed for the fire was an overheated furnace. Ruser was positive he checked drafts of a pipeless furnace before he left home. Some insurance was carried but not sufficient to cover the loss.

Ruser has long been an ardent hunter, fisherman and trapper. His hobby was collecting specimens of wild life of the Adirondacks. Nearly all mounted specimens added from time to time to his collection he obtained on hunting trips. There were numerous deer heads, rugs fashioned from pelts of animals and many stuffed birds and small game. Visitors had admired the museum, said to be one of the few of its kind in this section.

The dwelling was a departure from construction of any other house in Saranac Lake. It was fashioned half of logs and finished with other timber. The interior was of rough design that made it more attractive in  keeping with the outer appearance. The home was reduced to ashes in less than a half hour. No other properly was endangered.

Brooklyn Daily Eagle, June 30, 1936

ADIRONDACK CAMP, private lake; 5 rooms and bath , modern conveniences; $210 season. Harry Ruser, Coreys. N. Y

Malone Evening Telegram, October 23, 1939


Saranac Lake — Heart disease was blamed for the death of Harry Ruser, 60, whose body was found on the grounds of his home at Coreys Saturday morning by a neighbor, Dr. William A. Wardner. Franklin county coroner estimated that Ruse died some time Friday afternoon. He had been working on the grounds when he was stricken.

Born in Hoboken, N. J., Ruser was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ludwig Ruser of Germany. He came to this section more than 25 years ago and with his brother operated an electrical supply store in Broadway for several years. In recent years he was retired and lived alone at his Coreys home.

Funeral services will be conducted at 7:25 p.m. Monday at the funeral parlors of A. Fortune & Co., in Broadway by Rev. Ernest Mounsey. The body will he cremated in Troy and the ashes will be buried at Coreys.

Harry Ruser was in business in Malone for several years. He had an electrical store in the building at 132 East Main Street and later started the gare [sic] at 22 Elm Street. His many friends here will regret his passing.

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