Open house cel­e­bra­tion

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Noel Thomp­son noel.thomp­son@cnbtimes.com.au

THE orig­i­nal Hil­lview house was built 99 years ago by Fer­di­nand Ruthen­berg and it is still stand­ing to­day, even though it is in a sad state of dis­re­pair.

Fer­di­nand was born Septem­ber 17, 1887, at Lowood, the sec­ond son of Chris­tian and Emes­tine.

He left Lowood in 1914 and moved to River­leigh near Mun­dub­bera.

“I wanted to have a cel­e­bra­tion in this home and in­vite all the won­der­ful peo­ple of River­leigh who have shared so much over the years,” grand­son Graeme Ruthen­berg said.

“We have all had won­der­ful times here in this val­ley and most of us have had some of the worst of times.

“My fam­ily and the de­scen­dants of old Fer­di­nand cel­e­brated this week as another mile­stone ticked by.

“One hun­dreds years ago on Au­gust 4, 1914, my grand­fa­ther pur­chased this prop­erty for 390 pounds and named it Hil­lview.”

The prop­erty has re­mained in the fam­ily ever since.

“It was a dairy farm at the time and he milked 30-50 cows and grew corn, cot­ton and lucerne,” he said.

On Septem­ber 26, 1916, Fer­di­nand mar­ried Hed­wig Hen­ri­etta Wruck, from River­leigh, and the dy­nasty be­gan.

In 1989, Graeme built the brick home that stands on the prop­erty to­day where he raised his fam­ily.

PHOTO: NOEL THOMP­SON

CEL­E­BRA­TION: Joan, Jeff and Karen Ruthen­berg get to­gether at the Ruthen­berg's Ranch.

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