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