Wednesday, February 27, 2019
In 1942, Ruby was born in Portland, Oregon and was raised as an only child. Her half brother and sister were raised in Michigan. Her youngest half brother had died when he was just four years old. Ruby's parents, Emmett and Louise raised her in the Portland area, moving often due to flipping houses to make money. Her Michigan siblings would come out to visit in the summers. Ruby says her mom cooked and baked nearly every day and so she was a "chubby child!" She felt very loved by both her parents, but when Ruby was just 13, her world completely changed. Emmett died unexpectedly from a heart attack and his death was devastating for both Ruby and her mom. Her mom used the insurance money to purchase a bar on Belmont called "The Gay Time" and Ruby was never allowed to visit or even go in. She began to see less and less of her mom as Louise began working long hours at the bar. Ruby ended up attending three different high schools prior to graduating from night school. Ruby met her husband Paul when she was a car hop in Portland, working at Yaw's restaurant. He was home from the Marine's and they fell in love. He was a skydiver, so he took Ruby on several sky diving dates. Paul proposed and they married July 31, 1964, in Portland. In 1968 they moved to Corbett with their children, John and Paula. Paul was working at Home Town Hardware in the warehouse and Ruby was waitressing at The Prime Rib. They met Raymond Smith who offered to sell them five acres in Corbett to build a house. They built the house for just $9K! Their builder quit before it was completed, so they finished it on their own. One day in 1983, Ruby rode her bike to work (Tad's Chicken 'n Dumplins) and spotted a home for sale on the Sandy River. She and Paul rented out their Corbett home and then moved to the river house, living there until 2000. The 1996 flood had a major impact on their decision to move back to Corbett. Daughter Paula ended up marrying a local man, Paul Granberg, and they purchased 80 acres. Paul and Ruby bought half of that land and built a house, still living there today. Son John lives in Corbett and has one son. Paul and Paula have one son who is married and they will be making Ruby a great grandmother this summer! Ruby has been the Kitchen Director at the Grange for the last 12 years and she loves to go crabbing at their beach house, hike and ride bikes when not in the kitchen!