Served: 29½ years
October 16, 1886, to July 28, 1916
Patrolman Ruberg, a German immigrant of 3648 Glenway Avenue, was one of the veterans of the Police Department. He had been assigned to the Ninth District for several years and had many friends in the western part of the city.
During June 1890 in Price Hill, he with Lieutenant Brangan and Detective Carey, participated in a gunfight during the capture of “Burglar Jim” Anderson, who was wounded. Officer Ruberg was hit in the chest, but after the battle he found a bullet had merely dented his badge.
On July 26, 1916, he was mounted and assigned to strike duty in the vicinity of the Southern Railway Terminal. While following a packing company wagon his horse stumbled, fell, and rolled over onto him. He did not seem to be seriously injured and was taken home.
Soon, it became apparent that he was more seriously injured than thought. Internal injuries developed into peritonitis. Doctor Stuart Hagen performed an operation in an effort to save Patrolman Ruberg’s life, but he died on July 28, 1916.
Patrolman Ruberg left a wife, Josephine, and sons Raymond (21) and Edward (19). We believe he is buried with his wife in St. Joseph’s Old Cemetery. His grandnephew, Patrolman Arthur J. Ruberg, joined the Cincinnati Police Department in 1952 and retired in 1978. Art’s sons also joined; Specialist Donald G. Ruberg in 1966 and Lieutenant Raymond P. Ruberg in 1972. They retired in 1997 and 2002, respectively. Don’s son, Police Officer Jeffrey P. Ruberg, joined in 2002 and still serves.
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This narrative was revised on July 19, 2011 by Cincinnati Police Lieutenant Stephen R. Kramer (Retired), Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Society President. All rights are reserved to him and the Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Society.