The following history was taken from "The Harper County Story" by Gwendoline & Paul Sanders Copyright 1968, Library of Congress call number 68-54660, The Mennonite Press, Newton, KS
Ruella, located on the Missouri Pacific Railroad now has only a small country elevator. The first postmaster was Branson Jackson, appointed July 17, 1884. The town was served by four passenger trains per day and there was a large depot with a platform as high as the passenger coaches. The was a store, blacksmith shop and several residences. The location of Ruella is west one-half of the southwest one-fourth, section 15, township 34, range 8 west. The post office closed May 31, 1889.
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