The following Biographical sketch was copied from the book "HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY COUNTIES OF WHITE AND PULASKI, INDIANA. Historical and Biographical. Illustrated. Chicago; F.A. Battey & Co., Publishers. 1883. page 718, Indian Creek Township, Pulaski County, Indiana.
"MICHAEL RUFF was born in Seneca County, Ohio, August 8, 1840, and is third of a family of eight children born to JACOB and MAGDALENA (DAUDINGER) RUFF, natives of Lorraine, France. MICHAEL RUFF was brought to this township as an infant, by his parents, in the fall of 1840; for two years after becoming of age he worked for his father, receiving $150 and $200 for his services; he then worked a part of his father's farm on shares for two years, and then moved on a farm of 162 acres, given to him by his father. This farm he has thoroughly improved and increased to 490 acres, and he is now admitted to be the most extensive wheat-grower in this township. In February, 1867, he married SOPHRONIA STAGMYRE, a native of Seneca County, Ohio, and daughter of MAURICE and MAGDALENA (SENN) STAGMYRE, natives of Switzerland. MRS. RUFF became the mother of two children (both deceased) and died September 2, 1868. May 5, 1870, MR. RUFF married ELIZABETH STAGMYRE, a native of this county, and a sister of his former wife, and to this union have been born four children, all living. In February, 1865, MR. RUFF enlisted in Company E, Twelfth Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, and served till the close of the war, being discharged in June of the same year. In poliics, MR. RUFF is a Democrat, and he and wife are members of the Catholic Church."