For over 70 years Ruby Stufft was a volunteer weather observer for the National Weather Service. She began this work on April 26, 1920, just a few days after marrying Foster Stufft and moving to their ranch located 40 miles southwest of Ainsworth, Nebraska.
During her tenure as observer Ruby not only raised eight children but was also instrumental in starting a church in her area. She also volunteered her time to many community activities including writing for the local paper, working with 4-H clubs and baking cakes for weddings and other special occasions.
In recognition for her faithful service the Ruby Stufft Award was created to honor those observers who also complete 70 years of service. The first Ruby Stufft award was presented to Ruby herself in 1992. At the time of her death Ruby was only a few days away from receiving an award for 75 years of service. In response to having the 70 year award named for her Ruby stated, "It means so much for it goes to show I have done something worthwhile for my country and the state of Nebraska, which I love very much."
The cooperative observer program is the backbone of the nations historical records. It is dedicated volunteers like Ruby whose faithful service continues to build our nations climatological history. Please check out the Cooperative Observer Page if you would like to learn more about the work done by observers in other parts of the country.