REV. FRANK RITTER

SOLIPHONE

MAY 16, 1902

TRANSCRIBED BY : TINA EASLEY

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REV. FRANK RITTER

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SKETCH OF HIS LIFE AS PREPARED BY HIMSELF

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MANY OF OUR READERS WERE PERSONALLY ACQUAINTED WITH REV. FRANK RITTER , WHO DIED A SHORT TIME AGO AT HIS HOME IN JONESBORO AND WILL BE INTERESTED IN THE SKETCH IF HIS LIFE WRITTEN BY HIMSELF. THE SKETCH WAS FURNISHED BY REV. M.M. SMITH TWO YEARS BEFORE HIS DEATH OF THE SUBJECT. IN THE LAST ISSUE OF THE ARKANSAS METHODIST BRO. SMITH PUBLISHES AN OBITUARY OF HIS DECEASED BROTHER , USING THE SKETCH , WHICH IS AS FOLLOWS :

" I WAS BORN TO LEWIS AND ELIZBETH COLTRAIN RITTER , AT SPARTA , IN EDGECOMB COUNTY , NORTH CAROLINA , MAY 15, 1847. MY MOTHER DIED WHEN I WAS ABOUT TWO YEARS OLD. MY FATHER MOVED TO ST. FRANCIS COUNTY . ARKANSAS , IN 1857 , AND FROM THERE TO SEVIER ( NOW LITTLE RIVER ) COUNTY IN 1859 . I WAS LED TO CONVERSION BY READING MY MOTHER'S BIBLE IN 1866 AND JOINED THE M.E. CHURCH , SOUTH , IN TAYLOR'S CREEK CIRCUIT , IN ST. FRANCIS COUNTY , ARKANSAS , IN 1870 , UNDER THE MINISTRY OF REV. J.W. WALKUP. I WAS LICENSED TO PREACH IN 1874 AND ADMITTED ON TRIAL IN THE WHITE RIVER CONFERENCE. I PASSED MY ANNUAL EXAMINATIONS ON TIME , AND WAS ORDAINED DEACON IN 1876 AND ELDER IN 1877. I TRAVELED (OR SERVED ) RICHARDS MISSION IN 1875 ; LACONIA CIRCUIT " 76 , PRAIRIE CIRCUIT " 77 ,. " 78 ; FORREST CITY CIRCUIT , " 70, " 80 . "81 . POCAHONTAS STATION , " 82 , CLARENDON AND BRINKLEY , " 83 . NEWPORT , " 84 , " 85 ; HELENA DISTRICT " 86, 87, 88, 89 . CLARENDON AND BRINKLEY , 90 , CLARENDON 91 , NEWPORT STATION 92, 93, AND JONESBORO DISTRICT , 94, 95, 96, 97, ASKED TO BE SUPERANNUATED AT THE CLOSE OF 97; MAINTAINED THAT RELATION IN 98 , 99 , AND 1900. I NEVER SERVED A CHARGE THAT FELT COMPETENT TO SERVE , AND HENCE I NEVER HAD AN EASY PLACE , OR ONE THAT I SOUGHT.

I WAS MARRIED TO MISS WILLIE B. MEEKS , OF CLARENDON , ARK. FEBRUARY 27 , 1884 . FIVE CHILDREN HAVE RESULTED FROM THAT MARRIAGE AND IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER: FRANK MEEKS , JOHN RICHARD, WILLIAM LEWIS , CORA LEE AND HAL COLTRAIN , FRANK MEEKS WAS BURIED AT BRINKLEY WHEN ABOUT 3 1/2 YEARS OLD AND THE OTHERS ARE ALIVE AND VIGOROUS AT THIS TIME.

I WORKED FOR THE SALVATION OF MAN UNTIL LABOR BROKE ME DOWN , BUT I DO NOT REGRET IT EVEN AFTER TWO YEARS REVIEW OF IT. HAD I A THOUSAND LIVES TO GIVE THEY SHOULD GO THE SAME WAY , ONLY WITH GREATER DILIGENCE AND PARTICULARLY IN STUDYING THE BIBLE. "