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Lane, DeWitte County, Illinois. There are two children, Helen, is married to Dick McLean, who is in the insurance business at Fairbury. William K., attended Peru State Teachers College, and is principal of schools at palmyra, Nebraska, serving his fourth year.
Since his admission to practice at Lincoln, in August, 1902, Dr. Ring has always been engaged in the practice of dentistry at Hebron. He is interested in athletics, and from 1908 to 1923 managed the Hebron baseball teams. He also managed the team which won the Nebraska state basketball championship in 1923. He is an expert skater and has acted as referee for bootball teams.
Interested in politics since boyhood, Dr. Ring has always taken an active part in the affairs of the Democratic party locally, and has held various positions in the Democratic central committee. He was also a member of the town board one year. During the World War he was one of three appointed by Governor Keith Neville, who selected the Council of Defense for Thayer County; in addition, he was medical advisor for selective service.
Dr. Ring is a member of the Nebraska State and Southeast District Dental Societies, and the National Dental Association. He is a life member and one of the founders of the Civil Legion, and a member of the Service Veterans. He belongs to the Hebron Commercial Club, the National Travelers Association and is a former member of the Knights of Pythias, Odd Fellows, Moose, Sons and Daughters of Protection and the Modern Woodmen of America.
The first president of the Avalon Golf Club, Dr. Ring is a former president of the Hebron Izaak Walton League, and a member of the Nebraskana Society. He is active in all out door sports, including hunting, fishing, golf, canoing, etc., and enjoys bowling, trapshooting, billiards, horse racing, baseball, basketball and football. Residence: Hebron. (Photograph in Album).
John Dean Ringer
Dean Ringer, a pioneer lawyer of Nebraska, was born at Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska, March 1, 1878, the son of Bradford and Susan Milward (Dean) Ringer. His father who was a real estate man, was born in Goshen County, Ohio, December 30, 1845, and died at Lincoln, April 5, 1908. He was a Civil War veteran, whose ancestry was English. His mother, who was of English and Dutch descent, was born at Alexandria, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, March 11, 1842, and died at Lincoln March 17, 1907.
Mr. Ringer attended public school at Lincoln and in 1899 was graduated from the Lincoln High School. He was awarded the A. B. degree at the University of Nebraska, 1903, and was graduated from the University of Nebraska Law School in 1905 with LL. B. degree. He was a member of the debating team, 1905, for which he was awarded the chancellor's prize; won letters in football and baseball; was elected to Phi Delta Phi and was a member of Phi Kappa Psi.
He has been engaged in the practice of law since his admission to the bar in 1905, was appointed postmaster and is now serving his second term as postmaster at Omaha. A Republican, he has been city commissioner of Omaha, serving commissioner of police of Omaha in February 23, 1925.
His marriage to Nelle Mae Trigg was solemnized at Lincoln, June 28, 1906; she was born at Charles City, Iowa, July 31, 1881. They have two children: John Dean, Jr., born August 26, 1908, who is specialinzing in chemistry at Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida; and Miriam S., born September 18, 1911, who is a student at Nebraska Wesleyan University.
Mr. Ringer is a member of the American, Nebraska State and Omaha Bar Associations. He holds membership in the Red Cross, the Young Men's Christian Association, is past master of Bee Hive Lodge No. 184 South Omaha, and Grand Senior Warden of Grand Lodge of Nebraska. He is a member of Grace Methodist Episcopal Church of Omaha. He is fond of golf. (Deceased 1931).
Martin Luther Ringer
Martin L. Ringer, real estate man of Wayne County, Nebraska, has lived in this state all his life. He was born on a farm in Richardson County, Nebraska, September 19, 1884, the son of Calvin Joseph and Susanna (Walters) Ringer. His father, who was a doctor of divinity in the Lutheran Church, was born in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, December 10, 1860, and died at Omaha, April 28, 1931; his ancestors came to this country from Germany, in 1750. His mother was born in Somerset County in 1861.
Mr. Ringer is the owner and manager of a real estate and insurance business at Wayne. He is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church. His marriage to Rose Marguerite Peipenstock was solemnized at Wayne, December 10, 1913. Mrs. Ringer, who is of German ancestry, was born at Wayne, February 16, 1890. They have one daughter, Mildred Rose, born April 9, 1920. Residence: Wayne.
Conrad Ringsted, veteran lumberman of Ainsworth, Nebraska, has been a resident of this state for nearly half a century, and has been prominent in his community in civic and business affairs. He was born at Middlefort, Denmark, September 13, 1868, the son of Sophus Peter Hannibal Ringsted and Christine (Poulsen) Ringsted. His father, who was a printer, was born at Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1847, and died at Middelfort, in July, 1872. His mother was born at Hellevad, Denmark, in 1848, and died at Hadar, Nebraska, October 22, 1912.
Mr. Ringsted received most of his education in Denmark, and Germany, and came to America in 1884 at the age of 16. His early life was spent in farming and in 1900 he became manager of the Nye-Schneider-Fowler Company, and in 1925 the company was purchased by the Cornbelt Company in which organization Mr. Ringsted was manager. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and was elected city clerk in 1928.
On September 19, 1891, he was married at Neligh, Nebraska, to Florence Marcellus, who was born at Fulton, Illinois, September 2, 1872. Of the seven children born to them, five are living: Charles, July 27, 1892; Louis, March 20, 1894; Orville, February 12, 1896, who died February 14, 1896; Muriel, August 13, 1897; Rachel, March 24, 1899, who died December 27, 1903; Loren, April 16, 1902; and Vera, October 8, 1908. Charles and Loren are lumbermen while Louis is a hardware merchant. Residence: Ainsworth.
George Hampton Risser
For the past 33 years George H. Risser has been engaged in the practice of law at Lincoln. He was born at Mount Pleasant, Iowa, March 20, 1877, the son of Daniel and Anna (Hampton) Risser. His father, whose ancestry is German, was born in Ohio, in 1844, and died at Lincoln, July 17, 1917. His mother was born of English parentage in Ohio, in April, 1847, and died at Lincoln, July, 1906.
Mr. Risser was graduated from the college of law at the University of Nebraska, in 1897, where he was a member of Sigma Chi and Phi Delta Phi. He was a student at Iowa Wesleyan University for a time.
A Republican, he served as justice of peace at Lincoln, 1904-07; was police magistrate, 1908-11; and served as county judge of Lancaster County, 1912-17. He has lived in Nebraska for the past 38 years. He holds membership in the Lancaster County Bar Association, and the Nebraska State Bar Association; is a member of the Knights of Pythias, and a former Elk; and holds member
ship in the Nebraskana Society. He is a Republican and a Methodist.
His marriage to Lulu Belle West was solemnized at Nebraska City, Otoe County, Nebraska, November 15, 1899. Mrs. Risser was born in Otoe County, June 25, 1880. They have one daughter, Marion, born December 28. 1900, who married Norman Curtice. Residence: Lincoln.
William Ritchie, Junior
Of distinguished parentage, William Ritchie, Junior, was born at Ravenswood, Cook County, Illinois, July 28, 1886. He is the son of William and Charlotte Ensign (Congdon) Ritchie. His father, born at Frederick, Illinois, August 26, 1854, is a figure of note, having practiced law in Chicago for 50 years. He is an uncle of Governor Albert C. Ritchie of Maryland, and is descended from Scotch ancestors who arrived in America in 1745.
Mr. Ritchie's mother, who was born at Amboy, Illinois, July 29, 1865, and died in Chicago, January 27, 1889, was a grand-niece of Colonel Prescott of Bunker Hill fame. Except for a great-grandmother who came from Spain to America, her ancestors were English people who arrived in this country in 1628.
His education was received in the Oak Park High School, where he was graduated in 1904. His LL. B. was granted him at the University of Nebraska, where he was secretary of Interfraternity Council, 1913-15, and was a member of Beta Theta Pi, and Phi Delta Phi.
Mr. Ritchie was county superintendent of schools in Cheyenne County, Nebraska, in 1908. In 1915 he was admitted to the bar and has been active in political and civic affairs since then. Since 1919 he has lived in Omaha where he is a member of the firm Ritchie, Chase, Canaday and Swenson.
On April 26, 1916, he was married to Eunice Arthur, at Grand Island, Nebraska. Mrs. Ritchie, who was born in Detroit, Michigan, August 4, 1888, is the daughter of Rev. L. A. Arthur of Grand Island.
During the World War Mr. Ritchie was a private in the Sixth Nebraska Infantry; 1st lieutenant in the 349th Infantry; captain of the 69th Infantry; serving from August 2, 1917 to February 4, 1919. He is a member of the American Legion, Disabled Veterans of America, and was department commander of the American Legion in 1922.
Mr. Ritchie is a member of the American Bar Association; Omaha Bar Association; the Nebraska State Bar Association; Omaha Chamber of Commerce; and Professional Men's Club.
His social clubs are The Omaha Club and The Omaha Country Club. Residence: Omaha. (Photograph on Page 1013).
William Henry Ritchie
William H. Ritchie, who has lived in Nebraska for the past 47 years, was born at Philadelphia, December 2, 1861, the son of Francis and Eliza (Wilson) Ritchie. His father, also a farmer, was born at Milford County, Donegal, Ireland, June 8, 1834, and died at Beaver Crossing, Nebraska, June 1, 1922. His Scotch-Irish ancestors came to America in 1852; he had been active in church for many years, and was superintendent of the Sunday School and delegate and trustee in the Evangelical Church over a long period of time. He was a Blue Lodge Mason, holding membership and offices in that organization most of his adult life.
His mother, Eliza (Wilson) Ritchie, was born in County Derry, Ireland, June 5, 1837, and died at Monmouth, Illinois, July 13, 1876. She came to America in 1852, on a sailing vessel where she met her husband for the first time. They were married in 1857.
Mr. Ritchie attended the rural school near Monmouth, and for the past 46 years he has been engaged in farming on the land which his father purchased early in the history of the state. He is now especially active in livestock breeding. A Republican, he has served as tax assessor for many years, although he has not been active politically. He is a member of the board of directors of the Farmers Grain Company, and the Farmers Oil Company of Beaver Crossing, has been a member of the hoard of education there, and holds membership in the Nebraskana Society. He is affiliated with the Methodist Church, and is a 32nd degree Mason. His hobbies are reading and cattle raising.
On August 26, 1903, he was married to Sarah Margaret Smith, at Beaver Crossing. Mrs. Ritchie, who was born at Grinnell, Iowa, October 29, 1875, is the daughter of Anna Mary (Buck) Smith, a Pennsylvanian, and. Charles Franklin Smith, a native of Vermont.
Three children were born to this marriage: Mary Josephine, born November 18, 1905; Lois Jean, born October 2, 1910; and Margaret Frances, born April 15, 1917, who died December 24, 1917. Mary Josephine was graduated from Beaver Crossing High School in 1923, and received her advanced education at Rockford College and Northwestern University, Chicago, 1927. She is now in time legal department of the Hartford Fire Insurance Company in Chicago. Lois Jean was graduated from the Beaver Crossing High School, was a teacher for one year, and is now a nurse in the Lincoln General Hospital. Residence: Beaver Crossing.
Josephine Cook Ritzmann
Josephine Cook Ritzmann, who was born at Wahoo, Nebraska, July 15, 1886, has lived in that community all her life, and is now a buyer and saleswoman for a Wahoo firm. Her father, Joel D. Cook, was born at Potterville, Pennsylvania, August 21, 1843, and died at Wahoo, March 1, 1925.
Joel D. Cook assisted in platting the city of Wahoo, and was a commanding figure in the development of Saunders county for many years. He was educated in district schools with six months at a private seminary. He enlisted in 1861, and served in the medical department of the army in the Civil War. In May, 1868, he came by steamboat to Omaha, and worked for the Union Pacific Railway. By economy he saved enough in 1869 to buy a team of oxen. He located on a homestead and preemption claim in Saunders County in the same year.
He took a leading part in organizing the First National Bank, the Masonic Lodge of Wahoo, and the Saunders County Fair Association. He was active in the contest that resulted in locating the court house at Wahoo. He moved to Wahoo, in 1895.
Rhoda (Upson) Cook, wife of Joel, was born at Burlington, Connecticut, December 3, 1841. On the homestead 3i/2 miles south of Wahoo, she encountered all the privations incident to homesteading. Neighbors were few. The men were compelled to freight supplies long distances. The women and children must stay alone. There were wild animals and prowling Indians to add to the terrors of loneliness. Later Mrs. Cook took a leading part in the club, social and religious life of the community.
There are four children besides Mrs. Ritzmann; Cora V. McKiem; Charles A.; Clate; and Caroline who was graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1903. All lived in or near Wahoo. Mrs. Cook died at Wahoo, November 6, 1927.
Mrs. Ritzmann received her education in the public and high schools of Wahoo. For a year she was a saleswoman for the Ernest Kerns Company at Detroit, Michigan, and for the past five years has been connected with the firm of Smith, Hultin, Anderson & Company. She is a member of the Wahoo Business and Professional Women's Club, serving as its president from 1929-31, is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, and holds membership in the Republican party. Her social club is the Wahoo Golf Club, while her hobby is reading.
Her marriage to Adolph Carl Ritzmann was solemn-
ized at Wahoo, July 15, 1908. Mr. Ritzmann, who was born at Detroit, December 3, 1886, and died at Casper, Wyoming, April 19, 1925, was a Lutheran school teacher. Residence: Omaha.
James Rivett, who for many years was supervisor of building construction on the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, and helped in naming many of the towns, was born at Podington, Bedfordshire, England, August 29, 1852. He is the son of James and Mary Ann (Terry) Rivett, both natives of England.
James Rivett, Sr., who was born on June 15, 1825, was a contracting builder, descended of a line of builders in England for many generations; they were of Norman descent. Mr. Rivett came to America in June, 1873, and died at Lincoln, on April 15, 1895. His wife, Mary Ann, was born in London, August 26, 1816, and died at Lincoln, January 10, 1890. She was graduated from Queen Katherine's School in Southwark, London, at the age of 15. Her family had been residents of London for many generations. Mr. Rivett had six brothers and three sisters, those living are: Charles of Bethany, Nebraska, William of Lincoln, Richard of the State of Washington, and Mary Ann of Scottsbluff.
James Rivett, Jr., took seven years Chautauqua studies and received a certificate of graduation. Almost immediately he entered the building business, and for forty-two years was supervisor of building construction for the C. B. and Q., during which time 3000 miles of new line were built west of the Missouri River in Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado and Wyoming. Mr. Rivett is now retired.
He was married to Carrie Louella Logan at Greenwood, Nebraska, January 14, 1882. A teacher prior to her marriage, she was of a pioneer Vermont family. There are two sons, Harry L., born March 19, 1883, who married Julia Bednar, and Paul S., born February 17, 1888, who married Frances Wyman. They are respectively president and secretary of the Rivett Lumber and Coal Company of Omaha.
Mr. Rivett is a Republican. Mr. Rivett was a member of First Congregational Church at 13th and L Streets until the organization of Plymouth Congregational Church, of which both Mr. and Mrs. Rivett are charter members, and Mr. Rivett a member of the board of Deacons. He is a former member of the Woodmen of the World and the Modern Woodmen of America. His trade as a builder has always been his hobby. Residence: Lincoln. (Photograph in Album).
Rudolph Rix, physician and chief of staff of Evangelical Covenant Hospital, was born at Fort Calhoun, Nebraska, December 28, 1870. He is the son of Nicholas and Mary (Hagedorn) Rix, the former born at Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, September 19, 1830. Nicholas Rix was a farmer who came to America when a young man. He died at Fort Calhoun October 10, 1918. His wife, Mary, was born at Schleswig-Holstein, in 1830, and died at Fort Calhoun, June 7, 1907.
Dr. Rix attended country school and later entered Western Normal College at Shenandoah, Iowa, receiving his B. Sc. from Western Normal College at Lincoln. He then entered Creighton University where he was awarded his medical degree. In 1911 he took post graduate work at Johns Mopkins Medical College. Dr. Rix is a member of Phi Rho Sigma.
Entering the practice of medicine in 1900, he was engaged as a teacher in the anatomical, pediatric and gynecological departments of Creighton Medical College from 1900 to 1921. He has been on the surgical staff of Evangelical Covenant Hospital at Omaha for many years and is at present chief of staff.
On September 17, 1903, he was united in marriage to Olive Louise Arnold of Otoe, Iowa, at Logan, Iowa. Their two children are Margaret Olive, born November 23, 1905, who married Richard Barton Cole. They live at 45 Bishopgate Road, Newton Center, Massachusetts. Robert Rudolph, born January 6, 1908, is in his second year as a medical student in Dartmouth College.
Dr. Rix attends the First Central Congregational Church of Omaha. He is a member of the American Medical Association, the Nebraska State and Omaha-Douglas County Medical Societies. He belongs to the Chamber of Commerce, the Woodmen of the World and is a Mason. His club is the Omaha Field. Residence: Omaha.
Antonio R. Rizzuto
Antonio R. Rizzuto was born in the village of Rizzuti, Scigliano County, Calabria, Italy, October 21, 1877. His father, Salvatore Rizzuto, who was a rancher and a sergeant in the Italian Army, was born at Rizzuti. His mother, Letterina Caterina (Scarpino) Rizzuto, was born in the village of Coraci, Italy; she was the mother of a large family, and was active in civic affairs.
Mr. Rizzuto attended the elementary schools in Italy. Until 1900 he worked in a glass factory, and since that date has been a general constractor. He is president of Rizzuto Brothers & Company, Incorporated, and is president of the Denver Sand & Gravel Company of Colorado. He does contracting with the Union Pacific Railroad Company; the Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company; the Chicago Great Western Railway Company; the Cudahy Packing Company; Union Stock Yards; and Armour & Company.
He was the editor of Corners del Popolo, an Italian newspaper, for some time and has lived in Nebraska for the past 24 years.
His marriage to Franceschina Scarpino was solemnized in 1900 at Colosimi, Calabria, Italy. Mrs. Rizzuto was born at Coraci. Four children were born to this union: Frank, born June 19, 1905, who is a lawyer; Angelo, born December 19, 1906; Samuel, born August 25, 1908, who is a member of the firm Rizzuto Brothers & Company; and Elena Maria, born December 25, 1909, who died July 5, 1910. Angelo is a college student.
During the World War Mr. Rizzuto worked with Judge Foster raising money for the Red Cross; he was active in loan drives and has assisted in Community Chest drives. He is a member and vice president of the Folk Art of the Omaha Social Settlement; is an honorary member of the Italian Benevolent Association, at Omaha; was president of the Italian Civic League,. 1930; and is an honorary member of the Association Nazionale Combattenti. He holds membership in the Chamber of Commerce, the Omaha Athletic Club, and the Loyal Club.
He is a Mason, Shriner, and an Odd Fellow. He is very much interested in baseball, and is the backer of the Rizzuto Brothers Baseball Club. He is a Republican. Residence: Omaha.
Rosa Ann Lizenby Robb
Rosa Ann Lizenby Robb, clergyman, was born near Medaryville, Indiana, January 15, 1878, daughter of William Wesley and Stena (Weise) Lizenby. Her father, who was born near Medaryville, May 5, 1849, is a retired farmer of Scotch-Irish parentage. Her mother was born at Michigan City, Indiana, March 30, 1855, and died at Francesville, Indiana, May 11, 1926. She was the daughter of German farmers.
Robb attended public schools in Indiana, until 1894, and from 1904-07 the Northfield,
Massachusetts, Seminary. From October, 1901-03, she attended Moody Bible Institute
at Chicago. At the same time she was class visitor of a Bible class of 200
in Chicago, and in 1905 a Presbyterian minister's assistant. From 1906-08,
she was city missionary at Coffeyville, Kansas. As a result of the evangelistic
work three churches, the United Brethern (sic), the Methodist, and the Methodist
Episcopal, were or-
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