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Richard S. Rahte. One of the best known, peppy the German-English Academy at Milwaukee, The Drug Pharmacy, and graduated from the Chicago School of Pharmacy in 1883. He was married to Miss Estella Hewitt, one of Mt. Carroll's most charming girls, a reader and elocu tionist. To this union were born two children: Richard Jr., now residing at Perma, Montana, and Irene, who was married to a Mr. Shepherd and is now deceased. Mr. Rahte came to Mt. Carroll in 1886 to make his home and has been a most valued, progressive and popular citizen ever since. He owns the building in which Fred Homedew has his billiard parlors and Mayor W. W. Hartman has his clothing store. Mr. Rahte has been a traveling man for a gond share of his life, selling tobacco for a wholesale firm in Chicago and was one of the most popular "Knights of the Grip" on the road, his originality in his personal cards being known to all traveling men. He also organized the Mt. Carroll Plate Glass Replacement company, an organization that has made the insurance on the plate glass fronts in Mt. Carroll a matter of minor costs. It is co-operative and takes care of all broken fronts and costs almost nothing compared with what business men formerly paid for insurance, for plate glass.

Souvenir EditionMirror Democrat 10 July 1930

Richard S. Rahte, an enterprising business man of Mt. Carroll, is a native of Fond du Lac, Wis., born June 9, 1862. After completing the course in the Fond du Lac common and high schools, Richard S. Rahte entered the Chicago College of Pharmacy, from which he graduated in 1883. He followed the profession of a pharmacist for several years, then began dealing in leaf tobacco, which business he has since followed with success and profit, being now a representative of the firm of Hiller & Kollenberg, with which he has been associated for the past fourteen years. Mr. Rahte has been a resident of Mt. Carroll since April, 1886, and has been actively identified with its best interests since that date, owning city property of value, while he contributes his share towards the progress and development of the community. Fraternally he belongs to the Blue Lodge, Chapter and Commandery of the A. F. & A. M., and organized and served as first Chancellor of the Knights of Pythias order in Mt. Carroll, known as Rienzi Lodge. Well informed on the topics and issues of the times, he is an able and energetic man in business, who has made many friends in Mt. Carroll, where he is well known.
Mr. Rahte was married, in 1885, to Estelle, daughter of Captain D. M. Hewitt, of Mt. Carroll, and they have two children, Richard and Irene Rahte.

Contributed by Carol Parrish
Historical Encyclopedia of IL and History of Carroll Co. Vol. II, Munsell Publishing Co. 1913, p. 873

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