|Frank T. Ritchey
From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and Brown Counties, Illinois
1892", by Biographical Review Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois; page
601 a reprinted by Stevens Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by
the Schuyler County Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Frank T. Ritchey, a farmer and resident of Rushville township, was
born in what is now Buena Vista township, Schuyler county, Illinois, September
19, 1844, being the only son of George S. and Lucinda Ritchey. His
father was born in Dayton, Ohio, and lived there until 1831, when he emigrated
to Schuyler county, having nothing but a large stock of health and youthful
spirits upon which to draw for a livelihood. Energy and industry spurred
him on and he continued a ahrd-working man, living to see himself possessed
of a good competence.
In 1831 neighbors were far apart in old Schuyler, deer being far more
numerous than human beings. When he married Lucinda Walker, of Kentucky,
he took her home to a log cabin, where the subject of this sketch was born.
The year following this latter event Mr. Ritchey removed with his family
to section 6, Rushville township, upon land he had previously purchased,
and, except two years spent in California, he resided there until his death.
His wife also died on the old home farm. Mr. Ritchey, Sr., was mourned
as a good farmer, a kind neighbor and a good friend.
Frank Ritchey received his early education at the district school,
the first one being held in a log house with furniture of the most primitive
kind, the benches being mere slabs. Later he took advanced steps in
the public schools of Rushville, where he was fitted as a teacher.
He engaged in teaching and farming until 1872, when he went to Crawford county,
Kansas, and there taught school for two terms, after which he returned to
Illinois, and has resided ever since, in Rushville, where he now owns a nice
farm of 255 acres and is engaged in general farming and stock-raising.
He was married in 1876, to Catherine F. Sands, of Rushville township,
daughter of Robert and Frances Nall Sands (see sketch of R. E. Sands).
Four children have blessed this union, namely: Lora E., Lucinda F., George
F. and Robert.
Mr. and Mrs. Ritchey are consistent members of the Christian Church.
He is an active member of the Republican party, and, as all good citizens
should do, takes a deep interest in all that concerns the well being of his
county, State and the Union.
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