Edward E Ritchey

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EDWARD E. RITCHEY, one of the representative men of Armstrong county, and his industrious habits and perseverance, was born at Templeton, this county, Sept. 18, 1875, son of Joseph and Margaret (Gould) Ritchey, and grandson of William Ritchey. William Ritchey was born and raised in Clarion county, Pa., and was a soldier during the war of 1812.

Joseph Ritchey, son of William, was a carpenter and miner. He had two brothers, John and James, who were both soldiers during the Civil war. James was captured and died at Andersonville prison. Joseph Ritchey was exempt from service because of services rendered taking care of his father. Joseph Ritchey and his wife had nine children, five of whom died in infancy. the others being; William; Minerva, wife of Daniel Bechtel; Minnie, wife of C. N. Bayne; and Edward E. The father of this family died in March. 1905. He was a m ember of what is known as the old Brethren in Christ Church.

Edward E. Ritchey attended public school at Templeton, and Hall institute at Sharon, Pa. He then taught school at Templeton for five years, following which he was a high school teacher at Parkers Landing, PA., for three years. For the next two years he was principal of the Clairton schools. Mr. Ritchey then located at Wickboro, and for six months was employed in the insurance business. He then became connected with the Carnegie Gas Company of writer of leases for the company, his territory including Westmoreland county, Clarion county and Armstrong county. In 1906 he embarked in the mercantile business at Wickboro, and has developed it into a prosperous concern. In February, 1909, he was elected burgess of Wickboro, Pa., and still holds that office. He is an Odd Fellow a Forester and a member of the Loyal Order of Moose.

In 1900 Mr. Ritchey was married to Jessie F. Wolfe, daughter of Gilbert J. Wolfe, of Kittanning. They have three children; Morgan J., Margaret J. and Coburn S. Mr. Ritchey is a member of the Lutheran Church (general synod), and is an elder in the church to which he belongs and superintendent of the Sunday school. He is deeply interested in religious work.

Source: Pages 748-749, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed October 1998 by Doris Rizza for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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