Randolph County, Indiana
John E. Rickert
In these days of
large commercial transactions, when credits cut a large factor in the daily
round of business, the province of the banker is very wide and very important.
The excellence of the banks of the present as compared with those of the past
gives to all classes of business men first-class security for their deposits,
assistance when they are in need of ready money to facilitate business matters
in various ways, and a means of exchanging credits that could be accomplished
in safety no other way. In a large measure the success at the present time of
all branches of business is largely the result of present banking methods. It
is quite common for the stockholders of the banks to be business men of
prominence in the community-farmers, merchants, manufacturers and professional
men-all of whom are known to the depositors and their standing well
established. This gives stability to the bank and confidence to the community.
Such is the confidence in the State Bank of Ridgeville, Randolph county, of
which John E. Rickert is the popular and able cashier, in fact, is the
maker of it, and one of the substantial and influential men of the locality of
which this history deals.
was born in Jackson township, Randolph county, February 19, 1878. He is a son
of George and Jane (Stuck) Rickert, whose family consists of
three children, our subject, and William A., who lives on the home farm,
married Daisy Kemp, a daughter of Rev. B. F. Kemp, and they have
four children, Noel, Cecil, Mary and Elizabeth. Mary
Rickert married Andrew P. Linn, a farmer and stock raiser, and to
them three children have been born, namely: Charles, Carrie and Helen,
all married except the last named.
The subject of this
sketch is of German descent, and he seems to have inherited the characteristic
thrift and industry of his progenitors. His father was a native of Indiana, who
devoted his life to agricultural pursuits, became the owner of a valuable farm
in Randolph county, and here he spent the rest of his life, dying in 1905 at
the age of sixty-five years. The paternal grandparents of our subject were both
born in Germany, from which country they emigrated to the United States when
young. Grandfather Stuck was an able minister in the German Reformed
church. The mother of our subject is living, hale and hearty at the age of
John E. Rickert
grew to manhood on his father's farm where he worked until reaching his
majority. He received meanwhile his early education in the common schools, and
in the State Normal at Terre Haute, which in after life has been greatly
supplemented by actual contact with the business world and by wide and
miscellaneous home reading. He began life for himself by teaching school in
Jackson township for a period of five years, and one year in the graded schools
of Saratoga. Although he gave eminent satisfaction as a teacher and was fast
taking his place in the front rank of educators in Randolph county, he resigned
his position at Saratoga and entered a business career, accepting a position as
assistant cashier of the Ridgeville State Bank, in February, 1902, which
position he held until in May, 1906, since which time he has been cashier, discharging
his duties in a manner that reflects much credit upon himself and to the entire
satisfaction of the stockholders and patrons of the bank. His personal
popularity, his able counsel and wise foresight have been the principal factors
in the upbuilding of this popular and ever-growing institution, which ranks among
the sound and safe banks of this section of the state. He is by nature a
financier, and he has kept well abreast of the times in all matters pertaining
to the banking business.
Mr. Rickert was married June 16, 1899 to Eva L. Hill, a
daughter of William Hill, an artisan of Randolph county, and here she
grew to womanhood and was educated. She is a lady of culture and many admirable
characteristics which have won her a host of warm friends.
To our subject and wife two children have been born, namely: Wayne,
born October 3, 1900; and Dale, whose birth occurred February 5, 1904.
They are both very bright lads and promising; the elder is a pupil of the
Ridgeville High School at the early age of thirteen years.
Politically, Mr. Rickert is a Democrat. He has been a member of
the local school board for the past twelve years during which he has done much
to strengthen the Ridgeville school system, in fact, no man has done more for
the general upbuilding of this city than he, for he has ever had its interests
at heart since locating here. The town owes him a debt of gratitude which it
can not repay. He is a member of the building committee for the erection of the
new hall of the local lodge of Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of which he is
a member. He and his family belong to the Congregational church and are
faithful in the work and support of the same.
Past and Present of Randolph County, Indiana, 1914.
Contributed by Gina Richardson
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