From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana
John B. Richner was born in Seneca County, Ohio in 1850. In the fall of 1854 his father, Andrew Richner, moved to Steuben County, and located on a farm in Jackson Township where he still lives. John B. was reared and educated in this township remaining here till twenty-two years of age when he went to Michigan and engaged in farming near Coldwater four years. He then bought a farm and remained there another four years, when he returned to Jackson Township. In 1881 he embarked in the general mercantile business at Flint but the next year sold out to H. B. Rickerd. In 1883 he again opened a store and is now doing a good business. He is a genail, social gentleman, and readily wins the esteem of his customers. July 8, 1885, he was appointed Postmaster at Flint and assumed the duties of his office July 25. He married Viola Davis, daughter of G. W. Davis, of Jackson Township. They have three children -- Arthur, Alice and Ethel.
Submitted by Kim Davoli