Biography of Joseph K. Ritter
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Joseph K. Ritter was born in Berrien County, Mich., May 7, 1829, and was the son of John and Sarah (Lybrook) Ritter, who came to Michigan in October, 1828. They settled first at Niles; but, in August, 1829, removed to La Grange Township, Cass County. John Ritter was killed by a stroke of lightning on the 31st of the same month. Joseph K., the subject of this brief sketch, came to Cassopolis in 1851, and for the following ten years was engaged in the dry goods business. During the first four years, he was in partnership with Joshua Lofland, Henly C. Lybrook and G. C. Jones, under the firm name of J. K. Ritter & Co., and afterward was alone until 1858, when he took into partnership B. F. Beeson, who remained with him until 1861. In 1862, Mr. Hitter was elected County Treasurer, and served in that capacity for four years. In 1865, he again went into business, having, as a partner, for a brief period. A. E. Peck. He continued in active mercantile life until 1875, and since that time has been engaged in buying grain. Mr. Ritter was married September 18, 1856, to Amanda F., daughter of Asa Kingsbury.

History of Cass Couny, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of some of it's Prominent Men and Pioneers.
Waterman, Watkins & Co., Chicago 1882.

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