RITCHIE, Melanethon M., M.D.,was born in Bedford county, Pa., June 5, 1849; son of Josiah and Jennie Ritchie, the former a native of Bedford, the latter of Cumberland County, Pa. The father was one of the prominent and successful business men of that county for many years, and later in life engaged in farming and is still residing there. Melanethon M. was the oldest of ten children, was reared in Bedford county, received his education in the public school and in the normal school, completing it by a special course in Dickinson Seminary at Williamsport, Pa. He read medicine under Dr. Joseph D. Streble, of Bedford, and continued his reading and practice under Dr. G. W. Smith, of Hollidaysburg. In 1874 he was graduated from the Jefferson Medical College at Philadelphia, after which he practiced two years at Saxton, Bedford county, and then took a special course at Jefferson College. After practicing at Carlisle, Pa., six years, in 1883 he came to Harrisburg, locating on Market street, where he has since been engaged in a general practice. Dr. Ritchie is a member of the Dauphin County Medical Society. While at Saxton he was physician of the Huntingdon Railroad Company. In 1865 he enlisted as a private in company A, Fiftieth regiment, Ninth army corps, and served until close of the war, August, 1865. He was present at the evacuation of Petersburg. In politics, Dr. Ritchie is with the Democratic party and is active in party measures. He was elected member of the select council from the Ninth ward and served two years, during which he was chairman of the sanitary committee and of the highway committee and a member of the finance committee. He was also elected assessor the Ninth ward and served one year. Grand Army Post No. 58 carries his name on its roll of members, and he has served as surgeon of the Post. Dr. Ritchie was married, in 1871, to Miss Maggie Gilbrough, daughter of Jacob Gilbrough, of Huntingdon, Pa. Their children are Marion Delmar and Elsie N. The family are members of the Reformed church, corner of Third and Chestnut streets.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 11 November 2000
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