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Ritzman, A. S., Gratz, Pa., was born in Washington township, Dauphin county, Pa., June 27, 1857. He is a son of Michael and Elizabeth (Hartman) Ritzman. Michael Ritzman was born in Lykens township, Dauphin county, January 10, 1826, and was reared on the farm. After his marriage he removed to Washington township, upon a farm, where he died November 17, 1858. His children are: Abby, wife of Hiram Knorr, Uniontown, Pa.; Caroline, wife of Henry Schoffstall, Sunbury, Pa.; Catherine, wife of H. H. Romberger, Gratz, Pa.; and A. S. Mrs. Ritzman was married a second time to Abraham Troutman; they had one daughter, Agnes, wife of Charles Buffington, Gratz, Pa.

A. S. Ritzman was only a year and a half old when brought by his mother to Lykens township on a farm which she bought after her husband's death. After mature years he attended common schools until he was seventeen, and subsequently studied at Berrysburg Seminary for a few terms. In November, 1875, he began teaching school in Lykens township, and was employed for two terms. Considering the salary insufficient compensation for his time and services, he decided to change his occupation. He rented his mother's farm on shares, and besides his farming operations, conducted also a huckstering business; in these occupations he continued until the Spring of 1888, when he removed to the town of Gratz to a property which he had bought in 1886, and which consisted of a house and barn and nine acres of land. In 1890 he bought his mother's farm of sixty-two acres, situated in Lykens township.

Mr. Ritzman was married, in Lykens township, on January 9, 1876, to Miss Amelia, daughter of Zacharias and Lydia (Kissinger) Loudenschlager, born in the borough of Gratz. Their children were: Henry M., died at the age of four years; Michael E., born March 24, 1881; Allan, born August 12, 1885; the youngest child died in infancy.

Mr. Ritzman is a Republican. He was elected justice of the peace in 1889, served five years and was re-elected in 1894. He also served as councilman for five years, and for four years as secretary of the council. He is a member of the Lutheran church and treasurer of the joint congregation.



Historical Review of Dauphin County

Transcribed by Michael W. Gerberick, lonewolf452@netscape.net, for The Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transciption Project -


Date of Transcription: February 14, 2001

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