RITZMAN, Andrew, farmer, was born on the homestead in Upper Paxton township, Dauphin county, Pa., February 18, 1829; son of Adam and Mary (Hawk) Ritzman, Jr., and his wife Margaret, had two children, Adam and Daniel. Adam Ritzman, father of Andrew Ritzman, Jr., died in September, 1873, aged seventy-four. His wife was a daughter of Matthias Hawk. They had eleven children, of whom four are deceased: David, Annie, Jonas, and Martha. The survivors are: Catherine, wife of Daniel Collier; Susanna, wife of Christopher Yeager; Lavinia, wife of Jonathan Roedel; Andrew; Elizabeth, wife of Moses Koppenhaffer; Hannah, wife of William Moyer; and Mary, wife of John Mattis.
Andrew Ritzman, Jr., received the amount of school education which falls to the lot of the farmerís boy when his services are early needed on the farm; it was ended by the time he was eighteen, after which he devoted all his time to farm work. After he became of age his father employed him regularly as a hand, paying him at first five, and afterwards eight dollars per month. He continued to work for his father on these terms until he was twenty-seven years old. A new contract was then entered into, under which he was to cultivate the home farm on shares; this arrangement was continued for eight years. In 1865 Mr. Ritzman entered the employ of the Northern Central Railway Company as the assistant section foremen and removed his family to the neighborhood of Millersburg. After serving as foreman for six years he was put on the gravel or repair train and was for five years in that position, making eleven years of service with the company. His father having died during that time Mr. Ritzman bought the farm of the estate and resumed farming in 1878. The farm comprised one hundred and seventy one acres, on which he has made valuable improvements, erecting his residence in 1890 and adding other improvements which have greatly enhanced the value of he property. By energy, enterprise and judicious management Mr. Ritzman has made his farm one of the best in the Lykens Valley, and is justly ranked among the most intelligent farmers of the township.
Andrew Ritzman was married, November 20, 1856, to Susanna, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Schaeffer) Seiler. They have one child Mellie Virgie, born January 20, 1873. Mr. Ritzman and his family attend the Lutheran church. In politics he is an ardent Democrat.
Joseph Seiler, father of Mrs. Ritzman, died at the age of about seventy-one years. His wife died aged fifty-six. Two of their twelve children, Elizabeth and Sarah, are deceased. Those surviving are: John; Moses; Susanna, Mrs. Ritzman; Michael; Rebecca, wife of Isaac Osmond; Phoebe, wife of Reuben Reubenthal; Lydia, wife of Charles Snively; Kate, wife of Louis Epply; Abby, wife of Eli Charles; and Joseph Albert. The maternal grandparents of Mrs. Ritzman were Michael and Sarah Schaeffer.
Historical Review of Dauphin County