Thursday, October 14, 2021

Lucinda and Joseph Ritenour, Xenia, Ohio 1880s

These photographs are of Joseph Ritenour and his wife, Lucinda, the in-laws of Robert Wainwright from my last post. 

Joseph R. Ritenour was born in Virginia in 1834. He was a farmer and veteran of the Civil War, having served in the Union army in the 73rd Regiment, Ohio Infantry, Company D. He married his wife, Lucinda Little, on October 25th, 1860. Lucinda was born in Ohio in 1839 and grew up there with her 5 siblings. Before her marriage, she worked as a teacher in Ross, Ohio.

Joseph and Lucinda had 5 children, the third of which was Anna (wife of Robert Wainwright), born in 1863.

Lucinda passed away in 1898 at age 59. Joseph followed her 16 years in 1914 at age 80 after suffering from paralysis. 

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Friday, October 8, 2021

Dr. Robert Leever Wainwright, Xenia, Ohio 1880s

The photograph has some water damage, so I cleaned up the image in Photoshop.

Robert Leever Wainwright was born in Ohio in 1855 to Redding Wainwright, a farmer, and his wife, Elizabeth Leever. Robert was the youngest of the Wainwrights' 6 children. 

Though initially he worked as a farm laborer with his father and brothers, he eventually became a physician. After his father passed away in 1878, Robert lived with his mother in Jefferson, Ohio.

Robert married Anna Elizabeth Ritenour in Greene County, Ohio, on October 28th, 1883 when he was 27 years old. Tragically, they were married only a few months when Robert passed away on May 25th, 1884. This photograph, which I would date to the 1880s, may have been one of the last taken of him. In his will, he left to his widow Anna his surgical instruments, medical books, and a horse and buggy among other things.

Anna would eventually remarry in 1890 to Daniel Erastus Little, with whom she had 3 daughters.

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Friday, October 1, 2021

Henry and Andrew Hawkins, Owatonna, Minnesota 1890s

Andrew Haakensen was born in Laerdal, Sogn, Norway in 1862. His brother, Henry, was born in 1865. They were the sons of Haakon Olson and Anna Haagensdatter Vold. The family immigrated to the United States around 1873. Upon arrival, the family shortened their name from Haakensen to Haken, and eventually to the more American Hawkins. They settled in Wayne, Iowa, where their father, now going by Olson Haken, worked as a laborer. 

Andrew married in 1894 to Synneva Monson Groethe, who would eventually go by Sarah. The couple had three sons, Hagbarth (b. 1894), Adolph (b. 1896), and Carman (b. 1906). Andrew supported his family by working as a farmer in LeRoy, Minnesota, which is about an hour away from Owatonna, where this photo was taken. 

Henry married a few years after his brother in 1897 and, coincidentally, also married a Sarah. Henry and Sarah made their home in LeRoy, where Henry ran a dry goods store and became well-known in the community as a successful businessman. They had one son, Tillman, born in 1902.

Andrew lived in LeRoy for the rest of his life, passing away there in 1931 at age 69. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to find the year of Henry's death. 

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