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George Johann RITTER

George Johann RITTER

Male 1873 - 1938  (64 years)

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  • Name George Johann RITTER 
    Born 8 Oct 1873  Echlishausen, Bavaria, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    EDUC Normal School, Bavaria, Germany 
    RELI Episcopal Church 
    Died 2 Mar 1938  Park Ridge, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I24  The Turses
    Last Modified 12 Apr 2010 

    Father John (Johann) George RITTER 
    Mother Crescentia SINGER 
    Family ID F2077  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth (Lil) FEDERLICHNER,   b. 14 Nov 1875, New York, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Nov 1961, Park Ridge, Bergen, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Married 7 Jun 1896  Deutsche Evangelische Kirche, Hoboken, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
    +1. Elizabeth (Bessie) Crescentia RITTER,   b. 28 May 1898, Brooklyn, Kings, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Mar 1990, New Haven, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
    +2. Anna RITTER,   b. 21 Jun 1900, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Sep 1998, Vestal, Broome, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 98 years)
    +3. Caroline (Carrie) RITTER,   b. 29 Jan 1902, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Nov 1988, Teaneck, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
     4. Martha Fern RITTER,   b. 15 Jan 1904, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Feb 1965, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
    +5. Julia Kunigunde RITTER,   b. 28 Apr 1909, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jul 1987, Holiday, Pasco, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
    +6. Frieda Dorethea RITTER,   b. 14 Jul 1912, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jan 1968, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)
    Last Modified 25 Sep 2017 
    Family ID F15  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 8 Oct 1873 - Echlishausen, Bavaria, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 7 Jun 1896 - Deutsche Evangelische Kirche, Hoboken, NJ Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 2 Mar 1938 - Park Ridge, NJ Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • The only member of his family to immigrate to America in New York on 8 May 1890, George Ritter rose to be an enterprising and prominent man in his local community. By the late 1920’s he was best know for the Regent Theater that he owned in Bogota, but he worked very hard in different professions to gain that success. One of five children, his father was a farmer and cobbler, and his older brother, John, became so well known as an editor that members of the royal family attended his funeral. He was a public school graduate, and attended three additional years of normal school, becoming teacher, which he did not enjoy. His first few months in New York were extremely difficult, and he worked at whatever odd jobs he could find as a daily laborer. He found his way to Westwood, NJ where Charles Hoffman apprenticed him as a barber for a short stint, and he went on to work as a barber in Perth Amboy, Hudson, New York, and again back in Westwood. He opened his own barber shop in Park Ridge in 1893, and went on to run the business for another 18 years. Offered a desirable position at Mittag & Vogler, the Park Ridge based manufacturer of carbon papers, pencils, and other supplies, he sold his barber business and looked for other investment opportunities. He stayed with the plant until 1915 when he bought the Casino in Westwood, a small theater located on the corner of Broadway and Irvington Street. He soon thereafter sold out his interest to a larger group who owned the Westwood Theater. In 1921 he purchased the Regent Theater on the corner of Fort Lee Road and Leonia Avenue from Charles F. Preston. The theater quickly became know for its first class accommodations, showing only the best of films. George also was well suited to entertainment in other ways, being an accomplished musician of some considerable ability, playing the violin, piano, and slide tromboon along with having been at different times leader and instructor of orchestras, military bands, and singing societies.

      George took the deepest interest in his adopted country, and In 1894 George Was elected to the first Park Ridge Board of Education, where he served alongside Theodore F. Granger. He became an American citizen in 1896. He served as Park Ridge Town Clerk in its early years, and also as Tax Collector. He was a lifelong member of the Park Ridge Volunteer Fire Department, serving alongside George F. Granger, who was the Chief in the early 1920’s. In fraternal organizations he served as chief ranger, Court Park Ridge Ancient Order of Foresters; and served as regent, secretary, and representative to the Grand Council of the Royal Arcanum. He served as a member and representative to the Grand Council of Improved Order of Red Men for seven years.

      (Source: History of Bergen County, NJ 1630-1923; Westervelt, Francis A. J., Lewis HIstorical Publishing Co; 1923, pg 368)

      We hold a copy of the marriage certificate in file.

  • Sources 
    1. [S370] 1900 Census George J Ritter.

    2. [S403] George Ritter Descendants.

    3. [S410] History of Bergen County, NJ, 1630-1923, Westervelt, Frances A J, (Lewis Historical Publishing Co).