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 John Herbert Ricker, Jr

John Herbert Ricker, Jr

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Death 5 Jul 1915 (aged 35)
Burial Weiser, Washington County, Idaho, USA
Memorial ID 27760455 · View Source
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"John Herbert Ricker. The growth and development of the Payette-Weiser Milling Company, represented at Payette and Weiser, Idaho, has been rapid and continuous, and since the combining of the several small firms which composed it, in 1911, it has become one of the leading enterprises of its kind in the state. The directing head of this establishment, whose powers of organization were eloquently evidenced during the transactions which concluded the forming of the present concern, is John Herbert Ricker, a business man of recognized ability, astuteness and far-sightedness, who himself has risen from an humble position in the world of business to a place where his talents are acknowledged factors in the industrial importance of his adopted state.

"Mr. Ricker was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, November 25, 1879, and is a son of John H. and Hettie (Gheen) Ricker. His father, a native of Maine, moved to Wisconsin during the early '50s with the paternal grandfather, a wholesale grocer, and himself became interested in the manufacture of soap. He occupied a prominent place in the business life of Milwaukee, but some years ago, in 1895, retired and returned East to Massachusetts, being then forty-five years of age. Mr. Ricker married Hettie Gheen, a native of Westchester, Pennsylvania. They were married at Westchester in 1876, and she died in 1898, at the age of forty-six years, having been the mother of five children: Mrs. F. A. Gorham, who resides at Payette, Idaho; Edward G., a member of the bonding house firm of Edgar Ricker & Company, of Milwaukee; Mrs. George Kellogg, of Milwaukee; John S., who resides at Ontario, Oregon, and is connected with the Ontario Commercial Company, and John Herbert.

"John Herbert Ricker attended the schools of Blackball and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and graduated from the former in 1896. He remained at home for one year, but at the outbreak of the Spanish-American war he enlisted in the First Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, which he accompanied to Jacksonville, Florida. Returning to Milwaukee in November of the same year, he secured his honorable discharge and accepted a position with the Milwaukee Elevator Company, remaining there until 1900. At that time Mr. Ricker decided to try his fortune in the West, and accordingly went to Portland, Oregon, where for two years he was engaged in the lumber business and spent a like period in the civil engineering department of the 0. R. N. Railroad. His next connection was with the Baldwin Sheep & Land Company, becoming manager of the stores of that enterprise in Hay Creek, Oregon, and the year 1905 saw his advent in Idaho, when he accompanied a Mr. Van Houten, one of the members of the firm, to Weiser. Here he was connected with the Butterfield Live Stock Company until 1907, when he formed a partnership with a cousin, Mr. Gheen, and founded the Ricker Gheen Company, which continued to do business for three years. During this period Mr. Ricker and his brother-in-law, Mr. Gorham, and Mr. Werner Klinger, purchased the T. & K. Milling Company of Payette, and July 1, 1911, the two firms were combined and took the name of the Payette-Weiser Milling Company. This concern has offices at Payette and Weiser and mills at these two cities and at Midvale, Idaho, producing 200 barrels daily and being one of the best known firms in the state. Mr. Ricker, acting in the capacity of president, has firmly established the reputation of the company as sound and substantial enterprise, and its continued and rapid growth is ample evidence of his skill and executive ability.

"On September 18, 1907, Mr. Ricker was married in Weiser, Idaho, to Miss Oro B. Sommercamp. Her parents are old and well known residents of Weiser, her father being a native of California and her mother a native of Oregon. Mr. and Mrs. Ricker have no children. He is a Republican in his political views and a popular member of the blue lodge of the Masonic fraternity. With Mrs. Ricker he attends the Episcopal church. Like all men whose duties have brought them much in the open, he is fond of out-of-door life. Having started out in life a poor boy and worked out his own success through constant energy and perseverance, he is at all times ready to assist those who are struggling for a foot-hold. He is known as a loyal, public spirited citizen, and his friends are legion". [History of Idaho: a narrative account of its historical progress..., Volume 3 by Hiram Taylor French (1914)]
*Contributed by William Yates*


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  • Created by: Cheryl Hanson
  • Added: 23 Jun 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 27760455
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Herbert Ricker, Jr (25 Nov 1879–5 Jul 1915), Find A Grave Memorial no. 27760455, citing Hillcrest Cemetery, Weiser, Washington County, Idaho, USA ; Maintained by Cheryl Hanson (contributor 46836345) .