Charles H. Ridgely

Charles H. Ridgely

Monticello, Piatt County, Illinois, USA
Death 15 Apr 1933 (aged 72)
Decatur, Macon County, Illinois, USA
Burial Decatur, Macon County, Illinois, USA
Plot Private Room S Crypt A
Memorial ID 66082339 · View Source
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Founder of Dr. CaIdwell's Syrup Pepsin Dies Saturday in Decatur Home.

Charles H. Ridgley, 72, founder of the Dr. Caldwell Syrup Pepsin company, one time importer of blooded draft horses, and lately pharmacist at the Orlando drug store in Decatur, died at 7:11 a.. m., Saturday, at his home, 1429 West Riverview Avenue, Decatur.
Mr. Ridgley. had been in failing health a number of months; illness forced him to retire from the drug business last November.
Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m., Monday in the Dawson & Wikoff chapel in Decatur. Burial was in the mausoleum in Fairlawn cemetery.

Mr. Ridgley was born in Sangamon township, Piatt County,Illinois, February 17, 1861. He and Miss Lena Merriman were married in Monticello Dec. 15, 1891.

Coming out of a college at Ladoga, Indiana, he started in the drug business in Monticello, and through that business started upon the compounding of the product upon which the Pepsin Syrup company is founded. Dr. Caldwell, whose name is carried by the compound, was the Ridgley family physician and had his office above the Ridgley drug store.

The company was started in 1894, and was sold to Allen F. Moore about ten years later. After disposing of the medicine manufacturing company, Mr. Ridgley with the late Charles Piatt, began importing blooded draft horses from Europe. Monticello was their headquarters, but they sold fine horses all over the United States, and built up a reputation as such dealers in the days when there was pride in the ownership of good horses. He made several trips to Europe in connection with the importation of draft animals from France, England, and Belgium. When automobile and power equipment began replacing horses, Mr. Ridgley gave up that business and entered the automobile business in Monticello, later he moved to Decatur, buying a drug store on East Eldorado Street, just east of Jasper. About 1924 he went to California, and was there for a couple of years, returning to buy the drug store in the Orlando hotel building.

For several years before going to Decatur Mr. Ridgley was the secretary of the Piatt county fair association. He was a member of the Methodist church. Mr., Ridgley is survived by his widow (Lena Merriman Ridgley) and a foster-daughter, Mrs. Harvey Theiss, Decatur, and one brother, W. S. Ridgley, also of Decatur.(Piatt County Republican)

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Gravesite Details The Ridgley family name was spelled RIDGELY, RIDGLEY and RIDGLY by brothers in the same family.

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