Biography of Sanford E. Rykert
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Sanford E. Rykert was born in Flowerfield, Mich., Dec. 25, 1843, where his parents were stopping temporarily at that time. His parents were Hiram and Huldah W. (Jewell) Rykert, who came to Kent county in 1838. Mrs. Rykert was the third white woman in Grand Rapids. She is still living and is a resident of Rockford. In 1848 the Rykert family moved to Plainfield, where they resided on a farm. Sanford E. received a common school education, and when a young man, traveled seven years for the King Iron Bridge Co., of Cleveland, Ohio. In 1878 be engaged in the planing mill business at Rockford: a history of the mill is given elsewhere in this work Mr. Rykert was married Sept. 18, 1867, to Miss Helen Warner, who died in March, 1869. He again married, Nov. 11, 1818, this time Miss Elo Porter, by whom be has one boy, Ray.

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