Biography of George Alfred Ricker
Erie County, NY Biographies


Ricker, George Alfred, Buffalo, civil engineer, is a lineal descendant of George Ricker, who came with his brother Maturin in the ship Griffin, with the Wentworth f amily from the south of England, and landed at or near Dover, N. H., in 1670. George's descendants afterward moved to Lebanon, Me., where they lived for several generations. One of them, Henry Ricker, great great grandfather of George A., was a captain in the Revolutionary army, and Moser Ricker, father of Henry, was an officer at Crown Point in the French and Indian war, in which Ephraim Ricker, a brother of Moses, also served. The mother of Moses was a daughter of Gershom Wentworth, colonial governor of New Hampshire. George A. Ricker's mother, SarahA., was adaughter of Alfred P. Joy, a prominent member of the Free Soil party. State senator of New Hampshire, and a personal friend of President Lincoln. Her paternal great grand father served as a soldier in the Revolutionary war, and her maternal great uncle, Col. William Gardner, was a member of Washington's staff. Charles C. Ricker, father of George A., was a ship master and a naval officer, serving through the civil war, and three years afterward becoming first lieutenant. He still resides in Buffalo, where for twelve years he had charge of the Erie grain elevator. He had two sons, George A. and Charles William. George Alfred Ricker was born in Portsmouth, N, H., June 30, 1863, and obtained his education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston. In 1880 he came with his parents to Buffalo, and after completing his studies, in 1885, became assistant engineer on the Buffalo division of the Erie Railroad. One year later he was made assistant civil engineer on the Northern Pacific Railroad at Helena, Mont., and in the spring of 1887 be returned to Buffalo, whe he has since been engaged in the practice of his profession. Mr. Rickert is one of the foremost engineers in Western New York. He was chief engineer during the construction of the Great Gorge Electric road from Niagara Falls to Lewiston, and still holds that position, and is also chief engineer for the Buffalo Traction Company. He is president of the Engineers' Society of Western New York and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Buffalo Civil Service Commission. November 23, 1887, Mr. Ricker married Bessie H., daughter of Frederick M. Turner and granddaughter of Chester P. Turner and William H. Cutter, esq., all leading citizens of Buffalo, the latter being a distinguished lawyer. She is also a great-great-granddaughter of Major William Walworth of the Revolutionary army, whose brother, Reuben H. Walworth, was the last chancellor of New York. Her family is also connected with the family of President Madison. Charles William Ricker, only brother of George A., was graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1891, as an electrical engineer, and has been associated with his brother since 1893.

Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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