Biography of John G. Ridenour
Allen County, OH Biographies

JOHN G. RIDENOUR. farmer, P. O. Elida. was born in Fairfield County, Ohio, February 14, 1827, son of George and Mary (Conrad) Ridenour, natives of Pennsylvania and Maryland, respectively, and who were married in Fairfield County, Ohio, came to this county in 1829, and settled in Sugar Creek Township on land which the former had entered the previous year; they reared a family of five children: Catherine, Christena, Dorothea (deceased), John G., and Joseph. George Ridenour being one of the first settlers of this county endured many hardships and privations, and the circumstances of the times gave to his employments a somewhat versatile complexion, as he was a cooper, a maker of coffins, tooth extractor, setter of broken bones, etc., etc.; he died at the age of eighty four; his widow still resides on the home farm, and is now in her eighty fourth year. Our subject was never married. He became owner of land by the death of his father. He had taught school for about nineteen quarters, was elected in 1858 (on Democratic ticket) to the office of county recorder, in which he served six years, then followed merchandising in Elida, Ohio, for several years, finally returning to the farm, where he now resides. He also gives some attention to the manufacture of baskets and brooms. Mr. Ridenour is a member of the Lutheran Church at Elida, Ohio.

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