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Redwitz Obituaries

The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Thursday, April 7, 1904

Passes Away -In Business Here 46 Years

                Tuesday morning shortly after eleven o’clock Mr. Otto Redwitz, one of the oldest and best known business men of this place, and in whose veins coursed royal blood, died at his home on Main Street, after an illness of two weeks of grip. The funeral took place Wednesday afternoon at three o’clock at the Baptist church, Rev. W.M. Wood, the pastor, officiating. He was a devoted and loyal member of Montgomery Lodge, and was buried in Spring Hill with all the honors of Odd Fellowship. Mr. Redwitz was a native of Stuggart, Germany, and came to this country many years ago, crossing the ocean in the same ship that brought over the famous Carl Schurtz, who was fleeing to America after having failed in his efforts to stir up a revolution in his native country. He shortly came to Harrodsburg and embarked in the confectionery business in which he had been engaged ever since. That was forty-six years ago, and there is not a merchant here now who was in business at the time Mr. Redwitz opened his first establishment. During his long residence among us he has gained nothing but the highest respect from the whole community, being in all things a representative citizen and an exemplary man. He was upright and honest in his business dealings, and at one time was counted wealthy. He was married in New York when quite young, his wife, who is very ill now, still surviving him. Beside his wife he leaves two sons, Messrs. Alec and Paul Redwitz, and several daughters. He was 72 years of age, and for some time had been in failing health. Of the many good citizens who have passed away in the last few months, none will be missed more from the business world than Mr. Redwitz.

The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, February 6, 1914

Former Resident Dead

                Mrs. Otto Redwitz, a former well known resident of this city, died in Cincinnati yesterday. She was the wife of Mr. Otto Redwitz, who was for many years a prominent merchant of this city. The remains were brought here and brief funeral services will be held to-day (Friday) at the grave in Spring Hill Cemetery at 11:30 o’clock. She was a native of Germany and a very fine old gentlewoman, who will be remembered by the older citizens.

There are no gravestones for Mr. and Mrs. Redwitz.

Bettie M. Redwitz, December 10, 1858 – June 25, 1945.  Spring Hill Cemetery, Mercer County, Kentucky.

The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, June 29, 1945

          Mrs. Bettie Redwitz, 87, died about 9 a.m. Saturday, June 23, 1945, at the A. D. Price Memorial Hospital following an illness of about 10 days. Owing to her years she has been declining in health, but continued her daily pursuits, active in mind and body for one of her age. She was a native of this place, the daughter of Gabe and Nancy Shy Munday, and a devoted member of the Baptist church, taking part in its activities as long as her health permitted. Mrs. Redwitz was among the most esteemed of the older generation. Survivors include a son, E. Otto Redwitz, Harrodsburg; a daughter, Mrs. Ruby Redwitz Owen, wife of J. E. Owen, Dothan, Ala.; two grandchildren, Mrs. C. C. Jones, of Dothan, and Lt. Thomas O. Owen, Williams Field, Arizona.

The funeral was at 3:30 Monday, June 25, at the Bruner and Sims Funeral Home on Beaumont Avenue, conducted by the pastor, Dr. John M. Carter, of the Harrodsburg Baptist church. Burial in Spring Hill cemetery, the bearers being Loyd Bigger, Glave Vivion, W. B. Morris, Fred Patrick, Oran Stagg and H. R. Barrick.

Bettie was the wife of Alec O. Redwitz, son of the above Mr. and Mrs. Otto Redwitz.

Ernest Otto Redwitz, December 12, 1891 – November 20, 1963.

Son of Alec and Bettie Redwitz.

Main Street Harrodsburg – Circa 1860

In Mr. A. B. Rue’s book – Historical Sketch of Mercer County, Kentucky – published in 1904 for the Louisiana Purchase Exposition (better known as the 1904 World’s Fair), I found drawings of the east and west side of Main Street, Harrodsburg, produced around 1860 by Henry Junius.  There is a corresponding key to give information about the shops and owners of this time period.

According to his obituary, Henry Junius came to Harrodsburg in 1855 when a young man, and engaged in the hardware and tin business.  He would know quite well the other merchants and goings on in the ‘city’.

Most of the people on this list are buried in Spring Hill Cemetery in Harrodsburg.  Some were descendants from the earliest pioneers of the town, others came from far away lands.

John VanAnglin died March 31, 1881 according to an early Harrodsburg newspaper.  He was considered an ‘old’ citizen in that year.  Daniel Curry, grocer, died in 1901.  Otto Redwitz died April 6, 1904.

Leslie C. Riker Obituary

Leslie C. Riker, 1882-1940, Spring Hill Cemetery, Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Kentucky

from The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, June 21, 1940

In the sudden passing of Leslie Condit Riker on Sunday evening, June 16, 1940, at his home on College street, the community of Harrodsburg lost one of its best loved citizens. He was born July 8, 1882, at the family home on Danville Pike, in Mercer County and has always lived in Harrodsburg. He was the son of Lee Riker and Marie Rue Riker, both deceased. He was one of five children of which three are still living; Carrie R. Michel, of Oak park, Ill., Frank C. Riker, of council Bluffs, Iowa, and Charles N. Riker, of Harrodsburg. In 1934 he married Amelia Craig who survives him.

The funeral was at 3 o’clock Tuesday afternoon, June 18, at the Presbyterian church with the pastor, Dr. John W. Carpenter conducting the services. Burial was in Spring Hill cemetery.

The bearers were Otto Redwitz, J. E. Brown, George Rue, Oran Stagg, Harrodsburg; Frederick Mickel, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Bennett Bean and Lawrence Brewer, Lexington; and Herbert Robertson, Henderson.

He was a trustee of the United Presbyterian church, a member of the A. D. Price Memorial Hospital Board, director of the Mercer County National Bank and one time City Commissioner.

He was associated with the London Assurance Company for nearly thirty years as special agent for Kentucky and Tennessee, which position he held at the time of his death. The high esteem in which he was held throughout the states was manifested by the floral offerings, the expressions of praise and the attendance at the funeral by Chris D. Shefe, assistant manager of the New York office, as well as agents from many places.

From childhood he has been a part of the community of Harrodsburg. Its problems, its joys and its sorrows were a part of his life. Many friends, white and colored, will remember his wise counsel, his practical advice in their affairs, and his generous financial help in their extremities. They will remember and continue to work, with his ideals in mind for the best interests of his community.