RITTER HISTORY
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RITTER HISTORY

RITTER HISTORY

The earliest Ritter I know in my line is John Ritter. He was married to Sabra Daniels . They had two children Dora Ritter and Warren Peter Ritter b:12/15/1867 Lakeshore, Indiana. He married Mary Alice Carney in Joplin, Missouri on May 30, 1888. He died 11/03/1959 in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
John and Sabra divorced. She married a man by the name of Kidder. John remarried and had some more children. Three sons by his second marriage were killed in a terrible cave in at Joplin, Missouri. The boys that were killed were named: Harry Ritter, Gilbert Ritter, Burtrum Ritter, and their brother in law Robert Warren The following is a couple of newspaper accounts ofthe tragedy.


As reported in the Stillwater Gazette (March 12, 1909)
A QUADRUPLE FUNERAL
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W.P. Ritter Returns from Burial of Three Brothers
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W.P. Ritter, who is an employee of the Coyle cotton gin and lives four miles northwest of Stillwater returned last Friday from Joplin, MO, where he attended at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. JJ Ritter, a quadruple funeral, the burial of his three brothers, Robert, Harry and Gilbert Ritter and his brother-in-law Robert Warren all of whom were killed in a cave-in in what is known as the Seventh Street Mine in Joplin. The doomed men were engaged in building a "crib" in the mine, when the roof caved in and they were crushed under a huge boulder and under many tons of earth. All together, six men were killed in the accident which created intense excitement in Joplin. More than five thousand persons saw the bodies in the morgue and the funerals were attended by immense crowds.

JOPLIN NEWS HEARLD
Joplin, Missouri March 1, 1909
MINERS RELATE A MINUTE STORY OF TRADEDY OF MINE
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Crews Had Made Efforts to Loosen Big Slab That Killed Six.
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SAFETY A QUESTION
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Some Declare Ground Not Dangerous, but Others Are Not Sure.
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Coroner EH Baird, of Webb City, began inquiry into the causes and circumstances surrounding the death of six men at the West Seventh Street mine, west of this city, this morning at the chapel of the Joplin Undertaking Company. A jury was summoned to hear the testimony which was given by employees of the company and mines nearby and number of others who accompanied State Mine Inspector CW Wallace to the mine Saturday and looked over the situation. RC Stewart of 220 North McCoy street was the first witness called. He had worked in the West Seventh Street mine for a month and was employed on the day shift last Friday. About a week before, he said, the workmen in the north drift where the men were killed had encountered a swag or drop in the rock of the roof of the drift that hung down like a bag from the roof. Small pieces of rock had fallen from the drift during the week preceding the accident when shots were fired in other drifts or other nearby mines. He never saw a mine in the Chitwood District that he considered safe, but he considered the West Seventh Street as safe as any other. During Friday logs were sent down to be used in building a crib under the overhanging slab. He stated the ground was of flint and limestone and soapstone, the geological formation prevailing throughout the Chitwood District.

Warren Peter Ritter and Mary Alice Carney had the following children: Lela Inis Ritter died when she was about 5 years old, Edith Luella Ritter, Alice Ruth Ritter, Nellie Gertrude Ritter, and Warren Jewel Ritter
I NEED INFORMATION ON THIS FAMILY LINE! PLEASE EMAIL ME!!

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