Joseph Rickert family papers, 1869-1971
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Brief Description: This collection includes magazine, newspaper and journal articles (about various family members); correspondence; court orders; genealogical studies; biographical notes compiled about Joseph Rickert and his daughters; scrapbooks from and about various family members, and diaries.  Also contained are personal mementos such as medals, professional shingles, plaques, and eyeglasses, and such miscellaneous items as diplomas, professional certificates, funeral books, calling cards, and railroad passes saved by family members. Some of the children of Joseph Rickert wrote and published a variety of material in this collection, including poetry; historical, travel, and literary articles; essays; and copies of addresses. In addition there are materials related to the family business interests: the George Ziebold Milling Company of Red Bud, Illinois; the Tiptown and Valmeyer farms; the Rickert banking and property dealings in Switzerland; the personal bank accounts and taxes; and the liquidation of Rickert investments.
Held at:
Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
605 Agriculture Dr.
MC 6632
Carbondale, IL 62901
Phone: 618-453-2516
Fax: 618-453-3451
Email: speccoll [at] lib.siu.edu
Record Series Number: 1/6/MSS 144
Created by: Rickert family
Volume: 50.0 Boxes
Acquired: 00/00/1972.
Arrangement: Arranged in ten series: 1) Biographical Information, 2) Joseph W. Rickert, 3) Correspondence, 4) Business: Records and Correspondence, 5) Organizational Affiliations, 6) Writings, 7) Diaries and Journals, 8) Ziebold Family, 9) Scrapbooks, 10) Memorabilia & Miscellaneous.
Biographical Note for Rickert family :

Joseph W.  Rickert (1840-1941), lawyer, banker, politician, teacher, amateur historian, and civic leader, led a long and productive life and during his term in the State Senate was Acting Governor of Illinois for three days in 1891.

In 1864, after graduating with A.B and A.M. degrees, he taught public school in Marion and Monroe counties. While he was teaching, Rickert also studied law under Judge H.K.S. O'Melveny and with the firm of Johnson and Hartzell at Chester, Illinois.

In addition to his law practice, Rickert pursued other business interests and was active in professional organizations.  He established and was President of the Waterloo commercial State Bank and held the titles of: President of the Monroe County Bar Association; President of the Monroe County Fire Insurance Company; President of the Wind Storm Insurance Company; and Director of the East St. Louis, Columbia, and Waterloo Railway.

Rickert's activities as a civic leader propelled him into a number of elected political offices including:  County Superintendent of Schools, 1869-1873; State Representative, 1874-1876; State's Attorney for Monroe County, 1876-1880; and State Senator, 1888-1892.

In 1873, Joseph married Wilhemina (Minnie) Ziebold, the daughter of a Waterloo miller, Gottlieb Ziebold.  The Rickerts had nine children.  Four of them figure importantly in the collection.  Nelson, (1878-1971) was a St. Louis lawyer and businessman.  The interests of Luella (1884-1961), Marie (1894-1971), and Marguerite (1897-1971) added a cosmopolitan element to the family.  These daughters wrote poetry, traveled extensively in Europe, especially Switzerland, and were active in national and international organization.

Wilhemina Rickert died in 1900 and Joseph assumed responsibility of raising his children. Joseph Rickert worked at the commercial State Bank of Waterloo as President until the day he died at the age of 101.

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.
Subject Index
George Ziebold Milling Company.
Rickert, Joseph, 1840-1941.
Rickert, Joseph, 1840-1941. - Diaries
Rickert family
Genres/Forms of Material
Artifacts.
Clippings (information artifacts)
Corporation records.
Correspondence.
Diaries.
Ephemera.
Fiction.
Ledgers (account books)
Manuscripts for publication.
Records (documents)
Rickert, Joseph, 1840-1941. - Correspondencce
Rickert family - Correspondence
Scrapbooks
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.
Acquisition Notes:   In 1972, Morris Library acquired the personal papers and books of the Joseph W. Rickert Family of Waterloo, IL, as part of the settlement of the last surviving member of the family, Marguerite Rickert, Hendersonville, North Carolina.
PreferredCitation: [Item], Joseph Rickert family papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.