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Joseph Rickert family papers


Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Adminstrative Information

Detailed Description

Biographical Information

Joseph  W. Rickert


Business Records and Correspondence

Organizational Affiliations


Diaries and Journals

Ziebold Family


Memorabilia & Miscellaneous

Joseph Rickert family papers, 1869-1971 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

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Collection Overview

Title: Joseph Rickert family papers, 1869-1971Add to your cart.

ID: 1/6/MSS 144

Primary Creator: Rickert family

Extent: 50.0 Boxes

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.

Date Acquired: 00/00/1972

Subjects: George Ziebold Milling Company., Rickert, Joseph, 1840-1941., Rickert, Joseph, 1840-1941. - Diaries, Rickert family

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: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

Biographical Note

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.

Subject/Index Terms

George Ziebold Milling Company.
Rickert, Joseph, 1840-1941.
Rickert, Joseph, 1840-1941. - Diaries
Rickert family

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.

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 Method: 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.

Preferred Citation: [Item], Joseph Rickert family papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Biographical Information],
[Series 2: Joseph  W. Rickert],
[Series 3: Correspondence],
[Series 4: Business Records and Correspondence],
[Series 5: Organizational Affiliations],
[Series 6: Writings],
[Series 7: Diaries and Journals],
[Series 8: Ziebold Family],
[Series 9: Scrapbooks],
[Series 10: Memorabilia & Miscellaneous],

Series 7: Diaries and JournalsAdd to your cart.
Box 40Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Diaries and Journals, 1871-1902Add to your cart.
1871-1900; 1890s; 1892-1897 (Mary Ziebold); 1897; 1902 (Nelson Rickert); 1902 (Luella Rickert); 1902
Folder 2: Diaries and Journals, 1902-1908Add to your cart.
1902-1908; 1904 (2); 1905-1906
Folder 3: Record of Calls; notes for the week, 1917, 1923; 1917Add to your cart.
Record of Calls, 1917 and 1923; notes for the week, 1917
Folder 4: Diaries and Journals, 1920Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Diaries and Journals (Marie Rickert), 1922Add to your cart.
Box 41Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Diaries and Journals (2), 1923; 1924Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Diaries and Journals (2), 1931Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Diaries and Journals (2), 1937; 1938Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Diaries and Journals (Marguerite Rickert), 1941; 1943; 1945; 1947Add to your cart.
Box 42Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Diaries and Journals, 1950; 1953; 1954Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Diaries and Journals, 1957; 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Diaries and Journals (2), 1960; 1962Add to your cart.
Box 43Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Luella Rickert/Marguerite Rickert Chap Record, 1903, 1903Add to your cart.
Chap Record, 1903 and 1903 (Luella Rickert)
Folder 2: Luella Rickert/Marguerite Rickert "My Senior Year " Hosmer HallAdd to your cart.
"My Senior Year" Hosmer Hall (Marguerite Rickert)
Box 44Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Address Books (9)Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Play DiaryAdd to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Biographical Information],
[Series 2: Joseph  W. Rickert],
[Series 3: Correspondence],
[Series 4: Business Records and Correspondence],
[Series 5: Organizational Affiliations],
[Series 6: Writings],
[Series 7: Diaries and Journals],
[Series 8: Ziebold Family],
[Series 9: Scrapbooks],
[Series 10: Memorabilia & Miscellaneous],

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