Ritchie Man Disappears in Calhoun in 1898

(05/31/2002)

Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 11/15/1898.

The most shocking incident that has occurred within the limits of Harrisville recently is the mysterious disappearance of J. Madison Rymer, of this place.

Six or seven weeks ago he took his team and went over to Calhoun county, on purpose, as he said, to make arrangements to move his family there.  After he had been absent from his home for about two weeks longer than he said he would be, his friends not hearing from him and at the same time growing uneasy about him, went over to Calhoun county to see if he could be found.

When they got over there they learned Madison Rymer has sold his team a number of days before and had, as the people there supposed, gone to his home.  A search was made for him but no trace could be learned of his where-abouts.  Whether he has left the country on purpose or whether in some unfortunate way he has lost his life remains to be found out if it can be.  At any rate it leaves a large and helpless family here in bad circumstances.  As far as we have been able to learn he has always been industrious and a good provider for his family as far as circumstance would allow him. - Ritchie Standard.