WILLIAM F. RIDGLEY, a leading druggist of Steubenville, is a native of that city, born February 7, 1844. He is the son of John and Anna (Gibson) Ridgley, the former of whom died in 1852. His mother is still living and is now a resident of Denver, Col. He received his early education in the public schools of Steubenville, and in boyhood became a drug clerk in the employ of Richard D. Morrison, who was engaged in business in the same room that Mr. Ridgley now occupies. Later in youth, he, for a short time, worked at the tinner's trade. At eighteen years of age he entered the union army, and from August 6, 1862, until the close of the war, served gallantly and faithfully as a member of Company D, Ninety-eighth Ohio volunteer infantry. After the war he re-entered the drug store of Mr. Morrison, and, with the exception of a few months, remained with him until 1869. In that year he engaged in the drug business for himself, and he is at the present time, one of the leading retail druggists of the city. For the past twelve years he has occupied the building at No. 402 Market street, where a drug business has been conducted continuously since 1850. Mr. Ridgley was married April 30, 1867, to Lizzie Barr, also a native of Steubenville, the daughter of John G. and Lydia (Cummins) Barr. Their marriage has resulted in the birth of six children: Jessie H., wife of John C. Ward, of Steubenville; John B., a clerk in his father's store; Lizzie F., ALice E., Joseph G and Frank Wray. Mr. and Mrs. Ridgley are members of the Methodist Protestant church. He is a member of the I. O. O. F., the G. A. R., the K. of H., and the Royal Arcanum. In politics he is a devoted republican, having cast his first vote for Abraham Lincoln. In every circle in life, whether of social, religious, business or fraternal character, his standing is of the best.
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