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Below is a family biography included in the book, The History of Adair County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Richard M. Ringo, cashier of the Kirksville Savings Bank, was born near Terra Haute, Ind., in the year 1834. At the age of seven years he removed with his parents to Adair County, Mo., and located on a farm about ten miles west of Kirksville. This country at that time was a wilderness, without a school, a church, or any civilizing influence within its borders, which surroundings deprived him of any educational advantages in his youth, and it was after he attained his majority before he ever attended school, or at least any worth naming, and then only a month at a time for three consecutive winters. Although his educational advantages were limited, he not only overcame all early drawbacks, but his natural ability has placed him in the first rank of the business men of this county. He remained on the farm until 1859, when he was elected clerk of the county court. After his term of office had expired he engaged in merchandising at Kirksville until he became interested in the organization of the Kirksville Savings Bank in 1873, with which institution he has been continuously engaged as cashier; and his present popularity and splendid business traits have contributed largely to the success of that banking institution. While never seeking office for himself, Mr. Ringo is a Democrat of the Jeffersonian school, and has always contributed his means and his influence to the success of that party, and for years has been looked upon as one of its truest and wisest counselors.

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This family biography is one of 150 biographies included in the Adair County, Missouri portion of the book,  The History of Adair, Sullivan, Putnam, and Schuyler Counties, Missouri published in 1888 by Goodspeed Publishing Co.  For the complete description, click here: Adair County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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