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LOUIS AUGUSTUS RIDGE

LOUIS AUGUSTUS RIDGE, late of Philadelphia, was born in Bristol township, Bucks county, Pennsylvania, January 23, 1832, son of Jesse and Hannah (NOLAND) RIDGE, and grandson of Henry RIDGE, of Bensalem township. On the maternal side he is the grandson of Dr. William and Hannah (NOBLE) NOLAND.

He was educated in the public schools of Bristol township, and at the Whitehall boarding school, then in charge of Dr. Eben D. BUCKMAN and brother. The year after leaving school he aided his father on the farm, and in 1852 began school-teaching in the country, first in Newportville and later at Eddington, Bristol and various places until 1865. He was engaged to teach in the select school of William FEWSMITH at Tenth and Chestnut streets, Philadelphia, where he remained five years and was then elected to the principalship of the first section grammar school, remaining there for five years, when he was transferred to the Lincoln grammar school, Twentieth street and Fairmount avenue. In 1886 he was made supervising principal of the Thaddeus STEPHENS Combined school, where he was engaged in excellent work for many years. His record is exceptional, for he has taught school continuously for over fifty years, each year gaining to a greater degree the confidence of the school patrons and students. The supreme delight of his life was to receive letters from all parts of the country from his old pupils, many now holding important positions of trust in the busy world. August 25, 1857, Mr. RIDGE married Rosannah KIRK, of Bensalem, the daughter of Simpson and Anna (GRIM) KIRK, the granddaughter of Benjamin and Rosanna (CARR) KIRK. The maternal grandparents of Mrs. RIDGE were John and Alica (CULIN) GRIM. From this union eight children were born: Edwin Buckman, born September 28, 1858; Susannah, born December 4, 1860; Eleanor, born February 15, 1862; Augusta, born September 29, 1864; William Crichton, born April 4, 1867; George Edgar, born May 1, 1870; Kirk, born April 10, 1874; Rachel JOHNSON, born May 16, 1876. Only two of these children are now living. Augusta and George E., who were educated in the public schools and Friendsí Central school of Philadelphia. Augusta was married April 11, 1888, to Henry William PYLE, son of William and Angelina (DARLINGTON) PYLE; he died, without children, January 21, 1890, and his widow Augusta then made her home with her father. George Edgar is a jeweler in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. He married, March 18, 1899, Winifred KILBRIDE, of England, daughter of Joseph and Catherine KILBRIDE, William Crichton married Elizabeth KITCHENMAN, and they had one son John, born November 5, 1891. William Crichton died November 22,

1902. Mr. RIDGE was a member of the Masonic fraternity and associated with Bristol Lodge, No. 25, A. Y. F. and A.M. He was ex-president of the teacherís institute; a member of the educational club; School Menís Club and the Teacherís Association. In religion he was of the Episcopal faith.

Test taken from page 355 of:

Davis, William W. H., A.M., History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania [New York-Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1905] Volume III

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