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Ritter, John T.

JOHN T. RITTER, one of the senior members of the firm of Koch Brothers, clothiers and furnishers, was born on a farm near Guth's Station. He attended the South Whitehall Township schools until the age of fourteen, when he attended the Muhlenberg Preparatory School and the Keystone State Normal School. He continued his studies at Eastman's Business College, graduating with honors in 1887. Returning to Allentown, he entered the employ of Koch & Shankweiler as bookkeeper. Later he joined the sales force, serving in this capacity for some time until his ability was rewarded by a promotion as head of the merchant tailoring department. In this department Mr. Ritter has been highly successful as a promoter, strong advocate and keen judge of woolens to many who have sought his advice in the matters of correct dress. January 1, 1907, when Thomas J. Koch purchased his brother's interest in the business, after the latter's death, en route to London, England, he reorganized his business, connecting with himself Mr. Ritter and other faithful employees. After the death of Thomas J. Koch, this extensive business was managed for the estate by Mr. Ritter and his copartners until June 1, 1916, when the new firm purchased from the Koch estate the entire retail and manufacturing interests. Through the untiring efforts of Mr. Ritter and his associates the new firm has been progressing to a successful stage, presenting to the public today one of the largest and finest clothing stores to be found anywhere throughout the United States. Mr. Ritter is a prominent resident of Catasauqua, where he not only enjoys the friendship of a wide circle of its citizens, including membership in the Catasauqua Club and the Charotin Club, but also holds the high esteem and valued trade from a host of patrons from coast to coast.

Men of Allentown by Fred L. Shankweiler, 1917.


 

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