Return to Main Page
THE RIEGEL FAMILY,
(Click on links in text for illustrations)
of Salt Creek township, has been as prominently identified with the improvement of that part of the county, and the territory adjoining, as any family who reside in the vicinity. Solomon Riegel, the father, is a man of great activity and industry, and ever since he came to the Stat has been engaged in some enterprise which has developed and enriched the neighborhoods of which he has been a resident. He was a native of Berks county, Pennsylvania, a son of George and Elizabeth Riegel, and was born April 10, 1811. He came to Salt Creek in 1832, induced by the favorable reports of the country, made by his brother, Jesse, and others. Two years later, October 31, 1834, he married Mary, daughter of George and Mary Dunkel, natives of Berks county, Pennsylvania, who removed to Ohio in 1802. She was born, March 31, 1803. Soon after their marriage, the couple removed to Fairfield county, where they remained three and a half years. From thence they went to Hocking county, where Mr. Riegel worked for a time for his brother-in-law, George Dunkel; but Mr. Riegel securing, as a present from his father, a farm of one hundred acres in Fairfield county, removed to it, and there made the beginning of his successful and actively industrious life. After living here ten years, accumulating some property, and being generally well rewarded for his labors, Mr. Riegel bought Mr. Dunke'ls sawmill, woolen-factory and about two hundred anf fifty acres of land, and engaged in business upon a large scale. He erected, at Laurelville, a hotel and other buildings, and contributed largely to the good appearance and prosperity of that village. Building has always been one of the most common exhibitions of Mr. Riegel's active creative nature, and one of his family, who has taken pains to sum up the results of his work in this line, states that within a few miles of the corners of Pickaway, Hocking and Ross counties, he has erected nineteen dwelling houses, and enough other building, mills, barns, etc., to make a total of one hundred. In this work he has usually been his own contractor, designer and superintendent, getting the timber from the woods manufacturing the lumber, and taking the stone from the quarry himself--that is, having it done under his supervision. He has also been an enterprising farmer, and has devoted considerable capital and time to milling, and to stock-raising and dealing. His various business ventures have, as a general thing, been thoroughly managed, and have paid well, so that he has accumulated a large property, although, like nearly all men, meeting with an occasional loss. It has been principally through his efforts that some of the best turnpikes of Pickaway county, especially the south-eastern part, have been constructed.
NOTICE: This electronic page may NOT be reproduced in any format for profit or presentation by any organizations or persons. Persons or organizations desiring to use this material, must obtain the written consent of the .