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Title: Amos Ringel
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It is a well authenticated fact that success comes as the result of legitimate and well applied energy, unflagging determination and perseverance in a course of action when once decided upon. She is never knwon to smile on the idler or dreamer and she never courts the loafer, and only the men who have diligently sought her favor are crowned with her blessings. In tracing the history of the representative farmer and influential citizen of Washington township, Warren county, Indiana, whose name forms the caption of this review, it is plainly seen that the prosperity which he enjoys has been won by commendable qualities and it is also his personal worth that has gained for him the high esteem of those who know him.

Amos Ringel is a native son of the county in which he now resides, having been born in Pike township, on the 8th of August, 1867, and is the son of George and Mary (Ross) Ringel. George Ringel was a native of Germany, where he was reared and educated. In accordance with the custom in the fatherland, he served three years in the German army, that being during the uprising of 1848. At the age of about twenty-five years he was brought to the United States by his father, Yost Ringel, who was a farmer. The family first settled in Frederrick, Maryland, where Yost Ringel became the owner of a farm. George Ringel married in Maryland and subsequently came to Pike township, Warren county, Indiana. For seven years here he worked at day labor, for which he received as wages seventy-five cents a day and boarded himself. However, even under such conditions he showed the stuff he was made of and, by dint of the most rigid economy and careful management, he saved enough money with which to buy himself a piece of land, seven acres in extent. To the cultivation of that little tract he applied himself with such good judgment and care that he was prospered and he was enabled to add to his holdings from time to time until eventually he was the owner of two hundred and forty acres of good land. He was active all his life, idleness being entirely foreign to his nature, and he enjoyed the respect of all who knew him. He became the father of seven children, namely: Adam; Clara, Mrs. Robertson, of West Lebanon, this county; Mary E., Mrs. Biser, is a widow and makes her home with Adam and Amos Ringel; George; Amos, the immediate subject of this sketfch; Otto, who emigrated to Australia, where his death occurred; Ross, a merchant at West Lebanon.

Amos and Adam Ringel are members of the Free and Accepted Masons and the Knights of Pythias, while, religiously, the family are affiliated with the Methodist Episcopal church. They are alive to all the interests of the community and are numbered with the best people of the township.

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Date: 1/1/1913
Origin: Past and Present of Fountain and Warren Counties Indiana
Author: Thomas A. Clifton, Editor
Record ID: 00001118
Type: Book
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Entered By: Leslie J. Rice

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