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Ralyea, F.R., stationery and news.

Ralyea, L., proprietor of the Ralyea House; born in Broome Co., N.Y., June 1, 1829; lived in New York State twenty-five years; was engaged in the dairy business and railroading; came to Davenport and then to Vinton in 1854; there was not much improvement here; only a few here now that were here then; has been engaged in buying and shipping grain, produce and game; in 1862, he kept the Tremont House, and was in the livery business some years; in 1874, he built the Ralyea House, and it is the largest and most complete hotel in Benton Co. Married Martha L. Roberts, from Binghampton, Broome Co., N.Y., August, 1858; they have one son-Frank R., and lost one son-Bertie, in infancy.

Ralston, James, harmess maker.

Ravenscroft, J.E., grocer.

Ray, F.G., agricultural implements.

Ray, Guy, money loaner.

Read, Leonard, stone mason.

Read, Richard, stone mason.

Reeder, A.S., teamster.

Reed, G.W., farmer, Sec. 33.

Redfield, Stephen D., boot and shoe maker; born in Claremont, N.H., Oct. 11, 1806; lived there about twenty-two years, and removed to Cazenovia, N.Y.; engaged in the boot and shoe business; lived there over thirty years; came to Vinton, Iowa, in 1856, and engaged in the boot and shoe trade. Was in the army during the war; enlisted as private in Co. A, 37th Iowa V.I., and was promoted to Lieutenant; was in service three years. Has been a member of the M.E. Church fifty-five years. Married Miss Rosanna Clark, from Connecticut, in May, 1834; they have two daughters-Sarah and Rosa, and have lost one son-Wilber Fisk.

Reynolds, W.B., Sr., Justice of the Peace.

Reynolds, W.B., Jr., agl. implements.

Rich & Murphy, editors of the Vinton Eagle.

Richey, James, tailor.

Rickel, I.H., pritner.

Ridge, G.W., carpenter.

Ridge, Thomas, carpenter.

Rinker, John, laborer.

Ryder, John, butter and eggs.

Robinson, Edwin, stock dealer.

Robinson, Stimson.

Rock, A.H., hardware.

Rock, G.T., hardware.

Rose, A., grocer.

Rose, A.P., janitor of schools.

Rose, C.B., grocer.

Ross, G.F., clerk.

Rowlands, J.W.

Rumbaugh, F.M., boot and shoe dealer.

Rush, Oscar, laborer.

Russell, Benjamin, farmer.

Ryder, John, butter, eggs, hides and furs; born in Sandusky County, Ohio, August 22, 1831; lived in Ohio thirty-nine years; was extensively engaged in mercantile business, the sales amounting to $160,000 in one year; also had two elevators, bought and shipped grain largely; came to Vinton, Iowa, in 1870, and engaged in buying and shipping butter, eggs and country produce, and is doing very large business, the most extensive of any house in this State in the same line, except one, shipping to the markets of New York, Boston, Philadelphia and San Francisco. Married Miss Mary J. Tyler, from Fremont, Ohio, Nov. 14, 1854.
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Transcribed by Kate Connerth.
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