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John A. Ries

John A. Ries holds distinctive precedence as one of the most vigorous and progressive business men of the younger generation in Clayton county and is an influential and popular citizen of the village of Clayton. He here conducts a substantial general merchandise business, has the active management of a well-equipped lumber yard, and has the further distinction of being president of the Clayton Savings Bank, of which he was the organizer, in 1915. He is a stockholder in other Clayton county corporations, is alert and enterprising as a business man and his energy and ambition are backed by the steadfast rectitude that begets objective confidence and esteem.

Mr. Ries was born in Dubuque county, Iowa, on the 11th of October, 1883 and is a son of John and Katherine (Heidershide) Ries, the former of whom was born in Germany and the latter of whom was born in Iowa, as a representative of one of the pioneer families of the Hawkeye state. John Ries was seven years old at the time of the family immigration to America and was reared and educated in Iowa, where he has long been a prosperous exponent of agricultural industry and been associated with other lines of business enterprise. He and his wife now maintain their home at Luxemburg and of their union have been born ten children, all of whom are living.

John A. Ries gained his preliminary education in the public schools of his native state and thereafter was for some time a student in the college at Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. He further prepared himself for the active affairs of business by completing an effective course in a commercial college in the city of Dubuque, and after leaving this institution he went to the city of Chicago, where he was employed as a bookkeeper for a period of four years. He then made a somewhat extended trip through South Dakota, after which, in 1912, he established his residence at Clayton, where he has since built up and successfully conducted a general store that caters to a large and constantly increasing patronage. Mr. Ries is aligned as a staunch supporter of the cause of the Democratic party and has served most efficiently as a member of the village council of Clayton. His name is still enrolled on the list of eligible young bachelors in Clayton county.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa; From The Earliest Historical Times Down to the Present; by Realto E. Price, Vol. II; pg. 350-351

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