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Rihn, James M.

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Rihn, James M.
March 10, 2007 02:33PM
Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, 3rd ed., 1885,
Hardin Co.

JAMES M. RIHN. Conspicuous among the mercantile men of Elizabethtown, Ky.,
is the subject of this sketch. He is a son of Antoni Rihn and Sarah
(McMillen) Rihn, and was born in Elizabethtown, in 1848. His father, who
for many years has been one of the honored citizens of Elizabethtown, was
born near Strasburg [sic], in France, September 13, 1822, but is of German
ancestry. He came to the United States, in 1843, and first located in
Pennsylvania, removing thence to Hardin County, Ky. For several years he
engaged in the mercantile business, in Elizabethtown. Of late, failing
health has compelled him to retire from active business, and he is now
quietly enjoying the confidence and esteem of all who know him. He
married, in Hardin County, December 15, 1846, Miss Sarah McMillen. She was
born in Hardin County, Ky., December 19, 1824, and descends from an old
English family, which was first represented in the United States by a
member of the British Army, who, after the Revolution, settled in this
country. She died December 21, 1871. James M. Rihn is the eldest of four
children born to Antoni and Sarah Rihn, the other members of the family
being Letitia, wife of W. B. Fowler; W. H. Rihn, of Louisville, Ky.; and
Ross, wife of Charles Greer, of Stanford, Ky. James M. was principally
educated at the Cecilian College, and early became a salesman in his
father's store, thus acquiring a practical business training. He is in
every respect a gentleman of refinement, and of literary taste, and takes
first rank in the business interests of Elizabethtown. The family are
honored members of the Catholic Church.

Rihn McMillen Fowler Greer
Strasbourg-France PA Jefferson-KY Lincoln-KY

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