Edwards, Mr. & Mrs. G. O.
William McClellan Ritter, pioneer Appalachian hardwood executive, was born February 19, 1864 in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. He went to Bluefield, West Virginia in 1890 with $1700 capital and thus began his lumber career. In 1901, Ritter incorporated his business as the W. M. Ritter Lumber Company. Over the years he bought out several large lumber companies. The first office of the W. M. Ritter Lumber Company was in Welch, West Virginia (August 1895 to April 1899). The main offices (after several moves) were located at 115 East Rich Street in Columbus, Ohio. W. M. Ritter died May 21, 1952. At his death, he was worth in excess of $3,671,000. On October 1, 1960 the W. M. Ritter Lumber Company, once known as the world's largest producer of hardwood lumber, was taken over by the Georgia-Pacific Corporation.