A Twentieth century history and biographical record of Crawford County, Kansas, by Home Authors; Illustrated. Published by Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, IL : 1905. 656 p. ill. Transcribed by staff and students at Baxter Springs Middle School, Baxter Springs, Kansas.

1905 History of Crawford County Kansas


William L. Ringo, representing the business interests of Girard as a real estate agent—the junior member of the firm of Radley & Ringo,—was born in Carroll county, Kentucky, April 29, 1866, and is a son of Germany M. and Sarah (King) Ringo, both of whom are natives of the same state. The father was a farmer by occupation, and after following that pursuit in Kentucky for a number of years he came to Kansas, establishing his home in Crawford county in the year 1882. Here he resumed agricultural pursuits, in which he continued until his life's labors were ended by death, although owing to ill health in later years he had largely left the active work of the farm to others. He passed away August 23, 1901, at the age of seventy-one years. His widow, who still survives, is now living at Mulberry, Crawford county.

William L. Ringo spent his boyhood days in his parents' home, and when a youth of sixteen accompanied them on their removal to Kansas. His education was acquired in the public schools of his native state, and he worked upon the home farm from early boyhood, assisting in the labors of the field as soon as old enough to handle the plow. Owing to his father's invalid condition he took charge of the home farm in Kansas when nineteen years of age and conducted it until his removal to Pittsburg. In the spring of 1901 he went to that city, where he entered the employ of the Taylor & Wheeler Loan Company, continuing in that position for eight months. He next joined Mr. Radley in the real estate and insurance business, and the firm of Radley & Ringo at Girard has already secured a good clientage and made for itself an excellent reputation for honorable and progressive business methods.

On the 2d of June, 1892, occurred the marriage of Mr. Ringo and Miss Emma S. White, a daughter of William S. and Elizabeth M. (Rouch) White, of Kentucky. This marriage has been blessed with one son, William L., now an interesting lad of ten years. Both Mr. and Mrs. Ringo hold membership in the Methodist Episcopal church, and he exercises his right of franchise in support of the Democracy. He gives his aid and co-operation to many movements for the general good, and during his residence in Girard he has won the favorable regard of many with whom he has come in contact through both business and social relations.