Hon. Dillard Ricketts has been a
citizen of Indianapolis since 1867, although he has been well known to
our prominent citizens for many years. He is a native of Kentucky,
born in Clarke county, but lived some time in Henry county previous to
his coming to Madison, his first residence in Indiana.
He was for several years a successful merchant of Edinburg, and while
residing there represented Johnson county in the State Senate. He
was for several years extensively engaged in the purchase and packing of
pork at Jeffersonville, and did a larger business in that way than any
other person in the State at that time.
Several years since he was selected president of the Jeffersonville
& Indianapolis Railroad Company, and at a time its stock was
scarcely worth ten cents on the dollar. During his presidency it
gradually advanced in value until it is now at a large premium, although
the company had purchased the Madison & Indianapolis railroad and
built lateral branches of their own road-one from Columbus to Cambridge
City, another from Jeffersonville to New Albany.
Mr. Ricketts and Samuel H. Patterson, of Jeffersonville, as the
representatives of the railroad, were active in procuring the building
of the railroad bridge across the Ohio river at the southern terminus of
their road, and to them Indiana and the country is mostly indebted for
uniting New York with New Orleans by one continuous and unbroken chain
of railroad communication through our State.
Mr. Ricketts has ever been an active and energetic man, contributing
largely to the great prosperity of the State. He possesses a frank
and manly bearing and a dignified kindness calculated to win upon those
that he is thrown in contact with.
estimable lady is the second daughter of the Hon. David W. Daily of
Clarke county, who for many years represented that count in the State
Senate. We remember him as one of the firm friends of the
administration of General Jackson during his Presidency. Mrs.
Ricketts has two brothers well-known to our citizens: The first,
Harry Daily, son-in-law of the late Judge Morrison. The second
brother, Thomas Daily, married a Miss Walsh of Edinburg, Indiana.