The Ringsmyer Family
Henry Herman Ringsmyer was born in Prussia in 1863. To escape the obligatory German Military
Service he fled from Germany to the United States when he was about 18 years old. He
arrived in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1881. After two years he left Cleveland, and journeyed
to the John Day Valley, arriving in May, 1885. For 6 years he worked as a freight
carrier hauling from The Dalles to the John Day Valley. He then took up cattle-raising and
did so well that two years later he purchased the ranch which now belongs to Wallace Johnson,
two miles out of Dayville.
In 1891, he married Nancy Amelia LeBret in Canyon City, Oregon. Miss LeBret was the daughter
of Jules LeBret, merchant and postmaster of Prairie City. They had eight children.
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