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Isaac M. Ridge

Isaac M. Ridge, the pioneer physician, was born July 9, 1825, in Adair county, Kentucky, but transferred his residence to Lafayette county, Mo., in 1833.  He was educated in private school and in an academy at Dover, and also read medicine in that town.

     He afterwards entered the Transylvania University, Lexington, Ky., and was graduated in 1848.  He returned to Kansas City, then Westport landing, and opened an office on the levee.  He was the only physician then, and for some time afterwards, and his journeys covered deep into Missouri and out into Kansas.  The cholera epidemic in 1849 found a worthy foe in Dr. Ridge, although his herculean labors finally led to an attack of the disease.  He recovered by a miracle almost.

     In 1875, Dr. Ridge retired from active practice, and has since devoted his time to his immense property interests.  The Ridge building and Masonic building, built and owned by him are monuments that will endure.  Public-spirited to the last degree he has given freely of land and money to the city, with no other hope than to see it grow in greatness.  Dr. Ridge was made a Master Mason in 1849, the first in Kansas City, and is a Shriner.  He was married in 1850 to Miss Eliza Smart, long since deceased.  Five children were born of this marriage, three of whom are living.  In 1882, he married Miss May D. Campbell, noted for her charm, beauty and wonderful musical talent.
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