Illuminating Riverton’s Past

Dear Reader,

Welcome to the inaugural post of this blog for the Historical Society of Riverton. This new HSR website has much of the same content as the old one plus quite a bit more.

Much of the physical material upon which we depend for understanding Riverton’s past, such as maps, photos, postcards, documents, and text from various primary sources, is often in the hands of a few private collectors or securely locked away in the Society’s archives where few people can see them. People move away taking their collections with them, and historically important items may later be discarded. With the passage of time, history may be more dimly lit rather than more clearly revealed. Here, with your help, I hope to better illuminate some of those incomplete parts of our historical record.

A primary goal of this website is to educate and inform by making this physical collection available as a virtual collection to be accessed online. Vital to the growth of the size of the virtual archive that can be made available is your participation in this process. Here we can tap into that social network of present and former Rivertonians, wherever they may be now, in order to better “connect the dots” in our efforts to understand Riverton’s history.

There will be more additions in the coming months as I learn how to make use of the cool features of this WordPress template that Mike Solin customized for us, so check back to see what’s new. This will be no fun at all if no one out there is listening. – John McCormick, Gaslight News Editor

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John McCormick

Teacher at Riverton School 1974-2019, author, amateur historian, Historical Society of Riverton Board Member 2007-2023, newsletter editor 2007-2023, website editor 2011-2023

3 thoughts on “Illuminating Riverton’s Past”

  1. Is Ann Knight Ruff still living? My wife Marion Stuart and her brother Bob and sister Barbara
    grew up at 102 Main St. and knew Johnny Kinght well as well as Bobby Knight before he was lost in the Bataan march. We’d love to talk with Mrs Ruff if she is still living.

    Thanks for your consideration.

    Art Humphreys

  2. Hi, Art & Marion – You should hear from Richard Flach shortly who will invite yo to see his incredible online family album that has a lot of information about Robert Knight,Riverton, and much more. He will contact AKRuff for you. If you have any Riverton stories to leave here, we would love to hear them. Best regards, John McCormick,

  3. Unfortunately, Ann (Bay) Ruff died several years ago. Her house was torn down a couple of years before she died and she lived with her son in Delano for a while. Her funeral was at Westfield Friends. Not sure if she was buried there or not.

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