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Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",  published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.


     E. DEWITT REITER, a widely known attorney of Davenport, Washington, comes of old and historic Knickerbocker stock; and he can number among his ancestry men prominent during the formation period of this country, in the Revolutionary and in the 1812 wars.  He was born at Green Springs, Ohio, October 22, 1877.  His father, Peter E. Reiter, also born at Green Springs, is a descendant from the old De Ruyter family of Knickerbocker fame in New York, distinguished as soldiers, jurists and barristers.  Mr. De Reiter's mother in maiden life was Harriet Close, a native of Pennsylvania, of Pennsylvania Dutch descent, and comes of a family prominent in commercial and financial affairs of the Keystone state.  Her father was a capitalist, owning immense tracts of land, and a pioneer settler of Ohio.  Her brother, Daniel Close, was a graduate from the Heidleburg University, Germany, a noted preacher and president of the Reformed church in Ohio.  Both parents of the subject still live on the old homestead near Tiffin, Ohio.
     E. De Witt Reiter began his education in the district school, and at the age of fourteen began to teach.  He taught for three years, during which time he attended at intervals the normal school at Valparaiso, Indiana, also taking the scientific course there.  Later he took an elective course at Tiffin, Ohio, reading law at the same time.  In 1899 he came to Davenport and resumed the study of law under H. A. P. Myers, being admitted to practice May 19, 1900.  He opened an office June 1st of the same year.  An ardent Republican in politics, he has done some campaign speaking, but disclaims any political aspirations.  He is a prominent and active man in fraternity circles, being senior deacon of Accacia Lodge, No. 58, A. F. & A. M.; a member of the Maccabees, the Royal Highlanders and of the Fraternal Order of America.
     Mr. Reiter has one brother, Burton L., born at Tiffin, Ohio, and now a student at Heidelburg University.
     At Bloomville, Ohio, August 15, 1899, Mr. Reiter was married to Marion Fry, daughter of John W. and Martha (Lane) Fry, both of whom are now living in Lincoln county.  Mr. Fry was born in Seneca county, Ohio, and was an extensive farmer and land owner in that state.  He was also a contractor and builder, came to California in 1850 and built the famous Palace hotel in San Francisco.  His wife is a native of California.
     Mrs. Reiter has five brothers: John, William, Arthur, Cecil and David, all living with their parents; and two sisters: Grace, wife of William Colman, a Lincoln county farmer; and Rhoda, a high school student of Davenport.
 


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