O. H. Ricksecker
Ovid H. Ricksecker was born in Elk Falls, Kansas on June 18, 1874. His father
was John A. Ricksecker, a native of Ohio and a carpenter and builder by trade.
His mother was Rachael Jane Smiley Ricksecker.
Ovid Ricksecker learned in Washington, Indiana, where he served as an apprentice
for the baltimore and Ohio railroad, the Machinest trade. In 1901, he came to
California and three years later (1904) to Rocklin. He worked as a machinest at
Dunsmuir and then Rocklin and finally Roseville. With the exception of ten years
when he worked as an expert carpenter and house painter, he was in the railroad
service. In 1903, he married Ellenor Chapman, who was born at Lincoln to James
Albert and Audie (Hotchkiss) chapman; the following year (June 1904) they
removed to Rocklin which since became their home.
Mr. Ricksecker served as president of the Rocklin Board of Trustees (1920-1928)
and when that title was changed to Mayor in 1928, he continued on into that
position until his retirement in 1946. He has the distinction of having served
longer than any other person on the City Council, both as councilman and mayor.
Following his retirement at age 68, Mr. Ricksecker obtained employment as a
laborer at the McClellen Air Force Base in Sacramento. When it was discovered
that he had much experience as a machinest , he was switched to the position of
aircraft mechanic which he continued for more than a year when an injury
suffered at home forced him to retire.
Ovid H. Ricksecker died in June of 1957. His widow, Ellenor (Nora) survived him
by 23 years, passing from this earth on May 21, 1980, at the advanced age of
ninety-nine. Their Survivors included one son, Gerald v. Ricksecker; two
grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
From: Rocklin: Past, Present, Future by Leonard M. Davis. Published by the
Rocklin Friends of the Library, Rocklin Ca., 1981.