Robert George Ristow

Birth

Marriage

Death

December ?, 1872, at Frankfort, Cape

Louise Schwulst, on ___, at Keiskammahoek

June 1, 1917, at his residence, Kei Road, King William's Town

Parents

Siblings

Children

Wilhelm Friedrich Ristow [sic]. Note that elsewhere his father is referred to as Friedrich Wilhelm. Mother: Wilhelmine Caroline Ristow née Lindemann

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None.

 

Robert George Ristow was a wagonmaker, according to his death record.

His will: left real estate worth 7,794 and machinery worth 5,035, to "the survivor of us".

There is a puzzle about ownership of the company R.G. Ristow & Co. A letter from the company, signed "R.G. Ristow & Co." to Messrs. Sparg & Son in Idutywa, October 29, 1905 makes mention of "Mr. Putnin, who is the owner of Ristow & Co.". If Robert George Ristow was still alive, and evidently working at the establishment, and left a large amount of equipment in his will in 1917, why would one Putnin own the company?

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A wagon built by R.G. Ristow & Co.

This photograph is in the possession of Lorraine Burger née Moll.

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A copy of a letter from R.G. Ristow & Co.

Transcription:

"28th October 5.

Mr. E. Schreiber
c/o Mr. W. Saunders
Stutterheim

Dear Sir,

We have been informed that you are looking for a vacancy as a wagon maker.

This is to inform you that we have a vacancy for a good wagon maker, and if you will come down and interview us, we are sure to come to an arrangement to our mutual benefit.

Yours faithfully

R.G. Ristow & Co.
per M.S.

This letter, and two others, are in the possession of Lorraine Burger née Moll.

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R.G. Ristow & Co. envelope

Transcription: "R.G. RISTOW & CO, / BLACKSMITHS AND WAGON BUILDERS, / Wagons and Trolleys of every description built to order. / Telegrams: "RISTOW." KEI ROAD, C.P.

This envelope is in the possession of Lorraine Burger née Moll.

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R.G. Ristow and workers, about 1915

Back row: Wilhelm Moll. Second row: August Goetsch, ___, ___, ___, ___. Third row: ___, Peter Putnin, Robert George Ristow, ___, Vater Paul. Front row: ___, ___, ___.

Names recalled by Gertrude Carruthers, née Moll, daughter of Wilhelm Moll.

 

Gravestone of Robert George Ristow

Transcription of the main epitaph: "IN LOVING / REMEMBRANCE / OF MY DEAR HUSBAND / ROBERT / GEORGE RISTOW / BORN __ (illegible) 1872 / DIED 1 June 1917. / IN MY FATHER'S HOUSE / ARE MANY MANSIONS. / JOHN XIV.2 / WE SHALL MEET AGAIN. / VICTORY! VICTORY!

Partial transcription of the words at the bottom of the photograph: " ___ (illegible) EARTHLY ___ / ___ SUFFERINGS PAST.

Photograph in the possession of Lorraine Helen Burger, née Moll.

 

Sources:

(1) Parents, year of birth, date of death, place of marriage: death notice, of which Peter G. Moll made a transcription.

(2) R.G. Ristow & Co. envelope, photograph of a wagon built by R.G. Ristow & Co., photograph of R.G. Ristow and workers, three letters from R.G. Ristow & Co., and photograph of the gravestone of R.G. Ristow: as of February 2001, in the possession of Lorraine Burger née Moll.

(3) Names of the people in the photograph of Ristow and workers: interview with Gertrude Carruthers née Moll, at Liliesleaf, 8 Winston Road, Rivonia, Johannesburg, February 21, 2001.

(4) Note that there is no mention of this name in the printout of gravestone data for the Eastern Cape by William Jervois for Mrs. L. Burger, March 4, 1992.

 

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