Wilhelm Ricken

1908–1973 (Age 64)
Medebach, Brilon, Westphalia, Prussia, Germany

The Life of Wilhelm

When Wilhelm Ricken was born on 14 December 1908, in Medebach, Brilon, Westphalia, Prussia, Germany, his father, Peter Anton Ricken, was 29 and his mother, Anna Catharina Kuhnhenne, was 24. He married Josefa Wienand on 27 September 1938, in Medebach, Brilon, Westphalia, Prussia, Germany. He died on 19 May 1973, in his hometown, at the age of 64.

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Wilhelm Ricken
Josefa Wienand
Marriage: 27 September 1938

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27 September 1938
Medebach, Brilon, Westphalia, Prussia, Germany

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World Events (8)


Age 6

Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary and his wife were assassinated in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina provoking World War I.
1914 · Germany declares war on Russia

Age 6

On August 1, 1914, Germany declared war on Russia, sparking World War I. This would not be the last time Germany caused a world war. After the Allies defeated Germany, they signed the Treaty of Versailles.

Age 25

Adolf Hitler appointed chancellor by President Paul von Hindenburg.

Name Meaning

1 German: from a short form of any of the Germanic personal names composed with rīc ‘power(ful)’.2 Dutch: perhaps a respelling of Reichen, a patronymic from a short form of a Germanic personal name formed with rīc ‘powerful’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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