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Baptism of Charles Ritter

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In a photo from around 1890, Charles Ritter is baptized in Dry Creek and becomes a member of the Galt Christian Church. The Ritter family were originally from Seneca County, New York, and came to California in 1856. They farmed in the Elliott/Liberty area of northern San Joaquin County. Charles and Virginia Ritter had four children: George, Ethel, Lester and Harold. The Ritters became prominent area farmers with vast landholdings. Dry Creek was often used for baptisms by local churches but only during the spring, which was the only time water was available.