Albion College Graduate
Class of 1870
Isaac was born June 15, 1846 in West Elkton, Ohio to Samuel Thomas Riddick and Mary Hancock Riddick. His father was a Methodist and mother a Quaker. His mother died when he was three, and father died when he was seventeen.
He began schooling at West Elkton when his legs were to short to reach the floor from the seat. Attended a rural school and was a great wrestler. Later, he continued his schooling at Richmond, Indiana, living with his good Quaker grandparents.
When 17, Isaac enlisted in Co. A, 133rd Regiment, Ind. Vol. Infantry and was sent south as far as Bridgeport, Alabama, where the regiment was stationed to guard the post, the bridges, supplies, etc. The service was short and the company honorably discharged. Returning to Richmond he attended school and worked in a printing office for board. He continued his schooling in Ann Arbor, Adrian, and in 1870, graduated from Albion College.
On Class Day he dedicated his class memorial, the “stone-pile.” He married the day of graduation and went to Minnesota and began the work of the ministry. after seven years he returned to Michigan, continuing to preach at Oscoda, Saginaw, Alpena, Caro, South Lyon, Fowlerville, Menominee, Midland, and Cassopolis.
In 1900 he moved to Albion, purchased a home of thirteen acres on North Maple Street. In 1910 he sold this property and bought a home with forty acres five miles east of the city. He often preached to people in the neighborhood and these meetings were denominated as”Riddick Meetings.”
In 1928 when he was 82, he was elected chaplain and captain at the Michigan Soldier’s Home at Grand Rapids. He remained two years at the Soldiers’ Home and then resigned and returned to his rural home nearAlbion, but in June 1931, exchanged the farm for a home in Albion, and on July 1, 1931, moved into his new residence on 1212 Burns St.
Isaac had seven children and two stepsons. His greatest desire was to see them complete their college work. After his return to Albion from Grand Rapids, he became a member of the Three-Quarter Century Club, was made its vice-president and chaplain, and at the death of Mr. Wolcott, became its president. In his own words, “My life has been one of deep sorrow beginning in childhood and also of great joy but one of trust, love, and service.”
Source: Miriam Krenerick. Albion’s Milestones and Memories. Albion, MI: Art Craft Press. 1932.