Jacob Ritter was born in the Volga German colony of Luzern. He was one of the scouts selected to come to North America in 1874 to investigate opportunities for the Volga Germans to immigrate to the United States. He and the other scouts traveled by train to Hamburg, Germany, where they boarded the SS Schiller. They arrived at Castle Garden in New York City on 15 July 1874.
Peter Stöcklein, Jacob Ritter, Nicholas Schamme, Peter Leiker, and Anton Wasinger (1874).
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