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Harry E. Rittgers

District Court Judge

Appointed in 1953

Judge Rittgers was born in Lone Pine, California, January 13, 1884. When he was three years old he moved with his parents to Emmetsburg, Iowa, and thereafter they moved to Glenwood, Minnesota, where he attended high school. He then attended the University of Minnesota for one year, after that he attended business college in Fargo, North Dakota. He graduated from the University of North Dakota Law School and was admitted to the North Dakota Bar, June 30, 1913. He practiced law in Medina, North Dakota, for three years before moving to Jamestown. He served as State's Attorney of Stutsman County for twelve years and City Attorney of Jamestown for eighteen years. On September 15, 1953 he was appointed Judge of the Fourth Judicial District by Governor C. Norman Brunsdale, to fill the unexpired term of Judge McFarland. He served in that capacity until 1960. Judge Rittgers died on December 26, 1971.