Rike, Frederick H.
-- Dayton civic leader and merchant

  For 40 years Frederick H. Rike served as president of the Rike-Kumler Co., the downtown department store which later became Lazarus.
  He died Nov. 19, 1947 at the age of 80.


Bio files

Background on Frederick Rike

Frederick H. Rike was born in Dayton and began working at his father's store, D.L. Rike & Co., in 1889 as a salesman and buyer. His father, David L. Rike, began the company as a one-room store in 1853.

Frederick Rike became a member of the board of directors at age 27 and became vice president at his father's death in 1895. He succeeded to the presidency in 1907 at the death of Robert T. Cummin. Rike continued as president of the company until his death.

The Rike's store was originally on Third St. then moved to Fourth & Main, and finally to a newly built store at Second & Main, which opened March 19, 1912.

In 1959 the Rike's store was sold to Federated Department Stores. The Rike's name remained until 1986 when the store was renamed Lazarus.

Rike's estate:

Rike died Nov. 19, 1947, at the age of 80. He left an estate valued at $1.2 million, which went to his widow, Ethel (Long) Rike and their three children, David L. Rike, Mrs. Anthony Haswell and Mrs. James McConnaughey.

High Acres:

Frederick Rike's home, "High Acres" at 2765 Ridgeway Road, was offered to the city of Kettering in 1964 and the city planned to use it as a new city hall. However, the home is within the city of Oakwood and Oakwood zoning rules would not permit its use for Kettering city offices.

Kettering turned down the gift and the Rike faimly later gave the 12-acre estate to the Society of Mary, which operates the University of Dayton.

In 1974 the home was purchased by Dayton industrialist Charles E. Foreman.

File created: 1-2-96
Source: DDN clippings