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    Posted: 06 Apr 2012 at 12:00pm
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Dear Friends of Charles F. Richter, (Richter Scale)

Don't forget to add Charles Richter's April 26th birthday to your April calendar!  And do plan to join us at 9:30 am that day for a tribute to Richter, at the Ohio Historical Society marker at the intersection of Busenbark and Hamilton-Trenton Roads, near the new Edgewood High School.  Bring a friend! If you cannot attend, be sure to do something that day to celebrate Charles and his roots here in Butler County! Hope to see you soon!

Richter's birthday is on Thursday, April 26.  We will meet at his Ohio Historical Marker at 9:30 am at the intersection of Busenbark and Hamilton Trenton Roads. Did you know that Charles Richter was the great, great grandson of Catherine and Christian Augspurger, the Amish pioneers to our Butler County community?  Join us on Thursday the 26th to celebrate Charles and his roots here in Butler County! See you soon

You will be pleased to learn that the Butler County Commissioners have proclaimed April 26 Charles Richter Day in Butler County!  So our efforts to make Richter better known in the area are already paying off!  See you soon:  April 26, 9:30, at the Ohio Historical Marker at Busenbark Road.

Anne Jantzen & Terry Stephens
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Group wants to keep Richter name alive

 
Group wants to keep Richter name alive photo
Charles Francis Richter

By Richard Jones

Staff Writer

Charles Francis Richter is not the familiar name it could be, according to a group of local historians.

The Butler County native was a seismologist and physicist who, in 1935, invented a way of rating the severity of earthquakes by measuring the shock waves they produced.

Although his calculation formulas were supplanted by a different method of gathering and interpreting data in the 1970s, the scale remained the same and so until recently, “the Richter scale” was still used.

And this makes Anne Jantzen, co-founder of Butler County’s year-old Friends of Charles Richter Society with Terry Stephens, worried that his name and his contributions to the world will fade away into history.

“The Associated Press has stopped using his name when they report on an earthquake, and just say it was of a certain magnitude,” she said.

So last year, as a spin-off from the Friends of Chrisholm group that provides support to the historic Chrisholm Historic Farmstead near Trenton, Jantzen and Stephens organized the first Charles Richter Day on his birthday, April 26, and plan to make it an annual event.

Jantzen said that he’s historically important not only because of his contribution to seismology, but also because of his heritage.

“Charles Richter was the great-great-grandson of Christian and Catherine Augsperger, the Amish pioneers who came here in 1819,” she said, and built the farm now known as the Chrisholm Historic Farmstead.

“He grew up on a farm on Wehr Road in the village of Overpeck, but at the age of 11 his grandfather moved him to California,” she said.

Richter was actually born in 1900 with the surname Kinsinger, the son of Frederick Kinsinger.

Frederick Kinsinger had married Lillian Richter and they had a daughter, Margaret, in 1892, but Lillian refused to move out of her family home, so he left them, Jantzen said. When he came back a few years later, Charles was born, but Lillian still refused to move, so he left again.

“So the grandfather, Charles Otto Richter who worked for Hooven-Owens-Rentschler Company in Hamilton, raised him,” she said.

The grandfather heard about the promise of gold in California, so he moved the family west to become a prospector. Lillian changed her name back to Richter, and when he became of age, Charles did the same.

In a 2007 biography titled “Richter’s Scale: Measure of an Earthquake, Measure of a Man,” author Susan Hough spent a chapter speculating that Richter may have had Asperger Syndrome, a disorder on the autism spectrum characterized by having difficulty in social situations.

“He was not very socially adept and had trouble knowing how to react socially,” Jantzen said. “When they moved to California, he couldn’t handle school at first, but his mother enrolled him in a private academy and he did fine there because had a focus on academics.”

When he went to Stanford University, he first majored in chemistry, but the Asperger Syndrome also made him rather clumsy, Jantzen said, and he broke so many beakers that his professor suggested he get into another field. So he became a physicist, and while pursuing his Ph.D. at the California Instutute of Technology, he became fascinated with seismology.

He took a job at a new seismological laboratory in Pasadena and worked with a man named Beno Gutenberg to develop what would become known as the Richter scale.

Richter never traveled much, never came back to Butler County, but he did spend some time in Japan studying earthquakes there.

Although his name is well-known, Jantzen said that few people are very familiar with the man behind the Richter scale.He married, but had no children.

“Hough also suggests that Richter is not very well known because he had no surviving family to promote his legacy,” she said. “His grave went 10 years without a marker until some of his colleagues found out and took care of it.”

The Charles Richter Day celebration will take place around an Ohio Historical Marker erected in his honor in the roundabout at Busenbark and Trenton Roads.

The roundabout will be dedicated as “the Richter Roundabout,” and officials from Butler County and St. Clair Twp. will declare April 26 Charles Richter Day in perpetuity.

“Children should know who he is because even though he struggled, he achieved,” Jantzen said. “He could be a great mentor for young people who are trying to find their way.”


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WHAT: Charles F. Richter Day

WHEN: 12:30 p.m. April 26. Rain or shine.

WHERE: At the Ohio Historical Marker at the roundabout at the intersection of Busenbark and Trenton roads. Parking at the Busenbark Road extension east of the sign or in Edgewood High School parking lot.

LEARN MORE: Anne Jantzen will also lead a discussion of Charles Richter at 2 p.m. April 28 at the Chrisholm Historic Farmstead, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton

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Charles Richter Day Celebration

Friday, April 26, 2013

12:30 p.m. at the Ohio Historical Marker

Busenbark and Hamilton Trenton Roads 45067

Come join us on Charles Richter’s Birthday!

We will gather on Charles Richter’s birthday to celebrate his life, his enormous contribution to the study of earthquakes, and his roots in Butler County, Ohio. During this brief ceremony we will have a public reading of the plaque in his honor and of his obituary. We will also make note of Richter’s ties to our local Amish Mennonite community and to the Chrisholm Historic Farmstead at Chrisholm MetroPark.

Friends of Chrisholm, 513.726.5265

www.YourMetroParks.net

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Fri, April 26, 12:30pm – 1:00pm at the Intersection of Busenbark and Trenton Roads (across the road from the new Edgewood High School) Native son Charles Richter will be honored on his birthday, April 26,2013, 12:30 p.m., at the Ohio Historic Marker erected in his honor. Come to hear a bit about Richter’s life, his growing up here in Butler County, Ohio, and his roots in our Amish Mennonite community. The Friends of Charles F. Richter, the Friends of Chrisholm, and MetroParks of Butler County sponsor this event. April 26 has been proclaimed Charles F. Richter Day in the MetroParks of Butler County, by the Butler County Commissioners, and by the St. Clair Township Trustees.

 

 

Sun, April 28, 2pm – 4pm - 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton, OH 45067

Charles F. Richter: Our Least Well Know but Most Famous Butler County, OH, Native. The Augspurger Home will be open for self-guided tour after this program from 2:00 -4:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. “Charles Frances Richter was born on a farm near Hamilton, Ohio, on April 26, 1900. In 1935 he invented the Richter Scale.” This is how most biographies sum up the fascinating life of Charles Richter. You are invited to the Chrisholm Historic Farmstead at Chrisholm MetroPark. to learn more about Richter, his roots in the Amish Mennonite community of Butler County, his turbulent childhood, and his career path from physics to seismology.

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Dear Friends of Charles Richter -- don't forget -- we are meeting on Friday, April 26th, 2013 at the OHS Marker at Busenbark and Trenton Roads at 12:30 p.m. Greg Wilkins, the Butler County Engineer, will be unveiling the new name for the roundabout at Busenbark Road.  From Friday onward it will be called the Richter Roundabout!  Thanks to all of you -- your interest has made this happen!
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One month from today we will be celebrating Charles Richter Day in Butler County,
Ohio.  We will gather at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 25, at the Ohio Historical
Marker in his honor, at the Richter Roundabout, Busenbark and Hamilton-Trenton
Roads.  

On the ABC News tonight Diane Sawyer said something to the effect that the mud slide
in Oso, Washington, was so ferocious that it registered on the Richter Scale.  We
should give Diane an award for using the term Richter Scale.  Way to go Diane!  

See you on the 25th.
Anne Jantzen
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Join us for the third annual Richter Day Celebration on Friday, April 25, at 11:00 a.m. at the Ohio Historical Marker in Richter's honor, at the intersection of Busenbark and Hamilton Trenton Roads -- the Richter Roundabout. Our speaker this year will be Gary Couch, St. Clair Township Trustee and owner of Al Couch Farm Market. 

This event will be held rain or shine.   

You are encouraged to bring a rock, or stone, to leave behind at the base of the Richter Marker as a sign that his memory lives on in our hearts.   Bring a small rock or a large one, a rough one or a smooth one, one from Ohio or one from your favorite vacation spot. Choose a rock to bring that you think Richter, the earthquake specialist and nature lover, would appreciate!  If you like you may write a message on your rock for Richter, or simply inscribe your name as one of his friends.   
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3rd Annual Charles Richter Celebration

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The third annual Richter Day celebration was a great success in spite of the wet and chilly weather. Gary Couch spoke eloquently of Richter and his contributions, and inspired us all to do more to promote Richter's legacy. Randy Quisenberry, representing the Butler County Commissioners promised to do what he could to give Richter a place on the Butler County web site with something like: "Butler County, Birthplace of Charles F. Richter." Each participant placed a rock at the base of Richter's Ohio Historical Society Marker to indicate their respect and fondness for Richter. Several of Richter's Ohio cousins were present: Don and Faye Durrough and Bryant Holly Riley. This event now has an official cookie, the Earthquake Cookie (formerly Chocolate Crinkles,) in addition to an official item of clothing, the shoelace tie. Next year's celebration will be on Friday April 24, 2015.
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Dear Friend of Charles Richter —

Join us for the Fourth Annual Richter Day Celebration on Friday, April 24, at 11:00 a.m. at the Ohio Historical Marker in Richter’s honor, at the intersection of Busenbark and Hamilton Trenton Roads -- the Richter Roundabout. 

This event will be held rain or shine.   

You are encouraged to bring a rock, or stone, to leave behind at the base of the Richter Marker as a sign that his memory lives on in our hearts.   Bring a small rock or a large one, a rough one or a smooth one, one from Ohio or one from your favorite vacation spot. Choose a rock to bring that you think Richter, the earthquake specialist and nature lover, would appreciate!  If you like you may write a message on your rock for Richter, or simply inscribe your name as one of his friends.   
 
See you Friday, April 24!
Anne Jantzen
for Friends of Richter 
Anne Jantzen
513/726-5265

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Friends of Chrisholm Historic Farmstead

 

Fifth Annual Richter Day in Butler County

 

Friends of Charles F. Richter will gather at the Ohio Historic Marker at the Richter Roundabout, Hamilton-Trenton and Busenbark Roads, west of Trenton, on Tuesday, April 26 at 11 to honor Richter on his birthday. Richter was born in St. Clair Township, Butler County, Ohio on April 26, 1900. The Friends of Richter seek to promote Richter’s legacy and his roots in Butler County.   His supporters initiated this celebration of Richter life, and his considerable contribution to the study of earthquakes, five years ago when they realized that Richter’s name was not being used in reference to an earthquake’s magnitude. 

 

“But that situation is changing.” notes Anne Jantzen, one of the organizer of the event. “Now that earthquakes suspected to be caused by fracking are so much in the news the Richter Scale is being used again. The Richter Scale is particularly useful in measuring low-level earthquakes, like those caused by fracking, and so it is the preferred measure of those scientist studying this relatively new seismic activity. The Richter Scale lives!”

 

This event is open to all. Participants are encouraged to bring a rock to put at the base of the Richter Marker as a tribute to this great Ohio scientist.

 

 

Information: friendsofchrisholm@yahoo.com or Anne Jantzen at 513-726-5265

Friends of Chrisholm Historic Farmstead

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Dear Friend of Charles Richter,

Hope you can make it to our Sixth Annual Richter Day celebration on Wednesday, April 26,2017 at 11. We will meet at the Richter - Ohio Historic Marker as usual, and Eric Burgess will be our speaker on The Year Without a Summer and the Volcano that Changed Ohio. Don’t forget your rock to place at the marker as your tribute to this great man and accomplished scientist from Ohio and Butler County.

Sincerely,
Anne
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Dear Friend of Richter — plan to attend Richter Day on Thursday, April 26th at 11am, at the Richter Roundabout, Busenbark and Hamilton Trenton  Roads. See you soon.
Anne Jantzen
 
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