Henry F. Rider was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on May 15,
1860, the son of George and Margaret Rider.
The early years of his life were spent at his birthplace and he
came to Niles in 1864, where he took an active part in the civic
and church work of this community.
L: photograph of Henry F. Rider.
R: George Rider's discharge paper from the Grand
Army of the Republic, known as the Union Army.
Henry and Elizabeth (Stein) Rider
standing on the side of H.F. Rider Grocery Store at 142 Vienna
29, 1889, he was united in marriage with Miss Elizabeth Stein.
In 1905, he started the grocery business which he conducted until
the time of his death and in the same location in which it has
always been located (142 Vienna Avenue).
Henry and his wife lived in the second floor
above the store. His son, Howard, has been associated with his
father in the store.
Surviving him are his wife, Elizabeth; a son,
Howard; two brothers, Leonard and John Rider,
both of Niles; and two grandchildren, Myrtle Ann and
Howard Rider, Jr.
Location of the Rider Store on the 1918 map.
The Vienna Avenue store soon after Henry Rider
had opened in 1905.
Pictured: Henry F. Rider, Howard H. Rider,
Jr., Myrtle, Elizabeth and Clyde Rider.
Henry behind the store with one
of the horses that pulled the H.F. Rider Store wagon to deliver
groceries and dry goods.
Pictured in the photo to the right are:
Howard H. Rider, Sr., the shorter woman is
his sister Myrtle Rider, who died at the age of 28
and sister Clyde Rider. She never married and taught
at the old Cedar Street School. She lost her sight but received
her second sight.
When H.H. Rider was born, his sister Myrtle had wanted a ‘Peter
Rabbit’ instead of a baby brother so he was called ‘Pete’
from then on. Now you know the rest of the story.
Rider’s allowed credit during WWII to families that couldn’t
pay and always gave cookies to the children.
H.H. Rider, Sr. and Herb and Russ Stein were
first cousins, so Elizabeth Stein was a sibling to the Stein’s
father. H.H. Rider played football with the Steins and said
that Herb Stein was a bugger to tackle. In those days, you had
to say that you were down to be tackled.
Follow the link to read about the Steins as All-American football
Carol Rider Hill—Howard
H. Rider was born on Circle Street (apartments now). Howard H.
Jr. (my dad) was born in the house on corner of Cedar and Hughes
(next door to where I grew up). I am so proud of my parents and
family. They had a terrific effect on Niles and Trumbull County
in so many ways!
The building at 142 Vienna Avenue, where the
Rider's Grocery Store opened in 1905, is still standing and is
occupied today (2021).
The second floor has been remodeled.
Thomas G. Rider—When Riders closed
in 1957 the Macali’s bought most of the hardscape equipment
from inside the grocery store.