Oscar J. Ricketts was President of the Illinois State Association 1900 – 1901 and served again as President of the re-named Illinois State Society of Washington, DC from 1917 to 1919. An ally of Congressman "Uncle Joe Cannon" from Danville, Ricketts was from Ashmore in Coles County where he published two newspapers including The Ashmore Republican. He moved to DC in 1889 to work for the Government Printing Office and he was the Acting Public Printer in 1905 and next in line everyone thought to become the Director of the GPO when the previous Public Printer retired. But unhappily for Mr. Ricketts in the short term, his sponsor Uncle Joe Cannon, who was Speaker of he House that year, chose that week to get into a public feud with his fellow Republican, President Teddy Roosevelt. With his characteristic undiplomatic candor, Joe Cannon told The Washington Post that week, "Teddy Roosevelt has no more use for the Constitution than a tomcat has for a marriage license." Poor Mr. Ricketts, who was an innocent bystander in the affair, not only was not promoted to Director but he was out of a job by the end of the week as a sign of TR's anger at Cannon. His loss was a disappointment to many members of the Illinois State Association who either already worked for or wanted to apply for sponsored patronage jobs at the GPO. But all is well that ends well, and by the time Mr. Ricketts returned as president of the Illinois State Society in 1917, he had filled the years in the interim becoming one of the most successful private printers in the DC area. So the sharp words of Joe Cannon and wrath of Teddy Roosevelt in retailiation actually did Ricketts a favor by getting him out of government to make more money in the private sector instead where he had time to build up a business using his years of printing experience in Illinois and DC.