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John Rider


John Rider, proprietor of the Valley Stock Farm, is one of the enterprising, progressive and successful farmers and stock-raisers of Allamakee county, He was born in Paint Creek township on the 1st of November, 1861, a son of Peter Rider, one of the early settlers of this county. The father, born in Ireland on the 20th February, 1829, was brought to America by his parents, Peter and Elizabeth Rider, the family home being established in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. In 1851 the family came to Allamakee county, Iowa, locating in Taylor township, where both parents passed away. Peter Rider, Jr., father of our subject, became the owner of one hundred sixty acres of wild land on section 21, Paint Creek township, upon which he erected a pioneer log house which is still standing. He gave his time and attention to the improvement and development of this farm and in his agricultural pursuits met with most substantial success. In 1855 he was married in Allamakee county to Miss Ann McKigney, a native of Ireland, and a daughter of John and Catherine McKigney, also natives of the Emerald Isle. There the father died, while later the mother came to the United States and, locating in Allamakee county, Iowa, became one of the early residents of this section. Her daughter, Mrs. Peter Rider, died upon the Rider homestead in 1895, and Mr. Rider's death occurred the following year at the home of his son John, with whom he resided after his wife's demise. They were earnest Christian people, faithful members of the Catholic church at Cherry Mound, and were held in high esteem by all who knew them. In their family were nine children, of whom five died in childhood, while Thomas passed away at the age of nineteen
years. The surviving daughters are: Kate, the wife of James Kaveny, of Nebraska; and Elizabeth, who married Mike Norton, of Howard county, Iowa.

The other surviving member of the family is John Rider, whose name introduces this review. He was reared on the home farm, acquiring an excellent knowledge of agricultural pursuits under the direction of his father, and upon attaining manhood went into partnership with his brother-in-law, James Kaveny, in the purchase of one hundred and sixty acres of land. This they operated jointly for two years, after which Mr. Rider purchased his partner's interest and is now the owner of two hundred acres of well developed land. The farm is equipped with excellent improvements, all of which have been made by Mr. Rider, and the place, one of the attractive and valuable properties of the township, is known as the Valley Stock Farm. In addition to his stock-raising interests, he carries on general farming, and the practical and progressive manner in which he
conducts his various interests is proving productive of most enviable success.

In 1894 Mr. Rider was united in marriage to Miss Mary Hart, a native of Allamakee county and a daughter of Patrick and Jane (Tracy) Hart. Her father, who was born in Ireland on the 17th of March, 1830, came to the
United States alone when nineteen years of age, locating first in Ohio. Later he removed to Dubuque, Iowa, and in 1852 became a resident of Allamakee county, here purchasing eighty acres of government land in Paint
Creek township. This he cleared and improved, and that place remained his home until his death on the 23d of February, 1903. His widow, who was also born in Ireland, survives and makes her home with her children at Plainview, Minnesota. Mrs. Rider attended district school in the acquirement of her early education, which was later supplemented by a course of study in the seminary at Waukon. After leaving school she engaged in teaching, following that profession for twelve years prior to her marriage. By her union to Mr. Rider she has become the mother of seven children, all yet at home, namely: Jeanette I., Thomas J., Florence V., William E., Celia C., Hazel Marie and Helen E.

Public spirited in large measure, Mr. Rider, however, has never engaged actively in public affairs, for the demands of his extensive agricultural interests have never left him time for outside matters. The name of Rider is well known in Allamakee county, where members of the family in three generations have resided, and John Rider has ever proved himself a worthy representative of an honored name. The high rank which he now occupies among his fellowmen is due not only to the success which he has gained for himself along agricultural lines but also to the honorable principles and upright purposes which have ever governed his actions.

-transcribed by Cathy Joynt-Labath

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