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Date: 4/16/2013 at 18:36:40
The 1880 History of Poweshiek County Iowa
Sugar Creek Township
RIGGS, JOHN -- Section 26, township 78, range 17, P.O. Searsboro. Was born in Belmont county, Ohio, on the 24th day of August, 1840, where he continued to live with his parents until the year 1861, when he came West and settled in Washington county, Iowa, where he engaged for one year in running an engine in a steam mill, which business he learned while quite young. At the end of the year above mentioned he went to Kansas, in the latter part of 1862. He remained in Kansas about eighteen months, engaged in running an engine in the city of Leavenworth. From Kansas he removed to Iowa and settled in Sugar Creek township, since which time he has been engaged in agricultural pursuits, except a short time while he engaged in a steam mill, in Madison township, Mahaska county. He owns the farm on which he lives, consisting of eighty acres of splendid land, which is in a good state of cultivation and under good fences. He has his farm reasonably well stocked with horses, cattle, and hogs. He was married on the 16th of September, 1864, to Jane English, by whom he has four children, whose names are: Ida, Alma, Frank, and Anna, all of whom are now living.
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