Farmer and liveryman; Cold Brook Township, (postoffiee Cold Brook); is a man of exceptional business ability, who has made his way in the world in spite of much opposition and over many obstacles, to a substantial success.
He was born in Brooklyn, N. Y., May 10, 1849, a son of James and Mary (Mackantee) Riddell, natives respectively of Scotland and of England. His father, who was a merchant in Brooklyn, sold out his interest there after the untimely death of his wife and returned to Scotland, where he died soon after his arrival. At the age of eight years John Riddell came west as far as Schoolcraft, Mich., where he remained until he was sixteen years of age.
He lived in Elkhart, Ind., from that time until he was twenty, then, in 1869, located at Galesburg, Ill., where he married July 20, 1873, Mary Underwood, who was born in Cold Brook Township, July 15, 1851, a daughter of John and Cylena (Hallnvell) Underwood, who came to Illinois from Ohio in 1850. Mr. Underwood bought 80 acres of land in Section 25, Cold Brook Township, at five dollars an acre and afterward bought ten acres of timber land. He lost his wife by death in 1860 and he died in 1882.
After his marriage, Mr. Riddell went to Concordia, Kas., where he farmed nine years until he removed to Lowell, Kent County, Mich., where for four years he conducted a livery business. Then his father-in-law having died, he returned to Cold Brook Township and bought the Underwood homestead, on which he has since farmed successfully and has recently built a fine residence
. He gives his attention to general crops and is a dealer and shipper of live stock of all kinds. He is identified with the Republican party and, while living in Kansas, was several times elected Treasurer of his Township. John and Mary (Underwood) Riddell have had four clilldren: Marion May, Clarence J., Sadie and Dora, the first mentioned of whom died at the age of twenty-one years. Two of these children were born in Kansas and two in Illinois.
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