ROBERT H. RIGGLE

Farmer and teacher; Floyd Township, (postoffice Cameron): represents two most useful callings which have, in a broad way, been more potent in advancing our national interests than any other two that could be named.

He was born in "Washington County, Penn., April 9, 1841, and received a good common school education. His parents were John and Jane (Hooper) Riggle, natives of Washington county, Penn., who lived out their days there. His father was born in 1798, his mother in 1808; the former died in 1866, the latter in 1880. His grandparents in the paternal line were Abraham and Catharine (Reed) Riggle, who were born in Virginia, the first mentioned near Winchester.

Mr. Riggle's mother was a daughter of Thomas and Mary (Steen) Hooper, of Pennsylvania birth. Robert H.. Riggle came to Illinois in 1859, when he was eighteen years old, with two years' experience as a school teacher in Pennsylvania, and took a school in Spring Grove Township. He taught in several townships of Warren County for about thirty years, meantime, in 1S72, purchasing his present farm in Section 5, Floyd Township. October 19, 1865, in Cold Brook Township, he married Minnie J. Whit­ man who has borne him three children: Archie W.; Lizzie M., who married Clark E. Hart, of Abingdon; and John T. Mrs. Riggle was born in Cold Brook Township, February 7, 1848, a daughter of John T. and Martha (Shelton) Whitman, who died in 1896 and 1894, respectively.

The Whitman family, consisting of Mrs. Riggle's grandparents and her father, then a mere boy, came from Barren County, Kentucky, to Mason County, Ill., in 1830, where her grandfather Whitman died soon afterward, and, in 1831, Mrs. Whitman and her seven children settled in Section 28, Cold Brook Township. Mr. Riggle is a Democrat and has served his fellow-townsmen several terms as Justice of the Peace. He and his wife are generously helpful members of the Christian Church. They passed five months of the year 1898 in California.

 

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