Submitted by Tamara Kincaide
1887 WAPELLO COUNTY IOWA
I. S. RIGGS one of the leading lumber merchants of Eddyville, is the proprietor of a business which was established by Messrs. A W RIGGS and T C SPELLMAN in 1875. These gentle men continued it for two years and were succeeded by A. HORMER & CO. of Keokuck, who operated it until 1880, and sold out to the present proprietor. The latter however has had management of the business for the past eleven years, and consequently at that time of purchase was well qualified to continue it successfully and profitably. In addition to his lumber yard he is also the owner of valuable town property and his residence adjoining his place of business. His transaction extend over this section of the state and he handles about fifty carloads of lumber annually. He also has a lucrative trade in pumps, plaster's materials and other similar commodities.
MR. RIGGS was born in Warrick County Indiana in 1854 and is the son
of A. W. and MARTHA SPELLMAN RIGGS who removed from that state to Iowa
in 1855. At a age of twenty years in 1874 our subject was united in
marriage to MISS ELLA MCWILLIAMS a native of his own state and the
NATHAN and ELLEN MCWILLIAMS. She was born in 1855 and by her marriage with our subject became the mother of two children, BIRDIE and WALTER. Mrs. RIGGS remained the affectionate companion of her husband for six years and departed this life April 1880. MR RIGGS was married a second time to MISS NANNY MCMAHON of Missouri and they had two children a son CLYDE born May 28 1881 and MABLE LEE on November 25 1886. Their home is pleasantly located and they enjoy the confidence and esteem of a large circle of friends and acquaintances, MR. RIGGS is a member of the IOOF as PG and AOU W.
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