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Transcribed biography of James L. Rigg

JAMES L. RIGG is a native son of the county of Porter, Indiana, and a young gentleman whose high standing and character entitle him to a personal representation in the genealogical department of the history of his native county. He comes from one of the pioneer families of Porter township, and was born October 20, 1875. He is the second child in a family of twelve children, four sons and eight daughters, born to John Wallace and Florence Adelle (McGinley) Rigg. There are nine of the children yet living. Father Rigg is a native of New Castle, Pennsylvania, the old Keystone state, and was born August 28, 1846. He is now a resident of Porter township, Porter county, Indiana. He was about twelve years of age when he came with his parents to Indiana, and this state has been his home ever since. He has lived the life of an agriculturist, and was educated in the public schools. He has been a very successful business man in his life's work. Politically he is a Republican. Mother Rigg is a native of Ohio and she was born August 18, 1855. She was a little maiden when she became a resident of Indiana, with her parents. Both father and mother Rigg have lived exemplary lives and reared a family of children to honorable und upright lives.

Mr. James Rigg, the subject of this review, was reared on his father's estate as an agriculturist. He received a good education, getting his diploma from the public schools in the class of 1892, and he spent two years in the city schools of Valparaiso. He chose agriculture as his life work. He wedded Miss Edna E. Ludington January 30, 1901, and two children have graced this marriage, a son and a daughter. The little son survives. The baby is Lawrence L. and is the sunshine of this happy home. Mrs. Rigg is a native of Porter county, Indiana, and was born September 20, 1881. She is the eldest of seven children, four sons and three daughters, born to James and Lovina (Sheffield) Ludington. Mrs. Rigg is the eldest. The next, Ross, is a resident of Porter township, is an agriculturist and resides with his mother in the old homestead. He wedded Miss Blanche Ethel Rigg and they have one son, Russell R. Martha, the youngest, lives at home. Father Ludington died December 14, 1905. Mrs. Rigg has received a good education, being a graduate in the class of 1896 in the public schools and she spent one year in the city schools of Valparaiso, Indiana. When this young couple began life they rented one of his father's farms for two years and spent five years as renters in Union township. Mr. Rigg has been an industrious young man and has been ably aided by his estimable wife. In 1908 he purchased their present beautiful farm of eighty acres, which has excellent improvements, a modern residence and neat and well-kept grounds. It lies on the N. and S. highway and is admirably adapted to the culture of all kinds of cereals and is known as "The Maple Lawn Farm." It lies three miles east of the court house in the city of Valparaiso. Mr. Rigg is the eldest. The next, Ross, is a resident of Porter township, is an selected as a delegate to his county conventions to represent his people's interests.

Mr. and Mrs. Rigg believe in good schools and will do all they can to give their little son the benefits of a good education. They are young people who believe in enjoying life and in 1907 they took a trip to New Mexico. Fraternally Mr. Rigg is a member of Valparaiso Masonic Lodge, No. 137, and he is also a member, as is his wife, of the Eastern Star, No. 164.

Mr. and Mrs. Rigg are descendants of prominent families of Porter county, and it is with pleasure we present the above sketch to be preserved in the History of Porter County, Indiana.

[Note: Numerous grammar and typographical errors are contained in the original of this biography of James L. Rigg.]

Source: Lewis Publishing Company. 1912. History of Porter County, Indiana: A Narrative Account of its Historical Progress, its People and its Principal Interests. Chicago, Illinois: Lewis Publishing Company. 881 p.
Page(s) in Source: 524-527

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Biography transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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