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Transcribed biography of John A. Sigler

JOHN A. SIGLER. The connection of John A. Sigler with the farming and stock raising interests of Jasper County has made him widely known among the citizens of this section and is one of those who has done much to advance the great growth and development in the county during the past forty years. His best work has been done either in merchandising or in managing the soil and looking after live stock, and he is now regarded as one of the most substantial of the older residents of Jasper County. His home is at DeMotte, and in that section of Jasper County his name is too familiar to require extended introduction.

While his home for many years has been on the south side of the Kankakee River, he was born to the north of that stream in Lake County, Indiana, August 21, 1846, a son of Eli and Mary (Cornish) Sigler. The family are of German stock. Both parents died at Hebron in Porter County, and are laid to rest there. Four of their eight children are still living. Eli Sigler was for many years a merchant at Hebron. In politics he was a republican, but made no effort to gain election to any office. His wife was very much interested in the Methodist Episcopal Church.

John A. Sigler is one of the youngest veterans of the great Civil war. Only a boy at the time, he enlisted in January, 1864, in Company I of the Fifth Indiana Cavalry, and subsequently was made a member of the Sixth Cavalry. He was in service about eighteen months, participated in some of the most sterling campaigns which brought to a triumphant conclusion the great conflict between the North and the South, and was finally mustered out at Indianapolis in August, 1865. In the meantime he had attended the local schools, and not long after the war he established a general store at Kouts Station. He was also connected with the hardware business at Hebron several years, but in 1873 moved to Jasper County, and bought a quarter section of land from Judge Thompson. Selling that, he then lived in Kansas for four years, but returning to Indiana established his new home on land situated a mile and a half west of DeMotte. He finally sold that, and has since lived in the Village of DeMotte, near which place he owns 240 acres, while his wife has forty acres. Most of this land is now operated by renter, but at an earlier time Mr. Sigler was very successful in the breeding and raising of cattle, hogs, sheep and poultry. He is one of the men who have been prospered in Jasper County and his individual example has had much to do with other development along the same line.

In politics he is a Lincoln republican, but has had no aspirations for office. In August, 1869, he married Miss Allie M. Gregg.

Source: Hamilton, Lewis H., and William Darroch. 1916. A Standard History of Jasper and Newton Counties, Indiana. Volume II. Chicago, Illinois: Lewis Publishing Company. 780 p.
Page(s) in Source: 661-662

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