Charles R Riddle


CHARLES R. RIDDLE, teamster and contractor, of Leechburg, was born in Allegheny county, July 11, 1858, son of John and Margaret (Porter) Riddle.

Mr. Riddle�s paternal grandfather was born at Baltimore, Md., and became an early settler of Pittsburgh, where he located in 1811. By trade he was a painter, and followed that line of work until his death, which occurred when he was sixty-nine years of age.

John riddle was born in Pittsburgh in 1812, and in young manhood went to another location in Allegheny county, where later he purchased a fine farm. Here he followed agricultural pursuits until he sold and went to Butler county, where he bought fifty acres of land for $1,100. Within six years he sold this same property for $7,000, as oil had been discovered in the neighborhood. In 1885 he located in Armstrong county, near Freeport, where he bought still another farm, of eighty-three acres, for which he paid $6,819. On this property he remained until his death, which occurred in 1890. He is buried at Freeport. His wife was a daughter of William Porter, of Westmoreland county, Pa. Mr. and Mrs. Riddle had children as follows: Elizabeth, wife of Thomas McKinney, of Butler county; Charles R.; Margaret, deceased; and John B.; deceased. John Riddle was a man well and favorably known wherever he lived, and he left an honorable name to his children.

Charles R. Riddle attended public school in Butler and Armstrong counties, and was brought up amid agricultural surroundings. He lived with his father until he was twenty-three years old, when he began business for himself. At his father�s death Mr. Riddle bought the homestead, near Freeport, but later sold it. He has since then been engaged in teaming and farming. In September, 1896, he located at Leechburg, where he bought a livery business, which he conducted in conjunction with his other lines for four and a half years. For some time thereafter he was in furniture and undertaking business, being a graduate of the Barnes College and the Pittsburgh College of Embalming. He is also half owner in an undertaking business at Coalport, Indiana Co., Pa., but devotes the greater part of his time to his Leechburg interests. He owns three teams which are kept busy all the time, and he is a leader in his line in the borough.

Mr. Riddle married Annie Furry, daughter of John Furry, who saw active service in the Civil war, and was killed during his term of enlistment. Mr. and Mrs. Riddle have had the following children: Myrtle; Ida, who married David _______; Frank, who married Merna Klingensmith; Ralph, and Elizabeth. Mr. Riddle is a Republican, and served the borough of Leechburg as councilman for three years. The Presbyterian Church holds his membership. Fraternally he belongs to the Odd Fellows, the Elks (local lodge) and the Woodmen of the world.

Source: Page 941, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed November 1998 by Kathy Zagorac for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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