Thomas F Riggle


THOMAS F. RIGGLE, is a farmer of Parks township, Armstrong county, and one of the substantial and respected residents of his locality. He is a son of Jacob and Susanna (Schall) Riggle, and his grandparents on both sides were of German descent.

Jacob Riggle, the father, was born in Westmoreland county, and was twice married, having six children by his first union. His second marriage was to Susanna Schall, a native of Armstrong county, Pa., and they had four children, namely: Gilmer, who died at the age of eight years; Thomas F.; James M., who lives on the old homestead in Parks township (he married Lula Speers, of Bethel township, Armstrong county, and they have four children, one son and three daughters, Hazel, Ethel, Audley and Elsie); and Catherine, who resides with her brother James. M.

Thomas F. Riggle was born Aug. 17, 1867, in Parks township, and there grew to manhood, receiving his education at the Higfield school there. At the age of nineteen years he left the farm and went to Apollo, this county, living there for five years, during which time he learned the trade of painter and paper hanger. From there he moved to Muncie, Ind., where he remained for a period of eight years, working in the sheet mill there. For the next ten years he was at Indiana Harbor, Ind., after which he was located at Gary, that State, for a short time. Returning to Pennsylvania, he bought the Samuel Brown farm in parks township, Armstrong county, upon which he has since resided. It contains sixty-three acres, and under his care is a good paying piece of agricultural property. He has fine fruit on the place.

On Sept. 7, 1893, Mr. Riggle was married to Anna J. Risher, daughter of Frank Risher, of Clarion county, and they have had two children: Floyd M., born April 2, 1895, and Glen William, born April 19, 1898. The family attend the Lutheran Church.

Frank Risher, Mrs. Riggle�s father is now living retired at Muncie, Ind., where he was formerly superintendent of the cold rolling department of the sheet mills. Later he was engaged in business there was a general merchant. He married Jane McClure, a native of Philadelphia, daughter of James and Martha (Peebles) McClure, Irish Presbyterians. Mr. and Mrs. Risher reside at No. 1220 South Elm street, Muncie. They have had a large family, seven sons and four daughters: Joseph J., Martha S., (wife of E. S. Secrist), Anna J. (Mrs. Riggle), Amanda Maude (wife of Rev. John Jones), Frances V., Thomas F., John C., Henry W., Daniel L., Margaret L., (who died when six months old) and Warren C. Mr. Risher�s father was also named Frank, and his mother�s maiden name Schaeffer.

Source: Page 700, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed September 1998 by Carl Waltenbaugh for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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