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Sharon McConnel,
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Boise G. Riggs

From "History of Idaho, The Gem of the Mountains," Vol. III, pg., 313-314. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co. Chicago, 1920.

Boise G. Riggs, of Emmett, has throughout his entire life been identified with ranching and stock raising interests. He was born February 26, 1865, being a native of the city whose name he bears. He is the second of the three living sons of late Henry C. Riggs, an honored pioneer settler of the state, who is mentioned elsewhere in this work. He has lived in Emmett or its vicinity since 1871, or from the time when he was six years of age, his parents removing from Boise to a homestead nine miles northwest of Emmett. Upon this place his boyhood and youth were passed and he assisted in the arduous task of developing the home which was a tract of wild land when it came into possession of the family. Throughout all the intervening years he has been known as a ranchman, as a cowboy or as a dealer in live stock, and what he has undertaken he has accomplished winning a substantial measure of success through the careful direction of his business affairs.

On the 8th of March, 1888, Mr. Riggs was married to Miss Clara Alice Jackson who was born in Daviess county, Missouri, April 21, 1867, and came to Idaho 1873 with her parents, John L. and Susanna (Garr) Jackson. Mrs. Riggs is sister of Mrs. Mary Ellen Davies, of Emmett, and she has several other sisters and brothers. To Mr. and Mrs. Riggs have been born five children: Mrs. Clara Kriezenbeck, Boise G., Mrs. Mona Bane, Mrs. Nellie Whiteside and Bernice M. The last named is now employed as a stenographer and is the only one at home, the rest having married and gone to homes of their own.

While Boise G. Riggs, as previously stated, was named for the city which his birthplace, Ada county, Idaho, was named in honor of his older sister, Ada Riggs, now deceased. In politics Mr. Riggs is a democrat and is chairman of the democratic central committee of Gem county. He served as deputy game ward of Idaho for two years, from April, 1917, until April, 1919. He belongs to the Loyal Order of Moose and the Modern Woodmen of America, and both he and wife are members of the Idaho Pioneers Society. He is a quiet, unassuming man whose interests are centered in his home and his family and who has put forth most earnest effort to provide for their welfare and promote their happiness.




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