Biographical Sketch of
Richard J. Cire
History of Cass County, Illinois
Edited by William Henry Perrin
Published by O. L. Baskin & Co. Historical Publishers, Chicago, 1882.
Reprinted in 1968 in its in entirety as part of the
Sesquicentennial History of Cass County, Illinois
Edited by Virgil M. Dowdall
RICHARD J. CIRE, merchant, Arenzville; was born in Arenzville, July 20, 1852; son of John L. and Catherina (Hamm) Cire, natives of Prussia, and parents of nine children. He received his education in Arenzville, afterward taking a business cource in the Jacksonville Business College, of which institution he is a graduate. He then clerked in his father's store in Arenzville for some time, and afterward devoted his attention to farming. For the past two years he has carried on a general merchandising business in Arenzville, and he has been postmaster there and still holds that office. He is at present, and has been for some time, Town Treasurer, and also Township Treasurer. In Arenzville, Feb. 25, 1877, he married Mary E. Bridgman, who was born in Concord, Morgan Co., Ill., Aug. 2, 1856; daughter of William F. and Elizabeth J. Bridgman. They have one child, Edna G., born Feb. 24, 1878. He is a Republican, and a member of Lodge No. 481, I. O. O. F., in Arenzville.
(page 317, Perrin's History of Cass County, Illinois)