MR. AND MRS. WILLIAM RIGGERT. When, after a prominent resident of a community has been called to his eternal resting, a work of this kind is compiled, it is only to be expected the surviving members of a family shall be prevailed upon to commemorate in this manner, the life of a man who has gone before. So a sketch of the life and achievements of the parties whose honored name heads this biography may stand as a memorial to them in the years to come. Mr. William RIGGERT, deceased, was one of the most prominent figures of his time in Reedsburg, and his widow is still active in community life.
Mr. RIGGERT was born March 18, 1852, at Stadolf, Province of Hanover, Germany, where his early life was spent. At the age of twenty-one, in 1877, Miss Louise LICHT; they had two son, Hugo and Bruno, the latter deceased. Mrs. RIGGERT died in 1890. During the first two years of his life in Reedsburg he lived with and worked for the late William STOLTE, Sr. He then went to Waukesha, Minn., where he remained five years, working in the mercantile business. Upon his return to Reedsburg, he engaged in that line, and so continued until 1894, when, disposing of his business, he entered the Citizen's Bank. Always a shrewd businessman, he was an able banker, and served the Citizens Bank for many years as cashier and later as president. He was instrumental in founding the State Bank of Loganville, of which institution he was also president. An energetic businessman, he early in his life won recognition for his ability, and for twenty-seven years served as a member of the board of trustees of the Sauk County Poor Farm, was a member of the library board from the time of its organization until a few months of his death over a period of twenty-two years. He was a member of the first city council elected under the city form of government. His death occurred at his home at 547 South Park Street, Reedsburg, Wis., Monday evening, Oct. 3, 1923, at the age of sixty-nine years.
On Dec. 15, 1891, Mr. RIGGERT was united in marriage to Miss Emma HUEBING, who survives him. This lady was born Aug. 19, 1867, in the town of Reedsburg, daughter of William and Catherine (KIPP) HUEBING. Her father was born June 20, 1843, a native of Hanover Province, Germany, a son of Hans Jurgan and Catherine HUEBING. In 1862 William HUEBING came to America, settling on a farm in the town of Reedsburg, where he spent his active years. On March 28, 1864, he married Catherine Dorothea KIPP. She was born in Barum, Germany, Dec. 16, 1845, her parents being Henry and Catherine (BAMEL) KIPP. The KIPP family came to America in 1854, locating, first, at Madison, and then on a farm in the town of Reedsburg, where Catherine grew to womanhood. Upon their marriage Mr. and Mrs. HUEBING took up residence on a farm south of Reedsburg, where they resided until 1892, when they moved into the city. Mr. HUEBING died Nov. 12, 1915; his wife, Dec. 9, 1925.
Mrs. RIGGERT (Emma HUEBBING) grew to womanhood in the town of Reedsburg, where she received her education, and resided until her marriage. Her life has been spent entirely in this community.
Mr. and Mrs. HUEBING were the parents of two children: Elda, born Aug. 23, 1894; married, July 12, 1922, Dr. THOMPSON, Kalamazoo, Michigan; they have two children, David, born April 19, 1923, and Frederic, born June 1, 1928; and Edwin Riggert, born Aug 22, 1900; married, Oct. 7, 1926, Pearl HIRSIG; they reside at Lake Geneva, Wis.
Submitted by Carol