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Title: Herman W. Briggs
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Well directed efforts in the practical affairs of life and his capable management of his fine farms in Jordan, Pine, Liberty and Warren townships, Warren county, have brought a well deserved prosperity to Herman W. Briggs, whose career demonstrates forcibly what may be accomplished by any man of energy and ambition who is not afraid to work and has the perseverance to continue his labors in the face of any discouragements which may seem to arise. In all the relations of life he has commanded the respect and confidence of those with whom he has been brought into contact and a biographical history of this locality would need to contain his record should it profess to be complete.

The parents of the subject are John H. and Helena (Van Reed) Briggs. The Briggs family is an old and well known one in this part of Indiana, the paternal grandfather, Alexander Briggs, having lived for many years and died in Warren county. Hohn H. Briggs was born January 29, 1848, in Warren county, Indiana, and his death occurred on August 27, 1908. The subject's mother, who now makes her home with him, was born in Warren county on March 13, 1852. The father owned fifteen hundred acres of good Warren county land and he always devoted his efforts to general farming and stock raising, in which he was eminently successful. To him and his wife were born two children, the subject of this sketch and Maud, who is deceased.

Herman W. Briggs was born on October 5, 1873, in Warren county. He attended the common and high schools, supplementing this preliminary study by attendance at Purdue and DePauw Universities, thus receiving a broad and liberal education. He has devoted himself assiduously to the management of the paternal acres, the entired control of which, since his father's death, has fallen upon his shoulders. He is now the owner of seventeen hundred acres of as fine land as can be found in this section of the state, the land lying in Jordan, Pine, Liberty and Warren townships. Possessing good executive ability and the faculty of looking after details easily, he has already demonstrated an unusual power of administration, and he is perpetuating the record of success which his father inauguarated. Practically all of the land is under cultivation and a diversified system of farming is carried on, proper attention also being given to the raising of live stock, which has been found to be a very profitable source of income. Mr. Briggs is exceptionally well equipped for life's duties and is making an excellent record in and it would be hard to find one more scientific, a part of his education having been along specific lines in which he is now interested in a business way.

On November 22, 1899, Mr. Briggs was married to Louise Reed, who was born in Fountain county, Indiana, on August 16, 1877, the daughter of Joseph and Emma (Coggins) Reed. Mrs. Briggs, who was a lady of unusual qualities of character and who enjoyed the esteem of a large cricle of friends, passed to the silent land on January 16, 1912. In her girlhood she had received a good common school education and later took special training at Coates College.

Politically, Mr. Briggs is a Republican, but has never sought public office, though at all times taking an intelligent interest in public affairs. Religiously, he is a member of the Presbyterian church, to the support of which society he gives liberally. Fraternally, he is a member of the lodge of Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks at Attica. He is also a Free and Accepted Mason, having attained to the thirty-second degree in the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite at Indianapolis. Personally, Mr. Briggs is genial and unassuming and easily approachable, so that he has easily won friends, who are in number as his acquaintances.


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Date: 1/1/1913
Origin: Past and Present of Fountain and Warren Counties Indiana
Author: Thomas A. Clifton, Editor
Record ID: 00001168
Type: Book
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Entered By: Leslie J. Rice

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