John Riess, a stock raiser who owns two hundred and fifty six acres of good land in English township, was born
in Iowa county on the 12th of January, 1861, of the marriage of George M. and Margaret (Biesnecker) Riess, both
natives of Germany. In 1857 they came to America and made their way to Iowa county, Iowa, locating upon the farm
in English township which is in the possession of their son John. The first residence of the family in the new
world was a log cabin with a clapboard roof and a puncheon floor and door, but later when material prosperity had
rewarded their labors they erected modern and commodious buildings. The parents continued to reside upon that farm
until called by death. To their union were born two children: David, who has passed away; and John, of this review.
The latter received his education in the public schools and remained at home with his parents, assuming charge
of the operation of the farm when he became of age. He now owns two hundred and fifty six acres of land on sections
29, 32 and 20, English township, and makes a specialty of raising and feeding high grade stock. As he has had much
experience in that line of work and understands the principles underlying successful stock raising, he is rewarded
by gratifying financial returns, his stock bringing a good price in the market.
Mr. Riess was married in 1893 to Miss Barbara A. Price, who was born in English township. Her parents were John
and Barbara (Bonneter) Price, both natives of Germany, who in 1857 came to America and located in English township,
Iowa county, Iowa. Both passed away in this county and their demise was mourned by many friends. To them were born
ten children, seven of whom survive. Mr. and Mrs. Riess have four children: Walter H., who is now attending high
school at North English; Raymond F.; Mildred; and Harold W.
Mr. Riess is a republican and has served as trustee and as a director of the school board. He is at present treasurer
of that body and keeps in close touch with the work of the school, seeking always to promote its advancement. He
is one of the directors of the Millersburg Savings Bank and is recognized as a man of sound business judgment.
Both he and his wife hold membership in the Evangelical church, whose teachings constitute the guiding principles
of their lives, and they are highly spoken of in their community.
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Iowa County, IA
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