Among the well known merchants of Clay township, Carroll county, Indiana, is William Wiggs, who operates a general
store at Owasco.
Mr. Wiggs is a native of Clinton county, Indiana, having been born on January 25, 1877. He is the son of James
and Sarah (Cripe) Wiggs, the former of whom was born in the Buckeye state and the latter a native of Clinton county,
Indiana. They were married in Clinton county and had five children, three of whom are living, Anna, who was the
wife of H. L Black, died at Delphi in July, 1906; William, the subject of this sketch; Lillie, the wife of Jesse
Craig, of Bringhurst; Hester, the wife of Virgil Kingery, of Glendale, Arizona; and Effie, who was the wife of
Junius Spurgeon, of Cambria, Clinton county, died there in 191o. James Wiggs, the father of these children, died
in 1885 and his widow afterward married, in Clinton county, J. P. Ulery, and in 1891 moved to Clay township, Carroll
county, Indiana. To this second union have been born two sons, Harry, who is at home, and Walter, who lives in
James Wiggs was a farmer by occupation and followed that vocation in Clinton county, Indiana. He was a member of
the Christian church and a great worker in the church as was also his wife until her second marriage, when she
became a member of the Dunkard church. James Wiggs was a stanch Republican. Mrs. Sarah (Cripe) Wiggs Ulery died
on October 28, 1911.
William Wiggs was educated in the common schools of Clay township and at Pyrmont. He also attended the normal school
at. Danville, Indiana, and the Indiana Business College at Indianapolis. Since he was eight years old Mr. Wiggs
has been making his own way in the world. He worked in a store for two years in Indianapolis and for five years
at Pyrmont. He also worked two years in a general store in Owen county and seven years in a general store at Clarks
Hill, Tippecanoe county. He owned a half interest in the store, which was operated under the name of Wiggs &
Rusk. After selling out at Clarks Hill in 1908, he operated a farm for two years in Clay township, but in 1911
established a general store at Owasco.
On April 10, 1905, William Wiggs was married to Dora J. Fetterhoff, the daughter of William and Hannah (Garsh)
Fetterhoff, the former of whom was born on May 23, 1858, in Tippecanoe county, Indiana, and who was the son of
Samuel N and Sarah Ann (Steinbaugh) Fetterhoff, both of whom were natives of Preble county, Ohio. They were married
in Carroll county and had three children, all of whom are living, John M., who lives at Mulberry; William, the
father of Mrs. Wiggs, is a farmer; and Orlando, who lives in Clay township. Mr. Fetterhoff's mother died on September
7, 1865, in Clay township, and his father on August 7, 1907, in Clay township. His father had married Barbara Ann
Shaffer after the death of his first wife and to this second union were born three children, Ira E., of Madison
township; Cynthia Ella, who died at the age of six years; and Etta, the wife of Henry Snyder, of Madison township.
William Fetterhoff, who was educated in the district schools of Clay township, was married on August 7, 1879, to
Hannah Elizabeth Garsh, a daughter of Joseph and Mary Jane (Smith) Garth, the former of whom was born on the farm
that William Fetterhoff now owns and who was the son of Nicholas and Hannah (Jack) Gaish. Nicholas Garsh entered
this land from the government.
Joseph and Mary Jane (Smith) Garsh were the parents of three daughters, Hannah E., the wife of Mr. Fetterhoff;
Devora C., the wife of Matt A. Clark, of Pratt, Kansas; and Ida, who died at the age of three years. Joseph Garsh
died in 1864 and, after his death, his widow married Albert Campbell and to them were born three children.
William Fetterhoff and wife were the parents of eight children as follows: Clora J., the wife of William Wiggs;
Ora Edgar, who died at the age of eight months; Glenn Irvin, who died at the age of four years; Orpa Ann, who is
the wife of Emerson Hufford, of Clay township; Lynn Vernon, who lives at home; Georgie Edith, who married Benjamin
Metzger, of Huntington county, Indiana; Ren Williams and Rue Wilda, twins.
Mr. Fetterhoff's wife owns one' hundred and two and ninety seven hundredths acres of the old homestead, entered
by Nicholas Garsh from the government; also one hundred twenty four and eighty five hundredths acres, owned jointly
by Mr. and Mrs. Fetterhoff; and ninety acres owned by Mr. Fetterhoff himself. Mr. and Mrs. Fetterhoff are members
of the Missionary Baptist church. He is a stanch Republican and has served as justice of the peace of the township.
Mr. and Mrs. William Wiggs have been the parents of two children, Beulah, born on July 21, 1906 and Doris, May
Mr. and Mrs. William Wiggs are members of the Baptist church. Mr. Wiggs is a Democrat and is the present trustee
of Clay township, having been elected to the office in November, 1914. He is a member of the Modern Woodmen of
America at Ockley, and is postmaster at Owasco. In addition to his other interests Mr. Wiggs is station agent for
the railroad at Owasco.
History of Carroll County, Indiana
Its People, Industries and Institutions
By: John C. Odell
B. F. Bowen & Company
Carroll County, IN
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