J. H. Biggerstaff, who was a successful insurance agent of Ceresco, was born in Olney, Illinois, August 5,1864,
of the marriage of William and Lucinda (Gladhart) Biggerstaff, the former of Scotch-Irish descent and the latter
a native of Switzerland. He attended the common schools until about nineteen years of age and then went to Leadville,
Colorado, whence he removed to Montana, where he worked in the smelters. He remained in the west, where he had
gone for his health, for about ten years, after which he returned to Illinois and farmed there until 1908, in which
year he came to Ceresco, Nebraska, and engaged in the livery business for some time. Later he entered the insurance
field, in which he continued until his demise. He gained a gratifying measure of success and was recognized as
a capable business man.
On the 21st of September, 1894, Mr. Biggerstaff was united in marriage to Miss Jessie Maude Richards, a daughter
of William and Esther (Rowe) Richards, both of whom are still living in Illinois. To this union were born five
children: Inez, who is teaching school in Ceresco; and Everett, Frederick, Dorothy and Gladys, all attending school.
Mr. Biggerstaff was a democrat but at times voted independently, believing that the fitness of the candidate was
of more importance than his political affiliation. His religious faith was that of the Methodist church, to which
he belonged, and fraternally he was a Mason and a Modern Woodman. His death, which occurred on the 8th of April,
1915, was a loss to his community and was deeply regretted. He was. a man of many fine qualities and gained the
sincere friendship of those with whom he was intimately associated. Mrs. Biggerstaff is a Member of the Methodist
church and of the Ladies Aid Society and is also identified with the Eastern Star.
Past and Present Saunders County, Nebraska
A Record of Settlement, Organization,
Progress and Achievement
Charles Perky Supervising Editor
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Saunders County, NE
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