Upon the role of Allamakee county's honored dead appears the name of Peter Riser, who at the time of his death
in 1902 was one of the substantial agriculturists and large landowners of Lansing township. Although born across
the water, practically his entire life was spent in Iowa among whose pioneers he is numbered and to whose development
and progress he made important contributions through the years.
Mr. Riser was born in Switzerland, May 31, 1838, and when he was four years of age was brought to the United States
by his parents who established their home in Illinois. They there remained until their son was fourteen years of
age when they came to Iowa settling in Allamakee county in pioneer times. Here Peter Riser grew to manhood, aiding
in the clearing, opening and developing of the homestead and becoming a practical and able agriculturist. At the
age of twenty one he began his independent career, turning his attention to the occupation to which he had been
raised and winning success as a general farmer. Upon the death of his father he inherited a farm of one hundred
and twenty acres and upon this property continued to reside until his death, each year adding to his prosperity
and to the high regard in which he was held by his neighbors and friends. As circumstances justified he added to
his holdings, finally acquiring three hundred and sixty acres of land upon which he made substantial improvements,
erecting a large barn and all the necessary outbuildings and installing the needed farm equipment. The old log
cabin in which the family made their' home in the early days still stands upon the homestead, but the present residence
is a fine, modern brick structure erected some years ago.
In Allamakee county Mr. Riser was united in marriage to Miss Catherine Marti, who was born in Switzerland, February
4, 1844, a daughter of Henry and Catherine (Blumer) Marti, who came to the United States in 1853. They settled
in Allamakee county and here made their home until their death, the father passing away in 1671 as a result of
a stroke of paralysis suffered seventeen years before. Mr. and Mrs. Riser became the parents of the following children:
Marie Anna, who died October 17, 1871, when she was seven years of age; John Henry, who is engaged in farming near
New Albin, Iowa; George William, a farmer of Lansing township; Julius Edward, who passed away on January 10, 1900,
at the age of twenty eight; Emma, the wife of John Babler; and Philip and Barbara Catherine, both of whom live
Mr. Riser was ever stanch in his support of the republican party and although he never sought nor desired office
took an intelligent interest in community affairs and could always be relied upon to further progressive public
movements. He was public spirited and loyal in all matters of citizenship, cooperating heartily in those measures
and projects which had for their object the upbuilding and development of the county wherein he had so long resided.
Thus it was that at his death which occurred November 11, 1902, Allamakee county lost one of its representative
and valued citizens. Mrs. Riser survives her husband and makes her home on the farm, which is now conducted by
her son Philip. She is a member of the Methodist church to which her husband also belonged and is a lady whose
many excellent traits of heart and mind have won her the affection and esteem of all who know her.
Past and Present of Allamakee County, Iowa
A Record of Settlement, Organization, Progress and Achievemant
By: Ellery M. Hancock
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Allamakee County, IA
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