Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing
Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",
published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
ISAAC RIGG, who resides about
two miles southwest from Fletcher, is one of the pioneers of Adams county
and has wrought with a display of industry and wisdom here since the days
of hard times and much deprivation. His estate consists of one-half
section and all under cultivation. It is well improved with barn,
other buildings, orchard, plenty of fine water and is a valuable place.
Mr. Rigg is in a favored locality and has a choice farm.
Isaac Rigg was born in Madison, Wisconsin,
on October 12, 1858, the son of John and Agnes (Bennett) Rigg, natives
of England. They came to America in 1856 and made settlement in Wisconsin,
where they dwelt two years. Then came the journey to Kansas, where
their home was until 1882. In that year they determined to see the
Evergreen State, and accordingly came to Washington and are now living
in Adams county. To this worthy couple, six children have been born,
named as follows, Sarah, Isaac, George, John, Eliza and William.
Isaac was educated in the common schools of Pottawatomie county, Kansas,
studying until he was nineteen years of age. Then he began the broader
studies of real life and since that time has wrought with display of energy
and wisdom. He worked on a farm for some time and then came west,
the year being 1881, and followed railroading and mining in Oregon.
The next year he came to Washington and in 1887, settlement was made in
Adams county. He took a homestead at once and gave his attention
to improving and developing the same. Later he added another quarter by
purchase and this comprises his estate today.
In 1895, Mr. Rigg married Miss Lillie M.,
daughter of Elliott and Elizabeth (Haliday) Rucker, natives of Illinois.
Later the parents removed to Missouri and now are dwelling in Whitman county,
Washington. Seven children were in their family, named as follows:
Lillie M., Laura, Laurance, Leonard, Myrtle B., Claud, and Leroy.
On November 18, 1899, Mr. Rigg was called to meet the death of his beloved
wife and she was sincerely mourned by a large circle of friends.
Mr. Rigg has always evinced a becoming interest
in the affairs of the community and politics, being allied with the Republicans.
He is a member of the M. W. A. and also belongs to the Christian church.
He has two children, David B., born March 27, 1897; and William D., born
February 21, 1899. The last named son is living with his grandparents
in Whitman county, while Master David is with his father.