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Biography of Samuel W. Bigham

Samuel W. Bigham, one of the most successful and best known farmers of the Potlatch country, living on American Ridge, four miles southwest of the picturesque and prosperous town of Kendrick, came to this locality in 1881 and took up government land, which he has transformed into one of the most desirable farms in this section of Idaho. He was born in Canada, July 24, 1842, and is of Irish descent, his grandfather, Andrew Bigham, having emigrated from the Emerald Isle to Canada at an early day. His son Thomas Bigham, the father of our subject, was born in what was then the town of York, but is now the city of Toronto, and having arrived at years of maturity married Miss Jane Davidson, a native of Ireland. In 1855 he removed with his family to Illinois, became a naturalized citizen of the United States, and when the great civil war was inaugurated he espoused the cause of the Union, enlisting in Company G, Fifty-eighth Illinois Infantry. When hostilities had ceased he returned to his Illinois home, where he remained until the fall of 1866, when he moved to Marysville, Marshall County, Kansas, where he remained until the fall of 1888, when he came to Idaho, locating in Moscow. There he passed the remainder of a well spent life, and he was called to his final rest September 15, 1897, at the age of eighty-three years. He was a man of much energy and industry, of sterling worth of character, a valued member of the Baptist church and a good and worthy citizen, enjoying the esteem of all who...

Biography of H. C. Bigham

H. C. Bigham is well known in financial circles of Washington County as cashier of the Citizens State Bank of Ramona and he is adding prestige to the institution by his efficiency in the discharge of his duties and his devotion to the interests entrusted to his care. He was born in Greene County, Illinois, October 19, 1873, his parents being Eli Thomas and Ann (Seely) Bigham, who were also natives of that state. Subsequently they removed to Indian Territory, settling on a farm on Rice creek, in Washington County, on the 20th of March, 1885. The father spent three years in developing that place and then removed to Oklahoma Territory, where he remained for two and a half years. On the expiration of that period he returned to Washington County, locating at McFall, which was then situated in the Cherokee Nation, and for four years there engaged in farming. He next went to Texas and upon his return took up his residence in Choctaw County, Oklahoma, where he spent his remaining years, passing away on the 17th of October, 1921. He had long survived his wife, whose demise occurred in 1884. A son, LeRoy P. Bigham, is a well known farmer of Choctaw County. H. C. Bigham remained with his father until twenty-one years of age, assisting him in his farming and stock raising operations, and in 1913 he turned his attention to financial pursuits. He became assistant cashier of the Citizens State Bank of Ramona and subsequently won promotion to the office of cashier, in which capacity he is now serving. He thoroughly understands the principles of...

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