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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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I. C. Ridout.

I. C. Ridout is the owner of one hundred and sixty acres of land on section 7, Union township, which he cultivates with excellent success.  His birth occurred in Jasper county, Iowa, on the 22d of July, 1868, his parents being William S. and Malinda A. (Logsdon) Ridout, the former a native of Black Hawk county, Iowa, and the latter of Kentucky.  William S. Ridout enlisted for service in the Civil war while in Black Hawk county, joining the Fifth Iowa Infantry.  He ever proved a loyal and fearless soldier and had his right arm shot off in battle.  After the war he went to Jasper county, where his father, Isaac Ridout, a physician, had located while his son was in the army.  In 1880 he came to Adair county, Iowa, here making his home until he removed to the state of Washington, where both he and his wife passed away.  They be4came the parents of nine children, eight of whom still survive.

I. C. Ridout acquired his education in the common schools and remained under the parental roof until twenty-seven years of age, when he was married and established a home of his own.  Following that important event in his life he began farming in Adair county but at the end of four years removed to Washington.  After a year spent in that state, however, he returned to Iowa and for six years resided in Union county.  He then again came to Adair county, renting a farm of one hundred and sixty acres on section 7, Union township, which he has operated continuously to the present time and which is now in his possession.  He cultivates the cereals best adapted to soil and climate and also makes a specialty of raising and feeding stock, finding both branches of his business satisfactorily remunerative.

In 1895 Mr. Ridout was united in marriage to Miss Hannah B. Schweers, a native of Adair county, Iowa, and a daughter of John and Sarah (Peterson) Schweers, the former born in Germany and the latter in Ohio.  Our subject and his wife have two children, Claude C. and Maud M., now high-school students.

Mr. Ridout gives his political allegiance to the republican party and has done service in the interests of education as a school director.  His religious faith is indicated by his membership in the Christian church, to which his wife also belongs, and they enjoy the esteem and goodwill of all with whom they come in contact.



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