JOHN R. KRIGER, farmer, section 34, Ashland Township, was born Sept. 19, 1842, in Hillsdale Co., Mich. His paents, Michael and Hannah (Carpenter) Kriger, were of German lineage and natives of New England. They became residents of Michigan in their youthful days, married here and settled in Newaygo County, in 1853.
Mr. Kriger was under the supervision of his parents until he reached his majority, and was married Feb. 26, 1863, to Ellen, daughter of Henry and Lucina (Strowbridge) Snow, natives of New York, and of New England ancestors. Mrs. Kriger was born in Cortland Co., N.Y., Oct. 20, 1845. She came to Tyrone, Kent Co., Mich., when she was 16 years old, and soon after became a domestic in the family of Michael Kriger, and operated in that capacity until she became the wife of one of the sons. The senior Kriger established the young couple on 80 acres of land joining the homestead. The farm was in its original unknoken, unimproved state, but Mr. Kriger had health, hope and an object in life, and manfully applied his resources to clearing and cultivating his property; and he now has more than one half of his landed estate in creditbale condition. Mr. Kriger is regarded as a practical, common-sense farmer, and both himself and wife are warmly esteemed in the community of which they are members. They belong to the M.E. Church, and Mr. Kriger is an earnest supporter of the Prohibition party. He has held the position of School Inspector, and is now acting as School Director.
Following is the record of the children born to the household: Melvin J., April 20, 1864; Lida E., Oct. 20, 1865; Emma C., March 2, 1868; Annie M., Oct. 12, 1873; Ernest M., May 21, 1876; Cilvia H., Sept. 16, 1871, died Oct. 3, 1872.