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    JOHN A. WIRRIG, owner of ninety-one and one-half acres of excellent land, situated two miles east of Piqua, was born in Warren County, Ohio, October 28, 1850, but has lived in Spring Creek Township, Miami County, almost all his life.

    Baltzer Wirrig, father of John A., was born in France and was thirty-six years of age when he came to America. For a time he worked as a wheelwright and carpenter in New York coming then to Cincinnati, where he worked five years as miller and millwright for the Shakers, in Warren County, Ohio. He made a trip that covered two years to the mining regions of California, but in September, 1868, bought the farm now owned by his son, John A., and moved on it in March 1869. He died on this farm June 12, 1872. He married Margaretha Graf, a native of Bavaria, Germany, who was living in Cincinnati at that time. They had nine children and the four survivors are: Mary, Mrs. Knopple, residing at Dayton; John A.; Casper, residing at New Albany, Indiana; and Anna, residing at Dayton.

    John A. Wirrig was just two years old when his parents came to Spring Creek Township, and here he attended school through his boyhood. For about four years he worked on, the Northwestern Railroad near Chicago and then returned to Miami County and followed farming at different points until I893. He purchased the homestead in 1898, and has been engaged in its cultivation and improvement ever since. He has greatly improved the place and has erected almost all of the substantial buildings now standing.

    Mr. Wirrig was married at Chicago, May 19, 1874, to Miss Agnes Heuring, a daughter of John Heuring, of German extraction. They have had the following children: Joseph, who married Minnie Weingart, has three children-Helen, Ralph and Hilda; George C., who lives in Iowa; Karl, who resides at home; Anna, who lives in a Western State; Edward, who married Carlotta Hickey, lives in Pittsburg; Minnie and August, both reside at home; and William, who lives in Iowa. Mr. Wirrig and wife are members of the Catholic Church at Piqua. In his political views he is a Democrat.

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