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Biographical and Historical Record of Ringgold and Decatur Counties, Iowa
Lewis Publishing Company, 1887.


Robert FIFE is a native of Ireland, born in County Tyrone, July 12, 1827, a son of Samuel and Mary A. FIFE, with whom he remained till attaining the age of twenty years. He then bade farewell to his native land, and embarked on a sailing vessel at Londonderry, and after a voyage of six weeks and three days landed in Philadelphia. A week after his arrival he went to Mercer County, Pennsylvania, where he was variously employed, remaining there till 1874. He then went to Clinton County, Ohio, where he spent two years, and in March, 1876, he came to Ringgold County, and settled on his present farm, on section 31, Liberty Township, where he has 220 acres of choice land, the greater part of which is under fine cultivation. Since making his home in Liberty Township he has devoted his time to agricultural pursuits, and in connection with his general farming he is raising some good stock of a high grade. Mr FIFE was married in 1856 to Miss Elizabeth WALLACE, a native of Massachusetts, but at the time of her marriage living in Mercer County, Pennsylvania, to which county her parents removed when she was a child. To Mr. and Mrs. FIFE have been born five children, of whom only three are living - Agnes, William M., and James P. Their daughter, Mary J., died at the age of fourteen years. Mr. FIFE and his family are members of the United Presbyterian church, of which he has served as trustee. Mr. FIFE is always interested in every enterprise which he deems of benefit to his county or township. He is one of the active and public-spirited men of this community, and a much-respected citizen.






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