Ringgold County Biographical Sketches
Biographical and Historical Record of Ringgold and Decatur Counties, Iowa
Lewis Publishing Company, 1887. p. 313.
"John ARCHBALD, one of the prosperous stock-raisers of Tingley
Township, and a practical farmer, was born in Rochester, New York, March 17, 1835, a son of James
Archbald. When he was an infant he was taken by his parents to Will County, Illinois, there he grew
to manhood, being reared to agricultural
pursuits, receiving his education in the common schools of that county. On attaining his majority he
commenced life on his own account, beginning without means, but having a stout heart and a
determination to succeed.
He was married in 1860 to Miss Anna Price, of Will County, Illinois, and
they are the parents of ten children, five sons and five daughters - James, Lewis, George, Frank,
Thomas, Mary, wife of William Olm; Sarah, Nettie, Anna and Ella, the four youngest daughters living
After his marriage Mr. Archbald bought a farm, on which he lived till 1869, when he
removed with his family to Ringgold County, Iowa, and the same fall located on the southeastern part
of section 36, Tingley Township, where he has since made his home, his residence being a large,
two-story frame building. Mr. Archbald has by his own industry and good management acquired his
present fine property, which consists of 538 acres of land, all in one body, though located in four
townships, and is one of the best farms for stock in the county, being well watered by a branch of
Grand River. All the improvements on the farm have been made by Mr. Archbald, which, at the time he
first settled, was raw prairie land. Since coming here he has become the
principal cattle and hog-raiser in Tingley Township, his cattle being thorough-bred, and his hogs of
the Poland-China grade. He also raises a few horses. He has a natural grove north of his house and
barn, which affords the best of protection for his stock in winter.
In politics Mr. Archbald is a
Republican, casting his first vote for John C. Fremont."
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