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Ringgold County Biographical Sketches

Biographical and Historical Record of Ringgold and Decatur Counties, Iowa
Lewis Publishing Company, 1887. pp. 316 - 319.


Andrew INGRAM, one of the leading stock dealers of Ringgold County, and one who, by his energy and perseverance, has contributed largely to its interests, came to Ringgold County from Monmouth, Warren County, Illinois, in 1869. He is a native of Scotland, born in Aberdeen, May 29, 1833. When he was eight years of age his parents, George and Jane (Smith) Ingram, immigrated to the United States, via Quebec, Canada, and were forty-two days in crossing the ocean in a sailing vessel. Landing at Quebec they proceeded via the lakes to Huron, and thence to Savannah, Ohio, where they lived a number of years, and where Andrew grew to manhood and was educated.

He remained with his parents until twenty-one years old, when he started out to commence the battle of life for himself. For several years he engaged in farming, teaching school during the winter, and then turned his attention to dealing in stock, on a small scale at first, as his means were limited. At that time he was living in Monmouth, Illinois, where he remained until 1869, when he came to Mt. Ayr, Iowa, and located in Ringgold County.

His first business in the county was to buy hogs and cattle and drive them, on foot, to Afton and Leon. He has kept steadily at this business until he is now one of the largest buyers and shippers in Southern Iowa. In no year does he ship less than seventy-five car-loads, often reaching as high as 125. He, in addition to his stock business, is one of the largest land-owners in the county, owning 1,000 acres, all well cultivated and well stocked.

For the past eleven years he has been connected with the dry-goods trade, a member of the firm of A. Ingram & Sons, which is under the direction of his son, A. O. Ingram. Mr. Ingram is an enterprising business man, and has contributed largely of his means toward the development and improvement of his adopted county. He has always been a strict temperance man, and has given his influence on the side of law and order.

He was married in 1854, to Miss Hester A. Haddix, a native of Virginia. They have two sons A. O. and Wilber B.

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