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Ringgold Record
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
January 17, 1911

DEATH of PETER DOZE

Peter DOZE passed away at the home of his daughter Mrs. Dr. MATHER, at Lamoni, [Decatur Co., Iowa] on Saturday evening, January 14, 1911, age 87 yrs last June. He was born in France.

Mr. DOZE was one of the first settlers of Ringgold County, having come as early as 1854 and participated in preliminary arrangements for organizing the county. The organic election took place on May 14, 1855 and Mr. DOZE was elected as the first sheriff of the county. He afterwards served as the general assessor for the county.

He had thirteen children and nine of them are still living.

Mrs. DOZE died about fifteen years ago and Mr. DOZE moved to Lamoni about 10 years ago.

He owned and lived on a farm in Washington township for several years and after that ran an agricultural implement house in Mount Ayr, Iowa, under the name of Peter DOZE and Company. He was a pushing farmer and businessman for those years.

As an officer Mr. DOZE was connected with the noted "DRIGGS and HALE Tragedy" of 1855 and getting them out of the county. They were removed to Kansas. He sold their property at public auction, consisting of three guns, sixteen steel traps and some other trumpery and the money was used toward the Indian removal.

Mr. DOZE was a striking character, and a peculiar personality, but in manners and general intercourse always a genial gentleman. He was of French extraction and had the bold heroic bearing of the pioneer life.

The incidents of his last years and days are unknown to us.

Through the politeness of Mr. J. E. DOZE we learn that Mr. DOZE was born in France June 10, 1821. He was brought to America when two-years-old and lived for a time in Kentucky and then in Ohio. He came to Ringgold County in 1854.

Two sons live in Canada, two sons live in Wyoming, one daughter lives in South Dakota, one daughter in Wyoming and one in Lamoni, Iowa and one daughter in Union County, Iowa. [One son lived in Creston, Union County, IA, making the 9 living children.]

The body was brought this morning to this city [Mt. Ayr, IA] accompanied by friends and laid by the side of his wife in Rose Hill Cemetery [Mount Ayr]. Rev. W. F. HARDAWAY conducted a brief service.

NOTE: Abigail DOZE, Peter's daughter, was married to Thomas Jefferson MILLER.

NOTE: DRIGGS and HALE went out hunting and HALE came back, stating that the Indians had killed DRIGGS. An investigation revealed that DRIGGS had been killed by a bullet which matched HALE'S ammunition. Although declared innocent, this led to the removal of the Indians residing in Ringgold County. Allegedly, HALE and DRIGGS' wife were intimate, leading up to DRIGGS' murder. HALE disappeared from Ringgold County for parts unknown a few years later.

Transcription & notes by Sharon R. Becker, May of 2010

To submit your Ringgold County obituaries, contact Sharon R. Becker at
srbecker@windstream.net.
Please include the word "Ringgold" in the subject line. Thank you.

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