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
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
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