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The Mount Ayr Record-News, 1925

DEATH CLAIMS GOOD CITIZEN

A. A. HUGGINS, Pioneer Merchant Called -- Funeral Thursday.

After an illness of several months duration A. A. HUGGINS, pioneer merchant and one of the most highly respected citizens of Ringgold county, passed peacefully away at his home in west Mount Ayr Sunday envening about ten o'clock. Mr. HUGGINS' critical illness extended over a period of several months, but for a number of years his friends have noted a gradual decline. The death of Mr. HUGGINS marks the passing of a citizen who during all his mature life, up to a few years ago when he retired from active business, was a leading and influential business man of Mount Ayr, being engaged in the general mercantile business and later for many years in the implement business. He was a christian gentleman, upright in his dealings and and the influence of his life in the community was ever exerted for good. A man of rigid honesty, he commanded respect and confidence. He had lived the allotted period of three score years and ten and throughout his life, from young manhood until called to his reward, was a faithful and devoted member of the Methodist church. At his death the community bows in reverance. He is survived by his wife and one son, Asa HUGGINS of Berkeley, Calif.

Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the Methodist church and will be conducted by the pastor, Rev. Jay KIRKENDALL. The interment will be in Rose Hill cemetery.

OBITUARY - A. A. HUGGINS

Adolphus Alexander HUGGINS was born in Miami county, Ohio, December 27, 1854, and died at his home in Mount Ayr Sunday evening, October 25, 1925. He was the son of J. W. and Rebecca HUGGINS. He moved with his parents to Ottumwa in 1860, where his father was engaged in business. The father became interested in a store in Mount Ayr before moving here to make this his city home, the firm name being Huggins and Perkins. The family arrived in Mount Ayr in 1875, the subject of this sketch being twenty-one years old at that time.

Mr. HUGGINS was married to Ida KINSELL, December 26, 1888, who died a few years later. To this union was born one son, Asa W. HUGGINS, now of Berkley, Calif. Mr. HUGGINS was again married to Miss Lou RITZ on March 26, 1901, who with the son survives him.

Mr. HUGGINS has been identified with the business interests of Mount Ayr for over forty years. He was first associated with his father in the mercantile business and afterwards became a member of the firm of Huggins & Saville. In later years he was engaged in the harness and implement business.

He was converted in 1875 during the revival meetings conducted by Evangalist WILSON under the pastorate of Rev. P. J. VOLLMER and united with the the Methodist church. He has been an active and faithful member of that church ever since.

The funeral services were conducted by his pastor, Rev. Jay KIRKENDALL from the Methodist church on Thursday afternoon. [Interment at Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa.]

NOTE: Ida Elizabeth (KINSELL), first wife of A. A. HUGGINS, was born on February 28, 1855, and died on January 1897 with interment at Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa. A. A.'s second wife, Lou (RITZ) HUGGINS was born on December 16, 1858, and died December 31, 1930 with interment at Rose Hill Cemetery.

Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, 2008

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