Gertrude Riggs

April 1879–30 October 1935 (Age 56)
Mahaska, Iowa, United States

The Life of Gertrude

When Gertrude Riggs was born in April 1879, in Mahaska, Iowa, United States, her father, Alfred Sanford Riggs, was 47 and her mother, Frances Varnelia Armstrong, was 45. She married George Washington Middlecoff on 26 June 1901, in Columbia Township, Wapello, Iowa, United States. She lived in Columbia Township, Wapello, Iowa, United States in 1900 and Dockton, King, Washington, United States in 1930. She died on 30 October 1935, in Seattle, King, Washington, United States, at the age of 56, and was buried in Vashon Island Cemetery, Vashon, King, Washington, United States.

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George Washington Middlecoff
Gertrude Riggs
Marriage: 26 June 1901

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    George Washington Middlecoff



26 June 1901
Columbia Township, Wapello, Iowa, United States

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World Events (8)

1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 2

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.
1884 · There is now a Capital Building

Age 5

The capitol building in Des Moines originally had a budget of $1,500,000 but complications arose because of the need of a redesign. The building was dedicated on January 17, 1884, but it wasn’t completed until 1886. On January 4, 1904, a fire started and swept through the areas that housed the Supreme Court and Iowa House of Representatives. A major restoration was performed and documented, with the addition of electrical lighting, elevators, and a telephone system. By the early 1980s, the sandstone exterior of the Capitol had started deteriorating and prompted the installation of canopies to protect pedestrians from falling rubble. The entire reconstruction process took around 18 years to complete.
1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 17

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.

Name Meaning

Northern English: topographic name for someone who lived on or by a ridge, Old Norse hryggr. Compare Ridge .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Gertrude Middlecroff in household of George Middlecroff, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Gertrude Riggs in household of Alfred F Riggs, "Iowa State Census, 1885"
  • Gertrude Riggs in household of A S Riggs, "Iowa State Census, 1895"

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