COLUMBIA COUNTY, PA BIOGRAPHIES

ROARING CREEK TOWNSHIP

From "The History of Columbia and Mountour Counties"
Battle, 1887


 
Daniel W. RARIG, farmer, P. O. Mill Grove, was born in Roaringcreek Township, Columbia Co., Penn., September 1, 1848, a son of Daniel and Elizabeth (WITNER) RARIG, natives of Pennsylvania and of German descent. His paternal grandfather came from Germany and settled in Schuylill County, where he remained engaged in manufacturing shingels and farming until his death. His maternal grandfather came to Columbia County in the early part of the present century, and settled in Roaringcreek Township. Catawissa was then the nearest market, and he used to ride thither on horseback, taking his produce with him, receiving six cents per pound for butter. He owned a large tract of land and followed farming all his life. Our subject's father was born in Schuylkill County. After his marriage he moved to Columbia county, and bought a farm in this township, where he lived until his death, in June, 1874; his widow died in June, 1886. Our subject was reared on a farm and remained at home until he was married, when he worked one year at the carpenter's trade. In 1872 he moved to where he now resides and bought 100 acres, but now owns eighty-nine, having sold off the rest. He married, February 9, 1868, Mary E. HOFFMAN, who has borne him eight children: Henry, Elizabeth, Ulysses, Oscar, Ema, John W. S., Effie and Daisy May. Mr. and Mrs. RARIG are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He has served as county and State tax collector for eight years, school director for eight years, and road supervisor. Mr. RARIG is one of the prominent men of the county, and has been in office ever since he has been old enough to vote, which shows that he gives satisfaction as an office holder. He is the agent of the Buffalo Phosphate Company.("History of Columbia and Montour Counties Pennsylvania" Battle - 1887 pg. 552)

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