Anna <I>Rankin</I> Riggs

Anna Rankin Riggs

Cynthiana, Harrison County, Kentucky, USA
Death 7 May 1908 (aged 73)
Butte, Silver Bow County, Montana, USA
Burial Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA
Plot Sec 3, Lot 79, Grave 8
Memorial ID 23637327 · View Source
Suggest Edits

Wife of Civil War veteran Henry Riggs.

"Woman Who Dies in Idaho Was President of Oregon W.C.T.U. and Founded Rescue Home.
Mrs. Anna R. Riggs, formerly of this city, and known throughout the Pacific Northwest as a philanthropist and temperance worker, died at Butte, Mont., Thursday, May 7, from an attack of pneumonia, aged 73 years. An adopted son, Paul, and three brothers, residing in Portland, M. B. Rankin. J. H. Rankin and C. N. Rankin. survive her. Her husband, captain H. M. Riggs, died in this city five years ago. Mrs. Riggs remains will be brought to Portland for burial. The funeral will probably be held in Grace Methodist Church, of which she was long an honored member.

Mrs. Riggs was born at Cyntheana, Ky., January 28, 1835. She came to Portland with her husband, Captain Riggs, in 1832. During the first eight years of her residence here she was president of the State W. C. T. U. of oregon, and gained more than local fame as a public speaker.

She founded a home for fallen girls, personally conducting it for 16 years. Through her efforts the State Legislature set aside appropriations for the maintenance of the home and unfortunates whom she assisted to arise from the depths of degradation.

During the past few years Mrs. Riggs served as superintendent of Crittenton Homes in Idaho and Montana, with headquarters at Butte, where she continued to devote the last of her active career to the betterment of humanity almost to the hour of her death.

Perhaps one of the greatest monuments left by Mrs. Riggs as a result of her tireless life led for others is a great building for women connected with the Wesleyan University at Bloomington, Ill. which she was instrumental in erecting in the late '70s. Between 1876 and 1881 she was financial secretary of the Women's Educational Association, when she secured the appropriation for the building in the Illinois city."

Date: Saturday, May 9, 1908
Paper: Oregonian (Portland, OR)
Page: 9

Sponsored by Ancestry


Plan a visit to River View Cemetery?



  • Created by: Randy Fletcher
  • Added: 29 Dec 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 23637327
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Anna Rankin Riggs (28 Jan 1835–7 May 1908), Find A Grave Memorial no. 23637327, citing River View Cemetery, Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA ; Maintained by Randy Fletcher (contributor 46798805) .