Van Gundy Family Tree

Notes for Hugh McFeeder RIGNEY


7/5/1900 Arthur, Bourbon Twp, Douglas Co, IL. In the census Hugh's occupation was printer, but he was actually the publisher of the Arthur Graphic-Clarion. He was 26, Ivy was 23 and they had 2 sons, Hugh P, 3, and Harold, 1.

1910 Same place. That year Hugh M, 36, was a proprietor of a retail book store and printing office. He had been married 14 years to Ivy, 33. The family had increased to include Hugh P, 13, Harold W, 11, and Horace D, 2.

1/19/1920 Village of Arthur, Bourbon Twp, Douglas Co, IL. By the next census Hugh M, 48, had lost his wife and changed careers to real estate dealer. He owned his home, free of mortgage, and the 2 sons were still at home, Hugh P, 22, and Harold, 21. They had taken over as publishers of the newspaper.

12/17/1925 The newspaper carried the following:

"Hugh M. Rigney Out for Democratic Nomination

Arthur, Dec 17-Moultrie county has another candidate in the field for the Democratic nomination for member of the Legislature in Hugh M. Rigney, publisher of the Arthur Graphic-Clarion.
Mr. Rigney's decision to enter the campaign is a result of the urgent solicitation of friends not only in his home county but in Piatt and Champaign, which counties are also a part of the 24th Senatorial district.
Mr. Rigney is a live newspaper man, well educated and alert in all matters pertaining to the welfare of the people.
As is generally understood there is only one Democrat to nominate and his nomination is equivalent to election; also that the one candidate, by a gentleman's agreement made several years ago, comes this year from Moultrie county. There will therefore be no candidate from either Piatt or Champaign county, although all three counties have a voice in saying who the nominee shall be."

4/2/1926 He invited newspaper publishers from Moultie, Piatt and Champaign counties to dinner at the Inman Hotel in Champaign in appreciation for the honorable mention in their papers during his campaign.

4/5/1930 Vine St, Arthur, Lowe Twp, Moultrie Co, IL. Hugh M, 56, told the census taker he married for the first time at age 21, second wife Lena H, 45, had married at 37. Hugh was editor of the home paper,owned his home which was valued at $7000 (a large amount for the day) and owned a radio as well. Lena was a private music teacher. Rooming there was 30 year old public school teacher, Fern Dale.

7/19/1931 He and his wife played in a golf tournament at the Sullivan Country Club.

As late as 1938 he was called "Congressman" by the local newspaper when he recommended the new post master for Mahomet, IL.

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