A. C. HILLIGOSS, a prominent citizen of the town of Montana, Labette county, Kansas, is a veteran of the Civil War, and bears an honorable record for service in that struggle. He was born in Fayette county, Indiana, in 1847, and is a son of R. A. Hilligoss.
R. A. Hilligoss was born in Kentucky, and became a minister of the Gospel. He was united in marriage with Elizabeth Justice, a native of Kentucky, and they reared three children, as follows: A. C., the subject of this sketch; Frank L.; and Lila.
A. C. Hilligoss attended school until 1862, when he enlisted in Company I, 7th Reg., Ind. Vol. Inf. He served with his regiment for five months, and then reenlisted in the 124th Reg., Ind. Vol. Inf., in which he served until the close of the war, under Colonel Burgess. He participated in the battles of Stone River, Franklin, Peach Tree Creek, and the sieges of Atlanta and Fort Fisher. After the war he returned to Indiana and attended school for one year. He came to Kansas on September 23, 1869, and located in Crawford county where he resided until 1874. In that year he removed to Howard county, Kansas, and was engaged in agricultural pursuits until 1891. He served as under-sheriff there for two years, and was county clerk from 1883 until 1887. He came to Labette county, located in Montana, Montana township, in 1891, and has since made his home here. He built his present fine residence in 1898, - one of the most attractive homes of the town. He also owns two substantial business blocks in Montana. He is a man of good business ability and many fine qualities, and has many warm friends.
Mr. Hilligoss was united in matrimony with Nellie J. Wolverton, who was born in Montana township. By a previous marriage with BeIle Mizeley, of Iowa, he had four children, namely: Dolly; Charles, a farmer and stock raiser, of Montana township; William, a farmer in Kansas; and Lila, who lives at home. Politically, he is a stanch supporter of the principles of the Republican party. He is a member of Stone River Post, No. 74, G. A. R. Fraternally, he is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America; and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. In religious views, the family favor the M. E. church.
Transcribed from History of Labette County, Kansas and its Representative Citizens, ed. & comp. by Hon. Nelson Case. Pub. by Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, Ill. 1901
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