I’m doing some family history research while managing the trove of family photos and documents so juuuuust leaving this right here so I can find it later…
Myrtle Datesman Triggs, my great grandmother
James M Triggs My Great Grandfather
James M Triggs. One of the men who have had a prominent part in upbuilding industries in Huntington and making good the motto of the city, is James M. Triggs, the founder and manager of the Majestic Furnace & Foundry Company. Mr. Triggs started this business in 1907, when the company was incorporated with a capital of $30,000 under the name of the Majestic Furnace & Foundry Company. It is a large and important industry. The plant is in a building one hundred and thirty two by one hundred and forty feet, two stories in height, and equipped with the latest machinery, all the power being electric motors. The payroll is distributed among some sixty employees, and the company manufacture furnaces, coal chutes, garbage receivers, and builders specialties. The output is distributed all over the United States. The business is on a solid basis of commercial success, and its stock holders enjoy large dividends on the capital invested.
Mr Triggs besides being manager is secretary and treasurer, and Peter Martin is vice president, while the president of the company is W. W. Hawley.
James M. Triggs was born in Jackson county, Michigan, June 4, 1871, representing an old family in that section of the state. His parents were William M. and Innocent (Fuller) Triggs. His youth was spent in his native country and while there he attended the common schools and subsequently hight school. His school days may be said to have ended when he was fourteen years old. His first business experience was in a hardware store in Morenci, Michigan, and later he went on the road as a traveling salesman representing a hardware house in Cleveland and covered the states of Ohio and Indiana for several years. Later he left the road in order to take the management of the hardware store in which he was first employed in Morenci, Michigan, and after a broad and varied experience in business affairs, he came to Huntington and established his present business. He was a leader and promoter of the enterprise, but associated with him some of the well known men of Huntington as stock holders. His business has more than justified the early anticipations as to its success, and no list of Huntington industries would be complete without mention of the Majestic Company.
In 1892 Mr Triggs marries Miss Myrtle Datesman, daughter of Jess Datesman of Morenci, Michigan. They are the parents of three children: Kenneth, Helen and Lawrence. Mr Triggs is affiliated with Amity Lodge, A.F. & A. M. and is popular in both business and social circles at Huntington, being always alive to any movement that concerns the welfare of the community. His home is at 1011 Bryon street.
From: A History of Huntington County Indiana Compiling editor Frank Sumner Bash, Vol. 1 The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York, 1914