George P. Quiggin
George P. Quiggin, secretary of the Louisville and Cincinnati Packet Company, is one of the oldest river-traffic men in this vicinity. During the period of his identification with this work he has seen wrought many changes in river transportation, in addition to which he has kept a full and accurate account of river conditions, thus compiling a record of valuable information. His birth occurred in Newsburg, a town in the vicinity of Cleveland, Ohio, in 1843. There he was reared to manhood, acquiring his preliminary education in the common schools, supplemented by a course at Baldwin University.
In response to the call for volunteers in 1862, Mr. Quiggin enlisted in Company D, Eighty-fourth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and went to the front, where he remained for four months. Upon receiving his discharge he returned home and for a year, thereafter taught in a commercial college at Painsville, Ohio. In 1865 he came to Cincinnati, locating here in the middle of December. He subsequently accepted a clerkship with W. G. McCoy, who was agent for the Louisville & Nashville Railroad, and he was also connected with the United States Mail Line, the predecessor of the Louisville & Cincinnati Packet Company,
Having charge of the river traffic. About 1872 Mr. Quiggin became associated with the Cincinnati, Portsmouth, Big Sandy & Pomeroy Packet Company; then operating in connection with the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad. When this company purchased the Louisville & Cincinnati Packet Company. Mr. Quiggin joined their forces and in 1890 was elected secretary of the company, in which capacity he has ever since served.
For his wife Mr. Quiggin chose Florence Curtis, a daughter of Herschel Curtis of Cincinnati, and of this union there were born seven children, four of whom are living, namely; Walter, George, Minnie, the wife of Robert Carroll, of Dayton, Kentucky, and Bertha.
Fraternally he is affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, being a member of Magnolia Lodge, No. 83, I. O. O. F., of Cincinnati and was district deputy of the North Star Lodge of Newport, before transferring his membership. Mr. Quiggin is one of the most efficient traffic men in this vicinity, being thoroughly familiar with and fully informed on every phase of the business.
From History of Hamilton County, Ohio, Henry & Kate Ford, L. A. Williams & Co., Publishers, 1881