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Biographical History of Pottawattamie County, Iowa

F. X. RISS, contractor and builder, No. 410 North Sixth street, Council Bluffs, is a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was born April 14, 1850, the son of Anthony and Anna Riss, who were of German descent. Mr. Riss remained in his native city until he was twelve years old. At that time, having lost his parents when he was quite young, he quitted Milwaukee and came to Council Bluffs with his uncle, Joseph Probstle, a harness-maker. With this uncle young Riss learned the trade of harness-making, and worked at it three years. Then he turned his attention to the carpenter's trade which was more congenial to his taste, and which he has since followed. He has assisted in the erection of many of the houses of Council Bluffs, and, in 1881, he commenced contracting and building for himself. He has owned several pieces of property, and selling, as opportunity offered. His annual business averages $5,000. Mr. Riss is a Republican.

In 1881 Mr. Riss wedded Mary Ryan, who was born March 13, 1859. By his second marriage he has three children, Nellie, Edward and Florence. The family are members of the Catholic Church. He is also a member of the Catholic Knights.

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