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tical matters he is rather independent, supporting merit and the man, instead of party or creed. Mr. Orris has attained his present position of independence and influence entirely by industry and his own force of character, and bids fair to be actively identified with the business interests of Wilmore for many years to come.
VINCENT RIEG, an active republican and a Union soldier of the late Civil War, is a member of the firm of Rieg & Dumm, distillers of pure rye whiskey, at Carrolltown. He is a son of Francis and Josephine (Beiswinger) Rieg, and was born in Wurtemberg, Germany, November 25, 1844. Francis H. Rieg, father of Vincent, was born at Hirlehoven, Wurtemberg, Germany, August 11, 1811, and learned the trade of stonecutter, which he followed for many years. He came to Cumberland, Maryland, in 1851, and the next year came to Carroll township, Cambria county, in the eastern part of which be was one of the first settlers. He purchased a woodland tract and cleared out a farm, in connection with working at his trade on the Old Portage and Pennsylvania railroads. He was a republican in Europe, and on account of his part in the German troubles of 1848, had to flee to America. He was a Catholic, and died June 23, 1865, aged fifty-four years. He married Josephine Beiswinger, who is a native of Strasdorf, Wurtemberg, Germany, and is now in the eighty-third year of her age, residing with her daughter Mary in West Virginia. Their children were: Michael, of Cumberland, Maryland, employed as a section foreman on the railroad; Vincent, of Carrolltown; Conrad, Francis, Anthony, and Joseph, who are dead. Mary, wife of Vincent Kreyenbuhl of Leopold, Doddridge county, West Virginia;
John, a resident of Newtown, Kansas; and Peter, who is dead.
Vincent Rieg, at the age of fourteen years, went to Washington city, and learned the trade of marble cutter (having the honor of placing some of his work in the capitol and treasury of the United States). He followed his trade until April 24, 1864, when he enlisted in the Union service in Washington city, and drove an ammunition wagon in the Third division of the Ninth Army corps, and was transferred in December, 1864, to the Provisional division of the Twenty-fourth Army corps, from which he was discharged May 26, 1865, and in a short time came home, on account of his father's death, to manage the farm and take care of the family. He was engaged alone in farming up to 1878, when he combined huckstering with it, and five years later quit huckstering to follow bridge-building for three years. At the end of that time, in 1889, he was appointed as government gauger and store-keeper in the Twenty-third internal revenue district, and four years later resigned in order to form a partnership with John W. Dumm, under the firm name of Rieg & Dumm, for the purpose of engaging in the distilling business at Carrolltown. They succeeded Mrs. Ellen Williams, in the proprietorship of the distillery there. They have a well equipped plant for their particular line of work, which is the distillation of pure rye whiskey. They have a large home trade, and fill many orders from a distance, which they receive through the mail.
On November 17, 1868, Mr. Rieg married Annie Christina Airhart, whose father, Peter Airhart, is a resident of Carroll township. To their union have been born eight children: Francis, now deceased; Suebert B., fireman on the Norfolk and Western railroad; Celestine,