At age 12, Higgins was in the Civil War as the 73rd Ohio drummer boy who served in 14 major battles, including Gettysburg. He came to Stillwater area in 1870. He was among the founding members of the Stillwater-Hastings Railroad and one of the first school board members.
The Washington County Courthouse featured him and my daughter, Captain Nicole Richard Ehrhardt, MD, US Army, in an exhibit called "From Bull Run to Bagdad." Their stories inspired many school-age youngsters who toured the exhibit. The Washington County Historic Society has lots of records of this Minnesota pioneer.
The descendants of JC Higgins have continued in his footsteps as they helped Minnesota incrementally from 1870 until today, as many families of pioneers have done. Our Minnesota legacy all started with my great-grandfather moving to Minnesota at age 21 from Chillicothe, Ohio.
~Ken Richard, White Bear Lake, MN