Josiah Riffle. The reputation of a community is dependent almost wholly upon the character of its inhabitants. Industrious, law-abiding people give to a locality the reputation which they themselves have created. The village of Gladstone is among the most thrifty in Morgan County, and among its most useful and foremost citizens is the subject of this sketch. Born in Cambria County, Pa., in the year 1815, Josiah Rifiie has endeavored to live the life of a man whose record is one well worthy of emulation. He immigrated to Missouri in the year 1866, and by the practice of economy and industry has secured a sufficient of this world's goods to enable him to live in comfort through his declining years. Besides a fairly improved farm, he owns a good store at Gladstone, and also a saw mill. A large family of children have been born to him and wife, and these are all happily married and reside in the same neighborhood as their parents.
History of Cole, Moniteau, Morgan, Benton, Miller, Maries and Osage Counties, Missouri, Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1889.