"Richard Rivers, of the Township of Carrick, is the son of Richard Rivers, Sr., who emigrated from Berkshire, England (where Richard, Jr., was born in 1825), and settled near Woodstock, Ont., in 1834. The family remained there till 1855, when they came to the Township of Carrick and located 200 acres of land on the “Elora” Road, which still comprises the Rivers’ homestead, and is now one of the finest stock and grain farms in the Province of Ontario.
Mr. Rivers has taken a leading stand among our advanced agriculturists for many years, and has assisted by influence and example all movements tending to the development of local and general agricultural interests. He was one of the chief organizers of the Northern Exhibition Society, in which he is a large shareholder, and of which he has held the highest office, that of President. His fields and stables contain some of the choicest specimens of fine-bred stock, including short-horn cattle, and sheep and pigs of the most approved grades.
Though Mr. Rivers, has never sought political or municipal honors, he takes an intelligent interest and active participation in all matters of public concern, and is one of the most energetic, at the same time most liberal, advocates of those particular “platforms” which present themselves to him as being of the “greatest number,” irrespective of any selfish or personal objects. Mr. Rivers is also looked upon as a thoroughgoing business man, and possesses the highest respect of all classes of his fellow citizens."
Belden 1880 Atlas of the County of Bruce