Fund Est. 2002
Mr. James Briggs, Jr., a ’43 Harvard graduate, was formerly the C.E.O. of the Bank of Geneva. Jim also served as an ACCFoundation Board member and Finance committee chair.
Mrs. Sara (Sink) Briggs graduated from Michigan State University with her degree in education. Sara taught for several years at the Geneva elementary school. Together, Jim and Sara had four sons (John, Richard, Andrew, and Christopher), two granddaughters, and one step-grandson. Sharing their love of travel and music, Jim and Sara continued the long-lived family tradition of being very active with community service.
Jim's father, Mr. James Briggs, Sr., was Geneva’s oldest businessman in point of continuous years of service. He served the Bank of Geneva for 53 years and was its longest-term employee. He was employed in 1912 until his death in 1965. Also active in civic affairs, Mr. Briggs, Sr., served many years on the Adams County Memorial Hospital Board.
Surviving Jim Sr. was his wife Mary (Hoskinson) - please see John F. and Sadie (Hoskinson) Snow Heritage Fund - and two sons: William Briggs and James D., Jr. and four grandsons: John, Richard, Andrew, and Christopher.
Jim Sr.'s father, Mr. Andrew G. Briggs, was a prominent Geneva banker and businessman. In 1946, he had been in business in Geneva for a longer period of time than any other individual merchant. In 1882, he bought the hardware stock of Geo. Donart, and, with son, Richard, operated the Briggs Hardware Store in Geneva. He and his wife, Margaret Day Briggs had two sons James Sr. and Richard.
The James and Sara Briggs Family Heritage Fund will be used to provide financial support to the organizations of their interest in this community.