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Full text of "Past and present of Tippecanoe County, Indiana"

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DeHart, Richard P. 1832- 

1918, 
Past amd freseht of- 

Tippecanoe County, Indiana 



PAST A ND PRRSF.NT 



OF 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY 



INDIANA 



ILLUSTRATED 



VOLUME II 






B. F. BOWEN & COMPANY, PUBLISHERS 
'^'•^ INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA 



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INDEX 



Abdon, Joseph 751 

Abdon, Mary Jane "51 

Alexander, Robert 903 

Amstutz, William A 113:! 

Anderson, William H 1076 

Andre, Adam W lOGS 

Ankeny, Charles Howard 543 

Arnett, Arett C 765 

Arnold. Alba G 637 

Arthur. Joseph Charles 757 

B 

Baer, Lena M 1152 

Baird, Samuel Probasco 56S 

Baird, Zebulon 560 

Baker. Alvin Cornelius 1046 

Baker, Edward Elmore 10S2 

Baker, Moses 735 

Balentine, Abram 724 

Ball, James D 1070 

Ball, Cyrus 626 

Bals, Asa C 1208 

Balser, John 829 

Baines, Thomas Jefferson 572 

Bartholomew, John C 1156 

Bartholomew, William 1150 

Bart let t, Joseph Delmar 646 

Bauer, Thomas 631 

Baugher, Franklin George 7G2 

Bausman, Andrew 1048 

Beaucond, Joseph Benjamin 764 

Bennett. William 823 

Bergquist, Charles 781 

Blistain, Joseph 549 

Bohan, George W 822 

Born, Samuel 736 

Boswell. Edwin 821 

Bradshaw, Charles H 591 

Briney, Alexander 879 

Brockenbrough, Brown 926 

Brommer, John C 1043 



Brown. Louis 1094 

Bruce, George Lawson 662 

Buck, Milton 1161 

Buck, Samuel 1134 

Burditt, Daniel 843 

Burditt, Nancy 843 

Burkhalter, William Henry 1021 

Hurley, John F 759 

Burley , Mary A 759 

Burt, Thomas William 608 

Bush, John Stevens 784 

Bush, Ezra 7S5 

Bush, William 784 

Butler, William F 912 

Byers. Parker A 681 

Byers, William D 1216 

Byrne, Michael J 75G 

C 

Caldwell. Albert 731 

Caldwell. James H 730 

Caldwell, James Lindsey 730 

Campbell, John 1093 

Campbell, William S 1060 

Cann, John William 782 

Carter, James 1116 

Carter, Robert 1116 

Cartmill, David 997 

Chamberlin, David J 605 

Chamberlin, John E 605 

Chew, Joshua 901 

Christie. George Irving 953 

Clawson, Louis 1040 

Clayton. Mrs. Emeline 695 

Clayton. Thomas J 695 

Cleaver. Charles H 1136 

Cochel, Wilber A 1054 

Combs, James P 835 

Combs, Sarah P 83G 

•Conarroe, Thomas Xewell 978 

Cones, Francis Marion 1121 

Conn, Asahel B 98G 

Conrad, E. Parker 1074 



Coulter. Stanley 917 

Coyner, Martin P 971 

Crist, Charles Marsteller 999 

Crouch, Jeptha 1015 

Crouse. Alexander Hamilton CSo 

Crouse, .lohn W nSS 

Crouse, Simeon 587 

Crouse, William 585 

Cunningham. .lohn R lt)42 

D 

Davidson, Edward C 723 

Davidson, Judah 619 

Davidson. Robert P G18 

Davisson, William C 97(i 

Deibert, Jeremiah M 946 

DeLong, Mannow Albert 1096 

Dienhart. Jacob 919 

Doolittle, W. E 887 

Dorner, Frederick 565 

Downs, Andrew J 112S 

Dryer, Lyman Lewis 803 

Dryfus. Ferdinand 937 

Dry f us. Leopold S8S 

Duncan Electric Mant'g. Co 1214 

B 

Eckhart, Balsar 1065 

Etkhart. John C 1063 

Edwards, Jeremiah 832 

Ehresman, John H 1142 

Elliott, David 1053 

Elliott. Samuel Wilson 892 

Ellis, Joseph 979 

Ellis, Thomas 1084 

Ellis, Thomas P 980 

Erb, Frederick Henry. Jr 67G 

Evans. Herman H 771 

Everett, Frank B 981 

F 

Feldt. August G 1 ISG 

Field, Thomas W 691 

Fisher, Martin L 948 

Fisher. William J 808 

Flark. Hugh 580 

Flack. John 1120 

Flanagan, Daniel P 710 



Flupgel, Ernst J 1114 

Fokkemer. Charles V 649 

Foreman. Charles Preston 942 

Foresman. Bennett 1211 

Foresman. John P C93 

Foresman. William B 914 

Fottprall, B. F 1087 

Fowler Family 116u 

Fowler, James M 1171 

Frazer. Darius H 718 

Fretz, Daniel B 787 

G 

Gagen, John P 815 

Gay, James Madison 945 

Gay. John W 776 

Gay, Samuel 776 

Gaylord, Harrison 904 

Gladden Family 1193 

Gladden. Richard 1194 

Gladden. William 1194 

Gladden, William. Jr 1195 

Glaze, William 939 

Gobat, Frederick August 860 

Golden, Michael Joseph 1059 

Goldsberry, Peter Putnam 1090 

Goldsmith. Oliver C 844 

Goodrich. Silas 1197 

Gray, M. M 1069 

Gi eenburg, William F 1189 

Grubb, Lewis S 1187 

Gude. William G 906 

H 

Hammond. Edwin P 632 

Hanna.gan. Stephen J 861 

Harding. Charles Francis 1154 

Harshman. Isaiah 944 

Hassel. Conrad 830 

Hawk. Daniel 839 

Haywood, Enoch Francis 1209 

Haywood. George Price 533 

Henderson. Charles Haskell 696 

Henderson. Jones 696 

Herriman. William. Jr 930 

Hight, Robert Foster 584 

Hill, Aaron S 749 

Hill. John Allen 749 

Hinea, Charles Benjamin 648 



Hogan, Thomas W C9S 

Hooker, Brainard G(j4 

Hooker, Henry Cl4 

Howell, Robert Henry 988 

Hubertz, Edward 1127 

Hudlow, William B 92U 

Hunziker, Otto P 1222 

Hurst, James 1131 

J 

Jackson, Daniel 9liii 

Jackson, Ferdinand Cortez 11(18 

Jackson, Sylvester H 773 

Jackson, William Monholan 563 

Jacobs, Duane D 84ti 

Jamison, Albert R 708 

Jamison, Hugh Seabaugh 570 

Jester, Lewis X 880 

Jones, William J., Jr 957 

Jones, William Lyman 983 

Justice, Xoah 1130 

K 

Kern, Frank D 91G 

Kienly, Andrew 898 

Kile, John P 1078 

Kinimel, Frank 70G 

Kinimel, John 70G 

Kimmel. Louis 70G 

King, Warren R 628 

Koonse, Jeremiah Philip 741 

Koonse, Virginia P 742 

Kurtz, Charles 933 

L 

Lafayette Conservatory ot Music... 1152 

Lairy, M. M 720 

Latta, William C 951 

Lee, George W 1089 

LeGalley . Myron E 722 

Lehnert, Michael 1066 

Lentz. Moses A 1032 

Lesley, Calvin 1118 

Lesley, Daniel 1118 

Lewis, James D 114G 

Lewis, Robert 1147 

Lofland, William Alfred 598 

Lucas, William Kent C04 



Ludy, Llewellyn V 1058 

Lugar, Thomas Wilson 054 

Lugar, William G54 

Lyle, Thomas C80 

Lyle, Urban A 680 

Lyman, Edwin B 1205 

Lyman, Harry B 1203 

Mc 

MeCabe, James Earl 10C2 

MeCabe, Theodore 1202 

McClure, Lawrence James 1002 

McCorkle, Charles A 816 

McCorkle, John W 989 

McCormick, Owen 1141 

McCormick, Thomas Jefferson 11U9 

McCormick, William 1139 

McCoy, John 1192 

McCoy, Moraine 1191 

McDill, Charles 9G2 

McGrath. Robert Henry 766 

McKee, Thomas G 760 

McMahan. Adah 767 

McMillin. John K 1182 

M 

Macak, Henry 1045 

MacMullan, John W. T 1206 

Madden, Joseph 1088 

Marks, Thomas M 1019 

Masters. James 1145 

Masters, William G 1145 

May, Jacob 837 

Mayfield, A. M 1196 

Meharry, Greenleaf Xorton 969 

Mertz, Christian GOl 

Meyer, Frederick 993 

Mills, Daniel 806 

Mitchell, John W 610 

Mitchell, Josephine M 786 

Mitchell, Samuel L 928 

Mitchell, William C 777 

Moflitt, William Robinson 659 

Moore, Sarah A 834 

Moore, Thomas Maxwell 876 

Moore, William H 834 

Moore, William H. H 761 

Morehouse. Joseph Jennings 1105 

Morehouse, Levi J 1106 



Morgan. Lee Harry 5G2 

Motter, Thomas Seymour 1010 

Murdock, Charles 737 

Murdofk, Frederick 881 

Murdock, James 529 

Murdock, John 882 

Murdock, Samuel 531 

Murdock, William F 88G 

Murdock. William T 882 

Myers, Amos 994 

X 

Naylor, Isaac 90 

Neumann, Julius SC7 

.Newhard, Simon Peter 1028 

Newman, Christopher Columbus.... 824 

Newman, John H 824 

Newton, Doc 1 728 

Nisley, Oliver Morton Co2 

O 

Oglesbay . George H 9(i5 

Oglesbay, John P 965 

Ohl. Charles W '. 109S 

P 

Parker, Henry Arnold SIO 

Parks, George Daniel 827 

Parlon, Thomas 9(;7 

Paul, Alfred 804 

Paul, Monford .• . 799 

Paul. Reuben 799, 805 

Peirce, Charles H 54S 

Peirce, Martin Luther 540 

Peirce, Oliver Webster OSi; 

Peterson, Jonas A 930 

Pfrommer, George J 595 

Phillips, Morris Winfield 590 

Potter. William S 725 

Q 

Quaintance, Ellis 9S4 

R 

Hausch, Casper 992 

Rt'dinbo. John C F li:;s 



Reeves. James L 893 

Reeves, William 893 

Rentschler, Michael 1037 

Reser, Alva O G72 

Reser, Harvey 960 

Reule, Fred 754 

Roberts. William A 574 

Rochester. William King 712 

Rosebery, William J 714 

Rosser. John 1151 

Rosser. Walter C 1151 

S 

Sample, Henry Taylor CS8 

Sample. Robert W 592 

Sattler, John 871 

Sattler, George Henry 8C9 

Schnaible, John 5(i7 

Schnaible, Matt 582 

Schnaible, Michael 589 

Schultz, Anton 820 

Schultz, Charles Henry 9G1 

Schultz-Boswell Drug Company 820 

Schumm. George Michael 742 

Sense. Harry C 704 

Sharpe, Burton Crouse 1030 

Shaw, James B C78 

Shearman, Albert Eugene 745 

Shearman. Willett H 74G 

Shelby, George B 803 

Sheltmire, William 818 

Shoup, A. W 1 104 

Simison, Barney 1 184 

Simison, David Parker 1024 

Simison. Denny Boyd 1008 

Simison, John Franklin 973 

Simms, Daniel W 040 

Skinner, John Harrison 1079 

Skinner, John W 752 

Slipher, David 1218 

Smith, Arthur Bessey 1004 

Smith, Benjamin Wilson S4S 

Smith. W'illiam Werden 789 

Smock. Richard M 1174 

Snideman. Harry Madison OC<S 

Snoddy, Alfred Nevin 1050 

Stallard, Charles T 702 

Stallard, Jacob M 700 

Stallard, Samuel Thomas C99 

Stiuitiehl. Allen 1073 



Stanfield Family 1072 

Stanfield. Samuel B 107:^ 

Steele, William Wellington 90S 

Stein. John A 403 

Stein, Mrs. Virginia 403 

Sterrett, Joseph C 1163 

Stewart, Joseph Xorris f>9o 

Stillwell, William F 600 

Stingle, James M ()22 

Stone, Winthrop Ellsworth 531) 

Stuart, Charles B 1199 

Stuart, William Vaughn 612 

Sullivan, Dennis T 934 

Swisher, John B 1132 

Swltzer, George W SOO 

T 

Taylor, Bennett 635 

Taylor, Henry 616 

Taylor, Jacob M 1007 

Terry, Oliver P 1017 

Test, Erastus 103S 

Throckmorton, George K 770 

Throckmorton. Ora E 1160 

Titus, Harry Edward 670 

Tower, E. A 115S 

Towsley, Schuyler A 593 

Troop, James 949 

Tull. Luther 1123 

Turner, Charles 940 

V 

Van Xatta, Aaron S74 

Van Xatta, Job 644 

Van Natta. Job Haigh 555 

Van Xatta. J. Lynn 644 

Vater. Septimius 864 

Va wter. Everett B 921 

Vawter. Philemon C 923 

Vayou, E. E 1064 

Vess. Filander Taylor 768 

Vinton. Henry Heath 1173 

Vyverberg. K. T 703 



W 

Wabash Valley Sanitarium and 

Training School 1177 

Wagoner, Robert Henry 1075 

Walker, William Simpson 686 

Wallace, Aaron 872 

Wallace, James Bee 877 

Wallace Machine and Foundry Co..' 578 

Wallace, William 576 

Walter, William J 1099 

Ware, William H 975 

Warner, John W 775 

Washburn, Samuel S 624 

Washburn, William Sanford 1056 

Waters, Elmer Ritchey 1100 

Weaver, Peter 1026 

Weaver, William Otis 739 

Webster, John Colbert 673 

Welch, Amos 744 

Westfall, Arthur Beaver 690 

Wetherill, Richard B 1002 

Whalen, John W 932 

Whalen, Thomas H 780 

Wiancko, Alfred T 955 

Wiggins, Randolph 1035 

Williams, Charles F 639 

Williams, Robert 1212 

Wilson, James 841 

Wilson. Moses F 840 

Wilson, William C 544 

Winter, George 615 

Wise, Joseph 1126 

Wolf, Joseph 1111 

Wood, William R 552 

Wooden Railroad 1222 

Y 

Yeagy, William W 910 

Yost. Allen A 1143 

Yost, William H 1144 

Young, William W 896 

Z 

Zimmerman, John 1148 




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PAST AND PRESENT 



OF 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 



JAMES MURDOCK. 

One of the most conspicuous figures ever connected with the business 
interests of Tippecanoe and other counties of northern Indiana was the late 
James Murdock, of Lafayette, who for a number of years was a leader in 
enterprises which tended greatly to the material progress of his city, county 
and state. He was long an influential factor in promoting large and important 
undertakings and such was the success with which his various efforts were 
crowned that his name is still suggestive of enterprises which bespeak the clear 
brain, mature judgment and master mind of the natural leader who moved 
among his fellows as one born to command. James Murdock was an Ameri- 
can by adoption, but none the less a loyal citizen of the country which he 
elected to be his home, and an ardent admirer and earnest supporter of free 
institutions under which he reaped success such as few attain, and attained to 
positions of honor and trust which none but men of a high order of intellect 
are capable of filling. Born in the county of Sligo, Ireland, in the year 1837, 
he inherited from his sturdy ancestors the sterling qualities of head and 
heart for which his nationality has ever been distinguished, and while still 
young gave evidence of those powers of mind which result in well-rounded 
character and a natural aptitude for something above the ordinary in the 
choice of a profession or calling. His father, John Murdock, was a Scotch- 
man by birth, and his mother, who bore the maiden name of Sabina Kelly, 
was born and reared on the Emerald Isle. These parents lived on a farm 
in Ireland until 1848, when they emigrated to Canada, thence in 1830 removed 
to New York, and still later changed their abode to Ohio, where they resided 
for a limited period, or until moving to Wayne countv, Indiana, where John 
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530 PAST AND PRESENT 

Murdock's death occurred in 1853; ^'s widow survived him about a quarter 
of a century and departed this hfe at Lafayette in 1878, after reaching a ripe 
old age. 

James Murdock spent the years of his childhood on the homestead in his 
native county and was indebted to such limited training as the schools of the 
neighborhood afforded for his preliminary education. Coming to America 
in his eleventh year, he attended for some time night schools in Canada and 
the United States, and in 1853, after the death of his father, he started out 
to make his own way by working at any kind of employment he could find. 
Coming to Lafayette that year, he worked for a while in a brickyard, drove a 
team for some months, and later in partnership with his brother engaged in 
farming on a small scale, renting for the purpose the river bottoms near the 
city, but meeting with only fair success in the venture. Not satisfied with 
his earnings as a tiller of the soil, he discontinued farming and in 1859 
embarked in the grocery and produce business at Lafayette, which he con- 
tinued for twenty years with encouraging financial success. In the mean- 
time Mr. Murdock turned his attention to various other lines of enterprise, 
such as the building of bridges, taking contracts for the construction of gravel 
roads, railroads and other public work, which he carried on in connection 
with his mercantile interests and which from the beginning proved success- 
ful beyond his expectations. He also manifested an active interest in public 
afifairs, and after serving a term as township trustee was elected sheriflf of 
Tippecanoe county, the duties of which office he discharged with credit to 
himself and to the satisfaction of the people, proving in this as in other posi- 
tions which he held from time to time, a capable and thoroughly trustworthy 
public servant. 

In 1879, JNIr. Murdock was appointed warden of the State Prison at 
Michigan City, and held the position for a period of twelve years, during 
which time he left nothing undone for the good of the institution and the 
welfare of the inmates, and ere resigning the office the Northern Indiana 
Penitentiary not only ranked among the best regulated prisons in the United 
States, but was pronounced by competent judges a model of its kind. Shortly 
after the discovery of natural gas in Indiana, he was among the first to develop 
and exploit the industry. Associated with a number of business men of Lafay- 
ette and Chicago, he took a leading part in organizing the Citizens' Natural 
Gas Company, of which he was elected president, and later he assisted in 
organizing several other natural and artificial gas companies in Indiana and 
Ohio, the success of which was largely due to his interest and capable manage- 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 53 1 

ment. He served some years as president of the Indiana School Book Com- 
pany, which was organized in 1888, and in 1890 he was one of the organizers 
of the Merchants' National Bank of Lafayette, of which he was made the 
chief executive official. In addition to the above enterprises he was identified 
with various other local industries, besides having large and valuable farm- 
ing and livestock interests in dififerent parts of Tippecanoe county, from which 
he derived no small share of the liberal income of which he was the recipient. 
Of broad mind and liberal tendencies, he took large views of men and things, 
was calculated by nature and training for important undertakings and as a 
leader in the various enterprises with which identified, he proved worthy 
of every trust reposed in him, and discharged his duties with such conscientious 
fidelity that no suspicion of dishonor was ever attached to his name. His was 
indeed an active and useful life ; his influence in promoting the business inter- 
ests and material advancement of his own and other cities of northern Indiana 
was greater perhaps than that of any of his contemporaries. One of the notable 
men of his day and generation, he laid broad and deep the foundation upon 
which the future prosperity of his city and county very largely depends, and 
that his labors are destined to constitute a monument to his memory, more 
enduring than marble or granite or bronze, is the belief of all who knew and 
were familiar with his enterprises and achievements. 

Mr. Murdock was married July 4, i860, to Miss Joanna Bourk, who 
bore him ten children, only three of whom survive, viz. : Charles and Sam- 
uel, sketches of whom appear elsewhere in these pages, and a daughter Mary, 
who is single and lives at the family home in Lafayette. Mrs. Murdock died 
October 29, 1891, and on November 27, 1908, James Murdock finished his 
life work and went to his reward, his death being' deeply regretted by the 
people among whom he had so long lived and wrought. 

Samuel Murdock, son of James and Joanna (Bourk) Murdock, was 
born in Lafayette, Indiana, June 11, 1868, and attended during the years of 
his childhood and youth St. Mary's parochial school, where he received quite 
a thorough educational discipline. In 1879, when his father became a warden 
of the Northern Prison, he entered Notre Dame University, where in due time 
he completed a full course in civil engineering, and some years later he was 
made superintendent of the street car system of Michigan City, which position 
he held from 1887 to 1888 inclusive, resigning in the latter year to become 
secretary of the Citizens' Natural Gas Company of Lafayette. Mr. Murdock 
entered upon the duties of the latter office in Februar)^ 1889, and it was dur- 
ing his incumbency that gas was piped from the central Indiana fields to La- 



532 PAST AND PRESENT 

fayette. up lo that time the largest and most important enterprise of the kind in 
the state. Subsequently the above company was merged into the Lafayette 
Gas Company, which took over both the Citizens' Natural Gas Company and 
the Lafayette Artificial Gas Company, also the Electric Light Company. 
Since the reorganization referred to in the preceding sentence, the Lafayette 
Gas Company has been merged into the Indiana Lighting Company, which 
operates in the following cities of this state: Peru, Wabash, Ft. Wayne, 
Frankfort and Lebanon, also a number of places in Ohio, including Lima, St. 
Mary's, Wapakoneta, Ft. Recovery, Greenville and Celina, of which large 
and important enterprises Samuel Murdock is secretary and general manager. 

About the year 1898, Mr. Murdock and his brother Charles became inter- 
ested in traction lines and now have extensive holdings in a number of such 
properties, the subject being a director in the Ft. Wayne & Wabash Valley, 
Evansville & Southern Indiana, and the Chicago, South Bend & Northern 
Indiana traction companies, being secretary of the company last named, also 
a director of the Monon railway. 

From the foregoing it will be perceived that Mr. Murdock is a man of 
action as well as ability, and that he has discharged worthily the various 
important trusts with which he has been honored is demonstrated by the con- 
tinued success of the enterprises with which he is identified. He is essentially 
a busy man, and though afifable in his relations with others, companionable 
to a marked degree and fond of congenial company, he long since decided to 
act upon the motto, "Time is money. I have neither to spend save in the 
prosecution of my business interests." In person he is tall and commanding, 
fully six feet in height, with broad shoulders, well knit frame — in fine, just 
such a man to engage in large undertakings and carry to successful conclusion 
anything to which he may address his talents. Possessing executive ability 
of a high order, he manages with apparent ease what the majority of men 
would find burdensome, and being systematic in all he does, his labors and 
responsibilities, although great, cause him little concern. 

Mr. Murdock's domestic life dates from November 6, 1890, when he was 
united in marriage with Addie Gordon, of Elkhart, Indiana, daughter of 
Alexander Gordon, of that city, the union being blessed with three children, 
James Gordon, Alexander Gordon and Alice Gordon Murdock. In his 
religious faith Mr. Alurdock is a Catholic, belonging to St. Mary's church, 
Lafayette, and in politics he is a Democrat, but not a partisan nor an aspirant 
for public honors. He and his wife move in the best society circles of their 
city, and those who know them best speak in the highest praise of their many 
sterling qualities. 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 533 



GEORGE PRICE HAYWOOD. 

The Haywood family has long been prominent in the affairs of Tippe- 
canoe county, materially, politically and socially, having come here in the 
pioneer days, from which time to the present no member has by word or 
deed dimmed the luster of an honored escutcheon. A worthy and well-known 
representative of this fine old family is George Price Haywood, an attorney 
of Lafayette, whose name needs no introduction to the people of this locality. 
He was born on a farm in the southern part of Tippecanoe county, December 
15, 1852, the son of Henry and Martha (Sherwood) Haywood, the former 
a native of Trenton, New Jersey, and the latter of North Carolina. Henry 
Haywood was reared in Greene county, Ohio, and early turned his attention 
to farming, which he followed all his life. He came to Tippecanoe county 
when a young man, having married in Montgomery county, Indiana, 
where he lived a short time. It was in 1833, soon after his marriage, 
that he came to Tippecanoe county, being among the early settlers. He be- 
came a prosperous . farmer. He established a good home, and lived here 
the remainder of his life, dying at the age of seventy-nine years in 1891, his 
wife having preceded him to the silent land in 1877, when fiftj'-five years of 
age. Mr. Haywood was a man of many fine traits of character. The Hay- 
woods came to America from England in the colonial days. The Sherwoods 
were also of English descent, grandfather Sherwood having been a pioneer 
in Tippecanoe county. He later moved to Marion county, Iowa, in which 
state he died, having reached a very old age. 

George P. Haywood was the seventh child in order of birth in a family 
of eleven children, eight of whom grew to maturity. Two brothers, Thomas 
and Curtis D., served in the Union army, in Indiana regiments. The former 
is still living in Lafayette, while the latter is deceased. 

Two other brothers are now living, Enoch F., a landowner in Tippecanoe 
county, who lives in Lafayette, Indiana, and Benjamin S., a minister of the 
Methodist Episcopal church who, at the present time, is the superintendent of 
the church and its affairs in Porto Rico. 

George P. Haywood was reared on a farm, where he laid the foundation 
for a robust manhood and learned many lessons which have helped to mould 
his subsequent career. He attended the district schools until he was sixteen 
years old, then entered the academy at Green Hill, where he remained two 
years, and later took a scientific course at Valparaiso University, then known 



534 



PAST .\ND PRESENT 



as the Northern Indiana Normal. He was graduated from the last named 
institution in 1876. 

Mr. Haywood started in life as a teacher, which profession iie followed 
most of the time for eight years, having begun when nineteen years old, but 
the law had its attractions for him, and in 1877 he began studying for a 
career as an attorney with Bartholomew & Smith at Valparaiso He taught 
school in the meantime until 1880, in which year he was admitted to the bar 
in Lafayette. After this he continued the study of law for two years in the 
ofifice of G. O. & A. O. Behm. In the spring of 1882 he formed a partner- 
ship with W. F. Bechtel, the firm being known as Bechtel & Haywood, which 
continued until the fall of 1884, after which he continued alone in the practice 
of the law until ]\Iarch i, 1896, when he formed a partnership with Charles 
A. Burnett, under the firm name of Haywood & Burnett, which partnership 
has continued until the present time. His practice has steadily grown from 
the first, and he is now rated as one of the leading attorneys in a community 
long noted for the high order of its legal talent, the present firm of which 
Mr. Haywood is a member being an especially strong one. and having a 
clientele second to none in the county. 

In his political relations Mr. Haywood is a Republican, having long 
taken a very active interest in the party's affairs until he has become a leader, 
his advice and counsel often being sought by local politicians and office seekers. 
In 1882. Mr. Haywood was a candidate for the nomination for prosecuting 
attorney, but was defeated. In 1884, he was again defeated for the nomina- 
tion for the same office; but in 1886 he was successful in securing the nomina- 
tion, and was elected, taking charge of the office November i. 1887. In the 
fall of the following year he was re-nominated and re-elected, ably serving 
two terms of two years each, his tenure of office ending on November 7, 1891. 
According to his constituents, the office never had a more painstaking and 
loyal exponent. During those four years there were seven murder cases, and 
six convictions were secured. The one failure was a second trial, having 
received a life sentence previously. The most noted case was the one known 
as the Pettit case, in which a IMethodist minister was charged and convicted 
of poisoning his wife by strychnine. He was tried on a change of venue 
from Tippecanoe to Montgomery county in 1890. The trial lasted six weeks. 
Hon. A. B. Anderson, the present United States district judge, of Indian- 
apolis, was the prosecuting attorney of Montgomery county at that time and 
assisted in the prosecution. 

In the spring of 1892 Mr. Haywood was nominated by the Republican 
state convention as reporter of the supreme court, but he met defeat with the 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 535 

balance of the state ticket in the election of that year. In the spring of 1894 
he was appointed city attorney by the city council of Lafayette, and was re- 
appointed from time to time, holding this office for a period of twelve years, 
handling its affairs in such a manner as to reflect credit upon his natural ability 
as an able and far-seeing attorney, and at the same time being of incalculable 
good to the city, his record being one of which anyone might be justly proud. 
He was called upon to serve as chairman of the Republican county central 
committee, which he did for a period of two years, 1894 and 1895, when he 
won the hearty approval of all concerned for his conscientious work in behalf 
of the Republican ticket. 

Mr. Haywood is a stockholder and vice-president of the Burt-Haywood 
Printing Company, publishers of the Lafayette Daily and Weekly Journal, 
the plant being a very extensive and complete one, equipped with modern ap- 
pliances for doing- all kinds of up-to-date publishing. The Journal wields a 
strong influence in the moulding of public opinion in this part of the state. 

On October i, 1879, occurred the wedding of Mr. Haywood to Mary 
Marshall, at Montmorenci, this county. Mrs. Haywood is a native of Spring- 
field. Ohio, a talented and cultured lady, who has been a favorite in Lafayette 
social circles since coming here. She is the daughter of Solomon and Mary 
J. ( Wright) Marshall, the former an honored and influential resident of 
Tippecanoe county, the latter deceased. The beautiful home of Mr. and Mrs. 
Haywood has been blessed by the birth of three children, namely : Leona, the 
wife of Roy E. Adams, of Indianapolis, was a student at Smith University, 
one of the most noted institutions for voung ladies in the east; Marshall E., 
who is the secretary and treasurer of the Burt-Haywood Printing Company, 
graduated from Princeton L'niversity in the class of 1907: George P.. Jr., is a 
student at Princeton. 

In his fraternal relations Mr. Haywood is a member of Tippecanoe 
Lodge, No. 492, Free and Accepted Masons ; Knights Templar Commandery, 
No. 3, Lafayette: Scottish Rite, and the Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of 
the Mystic Shrine, at Indianapolis; he also belongs to the Benevolent and 
Protective Order of Elks at Lafayette. ]\Irs. Haywood is a member of the 
Trinity Methodist Episcopal church, and is very active and influential in 
church and charitable work in tlie city. 

In all the relations of life JMr. Haywood has been true to every trust 
reposed in him and he takes first rank among the representative, loyal, public- 
spirited and broad-minded citizens of Tippecanoe county, where lie is known 
and respected by all classes, rightly deserving- the high esteem in which lie is 



536 PAST ,\ND PRESENT 

held, although he is himself of a very unostentatious nature, straightforward 
and genial. One of the best things that can be said of any man can be 
said of Mr. Haywood, that is. that he is always loyal and true to his 
friends. 



WINTHROP ELLSWORTH STOXE. Ph. D.. LL. D. 

Winthrop Ellsworth Stone, Ph. D., LL. D., president of Purdue 
University and distinctively one of the eminent educators of his day, is a 
native of New England and an honorable representative of one of the oldest 
families in that section of the Union, being of the tenth generation in descent 
from Simon Stone, who immigrated to the New World in 1630 and located 
at Cambridge. Massachusetts. This ancestor, who was one of the first promi- 
nent settlers of Massachusetts Bay Colony, early became interested in the 
development and growth of the country and being a man of sound practical 
intelligence and -much more than ordinary force, it was not long until he rose 
to a position of prominence and influence among the people, and in various 
ways rendered efficient service in directing their affairs. Lauson Stone, the 
Doctor's grandfather, was a native of Chesterfield, New Hampshire, and by 
occupation a farmer. He spent the greater part of his life at or near the place 
of his birth, but for many years has been sleeping the sleep of the just in the 
old cemetery at Chesterfield, where also reposes the dust of a number of his 
ancestors, as the family lived for several generations in that old historic 
town. 

Among the children of Lauson Stone was a son by the name of Frederick 
L.. whose birth occurred at the ancestral home in Chesterfield, New Hamp- 
shire, and who, in his young manhood, contracted a marriage with Anna But- 
ler, of the same place. Like many of his antecedents, Frederick Stone became 
a tiller of the soil, which vocation he f^jllowed in his native commonwealth 
for a number of years, and then removed to Amherst. ^lassachusetts. where 
he and his good wife are now living in honorable retirement. Literesting to 
a marked degree were many of the sterling characteristics of the family, 
and he, too, achieved considerable local distinction, and during the years 
of his prime was one of the leading Republicans of the community. Fred- 
erick L. and Anna Stone have always been held in high esteem in their differ- 
ent places of residence. Imbued with the New England idea of education, they 
spared no pains nor expense in providing the most thorough intellectual dis- 
cipline obtainable for their children, all four of whom, three sons and one 




WINTHROP ELLSWORTH STONE, PH.D., LL. D. 

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TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 537 

daughter, are college graduates and filling honorable stations in life, Winthrop 
Ellsworth, the oldest, achieving distinction as an educator and Harlan, a 
younger brother, being a member of one of the leading law firms of New 
York city. 

Dr. Winthrop Ellsworth Stone was born in the old town of Chester- 
field, New Hampshire, June 12, 1862, and spent his early life pretty much 
after the manner of the majority of New England lads. During the summer 
months his employments were such as are common to farmer boys, and when 
not at work in the fields he attended the public schools, where he made rapid 
advancement in his studies, and in due time gave promise of the intellectual 
development for which he afterwards became noted. To these early years 
under the tutelage of parents whose highest ambition was to engraft upon 
the minds and hearts of their children such principles as would insure careers 
of usefulness. Dr. Stone is largely indebted for the integrity of character and 
honorable ambition that pre-eminently distinguish him not only in his pro- 
fession, but as a citizen in every walk of life. The frugalities of the farm- 
er's home, the chaste purity of its influence, the fields, the forest, the orchard 
and meadow, hill and dell — all the wealth and beauty that nature spreads out 
with lavish hands — were teachers whose lessons he never forgot. It was 
amidst such scenes and surroundings that the early years of the future edu- 
cator were spent and their influence was such that he is still a lover of nature 
and a student of its mysteries. 

Applying himself closely to his studies, young Stone, at the age of six- 
teen, was sufficiently advanced to take a higher grade of work, accordingly 
in 1878 he entered Massachusetts Agricultural College at Amherst, which he 
attended during the four years ensuing, when he was graduated with an 
honorable record as a student. Receiving his degree of Bachelor of Science 
in 1882, he spent the following two years as scientific assistant and observer 
on a private experimental farm, which had been established some time before 
at Mountainville, New York, by a wealthy man desirous of arousing an inter- 
est in advanced methods of agriculture. At the expiration of the period indi- 
cated, he returned to Massachusetts and after devoting the succeeding two 
years to scientific study in the chemical laboratory of Massachusetts Agricul- 
tural College, went abroad in 1886, from which time until 1888, inclusive, he 
studied chemistry in the University of Goettingen. Germany, receiving from 
that institution the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the latter year. 

Returning to the United States upon the completion of his course, Doctor 
Stone, in August of the same year, entered upon his duties as chemist to the 
experimental station of the University of Tennessee, to which position he had 
been appointed a few months previously and which he continued to fill with 



538 PAST AND PRESENT 

ability and credit until his resignation one year later to become professor of 
chemistry in Purdue University, Lafayette, Indiana. Doctor Stone's repu- 
tation as a chemist had preceded him to the latter institution and upon the 
beginning of his work, in October, 1889, he was receixed by officials and pro- 
fessors as well as students with every mark of approbation and confidence. 
Fortified with superior professional training under some of the most dis- 
tinguished scientists of Europe, he infused new life into his department, popu- 
larized the study of chemistry and was soon surrounded by a large number of 
enthusiastic students, who, profiting by his instructions, in due time carried 
their knowledge to other fields, where many of them are now filling places of 
honor and usefulness in various lines of industry'. Doctor Stone filled the 
chair of chemistry with credit to himself and to the satisfaction of the officials 
of the university and all others concerned until June, 1900. in the meantime, 
1892, being appointed vice-president of the institution, which position he held 
in connection with his other work for several j-ears, discharging his official 
duties with the same interest he manifested in the class-room, and proving an 
influential factor in attracting students and putting Purdue on the way to 
become what it has since become, one of the most thorough and popular tech- 
nical schools in the West. During the absence of President Smart, in 1899, 
he was acting president, and when it became necessary to appoint a successor 
to the former gentleman. Doctor Stone, appearing to meet every requirement 
of the position and being the unanimous choice of the board, was duly chosen 
president in July, 1900. and has since held the place, discharging his official 
functions with the best interests of the university in view and forging rapidly 
to the front among the distinguished educators not only of Indiana but of the 
country at large. 

Dr. Stone has been identified with Purdue for a period of twenty years, 
ten as a member of the faculty, and ten as chief executive of the institution. 
While professor of chemistry, he did much scientific work, made many impor- 
tant researches and discoveries, and gave the results of his investigations to 
the world in a number of scholarly papers and treatises, published in this 
country and in various periodicals abroad. As an instructor he easily ranked 
among the most thorough and efficient in the land and, as already indicated, 
students from his department have achieved distinction as teachers, and in 
various other lines of usefulness, the demand for their services attesting the 
thoroughness of their training and their ability to fill worthily the positions 
to which they have been called. As a faculty member, he was active in the work 
of committees, being for several years chairman of the committee on athletics, 
and in this connection had much to do with the organization of the Inter- 
collegiate -Athletic Conference, which has had an important bearing and 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 539 

influence on athletics not only in western colleges and universities but 
wherever such organizations were in existence. 

The growth of Purdue since Doctor Stone became president is the high- 
est testimonial that could possibly be paid to his ability and foresight as an 
executive and to his eminent standing as a broad-minded, scholarly and enter- 
prising educator. Since taking charge of the responsible position which he 
now so worthily holds and so signally honors, the advancement of the uni- 
versity has kept pace with the leading institutions of the kind in the United 
States, the attendance increasing from eight hundred and forty-nine in 1900 
to one thousand, nine hundred and thirty-six in 1909, the number and capacity 
of the buildings having more than doubled during the interim, while the value 
of the university property has advanced from seven hundred two thousand 
dollars to one million, two hundred and eighty-five thousand dollars, and 
the annual income, which was about one hundred twenty-five thousand 
dollars the former year, now amounts to considerably in excess of four hun- 
dred thirty thousand dollars. The faculty, which formerly numbered sixty- 
five professors and instructors, now contains the names of one hundred and 
fifty, among whom are some of the leading educators of the country, in their 
special lines of work, no pains nor expense being spared in securing the best 
ability obtainable in order to keep the institution at the high standard to which 
it has been raised since the present administration has directed and controlled 
its policies and affairs. As a technical school, admittedly the equal of the 
best in the land, its work is so thorough and its reputation so high that hun- 
dreds of students are attracted to its walls every year from other and distant 
states, satisfied that a degree from the institution affords the best and surest 
passport to a successful and honorable career in this world of industry or 
scholarship. 

Doctor Stone has always stood for the highest grade of work in the class- 
room. Economy in the use of the public funds and thoroughness in all mat- 
ters coming within the sphere of his authority. He exercises the greatest 
care over the buildings and grounds, looks after the comfort and welfare of 
students, and, being proud of the university and jealous of its good name and 
honorable reputation, it is easily understood why he enjoys such great pop- 
ularity with all connected with the institution, and is so well and favorably 
known in educational circles throughout the country. Though still a young 
man, he has achieved success such as few attain, but not satisfied with past 
results, he is pressing forward to still wider fields and higher honors, altliough 
his place among the eminent men of his day and generation is secure for all 
time to come. Doctor Stone has ever pursued a straightforward course and 
his manly, independent spirit commands fnr him universal approbatinn. He 



540 PAST AND PRESEXT 

has proven himself equal to every emergency in which he has been placed 
and to every position with which honored, and as a ripe scholar and gentleman 
of cultivated tastes and high ideals he fills a large place in the public view 
and enjoys to a marked degree the esteem and confidence of all with whom 
he comes into contact. In addition to his professional duties, he served one 
term as chairman of the school board of West Lafayette and for a number of 
years has been identified with the American Association of Agricultural Col- 
leges, being at this time a member of the executive committee of this organiza- 
tion. Since becoming a citizen of Indiana he has been active and influential 
in the work of the State Teachers' Association, also with the affairs of the 
state board of education, of which he is an ex-officio member. Though first 
of all an educator and making his work as such paramount to every other 
consideration. Doctor Stone has not been remiss in his duty to the community 
in which he resides, nor unmindful of his obligations as a citizen. A Repub- 
lican in politics and thoroughly abreast of the times on the leading questions 
and issues concerning which men and parties divide, he is not a partisan and 
in local affairs gives his support to the best qualified candidates, irrespective 
of party ties. He also manifests an abiding interest in the growth and wel- 
fare of his adopted city, is a stockholder in the Merchants' National Bank of 
Lafayette and aims to keep in close touch with every enterprise and movement 
which has for its object the social advancement and moral welfare of his fel- 
low men. 

Doctor Stone, on June 24, 1889, contracted a matrimonial alliance with 
Victoria Heitmueller, a native of Prussia and the daughter of Ferdinand and 
Bertha Heitmueller, who also were born in that country. Airs. Stone was 
reared and educated in her native land and has presented her husband with 
two sons, David Frederick, born April 2. 1890. and Richard Henry, whose 
birth occurred on September 25. 1892. Doctor Stone and wife are members 
of the Second Presbyterian church of Lafayette, he being one of the elders 
of the society. They are actively interested in all work under the auspices of 
the church, besides contributing of their means and influence to the furtherance 
of various charities and humanitarian enterprises in their own and other 
cities. 



MARTIN LUTHER PEIRCE. 

Words of praise or periods of encomium could not clearly convey the 
personal characteristics of the noble gentleman of whom the biographer now 
essays to write in this connection, for only those who had the good fortune 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 54I 

to know him personally could see the true beauty of his character and indi- 
vidual traits, which were the resultant, very largely, of a long life of devotion 
to duty, a life filled with good deeds to others and led along worthy planes, 
for during his long business career, he having been for some time the oldest 
business man in Tippecanoe county, the late Martin L. Peirce endeavored to 
be an advocate of the Golden Rule. He was born in Portsmouth, New Hamp- 
shire, June 26, 1806, in which city he received his education in the common 
schools. He was descended from the family of Peirces that located at Kit- 
tery, Maine, nearly one hundred and fifty years ago, where his father, Dr. 
Nathaniel S. Peirce, was born during the last days of the American Revolu- 
tion. When the latter was twenty-three years old he edited and published 
the New Hampshire Gazette at Portsmouth for several years. The paper was 
then fifty years old and in 1889 it was the oldest newspaper in the United 
States. 

In March, 1821, Martin L. Peirce, as a clerk, entered the counting room 
of C. & C. W. Peirce, commission merchants of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 
where he remained until 1828. Then he came to the middle West to grow 
up with the new country where he deemed greater opportunities existed 
for one of his temperament, and, having a rare executive ability and keen 
foresight, he soon got a foothold and became prosperous. From 1836 he was 
an active business man in the city of Lafayette. Taking an interest in public 
afifairs, he was elected sherifif of Tippecanoe county in 1840 and again in 1842 
on the Whig ticket. He afterwards refused two nominations, one for county 
treasurer and one for county clerk. For the seven years following he was 
the directing member of Hanna, Barbee & Company, grain and commission 
dealers. 

January 7, 1850, Mr. Peirce was married to Emma L. Comstock, of Hart- 
ford, Connecticut, the daughter of Deacon Comstock of that city, and to this 
union four children were bom, two of whom died in youth. Charles H., 
and Lizzie P., who married Fred W. Ward, survived. Mr. and Mrs. Peirce 
also reared two other children, Oliver W. and Richard G. Peirce. 

In 1854 Martin L. Peirce went into the banking business as a member of 
the firm of Spears, Peirce & Company, under the name of the Commercial 
Bank of Lafayette, and in 1863 the name of this thriving institution was 
changed to the First National Bank of Lafayette, of which Mr. Peirce was 
elected president, which position he held until his death, managing the afifairs 
of the bank in such an able manner as to give it wide prestige and establishing 
it on as solid a basis as any bank in the state. This bank was reorganized 
June I, 1882. This was among the first banks of its nature organized under 



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the national banking law in the United States, its original number being twenty- 
six, all of which charters were issued the same day. Mr. Peirce was also 
vice-president of the Lafayette Savings Bank, which he was instrumental in 
organizing. He was treasurer of Purdue University from the date of its 
organization until his death. He was also a trustee of Franklin College and 
of the Chicago University, having always taken a very active interest in edu- 
cational affairs, and no small part of the success of the above named in- 
stitutions was due to his wise counsel in the management of their affairs. 
He was especially interested in the success of Purdue University from the 
first — in fact, he was its first treasurer. He is said to have been the first 
to suggest to John Purdue the founding of this university. The two men 
were closely associated and one day when they were riding together they 
passed a cemetery where a thirty-six-thousand-dollar monument stood. They 
commented on the useless waste of so large an amount of money, and Mr. 
Peirce suggested to Mr. Purdue that he leave a more useful monument to 
his memory by leaving a large sum to a college to bear his name. In this 
suggestion others urged Mr. Purdue in this matter, and the great Purdue 
University of today is the result. 

Mr. Peirce, in his fraternal relations, was a Mason, having identified him- 
self with this ancient and honored order in 1840. In 1867 he visited the Paris 
Exposition as representative of the Scottish-rite Masons of the United State?, 
and he attended the grand banquet of the Grand Orient of Paris, where 
eleven hundred delegates, representing every civilized country in the world, 
assembled. This was a distinction of which any one might well l3e proud. 
While abroad he visited the principal countries of Europe and the British 
Isles. He had the distinction of being the first member initiated into Tippe- 
canoe Lodge, No. 55, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, in Lafayette. Since 
1843 to the time of his death, December 28, 1889, he was an active and promi- 
nent member of the First Baptist church. At various times he made liberal 
donations to the church and to Purdue University, the fine greenhouse on the 
grounds of the latter being the result of his generosity. He was originally 
a Free Soiler, but ever since the organization of the Republican party he 
was a loyal supporter of the same. 

At the national convention of bankers at Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, in 1887, 
he was a delegate, being the oldest of between three and four hundred 
bankers in attendance. He was held in highest esteem by the members of 
that association, by members of the lodges with which he was identified, in 
fact by all classes, for he had sterling traits of character which commended 
liini t" all, enjoying tb.e unqualified confidence of his fellow citizens. His long 



TIPl'liCANOE COUNTY, INl). 543 

and eminently useful life was replete with success because he worked for it 
in an honorable manner, his life work having been nobly planned and singular- 
ly free from blot or stain, or even the suspicion of evil, his entire career 
being marked by generous acts. The suffering, the worthy poor, the deserv- 
ing young man, the church, the cause of education, never appealed to liim 
in vain. He gave liberally, ungrudgingly and unostentatiously, being- 
prompted by the broad charity which he felt rather than by any desire to 
make a display, his only hope of reward being the consciousness of doing 
good. As a financier and banker-captain of industry, his sound judgment, 
unusual executive ability and fidelity to duty placed the institutions with 
which he was connected in the front rank of their kind. He was truly a 
consecrated Christian man. anil it was in his home life that his character shone 
w'nh peculiar luster — the tenderness in his nature created idols out of its loves 
and his wife, children and grandchildren were its loves. Truly he was a 
good man like that mentioned in Holy Writ "whose life w-as as a shining 
light." 



CHARLES HOWARD ANKENY. 

Though the dead are soon forgotten, few will linger longer in the 
memory of citizens of Lafayette than the late Charles Howard Ankeny. This 
is due to the fact that he had the qualities which impress men. Prominent 
and prosperous in business, he established a character for integrity, public 
spirit and the social amenities of life. Modest and unassuming, he was really 
a man of great force of character and usually found in the lead when any 
movement was on foot for the betterment of the city. Tenacious of his own 
rights, he respected the rights of others, and in the best sense of the term he 
was always a gentleman in social intercourse, as well as a model citizen in 
affairs affecting the public. There was no more active member of the Mer- 
chants and Manufacturers' Exchange and the Lafayette Commercial Club. 
He was a lover of his home and family, noted for gentleness and kindness 
and the "soft answer that turneth away wrath." The record he left will long 
be an inspiration to those who knew and loved him best and Lafayette has 
never had a worthier name on her roll of honorable citizenship. This well- 
known business man was a son of Peter and Sabra Ankeny, born in Wash- 
ington, Guernsey county, Ohio, October 2, 1844. At the breaking out of the 
Civil war, though only sixteen years old, he was anxious to become a soldier 
for the Union, but owing to his slight physique was not allowed to enlist. He 



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overcame the difficulty, however, by becoming a drummer boy in Company C, 
Sixtieth Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry. With his command he went to 
the front and when he was discharged, November 22, 1862, 'he had attained 
the rank of sergeant. After leaving the army he obtained employment with 
Duhme& Company, the famous jewelry firm of Cincinnati, but only remained 
with them a short time, as he went into business for himself in 1864, as 
proprietor of a jewelry store at Richmond, Indiana. He remained in that 
city for ten years and, in 1874, located at Lafayette, which was destined to be 
the scene of his life work. He established a jewelry store at No. 131 North 
Fourth street, east of the court house, which in time became one of the land- 
marks of the city. In a short time he was recognized as a leader in his line 
and by remaining in the same place for thirty-four years built up a good 
will that made this property very valuable in a commercial sense. At the 
time of his death, which occurred October 4, 1908, the Ankeny store was 
probably the oldest in continuity of existence of any similar establishment in 
the city. 

In 1870 Mr. Ankeny married Caroline Strickland, a lady of great worth 
and much natural charm, and a member of one of the most distinguished 
families in America. She is a native of Maine and on her mother's side de- 
scended from the celebrated James Otis, one of the most famous of the 
Revolutionary leaders and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. The 
result of this union, which continued in complete harmony and happiness for 
thirty-eight years, was an only daughter, now well known in Lafayette society 
as Miss Alice H. Ankeny. Mr. Ankeny was a charter member of John A. 
Logan Post No. 3, Grand Army of the Republic. He was also prominent 
in Masonry as a member of Tippecanoe Lodge. No. 492, Free and Accepted 
Masons, and Lafayette Commandery, No. 3, Knights Templar. He belonged 
to the Loyal Legion, a military and patriotic organization growing out of 
the Civil war, and including in its membership many names made illustrious 
by that immortal struggle. 



COL. WILLIAM C. WILSON. 

One of the prominent and influential citizens of Lafayette, Indiana, was 
Col. William C. Wilson, whose honorable career is deserving of recognition 
in a history of the province of the one at hand, if for no other reason because 
of his distinguished services in defense of the flag on many a sanguinary 
battlefield. He was born in Montgomery county, this state, November 22, 




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TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 545 

1827, the son of John and Margaret (Cochran) Wilson. His grandparents 
were natives of Virginia, the Wilson family having settled in that state in a 
very early day. One member of the family v^'as a member of congress from 
that state in 1824. The family finally left the Old Dominion state and located 
in that portion of Lincoln county, now called Gerrard county, Kentucky. 
Here the father of John Wilson, the Rev. James Wilson, who for many 
years was a noted Presbyterian minister at Staunton, Augusta county, Vir- 
ginia, was killed, having been thrown from a horse, leaving a widow with a 
large family to support. She was then compelled to give up the farm, and 
her son John, father of Colonel Wilson, soon thereafter began working at 
blacksmithing, working side by side with slave laborers. He learned to detest 
the institution of slavery and became an abolitionist. He left Kentucky for the 
West and at Edwardsville, Illinois, he met and formed the acquaintance of 
Abraham Lincoln. In 1822 he located in Montgomery county, Indiana, and 
soon afterward became employed in the United States land office at Craw- 
fordsville. During those pioneer days everything was freighted by trains and 
money from the land office was shipped by such methods to the East. It would 
be loaded into the wagons at night and left there until morning in order to get 
an early start. In 1823 Mr. Wilson was elected the first clerk of that county, 
which office he filled continuously and acceptably for a period of fourteen 
years. He then engaged in mercantile pursuits and afterwards retired to a 
farm where he spent the remainder of his life, enjoying the fruits of his years 
of industry. He was a successful business man and everybody admired him 
for his many praiseworthy qualities. He died in Crawfordsville, Indiana, 
in 1864, his widow surviving until 1884, her death having occurred in La- 
fayette. 

It will be remembered that John Wilson was one of the commissioners 
appointed by the legislature to locate the county seat of Tippecanoe county, 
and he also helped lay out the city of Lafayette. He served one term in the 
legislature, to which he was elected in 1840, being in politics a Whig. He 
was truly a self-made man, having educated himself, and he was one of the 
honored pioneers of Indiana. 

Colonel Wilson's brother, James Wilson, was United States minister to 
Venezuela, who died in South America while in his country's service. Of 
this family in Tippecanoe county, there are now one sister. Miss Margaret C. 
Wilson, and two brothers, one a former well-known dry goods merchant, 
Austin P. Wilson, and George W. Wilson. The last named recently proposed 
a new grouping of the stars of the American flag, grouping the forty-eight 
stars into one huge star, arranged so as to give them historic significance. .-\ 
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design of the new emblem was published in the papers throughout the United 
States, having been very favorably commented on, since it tells the history of 
the American flag and makes the emblem more beautiful. 

One branch of this family descended from Col. William ]McKee. a soldier 
in Braddock's army, who fought at the famous battle known as Braddock's 
Defeat in 1775. He was captain of a company in the battle of Point Pleas- 
ant, Virginia, in 1778, during the Revolutionary war, which was one of the 
bloodiest battles with Indians ever fought on this continent. Colonel McKee 
had been commissioned by Lord Dunmore and was in command of the fort 
at Point Pleasant in 1778. 

In the family homestead in Lafayette is a very large and valuable library, 
collected chiefly by Colonel Wilson : here also may be seen numerous interest- 
ing old heirlooms. 

Col. William C. Wilson was reared in Crawfordsville. this state, and 
educated in private schools. He also attended ^^'abash College, graduating 
from that institution in 1847, '^nd in 1849 he graduated from the law depart- 
ment of the University of Indiana. Soon afterwards he was admitted to the 
bar at Crawfordsville, both for the circuit and supreme courts. In 1849 li^ 
was appointed prosecuting attorney for his circuit, and in 1850 he came to 
Lafayette and began practicing law with Major Daniel IMace, which partner- 
ship continued until the latter was elected to congress in 1852. Mr. Wilson 
then practiced alone until 1854, when he formed a partnership with George 
Gardner (late judge of the municipal court of Chicago), which alliance con- 
tinued until 1859, when Mr. Gardner went to Chicago and Colonel Wilson 
was again alone in his practice. 

On April 17, 1861. two days after Lincoln's first call for troops to put 
down the rebellion. Air. Wilson hastened to volunteer as a private soldier in 
the Union army and four days afterward he was mustered into service as 
captain of Company D, Tenth Regiment. Indiana Volunteer Infantry, he 
having raised the company. While at Indianapolis he was appointed major 
of the regiment, which served in West Virginia in the Indiana and Ohio 
Brigade, commanded by General Rosecrans. Major Wilson was wounded at 
the battle of Rich Mountain. He was mustered out with his regiment in 
August, 1861, During the following autumn he recruited the Fortieth Regi- 
ment. Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and on September 23d of that year he 
became its colonel. This regiment was assigned to the Army of the Cumber- 
land under General Thomas. On March 27, 1862, Colonel ^^'ilson resigned 
on account of ill health, after a career which was very meritorious in everv 
respect. At the time of Morgan's northern raid, it is said that Colonel Wil- 



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son recruited the One Hundred and Eighth Indiana Regiment in seven hours 
and he was its colonel from July 12, 1863, during the term of enlistment for 
the purpose of capturing that intrepid southern leader. On May 24, 1864, he 
was appointed colonel of the One Hundred and Thirty-fifth Regiment. Indiana 
Volunteer Infantry, and was assigned to the Twenty-third Corps of Sherman's 
army in the Atlanta campaign, and he was among the detachment sent 
back to Nashville in pursuit of Hood. He was honorably mustered out of 
service in September, 1864, and he soon afterwards returned to his law prac- 
tice in Lafayette. He had three brothers in the Civil war. all officers and brave 
soldiers, one of whom had also been in the Mexican war. 

In 1853 occurred the marriage of William C. Wilson to Sarah F. Bon- 
nell, of Independence, Warren county, Indiana. 

In 1866 to 1867 Colonel Wilson was assessor of internal revenue, and 
from 1868 to 1869 he was postmaster of Lafayette, filling both oftices in a 
manner that reflected credit upon his ability as a public servant. He was also 
a very active and valuable member of the city council. He was first a 
Whig, but he became a Republican when that party came into power. In 1876 
he delivered an address before the Society of the Army of the Cumberland, 
of which he was a member, at Philadelphia. The address was received with 
high encomiums by the press all over the country. On November 13, 1879, 
at the thirteenth annual banquet of the Society of the Army of the Tennessee, 
held in Chicago, Colonel Wilson was one of the orators among such dis- 
tinguished men as Grant, Logan, Sheridan, Hurlburt and Ingersoll. He was 
called on to take the place of General Garfield, responding to the toast, "The 
Army of the Cumberland and its Leader, the Rock of Chickamauga." His 
speech was such a masterpiece that it was printed in full in the papers through- 
out the countr)'. He also made a memorable address at the laying of the 
corner-stone of the present court house of Tippecanoe county. 

The death of this distinguished man, this able public servant, noted 
attorney and popular citizen occurred on September 25, 1891, in Lafayette. 
Those who knew him best pronounced him a man of steadfastness in pursuit 
of an honorable purpose, possessing untiring industry, with the highest order 
of moral and physical courage, a man of intense energy and zeal, all these 
praiseworthy characteristics supplemented by a wealth of thrilling eloquence 
which often enabled him to win the most difficult cases and hold his hearers 
spellbound on any subject. He was patient, forbearing, gentle and loving; as 
a commander he was alert, cautious, fearless and his soldiers all put the utmost 
confidence in his ability and admired him as a man ; he was generous and kind, 
and he discharged his official trusts with fidelity and universal satisfaction. 



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In matters pertaining to the welfare of his county, state and nation, Colonel 
Wilson was deeply interested, and his efforts in behalf of the general progress 
were far-reaching and beneficial. His name is indelibly associated with prog- 
ress in this county and among those in whose midst he lived and labored he 
was held in the highest esteem by reason of an upright life and of fidelity to 
principles which in every land and clime command respect. Now that his 
eminently useful career has closed, his influence for good is still alive, and 
many young men have been strengthened by contemplating his life and emulat- 
ing his worthy example. Truly he was a man of high attainments whose 
light has not been extinguished by the transition we call death, but it shines 
on with a luster which the future years shall not dim. 



CHARLES H. PEIRCE. 

It is impossible within the circumscribed limits of this review to give 
more than a mere glance at leading facts in the life of one of Tippecanoe 
county's most influential and best known men. In the broadest and best 
meaning of the term, he is a benefactor in that he has labored for the material 
prosperity of this county while advancing his own interests. The noble pur- 
poses and high ideals by which his life is directed and controlled renders 
Charles H. Peirce deservedly popular with all classes. A native of Lafayette, 
Indiana, where his birth occurred April 22, 1857, he has elected to remain 
here, believing that this vicinity held greater opportunities for him than re- 
mote localities. He is the son of the well-known late Martin L. Peirce, whose 
biography appears in full on another page of this work. His mother was 
known in her maidenhood as Emma Comstock, a native of Hartford, Con- 
necticut, a kindly woman of beautiful Christian character who has lived in 
Lafayette for about sixty-five years and is, at this writing, making her home 
with her son. Charles H. Peirce. 

Mr. Peirce grew to manhood in Lafayette, spending his youth in much 
the same manner as other young men contemporaneous with him — attending 
the common schools until the opening of Purdue University when he began 
a course there, having the distinction of being the first pupil enrolled in the 
first class organized in that institution. After leaving the university, where 
he made a very commendable record, he became connected with the First 
National Bank, with which he remained for a period of about twenty years, 
during which time he became familiar with the details of banking and general 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 549 

business methods, partly under the training of his father, a financier of more 
than ordinary ability. Thus he came to his next position, that with the Kern 
Packing Company (now the Lafayette Packing Company), well qualified for 
its exacting duties. Remaining with this firm for one year, he went to Indian- 
apolis where he engaged in the ice business for a period of three and one-half 
years, returning to Lafayette in January, 1909, when he became connected 
with the Lafayette Fuel and Builders' Supply Company, of which he is, at 
this writing, secretary and treasurer; under his judicious management this 
firm is doing an extensive business. 

On December 9, 1879, was solemnized the marriage of Charles H. Peirce 
with Hattie M. Brown, a native of Lafayette and the daughter of Mr. and 
Mrs. L. W. Brown, an old and well-established family here. Mr. and Mrs. 
Brown, however, are now residing in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. Mrs. Peirce 
is a woman of culture, refinement and affability and she presides over the 
beautiful Peirce home with a grace that causes the large coterie of friends 
of the family to delight to gather there, always finding a hospitable and cheer- 
ful welcome. This union has been blessed by the birth of one son, Martin 
L. Peirce, whose talents seem to run along journalistic lines, he, at present. 
being the telegraph editor of the Lafayette Courier. 

Something of Mr. Peirce's innate business qualities is shown by the fol- 
lowing incident. When about twelve years of age he won a prize of one 
hundred dollars, offered by his father, for a certain accomplishment. When 
asked what he intended doing with it he replied : "Put it in the savings bank 
to the credit of Mrs. Charles H. Peirce." And he did so, leaving it until 
he was married, when his bride received it as a wedding present. It had then 
fully doubled by compounding the interest. She still leaves it in the bank, 
untouched. 

Religiously, Mr. and Mrs. Peirce belong to the First Baptist church, of 
Lafayette, being interested in the various lines of charitable and missionary 
work under its auspices. They are pleasant people to know, avoid publicity 
and sham in all its forms, plain, straightforward and kindly, thus easily 
making and retaining friends. 



JOSEPH BLISTAIN. 

Among the men of influence in Tippecanoe county, who have the inter- 
est of their locality at heart and who have led consistent lives, thereby gaining 
definite success along their chosen lines, is Joseph Blistain, one of the pro- 



550 PAST AND PRESENT 

gressive business men of the city of Lafayette where he figures prominently 
not only in commercial circles but also in the civic and social life. He was 
born August 13, 1854. at Wheeling, West Virginia, the son of Anthony and 
Catherine (Hauck) Blistain. He lived in Wheeling about one year, when his 
parents moved to Cincinnati where they lived about seven years, then moved to 
Chillicothe, Ohio, where Joseph remained until 1875, attending the public 
schools and preparing himself for his subsequent business career. In 1872 
he took a position in the wholesale and retail dry goods and notion store of 
Joseph Stewart, of Chillicothe, Ross county, Ohio, where he made rapid ad- 
vancement, so that after his second year there he was sent out as a traveling 
salesman, selling goods by sample, alternating his trips with clerking in the 
store, continuing thus until about 1875, when he severed his connection with 
this firm and became traveling salesman for William H. Scheer & Company, 
wholesale dealers in hats, caps, furs and gloves at Cincinnati, which position 
he held with credit and entire satisfaction, giving to it his best talents until 
1878. Then he took a position with Jorling & Kolling, who had been mem- 
bers of the firm of \Y. H. Scheer & Company, but withdrew in 1878 and 
embarked in the same business for themselves, Mr. Blistain acting as their 
bookkeeper and traveling salesman. In 1880 the firm, then known as H. 
Jorling & Company, admitted Mr. Blistain as a partner, and after six years 
of very successful business the latter disposed of his interest and came to 
Lafayette, Indiana, and became connected with the Newman & Bohrer Brew- 
ery. After the death of Mr. Newman in 1889. the firm became the George A. 
Bohrer Brewing Company and was incorporated with an authorized capital 
stock of one hundred thousand dollars and Mr. Blistain became treasurer of 
the company, which responsible position he still holds, discharging the duties 
of the same in a manner that stamps him as a man of unusual business acumen, 
foresight and soundness of judgment. This firm enjoys a very liberal patron- 
age, shipping large consignments of goods to Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, covering 
these states thoroughly, to say nothing of the phenomenal trade over Indiana. 
When Mr. Blistain became a member of this firm its prestige was not so 
very extensive, but by frugal industry it has increased to an annual capacity 
of twenty thousand barrels. The building frontage is about two hundred 
and fifty feet, running back to the alley one hundred and twenty feet, and 
the buildings are all of brick, three and five stories high, fully equipped with 
the latest improved machinery and most modern appliances of every type to 
insure the best possible results. Everything is under an excellent system 
and the plant is a model of its kind in every respect. 

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born in Germany, the father near Duesseldorf. He emigrated to America in 
the forties, first located in Philadelphia, but later he went to Cincinnati where 
he worked as brewmaster for a period of seven years. He then bought an 
interest in a brewery at Wheeling, West Virginia, afterwards returning to 
Cincinnati where he acted as brewmaster again. In 1859 he purchased a 
brewery in Chillicothe, Ohio, which he conducted in such a manner as to gain 
an ample competency, being able to retire from active life in 1871. His 
death occurred on July 4, 1880. Catherine Hauck was born in Bavaria and 
came to America some two years after Anthony Blistain arrived ; her death 
occurred in 1875. 

June 30, 1880. Joseph Blistain was united in marriage with Amelia M. 
Bohrer, daughter of George A. Bohrer, president of the brewing company 
described in a preceding paragraph. He was born in Bavaria, December i, 
1819, and married Caroline Newman, a native of north Germany, born March 
15, 1827. Their wedding, however, took place in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1849, 
in which city they lived for twenty-two years. The parents of each of these 
parties came to America in an early day. George A. Bohrer landed in New 
Orleans and came by boat up the Mississippi river to Cincinnati; he was 
eleven years of age and was accompanied by his older brother. Being of an 
industrious turn of mind, he first learned the trade of shoemaker, and later 
worked in the grocery business, also at undertaking and the livery business 
in Cincinnati. He came to Lafayette, Indiana, in 1872, and began in the 
brewery business, finally buying out the interest of a Mr. Herbert of the firm 
of Newman & Herbert Brewing Company. 

To Mr. and Mrs. George A. Bohrer eight children were born, five sons. 
and three daughters — all born in Cincinnati. Four of the number are now 
living. The children in order of birth are : George H., Mrs. John W. Flete- 
meyer, Charles J.. Edward F., Albert F., deceased; Mrs. Joseph Blistain, 
deceased; Mrs. Louisa Spring, deceased; William, deceased. The death of 
Mrs. Joseph Blistain occurred on Christmas day. 1889. She was a fond 
mother and an excellent woman, whom everybody admired for her congenial- 
ity and kindness. To Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Blistain four children were born,, 
of whom one died in childhood ; the three living are : Erna, wife of Alvin 
Bodemer. of Cincinnati, where Mr. Bodemer is engaged in the manufacture of 
paper bags, and the wholesale paper business, a member of the firm of Diem 
& Wing Paper Company. William Blistain is bookkeeper in the brewery of 
which his father is treasurer. George A. Blistain, the youngest son, graduated 
from Purdue University in 1909, having completed the course in mechanical, 
engineering. 



552 PAST AND PRESENT 

Mr. Blistain is a member of the United Ancient Order of Druids, Wal- 
halla Grove, No. 12, and Lafayette Lodge, No. 143, Benevolent and Pro- 
tective Order of Elks. He is a Republican and served one term as a member 
of the city council, elected 1902. 

Personally, Mr. Blistain is a man of pleasing address, always kind, cour- 
teous, obliging, yet straightforward, tactful, business-like, and a man in whom 
the utmost confidence may be reposed, according to those who know him best, 
for his character is exemplary and he holds high rank in both business and 
social circles of Lafayette. 



SENATOR WILLLAM R. WOOD. 

In touching upon the life history of Senator William R. Wood, there is 
no desire to employ fulsome encomium and extravagant praise; yet the 
biographer will endeavor to hold up for consideration those facts which show 
the distinction of a useful and honorable life. To do this will be but to reiter- 
ate the dictum pronounced upon the man by those who have known him long 
and well. To have served his fellow-citizens in one office for a longer period 
than any other man has done in the history of the state, and to have been 
retained in that office by the votes of the people who best know him, is indeed 
a distinction of which any man would have just reason to be proud. To have 
practiced his profession in one community for more than a quarter of a cen- 
tury and during these years to have grown constantly in the esteem of his 
professional brethren and in the respect of the people generally, is irrefutable 
evidence of the ability and sterling worth of the man. In these respects, as 
well as in all other lines of activity in which Senator Wood has been inter- 
ested, he has exhibited qualities which have given him an enviable standing in 
the community. 

Senator William R. Wood is a Hoosier by nativity, having been born 
in Oxford, Benton county, Indiana, January 5, 1861. He is a son of Robert 
and Matilda (Hickman) Wood, the former for many years a well-known 
and honored citizen of Oxford where he successfully conducted a harness 
business. Their son, William R.. spent his boyhood days much like other 
boys of his time, working on the farm during the summer months and attend- 
ing the common schools in the winter time. When fourteen years of age he 
decided to follow in the footsteps of his father and began learning the harness- 
maker's trade in the latter's shop. This, however, soon proved to be not in 
line with the yearnings of his heart, and all his spare time was devoted to 




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Study and preparation for a professional career. He was an indefatigable 
reader and thoughtful student, and before he had attained his majority he 
was enrolled in the law department of the University of Michigan, from 
which he was graduated in 1882, having made a splendid record for scholar- 
ship in that institution. 

Immediately upon his graduation, William R. Wood came to Lafayette, 
Indiana, and entered upon the practice of his profession. He was first asso- 
ciated with Capt. De\\'itt C. Wallace, but this partnership was dissolved within 
two years, and Mr. Wood then entered into a professional alliance with 
Capt. William H. Bryan, and this relation was maintained until 1890, when 
the former was elected prosecuting attorney of the twenty-third judicial circuit 
as the candidate of the Republican party. His performance of the duties of 
the office was marked by efificiency of a high order, and at the close of his 
first term he was again elected, serving two full terms. In 1894 the subject 
was a candidate for the nomination for congressman in the Republican nomi- 
nating convention and several times during the progress of the ballots he 
came within five votes of the nomination. Eighty-seven ballots were taken, 
the nomination finally going to J. Frank Hanly. It was largely through the 
action of Senator Wood in throwing the votes of some of his supporters to 
Mr. Hanly that the latter was nominated. 

After Mr. Hanly's return from congress, he and Senator Wood formed 
a law partnership, the combination proving to be one of unusual strength, 
the firm soon taking place in the front rank of the Tippecanoe county bar. 
This professional association was maintained seven years, or until 1904, when 
Mr. Hanly was elected governor of Indiana and removed to Indianapolis, 
since which time Senator \\'ood has been alone in the practice. 

It was in 1896 that the Republican party selected William R. Wood for 
state senator, and at the ensuing election he received a handsome majority 
of votes, and he entered at once into his legislative duties with an earnest- 
ness and zeal that commended him to the voters of his district. He was not 
in any sense a "grand-stand player," but he accomplished things, and this 
habit of doing things has stuck to him all through his public and professional 
life. So strongly did he impress his constituents that they have returned 
him to the state senate at each subsequent election, so that at the expiration 
of his present term he will have served fourteen consecutive years as senator. 
This is a record that has never been equaled in that body in the history of the 
state and is certainly a marked testimonial to the character of the man. Dur- 
ing this period Senator Wood has twice served as president pro tem. of the 
senate. Among the many successful measures introduced and championed by 



554 PAST AND PRESENT 

him in the state senate was the bill for the appropriation and erection of 
the handsome monument on the Tippecanoe battlefield. 

Senator \\'ood enjoys a large and lucrative law practice, being one of 
the leading members of the Tippecanoe county bar, and he has been engaged 
in many of the most important cases which have been tried here. In dis- 
cussions of the principles of law, he is noted for clearness of statement and 
candor and his zeal for a client never leads him to urge an argument which, 
in his judgment, is not in harmony with the law, and in all the important liti- 
gation with which he has been connected no one has ever charged him with 
anything calculated to bring discredit upon himself or cast a reflection upon 
his profession. As an effective and forceful speaker. Senator Wood's remarks 
always demand attention, whether he is in the legislative hall or the court 
room. He has prospered by reason of his close application to business, and 
aside from his professional duties he has a number of interests that claim his 
attention, being a director in the City National Bank, also a director of the 
Tippecanoe Land and Trust Company, being the attorney for each, and he is 
one of the principal stockholders in the American National Bank ; he is also 
interested in the Tippecanoe Securities Company, being the general attorney 
for the same; this is one of the largest insurance agency companies in the 
state. He is a director and stockholder in the Lafayette Telephone Company; 
also the Kern Packing Company and is its attorney. 

In 1883 Senator Wood was united in marriage with Mary Elizabeth 
Geiger, of Lafayette, the daughter of Frederick and Rachael (McCombs) 
Geiger. Frederick Geiger was the pioneer miller of Lafayette, having oper- 
ated the old Star City Flouring Mill, the products of which were shipped 
principally to Toledo, Ohio, and other eastern points by canal. Mrs. Geiger 
was one of the first white children born in Tippecanoe county, and during 
her life she witnessed the erection of three court houses in Lafayette, the first 
one having been built of logs. 

Senator Wood takes an abiding interest in fraternal affairs. He is a 
member of the Masonic order, in which he has taken the degrees up to and 
including those of Knight Templar, holding the latter relation in Lafayette 
Commandery, and he is also a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order 
of Elks. The Senator possesses a genial disposition and makes friends easily. 
He enjoys probably the widest acquaintance among the voters of the county 
of any of our public men, and he is highly esteemed by all who know him, 
regardless of political or other distinctions. Senator Wood's family on both 
sides are Methodi.sts in their church relations. 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 555 



JOB HAIGH VAN NATTA. 

It is a pleasing as well as an interesting task to place on record the 
career of a man who has been so long and so actively identified with the 
development and progress of Tippecanoe county as the distinguished citizen 
whose name introduces this article, and who holds worthy prestige among 
■those to whom this highly famed section of Indiana is so greatly indebted for 
its advancement and prosperity. 

Job Haigh Van Natta is not only widely known and universally esteemed, 
but ever since becoming an inHuential factor in civic matters his name has 
passed current for all that is upright and honorable and he stands today a 
conspicuous figure in a community long distinguished for the ability, moral 
worth and successful achievements of its representative men of affairs. A 
native of Indiana, he was born January 27, 1833, in Tippecanoe county, being 
a son of John S. and Sarah A. (Haigh) Van Natta, who were among the 
early settlers near the village of Otterbein and who also ranked high as intel- 
ligent, enterprising and influential members of the community which they 
helped establish. 

The Van Nattas moved to Indiana from Ohio, but originally lived in 
New Jersey where, in 1801, John S. Van Natta was born. His father 
was Gilbert Van Natta, who was born in 1772 and who married in his 
young manhood a Miss Senteny and who, for a number of years thereafter, 
resided near the city of Trenton, New Jersey, where he followed the vocation 
of farming. When their son was quite small, his parents moved to Mays- 
ville, Kentucky, where the lad spent his boyhood, and later they changed 
their residence to Ohio where, in due time, John Senteny Van Natta united 
in marriage with Mrs. Sarah A. Wilson, whose first husband had died a few 
years previously, leaving her with three children to support. It is worthy 
of note that all these children grew up to be honorable men and women and 
dignified their respective stations in life. One of them, Hon. John T. Wilson, 
a man of high standing and widely known in political circles, represented 
one of the Ohio districts in congress, and also endowed in Adams county, 
where he lived, a home for those whom age and infirmity rendered incapable 
of caring for themselves ; Spencer Wilson, another son, became an extensive 
landowner in Iowa, and a very wealthy man, while a third, a daughter, mar- 
ried Walter Moore and lived for a number of years in Shelby township. Tip- 
pecanoe county, where she reared a large family. 

The maiden name of Mrs. Wilson was Sarah A. Haigh ; she was born 



556 PAST AND PRESENT 

in England and when six years old came to America with her parents, her 
father being Job Haigh, an expert cabinetmaker, who was employed for 
some time on the construction of the capitol building in the city of Washing- 
ton. The marriage of John Senteny Van Natta and Sarah A. Wilson, which 
took place about the year 1820, resulted in three children, Aaron, Rachel and 
Maria, all torn while the parents lived in Ohio. In 1829, the family moved 
overland in a four-horse wagon to Indiana, and settled in Shelby township, 
Tippecanoe county, where Mr. Van Natta entered two hundred acres of public 
land, to which he added from time to time until he finally became the possessor 
of about four hundred acres, the greater part of which he cleared, reduced 
to cultivation and converted into a fine farm. Three sons, William S., Job 
H. and James G., were born after the family settled in Tippecanoe county 
and their early lives were closely interwoven with the community in which 
they first saw the light of day. 

Maria J., the third daughter, first became the wife of John Bigger and 
later married John W. Fisher, a prosperous farmer near Battle Ground, where 
she still resides, having reached the advanced age of eighty-two years, and 
retaining to a marked degree the possession of her bodily and mental powers. 
Another daughter, Rachel, died at the age of twenty years. William S. Van 
Natta. who lives at Fowler, is an extensive landowner, an enterprising and 
wealthy farmer and the head of a large family, all of his children being 
well-to-do and highly esteemed in their respective places of residence. 

Job H. Van Natta. who has spent his entire life of seventy-six years 
near the place of his birth, is perhaps the oldest native citizen of Tippecanoe 
county at the present time. He was reared to agricultural pursuits on the 
family homestead near Otterbein, grew to the full stature of rugged, well- 
rounded manhood with a proper conception of life and its responsibilities and 
on attaining his majority purchased a quarter section of land northeast of 
Otterbein, which he fenced and broke and in due time had the greater part 
in a successful state of cultivation. There being no sawmills in the locality 
at that time he was obliged to go to Crawfordsville for the lumber with 
which to enclose the part of his land intended for tillage. The dealer giving 
him choice between walnut and poplar at the same price he chose the latter 
because of its being lighter and more easily hauled, thus saving at least one 
trip over the long and illy constructed roads, but little realizing the loss he 
.sustained in the transaction. 

By dint of hard lalx)r and continuous toil Mr. Van Natta finally suc- 
ceeded in reclaiming the greater part of his land and making one of the 
l->est farms and one of the most l>eautiful and desirable rural homes in the 



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county. No sooner had he gotten his affairs in a condition to live easily 
and enjoy the fruits of his struggles and toil than the national horizon became 
overcast by the ominous clouds of impending civil war. A lover of country 
and loyal in all the term implies, he made ready to take part in the conflict 
as soon as it should be precipitated. When the clouds finally burst and the 
stern call came he was among the first men in Tippecanoe county to tender 
his services to the government, enlisting in September, 1861, in the Tenth 
Regiment Indiana A^olunteer Infantry, and being elected first lieutenant upon 
the organization of Company D, to which he belonged. Mr. Van Natta 
was not long in proceeding to the front and during the years which followed 
he rendered faithful and efficient service in some of the most noted campaigns 
and many of the bloodiest battles of the war, sharing with his comrades all 
the vicissitudes in which his command took part, and proving under all cir- 
cumstances a brave and gallant soldier who shrank from no danger nor hesi- 
tated to go wherever duty called. Among the first battles in which he was 
engaged was Mill Springs, Kentucky, where a musket ball passed through his 
cap ; from there he returned with the army to Louisville preparatory to moving 
against the enemy farther south. Taking boats at that city, the force pro- 
ceeded to Nashville, Tennessee, thence marched to Pittsburg Landing in 
time to participate in the second day's battle, with Buell's command. For 
brave and meritorious conduct on that bloody field, Mr. Van Natta was 
promoted captain March 20, 1862, in which capacity he led his men against 
the enemy at Corinth, where he distinguished himself at the head of six com- 
panies, four infantry and two of cavalry, and added to his already well-estab- 
lished reputation as an intrepid though careful and judicious officer. For his 
conduct in the latter action he was highly praised by his brigade commander, 
General Steadman, and, for duty ably and gallantly performed, he was made 
major of the regiment November 18, 1862, which position he held until 
commissioned lieutenant-colonel September 21, 1863, by Governor Morton, 
for especially brilliant service at the battle of Chickamauga. 

From Corinth the Federal forces marched to Tuscumbia, Alal)ama. but 
being threatened in the rear by General Bragg they returned to Louisville, 
thence proceeded to Perryville in time to take part in the sanguinary engage- 
ment near that place. From Perryville. the march was continued to Lafayette, 
Georgia, with a number of skirmishes and se\-eral battles on the way, but 
the movement of Longstreet, whose aim was to move his corps from the 
Potomac so as to form a junction with the western army under the command 
of Bragg, caused the Federals tn he hurried by a fnrced march ti> Chicka- 
mauga. .\rriving at the latter place Colonel Croxton. who commanded the 



558 PAST AND PRESENT 

brigade, ordered Major Van Natta to take command of the skirmish line and 
bring on an engagement, which was done in due order. At first it was thought 
the enemy had but a small force on the opposite side of the river, with a bridge 
burned liehind them, but as Major Van Natta developed their true position 
it was learned, much to the chagrin of the Union troops, that what was 
supposed to be a small force was the entire Confederate army in readiness 
for battle. 

The battle of Chickamauga, one of the hardest and bloodiest of the war, 
need not here be described. Suffice it to state, however, that the regiment 
to which Major Van Natta belonged displayed the most gallant and determined 
courage on that awful day, and of his former company fully one-half were 
killed and wounded, other commands suffering in like manner. The Major 
and his gallant men performed prodigies of valor against overwhelming odds, 
and in the leading of a forlorn hope he displayed a brilliancy of leadership 
and at the same time a wise discretion that, as already indicated, led to 
his being commissioned lieutenant-colonel of the regiment by the war governor 
of Indiana, a short time after the battle was fought. The retreat from the 
field of Chickamauga to Chattanooga, where the Federals took a position with 
the river behind them on the west, with Lookout mountain rising from the 
river on the south, a gap of one mile from the mountain to Missionary Ridge, 
which stretched around the troops north, then northwest to the river ; on the 
mountain and the ridge the Confederate forces in battle array awaited the 
onset, but the capture of the mountains by strategy and the resistless charge 
to and up over the ridge, during which thousands of brave men fell a sacri- 
fice to the awful moloch of war, the precipitate retreat of the Confederates, 
the shouts of victory by the elated hosts of the North — all have been told and 
retold until the history of that terrible struggle has become as familiar as 
a household tale. 

In (leneral Thomas' command, fighting with his wounded arm in a sling. 
Major Van Natta stood for some time facing Missionarv Ridge and when 
the center charged without orders he was among the first to ascend the 
declivity, in the face of a murderous fire, and to him belongs no little of the 
credit of inspiring his men in a situation which has no parallel in the annals of 
warfare. After the capture of Missionary Ridge." the Major marched with 
Sherman through Georgia to Atlanta and participated in several sanguinary 
battles which led to the reduction of that noted stronghold, including among 
others those of Peachtree Creek, Buzzard Roost, and Resaca ; in fact, he was 
under almost continuous fire until the city fell and Georgia ixissed from Con- 
federate to Federal control. At the expiration of his term of service he was 



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discharged September 19, 1864. witli an honorable record, one of which any 
bra\e defender of his country might well feel proud, and returning home he 
resumed the peaceful pursuits of civil life at Lafayette, with the material 
interests of which prosperous city he has since been largely identified. 

For about twenty years Mr. Van Natta was associated with his brother 
in the cattle business at Lafayette, buying and shipping to the leading eastern 
markets, and consigning every week from twenty to thirty car loads and 
frequently handling considerably in excess of those figures. The enterprise 
proved successful beyond their most ardent expectations and on retiring from 
business they each possessed a fortune of sufficient magnitude to make them 
independent and earn for them prominent positions among the financially 
strong and reliable men of Lafayette and the county of Tippecanoe. 

Mr. Van Natta has large and valuable tracts of land in the county 
besides real estate in the city of his residence and elsewhere, owning eight 
hundred acres of fine land north of Battle Ground, the greater part under 
cultivation and otherwise highly improved. He also has six hundred acres 
near Otterbein and seven hundred acres in LaGrange county, all very valu- 
able, and in addition to these interests he is a stockholder and director of the 
Merchants" National Bank of Lafayette, owns stock in the Lafayette Loan 
and Trust Company, of which he is also a director, besides holding large 
interests in the Lafayette Savings Bank, of which he is a trustee, and the 
First National Bank of Boswell and the State Bank of Otterbein, being presi- 
dent of the last two institutions. 

Mr. Van Natta has always kept pace with the times not only in business 
matters but in public affairs, and a number of enterprises which have made 
for the material progress and general welfare of Lafa\-ette and Tippecanoe 
county have profited by his counsel and advice. For many years he has been 
a trustee of Purdue University and, like all public-spirited men of the city, 
he has never permitted his interest in this splendid institution to wane nor 
been lacking in his duty to other means for the intellectual advancement of the 
community honored by his citizenship. His heart and hand have been seen 
and felt in nearly every institution and movement that has for its purpose 
the benefit and uplift of his fellowmen, and his friendships, always constant, 
zealous and reliable, have given him an influence such as few exercise. 

^Ir. Van Natta, on October 10, 1866, contracted a marriage with Harriet 
Barnes, daughter of Samuel Barnes (see sketch of Thomas J. Barnes), which 
union has been blessed with six children, viz. : Blanche, wife of Augustus 
Ruffner, of Chicago, and the mother of a son named Henr)- Van Natta 
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Gilbert, a wealthy cattleman of Texas ; Louise, now Mrs. George E. Baldwin, 
of Seattle, Washington; John W., who is interested with his brother in Texas, 
and Nancy, who is a member of the home circle. Mr. Van Natta is above 
the average height, tall and of gentlemanly bearing, courteous in his relations 
with his fellowmen and generous and kind to all. His tastes are largely 
domestic and he finds his keenest enjoyment in his home and with his family 
in whom he manifests a pardonable and well-deserved pride. 



ZEBULOX BAIRD. 

Zebulon Baird was of Scotch descent, born in New Jersey and reared 
and educated in Ohio; but forty years of his manhood, with their record of 
honorable achievement, belong to Indiana. His great-grandfather, John 
Baird, was the Scottish ancestor who came to America in 1683 and, although 
a lad under the age of twenty, purchased a goodly tract of land at Marlboro, 
Monmouth county. New Jersey, and proceeded to erect a homestead. This 
quaint old house is still standing — an interesting structure of the early colonial 
type. John Baird married, and his descendants were men of large landed inter- 
ests and social consequence. 

The second generation of American Bairds became connected with 
another of New Jersey's substantial families — one of political prominence in 
colonial times — by the marriage of James Baird and Deliverance Bowne. 
These were the parents of the subject, who thus drew directly from two 
family founts of ability and virtue. Zebulon Baird, one of six children, was 
born December 21, 181 7. Soon after his birth, his parents left their New 
Jersey home and settled upon a farm in Warren county, Ohio. Here Zebulon 
grew and studied. His schoolhouse was a log cabin, but his instructor was a 
man of practical attainments and classical culture, and, like the Bairds, a 
stanch Scotch Presbyterian. Zebulon was early ready for collegiate work, 
ami duly entered Miami University, of which Robert H. Bishop was then 
president. His college course completed, he liegan the study of law under 
Governor Thomas Corwin at Lebanon, and in the spring of 1838 he was 
admitted to the bar of Ohio; a few months later he began practice at Lafay- 
ette. Indiana, in partnership with Judge Ingram, a veteran in the legal field. 
Mr. Baird was markedly of the student type. To absorb and systematize truth 
for practical use was with him a natural mental function. His classical 
knowledge was the wonder, admiration and reference fund of his associates. 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 56I 

He loved his profession for itself, without regard to the financial rewards 
of success or political prestige. Yet, still more did he love his country and 
the cause of liberty, and when the Civil war came on he entered service as 
captain under General Milroy. During his army experience he met with an 
adventure which promised to be more serious than it proved. It was at the 
second battle of Bull Run. Unknown to him, the Union forces had beaten a 
retreat, he being engaged at the time in carrying orders. Unconscious of 
his peril, he rode into the picket lines of the enemy where he was quickly 
captured, and he subsequently was made an inmate of that historic horror, 
Libby Prison. Unlike the fate of so many of his fellow-victims, he was soon 
released, on exchange, and the sequel to this prison episode wears a tinge of 
less gloomy romance. He had at that time a case pending in the United 
States supreme court, and as the city of Washington lay in the line of his 
journey from Libby Prison to his new post of duty to which he was assigned, 
he took advantage of this opportunity to plead his cause. He addressed the 
court in his officer's uniform, and the interest awakened by the novel appear- 
ance of the military advocate was deepened into profound attention by the 
force of his oratory. At the conclusion of his plea, he was the recipient of 
much gratulation, and one of the justices was led facetiously to wonder what 
might not be expected of generals when captains could argue so well. The 
rigors of military life told severely upon the slender constitution of Captain 
Baird, and a short time before the declaration of peace he was obliged to 
resign his commission. Returning home, he devoted himself to professional 
work and in the few remaining years of his life he earned a reputation in 
Indiana as one of the ablest and most thoroughly equipped lawyers of its bar. 
His intellectual talents were of the highest order, yet he did not rely upon 
those talents for his success, as so many similarly gifted would have done. 
His early mental discipline had been most excellent, and throughout his 
professional career he was a close and conscientious student of his cases. The 
philosophy of law was his delight, and in the consideration of legal proposi- 
tions he dwelt upon principles rather than precedents, but he never neglected 
to inform himself on the law of his cases, and if precedent became imperative,, 
he was always prepared to apply it with his characteristic skill. His thorough 
acquaintance with fundamental principles and his acute analytical power made 
him quick to detect a weakness or fallacy in an argument, and he was a 
formidable antagonist; yet his self-control was superb and his courtesy to 
adversaries, as well as to court and jury, unvarying. He was a man of pure 
and lofty ideals, to which he was never for a moment oblivious. Joseph E. 
McDonald, formerly United States senator from Indiana, read law in the 
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office of Mr. Baird, and the success which he later won, both as an attorney 
and pohtician, he attributed to the splendid training he had received from his 
legal patron, whom he declared to be one of the ablest lawyers ever produced 
by the state of Indiana. Nor was he unsupported by the profession in his 
high estimate of Mr. Baird. In "Sketches of the Old Indiana Supreme Court 
Bar," by Gen. John Coburn, Zebulon Baird is accredited with his many super- 
ior abilities, which are finally epitomized in these words: "He was well 
matched with the best lawyers on the Wabash, and in any English-speaking 
court would have ranked among the highest." In person, Mr. Baird was a 
type almost feminine in its delicacy. His features were fine and clearly cut ; 
his blue eyes mild ; his pale face vitalized with thought. He was one of those 
rare personalities from which all grosser elements seem refined away, until 
the intellectual and spiritual being stands out in bold relief. The contempla- 
tion of such men, frail in physique, yet pronounced in character and sensibility, 
is reassuring to religious faith, making easier the conception of a future state 
in which the individuality shall appear unchanged, only more clearly and 
purely defined in its freedom from the mortal clod. 

Mr. Baird was married on January 22, 1839, to Martha M. Probasco, 
whose father was the late Rev. John Probasco, of Lebanon, Ohio. Five chil- 
dren were born of this union. Mr. Baird died January 29, 1877. and his 
widow on the 22d of June. 1898. 



LEE HARRY MORGAN. 

Among the younger coterie of business men of Lafayette and one who is 
rapidly pushing his way to the front by means of fidelity to his chosen work 
and by a determined energy that knows no flagging until whatever task he has 
in hand is finished, is Lee H. Morgan, the scion of as worthy ancestors as any- 
one can claim. He was bom in Farmington, Fulton county, Illinois, May 25, 
1870, the son of George W. and Martha E. (Warner) Morgan. When Lee 
was five years old the family moved to Sidney, Champaign county, Illinois, 
where they remained for eight years, then moved to Salem, Illinois, the former 
home of William Jennings Br\-an, Mr. Bryan having been a schoolmate of 
Mrs. George W. Morgan. After three years spent at Salem, the Morgan 
family moved to Champaign. Illinois. At this place Lee H. left school, having 
secured a fairly good text-book training, for the purpose of entering the 
grocery business, in which he remained for two years. Then he, together 



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with his father and brother, started a mattress factory at Champaign, which 
they successfully conducted for three years, when the family moved to Lafay- 
ette, Indiana. This was in 1900. Lee H. and his brother William F. started 
a mattress factory and carpet cleaning business soon after they came to Lafay- 
ette on South Sixteenth street, for which they were well equipped, consequently 
were able to do first-class work. Their carpet cleaning is done in a large 
cylinder, fifteen feet in diameter, which revolves slowly; it is made of slats, 
and is so constructed that the carpet will roll and fall from top to bottom, thus 
beating it mechanically, airing it and removing the dirt. All the machinery 
is iip-to-date and the very best work is turned out here quickly and at reason- 
able prices. The name of the firm was Morgan & Morgan after they came 
here. After operating their original business for about a year they added 
furniture upholstering and repairing. In 1905 William F. withdrew from the 
business and Lee H. Morgan still continues the business under his own name. 
He not only makes new upholstered furniture, but refinishes antique furniture 
of the highest quality. When this business was first started by the Morgan 
brothers in Lafayette they occupied a room only twenty -two by fifty feet. 
About three years later they erected a large addition, which they again en- 
larged in 1906, the business having grown until this became a necessity. Two 
floors are now required, thirty-three by ninety-six feet throughout. A number 
of employes are kept busy turning out the work, the business now covering a 
wide territory and constantly growing. 

Lee H. Morgan was married, June 30, 1903, to Rosa Fluck, of Cham- 
paign, Illinois, a very affable woman, the representative of an excellent family. 

In his fraternal relations, Mr. Morgan is a member of the Knights of 
Pythias lodge; he also belongs to Trinity Methodist Episcopal church. In 
1905 he erected a new dwelling just south of the factory, which is modern, con- 
venient and attractive. He is a hard worker, plans well and has succeeded. 
He always takes a summer vacation on the northern lakes where he regales 
himself hunting and fishing, being something of a sportsman. He likes good 
horses and does considerable driving. He is obliging and friendly and a man 
who makes and retains friends easily. 



WILLIAM MONHOLAN JACKSON. 

He whose career is now taken under consideration and to whom the 
reader's attention is respectfully directed, is numbered among the progressive 
citizens of Lafayette and one of the representative men of Tippecanoe county, 



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of which he has been a resident all his life, having been born here, and he has 
gained prosperity through his own honest efforts in connection with the de- 
velopment of the natural resources and the subsequent business prosperity. 
William M. Jackson first saw the light of day near Quaker Grove, this county, 
not far from the Montgomery county line, January 23,. 1869, the son of James 
M. and Elizabeth R. (Campbell) Jackson, the parents having come to Tippe- 
canoe county in 1865 from Gallia county, Ohio. Their son, William M., 
grew up on the home farm, which he worked and attended the district schools 
in the meantime. He remained on the farm until he was twenty-three years 
old, although his parents moved to Lafayette when he was eighteen, William 
M. desiring to farm with his brother-in-law. Farming, however, soon lost 
its charm for him and in 1892 and 1893 he went into the grocery business 
in Lafayette. Later he conducted a retail feed store for two years. Then 
he worked one year for the Western Construction Company on street con- 
tracts. In 1900 he began cement contracting for himself, starting in a small 
way with very limited capital, but a good credit. He made bids for city 
work and got contracts thereby. He began building sidewalks, then street 
construction and sewers and bridges, making a success in all and gradually 
extending his business until he had a large force of men employed and was 
constantly engaged on some large and important work. In 1907 he built 
South Eighteenth street from Kossuth street to the city limits. In 1906 the 
Lafayette Fuel and Builders' Supply Company was organized with a capital 
stock of ten thousand dollars, and Mr. Jackson was elected president of the 
same, which position he still holds, managing the affairs of the company in a 
manner as to insure abundant success and to stamp him as a business man of 
no mean ability and sagacity. In 1903 Mr. Jackson put down cement side- 
walks and curb and gutters from Main street bridge to Purdue University. 
In that year he erected his commodious, modern and beautiful home on East 
Kossuth street where he now resides. He works now principally on private 
construction work, having become one of the most popular contractors in the 
county, owing to the fact that he guarantees all his work and is quick to 
make good any defect. He does not go into debt except as an investment, and 
he always meets his obligations promptly. He believes that hard work and 
good management will always win, and this has been the secret of his large 
success. He deserves a great deal of credit for what he has done, but he is 
unpretentious, plain, kind and generous. 

Mr. Jackson was married July 19. 1899. to Nellie G. Baker, of Lafayette. 
and to this union two sons have been born, namelv : Earl Linden and Law- 



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rence M. The Jackson household is a mutually happy and hospitable one, 
popular among a wide circle of friends. 

In politics, Mr. Jackson is a Republican and is a member of the town- 
ship advisory board. In 1906 he was nominated by his party for township 
trustee, but by reason of unusual circumstances, he was defeated after a very 
spirited contest. In his fraternal relations he is a member of Lafayette Lodge, 
No. 123, Free and Accepted Masons, the Knights of Pythias, the Improved 
Order of Red Men and the Woodmen of the World. 



FREDERICK DORNER. 

The German element in America's national life has contributed much to 
the country's material prosperity, being felt as a potential force along in- 
dustrial, commercial and agricultural lines, to say nothing of the important 
place it occupies in the arts and sciences and its influence in the military, edu- 
cational and religious circles, as well as in the domain of politics. A fine 
representative of this nationality is found in Frederick Dorner, whose name is 
known nationally, having built up a lucrative and extensive business in the 
pleasant science of floriculture in which he seems to have much more than 
ordinary ability, both natural and cultivated, as we shall see by a perusal of the 
following paragraphs. r"21'^^-^ 

Mr. Dorner's birth occurred in Baden, Germany, November 29, 1837, 
the son of Frederick and Christine Dorner, who are remembered as honest 
and industrious people, of the better class of Germans. When eighteen years 
of age, Frederick decided that the great republic across the sea held greater 
possibilities for a lad of his temperament than his home land, consequently 
he set sail for the United States, coming directly to Lafayette, Indiana, where 
a brother, Philip, had previously settled. Since his arrival here in 1855 Fred- 
erick Dorner has noted many extensive changes and played well his part in 
the subsequent business expansion. Very early in life he was a lover of 
nature, having something of the poetic temperament in that he loved flowers, 
herbs, shrubs, etc., liked to see them grow and to cultivate them, but, unlike 
the poet, he also saw the great commercial side of this prodigal beauty of 
plant life and sought to turn it into account, with the result that he began 
working for the florist Lloyd, with whom he remained for a time, then 
worked at other things until he had a start. 

On March 2, 1861, Mr. Dorner chose a life partner in the person of 
Marguerita Eihl, daughter of Lawrence Eihl, of Lafayette. Her father after- 



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wards bought and operated the Peters mill on ^^'ild Cat creek. The Eihl 
family is an old and highly respected one. 

After following farming for a time, Mr. Dorner, in 1865, went to Wis- 
consin where he followed farming until 1870, in which year he returned to 
Lafayette and started a florist business at Gaasch's Garden on Underwood 
street, where there were already greenhouses, which he rented. About 1875 
he moved to the south side of Indiana avenue, renting ground at Nineteenth 
street of Moses Fowler in what is now known at the Echo addition. Here 
he built a greenhouse and carried on his business in a very successful manner, 
but upon the death of Mr. Fowler he moved, buying land of Martin L. 
Peirce, consisting of nine acres on Indiana avenue. This was in 1900, and 
since that time he has added to his original purchase from year to year until 
his holdings at present are not only extensive but very valuable. In 1905, Mr. 
Dorner purchased twenty-four acres at Twenty-fourth street and Indiana 
avenue and built greenhouses there. Mrs. John Heath was the former owner 
of this property. When Mr. Dorner started in business at Nineteenth street 
and the north side of Indiana avenue he had three houses and about seven 
thousand square feet of glass. This was in 1890. The growth of his busi- 
ness since that date has been phenomenal and is gradually increasing. He 
now has one hundred thousand square feet of glass, and his residence at 
Nineteenth street and Indiana avenue is one of the attractive homes of Lafay- 
ette, being modern, commodious and in the midst of the most attractive 
grounds in this locality, surrounded by broad lawns, with winding walks, many 
kinds of rare and beautiful shade trees surrounding the home, which in every 
way is an ideal one. Mr. Dorner has a down-town office and retail establish- 
ment at No. 640 Main street, which is usually a busy place. Since 1890 he 
has made a specialty of growing carnations, and no finer specimens than 
those produced in his greenhouses are to be found anywhere ; their beauty and 
quality have become so widely known that his shipments extend from the 
Great Lakes to the Gulf and from the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans. He has 
been quite successful in the culture of new varieties of this favorite flower. 

Thirteen children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Dorner, four sons and 
three daughters of which number are now living, six having died in 
early life, three in infancy. Frederick died when two years old; Margaret 
died when seven years of age : Christine reached the age of twenty-one before 
summoned to the silent land; those living are: Fred E.. Jr., married Ida 
Prass and they are the parents of two children. Dorothy and Fred. Theodore 
A. married Lillian Harrington, of Lafayette, and they are the parents of two 
children, Catherine and Lucile. Herman B. : William Philip; Emily is at 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 567 

home ; Anna married Fred E. Hudson, who assists Mr. Dorner in the green- 
house, and he and his wife are the parents of one child, James Frederick; 
Emma married Claude Riddle and lives in Los Angeles, California ; they are 
the parents of three children, George, Margaret and Claude. Fred, Theodore, 
Emily, Anna and Emma, also Fred Hudson are stockholders in the business 
conducted by Mr. Dorner. Herman Dorner is professor of floriculture at 
Urbana, Illinois, in the horticultural department of the college there. William 
Dorner is living at home and is attending Purdue University. 

Mr. Dorner's business was incorporated in 1896 under the laws of the 
state, the officers being as follows: Frederick Dorner. Sr., president; Theo- 
dore Dorner, vice-president; Fred E. Dorner. Jr.. secretary and treasurer. 

No family in Lafayette is better known or bears a better reputation than 
that of the Dorners, each member of which holds high rank, both in business 
and social circles. 



JOHN SCHXAIBLE. 

A well-known and influential business man in Lafayette. Indiana, is 
John Schnaible, a man who is deserving of great credit for what he has 
accomplished owing to the fact that he has been compelled to overcome in- 
numerable obstacles that have thwarted his pathway from early childhood, but 
being possessed of those innate characteristics that always make for success 
despite adversity, he has pushed aside all hindering causes that would have a 
tendency to deflect his course from the true goal he has sought, and he is 
today president of a large and constantly growing manufacturing concern, 
built up very largely through his untiring efforts — the M. & J. Schnaible 
Company, soap manufacturers. 

John Schnaible was born July 30, 1837, in Wurttemberg, Germany, the 
son of Michael and Dorothea Schnaible. who. in 1853, started from their 
old home in the Fatherland to the newer republic of the west, and after a 
disastrous voyage of forty-seven days. Mrs. Schnaible and her five children 
landed in the harbor of New York, the father and one child. Jacob, having 
died on the way over of cholera which invaded the ship, taking forty-seven 
of its passengers. Also a brother of IMichael, Sr., fell a victim to the dread 
scourge. The children who sur\-ived were Margaret. John, George, Michael 
and Matt. John had the cholera but recovered. Three other members of 
this family of Schnaible children had died before the family left Germany. 

In February. 1854. i\Irs. Dorothea Schnaible and her voung children 



568 PAST AND PRESENT 

penetrated into the interior, coming to Lafayette, Indiana. Their means hav- 
ing been nearly exhausted, the children that were old enough to work sought 
employment at whatever they could get to do. Michael found em- 
ployment in a little soap factory and this was the beginning of the interesting 
and successful career of the Schnaible brothers in this line of business. His 
brother, John, found employment in the same factory in 1858. These brothers 
worked hard and saved their money until ten years later. In 1868 they were 
enabled to purchase the plant and went into business for themselves under the 
name of M. & J. Schnaible, and by judicious management the plant has grad- 
ually grown until today its products are well known and eagerly sought after 
in a wide territory, their plant being equipped with all modern appliances and 
managed with a superb system. It became necessary for them to build a brick 
building in which to house their factory. Later they found it necessary to 
add on a large addition. In the spring of 1899 the business had been incor- 
porated under the name of M. & J. Schnaible Company and other members of 
the family were taken in. The firm manufactures laundry soaps exclusively, 
among their best known brands being "Star City," "Daylight" and "Does-it- 
Easy Naptha." Their trade extends over all Indiana, Ohio, Missouri, Iowa, 
Kentucky, Alabama ; also a part of West Virginia and other states. 

When the Schnaible family landed in America John Schnaible, of this 
re\iew, was sixteen years old. He had attended school in Germany and 
spent his early boyhood on the farm. On August 18, 1869, he was united in 
marriage with Mary ]\Iertz. of Baden, and this union has resulted in the birth 
of three children, two of whom died in infancy, and the other, a boy named 
Willie, died in childhood. 

Mr. and INIrs. Schnaible are members of the German Lutheran church, in 
which the former has been an elder for many years. In politics he is a Demo- 
crat. Mr. and Mrs. Schnaible have a neat and comfortable home. They are 
kind, hospitable, hard workers. In the summer of 1909 they took an enjoy- 
able trip to the Pacific coast, visiting California and Washington. 



SAMUEL PROBASCO BAIRD. 

Samuel Prol)a.sco Baird is a son of Zebulon and Martha M. (Probasco) 
Baird. He was born in Lafayette and has lived there continuously except 
during the period of his engagement abroad in the service of his country. He 
was educated in the common and private schools of Lafayette until 1861, 
when he entered the L'nited States Xaval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, 




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remaining there four years. In 1865 he was graduated with honor and became 
a fuU-fledged midshipman in the navy of the United States. The following 
year he was ordered for duty as a midshipman on board the United States 
ship "Pensacola," commanded by Capt. John L. Worden, of "Monitor" fame. 
The "Pensacola" sailed from New York for the North Pacific station, and, 
after visiting the most important seaports on both coasts of South America, 
arrived at San Francisco in 1867. Here Mr. Baird received his commission 
as ensign and was detached from the "Pensacola" and ordered for duty as an 
officer of the deck, on board the United States ship "Resaca." Within a few 
months he became navigating officer of this ship and in less than a year its 
executive officer, and while on duty aboard the "Resaca" he was promoted 
from ensign to master and from master to lieutenant. During this period the 
"Resaca" was employed in cruising along' the west coast of Mexico, and, hav- 
ing seen much hard service, she was ordered to Mare Island navy yard, San 
Francisco, for repairs. The executive officer of a man-of-war is always held 
responsible for the general condition of his ship and the discipline and efficiency 
of its officers and crew. Although Lieutenant Baird was the youngest among 
all the executive officers of the fleet, both in years and length of service, yet 
his ship and crew were always considered in every respect equal to the best. 
In July, 1869, Lieutenant Baird was ordered East, and, after a short leave of 
absence, was assigned to duty at the Boston navy yard. Subsequently he 
served at Mound City, New Orleans and Key West. on iron-clad duty. In 
1 87 1 he was ordered to the United States Naval Academy as instructor in 
seamanship and naval tactics at the request of Admiral Worden, who was 
then superintendent of the academy and had been captain of the "Pensacola" 
when Mr. Baird served on her as midshipman. After filling the position one 
year, he obtained a leave of absence and soon afterward resigned his com- 
mission as lieutenant in the navy in order to take up the practice of law in 
Lafayette. Mr. Baird had long contemplated this step, and for several 
years before resigning devoted to the study of law all of his time not required 
for the performance of his official duties, and in this way qualified himself 
for admission to the bar. He had become convinced that the active pur- 
suits of civil life, in a congenial profession, would be preferable to the duties 
of an officer of the navy in time of peace. He entered upon the practice of 
the law as a partner and under the guidance of his father and to the instruc- 
tion thus received at the threshold of his career as a practitioner. Mr. Baird 
ascribes a large measure of his success at the bar. After the death of his 
father, in 1877, he practiced alone for ten years and then formed a partner- 
ship with \y. DeWitt Wallace, which continued until the latter was elected 



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judge of the superior court in 1894. Since that time he has carried on his 
practice alone. Mr. Baird has devoted himself to the law without reserve and 
has neither held nor sought political office. His practice has been principally 
in the courts of Tippecanoe and adjoining counties and in the supreme court. 
In the management and trial of cases he has been associated with or pitted 
against the leading lawyers of Indiana and adjacent states, and he has been 
engaged as counsel in most of the important litigation in his section of the 
state during the last twenty years. His personal character is irreproachable. 

In 1881, Mr. Baird married Elizabeth D. Rochester, daughter of the late 
William K. Rochester, Esq., of Lafayette. They had one child, a son, 
Rochester Baird. Mrs. Baird died on May 27. 1903. 

In 1906, Rochester Baird graduated from the Indiana University, receiv- 
ing the degree of Bachelor of Laws, and was admitted to the bar by the 
supreme court and the United States district court for the state of Indinna. 
Following in the footsteps of his grandfather and father, he commenced and 
is now engaged in the practice of his chosen profession at Lafavette. 



HUGH SEABAUGH JAMISON. 

One of Lafayette's honored and well-known business men is Hugh S. 
Jamison, a descendant of sterling pioneer ancestry, he himself having come 
down to the present generation from pioneer days and has played well his 
part in the subsequent development of this favored section of the great 
Hoosier state from its wildernesses to present-day opulent prosperity. He 
was born November 21, 1837, at Greensburg, Indiana, the son of Martin 
and Margaret (Freeman) Jamison. The former's father was also named 
Martin, his wife having borne the name of Barbara. They came from Greens- 
burg, Pennsylvania, about 1820, and settled near the present city of Greens- 
burg, Indiana. Martin Jamison, Jr., was born in Washington county, Penn- 
sylvania, in 1806, in which county his wife, Margaret Freeman, was also 
born, in 1812. They made a toilsome journey across the mountains to 
Indiana and settled on the present i^ublic square of Greensl)nrg, the surround- 
ings then being decidedly wild and primitive, but they lived to see its wondrous 
improvements, doing their just share of the work of development. Martin 
Jamison, Jr., is remembered as a man of unusual natural ability. He had 
a good education and was an able lawyer for those days, becoming prominent 
in pfiliticnl affairs, having ably represented Decatur countv in tlie sessions 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 571 

of the legislature from 1839 to 1842, inclusive, during which time he wrought 
a great influence for the good of his constituents. He was a staunch Whig and 
an admirer and supporter of Henry Clay. Before he began practicing law he 
followed merchandising for a time, bringing his goods from New York or 
Philadelphia by stage, and he sent back produce to pay for the same. After 
he began the practice of law he filled his appointments at various courts, 
however remote, riding thereto on horseback. He was a forceful speaker, 
well versed in the tenets of the law, and was very popular over his district. 

To Mr. and Mrs. Martin Jamison, Jr., the following children were born: 
John, Cynthia A. (who married John P. Hittle), Sarah, Hugh S. and Wil- 
liam. Of these only Hugh S., of this review, survives. Up to 1884 the 
latter lived in Greensburg most of the time and engaged in the clothing and 
dry goods business in that city from 1865 for several years. In 1877 he 
entered the music business in that place and continued in the same until 1880, 
when for two years he was manager of a large clothing store. He made a 
success of all these lines, owing to his innate business qualifications, but the 
confinement in the clothing store was bad for his health and he returned to the 
music business, which he continued until 1884, in which year he disposed of 
his interests at Greensburg and came to Lafayette. He was salesman for two 
years for one music store in this city and eleven years for another, then, after 
spending two years as salesman for a third music store, he went into business 
for himself, in 1897. He has been successfully engaged in the music business 
on North Ninth street for more than ten years, during which time he has 
enjoyed a large and extensive patronage. He has a neat, well-kept and at- 
tractive store, stocked with various grades and types of musical instruments, 
his stock always being carefully selected. 

Mr. Jamison was united in marriage, December 13, 1866, with Ella Nora 
Barnes, of Greensburg, Indiana, the daughter of Turner and Miriam Barnes. 
Mr. Barnes, who was a soldier in the Civil war, is still living at the advanced 
age of eighty-five years. He was a member of the famous Wilder's Brigade. 
He is a man of exceptionally clean character, and he is in possession of all 
his faculties, possesses a steadv hand, a clear brain and an excellent memory. 
To Mr. and Mrs. Jamison four children ha\-e been born, three of whom 
are living, namely : Lafayette Freeman, of New York, engaged in the broker- 
age business ; James Blaine, who graduated in pharmacy at Purdue Univer- 
sity in 1903, is now in Boston, Massachusetts, also engaged in the brokerage 
business; Genevieve is now the wife of William E. Kurtz, a well-known 
business man in Indianapolis; Cynthia Elbert, who died February 12. 1889, 
was the wife of Harry P. Dodd, a traveling auditor on the Lake Erie railroad. 



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In 1908 Mr. Jamison built a new home on North Ninth street which is 
worthy of brief mention. There are larger and costher dweUings in Lafayette, 
but few calculated to be the source of more genuine home comforts in the 
fullest sense. It stands on high ground in an excellent neighborhood; the 
rooms are all well lighted and exceptionally well ventilated; the upstairs is 
finished in light wood of high grade, many parts showing a beautiful velvety 
grain. It is equipped with the latest and best system of plumbing, the linen 
closets and kitchen being especially convenient. Steam heat is generated 
in the large cemented basement which underlies the whole house. The large 
front room, reception hall and another room are all connected by broad open 
doorways, on either side of which are columns of golden oak. A large open 
fireplace, with attractive finishings, greets the visitor, who is delighted with 
both the symmetry and convenience of the interior. The house is lighted 
by both gas and electricity. Here genuine hospitality and good cheer ever 
prevail, for Mr. and Mrs. Jamison are generous, frank, kind and courteous, 
making all feel at home who cross their threshold. By good management 
and economy they have accumulated a comfortable fortune, and they are in 
every way deserving of the high esteem in which they are held by all who 
know them. 



THOMAS JEFFERSON BARNES. 

A worthy scion of distinguished and sterling ancestors is Thomas Jef- 
ferson Barnes, son of Samuel Barnes and grandson of John Barnes. Samuel 
lived on a farm in Tippecanoe township, this county, all his life from the 
time he came here in November, 1848, until his death, March 14, 1S63, 
having developed an excellent farm. He married Nancy Rice, who survived 
him until May 31, 1885. Samuel Barnes was the son of John and Elizabeth 
(Boydston) Barnes, the former a native of Virginia and the latter of one of 
the Carolinas. When John Barnes was eight years old he rode on a steam- 
boat invented by his uncle twenty years before Robert Fulton, the supposed 
first inventor of the steamboat, got his patent. This uncle. Joseph Barnes, 
died in London, where he was detained for life by the British government 
because he was apprehended trying to deport mechanics to work on his boat, 
then building in America. 

John Barnes, mentioned above, the grandfather of Thomas J. Barnes, 
was a son of John Barnes, who came from England when a young man and 
settled in \'irginia near Harper's Ferry. He enlisted at the beginning of the 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 573 

Revolutionary war, was promoted to captain, and served as such until the 
close of the war. The Boydstons were also of Revolutionary stock. 

Thomas J. Barnes was born in Pike county, Ohio, August 21, 1847. I" 
November of the following year the Barnes family moved to Tippecanoe county 
locating on a farm in Tippecanoe township, two and three-fourths miles north- 
east of Battle Ground in the north end of Burnett's Reserve. The farm con- 
sisted of four hundred and sixty-five acres. It was on this place that Thomas 
J. grew to maturity, on which he worked during the summer months, attend- 
ing the subscription schools in the winter, also went to the collegiate insti- 
tute at Battle Ground, receiving a good education and remaining upon the 
home farm until 1882. In November of that year he was elected county 
auditor, serving very creditably for four years, in fact, so faithfully did he 
discharge the duties of this office that he was re-elected for a term of four 
more years in 1886. In 1891 he started in the hardware business, having 
entered into partnership with Cyrenius Johnson, who had been in busines,s 
a number of years previously, the firm name being then changed to The John- 
son-Barnes Hardware Company. Mr. Barnes continued in that line until 
March, 1898, when he formed a partnership with Charles W. Bone in the 
real estate business, in which Mr. Barnes has been engaged ever since, having 
built up an extensive business by reason of close application to individual 
affairs. For several years he has devoted considerable attention to emigration 
to the irrigated lands of the Denver-Greeley district in Colorado. In March, 
1909, Mr. Barnes was appointed president of the board of police commis- 
sioners in Lafayette for a term of three years, which position he is holding in a 
manner that is winning the hearty approval of all concerned. 

November 21, 1872. Mr. Barnes was united in marriage with Mary H. 
Mason, the daughter of E. P. Mason, of Brookston, White county, Indiana. 
Mr. Mason was one of the old and highly respected pioneers of Tippecanoe 
county, having come here fom Vermont, in which state he was born. He 
lived for a short time near Romney, this county, then moved to Lafayette 
where he conducted the Mason House. To Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Barnes 
five children have been born, namely : Gertrude Mason, Mary Grace, Thomas 
J., Jr., Lois Christine and Helen Virginia. These children are receiving all 
the advantages possible in the way of education, etc. The Barnes residence is 
a comfortable and pleasantly located one. 

Mr. Barnes, in his fraternal relations, belongs to the Free and Accepted 
Masons, having taken the Knight Templar degrees. A criterion of his high 
standing in Tippecanoe county is found in the fact that he is the first Demo- 
crat ever elected countv auditor, and he was the first one to hold the office 



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two terms consecutively, and only one other man has done so since then. He 
has been several times president of the Jackson Club, and is a charter member 
of the Lafayette Club. He is a well read man, keeping well abreast of the 
times in current events and the best literary topics, having a large and care- 
fully selected library. His daughters and son, who are all favorites in the 
younger social set of the city, are also of studious dispositions. Owing to 
Mr. Barnes's ancestors having fought in the Revolutionary war, his daughter, 
Gi ace, is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and Thomas 
J. Barnes, Jr., is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution. No 
citizen in the county is better or more favorably known that Mr. Barnes. 



WILLIA^I A. ROBERTS. 

A man deserving of much credit for what he has accomplished in the 
world of business, considering his early environments, is William A. Roberts, 
whose name needs no introduction to the people of Tippecanoe county where 
his active and useful life has been spent, having been born in the city of 
Lafayette, September 26, 1854, the son of James and Philinda (Packard) 
Roberts. The former was a native of Pennsylvania who came to Lafayette, 
Indiana, as early as 1834. He was a cabinetmaker by trade and conducted 
the first cabinetmaker's shop of any consequence in this part of the state. 
A very skilled workman, he found a ready sale for what he produced in this 
line. He became well known here, and he was a man of such high integrity 
that after his deatli his son was accepted without question by a judge of the 
court when told that he was the son of James Roberts. Philinda Pickard, 
before her marriage to James Roberts, came from the state of New York 
about 1845. ^"d went into the millinery business for herself in Lafayette, 
being a leader here in her line. 

When William A. Roberts was about ten years old his mother died, and 
he was thus deprived of her loving care, forced to stand against the world 
without her to champion his rights, but this he did right bravely, thus fostering 
that independence of spirit, that ability to "go it alone" which has contributed 
much to his subsequent success. His father was ever solicitous of his welfare, 
however, and gave him an education. He attended the old Central school 
at Sixth and Brown streets in Lafayette, now called the Centennial school. 
After leaving that school he attended a private school for some time, then 
went to Stockwell Collegiate Institute, which, at that time, was a noted insti- 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 575 

tution with four hundred pupils. In later years the school lost its prestige 
and, in 1895, Mr. Roberts became the owner of the building and grounds 
where he had spent the latter days of his school life. He demolished the 
old building and platted the grounds into town lots. After he had finished 
his course at Stockwell he went to Thorntown, where he was employed in 
the drug business for a period of si.x years. Although he prospered at this. 
he returned to Lafayette believing that better opportunities existed for him 
in his native city than elsewhere, and he was then employed in the grocery 
business for about two years. Then seeing an opening at Zionsville, Indiana. 
he spent the next seven years in that town where he and his brother-in-law 
conducted a general store, building up an extensive trade in the meantime. 
Here his health failed and he took up railroad work, having studied civil 
engineering at Stockwell College, and he began running levels in railroad 
construction work in this locality. In a short time, however, he went in 
Pennsylvania where he was with a corps of engineers on a preliminary sur\ey 
for a proposed narrow gauge railroad from Pittsburg to Philadelphia. This 
work lasted for about a year and six months. Upon returning to Tippecanoe 
county Mr. Roberts bought a farm at Stockwell and lived there until 1897. 
In that year he was appointed superintendent of the county asylum, in which 
position he remained for a period of nine years, rendering entire satisfaction 
to all concerned, leaving the institution in the fall of 1905 when he mo\-ed 
to Lafayette and took a position as superintendent for the Western Con- 
struction Company. In February, 1906, he was appointed police commissioner 
in this city. Soon after taking office he found that the salaries and condi- 
tions regidating the employment of policemen were inadequate, and that the 
service would necessarily be unsatisfactory unless a change was instituted. 
He appealed to Governor Hanly and secured a raise in salaries to a fair basis, 
and also got other conditions changed tending to the betterment of the depart- 
ment. In recognition of his services in this connection the local police force 
presented Mr. Roberts a beautiful gold badge. In 1908 Mr. Rol>erts was 
chairman of the Republican county central committee, and largely due to his 
efficient management of the local affairs of the party the whole county ticket 
was elected and there was also a gain of two township trustees to liis credit 
for the party. 

Mr. Roberts was married, in 1877, to Ella J. Rash, whose home was near 
Linden. Montgomery county, and to this union four children have been born, 
namely: Laura A., James L., Harriett E. and W. Albert. They constitute 
a happy and mutuallv helpful household at the pleasant home which Mr, 
Poberts purchased in 1906 in Highland Park section of the city. It !■; a 



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modern and attractive dwelling surrounded by well kept lawns. ]\Ir. Roberts 
is the owner of a very valuable and highly improved farm of two hundred 
acres, located a mile west of Stockwell. The soil is rich and yields abundant 
harvests, the place is kept well stocked and on it stand substantial and com- 
fortable buildings. 

Mr. Roberts is a Mason of high standing, having passed through both 
the York rite and Scottish rite ; he also belongs to the Ancient Arabic Order 
of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine ; also the Benevolent and Protective Order of 
Elks, the Knights of Pythias and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, 
having passed through all the chairs, attended the grand lodge in 1879 ^"<^ 
the grand encampment in 1883, and in 1896 he was a member of the sovereign 
lodge of the world. And in all these great orders Mr. Roberts has become 
well known and one would judge from his daily walk among his fellowmen 
that he makes an effort to exemplify their sublime teachings. He is also a 
member of the Christian church. Personally, he is a man of genial but 
positive character, straightforward, generous, self-reliant and reliable, conse- 
quently no man in Tippecanoe county holds higher rank as a citizen. 



WILLIAM WALLACE. 

The career of the honored subject of this sketch indicates the clear-cut, 
sane and distinct character and in reviewing the same, consistencv demands 
that he be given distinctive precedence as a captain of industry and a con- 
spicuous place among the men of action whose labors and influence permeate 
the industrial and civic life not only of the city for whose growth and prog- 
ress he has done so much, but of a number of other populous centers in 
various parts of the state of his adoption. 

William Wallace is a native of Scotland, born near the old historic city 
of Edinburgh, January 19, 1841. In 1852 the family, consisting of the par- 
ents, Adam and Rose (Bee) Wallace, and several children, emigrated to the 
United States and went direct to Cincinnati, Ohio, where two of the subject's 
brothers and a sister had previously located, he being about eleven years old 
at the time. During the ensuing three or four years, young William attended 
the schools of that city and on laying aside his books entered upon an appren- 
ticeship with the old firm of John B. & T. Gibson to learn the plumbing 
business, to which he devoted the five years following. The Civil war break- 
ing out about the time he completed his apprenticeship, he enlisted in the 
Benton Cadets, an independent organization under General Fremont, selected 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 577 

for his body-guard and which during the General's operations in Missouri 
rendered vakiable service in helping rid the state of the Confederate forces. 
When Halleck superseded Fremont the company disbanded, quite a number 
of the men joining other commands, while others returned to their homes, 
among the latter being Mr. Wallace, who shortly after his discharge entered 
the employ of Mr. Hattersley, of Ft. Wayne, Indiana, who kept the only 
plumbing establishment in that city at that time. The Aveline Hotel (since 
burned) was then in the process of construction, also the Allen county court 
house. The plumbing of both buildings falling to Mr. Hattersley, Mr. Wal- 
lace was intrusted with the task of installing the same, and it is needless to 
state that the work was performed per contract to the satisfaction of all con- 
cerned. 

In October, 1864, Mr. Wallace came to Lafayette with the view of locating, 
but after spending two or three months in the city he went to Terre Haute, 
which he supposed presented a more favorable opening for his line of work. 
After looking over the field there and carefully considering conditions, he 
finally decided to choose the former place and accordingly -returned to La- 
fayette and in due time established a small plumbing business. For lack of 
necessary capital this was conducted on rather a modest scale until the close 
of the war, when his brother James, who had served in the army, became 
his partner. The two served apprenticeships at the same time and with the 
same Cincinnati firm, both being skillful mechanics and well qualified for 
the duties which now devolved upon them. About that time the Lafayette 
Gas Company began a series of improvements and, requiring the services 
of a competent man, the subject was induced to enter their employ. Soon 
after engaging with the company he was tendered the superintendency of the 
works in the city, which position he accepted on condition that he be allowed 
to continue his plumbing business and carry it along with his other under- 
takings. He had done considerable work for the gas company at Ft. Wayne 
prior to his removal to Lafayette, hence was no novice when he accepted the 
superintendency and entered upon the- duties of the position. In 1874, when 
the city of Lafayette began operations for a system of water works, he Ijecame 
the successful bidder and secured the contract for laying the mains in the 
city, and constructing the reservoir, which was carried on under very discour- 
aging circumstances, owing to an almost unprecedented rainfall which inter- 
fered materially with the work, but which was carried to completion in due 
time. In the month of August the river rose to such a height that the water 
on the levee was six feet deep, while other parts of the city through which 
the mains extended were also sulinier^-ed. causinL-; much delay in the nrittcr ni 
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578 PAST AND PRESENT 

excavating and rendering work on the reservoir exceedingly ditificult. Not- 
withstanding these hindrances. Mr. Wallace addressed himself resolutely to 
the task in hand, and ere the close of the season finished the undertaking 
according to the terms of the contract, with a liberal margin for his profits. 

When work began on Purdue University, Air. Wallace was employed to 
superintend the construction of the sewerage and water supply systems, in ad- 
dition to which he was also awarded the contract for heating several of the 
buildings. He carried the work forward as rapidly as circumstances would 
admit and after its successful completion he located and laid out the gas plant 
for the institution. The university has since grown so rapidly as to render 
much of the work at the time indicated obsolete, the gas plant having been 
abandoned a number of years ago, since which time the institution's gas sup- 
ply has been provided by the Lafayette company. 

The gas works, which Mr. Wallace still superintends, has enjoyed a 
rapid and substantial growth, its patronage increasing from three hundred con- 
sumers to more than four thousand, to supply whom sixty miles of mains are 
required, the plant being a model of its kind and of sufficient capacity to meet 
much more than the present demand. The company also operates plants in 
about a dozen other cities in northern Indiana and northwestern Ohio, all 
fully up-to-date and equipped with the latest results of inventive genius for 
the manufacture and distribution of gas, these as well as the principal estab- 
lishment at Lafayette being subject to the oversight of Mr. Wallace, who 
visits them when necessary and suggests such additions and improvements 
as are needful. 

The Wallace Machine and Foundry Company of Lafayette, witli which 
the subject is itlentified, was established about 1888 or 1889 by William Wal- 
lace and his son, Robert B. Wallace, who began operations in abuildingerecteil 
for the purpose on Second street, but meeting with a severe loss by fire a 
little later, they purchased a part of the old car works on Third street which 
they refitted and equipped with first-class machinery and other appliances, 
this plant with two or three acres of ground surrounding affording ample 
facilities for the s'.:ccessful prosecution of their hrge and rapidlv growing 
business. The company has an extensive trade in structural and architectural 
iron, which they manufacture in large quantities and ship to various ]iarts of 
Indiana. Illinois. Ohio and other states, besides doing general tVnmdrv and 
machine shop work. The company is in a flourishing condition and under 
the presidency of William Wallace bids fair to grow to still larger propor- 
tions and continue in the future as in the past one of the leading industrial 
enterprises of the city. 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 579 

The plumbing establishment of Wallace Brothers Company, which he 
and his brother James started in Lafayette when he first came to the city, 
does a large and lucrative business in that line. He continues as president 
of the company, while George B. Wallace is secretary and acting manager. 
This company employs none but skillful artisans and its reputation for the 
high standard of all work has brought a patronage which from the beginning 
has steadily increased. 

Aside from his manufacturing and industrial interests Mr. Wallace 
is actively identified with various other lines of enterprise which have tended 
greatly to the advancement and welfare of Lafayette. Durng the last quarter 
of a century he has been connected with the First National Bank of this city, 
and since 1891 has been the efficient and honored vice-president of the same, 
also one of its heavy stockholders. In the year 1899 he assisted in estab- 
lishing the Lafa3rette Loan and Trust Company, and was elected president 
of the organization, which position he still worthily holds. He is also a 
director of the Sterling Electric Company, of his home city, and, with a 
nephew, is interested in the milling business at the town of Dale, in Spencer 
county, this state, being half owner of the plant and president of the com- 
pany by which it is operated. For some years he has been quite extensively 
interested in street railway and interurban traction lines, in which, with the 
Murdocks, he has large holdings in Evansville and South Bend, to say noth- 
ing of various other enterprises of less but by no means negative importance. 

The married life of Mr. Wallace dates from the year 1867, when Miss 
Catherine Wilson became his wife, the ceremony having been solemnized 
in the city of Cincinnati, where the parents of the bride settled when they 
immigrated to the United States from their native country, Scotland. Mr. 
and Mrs. Wallace have had six children, one of whom died in infancy ; those 
living are Mrs. Henry Brockenbrough ; Robert B. ; Mrs. Rose Van Natta ; 
Roy W. and Belle, the two sons being interested with their father in the 
foundry and machine shop business. Robert B. Wallace was educated at 
Purdue University, of which he was an early student and one of the first of 
that institution to take a mechanical course. He is now manager of the 
Wallace Machine and Foundry Company, of Lafayette, and one of the most 
thorough mechanics in the city. Roy is a well educated and accomplished 
young man and as a mechanical engineer has few equals and no superiors in 
the city of his residence. He was graduated from Purdue and Cornell Uni- 
versities and since becoming interested in the a])ove company witli his father 
and brother has been the mechanical engineer of the enterprise. 

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not a politician in tlie sense the term is usually understood, much less a seeker 
after the honors and emoluments of office. He was reared a Presbyterian, 
but of recent years has attended the Baptist church with his family, the latter 
being members of the First Church of that body at Lafayette. Fraternally he 
is identified with the Masonic order and from time to time has been honored 
with important official positions in the local Blue lodge to which he belongs. 

In the midst of the thronging cares of an exceptionally active and suc- 
cessful career in the industrial and business world, Mr. Wallace has never 
been else than the genial true-hearted friend and sincere straightforward 
man, appreciative of the welfare of those with whom his lot has been cast, 
regardless of the stations in life they hold. He has mingled much with men in 
an executive capacity, and possesses the subtle yet readily understood power 
of begetting loyalty on the part of those in his employ or working under his 
direction, while his relations with those and others have ever been of the most 
friendly and trustful character. No man in Lafayette is held in higher regard 
as a citizen and few have done as much as he for the general welfare of the 
city. In person he is above the average size, of a large, compact frame, unas- 
suming in manner, easily approachable, and affable and kindly in conversation. 
Frank, honest, industrious and by nature and training fitted to inaugurate 
and carry to successful conclusion large and important enterprises, he has 
stamped the impress of his individuality upon the community and is essentially 
one of the representative men of the city in which he resides. 



HUGH FLACK. 



Hugh Flack is a native of Ireland and dates his birth from December 7, 
1846. having first seen the light of day in county Cavan, which, for a number 
of years, had been the home of his ancestors. His parents, Samuel and 
Mary (Bell) Flack, came to the United States some time prior to the Civil 
war and settled in New York, but about the year 1866 they migrated westward 
as far as Tippecanoe county, Indiana, and engaged in agricultural pursuits. 
The following year they were joined by their two sons. Hugh and John, who, 
landing at New York on the first day of July, lost no time in proceeding on 
their way to the new home in Indiana. 

Shortly after his arrival in Tippecanoe county, Hugh Flack entered the 
service of Samuel Meharry, a well-to-do farmer of the neighborhood of Shaw- 
nee Mound, and a local minister of the Methodist Episcopal church, in whose 
employ he continued for a p^iod of eight years, during which time he bus- 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 581 

banded his earnings with scrupulous care with the object in view of ultimately 
becoming a tiller of the soil upon his own responsibility. Mr. Meharry, being 
not only one of the leading farmers and representative citizens of the com- 
munity but a man of large heart and generous impulses as well, took great 
interest in the young gentleman, giving him the benefit of his counsel and 
advice, which in after years resulted greatly to his advantage. While in the 
employ of this excellent man, Mr. Flack made the acquaintance of an estimable 
young lady by the name of Sarah Laugheed, a native of the same part of 
Ireland in which he was born, but who had come to America some years 
previous and at the time referred to was living with the family of G. N. 
Meharry, a nephew of his employer. This acquaintance ripening into love, 
finally resulted in a marriage, which was duly solemnized on the 15th day of 
April, 1877, immediately after which Mr. Flack set up his domestic establish- 
ment on the Meharry farm where he continued to reside as a renter during 
the eight years ensuing. 

Mrs. Flack's parents were Robert and Margaret (Ray) Laugheed, the 
former a son of Adam Laugheed, a native of Scotland, who migrated to 
Ireland in early manhood and settled in county Cavan, where his death sub- 
sequently occurred at the remarkable age of one hundred and three years. 

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Laugheed reared their family and spent their lives 
in the above county, their daughter, Sarah, having been born on November 2, 
1846. Cast upon her own resources after the death of her parents, she 
finally decided to seek her fortune in the great country across the sea. Ac- 
cordingly, in 1867, she set sail and, landing in due time, made her way to 
Tippecanoe county, Indiana, arriving at Shawnee Mound on February 14th 
of that year and found employment and a good home with Mr. Meharry, as 
already stated. 

During the eight years that Mr. and Mrs. Flack occupied the Meharry 
farm they labored untiringly and saved their earnings so that at the expira- 
tion of that time they were enabled to purchase one hundred and twenty acres 
of their own near Shawnee Mound, where, in due season, they began reaping 
the results of their sowing in the condition of independence, which they have 
ever since maintained. After a residence of nearly eight years on the above 
farm, during which time the place was not only paid for but greatly enhanced 
in value, Mr. Flack sold it and purchased one hundred seven and one-half 
acres of fine land near Battle Ground on which he lived and prospered until 
the spring of 1908, when he retired from active life to enjoy the fruits of his 
many years of labor and good management. In all of his efforts to rise in the 
world, Mr. Flack found an able and willing assistant in the person of his 
faithful and devoted wife and helpmeet. 



582 PAST AND PRESENT 

In March, 1908, 'Sir. Flack turned his farm over to other hands and, 
accompanied by his wife, revisited the home of his childhood in the beautiful 
Emerald Isle, renewing many acquaintances with those whom he knew in 
boyhood. After spending two months in the land of their birth, Mr. and Mrs. 
Flack returned to the United States and since that time have been living 
retired lives in the city of Lafayette, where they have a comfortable home 
and numerous friends. Both are respected members of the Methodist Epis- 
copal church and in his fraternal relations Mr. Flack belongs to the Masonic 
lodge at Battle Ground, in which, from time to time, he has been honored 
with important official positions. 

i\Ir. and Mrs. Flack are the parents of four children, the oldest of whom, 
a daughter by the name of Maggie Meharry, married C. B. Downes, who, in 
1909. sold his farm in Tippecanoe county and moved to the Pan Handle of 
Texas, where they now reside ; they have two sons, Russell and Glenn, and are" 
well situated as far as material means are concerned. Mary Elizabeth, whose 
birth occurred November 3, 1876, died on the 15th of the same month and year. 
William, the third of the family, married Mary Norris, of Delphi, and is 
the father of one child, a daughter named Marguerite. He is a farmer by 
occupation and for some time past has been living on his father's home place 
near Battle Ground. Luella, the fourth in order of birth, is the wife of 
William Greenup, a member of the wealthy and widely known Greenup family 
of Delphi, where she has lived since her marriage, being at this time the 
mother of two interesting children, Nellie and Joe, aged nine and seven years, 
respectively. 



MATT SCHNAIBLE. 

The advent of the Schnaible family in the New World was most dis- 
couraging and apparently the future held nothing for them, when, after a 
disastrous voyage in the summer of 1853, members of this family landed in 
New York, having come from their native Germany to seek a better home in 
free America. They had eked out a bare living in Wurttemberg, Germany, 
for many years, and the father, Michael Schnaible, desiring to give his sons 
a better opportunity than he had ever enjoyed, concluded that the wisest 
thing for him to do was to establish a new home; but this was an unfortu- 
nate decision, for during the voyage to this country cholera invaded the sail- 
ing vessel and forty-seven of the passengers succumbed to the dread dis- 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 583 

ease, including Michael Schnaible and his son Jacob, his brother and his uncle, 
all of whom were buried at sea. John Schnaible, who contracted the disease, 
recovered, and the mother, Dorothea Schnaible, finished the voyage, which 
required forty days, with her remaining children, Margaret, Michael, John, 
George and Matt. Three of her children had died in the Fatherland. The 
means of the family were nearly exhausted when they reached New York. 
After spending a few months there, they started for the West in February, 
1854, finally reaching Lafayette, Indiana, where the boys who were old 
enough to work found employment of whatever nature they could to make 
a living. Michael secured work in a small soap factory near the water works 
and continued in the same until 1858. Being an observing boy, he learned 
the business, as did also his brother John, who secured employment in the 
same plant. Believing that they could make a success manufacturing soap 
on their own account, they began business under the firm name of M. & J. 
Schnaible Company, which eventually developed into a large business and 
the family became well established, enjoying a good home and the comforts of 
life. 

Matt Schnaible was only a baby when the family brought him from 
Germany, where he was born in 1853. He grew to manhood in Lafayette, 
attended the Lutheran schools and also a business college, receiving a good 
education. He first secured work as engineer in the Wabash elevator, which 
establishment was built by the Wabash Railroad Company in 1857 and was 
first operated by James Spears, who was succeeded by Morcy & Ball, and in 
1875 by L E. Haviland. In 1876 Matt Schnaible, having mastered the 
details of this business and having shown himself a capable employe in every 
respect, was made manager, and in 1882 he became a partner in the concern 
for which he had faithfully worked for a period of sixteen years, and the 
firm name was I. E. Haviland Company. The business continued to prosper, 
largely due to Mr. Schnaible's able management, and in about 1897 he bought 
Mr. Haviland's interest, becoming sole owner. In 1904 he added a retail 
coal business to his already extensive business, all of which is now incor- 
porated under the name of Matt Schnaible Grain Company, which has become 
widely known and is doing a large business. Besides the elevator at Lafay- 
ette, Mr. Schnaible operates one at Shadeland, where he handles a large quan- 
tity of grain from year to year, his combined business often running up to 
very large figures, showing that he is by nature and training a business man 
second to none in the thriving city of Lafayette. 

Matt Schnaible was united in marriage with Katherine E. Sattler in 
1880. She is the daughter of John Sattler, a prominent and influential busi- 



584 I'AST AND PRESENT 

ness man of Lafayette, a son of George Sattler. Both father and son were 
born in Germany, John first seeing- the light of day in Hessen-Uarmstadt. 
They came to America and located in Tippecanoe county, Indiana, alx)ut 1855. 
John Sattler was for many years a leading tailor in Lafayette, became influen- 
tial in business circles and was a trustee of the board of the Lafayette water 
works, and for many years he was an officer in the Lutheran church. 

To Mr. and Mrs. Matt Schnaible eight children have been born, of whom 
one died in infancy. A daughter, Mrs. Adolph J. Lottes, lives in Chicago ; 
Walter W. married Caroline Schurman, of Lafayette, and has one daughter 
named Katherine. The other children are Albert F., vice-president of the 
Shadeland Grain Company; Walter W., secretary and treasurer of the same 
company; Oswald M. is a clerk in the Merchants' National Bank; Arthur T., 
Elmer A. and Raymond. These children all received careful training and 
are well started in the successful battle of life. 

Mr. Schnaible has long taken an active interest in the affairs of Lafay- 
ette and Tippecanoe county, lending his aid wherever practicable in promot- 
ing home interests. As a result of his public spirit he was in 1896 elected 
a member of the city council. He and his family are members of the Luth- 
eran church. Personally, Mr. Schnaible is frank, straightforward, courteous 
and generous, a pleasant man to know. 



ROBERT FOSTER HIGHT, A. B. 

Prof. Robert F. Hight, superintendent of the Lafayette city schools, be- 
longs to that class of middle-aged men who by thorough training and close 
application to professional duties have come to be known as capable and front- 
rank educators in this section of Indiana, He was born September 14, 1868, 
at Bloomington, Indiana, a son of Milton and Sarah (McCalla) Hight. The 
father graduated in law at the Indiana University in 1847, t)Ut never followed 
his profession to any great extent, being induced to engage in business of 
another character. 

Professor Hight is descended from Revolutionary stock on both the 
paternal and maternal sides. The Hight family originally came from Germany, 
having emigrated to England, from which country they came to America. The 
great-grandfather, Thomas Hight, enlisted in the Continental army from 
North Carolina and was present at the surrender of Lord Cornwallis. The 
family removed from Carolina to Virginia in 1780 and subsequently moved 
to Boyle county, Kentucky, and about 1820 to Indiana. 




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Tll-PECANOE COUNTY, IND. 585 

Oil the mother's side. Professor Hight is descended from the great- 
grandfather, Thomas McCalla, who came from county Antrim, Ireland, when 
an orphan boy. He enhsted in the Revolutionary army from Lancaster 
county, Pennsylvania. In 1778 he moved to South Carolina and served under 
Sumpter. He was captured and imprisoned, but later, through the efforts of 
his wife, was released on parole. His wife (Sarah Wayne Gardiner) was a 
cousin of Gen. Anthony Wayne. In 1835 the subject's grandfather removed 
from South Carolina to Indiana, where the two Revolutionary families be- 
came intermarried. 

Prof. Robert F. Hight was educated in the public schools of Bloomington, 
Indiana, and in 1888 took the degree of Bachelor of Arts at Indiana Univer- 
sity, where he specialized in natural science, under D. S. Jordan, J. C. Branner, 
Theophilus Wylie and Daniel Kirkwood. Having fully equipped himself for 
the work of an educator, in the modern sense of the term, from 1888 to 1891 
he was instructor in biology in the high school at Huntington, Indiana. From 
1 89 1 to 1902 he held the same position in the high school of the city of La- 
favette and from 1902 to 1904 he was principal of the high school at the last 
named city. He had so conducted himself as an instructor in these city 
school positions that in 1904 he was chosen the superintendent of the city 
schools here, and is still serving in that capacity, to the entire satisfaction of 
all interested. 

Socially, Professor Hight is connected with various societies and clubs, 
including Beta Theta Pi college fraternity; Lafayette Club; Parlor Club and 
Lafayette Dramatic Club, of which he was the president in 1903. He has 
worked as a dramatic writer, having been in charge of this department for 
the Lafayette Morning Journal from 1896 to 1898. 

Professor Hight was united in marriage June 3, 1897, to Elizabeth Puett 
Comingore. Under Mr. Hight's charge the public schools of Lafayette, which 
are second to none in North Indiana, have maintained their position. The 
subject is the author of the chapter in this work on "Literary Characters of 
Tippecanoe County." 



WILLIAM O. CROUSE. 

The well-known family of which William O. Crouse is an honora'ile 
representative is traceable in this country to a remote period in the time of 
the colonies, and many years prior to coming to the New World the ante- 
cedents of the American branch were quite well known in \-arious ])arts of 



586 PAST AND PRESENT 

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Germany, where the name appears to have originated. Simeon Grouse, the 
first of the family of whom there is definite record, was doubtless a native 
of Wittenberg, as he figured conspicuously in the musical circles of that city 
and for some years was choir master of the church to which Martin Luther, 
the Great Reformer, ministered. He was a musician of much more than 
local repute ; taught in Wittenberg for many years and after losing his family 
by the red plague, which sad event occurred when he was in mid-life, he 
came about the year 1745 to America and located at Philadelphia, Pennsyl- 
vania, where he subsequently re-married and reared a large family. He 
was a strong supporter of the colonies in their struggle for independence, con- 
tributing by every means in his power to their ultimate success. He gave 
freely of his means, and sent four sons to the army, two of whom lost their 
lives in the battle of Germantown. Simeon Grouse was a man of note and 
influence in his adopted city and lived to a remarkable age, dying two days 
prior to the hundredth anniversary of his birth. His youngest son. Henry, 
whose birth occurred in Philadelphia, married Rachael Hebison, who bore 
him ten children, three of whom in after years came to Tippecanoe county, 
Indiana, namely : Simeon, John and David Hebison Grouse. 

David Grouse, about the year 1845, located at Dayton, Indiana, where 
he engaged in the practice of medicine and in due time became one of the 
most successful and best known physicians and surgeons of that community. 
He was thrice married and left children by two wives, one of his sons, Dr. 
Jerome Grouse, serving with distinction in the Tenth Indiana Battery during 
the late Givil war and subsequently achieving an enviable reputation in his 
profession. He departed this life in the fall of 1908, honored and esteemed 
by all who knew him. 

Another son of Dr. David Grouse was Meigs V. Grouse, who entered 
the ministry in early life, but later, by reason of the failure of his voice, 
he was obliged to give up that calling and turn his attention to another line 
of duty. For nearly thirty years he has been the efficient and popular super- 
intendent of the Ghildren's Home at Gincinnati, and has made the institution 
a model of its kind. Two daughters of Doctor Grouse are still living, Mrs. 
Earl, who resides in Attica, Indiana, and Mrs. Victoria Burton, who occupies 
the old family home in Dayton, Indiana. 

John and Simeon Grouse came west much earlier than Doctor David, 
both having settled in Tippecanoe county as long ago as 1827. the former 
in Tippecanoe county and the latter on the edge of Shawnee Prairie, in what 
is now the township of Jackson, where he took up a half section of land. 
John also entered a like amount and in the course of time both bec^me well- 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 587 

to-do families and prominent citizens, doing much to promote the material 
progress and social advancement of their respective communities. 

Simeon Crouse was born in 1802, and when a young man married Anna 
Christman, daughter of Peter and Sarah Christman, who moved to Indiana 
in the early twenties from Raleigh, North Carolina, and settled in Warren 
county, with the subsequent history of which Mr. Christman's life was closely 
identified. Sarah Christman was the daughter of John Stout, who served 
during the war of the Revolution as an officer of a New Jersey regiment and 
achieved an honorable record as a brave and gallant soldier. The marriage 
of Simeon Crouse and Anna Christman was solemnized in Union county, In- 
diana, about the year 1825, some time before he became a resident of the 
county of Tippecanoe. Their children, three in number, were Francis M., born 
in 1828; Lavina, in 1836; and William O., the subject of this review, whose 
birth occurred in the year 1842. 

Simeon Crouse followed agricultural pursuits all his life and, as already 
indicated, became one of the leading farmers of his township as well as one 
of its representative citizens. He departed this life in 1874 and left to his 
descendants the memory of an honorable name which they regard as a price- 
less heritage. His children grew up in the country, attended the subscription 
schools of their day and later rose to honorable positions in their respective 
places of abode. Francis M. was in the book business at Lafayette for a 
time, but disposing of his interests there went to Indianapolis, where he 
established a large book store and became one of the leading dealers of the 
city in that line of trade. He was a man of wide intelligence, profoundly 
versed in the literature of all countries and all ages, and possessed remarkable 
judgment as to the merits and value of old and rare books, of which he had 
long been a collector. Quiet in demeanor and of kindly nature, he had many 
warm friends, and his death, which occurred in Indianapolis in 1890, was 
greatly deplored by the best people of the city. 

Lavina Crouse married John Shelby and died in 1859. 

William O. Crouse, the youngest of the children of Simeon and Anna 
Crouse, spent the youthful years of his life in the township where he first 
saw the light of day and was early taught the lessons of industry and 
frugality which make for consecutive effort and permanent success in mater- 
ial things, in addition to which he was also instructed in the principles of 
truth and honor which in due time develop well-rounded character and fit 
their possessor for the sterner realities of life. After finishing the common- 
school course, he was planning to enter Wabash College, but the breaking out 
of the great Civil war caused a radical change in his calculations, for instead 



588 I'AST AXn I'RESENT 

of prosecuting his studies further he resolved to tender his services to his 
countr)' in its time of need. Enlisting in the Eighteenth Indiana Battery Light 
Artillery, he was soon at the front where during the ensuing three years he 
bore well his part in the great conflict which tested the perpetuity of the 
government and earned a record for bravery of which any soldier might 
well feel proud. Under the command of Capt. Eli Lilly, of Wilder's Brigade 
of Mounted Infantry, the Eighteenth Battery passed through many unusually 
trying and dangerous experiences. Supported by well-mounted and well- 
armed men, under the command of oiificers of superior ability, it saw much 
active service and was more frequently engaged than other batteries, the 
brigade having been fifty-four times under fire, which included some of the 
most noted battles of the war. Among the various engagements in which 
Mr. Crouse participated were Hoover's Gap, Chattanooga, Alexander's Bridge, 
Chickamauga, Ringgold, Resaca, Hopkinsville, Atlanta, Xashville. Selma. 
West Point and many others. The battery started out with one hundred and 
fifty men, and during its experience at the front three hundred more were 
recruited from time to time, and on being mustered out at the close of the 
war but twenty-six of the original force were left to tell the story of the many 
deeds of daring which the gallant Eighteenth accomplished in defense of the 
national union. 

Returning home at the close of the war, Mr. Crouse entered into busi- 
ness with his brother in the book business, which connection lasted several 
years. During this period he contracted a matrimonial alliance with Sue X. 
Barr, daughter of Abram and Catherine (Rush) Barr, who moved from Lan- 
caster, Pennsylvania, in an early day, and were among the pioneer settlers of 
Tippecanoe county. Mrs. Barr was a niece of the celebrated Dr. Benjamin 
Rush, one of the most distinguished physicians of Philadelphia, in Revolu- 
tionary times, and to him also belongs the honor of being one of the signers 
of the Declaration of Independence. Mrs. Crouse comes from a distinguished 
ancestry. Her father's people trace their line direct to Maurice Grauf, one 
of the heroic defenders of the city of Leyden in Holland in 1574. Her 
mother's people are lineal descendants from Capt. John Rush, an officer of 
horse in Cromwell's army, who emigrated to this country from England with 
William Penn in 1683, and settled near what is now Philadelphia. Mr. and 
Mrs. Crouse have one child, a daughter, who answers to the name of Bertha 
Barr Crouse, and who, with her parents, constitute an interesting and mutuallv 
agreeable and happy domestic circle. 

Since the year 1866. Mr. Crouse has been engaged in various lines of 
business in Lafayette, but during the past fifteen vears has devoted his atten- 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY. IND. 589 

tion principally to real estate, loans and insurance, in which he has been con- 
tinuously successful and in every respect gratifying. For over forty years he 
has been an active and influential member of the Independent Order of Odd 
Fellows, during which time he has held important offices in both the subordi- 
nate lodge and encampment, besides being chosen at intervals a representa- 
tive to the grand lodge. Religiously he subscribes to the Presbyterian faith, 
and with his wife and daughter is a regular attendant of the church in Lafay- 
ette and a generous contributor to its support and to the various lines of 
activity under the auspices of the denomination in his own city and else- 
where. 

Mr. Crouse has always manifested a lively interest in everything pertain- 
ing to the welfare of the community, its progress and upbuilding, and bears 
the reputation of an enterprising, public-spirited citizen, with the good of 
his fellowmen at heart. In both civil and military life he has demonstrated 
his loyalty and love for his country, and his career throughout has been 
above reproach and greatly to his credit as a true American who makes 
every other consideration subordinate to his interest in the government and 
the free institutions for the maintenance of which he devoted some of the 
best years of his life and under which he has achieved marked success. In 
manner. Mr. Crouse is free from all ostentatious display, but his intrinsic 
worth is recognized and his friendship most prized by those who know him 
best, showing that his character will bear the scrutiny of close acquaintance, 
and that his life has been fraught with great good to those among whom his 
lot has been cast and to the world at large. 



MICHAEL SCHXAIBLE. 

Dark and dismal was the tragedy that marked the coming to America of 
the well-known familv of tliis name. Tiiey had long contemplated to move, 
had discussed it over by the fireside and looked with longing to the land of 
promise beyond tlie sea. Finally the momentous day arrived, and during 
the summer of 1853 a sailing vessel departing from a German port contained 
quite a party of relatives bound for the New \\'prld. Michael Sclinaible. the 
recognized head of these emigrants, had long been a farmer in Wnrttemberg, 
Germany, during the first quarter of the last century. He and his wife 
Dorothea had had nine children, of whom three had died, leaving Margaret, 
Jacob. Michael. John, George and ]\Iatt. and this familv, besides a number of 



590 PAST AND PRESENT 

relatives, constituted the party that took the ship for what was destined to be a 
tragic voyage. In those days the passages were long and tedious, often con- 
suming from a month to six weeks, and it took the vessel bearing these 
natives of Wurttemberg full forty days to traverse the Atlantic. The horrors 
of the passage were greatly aggravated by the breaking out of cholera in its 
most virulent form, and forty-seven of the passengers died of the disease. 
Included in this number were the elder Michael Schnaible and his son Jacob, 
his brother and his uncle, all of whom were buried at sea under the gruesome 
conditions surrounding such fatalities. John Schnaible contracted the disease, 
but was fortunate enough to recover, and the mother finished the sad voy- 
age with her remaining five children. They reached New York much de- 
pressed in spirit and inclined to take a gloomy view of the outlook, as their 
means were nearly exhausted and the future seemed to hold little for them. 
After a month or two in the great metropolis, they started West in February, 
1854, and after a tedious journey eventually reached Lafayette. The boys 
who were old enough went to work at whatever they could find to do, but 
in time an event occurred which proved fortuitous and was destined to in- 
fluence the whole subsequent career of the Schnaible family. Michael found 
a job in a little soap factory near the water-works, and. though the wages were 
small, he was delighted with his good luck. He held on until 1858, when he 
was joined by his brother John, and the two continued for some years as 
faithful employes. This little factory had been started by Peirce and Cherry, 
but in 1855 the former sold his interest to E. T. Jenks, and the latter two 
years later bought the whole business. ^Meantime, the Schnaible brothers 
had worked hard, learned all they could about the business and saved their 
money. In 1868 they were able to buy the soap factory and engaged in busi- 
ness for themselves as M. & J. Schnaible. Their affairs prospered and in 
due time they built a commodious brick building to accommodate the factory. 
Later, they found it necessary to erect an addition and business grew apace 
until the soap factory became one of the important industries of Lafayette. 

Michael Schnaible. senior member of the firm, was married in October. 
1863, to Catherine Sattler, who died in 1867, leaving two children. Elizabeth 
and Wilhelmina. In 1869, Mr. Schnaible married Mary Klaiber, of Wurttem- 
berg, Germany, by whom he had six children: John F.. Louis. George, Emil, 
August and William Adolpli. John P.. who took a course in chemistry at 
Purdue University, died in 1908. Emil took a course in pharmacy at Purdue 
and now owns a wholesale and retail drug store on the east side of the public 
square. Louis died in youth, and the other brothers. George. August F. and 
William Adolph. are connected with the soap factory. Michael Schnaible. 



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the father, died September 20, 1899. the mother having passed away in April, 
1890. The sister and the younger sons reside in the old homestead at Seventh 
and Heath streets. George, the third son, was married on October 21, 1903, 
to Anna, daughter of John Kluth, who came from Germany in 1852, and 
underwent a cholera-stricken \oyage similar to that which afflicted the 
Schnaible family over. George and Mrs. Schnaible have one child, Ruth 
Lillian, and the family reside in a handsome home on North Ninth street, 
with a broad and beautiful view across the valley of the Wabash. 

John Schnaible, junior partner with his brother Michael in the original 
purchase of the soap factory, married Mary Mertz, of Baden, by whom he 
had three children, two dying in infancy, and Willie, who passed away in 
early childhood. In the spring of 1899, shortly before the death of Michael 
Schnaible, the soap factory business was incorporated under the name of the 
M. & J. Schnaible Company, and John F. and George v.^ere taken in as equal 
partners. Two years later, August F. and William A. were also taken into 
the company. Thev manufacture laundry soaps exclusively, their principal 
brands being "Star City," "Daylight" and "Does-it-easy Naptha." The 
business has grown steadily and greatly increased in capacity from the small 
frame structure in which it was originally housed. Four different additions 
have been built on, as the increase of business demanded more accommodation, 
and in recent years another separate building has been erected. The com- 
pany's trade extends over Indiana, Ohio. Missouri, Iowa, Kentucky, Alabama 
and West \'irginia. 



CHARLES H. BRADSHAW. 

The life record of Charles H. Bradshaw, one of the well-known and 
representative citizens of Tippecanoe county, Indiana, shows that a man of 
industry, energy, fidelity to duty and right principles can win in the battle of 
life despite obstacles, and his career could be studied with profit by the youth 
whose future course is yet to be determined. 

Charles H. Bradshaw was born at Urbana, Illinois, in 1858. At the 
age of two years his parents moved to Decatur, that state, where they re- 
mained until he was about twelve years old. From that time until he was 
twenty-one he lived in Mattoon, Illinois. He received a good education, and 
after leaving school went to Indianapolis, Indiana, where he engaged suc- 
cessfully in the undertaking business for about three years. About 1887 he 
came to Lafayette and engaged in the same line of business. In 1899 he and 



592 PAST AND PRESENT 

Louis Schlesselman formed a partnership in the undertaking business, con- 
ducting an establisliment of their own. which proved to be a fortunate under- 
taking owing to their knowledge of the business and their considerate treat- 
ment of customers. About 1907 they also established the Lafayette Granite 
Company, making monuments and similar work. This, too, was a success 
from the first, and the firm is still conducting both lines of business, having 
become well established in each of them, their trade extending to all parts of 
the county. 

In 1890, Mr. Bradshaw was married to Amelia Kries. of Lafayette, 
daughter of George M. Kries, for many years a prominent citizen of Lafay- 
ette, but now deceased. This union has been blessed by the birth of two 
children, Charles K. and Rhe K. The Bradshaw home is a pleasant one and 
is frequently the gathering place for the many friends of the family. 

In his fraternal relations, Mr. Bradshaw is past worshipful master of Tip- 
pecanoe Lodge, No. 492, Free and Accepted Masons ; also past exalted ruler of 
Lodge No. 143, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks; he is also past noble 
grand of Friendship Lodge, No. 22, Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He 
takes a great interest in lodge work, and has become well known through the 
several orders with which he is identified. Being prominent in local political 
affairs, he was a member of the city council of Lafayette for several years, 
during which time he looked carefully after the interests of the city and won 
the hearty approval of his constituents. He is a Republican, especially in 
national politics, but in local affairs he often votes for the man whom he 
deems most qualified for the office sought, regardless of political affiliations. 
He has never sought political office, the office of city councilman coming 
unsought. Personally, Mr. Bradshaw is of pleasing address, sociable and 
friendly, thereby winning friends easily. 



ROBERT W. SAMPLE. 

The gemlcman whose name appears at the head of this biographical 
re\-iew needs no introduction to the people of Tippecanoe county since his 
long and active life has been spent here, a life devoted not only to the fostering 
of his own interests but also one given in a measure to the development of 
the community at large. From early envirc^nments none too favorable he 
has directed his efforts in successful channels until he is now president of one 
of the best known banking houses in tJiis part of the state, the Fir.st National. 




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TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 593 

Robert \\'. Sample was born in tbe city of Lafayette in 1833. He was 
one of seven children born to Henry T. and Sarah (Sumwalt) Sample, his 
parents having been among the pioneer settlers of Lafayetet and well kiiowm 
here in an early day. Robert W. Sample was reared in his native city, at- 
tended the local schools during the winter months and worked in his father's 
tannery in the summer. After finishing his common school studies, he went 
to Cincinnati. Ohio, and attended business college, after which he returned to 
his native city and became associated with his father and brother John in 
the tannery and packing house plants. They also owned a farm in Benton 
county. Their tannery did a very extensive business for those days. 

In 1862, when the First National Bank was organized in Lafayette, Mr. 
Sample became a director, and in 1890 became president of the concern, still 
holding that important and responsible position. Besides his banking inter- 
ests he owns two large farms in this county. 

Air. Sample's domestic life began in 1855 when he married Elizabeth 
Anderson, born in Waverly, Ohio. After spending a few years in Perryville, 
Indiana, her parents brought her to Wea Plains, Tippecanoe county, while she 
was yet a small child. Like his father and mother, Robert W. Sample and 
wife have enjoyed a long and happy married life, having lived to celebrate 
their golden wedding in 1905, a remarkable coincidence for two generations — 
father and son to celebrate so many wedding anniversaries. This union was 
blessed by se\'en children, two of whom died in infancy. One daughter mar- 
ried John Ewry, both husband and wife now deceased ; they left one daughter, 
Elizabeth Ewry, who makes her home with Mr. and Mrs. Sample. The other 
children are, Candace, wife of Doctor Burt ; Anna, wife of Ashley Johnson ; 
John G. is teller in the First National Bank, and Richard B. is president of 
the Lafayette Savings Bank. 

In their church connections, Mr. and ]\Irs. Sample are members of Trinity 
Methodist Episcopal church, of Lafayette. The Sample home is a pleasant 
one where the many friends of the family often gather, never failing to find 
old-time hospitality and good cheer prevailing there. 



SCHUYLER A. TOWSLEY. 

xne Lafayette family of this name originated in New York. Alonzo 
Towsley was a business man of prominence in Seneca county for many years, 
being extensivelv engaged in getting out and marketing stone, and emplov- 
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594 P-^ST AND PRESENT 

ing the year around from twenty-five to one hundred men. He married Laura 
McLean, by whom he had four sons. Schuyler A. Towsley. the youngest of 
these, was born at Waterloo, New York, in 1847, and when eighteen years 
old had charge of a boat on the Erie canal, delivering" stone to various places. 
About 1870, his father met with heavy losses in business, which compelled 
him to discontinue operations. Deciding to come West, Mr. Towsley located 
at Detroit, working in a foundry as a machinist and for the Twin Brother 
Yeast Company. Subsequently he became a brakeman on the Michigan 
Central railroad between Detroit and Jackson, Michigan. Afterward he went 
to Chicago and helped establish the Laflin Yeast Company for Steel & Price, 
taking charge later of their perfumery and extract department. It was an 
extensive business and he had under his direction a corps of sixty employes. 
His health failing, he secured a position as conductor on an Ogden avenue 
street railway, where he could get out-door exercise. In two or three months 
became to Lafayette, and in 1880 entered the employment of Curtis E. Wells 
as traveling salesman in the queensware and glassware line. He retained 
this position for nearly two years and accepted a similar position with Holl- 
weg & Reese of Indianapolis. After remaining with them for twelve years 
he bought a third interest in a yeast business at Chicago, but it proved un- 
successful and he returned to Hollweg & Reese. He remained with them 
two and a half years and then came to Lafayette to take charge of the Tows- 
ley Yeast Company, which he had organized a year previous. In a short 
time, however, he sold his interest and traveled for a while for James Dufify, 
wholesale confectioner. In the fall of 1887 he started in business in West 
Lafayette with a small bakery. His stock consisted of sandwiches, con- 
fectionery and various sweetmeats, catering especially to the student trade. 
At that time there were only about six hundred students in 
the university, but by constant diligence and good management 
he built up a business that yielded and still yields a fair profit. 
He keeps a general line of students' supplies, a lunch counter, 
dining room and billiard hall. That he is quite popular with the 
students is shown by the large patronage he enjoys from that source and the 
wide circle of friends found among them. He recently purchased property 
on State street and during the summer of 1909 erected a two-story brick 
building with Ijasement. The property also includes a residence adjoining, and 
the whole is held at twenty thousand dollars. The restaurant and students' 
supply store occupies the first floor of the new building, the second floor being 
devoted to the l)illiard parlor, while the basement has been fitted up with 
an up-to-date bowling alley. 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 595 

In 1864 Mr. Towsley enlisted in the Third New York Light Artillery, 
with which he served until the close of the war. His enlistment was under 
the name of Richard Towsley, that being the name he went by at that time. 
He was in the last battle of the war at Kingston. He keeps as a precious 
heirloom the old saddle bags and large pistols that his father carried while a 
member of the New York militia. 

In 1878 Mr. Towsley married x\bbie Smith, a native of the same town 
in New York where he himself was born. They have had three children, 
Charles S., Clara C. and Ida Belle. In the spring of 1905 Charles and Clara 
were both taken away by death, within five weeks of each other, the first being 
aged fourteen years and six months and the other twelve and a half years. 
Ida Belle remains at home attending the high school. The family are mem- 
bers of the Trinity Methodist church. Mr. Towsley is a member of the 
Masonic order, having taken the degrees of the Royal Arch chapter. He 
belongs also to the Knights of Pythias and the National Union. 



GEORGE J. PFROMMER. 

He whose name heads this biographical notice is the son of George 
Pfrommer, a native of Germany, born in Wurttemberg in 1826. He emi- 
grated to America and came to Lafayette in 1846. coming by way of the 
Erie canal from Fort Wayne. Until about 1854 he was employed at var- 
ious occupations. He was married in June, 1854, to Mary Mohrenweg. of 
Wurttemberg, who had come to this country a few years later than Mr. 
Pfrommer. Soon after their marriage he went to farming near the three- 
mile switch, two and a half miles south of Lafayette. He purchased forty 
acres of land, to which later he added more. On that farm his children were 
born. They were the parents of eight children, as follows : ]\Iary. who 
married Peter Levandowski and lives in Lafayette : Kate, who married 
Herman Kreuch, and she resides in Peoria, Illinois, he having died in 1900; 
Michael is engaged in the grocery business on South Fourth street, Lafav- 
ette; Maggie died, aged twelve years ; George J. was the next in order of birth 
of the eight children ; Dora married Joseph Eisele and lives in Chicago, where 
her husband is employed as a railway engineer ; John and Fred were twins ; 
the last named died aged four years and John died in 1900, aged thirt}-- 
four years. He was married and left one daughter. 

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farm until aged eighteen years. He had the advantages of the German Luth- 
eran schools, and \vhen eighteen years of age began to work at the tile mill 
as its foreman and remained in charge for six years. This plant he had 
assisted in building and establishing the business. After this business experi- 
ence. ^Ir. Pfrommer was employed in the Lafayette Car Works and con- 
tinued there until 1891. when he engaged in the grocery business, which he 
followed one year, and then began contracting and building, and still follows 
this line of work. Li this he has been signally successful and does excellent 
work as a builder. 

Politically, Mr. Pfrommer is a Democrat, believing that this political 
organization best represents the interests of the masses of American citizens. 
From 1896 to 1902 he was a member of the Lafayette city council. He is 
a member of the German Lutheran church and served as its trustee since 
1906. 

yir. Pfrommer was married in 1886 to Pauline ^Nleyer. a native of Baden, 
who came to this country in 1883. This union has been blessed by three 
children, George W., John R. and Lillian M. 

Mr. Pfrommer has ever been an industrious A\orker and an intelligent 
citizen of Tippecanoe county. In size he is above the average, is strong and 
robust, genial in his manners, yet quite positive and outspoken in his opinions. 
He is the owner of a handsome home and other valuable property in Lafay- 
ette, in which city he has the esteem of a large circle of friends and admirers. 
He is possessed of a frank, friendly disposition, which makes him one of the 
city's popular men who sees the practical side of life. 



MORRIS WIXFIELD PHILLIPS. 

It is a privilege to pass an hour with "Win" Phillips, the journalist, 
lecturer, historiographer, student of Indian traditions, and especial champion 
of the "American Kid." Everybody around Lafayette knows him, and to 
know him is to like him, for he is geniality personified, and never spoke a 
word to hurt the feelings of the most sensitive. ^Ir. Phillips has had his 
full share of the ups and downs of life, has known the hard side of the 
couch and the pinchings of hard times, as well as the rays of sunshine which 
break in to relieve the wayfarer as he travels down life's way. But mis- 
fortune has not soured or prosperity spoiled this genial child of nature, who 
is devoting his mature years and untiring energy to the task of rescuing 



"TIPPECAXOE COUNTY, IX D. 597 

from oblivion the traditions of a race whose history constitutes at once the 
tragedy and romance of our history. Mr. PhiUips is of Ohio origin, being 
born at Dayton, February 15, 1854. His parents removed to IndianapoHs 
when he was quite young and there he spent his childhood as well as the 
years of his young manhood. In 1869 he served as a page in the house of 
representatives, and afterwards resumed his interrupted attendance at school 
and had completed arrangements for a college career, when one of those minor 
incidents which often influence men's careers completely diverted the whole 
trend of his existence. He had become acquainted with the celebrated George 
C. Harding, the natural-born editor and newspaper genius, par excellence, 
whose brilliant scintillations in the various publications at Indianapolis had 
delighted a generation of Indiana admirers. Mr. Phillips had caught the 
fancy of this remarkable man, perhaps because of his accommodating dis- 
position in "catching bait" for fishing excursions and skill in finding the most 
promising "poles." The great editor thought so much of the bright and com- 
panionable boy that he nicknamed him "Bullfrog Win," and many were the 
happy outings they had at Broad Ripple and other points along WHiite river 
and other fishing streams of the state. Without much persuading Mr. 
Phillips was indviced to join ^Ir. Harding in the newspaper field, and he 
remained with him for several years while he was publishing the Herald. 
Later, when Col. William R. Holloway began the publication of the Daily 
Times, Mr. Phillips joined the reportorial staff and continued with that 
paper until it was absorbed by the Journal. It was in 1889 that Mr. Phillips 
decided to become a resident of Lafayette, where he spent several years in 
miscellaneous employment. When Hon. William S. Haggard began the 
publication of a morning daily, in 1893, Mr. Phillips was assigned a position 
in the reportorial department and remained with the pa per until its suspen- 
sion. Five years with the Lafayette Courier, and a subsequent engagement 
with the Call, brought him to the year 1903. when he accepted a position 
with the JMorning Journal. 

Aside from his regular newspaper work. Mr. Phillips has done consider- 
able miscellaneous writing as a contributor to the Indianapolis Star and 
eastern magazines. From an early period he was enamored of the subject 
of Indian life and traditions and by persistent study and research has become 
an authority on the aborigines of the Wabash valley. In 1906, while report- 
ing memorial exercises at "The Battle Ground," he was so impressed with 
the obvious historical inaccuracies that he entered upon a study of the Xiirth- 
west Territory, with a view to producing a more reliable account of the 
stirrinsf times incident t-i the erirlv settlement and furmative i)eri(ul of Indiana. 



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Especial attention was devoted to the campaigns of Gen. W'illiam Henry- 
Harrison, culminating- in the famous and decisive battle of Tippecanoe. His 
articles in the Indianapolis Star concerning this epoch-making event not only 
attracted widespread attention, but were the means of bringing to him a lot 
of valuable data and original papers never before published. One of the 
most valuable of these was Judge Isaac Naylor's famous historical sketch of 
the battle of Tippecanoe, in which he took part as sergeant in Captain Sig- 
ger's company of riflemen. An autobiographical sketch prepared by Judge 
Naylor, which was full of interesting details of his adventurous life, was sent 
by Mr. Phillips to the Indiana Quarterly Magazine of History, a publication 
to which he contributes occasionally. The outcome of his studies, enthusiastic 
tours of the state in search of relics and descendants of the early pioneers, 
is a lecture on the general subject with especial reference to Harrison's cam- 
paigns against Tecumseh, which he has delivered frequently to delighted aud- 
iences. His admiration for the children of the pioneers and his conviction 
that the boy has not had a fair deal in history caused Mr. Phillips to dedicate 
the "American Kid," and both the title and contents have proved a hit with 
the rising generation. He loves "the kids" and they in turn love him, with 
the result that Mr. Phillips is regarded as the most successful of all lecturers 
to boys. All his lectures are illustrated with hand-painted views of Indian 
life, obtained from the United States department devoted to such subjects. 
His data and pictures are historically correct and the whole embodies much 
information of absorbing interest to the student of our aboriginal history. 
Features of the lecture are lantern-slides of many valuable paintings and 
historical documents, among them l:eing several productions of John Winter, 
the famous painter of early Indian life, and other subjects of the pioneer 
period. ^Ir. Phillips is the recognized authority on the battle of Tippecanoe, 
of which he has exhumed many curious relics, such as tomahawks, a petrified 
ear of corn, from the old site of Prophetstown, and other things unearthed 
at Fort Ouiatenon, including a copy of a drawing of the battle, made by a 
soldier who participated in the engagement. :\Ir. Phillips also has lectures on 
Yellowstone park, Yosemite valley and the Grand canyon of the Colorado, 
with lantern-slides colored true to nature. 



WILLT.\^I .\LFRED LOFL.WD. M. D. 

To achieve an eminent standing in as exacting a calling as the medical 
profession recjuires something more than mediocre talents, a persistency of 
purpose, a fidelity to duty and the happy faculty of winning and retaining 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 599 

the confidence and good will of all classes. These qualifications the gentle- 
man whose life record is briefly outlined in the following paragraphs seems 
to possess, for he has, unaided, gradually overcome all obstacles until he 
stands in the front rank of the medical profession in Tippecanoe county, a 
locality widely known for the high order of its professional talent. 

Dr. William Alfred Lofland was born near Romney, Tippecanoe county, 
February 26, 1864, the son of John S. and Nancy A. (McMillin) Lofland, 
the former a native of Crawfordsville, Indiana. John S. Lofland came to 
the southern part of this county in his boyhood, and after attending the Sugar 
Grove Academy in that neighborhood, while working during the summer 
seasons, he acquired sufficient education to enable him to begin teaching, 
which he followed for some time. But he abandoned this for farming after 
his marriage, continuing the latter \ocaticn until within a few years prior 
to his death, in December. 1907. He was a successful farmer and stock 
raiser. Nancy A. ]\IcMillin was born in Tippecanoe county, November 7, 
1840, the daughter of the late John K. McMillin, one of the former county 
commissioners and a well known man throughout the county. He was prom- 
inent in church work, also socially, and took an abiding interest in the public 
affairs of the county. He was an extensive stock dealer, a shrewd tradesman, 
but a very religious man, a strict observer of the Sabbath. 

William A. Lofland grew to maturity on the old home farm where he 
assisted with the work about the place during the summer months, thereby 
securing a sound body which has meant much to him in his subsequent career. 
He attended the neighboring public schools in his boyhood, then took a 
course in DePauw University, finishing a special course preparatory to taking 
up the study of medicine which had long been a dominating passion with him. 
While in the university he read medicine in the office of Dr. G. C. Smythe, 
who was then considered a very advanced surgeon, ahead of his time in fact. 
Doctor Lofland often assisted him in delicate operations, and the skill thus 
acquired early in life has greatly aided him during his professional career ever 
since. From the university at Greencastle, Doctor Lofland went to Chicago 
and entered Rush Medical College, from which institution he was graduated 
Fel)ruary 19, 1889, having made an excellent record there. In March of that 
year he went to Linden, Montgomery county, and began the practice of 
medicine, soon having a fair practice. In October. 1901, he went to Chicago 
and took a post-graduate course and then located in Lafayette, where he has 
since practiced, having now an extensive patronage both as physician and 
surgeon, meeting with remarkable success. 

Doctor Lofland was married on Xovember 2t,. 1802. to Susnnna Miller. 



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the accomplished daughter of the late Absalom M. ^^liller. who was county 
commissioner at one time, also held other public offices. He was a large land 
owner, prominent in the Friends church, a man of influence, widely and 
favorably known. To Doctor and Mrs. Lofland two children have been born, 
a son, Edgar Miller Lofland, born November i8, 1899, who died December 
12, 1908. Their daughter, Evelyn, was born June 24, 1903. 

In his fraternal relations the Doctor belongs to Tippecanoe Lodge, Xo. 
123, Free and Accepted Masons. He and his estimable wife are held in high 
favor socially in Lafayette, and their pleasant home is known as a place of 
'hospitality. 



\\TLLL\AI F. STILL\\-ELL. 

This well-known Lafayette business man was born at Cincinnati, Ohio, 
August 25, 1856, but was reared in Kentucky until 1870, when he came to 
northwestern Lidiana, with which section he has e\er since been actively 
identified. Entering DePauw University shortly after his arrival here, he 
devoted several years to the college curriculum and was graduated in 1877. 
Becoming a student in the law office of Hon. John R. Coffroth, in Lafayette, 
he remained until his appointment in January, 1880, as assistant to the gen- 
eral solicitor of the Cincinnati, Indianapolis & Lafayette Railroad Company 
in charge of the legal business of that company of the lines from Crawfords- 
ville to Michigan City and Indianapolis to Chicago. In 1885 he resigned to 
take charge of the business of the Henry Taylor Lumber Company, with 
which he has ever since been identified. In addition to his duties as president 
of this company, he has for the past six years engaged in general contracting 
which identified him with a large amount of important building. Included 
in this were the Monon railroad shops at Lafayette, roundhouses and depots 
at Indianapolis, Lafayette, and other cities for the same company, five build- 
ings for the Indiana University, including the student building, library, re- 
modeling Wiley Hall, the observatory and remodeling of the law building. 
Another conspicuous achievement of Mr. Stillwell was the construction of the 
stylish hotel at French Lick and a subsequent addition to the same structure. 
He also put up the Soldiers' Memorial building at Dayton, Ohio, with a seat- 
ing capacity of six thousand people, the material being all of stone. Other 
work of a high order is represented in the court houses at Michigan City and 
Kankakee, Illinois, and the nine-story steel structure for the Schoff estate 
at Ft. Wayne. With Joshua Chew, his partner, he constructed the chemistry 




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TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 60I 

building, new gymnasium and other structures at Purdue University. In 
fact, his activities have extended from coast to coast and the work done under 
his direction has been especially conspicuous for fine finishings found in the 
buildings of many cities. His company achieved international fame as the 
designer of the interior tinishing in the Broadway Chambers building, of 
New York, of which a miniature was exhibited at the Paris Exposition and 
a medal awarded for the American methods of interior decoration, which 
was pronounced the finest in the world. The company now has branch lumber 
yards at Danville, Illinois, Richmond, Indiana, and Stockwell, Indiana. 

Mr. Stillwell married, October i6, 1881, Sallie B., only daughter of 
Henry Taylor, after whose death, in 1885, he gave up his law practice to take 
charge of the lumber business established by his father-in-law in 1852. j\lr. 
Stillwell deserxes well oi the laboring men of Lafayette, whom he has em- 
ployed in large numbers and paid good- wages. He has always been just to 
men in his employ, and his extensive industry, accompanied by his building 
operations, have been a source of wealth and prosperity to this community 
and the chief factor in making happy homes. Governor Matthews appointed 
Mr. Stillwell as a member of the Lafayette city police board, which was his 
only political office. He is a member of Trinity Methodist Episcopal church 
and of the Lincoln and Lafayette Clubs. He is also a Mason, having advanced 
as far in that order as the [Mystic Shrine, and belongs to the college fraternity 
Phi Delta Theta. Mr. Stillwell's wife died some years ago, leaving an only 
daughter, Isabel T 



CHRISTIAN MERTZ. 

No foreign country has furnished so many worthv and progressive 
citizens to the United States as Germany, and of the vast number of this 
splendid citizenship who have come to our shores and been assimilated into 
our civilization, resulting in incalculable good to both, is Christian Alertz, 
one of Lafayette's prominent business men, whose birth occurred in Richels- 
hausen, in the grand duchy of Baden, near Lake Constance, in the year 1834. 
He was the second child in a family of eight, the son of Johann Matthias and 
Katharine (Benzing) ^lertz, the former a native of Baden and the latter 
of \\'urttemberg. Th.ey die;l in their native b.ntl. but Christian Mertz's grand- 
father on the paternal side died in America, having come here in an early 
day. Johann M. Mertz was the owner of a large estate. He was a manu- 
facturer of chemicals and obtained possession of the Richelshausen estate, 



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PAST AND PRESENT 



which was formerly owned by a nobleman. The manor house in which Chris- 
tian Mertz was born is located in an ideal spot — the Swiss mountains, fortress 
Hohentwiel and Lake Constance being in plain view from the same. At this 
writing it is again in the possession of a baron. Christian Alertz was foui - 
teen years old when the revolution swept over a part of Germany ; in this 
his father took an active part, and it was during these years of early man- 
hood that he imbibed the spirit of freedom and independence, the atmosphere 
of Germany having been pervaded with such a spirit at that time. Mr. 
Mertz always regretted that his education in advanced studies was neglected, 
for to his father the larger affairs of state and county seemed all important 
and young Christian was sent away from the Catholic country to be tutored 
by a Protestant preacher who was a good man but no pedagogue. Not 
having an inclination to serve the required term in the German army, young 
yiertz decided to come to America in order to escape it, reaching our shores 
when twenty years of age, his first voyage having been made on an old- 
fashioned sailing-vessel and lasted forty days. He came to Indiana soon 
after his arri\-al in the New World and for some time lived on a farm near 
Fort Wayne with relatives. In May, 1855, he moved to Lafayette, making 
the trip on an Erie-Wabash canal packet, drawn by a mule team. It was a 
long ride, the canal being the principal manner of transportation in those 
days. Mr. Mertz had made up his mind that if anyone had found a way to 
succeed in this new country, he would be the second one. Although a stranger 
in a foreign land, unacquainted with the language and customs, without 
friends and only a limited capital, he had the innate qualities that win in the 
face of all obstacles and he, in due time, had a good foothold, first securing 
employment as a stone sawyer in Wagenlander's stone-yard. Then he became 
porter in the Bramble House, of which Thomas Wood was proprietor. Later 
he worked in the Lafayette House. These occupations, of course, were only 
stepping-stones until he could save enough money to enable him to embark 
in business for himself. From 1858 to 1861 he engaged in the retail grocery 
business on Main street and thereby became independent of employers. He 
l)rospered and in iH()}^ returned to the Fatherland on a visit. Upon his 
return to .\merica he became a partner of Jacob Geyer, and together they 
conducted what was known as the Peters mill, wliic'i was locate 1 on Wild 
Cat creek. Business still came his w^ay and in 1871 Mr. Mertz made a 
second trip to Germany and remained there until 1S74. On his return trip 
to America he was shipwrecked, the trip lasting twenty days ; the ship was 
destroyed but no lives were lost, the passengers having been rescued bv a 
steamer carrying merchandise. Upon his arrival in Lafavette, Indiana, which 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 603 

place he had long designated as his home, he became landlord of the Bramble 
House, where years ago he had been doing menial chores. In the year 1876 
he became a partner of Otto K. Weakly and they conducted the Lahr Hotel. 
While under his able management the wide popularity of this house was 
established and he and 'Sir. Weakly were associated in business for a period 
of eighteen years. 

During the early years of his hotel business, Mr. ^Nlertz purchased an 
interest in the Lafayette Milling Company and also became a large stock- 
holder in the Tippecanoe Coffee and Spice Mills, under the firm name of 
Geiger-Tinney Company, now doing business in Indianapolis. He withdrew 
from this firm after having been associated with the same for a period of 
fourteen years. As president of the Citizens' Building and Loan Association, 
Mr. Mertz assisted to make this worthy enterprise successful and popular, 
retiring from the same in 1894, having been connected with the same for 
a number of years. 

JNIr. Mertz has done much to push forward the car of progress in Lafay- 
ette, always interested in and assisting in furthering many enterprises and 
being a liberal contributor to charitable enterprises and all movements, in fact, 
having for their object the general good. Among the laudable things he has 
done, it suffices here to mention only the fact that he was one of the very 
first by his liberal subscription to the Children's Home to make it possible 
for that institution to own its property. 

At present Mr. Mertz devotes the major part of his time to the man- 
agement of the Lafayette Milling Company, of which he has been president 
for the past twenty-five years, diunng which time various changes have taken 
place in the management of the same by reason of deaths, etc. This mill was 
built in 1885 and it has a capacity of one hundred barrels per dav, being 
equipped with all modern machinery and appliances for turning nut first-class 
and high-grade flour, meal, bran, etc., for which a ready market is found, 
the prestige of this mill having- long since become wide and permanent. A 
large number of men are employed in its various departments. 

The domestic chapter in the life of this prominent man of aft"airs dates 
from his fifty-ninth year, after an exemplary bachelorhood, he having formed 
a matrimonial alliance with Martha Mueller, who was born in Stuttgart, 
Germany. She is a refined and affable lady, and to this union three interest- 
ing children have lieen born, namely : Fritz. ]\L-irtha and Richard. The 
Mertz home is an ideal one. and ^Ir. and INlrs, ]\Iertz are popular in all 
circles. Politically, the former is a Repulilican. and a memlier of the Second 
Presbvterian church. 



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WILLIAM KENT LUCAS. 

In studying the life record of William Kent Lucas, there are found all 
the elements that go to make the successful man of affairs — excellent ancestry, 
an analytical mind, a fidelity to duty, an unswerving persistency and a genial 
deportment — consequently as the general agent of the IMonon railroad, with 
headquarters at Lafayette, Indiana, he has won a commendable position in 
the railroad world, in which he is widely known. His birth occurred at 
Williamsport, Warren county, this state. January 13, 1843. ^^'^^ son of a well- 
known civil engineer, Col. E. F. Lucas, the popular superintendent of the old 
Wabash and Erie Canal, which position he held for many years, during which 
time he was much sought after owing to his influence in high commercial 
circles. AMien this canal was taken over by the state. Colonel Lucas was one 
of three commissioners appointed to manage it, his duties being that of super- 
intendent and overseer, especially regarding its construction to Evansville. 
He was influential with the railroads and attended to a great deal of busi- 
ness for others. Colonel Lucas was born in Washington county, Pennsyl- 
vania, February 22, 1804, and having moved to Indiana in his youth he was 
educated in the Indiana State University at Bloomington, and, deciding upon 
a career as civil engineer, he became one of the first in the United States, also 
a consulting engineer. He was at one time a colonel in the state militia. 
\\'illiam K. Lucas, of this review, has in his possession an old leather-covered 
trunk full of papers, left by his father, containing documents relating to the 
canal and many letters asking the Colonel's influence in behalf of the writers. 
In 1857 the Wabash railroad sent Colonel Lucas to Lafayette to purchase 
one hundred and sixty acres of land on which to locate their shops, but it is 
said that local property owners refused to sell land for that purpose, not want- 
ing the shops to come here. At Ft. \\'ayne the land desired was donated. 
Colonel Lucas's death occurred in 1871 while he was engaged in locating the 
Chicago & Eastern Illinois railroad. 

William Kent Lucas grew up on a farm on the state line, remaining 
there and assisting with the various duties of the same from aljnut 1849 to 
1865. In the latter year he went to Keokuk, Iowa, in the employ of the 
Wabash railroad. In 1866 Senator Thomas A, Hendricks procured for him 
an appointment in the railway mail service, known as route agent, his "run" 
being on the Wabash railroad, between Lafayette, Indiana, and Toledo, Ohio, 
he Ijeing chief clerk on the route, which position he very creditalily filled. 
In 1869 he returned to Keokuk, being eniplnyetl in the offices of the Wabash 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 605 

railroad. In 1876 Mr. Lucas was appointed agent of the Rock Island rail- 
road, at Keokuk, which position he held for about seven years. So faithful 
had his services been that in 1883 he was promoted to the agency for that 
road at Des Moines, Iowa. Remaining there until 1899, he resigned that 
position and accepted an offer made by the Monon railroad as general agent 
at Lafayette, Indiana, which position he is faithfully filling at this writing. 

Mr. Lucas was united in marriage, September 19, 1872, with Sarah 
Shontz, a native of Harmony, Butler county, Pennsylvania. She was a rep- 
resentative of an old and influential family, having been a cousin of the 
famous Theodore P. Shontz, one of the builders of the Panama canal. After 
more than twenty-six years of mutually happy wedded life, Mrs. Lucas passed 
to her rest. 

Mr. Lucas is conspicuous not only for his faithfulness to his duty, but 
also for his obliging disposition and his willingness to do some kind service 
for others. He is regarded by the officials of the Monon as one of their 
most faithful and trusted employes, and much credit is due him for the large 
business done by this road in Lafayette. He and his sister maintain a very 
neat and cozy home where their many friends are always welcome. 



JOHX E. CHAAIBERLIN. 

A representative citizen of Lafayette and proprietor of the Chamocrlin 
Creamery and ice cream business, the largest enterprise of the kind in north- 
ern Indiana and among the largest in the West, the subject of this review 
merits consideration among those who have contributed to the growth of the 
city and given it an honorable reputation as an important and commercial 
center. It is with no little satisfaction, therefore, that the following brief 
outline of his career and modest tribute to his worth is presented. John E. 
Chamberlin has been a lifelong resident of Lafayette and since his young 
manhood vitally interested in the city's material advancement and business 
prosperity. His father, David J. Chamberlin, was born June 26, 1826, in 
Gettysburg, Adams county. Pennsylvania, and in the spring of 1849. shortly 
after his marriage with Elizabeth Naoma Biggs, moved to Lafayette, Indiana, 
where he soon became a member of the firm of J. Shideler & Company, 
general merchants and grain dealers. Subsequently he engaged in marketing, 
which proved successful, and still later, in partnership with his son, he 
established a broom factory, which he operated with gratifying financial 



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results for eleven years, when he disposed of the businc=b co devote hia entire 
attention to the manufacture of butter and cheese, an enterprise established 
in 1890 by the Lafayette Creamery Compan}' and purchased by Mr. Cham- 
berlin in 1893. Under the name of D. J. Chamberlin & Son, the business grew 
rapidly and, the better to meet the demands of the trade, the firm enlarged 
its capacity from time to time, and in due time built up the largest estab- 
lishment of its kind not only in Lafayette, but in the northern part of the 
state. In connection with the making of butter and cheese and the handling 
of milk, they also introduced the manufacture of ice cream, which, like the 
other lines, proved successful from the beginning and increased to such an 
extent as to render necessary, within a brief period, the enlargement of their 
facilities and the adoption of new and improved methods and appliances. The 
industry has grown steadily in magnitude and importance until, as already 
indicated, it has become the largest of the kind in northern Indiana. The 
creamery, which has been increased to more than double its former capacity, 
is the largest in the state and one of the best known and most widely patron- 
ized enterprises of the kind in the central west. Connected with the estab- 
lishment is a fine farm of two hundred and forty acres, where are kept the 
high-grade cows which produce much of the milk used in the creamery, and 
the intention is to increase the herd as rapidly as circumstances will admit, 
although at the present time recourse is had to other sources in order to 
supply the growing demands of the trade. The plant now gives employment 
to an average of seventeen hands and the present yearly output is something 
in excess of thirty thousand pounds of butter and sixty-five thousand gallons 
of ice cream, besides a large wholesale and retail milk business, the greater 
part of which is used in the city, although shipments are frequently made to 
other points. The plant now in use was purchased in 1906, at a cost of 
twenty-five thousand dollars, since which, as stated above, its capacity has 
been greatly enlarged, new and improved machinery installed until the factory 
is niiw fully equipped with the largest modern appliances and complete in 
all I if its ])arts. Although the business is still conducted under the original 
firm name of D. J. Chamberlin & Son, the senior partner and founder. David 
J. Chamberlin, died at his home in Lafayette, Novemlaer 17. 1904. since 
which time the plant has been operated by his son, John E. Chamberlin, 
through whose efforts and management it has Ijeen made what it is today, 
one of the leading industrial enterprises of the city and one of the most suc- 
cessful of the kind in the entire country. 

David J. Chaml>erlin was a man of sound practical intelligence and 
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he engaged appears to ha\e prospered. He was also public spirited in 
matters pertaining to the impro\-enient of the city, al\va_vs manifested a lively 
interest in the general welfare of the community and was the embodiment 
of manly honor in all of his business and other relations. The large enter- 
prise which he established, and with which his name is still associated, bears 
witness to his ability, judgment and foresight, and its steady growth, under 
the joint direction of himself and son during his lifetime, and under the 
management of the latter since his decease, proves that it was well founded 
and that his mantle has fallen upon a worthy successor. Elizabeth Naoma 
Biggs, wife of David J. Chamberlin, was born near Emmettsburg, Frederick 
county, Maryland, and departed this life in Lafayette, Indiana, June 26, 
1902. at the advanced age of eighty-seven years. Her ancestors were among 
the first white settlers in Virginia and during the early wars, between the 
colonists and the Indians. se\-eral of the family were killed and others fell 
into the hands of the savages, who held them prisoners until ransomed by 
their relatives or friends. Later, some of her people became well-to-do 
planters and slave holders, but prior to the Ci\'il v,-';r they liberated thc'r 
slaves and moved to a state upon which the blight of involuntary human 
servitude has not been fastened. 

David J. and Elizabeth Naoma Chamberlin were the parents of but one 
child, John E. Chamberlin, the subject of this sketch, whose birth occurred 
in Lafayette, Indiana, on the 22d day of November, 1850. He was educated 
in the city schools and while still young acquired, under the direction of 
his father, practical knowledge of business and matured his plans for the 
future. In due time he became his father's associate in the various lines of 
enterprise already described and upon the latter's death succeeded to the 
large establishment, which the two jointly built up, and is now sole proprietor 
of the same: His career has been a large and useful one, and an evidence of 
his acumen and reliability is afforded by the fact of his having steadily 
enlarged the establishment with which he is identified and earned a reputa- 
tion in business circles second to that of none of his contemporaries and above 
the slightest suspicion of reproach or dishonor. 

Mr. Chamberlin's domestic life dates from December 18, 1878, at wliich 
time he was united in marriage with I\Iary E. Wilson, of Lafayette, daughter 
of James R. Wilson, late of this city, the union resulting in the birth of se\-eral 
children, of whom three sons survive, viz. : James D., John M. and \\"ilbur, 
all intelligent young business men and connected with the enterprise of 
which their father is proprietor. ]\Ir. Chamberlin afiRliates with the Repub- 
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and no ambition in the way of public or official honors. This family, for 
several generations, have been Methodists in their religious belief and the 
subject subscribes to the doctrines of the same church, as do also his wife 
and children. In his fraternal relations, ]Mr. Chamljerlin is an Odd Fellow, 
and it is a matter worthy of note that when he and his sons joined the order, 
a part of the ceremony was conducted by the same person who assisted at 
the initiation of his father into the same lodge forty-five years before. He 
is also a member of the Masonic fraternity. 

As the result of his ability, energy, economy and judicious management, 
Mr. Chamberlin has not only attained to a prominent place in the business 
world, but has also achieved marked financial success, being the possessor 
of an ample fortune and one of the solid and reliable men of his city. He 
has ever been an advocate of all moral interests, and endeavored to realize 
within himself the high ideals of manhood and citizenship, being straight- 
forward, honorable and worthy of respect and standing for law and order, 
in all the terms implied. Few men in Lafayette are as widely and favorably 
known, none stand higher than does he in the confidence and esteem of the 
public and in view of his active and eminently creditable career and the 
influence he has always exercised on the right side of any moral question, it 
is proper to class him with the representative men of his day and generation 
in the community honored by his citizenship. 



THOMAS WILLIAM BURT. 

b^.-.i in a political and business sense Tliomas W. Burt, present postmaster 
of the city of Lafayette, and one of the proprietors of the Lafavette ]Morning 
Journal, is deserving of the high esteem in which he is held by all classes 
owing to his public spirit, integrity and fidelity to duty. By dint of industry 
and marked innate ability, he has forged to the front among his contemporaries 
and made his influence felt throughout this portion of Indiana. He is popular 
among the laboring classes and common people, because he lias bee nassiici- 
ated from youth with the men who have had to strive for what thev have 
secured of wealth and fame, and in their struggles he still takes a lively interest, 
and while not disregarding the rights of the capitalist and those who have 
inherited wealth, he can always be counted on as vindicating the cause of 
that class of industrious citizens who seek to better their condition by manly 
labor, be it in whatever calling that labor may be found employed, 

Thomas W. Burt was born March 12, 1861, just one month before the 




THOMAS \V. BL'RT 



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opening of the great Civil war. His father was Thomas Burt, Sr.. who sacri- 
ficed his life on the altar of his country in the struggle to preserve the Union. 
He was a native of Ohio — the state so famous for brave defenders of our 
national flag in all wars. He volunteered soon after the first call for men 
by President Lincoln, and for four long, trying years, he fought for the right, 
as he was given to see the right, and when he had lived to see the new era 
ushered in, his life had paid the price of hardship and exposure on the battle- 
fields of the Southland, having answered the last roll-call and passed from 
earth in 1865. Thomas W. Burt's mother was known in her maidenhood 
as Mary Rogers, who was a native of Indiana, and who, for her second hus- 
band, married Thomas Bryant. 

In 1866 young Burt came to Lafayette, Indiana, where he was reared 
to manhood. Here he received his education and has ever since remained 
a loyal citizen of the place. When he was just entering his twelfth year, he 
began learning the printer's trade, and in 1890 he became associated with 
the Spring-Emerson Stationery Company, one of the oldest and best known 
houses in that line of goods in the state. It was established as early as 1836 
by John Rosser and has flourished for three-quarters of a century. In 1897 
the company was, however, reorganized. Mr. Burt, who had mastered the 
details of the business and had proven a most capable employe, was made a 
partner in the firm, the name being changed to the Burt-Terry Stationery 
Company. Frank and Charles Terry being the other interested parties. In 
his new role, Mr. Burt was signally successful from the start, and won 
friends and regular patrons by his own personality and the high grade of 
goods which his judgment taught him was the best line to deal in. ^\"ith 
natural business ability, aided by genial manners and rare soundness of 
judgment, success was soon within his grasp. Later the firm became the well- 
known Burt-Terry-Wilson Company, and in the year 1902 the company ab- 
sorbed the -Daily Morning Journal, which is now known as the Burt-Haywood 
Company, incorporated in 1902 at a capital of seventy-five thousan;l dol- 
lars, and it is one of the largest of the kind in the state, employing one hun- 
dred and tliivty to nne hundred .and fifty persons. The jilmt is e(|nippe 1 with 
expensive in-ichinery of the latest designs. Mr. Burt is now nianiger of this 
large enterprise, which would be a credit to any city. Many large jobs are 
constantly turned out and the work is always satisfactory, for only high-grade 
material is used and only skilled mechanics are employed by this fn-m. the 
reputation of wliich is now far-reacliing. 

In politics, ^Ir. Burt is a Republican and has lieen active in the affairs 
of his partv for thirtv vears. in fact, a leader in local matters, his counsel 
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often being sought by his co-workers and local candidates. He very credit- 
ably served one term as city clerk from 1894 to 1898 and on February 19. 
1906, he was further honored b}' being appointed postmaster of Lafayette, 
and he assumed charge of the office on March ist of the same year, and he is 
now filling this important position with honor to himself and credit to the 
community. 

Fraternally Mr. Burt is a member of the Masonic order, including the 
Scottish Rite at Indianapolis and the Commandery at Lafayette. He also 
belongs to the Ancient Araliic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine 
and the Knights of Pythias and the Druids. He takes an abiding interest in 
all of these orders and one would judge from his daily life among his fellow 
men that he attempts to carry out their high precepts. 

The Lafayette Journal, with which Mr. Burt is connected, is too well 
known to the people of this locality to need commenting on. It wields a 
po\yerful influence wherever it reaches in moulding public opinion and it 
holds high rank with the clean, trenchant, wide-awake, modern journals of 
the present day, ably managed in every department and a success from a 
financial standpoint. 

Thomas W. Burt was married on April 25, 1886, to Elizabeth F. Kich- 
ler, a native of Lafayette, the daughter of Adam and Sarah Elizabeth Kich- 
ler, a well known family of this city. Mr. and Mrs. Burt are the parents 
of two children, Mary E., who was educated in Lafayette and Washington. 
District of Columbia. Edgar H., now sixteen years of age (1909), is a high 
school pupil. 



CAPT. JOHN W. MITCHELL. 

It is with no little gratification that the biographer in this connection 
addresses himself to the task of placing on record the principal facts in the 
career of the honored soldier and esteemed civilian whose name appears 
abn\e. a man who distinguished himself on many bloody battlefields during 
the dark days of our national history and who, since the close of that 
conflict, has lilxired for the good of his fellows and filled worthily important 
public trusts. John W. Mitchell, postmaster of the State Soldiers' Home, 
at Lafayette, is a native of Burlington county. New Jersey, and was born in 
historic old Bordentown, on the 19th day of February, 1844. His father 
was William Mitchell, whose birth occurred at the same place, and his 
miither. Imngiiie l'';u'num, alsn a native of New Tersev, was born and reared 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 6ll 

in the town of Mt. Holly. These parents were married in the state of their 
birth and there continued to reside until 1865, when they moved to Lafayette, 
Indiana, where William Mitchell became a successful contractor and builder, 
which vocation he followed until retiring from active life. He was a man 
of good, practical intelligence and well balanced judgment and during his 
residence in Lafayette he earned the reputation of a capable and thoroughly 
reliable business man, and enjoyed to a marked degree the esteem and con- 
fidence of the people of the city. He lived a long and useful life, which 
terminated May 17, 1905, at the age of eighty-four years. His wife preceded 
him to the grave on May iS, 1886. Their family consisted of seven children, 
whose names are as follows : James H., ex-treasurer of Lafayette and by 
occupation a contractor and builder; John W., of this sketch; Lucy, who 
married Mahlon S. Conley, of Los Angeles, California; George E., a mer- 
chant of that city; Mary, wife of Norris S. Shafifer, a railway conductor 
living at Chicago; William, of Butte, Montana, a printer and newspaper 
man, and Edward G., who follows mechanical pursuits in the city of 
Lafayette. 

John W. Mitchell spent his early life in his native town and received 
a good education in the schools of the same. He remained with his parents 
until eighteen years of age, when he responded to the President's call for 
volunteers,- enlisting in June, 1862, in Company B, Twelfth Regiment New 
Jersey \^olunteer Infantry, with which he shared the vicissitudes and fortunes 
of war for a period of three years. His regiment formed a part of the 
Second Army Corps almost from the time of reaching the front, taking part 
in the various Virginia campaigns and pai'ticipating in the numerous battles 
and skirmishes in which the Army of the Potomac was engaged. Captain 
Mitchell received his first baptism of fire at Chancellorsville, where he was 
wounded in the arm, though not so severely as to incapacitate him permanent- 
ly for duty. During his first two years in the service he held the rank of 
sergeant and at the expiration of that time was promoted to first lieutenant 
of Company D, of which he afterwards became captain, continuing in the 
latter capacity until his discharge. Captain Mitchell's term of service in- 
cluded some of the most severe fighting of the war, as may be inferred from 
the following engagements, in which he participated: Chancellorsville, 
Gettysburg, Falling Waters. Auburn Mills, Bristow Station, Blackburn's 
Ford. Kelly's Ford, Robinson's Tavern, Mine Run, Alsop's House, Po River, 
Laurel Hill, Spottsylvania, Landrum House, Milford, North Anna (three 
engagements), three battles of Peterslnirg. Sailor's Creek. High Bridge. 
Farmville. Appomattox, besides a number of minor engagements and 



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skirmishes, in all of which he bore his part as a brave and gallant soldier 
and in not a few attracted the favorable attention of his superior officers. 
It is doubtful if any survivor of the Civil war can produce a record of such 
continuous service and, as far as known, there is today no living soldier who 
took part in as great a number of battles and skirmishes as the foregoing 
list. The Twelfth New Jersey Regiment entered the service one thousand 
strong, but at the close of the struggle one hundred and seventy-seven had 
been killed in battle, one hundred and one died of disease, four hundred and 
ten were wounded, making a total loss of six hundred and eighty-eight, 
a record of casualties such as few regiments can produce. 

At the expiration of his term of enlistment, in 1865, Captain ^Mitchell 
was honorably discharged, after which he came to Lafayette, Indiana, where 
he rejoined his parents, who had moved to the city in the spring of that year. 
Within a short time, he engaged in the grocery business, but a few months 
later disposed of his stock and began contracting and building, being a prac- 
tical mechanic and well fitted for the line of work to which he devoted his 
attention for a number of years following. In September, 1907, he was 
appointed postmaster of the Soldiers' Home branch of the Lafayette post- 
ofifice and has since given his time wholly to the duties of the position, prov- 
ing a capable and obliging official and adding honor to an institution of 
which the people of Indiana feel deservedly proud. 

Captain Mitchell was married March 23, 1876, to Hallie J. Zimmerman, 
of Richmond, Indiana, daughter of William Zimmerman, of that city, three 
children resulting from the union, viz. : Singleton R., a college professor 
in New ^ilexico ; Nellie B., her father's efficient deputy in the postofifice, and 
Norris S., who lives in El Paso, Texas. Mrs. Mitchell, a most excellent and 
highly esteemed lady, of beautiful education and high ideals, departed this 
life on the i8th day of October, 1905, at the age of fifty-six years. 

The Captain is a Republican in politics and previous to his appointment 
to the position he now holds, served as deputy city treasurer of Lafayette. 
He is a member of the Improved Order of Red Men. the Order of Ben Hur, 
and is a leading worker in the Grand Army of the Republic; also of the 
L^nion Veteran Legion, in the first named of which he has taken the Pocahon- 
tas and Havniaker's degrees. 



WILLIAM VAUGHN STUART. 

It is one of the beauties of our government that it acknowledges no 
hereditary rank of title — no patent of nobility save that of nature's, leaving 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 613 

every man to establish his own rank by becoming the artificer of his own 
fortune. Places of honor or trust, rank and preferment thus happily placed 
before every individual, to be striven for by all, but earned alone by perse- 
verance and sterling worth, are almost always sure to be filled with deserving 
men, or at least by those possessing the energy and talent essential to success 
in contests where public position is the prize. William V. Stuart affords a 
conspicuous example of the successful self-made American, who has shown 
that he possesses the qualifications that fit him to discharge worthily the duties 
that have been entrusted in him. A man of vigorous mentality and strong 
moral fiber, he has achieved signal success in a calling in which but few rise 
above mediocrity. 

Mr. Stuart, one of Lafayette's best known attorneys, was born at Logans- 
port, Indiana, November i, 1857, the son of William Z. and Sarah (Bene- 
dict) Stuart, the former having been born in Dedham, Massachusetts, while 
his father sojourned here, having been on a mission for the British govern- 
ment, but he returned to Aberdeen, Scotland, with his parents. He ran away 
from home when a mere youth, and after satisfying his desire of adventure 
by circumnavigating the globe two or three times, finally came to America 
about 1828. He attended Amherst College, from which he was graduated 
in 1833. About 1836 he moved to Logansport, Indiana, and began there the 
practice of law in a short time. He became eminent in his chosen profession, 
and was at one time prosecuting attorney of Cass county. Taking an active 
interest in political affairs, he was elected representative of his county and 
very ably served his constituents in the state legislature. He was sent to the 
constitutional convention in 185 1. He was elected judge of the supreme 
court in October, 1852, the duties of which he faithfully discharged until 
January, 1858, when he resigned to become the general attorney of what was 
then the Toledo, Wabash & Western railroad, now known as the Wabash. 
He twice received the nomination of his party for congress to run against 
Schuyler Colfax, but went down in the general defeat of the Democratic 
ticket, but he made a very spirited contest for the office. He continued the 
successful practice of law until his death. May 7, 1876. He was one of the 
best known and most influential men of his day and generation in northern 
Indiana. A lawyer of more than ordinary ability, a judge of rare judicial 
analysis and a public servant that had no equal, his integrity and affability 
commended him most favorably to all classes. 

Some of his sterling traits seem to have been inherited by his son, Wil- 
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guidance along the early legal road was of inestimable value. He was grad- 
uated from the Williston Seminary at East Hampton. Massachusetts, in 1876, 
and in 1S80 he was graduated from Amherst College, having made a very 
commendable record in each. 

After leaving the last-named institution, Mr. Stuart returned to Lafay- 
ette and entered the law office of his brothers, Charles B. and Thomas Arthur 
Stuart. In 1881 and 1882 he was a student at the Columbia Law School. 
Returning to Lafayette, he went into partnership with his brother, Charles 
B., the firm being known as C. B. & W. V. Stuart, continuing successfully 
until in 1889 they formed a partnership known as the Stuart Brothers, con- 
sisting of the three brothers mentioned in this paragraph. They continued 
thus until in August, 1892, when the death of Thomas A. Stuart occurred 
and Judge E. P. Hammond was taken into the firm, and it became known 
as Stuart Brothers & Hammond. The firm was again changed in 1899, '" 
which year the death of Charles B. Stuart occurred, and D. W. Simms was 
admitted to the firm, known as Stuart, Hammond & Simms, which has re- 
mained the style of the firm to the present day, and it is safe to say that no 
stronger firm is to be found in this or adjoining counties. They have a 
large and up-to-date law library and few cases of great importance are tried 
in local courts without this firm being represented. 

In May, 1887, William V. Stuart was elected mayor of Lafayette, the 
duties of which important office he very faithfully discharged for a period 
of two years, during the course of which many substantial improvements were 
inaugurated and the interests of the public carefully conserved. In 1899, Mr. 
Stuart was appointed a member of the board of trustees of Purdue University, 
later elected president of the board, serving in that capacity until June, 1907. 
Having the interests of this great institution at heart, he gave it his best 
services. 

June 17, 1896, ^^"illiam V, Stuart was married to ]\Iiss Geneve Reynolds, 
the talented and cultured daughter of James M, Reynolds, formerly general 
manager of the Monon railroad and a man prominent in railroad circles for 
many years. The home of Mr. and Mrs. Stuart has been blessed by the 
birth of one daughter, who answers to the name of Sophie Wolcott. The 
date of her birth was October i, 1899. 

Besides his individual law practice, which keeps him very busy, Mr. 
Stuart is the manager of business interests of no small magnitude, and he 
ranks deservedly high in business, legal and social circles of this county, a 
worthy son of a worthy sire. Companionable and unassuming, public-spirited 



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and progressive in all that the term implies, he occupies a position of influ- 
ence and honor in a community noted for the high order of its citizenship. 



GEORGE WINTER. 

oeorge Winter was born at Port Sea, England, in 1810, of a talented 
and cultured family and the youngest of fourteen children. The foundations 
for his subsequent career as a noted artist were laid under favorable circum- 
stances, for he was brought up amid the most propitious environment — an 
art atmosphere — and his genius was fostered and encouraged. After a pre- 
liminary course of private instruction, he went to London, entered the Royal 
Academy, and there lived and worked with artists for four years, making 
rapid headway in his chosen calling. About 1830, when twenty years of age, 
he came to New York city, and after a residence of seven years in the 
metropolis started for the middle West, landing at Logansport, Indiana. As 
he once expressed it, he was lured to Indiana in order to be present at the 
councils of Col. A. C. Pepper, of the village of Kuwau-Nay, in regard to the 
Pottawatomie emigfation west of the Mississippi. He had an artist's inter- 
est in the red men of the West, and many of his famous paintings are of 
Pottawatomie and Miami chiefs. In 1837, at the request of her family, Mr. 
Winter visited Frances Slocum at her home in Deaf Man's Village, near 
Peru, Indiana, and made a portrait of her. She was famous for having 
been stolen by Indians from her white parents in Pennsylvania when only 
three years of age, and she lived all her subsequent life with the Indians as 
one of them. She revealed her identity to Col. G. W. Ewing, of Fort Wayne, 
when she was past middle life and thought to be on her death bed. While 
she recovered and lived many years afterward, she refused to leave her 
Indian friends and take up her residence with her own relatives. 

In 1840 Mr. Winter married Mary Squier, of New Carlisle, Ohio. She 
was born at Dayton, that state, and was the daughter of Timothy and Rebecca 
(Tucker) Squier, the former the son of the famous Revolutionary soldier, 
Ellis Squier, who was born in Essex county. New Jersey, September 17, 
1746, and was in the New Jersey militia, subject to call for special duty in the 
Revolutionary Avar when needed for emergencies or to fill out a company 
short of men. He died in Montgomery county, Ohio, in August, 1824. To' 
George Winter and wife three children were born, namely: Annette, now 



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the wife of Gordon Ball, a prominent resident of Lafayette; George W'inter, 
Jr., the eldest of the family; and Agnes, who died in childhood. 

It was about 1840 when Mr. Winter produced many of his best known 
pictures, especially those depicting Indian life and the battlefield of Tippe- 
canoe. He remained at Logansport until 1850, in which year he moved to 
Lafayette, residing in the latter city until his death with the exception of 
three years, from 1873 to 1876, which were spent in California. He died 
suddenly in 1876 while seated in a public audience at an opera house, having 
been seized with apoplexy. His widow survived him until August 11, 1899. 

Besides a great number of oil paintings and works in water color and 
ivory miniature, which are of both artistic and historical value, Mr. Winter 
left some writings in connection with them that are very interesting from an 
historical view. A more extended description of his work will be found in 
this volume in the article dealing with local art. One of his paintings is of 
himself when a young man. It shows the deep blue eyes, calm, clear, ex- 
pressive, and the fine, clear-cut features of a face of a man evidently of poetic 
temperament, surmounted by chestnut hair in curls and ringlets. In later 
life he became stouter and more portly. As might be surmised, he was a man 
who loved nature, and the Indians had a fascination for one of his poetic 
temperament, and his interest in them was potent in shaping his career. He 
has by his brush and pen rendered high service to historic Tippecanoe. He 
was truly a great man, a man whom to know was to respect not only for his 
marked talent, but also for his pleasing address and his exemplary life. 



HENRY TAYLOR. 

This formerly well-known citizen, long since deceased, is kindly remem- 
bered by many of the older generation as one of Lafayette's progressive men. 
He was born at Hamilton, Ohio, January 18, 1826, and resided in the place 
of his nativity until he had completed his twenty-sixth year. He went through 
the public schools in the usual way and attended Miami University at the same 
time that Governor Morton was a member of the student body in that insti- 
tution. Ever afterwards he and the famous War Governor were warm friends 
and often met during "the days that tried men's souls." After leaving the 
university Mr. Taylor studied law in the office of Thomas Milligan at Hamil- 
ton, but the confinement and close application to books threatened his health 
to such an extent that he abandoned his ambition to become a lawyer. Re- 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 617 

moving to Lafayette he engaged in the kimber business, met with increasing 
success from year to year until eventually the Henry Taylor Lumber Com- 
pany was recognized as one of the important industries of Lafayette. The 
business was greatly extended after his death by the energetic management 
of his son-in-law, Mr. Stillwell. Mr. Taylor, aside from his private concerns, 
always found time to take an active interest in public affairs or whatever 
was calculated to benefit the city. In i860 he was appointed by Governor 
Morton one of the trustees having in charge the establishment of Purdue 
University, and was largely instrumental in having it located at its present 
site. Lafayette owes him an unpayable debt of gratitude for his invaluable 
services in this important matter. In 1870 Mr. Taylor was nominated on the 
Republican ticket as a candidate for state senator, was elected and served until 
1874. 

In 1852, Mr. Taylor married Isabelle D. Sample, and their wedding trip 
emphasizes the contrast between the transportation systems of that day and 
this. The first stage of their journey from Lafayette to Indianapolis was 
made in a coach and four, from there to the Ohio river at Madison by the 
only railroad in the state at that time, and up the river to Cincinnati, their 
objective point being Hamilton. Ohio. Mrs. Taylor was the daughter of 
Henry T. and Sarah (Sumwalt) Sample, the latter a native of Baltimore, 
Maryland. The father was born near Middletown, Ohio, in 1805, and came 
to Lafayette from \\'inchester, Indiana, on a trading trip, just one week 
after the city was first laid out. In the following year, 1826, he married Sarah 
Sumwalt and came to Lafayette to live. He owned a tannery, a pork and 
beef packing establishment and a large stock farm in Benton county. He 
became prosperous and was noted as a man of influence and public spirit. His 
only living children are Mrs. Taylor, Mrs. David McBride and Robert W. 
Sample. Henry Taylor and his wife were warm personal friends of Governor 
Morton and whenever he visited Lafayette he was a welcome guest at their 
hospitable abode. 

In the early part of 1884 Mr. Taylor completed the construction of a 
beautiful residence standing on high ground surn untied liv well-kept h'viis 
and commanding a wide view over a wide area. Under the guidance of IMrs. 
Taylor, and directed by her good taste, this home was handsomely furnished 
and possessed all the conveniences of a fashionable dwelling. It was such a 
place as one would pick out as a retreat for his latter days, but alas for the 
vanity of human wishes, scarcely six months had elapsed when the designer 
and builder was in his grave. For more than thirtv-two vears Henrv Tavlor 



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had been at the head of a liousehold in which lie found his chief dehght. Of 
his two children, one died in infancy and the other, Salhe B. Taylor, married 
William F. Stilhvell. In 1898, she too was called to follow her father, leav- 
ing an only daughter, Isabel F. Stillwell, who resides with her father and 
grandmother at the Taylor homestead. 



HON. ROBERT P. DAVIDSON. 

Standing out distinctly as one of the central figures of the judiciary of 
Indiana in his day and generation is the name of Hon. Robert P. Davidson. 
Prominent in legal circles and equally so in public matters beyond the con- 
fines of his own jurisdiction, with a brilliant reputation in one of the most 
exacting of professions that won him a name for distinguished service second 
to that of none of his contemporaries, there was long no more prominent 
or honored man in the locality which he dignified with his citizenship. Wear- 
ing the judicial ermine with becoming dignity and bringing to every case 
submitted to him a clearness of perception and power of analysis character- 
istic of the learned jurist, his name and work for years was allied with the 
legal institutions, public enterprises and political interests of the state in such 
a way as to earn him recognition as one of the distinguished citizens of a 
community noted for the high order of its talent. A high purpose and an 
unconquerable will, vigorous mental powers, diligent study and devotion to 
duty are some of the means by which he made himself eminently useful, and 
every ambitious youth who fights the battle of life with the prospect of 
ultimate success may peruse with profit the biography herewith presented. 
Although the earthly career of this distinguished gentleman closed on 
Wednesday evening, April 14, 1909, after an illness lasting from December 
31, 1908, his influence still, pervades the lives of those with whom he asso- 
ciated. He was the oldest member of the Tippecanoe county bar, a lone tree 
in what was once a mighty forest of stalwarts ; eminent in the legal profes- 
sion, a high type of American citizenship and a devoted Christian, whose 
intelligence, friendship, integrity and general character won for him a circle 
of friends described in number by the one word legion. In reviewing the 
life-work- and character of so important a citizen as he who but yesterday 
walked and mingled with his fellowmen, performing every known duty, 
guided only by the manly traits that men and women evervwhere call noble, 
the biographer can not hope to give the reader more than a glimpse of this 
busy man's well-spent career. 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 619 

Judge Robert Parks Davidson was born in Nicholas county, Kentucky, 
October 26, 1826, of Scotch ancestry on both the paternal and maternal 
sides, his family being one of the highly respected of the pioneer settlers. 
Thomas Davidson, the pioneer grandfather, was born in Pennsylvania, set- 
tled in Kentucky in an early day and died there many years ago. He was 
noted for his personal courage and high sense of honor. The maternal 
grandfather, James Parks, Sr., emigrated from Pennsylvania about 1790 
and located in Nicholas county, Kentucky, where he died May 6, 1836. His 
family was of English origin, and numerous members of the same became 
distinguished in various walks of life. James Parks, Sr., who was a promi- 
nent merchant and trader in his community, represented his county in the 
Kentucky legislature and he also served very creditably in the state senate, 
having been contemporary with the Wicliffes and Marshalls. A loyal Presby- 
terian, he served faithfully for a period of forty years as elder in the Asso- 
ciate Reformed Presbyterian church. 

Judah Davidson, father of Judge Davidson of this memoir, was the 
fourth son of Thomas Davidson. He received such educational training as 
the early schools afforded, and when he reached maturity he married Mary 
(Steele) Davidson on December 11, 1825. She was the tenth child in the 
family of James Parks, Sr., and wife, and to this union two sons were born, 
of whom Robert P. was the oldest. When deceased was but two years of 
age, the father died, leaving the two fatherless boys and the widowed mother 
to battle on without the aid and counsel of a father and husband. The mother 
was a woman of intelligence and genuine piety. The mother and her sons 
went to the home of the former's parents, and the sons were given the op- 
portunities offered by the common schools of those days. When fourteen 
years of age Robert P. Davidson was placed in an academy, and at intervals 
worked at farm labor, in the meantime preparing himself for college. He 
accordingly entered the freshman class of Miami University, in May, 1845, 
with the intention of preparing himself for the ministry, but changing to 
Center College, Kentucky, in the winter of 1847-1848, he pursued his studies 
there and was graduated from that institution in June, 1848, ranking among 
the best of the large graduating class of that year, and in recognition of his 
merits, this institution, three years later, conferred upon him the degree of 
Master of Arts. After graduating he turned his attention to teaching for 
a short time, then began the study of law, having abandoned the idea of 
becoming a minister. He was licensed to practice in the courts in February, 
1 85 1, and soon afterwards entered the law office of the late Judge Joseph C. 
Suit, at Frankfort. Clinton county, this state, later forming a partnership 



620 PAST AND PRESENT 

with this noted jurist. He was also at one time associated with Hon. Joseph 
Claybaugh. his brother-in-law. an ex-judge of the Clinton county circuit 
court. Mr. Davidson became prosecuting attorney for Clinton county, and 
he served as judge of the common pleas court in the fifties. In the midst 
of all his various legal duties he found time to do considerable editorial 
writing on the Franklin Argus, later known as the Crescent, which name 
he gave the paper. He continued in the practice at Frankfort until Novem- 
ber, 1863, when he moved to Lafayette, during the most exciting period of 
the great Civil war. The rigid study of the law and his close application to 
his chosen profession made him profound in thought and broad-minded in the 
truest sense of the term. As a public speaker, while not a flowery orator, he 
was a strong, logical speaker, his language being of that clear, concise and 
forcible type that always had its weight with an audience, especially with 
courts and jurymen, who recognized the fact that he had a wonderful legal 
mind. In his personal bearing the Judge was of rather retiring disposition, 
always a gentleman, possessed of true politeness, courteous and obliging, very 
gentle mannered, true hearted and sympathetic, at all times and places. He 
always had the best interests of his client at heart, and was firm in the pre- 
sentation of his arguments in the court room. He remained a profound 
student of law up to the time of his death. His briefs in cases taken to higher 
courts were considered masterpieces. 

His career in Lafayette was a series of triumphs, having in 1864 entered 
the law office of \\'. D. Alace. but subsequently formed a partnership with 
Hon. Richard P. DeHart. At one time he was a law partner of Capt. W. 
De\\'itt Wallace and still later he was associated with his son, Joseph C. 
Davidson, who is now practicing in Chicago. His next law partner was 
Daniel E. Storms, ex-secretary of state, who now resides in Nevada. His 
last partner was Allen Boulds, admitted to the firm in 1897. Thus it will 
be seen that he was associated with numerous excellent attorneys during his 
long practice. From time to time he aided many young men to solve difficult 
legal problems and he has started them out on their careers as attorneys with 
a good degree of assured success. His knowledge of law made him an author- 
ity in manv intricate legal cases in Tippecanoe and other counties. The fol- 
lowing, which appeared in an editorial of one of the newspapers of his home 
citv the morning after his death, is an accurate summing up of his legal 
ability : 

"He possessed an analytical mind, and being so well read in law, he 
scored every point the case would admit of. In court he was a fighter for 
every inch of ground and was always respected by his opponents. He was 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 621 

connected with some of the most important lawsuits filed in this and adjoin- 
ing co.unties, and his advice was sought by other attorneys who well knew 
the value of the legal lore he possessed." 

Not alone in law did Judge Davidson become efficient, but as a political 
worker in the ranks of the Democratic party he did valuable work. During 
the Lincoln and Douglas presidential campaign, he was active in the interest 
of his party, and had the honor of being one of the Douglas electors, and 
four years later he was an elector for Abraham Lincoln for his second term. 
He was what is styled in political history "a war Democrat" and bitterly 
opposed the institution of human slavery. During our great civil strife, 
Governor Morton appointed him draft commissioner. After the war had 
ended Judge Davidson did not participate again in politics until he was 
elected a representative to the legislature, serving in the sessions of 1871-1872. 
In 1902 he was defeated for the state senatorship by Hon. William R. Wood. 
He was never a radical partisan, believing that all parties tried to make plat- 
forms for the good of the masses, hence he was charitable and never offen- 
sive in his political declarations. 

The true test of manhood may generally be found about the home 
hearthstone, and in this phase of his interesting life Judge Davidson was 
shown in his best light, his domestic relations being of the most harmonious 
and happiest type. He formed a matrimonial alliance on May 15, 1849, with 
Jennie S. Claybaugh, daughter of the late Rev. Joseph Claybaugh, D. D., 
who was for many years professor of theology at Oxford Seminary (Ohio). 
This union was blessed by the birth of five sons and two daughters, five of 
whom survive, namely: Joseph C, of Chicago; Mrs. Mary P. Russell, also 
of Chicago; Margaret B., who is living in Lafayette; Horace C, of Aurora, 
Illinois; and Dr. Edward C, of Lafayette. Robert P., Jr., died in 1889, and 
James T. died in 1904. After a beautiful Christian life, Mrs. Davidson 
closed her eyes on earthly scenes, January 26, 1908, a few months in ad- 
vance of her husband, who really never fully recovered from the sad affliction 
•caused from being separated from one who had traveled with him so many 
years as a loving, faithful companion. 

Concerning his religious faith, it can be said that he very naturally 
found his church home within the fold of the Presbyterian church, as his 
forefathers had all been of that faith. For almost a half century he was an 
exemplary member and was long an elder of the First Presbyterian church 
of Lafayette. He was a home man, and he was usually found at his fireside 
when not at his office, for he affiliated with no clubs or secret societies. This 
love of the quietude of home was perhaps responsible for his limited traveling. 



622 PAST AND PRESENT 

He also took a delight in looking after his farming interests, which were 
extensive. He was always entertaining, a man of mnch universal knowledge 
and a companionable conversationalist. 

At his funeral, the members of the bar, who held him in the very highest 
esteem, attended in a body. The Rev. A. C. V. Skinner, pastor of the First 
Presbyterian church, conducted the services, paying a high tribute to the 
departed dead. Friends came from long distances to pay their last respects 
to the mortal remains of him who in his lifetime had befriended and mingled 
with them as companions on the road of life. Thus, beneath a wealth of 
beautiful garlands, surrounded by sorrowing old-time and younger friends, 
the pallbearers bore the tabernacle that had held this worthy man's great soul 
to its last resting- place in Spring\ille cenietery. where it sleeps the sleep of the 
just. 

At a meeting of the bar association, held April 24th, eulogies were pro- 
nounced by leading members, and appropriate resolutions were passed and 
spread upon the records of the superior and circuit courts. 



JA^IES M. STINGLE. 

Incumbent of the office of county assessor and holding worthy prestige 
as a citizen, the subject of this sketch has been much in the public gaze and 
merits more than passing notice among the representative men of the county 
which has been his home since his birth. James I\I. Stingle was born near 
Purdue University in Wabash township on the 28th day of August, 1862, 
being a son of Levi and Emily ( Kellogg) Stingle, natives of Pennsylvania 
and Ohio, respectively. Levi Stingle came to Tippecanoe county a number 
of years ago and in due time became widely known as a successful farmer 
and stockraiser; by industry and frugality, directed and controlled by sound 
judgment and business ability of a high order, he accumulated a handsome 
fortune and at the time of his death left a large estate, including the family 
homestead in Wabash township and other valuable realty, besides personal 
property of considerable amount. He was greatly esteemed throughout the 
county, enjoyed the confidence of his fellowmen to a marked degree and in his 
efiforts to promote his own interests was not unmindful of the interests and 
welfare of others. He lived to the age of seventy-two and was called from 
the scenes of his earthly labors and triumphs in 1899. his death being deeply 
mourned and profoundly regretted by the people among whom he had spent 



TIPPF.CANOE COUNTY, IND. 623 

SO many years. Mrs. Stingle, who proved a worthy wife and helpmeet and 
to whose judicious counsel her husband was indebted for no small part of 
his success, departed this life in 1889, when sixty-two years of age. Levi 
and Emily Stingle were the parents of seven children, three of whom died 
in infancy or early childhood, the names of the surviving members of the 
family being as follows: James M., subject of this sketch; Harry E., who 
lives in California ; Eva A., wife of James A. Bell, of West Lafayette, and 
Lillie E., who married Pogue Myers and lives in the city of Lafayette. Both 
parents had been previously married and each had one child when they be- 
came husband and wife. 

James M. Stingle was reared amid the bracing airs and wholesome in- 
fluence of rural life, and his early experience on the farm had much to do in 
developing a strong, well-rounded character and directing his future course 
of action. He was educated in the public schools and the Lafayette Com- 
mercial College and, on leaving home to make his own way in the world, 
engaged in the livery business at Lafayette, which he conducted with fair 
success for a period of ten years. Disposing of his establishment at the ex- 
piration of that time Mr. Stingle, in 1904, was appointed deputy county 
assessor, the duties of which position he discharged in a very acceptable 
manner, for one term, during which time he became so widely acquainted 
throughout the county and made so many warm friends that when he an- 
nounced his candidacy for the office held by his superior, his nomination was 
a foregone conclusion. In the election which followed he defeated his com- 
petitor by a majority of five hundred and ninety-five votes. 

Mr. Stingle has proven a very efficient and obliging public servant. He 
conducts his office in an able and straightforward business-like manner, exer- 
cises sound discretion in the matter of values and is absolutely fair and im- 
partial in his treatment of property holders, so that the public, irrespective 
of political allignment. have the utmost confidence in his judgment and in- 
tegrity. As indicated above, he is a Republican and an active worker for the 
success of his party, especially in local afifairs, concerning which his opinions 
and advice always carry weight and command respect. Mr. Stingle is con- 
nected with several secret fraternal orders, including the Knights of Pythias 
and Improved Order of Red Men, in the former of which he holds the title of 
past chancellor. The local lodges to which he belongs are indebted to him 
for much of the success they now enjoy. 

Mr. Stingle's domestic life dates from March 9, 1885, at which time 
he was united in marriage with Drusilla Belle Huffman, of Lafayette, and a 
daughter of Noah and Elizabeth (Nagle) Huffman, the father a son of Rev. 



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PAST AXD PRESEXT 



Jonathan Huffman, a pioneer of Tippecanoe county and one of the first 
Methodist ministers in this part of the state. Mr. and Mrs. Stingle have 
three children, namely : Robert, a student of Purdue University, Ethel and 
Bernice, the former pursuing her studies in the high school of West Lafay- 
ette, the latter a student of the lower grades. In religious belief Mr. Stingle 
subscribes to the Baptist creed, his wife being a ^Methodist and a zealous 
and useful member of the local church to which she belongs. 



SAMUEL S. WASHBURX. M. D. 

Dr. Samuel S. Washburn, who is now the longest in practice of any 
physician, save possibly one, in Tippecanoe county, and still enjoying the 
confidence of the populace in his present-day practice in the city of Lafayette, 
was born September i, 1839, at Rushville, Lidiana. He is the son of Isaac 
and IMariah (Bratton) Washburn. The father was born in Ohio and was 
by trade a tanner and followed it until the ^lexican war came on. He then 
enlisted in the army raised to put down that conflict and was promoted to 
sergeant-major of the Second Kentucky Regiment of Infantry. He was 
wounded at the battle of Buena Vista and died a pensioner, by reason of his 
Mexican war service. After that war he located at Owensboro, Kentucky, 
where he became the editor of a newspaper, continuing in that profession until 
his death in December. 1876. He was the father of six children, as follows: 
Nancy, Elihue, Robert R.. Sarah, Zarelda, and Samuel S. of this notice. 
The mother of this family died in 1885: she was a devoted member of the 
Presbyterian church, having united at the age of fifteen years. The sub- 
ject's father, Isaac \\'ashburn, was of the Universalist faith. Politically, 
he was a Democrat. 

Doctor Washburn had the ad\antage of the public schools in Rush coun- 
ty, Indiana, and later studied under a private tutor. He chose the science of 
medicine as his profession, and studied under Dr. D. W. Stirman, of Owens- 
boro, Kentucky, and entered the medical department of the University of 
Louisville, Kentucky, from which most excellent institution he was graduated 
in the month of ^March, 1861. He then saw the country was in need of men 
to suppress the Rebellion which had opened in April of that year, and enlisted 
as a member of the Sixteenth Regiment, Indiana \^olunteer Infantry, serving 
until the autumn of 1863, when he was discharged by reason of disability, hav- 
ing contracted typhoid pneumonia. During his entire army career he was on 




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TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 625 

the medical staff and was assistant surgeon and hospital steward. After he 
returned from the army, he located at Decatur, Illinois, where he practiced 
medicine four years, then located at Dayton, Indiana, where he continued 
seven years and built up an extensive medical practice in that section of the 
country. In 1874 he came to the city of Lafayette, where he has ever since 
practiced and is now the longest in practice of any physician in the place. 
He is a member of the Tippecanoe County Medical Society, as well as a 
member of the State and American Medical Associations. He reads the latest 
medical works and is a subscriber to and benefits by the reading of the various 
medical publications. By keeping fully abreast with the modern methods 
in his profession, he is accounted an up-to-date physician and surgeon. He 
has a large and successful practice, being the "family doctor" for many of 
the leading families of the city and its environments. 

Politically, the Doctor is a believer in the general principles of the 
Democratic party. In 1889 he was a candidate for state representative, and 
at a time when the county went a thousand majority Republican he was only 
defeated by about four hundred votes. 

In civic society relations, the Doctor is connected with Masonry, being 
a past master of the Masonic lodge, having held that office four years, and 
is always interested in all that pertains to this ancient and honorable frater- 
nity. He is knowm as a bright Mason. 

Coming to his domestic life, it may be said in this connection that he 
was united in marriage November 22, 1864, to Lucy B. English, daughter 
of James English and wife, of Mt. Auburn, Illinois. The issue by this union 
was five children, as follows : Alva C, Savilla, Van Clifford, James H. and 
Olivia Belle, all deceased, except the sons, A. C. and J. H. James H. is an 
actuary for the Hartford Life Insurance Company, and resides at Hartford, 
Connecticut : A. C, the Doctors other son, is actuary for the Mexico- Amer- 
icana Life Insurance Company and resides in Mexico. 

To have practiced in the homes of Tippecanoe county so long as Dr. 
Washburn has, and met with success; to have seen service in his country's 
war days ; to have been connected with county and municipal government and 
advocated his political principles, against fearful odds, and reared a family,, 
members of which are today holding places of trust and responsibility in 
this and a foreign countr}-, is an indication that his career has been fraught 
with more than ordinary success. In the city of Lafayette he has been coun- 
cilman from the sixth ward for eighteen years and was president of the- 
board of city commissioners four years. 
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626 PAST AND PRESENT 



JUDGE CYRUS BALL. 

An enumeration of the representative citizens of Tippecanoe county of 
a former generation who won success and recognition for themselves and 
at the same time conferred honor upon the community, would be decidedly 
incomplete were there failure to make mention of Judge Cyrus Ball, who 
long held worthy prestige in legal and political circles. He was always dis- 
tinctively a man of affairs, who wielded a wide influence among those with 
whom his lot was cast, ever having the affairs of his county at heart and 
did what he could to aid in its development, then passed serenely on to his 
eternal rest, leaving behind him a priceless heritage to his family and friends — 
the record of a life well spent and a good name. 

Judge Cyrus Ball, long a prominent citizen of Indiana, was born in 
Lebanon, Warren county, Ohio, May 30, 1804, the youngest of a family of 
six children, four brothers and two sisters. His early education was meager, 
having attended schools of a primitive kind for three months during the 
winter, his work on the farm depriving him of further time to devote to his 
text-books. However, he spent a great deal of time reading history and 
miscellaneous subjects, and while quite a young man was enabled to begin 
teaching in one of the country schools. In 1825 he left the farm and read 
law awhile, having at an early age decided to enter the legal profession, and 
he was admitted to the bar in Ohio in 1826. He came west with his cousin, 
Justice Harlan, in that year. In the spring of 1827 he went to Baltimore, 
Marj-land, and bought a stock of merchandise and brought the same to 
Lafayette, Indiana, and he and his brother started a general store here. 
After two and one-half years, Cyrus assumed entire control of the business, 
which had steadily grown from the first. In 1828 Cyrus Ball was admitted 
to the bar in Indiana and the following year he was elected justice of the 
peace, serving five years. In 1835 he was defeated for the ofifice by Mathias 
Peterson, a Democrat. He then formed a partnership with James Hill and 
Peter S. Jennings, embarking in the dry goods business. Mr. Hill died in 
1837 and the firm became Ball & Jennings. The former sold out to the latter, 
and, in connection with his brother, purchased the property at the northwest 
corner of Third and Main streets, paying the sum of one hundred and fifty 
dollars for the lot. 

In 1832 Mr. Ball was married to Cornelia Smith, who died within three 
years after their marriage. On May 8, 1838, he was married to Rebecca 
Gordon, of Philadelphia; she was born in that city. May 16, 1816, and she 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 627 

came to Lafayette in 1837. To this union five children were born, namely: 
Gordon, Seneca, Eugene, Cornelia and Richard. Mrs. Ball was of a decided- 
ly poetic nature, and she was always bright, cheerful and happy. She was 
a woman of rare intellect, of fine judgment, having wonderful powers of tact 
and discrimination. She penned many dainty gems of verse, some of them 
manifestly from the depth of the heart, and displayed a wealth of poetic 
genius. 

When the Black Hawk war began Judge Ball and William Reynolds 
went to the front, passing through Chicago, at that time an insignificant 
little trading post. Upon their arrival there they were unable to buy enough 
feed for their horses, there being practically no business of this nature there. 

The Wabash & Erie canal made Judge Ball collector of tolls in 1840, 
and in 1841 he was appointed cashier in the branch at Lafayette of the State 
Bank of Indiana, retaining that position until the charter expired and the 
bank went into liquidation. Business was carried on at the southwest corner 
of Sixth and Main streets until the charter expired in 1859, at which time 
Judge Ball purchased the lots and improvements, which are now the property 
of his son, Gordon Ball. 

Cyrus Ball was elected one of the three associate judges in 1840 for this 
district, and he was soon regarded as a splendid jurist, fair and possessing 
the highest integrity. He had a mind capable of the most careful judicial 
analysis and he carefully weighed in the balance all problems submitted to 
him and soon displayed a profound knowledge of jurisprudence, his decisions 
seldom meeting with reversal at the hands of a higher tribunal. 

When the Lafayette Artificial Gas Company was started. Judge Ball 
became president and held considerable stock in the same, and its large suc- 
cess was very largely due to his able management. With Albert S. White, 
the Judge was chiefly instrumental in the construction of the railroad to 
Indianapolis, many years ago, which is now a part of the Big Four system. 
When he retired from the banking business. Judge Ball built an elegant 
residence on South Ninth street where he lived until his death. June 30, 
1893, having reached a ripe old age, full of honors and success. Although 
it was dangerous to do so, he entertained the noted William Lloyd Garrison 
and other well known abolitionists at his home. Mrs. Cyrus Ball joined her 
distinguished husband in the silent land on January 16, 1900. Her son, 
Seneca Ball, who became prominent in business and railroad circles, died De- 
cember 19, 1907. Eugene Ball died in Vienna, while United States consul to 
Budapest. Cornelia Ball died just as she had blossomed into womanhood. 
Thus Gordon Ball, of Lafayette, is now the only living member of the family. 



628 PAST AND PRESENT 

Judge Ball was a man of unusual business ability, having been an or- 
ganizer and a promoter, possessing the rare ability to foresee the outcome 
of business transactions and he was regarded as a leader in business circles 
for a half century. He died without a blemish on his character, there having 
been manifest in his character the highest sense of honor and the strictest 
integrity. In disposition he was kind, tender, yet firm, straightforward and 
no man was more determined in the execution of his plans when once 
he decided that he was right. Broad and liberal in his views, enterprising 
and resourceful, he was a power in every enterprise he undertook. He took 
the delight of a boy in innocent sports, and nothing delighted him more than 
to romp with his children. His old age was cheered by frequent fishing trips 
to the Kankakee, Wild Cat and the Wabash. His useful life ended as he 
had lived it — without a shade to darken its passage into the great beyond. Tip- 
pecanoe county will never know a more useful, grander character than he. 



MAJOR WARREN R. KING, M. D. 

The subject of this sketch, who is chief surgeon of the Soldiers' Home 
and for many years recognized as one of the leading members of the med- 
ical profession, is a native of Hamilton county, Indiana, born February 6, 
1842. His parents, Benson and Esther (Robinson) King, natives of New 
York, came west in an early day and settled about fourteen miles north of 
Indianapolis, Indiana, where the father purchased land and in due time be- 
came a prosperous agriculturist. He spent the remainder of his life on the 
beautiful farm, which he improved, accumulated a comfortable competency 
and died in August, 1845, l^is faithful companion departing this life within 
six minutes after he ceased to breathe, both being interred in the same grave 
at Eagle Village. Four children constituted the family of this worthy couple, 
the oldest. Minor M., dying in Iowa in 1881 ; Dr. Warren R. was the second 
son in order of birth; Mesdames Harriett Ellis and Martilla Sparks, the 
third and fourth, respectively, reside in Connersville, this state. Being a 
mere child when his parents died, young King was taken into the family of 
Daniel Shortridge and wife, his uncle and aunt, to whom he attributes all the 
success in life which he has attained. ^Ir. Shortridge was quite wealthy and, 
becoming interested in the lad, decided to look after his training and educa- 
tion and fit him for some useful calling. At the proper age, therefore, he 
attended the Fairview Academy, and, having chosen medicine as the profes- 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 629 

sion most suited to his tastes and inclinations, he subsequently began the 
study of the same in the Iowa Medical College at Keokuk, where he com- 
pleted their prescribed course. 

Dr. Kino' prosecuted his professional studies under many disadvantages 
and discouragements, superinduced by a somewhat disastrous military expe- 
rience, in which he received a severe wound, which rendered him a cripple 
for hfe. Entering the army in opposition to his uncle's wishes caused an 
estrangement between the two, and when his relative ceased supplying the 
necessary funds for his support, the young man was thrown upon his own 
resources, which, by reason of his injury, were somewhat limited. Determin- 
ing to finish his studies, however, he let nothing deter him from this accom- 
plishment, but his poverty was such as to cause him great inconvenience and no 
little suffering while prosecuting his collegiate course, being at one time 
compelled to rent a miserably poor little room for one dollar per month and 
sleeping on the floor with a soldier's blanket as his only bed and covering. 
Despite unfavorable environments and a scanty diet, he applied himself zeal- 
ously to his studies and researches. During his last course of lectures he 
served as a medical cadet in the hospital at Keokuk. 

On leaving college. Dr. King received a position as paymaster's clerk 
in the United States navy, which he held for a period of eight months, at 
the expiration of which time he began the practice of his profession in Miami 
county, Indiana, locating at Miami in the spring of 1865 and remaining in 
that place until his removal, in 1876, to Greenfield, Indiana, where, during 
the ensuing twenty years, he built up a large and lucrative business and 
where he still maintains his residence. 

Dr. King served ten years on the board of pension examiners of Hancock 
county and for five years was medical director of the department of Indiana, 
Grand Army of the Republic, besides holding for one year the position of 
surgeon-general, national encampment. Grand Army of the Republic, to which 
he was elected at Boston in 1904. The Doctor was a leading spirit in arous- 
ing an interest in the matter of erectmg a monument in honor of ex-Governor 
Oliver P. Morton, and to him, more perhaps than to any other man, is due 
the inauguration and carrying to successful conclusion of the movement which 
culminated in the beautiful and appropriate memorial which now adorns the 
state capitol. He was present at the unveiling of the monument and, as 
chairman of the commission, took an active part in the ceremonies. It was 
on the same day, also, that he was tendered the position of chief surgeon of 
the Soldiers' Home, at Lafayette, which he now holds and the duties of 
which he assumed in April, 1908. 



630 PAST AND PRESENT 

In the important and responsible office with which he has been honored, 
Dr. King measures up to the requirements of the management of the insti- 
tution and thus far his course has been eminently creditable and satisfactory, 
fully meeting the high expectations of his friends and the public, ever justi- 
fying the wisdom of his choice. In his professional work he has two capable 
assistants and the hospital corps at this time consists of eighteen nurses, se- 
lected with especial reference to their efficiency and skill. There are now in 
the various wards seventy-seven female and fifty-one male patients under 
tieatment, to whom the chief surgeon gives personal ser\-ice. in addition to 
which duty he also looks carefully after the condition of the institution and 
its inmates, insisting upon due attention to the sanitary regulations which 
he has inaugurated, the beneficial results of which are already perceptible in 
the increasing good health throughout the establishment. 

Dr. King's best energies have ever been devoted to his profession and 
his pronounced ability has gained him a position in the front rank among the 
leading medical practitioners of Indiana. As stated in preceding paragraphs, 
many honors in connection with his profession have been bestowed upon him 
and in every position to which called he has added luster to a name which 
for many years has been widely known in medical circles throughout his own 
and other states. 

Dr. King has twice been married, the tirst time in 1865, to Martha 
Haynes, of Miami county, who died in 1881, after bearing him one son, 
Frank R. King, who is connected with the Piqua National Bank, of Piqua, 
Ohio. The Doctor's second wife was Belle Reed, whom he married in 
Greenfield, in 1882, his present companion, the union being -without issue. 

Fraternally, Dr. King is a Mason of high standing, having attained the 
council degree, besides holding, from time to time, important official positions 
in the different branches of the order. In politics, he is a Republican, with 
Prohibition tendencies, being an earnest advocate of temperance and an in- 
fluential worker in propagating the principles of the same. With his wife, 
he belongs to the Christian church, holding membership with the congrega- 
tion at Greenfield. 

Dr. King is the only male survivor of his family. His grandfather, 
Joshua King, of New York, moved down the Ohio river, by flat boat, at an 
early day, landing at the farm of General Harrison about the year 1820. 
Two years later he transferred his residence to Fayette county, Indiana. The 
Doctor's father purchased the eighty acres of land in Hamilton county of 
Captain Sleeker, of Fayette county, who originally entered the same. O1 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 63 1 

the paternal side, the Doctor's ancestors are traced to France, his grand- 
mother having belonged to the La Force family, which had representatives in 
the United States from a very early time. 



THOMAS BAUER. 

Thomas Bauer, president of the Lafayette Box Board and Paper Com- 
pany, is a native of Pennsylvania, born at Nazareth, Northampton county, 
July I, i860, the son of Jacob and Marie (Marsh) Bauer. He of whom 
this notice is written was reared in his native county and remained there until 
eighteen years of age, when the family moved to Akron, Ohio, where young 
Bauer became employed as a salesman in a retail clothing store. He re- 
mained in Akron for eight years, during which time he married. 

In 1886, on account of ill health. Mr. Bauer was obliged to seek a differ- 
ent kind of work. During that j^ear, and when the natural gas industry was 
first being developed at Kokomo, Indiana, he was employed by the Kokomo 
Straw Board Company. He connected himself with this factory with the 
notion of being only temporarily in such line of business, but he took hold 
with a right good will and determination to perform every known duty in 
the best possible manner. He worked in various departments and was rapidly 
advanced. In 1892 he removed to Yorktown, near Muncie, Indiana, where 
a new strawboard factory was built and of which plant he became manager. 
Tliere he remained until 1902, when he disposed of his interest and the fol- 
lowing year came to Lafayette, where he organized the Lafayette Box Board 
and Paper Company and has ever since been identified with the city of Lafay- 
ette and her general business interests. 

?:Ir. B?uer, who is nt the held of this, the laro'est plant nf its line of 
products in the world, believes that diligence is the only key to signal success. 
He is competent to take charge and manage any of the many departments of 
the large business with which he has achieved so large an amount of success, 
and has become so widely known. Being thus fully acquainted with all the 
many details of producing the products of his extensive factory, he is com- 
petent to handle the large number of men he has in his emplnv, thev realizing 
rh;it he is competent to judge and give advice at CTch nnd everv point from 
where the raw materials are brought to the factory, on through the various 
processes to the point where the goods are shipped to the open markets of 
the world. 



632 PAST AND PRESENT 

While Mr. Bauer is a man of affairs and engrossed in the hne of work 
which he so successfully operates in, yet he is a man among men, is public- 
spirited and in no manner neglects the social functions of modern life and 
activities. He is connected with the Masonic fraternity, having advanced to 
the thirty-second degree in that most ancient and honorable order. He is 
also affiliated with that younger but none the less valuable and popular fia- 
ternity, the Knights of Pythias, of which he is a member of the grand lodge of 
Indiana. 

In his political views Mr. Bauer is a Republican, believing that that 
political party best subserves the interests of the masses of American citizens. 

Mr. Bauer was united in marriage August 6, 1885, to Addie Cordelia 
Hunsicker, a native of Akron, Ohio. While Mr. Bauer is one of the busiest 
business factors in the Star City, he has the happy faculty of dispatching his 
affairs in such a methodical manner as to have time to give to matters out- 
side and is ever ready to impart information concerning a plant which has 
come to be second to none in this country, as well as one of Lafayette's chief 
manufacturing industries. Of the detailed history and workings of this fac- 
tory the reader of this work is referred to the industrial chapters. 



HON. EDWIX P. HAMMOND. 

Judge E. P. Hammond, attorney-at-law, Lafayette, well known through- 
out the state as a lawyer, judge of the supreme court and veteran of the 
Civil war (in which cause he took the Union side and for gallant deeds 
was more than once promoted, finally to brevet colonel), will form the sub- 
ject of this memoir, that the deeds of his eventful life may be made safe 
in the annals of his county, to be read and duly appreciated by those who 
shall come after him, searching for the brave, the patriotic and the brainy 
characters who have lived and labored in Tippecanoe county, in both the 
past and present century of its history. 

Judge Hammond was born in Brookville, Indiana, November 26, 1835, 
a son of Nathaniel and Hannah (Sering) Hammond. On the Hammond side 
of his genealogical tree he is descended from New England ancestry. His 
father remo\-efl from \^ermont to Indiana, and was married in Brookville. 
\\'hen fourteen years of age his parents removed to Columbus. Indiana, 
where he obtained such etlucation as the common schools and the seminary 
at Columbus afforded. In 1854 he went to Indianapolis to accept a position 




EDWIN P. HAMMOND 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 633 

as a clerk in a wholesale store. During his first year thus employed 
he caught a glimpse of professional life and abandoned his mercantile clerk- 
ship for the study of law in the office of Hons. Abram A. Hammond and 
Thomas A. Nelson, of Terre Haute. The former, his half-brother, was 
elected lieutenant-governor of Indiana in 1856, and became governor of the 
state on the death of Governor Willard in 1859. In 1856, after passing 
an examination, he entered the senior law class of Asbury (now DePauw) 
University, at Greencastle, and in 1857 received the degree of Bachelor of 
Laws. He opened an office at Rensselaer, a town buried in the almost wilder- 
ness prairie land. While it was a great contrast from the cities he had 
resided in — Indianapolis and Terre Haute — and was a lonely spot, yet with 
true courage he set forth to do and to dare and became identified with the 
pioneer dwellers of that town. There he continued to live and labor for 
more than thirty years and in that time built up a good legal practice. 

The sound of Fort Sumter's opening cannon of the great Civil war 
was echoing through the land and Lincoln's first call for men to suppress the 
on-coming rebellion of the Southern states caught his ear. He enlisted in the 
three-months service, and was elected and commissioned first lieutenant 
of Company G, Ninth Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry, serving under 
Captain (afterwards Colonel and General) Robert H. Milroy, in West Vir- 
ginia. At the termination of his enlistment Mr. Hammond resumed his 
law practice. He was elected to the Indiana legislature in October, 1861, 
representing Newton, Jasper and Pulaski counties. In August, 1862, he as- 
sisted in raising Company A, of the Eighty-seventh Indiana Regiment, and 
was elected and commissioned its captain. March 22, 1863, he rose to the 
rank of major, and November 21st of that year, to that of lieutenant-colonel. 
He remained at the front, except a short time in 1863-64, when at home re- 
cruiting volunteers. September 19 and 20. 1863, he participated in the fa- 
mous battle of Chickamauga. His regiment went into the engagement with 
three hundred and sixty-three men, and lost in killed and wounded one hun- 
dred and ninety-nine men — more than half its number. During the last year 
of the war he commanded his regiment, embracing one hundred days of in- 
cessant fighting from Chattanooga to Atlanta. He accompanied General 
Sherman on his great "march to the sea" and back through the Carolinas 
to Washington. At the close of the war, on the recommendation of his 
brigade, division and corps commanders, he was breveted colonel in the 
United States \'olunteers, "for gallant and meritorious service during the 
war." 

When peace was finally declared. Colonel Hammond returned to the 
practice of his profession, but in March, 1873, Gov. Thomas A. Hendricks 



634 P-'^ST AND PRESENT 

appointed him to the position of judge of the thirtieth judicial district, and 
at tlie fall election of the same year he was elected to that otifice. Again in 
1878, he was elected without opposition for a term of six years. May 14, 
1883, Judge Hammond was appointed by Gov. A. G. Porter as judge of the 
supreme court of the state to fill a vacancy caused by the appointment of Hon. 
William A. Woods to the United States district court for Indiana. In the 
autumn of 1884 he was the nominee of the Republican party for judge of 
the supreme court from the fifth district, and with his party was defeated at 
the polls. Though not successful of election, the fact that he received five 
thousand more votes than did the head of the ticket was an evidence of his 
popularity. January i, 1885, he retired from the supreme court bench,, after 
gaining an enviable reputation for his judicial impartiality, firmness and judg- 
ment concerning the law. For the next five years he practiced law at Rensse- 
laer, after which he was again elected judge of the circuit court, serving 
until August, 1892, when he resigned and formed a partnership with Charles 
B. and William V. Stuart, under the firm name of Stuart Brothers & Ham- 
mond (now Stuart, Hammond & Simms), with offices at Lafayette, to which 
city the Judge removed in 1894. As a lawyer he has long sustained the well 
earned reputation of being among the foremost legal lights of Indiana. 
Gifted with a keen, analytical mind, with an intimate knowledge of the 
law, his long practice and services as circuit and supreme judge make him 
one of the ablest jurists of his time. 

Before the Ci^il war. the Judge affiliated with the Democratic party, 
but since that conflict has ever supported the principles of the Republican 
party. In 1872 he was a delegate to the Republican convention at Philadel- 
phia, which body nominated Gen. U. S. Grant for a second term as Presi- 
dent. 

Judge Hammond is a member of the Masonic, Odd Fellows, Grand 
Army of the Republic, Union \^eteran Legion and Loval Legion fraternities. 
He is a member of the board of managers of the Xational Home for Dis- 
abled Volunteer Soldiers. 

In June. 1892, Wabash College conferred on him the degree of Doctor 
of Laws. 

Judge Hammond married, in 1864. ^lary V. Spilter. The living chil- 
dren born of this marriage union are: Louie, wife of ^^■illiam B. Austin; 
Eugenia and Xina V. R. Hammond. He has two grandchildren. Virgie, 
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William B. Austin, married to R. M. Shayne, 
and Nathaniel Hammond Hovner, son of his deceased daughter, [Mrs. Ed- 
ward A. Hovner. By Prof. W. L. Cl.\rk. 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 635 



BENNETT TAYLOR. 



That man is fortunate who can trace his lineage baclv to a sterling an- 
cestry, one on the escutcheon of which no blight or shadow of anything 
derogatory rests. This Bennett Taylor is able to do, since a glance at his 
ancestry will show that they were both honorable and industrious, playing 
well their parts in the early drama of civilization in Tippecanoe county. The 
biographist first learns of William Taylor, who was a native of Virginia, a 
fine southern gentleman of the old school, who, in 1808, married Florence 
Graham, a daughter of a prominent family in that locality. In 1828 they 
emigrated to Tippecanoe county, Indiana,, and located in that part of Ran- 
dolph township that is now comprised in Union township, where he erected 
a double cabin of logs in which he lived until he could make brick and erect 
a more commodious residence. He was a hard worker and soon developed 
a good farm and had a splendid home in the midst of the wilderness which 
lie found covering the county at his advent. Both he and his wife were 
highly esteemed by their neighbors. Mr. Taylor's death occurred in 1839, 
and his widow survived imtil 1856. They were the grandparents of the 
gentleman whose name forms the caption of this sketch. Theii son, Sylvester 
Taylor, who married Sarah E. Beasley, is the father of Bennett Taylor. 
Sylvester Taylor was born January 14. 1829, on the farm where his father 
settled the previous year. When he had grown to proper age he assisted 
with the work of developing the home place and attended the neighboring 
schools, receiving a fairly good education for those early times. He began 
his career by teaching school in the home neighborhood. Not being satisfied 
with what education he had obtained, he attended the old seminary at Lafay- 
ette. He married into a well known family of this county, that of the Rev. 
A. D. Beasley. Sylvester Taylor became a very successful farmer and dealer 
in livestock and grain, and was interested in a large warehouse on the Monon 
ra'lroad. liandling large consignments of grain annually and becoming one of 
the county's prominent business men. He was a man of strict integrity and 
had the confidence of all with whom he had dealings. He lived in Lafayette 
the last five years of his life, dying October 17. 1903. It was about 1853 
that he established Taylor's Station. 

The birth of Bennett Taylor occurred at Taylor's Station, Tippecanoe 
county, December 10, 1864. This place was named for his father and his 
uncle. John. Bennett Taylor attended the public schools at Taylor's Station, 



636 PAST AND PRESENT 

later taking an academic course at Purdue University, having been a class- 
mate of George Ade, both graduating the same year, 1887. Prior to that 
date he had spent one summer in Dakota. In November, 1887, Air. Bennett 
went to Romney and entered the grain business and built an elevator there. 
He prospered in this line and in 1895 he sold out and went to Kirkpatrick 
where he bought an elevator and continued to improve it, building up an 
extensive trade. Desiring to expand in this business, he leased an elevator at 
South Raub in 1898, and in 1900 he purchased the same. Thirty days later 
it was destroyed by fire and he built a modern one in its place. In 1901 he 
came to Taylor's Station. The old warehouse had burned there in 1887. 
This was replaced in 1901 by a modern structure erected for j\Ir. Taylor, 
thus making him three up-to-date large elevators. Soon afterwards he and 
William B. Foresman bought two elevators at West Point and leased two 
other elevators on the Wabash railroad. Since then an enormous quantity 
of grain has been handled annually. 

In January, 1904, Mr. Taylor purchased the stock of Robert Bell in 
the Crabbs-Reynolds-Bell Grain Company, which operated elevators at Lafay- 
ette, Crane and Ash Grove. On July i, 1904. the company was reorganized 
as the Crabbs-Reynolds-Taylor Company, incorporated with a capital stock 
and bonds of two hundred thousand dollars. The following are the present 
officers who have served in their respective capacities since the organization : 
A. E. Reynolds, president ; B. F. Crabbs and Bennett Taylor, vice-presidents ; 
T. C. Crabbs, secretary and treasurer ; William B. Foresman, auditor. A. E. 
Reynolds, B. F. and T. C. Crabbs reside at Crawfordsville. 

This company now has twenty elevators in dififerent parts of Indiana, 
all doing a flourishing business and requiring the combined efforts of a large 
number of men to successfully handle the same. No small part of the large 
success of this important company is due to the judicious management, the 
sound counsel and the unusual business capacity of Bennett Taylor, one of 
the vice-presidents of the company. 

Mr. Taylor was married on December 29, 1892, to Gertrude May Simi- 
son, daughter of Dr. John Simison, the pioneer physician of Romney. He 
married Harriet E. Agnew, who also represented an old and honored family. 
Mrs. Taylor received a good education, having graduated from the musical 
department of DePauw University in 1890 and from the regular course of 
that institution in 1891. She was also an active member of Alpha Phi fra- 
ternity. She is a woman of many commendable personal traits which render 
her a favorite with a large circle of friends in this locality. To Mr. and 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 637 

Mrs. Bennett Taylor three children have been born, Harriet E. and Mildred 
E. Another daughter died in infancy. 

Mr. Taylor and wife own a highly productive farm of two hundred and 
fifty-two acres at Taylor's Station, this county, also a section of land in North 
Dakota, and Mrs. Taylor owns a farm of one hundred and twenty acres in 
Randolph township. In addition to his many business interests, Mr. Taylor 
is also a stockholder in three banks at Lafayette and a member of the di- 
rectorate of the American National Bank. 

Mr. Taylor is a member of the Lafayette city council at this writing, 
from the fifth ward, and he is looking after the city's interests with that 
same fidelity to duty that has characterized his individual business career. 
In politics he is a Democrat. Something of his high and excellent standing 
in this city is shown by the fact that he overcame a Republican majority 
of one hundred and forty votes by forty-eight votes. He was nomi- 
nated twice for county treasurer and made a very fine showing in a 
hotly contested race against very great odds. He has long taken considerable 
interest in local political affairs, and, in fact, in everything that has pertained 
to the public and general good of his county. He is a member of the Trinity 
Methodist Episcopal church, in the affairs of which he takes an abiding in- 
terest, being at present one of the stewards of the same. He also belongs to 
the Sigma Chi fraternity. Mr. Taylor is regarded as one of the substantial 
and public-spirited citizens of Lafayette, where he is the recipient of the 
confidence and high regard of all classes whether in business, public or social 
life. 



ALBA G. ARNOLD. 

The subject of this sketch, who holds the important office of county 
surveyor and enjoys wide repute as an accomplished civil engineer, is a 
native of Tippecanoe county, Indiana, and a descendant of one of the early 
pioneers who entered land in what is now Lauramie township about the time 
the country was opened for settlement. This ancestor was his grandfather, 
Charles Arnold, a true type of the sturdy backwoodsman of the early times, 
and the greater part of the land which he purchased from the government is 
still in possession of his descendants, a portion being owned by the subject. 
Alba G. Arnold was born near the village of Clark's Hill, on the 22d day 
of June, 1867. and spent his childhood and youth in Lauramie township, 



638 PAST AND PRESENT 

becoming familiar with the (kities of farm hfe while a mere lad and obtaining 
his first educational discipline in the district school not far from his home. 
Actuated by a laudable desire to increase his scholastic knowledge, he subse- 
quenth- entered the Central Normal College at Danville, where, in addition f 
tlie regular course, he took special work in civil engineering and surveying, 
and made a creditable record as a close and critical student. For the pur- 
pose of fitting himself for teaching, he attended for some time the State 
Normal school at Terre Haute and on leaving that institution engaged in 
educational work in his native county where, during the twelve years ensuing, 
he taught in different townships and achieved much more than local repute as 
a capable and popular instructor. Still later he taught in Clinton county 
four years and at the expiration of that period discontinued educational work 
to devote his entire time to civil engineering and surveying, both of which 
he had followed at intervals in the meantime. 

During the spring and summer months when not engaged in teaching 
Mr. Arnold did considerable private surveying and civil engineering, prin- 
cipally in the county of Hendricks, and on quitting the school room perma- 
nentlv returned to Tippecanoe county, of which he was elected surveyor in 
1906. His work during the following two years proved eminently satis- 
factory and justifying the wisdom of his election, he was chosen his own 
successor in the fall of 1908 and is now well on the second year of his second 
term, his record meanwhile being creditable to himself and comparing favor- 
ablv with that of any of his predecessors. 

As an official Mr. Arnold is not only competent but exceedingly con- 
scientious and careful, making duty paramount to every other consideration, 
and thus far his work has been eminently satisfactory and his name above the 
suspicion of a reproach. He has teen a lifelong and steadfast Republican 
and takes an active interest in political affairs, being a judicious adviser in 
the councils of his party and an untiring and influential worker in the ranks. 
]\Ir. Arnold some years ago joined the Free and Accepted Masons and is 
a highly respected member of that brotherhood, belonging to Mitler Lodge, 
No. 268, at Clark's Hill, in which he has been honored from time to time 
with important official positions. He is also identified with the Knights of 
Pythias, holding membership with Sheffield Lodge, No. 414, at Dayton, and 
its various auxiliaries and demonstrating in his relations with his fellowmen 
the beautiful and sublime principles upon which the fraternity is founded. In 
matters religious Mr. Arnold is liberal in all the term implies, belonging to 
r.n church, but according to others the s?me right of opinii^in which he chims 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 639 

for himself. He has profound respect for the church, however, as a civilizing 
agency and believes its influence to be for the best interests of society and the 
state, to which ends he contributes to its support and encourages the dissemi- 
nation of religion among men. 

Dr. Arnold is a married man and has a comfortable and attractive home, 
the presiding genius of which is a lady of culture and refinement whose name 
prior to taking the name she now so worthily bears was Hattie Pierce. Mrs. 
•Arnold is a native of Tippecanoe county, a representative of one of the old 
and highly esteemed families of this part of the state and has many personal 
friends in the social circles to which she belongs. 



CHARLES F. WILLIAMS. 

Charles F. Williams, the senior partner of the Lafayette Sunday Leader, 
who is so well and favorably known in journalistic circles in this portion of 
Indiana, especially in Tippecanoe county, where he has wielded a pen of force 
and intelligence for the past forty years, was born in 1845 i" Addison county, 
Vermont, the son of Lambson Williams and wife. The father was a native 
of ^'ermont. The subject spent his youthful days at Jersey ville, Illinois. As 
he grew in }'ears, he learned the printer's trade in the office of the Democratic- 
Union, published at Jerseyville. When but seventeen years old he was in- 
duced to take an interest in a local newspaper called The Prairie State, at 
Jerseyville. This was a very unfortunate move, for within a short time the 
office was burned and young Williams lost all he had invested. For several 
years he was employed at his trade in Alton, Illinois. Later he returned to 
Jerseyville and published the Register for one year. He first located at La- 
fayette in 1869 and for a few years was the city editor of the Daily Dispatch, 
which paper discontinued in 1876. He then became connected with the 
Sunday Leader, which paper he is still connected with in company with his 
son, Charles F. Williams. It was in 1883 that he, in company with Ross 
Gordon, purchased the Sunday Leader from F. E. D. McGinley, the paper 
having been established in 1872 by John Carr. For complete history of this 
journal the reader is referred to the Press chapter in this work. 

Mr. Williams was married, in 1866, to Mary C, daughter of John C. 
Dobelbower, who at one time was the editor of the Dispatch. Mrs. Williams 
was born in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The children born of 
this union were Mary M., Charles F. and Laura A. 



640 PAST AXD PRESENT 



DANIEL W. SIMMS. 



It requires a master mind to rise superior to discouraging environment 
and achieve honorable distinction in a profession which demands of its 
votaries strong and well balanced mentality and a long and thorough course 
of intellectual and professional training. The qualities essential to success 
in such a calling are possessed in an eminent degree by the well-known citizen 
of Lafayette whose name appears at the head of this article, a gentleman who 
not only ranks among the ablest lawyers of the Tippecanoe county bar. but 
has likewise earned an enviable reputation in the courts of northern Indiana, 
where his services have frequently been utilized in the trial of important 
cases and the adjustment of large and far-reaching legal interests. 

Daniel W. Simms, of the law firm of Stuart, Hammond & Simms, is 
a native of Crawford county, Illinois, where his birth occurred on the 13th 
day of February, 1862. The family to which he belonged, consisting of the 
father, mother, three sons and one daughter, moved, in 1870, to Fountain 
count}^ Indiana, where Daniel spent his youthful years on a farm. His 
parents being in humble circumstances, he was early obliged to assume much 
of the labor and responsibility of the family's support, thus, by a strenuous 
though valuable experience, learning the true meaning of honest toil and the 
important lesson that success is only attainable by earnest and long-continued 
effort. When but ten years of age. he began making his own way in the 
world, as a farm laborer, and in addition to clothing himself and meeting 
other necessar}^ expenses from his hard-earned wages, contributed a generous 
share to his parents, in this way early becoming a helper and burden-sharer. 
During the winter months he attended the district schools of the neighbor- 
hood and made commendable progress in the common branches, but owing 
to adverse circumstances was obliged to discontinue his studies for the sterner 
of life's duties, although a natural student with an almost inordinate craving 
for books and learning. 

In 1875 young Simms went to northwestern Iowa, where he spent the 
two ensuing years working as a farm hand in the summer time and devoting 
the winter seasons to school work. At the expiration of that period he dis- 
continued farm labor and went west, where he took up the life of a cowboy, 
spending the three succeeding years among the large cattle ranches of Kansas, 
the Indian Territory and Texas, and sharing with comrades the hardships 
and vicissitudes common to the wild free experiences of the prairies and 
plains. Mr. Simms went west in 1877. but after spending three years there 




DAN. W. SIMMS 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 64I 

decided to return home and if possible secure a better education, to the end that 
he might tit himself for some useful occupation or profession. With this laud- 
able object in view, he returned in 1880 to Fountain county, Indiana, but 
finding his parents in very poor health and practically unable to earn a liveli- 
hood he at once abandoned the idea of attending school and with true filial 
devotion lost no time in looking about for the first work to which he could 
lay his hands, that he might minister to the necessities of the family. It 
was not long until he secured employment on the Peoria division of the "Big 
Four" railroad, then in process of construction, his first duty being the driving 
of spikes, very hard and exhausting work which only strong and able-bodied 
men are capable of doing. After spending some months in this capacity, he 
gave up the job and resumed farm labor, to which he devoted considerable 
time, saving sufticient means while thus engaged to carry him through a 
term of school. Again the ambitious young man was doomed to a bitter 
disappointment, for no sooner had he perfected arrangements to begin his stud- 
ies than he was stricken wits a severe attack of typhoid fever, which within 
a comparatively brief period not only reduced his strength to the lowest possi- 
ble minimum but also exhausted his meagre capital. \\'hen sufficiently re- 
covered, however, he addressed himself with renewed courage and fortitude 
to the task of obtaining the much-desired discipline and in due time secured 
a place with a farmer who agreed to board and lodge him while attending 
school in return for such labor as he could perform of mornings and even- 
ings, and on the days when school was not in session. In addition to close 
application to his regular studies during the following winter, the young man 
spent the long nights poring over his books, in this way adding not only 
to his scholastic knowledge, but becoming familiar with the writings of a 
number of authors and well versed on many general subjects. 

By close and critical stud3-ing, Simms, the following year, was suffi- 
ciently advanced to teach in the district school, which line of work he fol- 
lowed for some time, in this way procuring the necessary funds to enable 
him to attend several spring and fall terms at the National American Normal 
University, Lebanon, Ohio, and a similar institution at Ladoga, Indiana. 
Actuated by a laudable desire to prosecute his studies still further, he subse- 
quently entered Asbury (now DePauw) L^niversity, which he attended until 
1885, when he discontinued his scholastic work to devnte all of his attention 
to the study of law which he had taken up in the meantime as the profession 
best suited to his tastes and inclinations. 

W^ith an energy and ambition which would not be satisfied with any 
but a high standing in his chosen calling. ^Ir. Simms applied himself dili- 
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642 PAST AND PRESENT 

gently to his studies and researches and possessing a naturaUy legal mmd and 
a decided preference for the profession, it was not long until he was admitted 
to the bar and began the practice at Veedersburg, Indiana, in partnership 
with Freeman E. Miller, a well-known attorney of that place, the tirm thus 
constituted forging to the front in due time and securing its proportionate 
share of patronage. While a resident of Veedersburg Mr. Simms was 
induced to take charge of the schools of the town, which he conducted for 
some time in connection with his professional duties, but realizing that success 
in eithercalling could not be attained in this way and with no desire to con- 
tinue longer as an educator he finally resigned his position as principal of 
schools, and in 1887 removed to Covington, where he became associated 
with O. S. Douglass, and within a comparatively brief period rose to a posi- 
tion of prominence and influence among the leading lawyers of the county 
seat. 

Mr. Simms, although practically a beginner, gained marked success in 
his profession and in his new iield was soon the peer of any member of the 
Fountain county bar. In 1891 Henry Dochterman. an able and popular 
attorney, tendered him a partnership, which was accepted and which con- 
tinued until dissolved by the death of the senior member in March, 1893. 
The firm, in the meantime, was engaged in many imijortant cases, which by 
reason of the failing health of Mr. Dochterman fell to IMr. Simms, who, in 
this way, forged rapidly to the front as an able lawyer and a careful, judi- 
cious and eminently successful practitioner. In April following the death 
of his partner, Mr. Simms became associated with Lucal Xebeker, under the 
name of Nebeker & Simms. The firm thus formed lasted five years, during 
which time they built up an extensive and lucrative business in the courts 
of Fountain and other counties, and became widely and favorably known in 
legal circles throughout the northern part of the state. 

With a practice rapidly outgrowing the limits to which it was principally 
confined and a reputation as an able and successful lawyer second to that 
of none of his compeers, Mr. Simms at the expiration of the time indicated 
deemed it advisable to select a larger and more advantageous field for the 
exercise of his legal talent, accordingly, in the year 1898, he removed to 
Lafayette, where he was already well and favorably known and where he 
at once attained prominence at a bar which had long been distinguished for 
a high standard of professional ability. The same year in which he took up 
his residence in this city he became a member of the firm of Hanly, Wood 
& Simms, long regarded throughout the state as an exceptionally strong and 
successful combination and uliich continued under that name until March 15, 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 643 

1899, when the subject withdi-ew to enter the firm of Stuart, Hammond & 
Simms, with which he has since been identified. 

Sufficient has been said in the foregoing Hnes to afford a tolerably cor- 
rect idea of Mr. Simms' rise and progress in his profession and to justify 
the assumption that the eminent standing which he has attained has been 
honorably earned and that in the future his fame as one of Indiana's most bril- 
liant and successful lawyers and enterprising citizens will be secure. 

Circumstances, as well as a natural inclination, led Mr. Simms, while 
still a young man, to take an interest in public and political affairs and for 
a number of years he has been quite an active politician and a leader of the 
Democratic party in his various places of residence. In 1896. he was a 
delegate to the national convention at Chicago and two years later was the 
choice of his party for congress, but his removal from the district, a short 
time before the convention met, prevented his nomination. Though emi- 
nently qualified to fill with distinguished success any position within the 
gift of the people, he has never aspired to public place or official honors, 
having always been devoted to his profession and satisfied with the simple 
title of citizen. Mr. Simms is pre-eminently a self-made man and as such 
deserves great credit for his remarkable rise from poverty and obscurity to a 
place of distinction and affluence. Personally, he impresses all with whom he 
comes into contact, as a man of strong convictions and great force of character, 
nevertheless, in the midst of the multitudinous cares and demands of ?, 
busy life, he is always approachable and affable, being gracious in his associ- 
ations with his fellow men, and a true type of the intelligent, broad-minded, 
polished gentleman. Possessing strong and discriminating intellectual quali- 
ties, which have been developed by thorough training, he not only keeps 
abreast of the times on all matters of moment but has likewise been a critical 
reader and a student of events, whose opinions always carry weight and influ- 
ence. He has gained a reputation as a well-rounded man, admirably equipped 
with the solid and brilliant qualities essential to success and distinction, 
but above these, his life has been ordered on a high plane which bespeaks 
a deep sense of his stewardship as a representative American of his day and 
generation. Mr. Simms is a gentleman of domestic tastes and finds his 
greatest pleasure in his home, where, surrounded by his loved ones, he casts 
care aside and opens his heart to all the noble and gentle influences which 
such relations bring. His wife, formerly Ezadora J. Wright, has borne him 
three children, a son, who died at the age of three and a half years, and two 
daughters, the elder of which died at the age of nine. 



644 i'AST aXd present 



J. LYNN VAN NATTA. 

The gentleman whose name introduces this sketch occupies a prominent 
place in the business circles of Lafayette and has also been honored by his 
fellow citizens with an important public trust, being at this time the efficient 
and popular treasurer of Tippecanoe county, besides holding other interests 
which have kept his name before the people. J. Lynn Van Natta is a native 
of Tippecanoe county and dates his birth from the 15th day of October, 
1870, having first seen the light of day in Shelby township, where his parents 
formerly resided. Job Van Natta, the subject's father, whose birth occurred 
on January 27, 1833, is also a native of the county and a scion of one of the 
old and highly esteemed famihes. He has spent the greater part of his life 
as a farmer and stockdealer, but since discontinuing these lines of effort some 
years ago he has devoted his attention to various business enterprises, includ- 
ing, among others, the Otterbein State Bank, of which he is president; the 
First National Bank of Boswell, tOAvards which he sustains the same official 
relation; the jNIerchants National Bank of Lafayette, of which he is director 
and a large stockholder ; the Lafayette Loan and Trust Company and the La- 
fayette Savings Bank, in both of which he has large interests. Mr. Van 
Natta possesses business ability of a high order, and as a financier ranks 
among the most capable and far-seeing of his contemporaries. His success 
has been commensurate with the energy' displayed in his various undertakings, 
and he is now one of the wealthy and influential men of the city in which he 
lives, owning, in addition to the interests noted above, a large amount of 
valuable real estate in both city and country, including nine hundred acres of 
fine land in Tippecanoe township, six hundred acres in Shelby township and 
seven hundred acres in the county of LaGrange, the greater part under 
cultivation, well improved and representing a fortune of considerable magni- 
tude. Mr. Van Natta served with a distinguished record in the Civil war, 
joining at the beginning of the struggle the Tenth Regiment. Indiana Vol- 
unteer Infantry, in which for three years he held the rank of major and 
later was commissioned lieutenant colonel of the regiinent, a position he held 
when discharged. He was with his command in some of the most notable 
campaigns in which the Army of the Tennessee took part and participated in 
a number of hard-fought battles, and it fell to him to lead in the first attack 
on tlie string Confederate position in the bloody battle of Chickamauga. 

Harriett Barnes, wife of Job Van Natta, is a native of Chillicothe. Ohio, 
where her birth occurred on June 19, 1842. She and her husband live in a 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY. IND. 645 

beautiful and comfortable modern home at No. 213 Perrin avenue and are 
among the best known and most popular people of the cit}', as the social circles 
in which they move attest. They have reared a family of six children, 
namely : Mrs. Augustus Rufifner, of Chicago ; J. Lynn, of this review ; Sam- 
uel G., a stock dealer of Bovina, Texas; Mrs. George Baldwin, of Seattle, 
Washington; John W., who also lives at Bovina, Texas, and Nancy, a young 
unmarried lady who is still with her parents. 

J. Lynn Van Natta, who has been a lifelong resident of his native county, 
received his preliminary education in the public schools and later entered 
Purdue University, where he pursued his studies until completing the class- 
ical course, receiving his degree in 1894, two of his brothers being grad- 
uates of the same institution. Soon after finishing his education Mr. Van 
Natta became interested in the livestock business with his brothers, John W. 
and Samuel G., and later he engaged in another line of enterprise, the Lafay- 
ette Fuel and Builders' Supply Company, which he owned and operated until 
elected to the office he now holds and in which he still retains an interest. 

Mr. Van Natta and his two brothers alluded to above own and operate 
one of the largest cattle ranches in the state of Texas and have achieved 
marked success in the livestock business. Their ranch, which lies in Bailey 
county and embraces an area of one hundred and forty thousand acres, is 
stocked with nine thousand cows, from which the bovine population is being 
rapidly increased, this extensive business having been conducted for about 
five years by the Van Natta family, but since 1907 it has been carried on by 
the present proprietors, the subject owning a third interest in the enterprise. 
In this and his various other business relations Mr. Van Natta has met with 
encouraging success and he now stands well to the front among the men who 
have contributed to the material progress of the city and given character and 
stability to its institutions. 

The subject early became interested in public and political matters and 
for a number of years has been one of the county's active young Republicans 
and a judicious adviser in the councils of his party. In 1904 he was nomi- 
nated for the office of county treasurer and at the ensuing election defeated 
his opponent by a very decisive majority and. in due time, took charge of 
the office, the duties of which he has since discharged to the satisfaction of 
the public irrespective of political ties. His official career, which has been 
above the suspicion of reproach, reflects credit upon himself and his party, 
and fully demonstrates the wisdom of his election, the opinion prevailing 
that the county has never been served by a more capable, courteous or oblig- 
ing officer. 



646 PAST AND PRESENT 

Mr. Van Natta is a member of the Z^lasonic fraternity and the Benevolent 
and Protective Order of Elks, and in matters religious his views are in har- 
mony with the Methodist creed, himself and other members of his family 
having long been regular attendants of the Methodist Episcopal church at 
Lafayette. He is a gentleman of pleasing presence, easily approachable and 
has many warm personal friends in the city and country in whose loyalty- 
he reposes the most implicit confidence. Mr. Van Natta enjoyed superior 
educational advantages, and the result of his intellectual discipline is perceiv- 
able not only in his culture, courtesy and general intelligence, but also in 
the broad views he takes of men and things and the efforts which he ever puts 
forth to realize within himself his high ideals of manhood and citizenship. 

Few men have exercised a stronger influence than he in the public afifairs 
of Lafayette and Tippecanoe county and none are held in higher esteem by 
all classes and conditions of the populace. 



JOSEPH DELMAR BARTLETT. 

The subject of this sketch, who is a well-known pharmacist and pro- 
prietor of the drug house at No. 406 Main street, Lafayette, is a native of 
New England and combines in himself many of the sterling qualities and char- 
acteristics for which the people of that section of the Union have long been 
distinguished. He traces his ancestry to an early period in the history of his 
native state of New Hampshire, where his forbears appear to have settled 
in colonial times, and it is a matter of record that the branch of the family 
to which he belongs is directly descended from Josiah Bartlett, one of the 
signers of the Declaration of Independence and a man of prominence and in- 
fluence during the Revolutionary period and for some years following the 
struggle for liberty. Others members of the family were also identified with 
that period as civilians and soldiers, several having served in the army with 
distinction and added luster to a name which for many years previous had 
been honored for achievements in various lines of activity and thought. 

John Z. Bartlett, the subject's father, was born in Sunapee, New Hamp- 
shire, and spent his life near that place as a prosperous tiller of the soil. He 
was a man of intelligence and high character, reared a family of children and 
lived to the age of seventy-six years, dying in 1905. His wife, who bore the 
maiden name of Saphronia Sargent, was also a native of New Hampshire and 
is still living near Sunapee. The brothers of the subject are Fred L., who 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 647 

follows the pursuit of agriculture in New Hampshire; John H., an attorney- 
at-law of Portsmouth, that state, and Mott L., who is connected with the 
Boston & Maine railroad. The only sister is Mrs. Sadie x\iken, whose husband 
is engaged in the mercantile business at St. Johnsbury, Vermont. 

Joseph Delmar Bartlett was born August 5, 1872, at Sunapee, New 
Hampshire, and spent his early life in his native town, where he also received 
his educational training. In the fall of 1890 he came to Lafayette. Indiana, 
and enrolled in the pharmaceutical course at Purdue University and two years 
later was graduated from that institution, after which he entered the employ 
of a local druggist, with whom he remained six years. Purchasing his em- 
ployer's stock at the expiration of that time, he established in 1898 the business 
at No. 406 Main street, Lafayette, which he still carries on and which, under 
his excellent management, has increased to such an extent that his store is now 
one of the largest of the kind and best patronized in the city. Mr. Bartlett 
carries full lines of drugs and chemicals, together with a complete stock of 
other articles, novelties, sundries, etc., such as are found in a first-class drug 
house and his patronage is such that he now requires the services of four 
experienced assistants to supply the demands of customers. He is an accom- 
plished druggist, familiar with every phase of his profession, and all prescrip- 
tions and matters requiring a technical knowledge of pharmacy receive his 
personal attention with promptness and despatch. His patronage is of the 
best class and by straightforward business methods he has achieved an en- 
viable reputation, his efforts to please each customer before he leaves the 
store being among the factors that have paved the way to success. 

Mr. Bartlett was united in marriage July 12, 1897, with Miss Ella 
Kellog Brady, daughter of Jefferson Brady, late of Tippecanoe county, and 
IMartha Pierce Brady, who was also born and reared in this part of the state. 
Mrs. Bartlett was educated in Purdue University and for some time previous 
to her marriage taught in the public schools, first in the country and later in 
the West Lafayette high school, where she had a position for several years. 
She has two brothers, Samuel and George Pierce, the former a business man 
of Indianapolis, the latter a resident of Lafayette ; Susan, her only sister, is 
married and living in West Lafayette. Mr. and Mrs. Bartlett have a son 
and daughter, the former, Irvin G., eight years of age, and Mary Agnes, six. 

In his fraternal relations Mr. Bartlett holds membership with the 
Knights of Pythias and Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and in 
politics he votes the Republican ticket, as did his father from the organization 
of the party until his death. As far back as he has any knowledge, his ances- 
tors were Methodists and he, too, subscribes to the same religious faith, beino^ 



648 PAST AND PRESENT 

with his wife an esteemed member of the Trinity church, Lafayette, and 
deeply interested in its various hues of good work. Though never an office 
seeker, Mr. Bartlett served three and one-half years as police commissioner, 
to which position he was appointed by Governor Durbin, in which he labored 
for the best interests of the municipality, proving an able and popular official, 
as was attested by the peace and quietude of the city during his incumbency. 
Mr. Bartlett's life has been well spent; whether in the discharge of public 
duty or private obligations, his strict integrity and faithfulness command the 
respect and confidence of all. His character is marked by great sincerity and 
firmness; his manner ever courteous and genial. Careful and painstaking, 
exact and conscientious, he has from year to year prospered and the future 
awaits him with bounteous rewards. 



CHARLES BENJAMIN HINEA. 

Lovers of art and readers of pages devoted to this subject in the local 
press will readily recognize in this name one of the best known photographers 
in northern Indiana, a man who has the true artistic temperament, both 
natural and acquired, which he has directed in proper channels, as we shall 
see by a perusal of the following paragraphs. From earliest boyhood Charles 
B. Hinea developed a taste for art and a most commendable ambition to suc- 
ceed in this attractive field of endeavor which no discipline could repress and 
no misfortune could entirely check. By persistence and the exercise of his 
natural talents he has not only achieved a fair measure of notoriety, but also 
success in a financial way, though, as usual with men of his type, perhaps not 
equal to his deserts. He was born in Frederick, Maryland, August 14, 1871, 
the son of Henry and Amanda (Routzahn) Hinea, also natives of Maryland. 
The father was superintendent of a factory for many years and is well and 
favorably known in Hagerstown, Maryland, where he now resides. His wife 
passed to her rest, March 11, 1905, at the age of sixty-five years. She is re- 
membered as a kind and genial wife and mother. They were the parents of 
nine children.' only three of whom are now living; Charles Benjamin, of this 
review, being the second in order of birth. When he was twelve years of age 
his parents moved to Hagerstown, Maryland, where he grew to maturity. He 
was educated in the public and high schools and after leaving school he at 
once began the study of photography in Hagerstown. Two years later he 
went to Baltimore, Marjland, for the purpose of securing a higher grade of 




CHARLES B. HINEA 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 649 

instruction, and he accordingly took a course in art under the famous Dietrich. 
So rapidly did young Hinea progress in this work that he found employment 
soon afterward in one of the leading art studios of Baltimore, that of Cum- 
mings, the leading photographer of the Monument City. His work attract- 
ing general attention, he was later employed by Gilbert & Bacon of Phila- 
delphia. He also worked at Reading, Pennsylvania, and in Kansas City, 
Missouri, in each of these cities turning out work that won commendable 
praise for its high quality. In May, 1890, he opened a studio at Clinton, Iowa, 
where he remained one year, then came to Valparaiso, Indiana, in which city 
he remained for a period of six years. In September, 1898, he established 
a permanent business at Lafayette, Indiana, his studio, at the corner of Sixth 
and Columbia streets, being a model of its kind, having all the latest equip- 
ment and attractive furnishings and being easily the leading studio in the 
city. All grades of photography, sepia, water colors, enlargement, etc., arc 
done here. In this line Mr. Hinea has been awarded several medals at 
national photographers' conventions and he holds the silver medal of the 
Indiana Photographers' Association. He was awarded the bronze medals at 
the Photographers' Association of America at Chautauqua, New York, in 
1896 and 1897, and the following year at Indianapolis, Indiana, he received 
the first prize silver medal mentioned above. He has built up a very extensive 
and lucrative patronage with the people of Lafayette and surrounding cities, 
his name now being familiar throughout this locality in this Hne of work. 

In 1893 Mr. Hinea was united in marriage with Stella Hiatt, a native 
of Indiana, and a lady of pleasing personality and artistic tastes. This union 
has resulted in the birth of .one child. Leslie, a student in the local schools 
where he is making a very commendable record. In his political relations, 
Mr. Hinea is a Republican, but he is not an active worker in the ranks. He 
is a member of the Indiana Art League, in which he takes considerable inter- 
est and has much influence. Personally, Mr. Hinea is courteous, obliging and 
at once impresses the stranger as a true gentleman. 



CHARLES V. FOLCKEMER. 

C. V. Folckemer, formerly of the firm known as \\'illiam Folckemer & 
Son, but since April 28, 1907, sole proprietor of the large establishment with 
which his name is identified, holds worthy prestige among the representative 
business men of Lafayette and a prominent place among the city's must enter- 



650 PAST AND PRESENT 

prising and public-spirited citizens. Mr. Folckemer is a native of Tippecanoe 
county, Indiana, and the only son of William and Catherine E. (Toole) 
Folckemer, the father born September 15, 1826, in York county, Pennsyl- 
vania, the mother in Springfield, New Jersey, on June 18, 1834. When a 
young man, William Folckemer went to Ohio, where he served an apprentice- 
ship at cabinetmaking, after which he came to Indiana and, sometime in the 
early forties, located at Lafayette, where he was employed for some years as 
foreman of a large cabinetmaking establishment, subsequently purchasing the 
enterprise and becoming sole proprietor of it. Mr. Folckemer, in due time, 
added greatly to the capacity of his place of business and in addition to the 
manufacture of various lines of cabinet work, he also bought and sold fur- 
niture on quite an extensive scale, building up a large and lucrative trade and 
taking a prominent position in the first rank of the city's busine'ss men. For a 
number of years he was the leading furniture dealer of Lafayette, and in 
addition to promoting his own interests he contributed largely to the material 
advancement of the city by erecting several substantial buildings, including 
the large four-story brick block, covering an area of forty by one hundred and 
fifty feet, with a two-story addition, twenty by eighty feet, and several ex- 
tensive warehouses, all of which are required for the successful prosecution 
of a business which has grown so rapidly in magnitude and importance 
that it is now one of the largest and most successful of the kind in 
the state. Mr. Folckemer purchased his employer's interests in 1875 ^nd 
three years afterward took his son Charles in as a partner, from which time 
to the present the latter has practically controlled the enterprise. Under his 
able and judicious management the business has been developed until, reach- 
ing its present extensive proportions, the stock, consisting of all kinds of 
furniture demanded by the trade, both wholesale and retail, also a full and 
complete line of undertaking goods and everything else required in the latter 
department, the shop being amply equipped with the latest improved machinery 
for the manufacture of high-grade cabinet work and operated by mechanics 
and artisans selected with especial reference to their efficiency and skill, the 
establishment in its various departments furnishing employment to an average 
of fifteen men every working day of the year. During his active life, Wil- 
liam Folckemer not only built up his own large business establishment, but 
was also interested in various other enterprises, which returned an ample 
income and made him one of the wealthy and influential men of the city. 
He dealt quite extensively in real estate, in both city and county, and at the 
time of his death he had large farming interests and valuable rental property 
in Lafayette, also l)ank stock and various other investments. In politics, he 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 65 1 

was a stanch Republican and an influential factor in local affairs, and for a 
period of sixteen years represented the third ward in the city council, besides 
serving for a number of years as water works trustee and filling other official 
positions of honor and trust. During his long term of service in the common 
council, he was instrumental in bringing about much important municipal 
legislation and he could have remained longer in that body had he not declined 
a re-election at the expiration of the time noted. 

Mr. Folckemer was a man of high character and sterling worth, a zeal- 
ous member of the Presbyterian church and a liberal contributor to all religious 
and other worthy enterprises. He joined the Independent Order of Odd Fel- 
lows when a young man and for many years was the oldest member of that 
fraternity in Lafayette; he was also an active and influential worker in the 
Masonic, Pythian. Improved Order of Red Men and the Benevolent and 
Protective Order of Elks lodges, in all of which he was honored from time to 
time with important official positions. In addition to the various interests 
already alluded to, he was a leading spirit in the organization of the Lafayette 
Telephone Company, which he served for several years as president, and he 
also held for some time the office of trustee of the Lafayette Loan and Trust 
Company and trustee of the American National Bank. 

He measured up to a high standard of manhood and citizenship, was 
just to the poor and dependent and never turned a deaf ear to the cries of 
the suffering or distressed. His was indeed a good life, filled to repletion with 
good to his fellowmen, and when called to his final reward, on the 28th of 
April, 1907, the people of Lafayette mourned his loss as that of a true friend 
and benefactor of his kind. Mrs. Folckemer preceded her husband to the 
grave by nearly seven years, departing this life April 11, 1900, retaining to 
the last the esteem and confidence of the large circle of friends in which she 
moved. 

Charles V. Folckemer was born in Lafayette on August 10, 1857, re- 
ceived his educational training in the city schools and when still young entered 
his father's establishment, where he soon obtained a practical knowledge of 
business life. As already stated, he became a member of the firm in 1878 
and later assumed the management of the business, which under his direction 
and control has since grown to very large proportions and given him much 
more than l'~>cal repute as an enterprising, sagacious and far-seeing man of 
affairs. Following in the footsteps of his honored father, he has done much 
to advance the interests of the community and benefit his fellowmen, and 
to him as much perhaps as to any other is the city indebted for its high 
reputation as an important industrial and business center. 



652 PAST AND PRESENT 

Sufficient has been said in the preceding paragraphs to afford the reader 
an intelligent idea of the magnitude of the business which i\Ir. Folckemer 
owns and controls, and the only thing additional to be stated is the fact that 
he has proven a worthy successor to one of the ablest and best balanced men 
the city has ever known, and that he occupies today an influential place in a 
community long noted for the high order of its business talent. Fraternally, 
he is identified with the Knights of Pythias, Benevolent and Protective Order 
of I'^lks. D'-ni(!s and Eagles orders, in addition to which he 
also devotes considerable time and attention to private benevolences and 
charities and manifests a lively interest in all enterprises and measures having 
for their object the material progress of the city in which he resides. 

A gentleman of noble purposes and high ideals. Mr. Folckemer has ever 
used his influence on the right side of moral questions and issues and stands 
for law and order in all the ternis imply. He fills a large place, not only 
in business circles, but also in the public view, and the distinction accorded him 
of being one of the notable men of the day in the city of Lafayette has been 
well and honorably earned. 



OLIVER MORTON NISLEY. D. D. S. 

The profession of dental surgery has several worthy representatives in 
Lafayette, prominent among whom is Dr. Oliver Nisley, who since about the 
year 1890 has practiced his profession and now maintains an elegant suite of 
parlors in the ]\Ioffitt block and built up a lucrative patronage in all parts 
of the city. Dr. Nisley was born on a farm near Purdue L^niversity, October 
4. 1856. a son of Abraham and Nancy (Mumma) Nisley, natives of Dauphin 
county, Pennsylvania, descendants of well known families of that state. Some 
time after their marriage these parents moved to Indiana, making their long 
journey to the new home in a one-horse wagon and locating about the year 
1850 two miles north of the present site of Purdue University, where Mr. 
Nisley purchased land and improved a farm on which he spent the remainder 
of his days, dying on the 22d day of November, 1889, at the age of seventy- 
four. Mrs. Nisley, who departed this life on April 13th of the same year, 
was seventy-one years old at the time of her demise and the mother of eleven 
children, eight of whom survive. Christian M., the oldest of the family, re- 
sides in Lafayette and is one of the constables of the city ; Esther, the second 
in order of birth, is unmarried and lives in Portland. Oregon; Emeline, wife 
of W. H. Felix, makes her home in West Lafayette; Millard F. lives in 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 653 

Chicago; ^^'illiam Orth is a farmer by occupation and cultivates a part of 
the family homestead ; Dr. Oliver M., of this review, is the next in order of 
birth, after whom is Mrs. Clara Yeager, widow of Dr. J. W. Yeager, of 
Lafayette; Fannie, who married O. P. M. Jamison, lives in Portland, Oregon, 
where her husband practices law. The following are the names of those de- 
ceased : Abraham died at the age of thirty-eight; Felix was twenty years 
old at the time of his death, and Nancy was called from earth at the tender 
age of three years. 

Dr. Nisley received his elementary education in the district schools, and 
when Purdue University was opened for the reception of students he was one 
of the eighteen who constituted the first class enrolled in that institution. 
During his three and a half years' attendance at the university he paid his 
own way by teaching, and after finishing his course he turned his attention 
to educational work, which he followed with marked success for a period of 
eight years, five in the common schools and three as principal of the school of 
Linnwood. Having decided to make dentistry his life work, he resigned the 
latter position at the expiration of the time indicated and began the study of 
his profession in the office of Burt & Pattison, of Lafayette, with whom he 
spent three years. He then entered the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, 
where for two years he applied himself closely to his studies, completing his 
course and receiving his degree in the spring of 1889, immediately after 
which he went to Peoria, Illinois, where he worked in an office about one 
year, reducing his knowledge to practice and becoming familiar with the 
principles of his profession. At the end of that time he was called home by 
the death of his father, and after settling the latter's estate he located, in the 
fall of 1889, in West Lafayette, where his professional ability was soon recog- 
nized as the steady growth of his business abundantly attests. From the 
beginning of his career to the present time his success has been most gratifying, 
and as an efficient and skillful dentist, familiar with every phase of his pro- 
fession and fully abreast of the times on all matters relating thereto, he oc- 
cupies a conspicuous place among the leading men of his calling in the city, 
besides being well known in professional circles throughout the state. He 
is a member of the Lafayette Dental Association and the Dental Associa- 
tion of Indiana and a regular attendant upon the sessions of these Ixidies, 
availing himself of every opportunity they afiford of keeping in touch with 
the latest discoveries and improvements in the line of his calling and taking 
an active part in the discussion of various questions brought before them 
for consideration. He also holds membership with the Pvthian order, in 
which he takes a li\-ely interest, being influential in the regular lodge work 
and a leader in the Uniform Rank of the brotherhood. 



654 PAST AND PRESENT 

Doctor Nisley was married, November 26, 1890, to Florence McCarty, 
of Tippecanoe county, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. J. McCarty, of West 
Lafayette, the father a retired farmer and a man of considerable local prom- 
inence in the community where he formerly lived and where he now resides. 
Mrs. Nisley has one brother, William R. McCarty, who lives in the country 
and farms the home place. Doctor Nisley and wife are members of the West 
Lafayette Baptist church and are deeply interested m the various lines of re- 
ligious and charitable work under the auspices of the organization. As a 
citizen the Doctor is energetic and public-spirited, encouraging all enterprises 
for the advancement of the social and moral welfare of the community. 

Christian Nisley, the Doctor's older brother, was a soldier in the late 
Civil war and saw much active service during the four years he was at the 
front. He enlisted early in the sixties in Company D, Fortieth Regiment 
Indiana Volunteer Infantry, took part in a number of campaigns and battles 
and was twice wounded and twice taken prisoner on account of his injuries. 
He was in prison when the war closed and was one of the survivors of the 
ill-fated "Sultana," which blew up near Memphis, on the Mississippi river, 
when laden with soldiers returning home, a large number being killed or 
drowned. 



THOMAS WILSON LUGAR. 

T. W. Lugar, one of the largest real estate dealers in Lafayette, in con- 
nection with which he also does an extensive business in farm loans and insur- 
ance, was born in Otterbein, Shelby township, Tippecanoe county, Indiana, 
April 15, 1871. On the paternal side he is descended from German ances- 
tors who emigrated to America at a very early period and settled in Vir- 
ginia. His mother's people were among the pioneers of Tippecanoe county, 
his grandfather, Thomas Ford, a well-to-do farmer and representative citizen, 
locating many years ago in Shelby township, where he resided until his death 
in 1905, at the advanced age of ninety years. Two of his sons, Elijah and 
Henry C. Ford, served in the Civil war, and are now living in Wabash town- 
ship, both prosperous mechanics and public-spirited men. 

William Lugar, the subject's father, is a native of Grant county, Indi- 
ana, and his mother, who bore the maiden name of Lurinda Jane Ford, was 
born in the county of Huntington. These parents were married June 7, 1870, 
in Grant county and during the seven years ensuing lived in that county, where 
Mr. Lugar devoted his time to educational work, being then as now a capable 



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and popular teacher for whose services there was always a wide demand. At 
the present time he resides in West Lafayette, though still engaged in his 
profession and in point of continuous service he is now the oldest teacher m 
the county, having devoted thirty-seven consecutive years to the work. Wil- 
liam Lugar and wife have a family of five children, whose names are as fol- 
lows: Thomas W., of this review; Vinette E., employed in the Lafayette 
postoffice; Eva E. married Charles A. D:ivis, a letter c:irrier. in the city mail 
service; John M., a farmer of Benton county, and Bert, a member of the 
Ninth Battery United States Artillery, with which he recently completed three 
years of service. During that time he was on duty along the Pacific coast and 
from the date of his departure for the West until his return a few months 
ago he neither visited his home nor saw any of his relatives. 

Thomas W. Lugar was educated in the public schools of his native town- 
ship and began life for himself as a farmer, which honorable vocation he fol- 
lowed with fair success for several years. Discontinuing the pursuit of agri- 
culture, he accepted the position of deputy recorder of Benton county and after 
servmg lour years in that capacity came in 1899 to Lafayette and established 
the real estate, loan and insurance business which he now carries on, opening 
an office at No. 219 North Fourth street, which has become a favorite resort 
for those who have dealings in his lines. 

Mr. Lugar came to this city representing the A. Goodell & Sons Com- 
pany of Loda, Illinois, and has since been associated with that well known and 
prosperous firm. While dealing quite extensively in all kinds of real estate 
and having a large and lucrative patronage in insurance, he makes a specialty 
of farm loans in which he does a large volume of business. By honorable 
methods and adhering to the policy of a "square deal,'' which his firm early 
adopted as a cardinal principle, he has greatly extended his patronage which 
now takes a wide range in Tippecanoe and neighboring counties, and in the 
different lines represented he has little to fear from any of his competitors. 

Mr. Lugar, on June 6, 1900, was united in marriage with Ada Pearl 
Sense, daughter of William H. and Susan Sense, of Wabash township. She 
was one of twelve children born to her father and mother whose names are 
as follows: Elmer F., Harry C, Carrie (now deceased), Harvey G., Dora A. 
(wife of C. E. Wakeman, of Millersburg, Indiana), Ottis G., Ella N., John 
E., Ada P. (subject's wife), Jessie B., Earl C. and Ida M. This marriage 
has been blessed with four offspring, namely: James T., Ethel Marie, Lolo 
Lurinda and Susan Elizabeth, all living and adding greatly to the interest 
and happiness of the home circle. In his religious faith Mr. Lugar subscribes 
to the Alethodist creed, his wife being a Baptist in belief and an esteemed 



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member of the church in \\'est Lafayette. Politically. ^Ir. Lugar is a stanch 
Republican and manifests a lively interest in public affairs, contributing to 
the success of his party by all honorable means at his command, but never 
seeking office or leadership for himself. His fraternal relations include mem- 
bership with Otterbein Lodge, No. 605, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, 
and Purdue Grove, No. 18, Ancient Order of Druids, in both of which so- 
cieties he has rendered efficient service and at intervals held important and 
official positions. 



OLIVER WEBSTER PEIRCE. 

The family bearing this name has been closely identified with the history 
of Lafayette for more than seventy-three years. During that long period the 
name has been associated with many of the important industries and com- 
mercial enterprises which have developed a modern, prosperous city from the 
frontier village of the early days. Martin L. Peirce. the first of the family 
to emigrate to Indiana, came to Lafayette from Parke county, this state, in 
1836. when railroads were unknown in that far west. He was prominently 
identified with the business interests of Lafayette for many years prior to his 
demise, and the reader is referred to another page of this volume for the 
more extended as well as interesting record of that distinguished pioneer 
citizen. 

Oliver W. Pierce, a son of the above-mentioned by adoption, was born 
in Parke county, Indiana, January 8, 1829, and was about seven vears 
old when he accompanied his father to Lafayette. This was in the days 
prior to the establishment of the public school system in Indiana and the 
early educational discipline of young Peirce was derived from attendance 
upon the subscription schools of the day. He later attended the county 
seminary, which was established during his boyhood, where he secured a 
good education. It was the custom in those days for boys to start life early 
and Oliver was only seventeen years old when he began his business career. 
His father was a member of the commission firm of Hanna, Barbee & Com- 
pany, whose business consisted in advancing money to grain dealers for 
moving their crops, for which a commission was charged. The firm was 
also extensively engaged in advancing money to pork packers throughout 
the country. Oliver W. was given the position of receiving clerk, at a salary 
of one hundred and fifty dollars per year, and at the end of the first year 
he had saved forty-three dollars and desired to in\est the same on his own 




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account. With the consent of his father, he was given the use of a small 
space in the company's building, where he erected some shelving, bought 
coffee in New York, and began business for himself as O. W. Peirce & 
Company, although he continued in the employ of the commission firm, 
hiring a boy associate at twenty-five cents per day to look after his coffee 
sales. This was in 1847, ^vhen the subject was only eighteen years of age. 
During the epidemic of cholera, which raged at that time, prices on coffee 
soared skyward and the young merchant reaped handsome profits from the 
sale of that commodity. He continued trading in staples successfully, with 
the result that his interests began to expand and assume pretentious propor- 
tions, and it was soon necessary to devote his entire time to the business. 
In December, 1849, he went on a trading trip to New Orleans, going by stage 
to Indianapolis, by rail to Madison and by steamer down the Ohio. Arriv- 
ing at Louisville he was obliged to remain there several days on account 
of the river being frozen and navigation closed. Nothing daunted, however, 
he finally secured passage by stage to Memphis, Tennessee, and a week later 
was enabled to continue by boat on to his destination. In the southern city, 
then the great emporium of the South, he purchased sugar, molasses and 
coffee, which were shipped up the Mississippi river to the mouth of the Wa- 
bash and thence by the latter stream to Lafayette. On returning home he 
engaged in the wholesale trade, disposing of his goods to the retail mer- 
chants. This proved to be the foundation of what has since developed into 
one of the largest and most successful wholesale enterprises ever established 
in Indiana. In the early days of the wholesale trade the staple line of 
groceries was limited practically to sugar, molasses and coffee, with a little 
tea and tobacco on the side. Since then it has gradually expanded until at 
present a modern wholesale establishment, such as that conducted by O. W. 
Peirce Company, embraces every variety of goods carried by a modern 
retail store in the same line of trade. The roasting of coffee has also become 
a very important part of this company's business. It is a package coffee 
known as "Peirce's Golden Rio" and it is sold extensively in a number of 
Northern and Southern states and has proven to be a verv popular brand, car 
load after carload being shipped to various parts of the country. In fact,, 
in the roasting of package coffee O. W. Peirce Company enjoys the prestige 
of occupying fourth place among the largest concerns of the United States 
in this line of industry. From seventy-five to eighty people find steady 
employment with this concern and an average of fifteen traveling salesmen are 
necessary to look after the business in the large scope of territory covered 
by the firm. In order to meet the growing demands of modern business 
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658 PAST AND PRESENT 

methods the O. W. Peirce Company was organized and incorporated July 
30, 1904. with a capital stock of two hundred and fifty thousand dollars. The 
officers of the company at the present time are as follows : O. W. Peirce, 
Sr., president; O. \Y. Peirce, Jr., secretary, and E. R. Fielding, secretary. 

The success which has attended the efiforts of Mr. Peirce during an 
active business career in Lafayette of more than sixty years has been brought 
about by close attention to business, a thorough knowledge of details in both 
buying and selling and the possession of those faculties of rare foresight, dis- 
crimination and conservatism. While the personnel of the firm has changed 
a number of times, and from 1853 to 1856 it was known as Reynolds, Hatcher 
& Peirce, the latter has always been the directing head and active manager 
of the concern. Since fhe dissolution of the above named firm in 1856 the 
business has been carried on under the name of O. W. Peirce & Company 
until the recent incorporation of O. W. Peirce Company. The only partner 
of our subject at the present time is his son, O. \\'. Peirce. Jr. The latter 
is a man of excellent business qualifications, and having grown up in the busi- 
ness he has mastered all the details which have made for success in the past 
and having assumed the active management of the concern his future as well 
as the successful continuance of the business is assured. 

When in a reminiscent mood Mr. Peirce talks entertainingly of old 
times in Lafayette, of which he has many instructive stories. He recalls 
with pleasure his first trading trip to New Orleans in 1849, when he was 
an inexperienced boy. Though ordinarily it could be made in ten days, this 
trip consumed six weeks, owing to ice in the river which greatly interfered 
with navigation. He made from one to three trips each year until the Civil 
war came on and in all made fifty-two of these trading trips to New Orleans. 
On more than one occasion he walked the greater portion of the distance. 
In 1852 Mr. Peirce furnished the capital and Mr. Cherry the experience to 
start a soap factory. It began in a small way in a frame building and made 
soap, candles and lard oil. This was the forerunner of the present M. & J. 
Schnaible factory, now located on the same site, which ships soap far and 
wide. When Fort Sumter was fired upon, Mr. Peirce was in Baltimore and 
the Maryland merchants were so frightened that he was enabled to purchase 
quantities of merchandise at from a fifth to a fourth of the ordinary price. 
During President Grant's administration Mr. Peirce's store was Republican 
headquarters for a large scope of territory, but at the same time it was 
generally understood that the discussion of such absorbing topics should 
not interfere with business, for Mr. Peirce had stated frankly and plainly 
that he was selling groceries, not politics. 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 659 

As a business man Mr. Peirce has occupied a conspicuous place among 
the successful merchants of Lafayette for many years, in fact he is one of 
the oldest in point of continuous service in that city. Although he has 
passed the eightieth milestone in life's journey, he is still hale and hearty and 
active to a degree seldom attained by many men twenty or twenty-live years 
his junior. In his political relations Mr. Peirce has always affiliated with 
the Republican party since its organization, and while he has exhibited an 
abiding interest in the success of its candidates he has never aspired to political 
preferment. For more than forty years he has been a member of the First 
Baptist church of Lafayette. During that period he has served in various 
official capacities, was a member of the building committee at the time the 
present church edifice was constructed and in many ways has contributed to 
the advancement and welfare of the organization. 



WILLIAM ROBINSON MOFFITT. M. D. 

Distinguished as a physician and surgeon and holding worthy prestige 
as a citizen, Dr. William R. Moffitt fills a large place in professional circles, 
and for a number of years has been active in promoting the material advance- 
ment of the city in which he resides and the social and moral progress of its 
populace. He is a native and lifelong resident of Tippecanoe county and the 
second of a family of seven children, whose parents, Benjamin Rush and 
Clarissa Jane (Robinson) Moffitt, were also born in Indiana, the former in 
Connersville, the latter on the old farm six miles west of Lafayette, which 
was purchased from the government in pioneer times by William Robinson, 
the Doctor's grandfather, and which in memory of him is still known as the 
Robinson place. William Robinson and wife Matilda were among the first 
permanent settlers of the locality indicated and the family has been actively 
identified with that and other parts of the county from pioneer days to the 
present time. Benjamin Rush Moffitt, who also came to Tippecanoe county 
in an early day, was a prosperous farmer, a public-spirited citizen and a 
veteran of the Civil war, enlisting at the beginning of the struggle in the 
medical department of the Tenth Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry, witn 
which he served about one and a half years, when he was discharged on 
account of disability. He married Miss Robinson in Tippecanoe county, 
reared a family of seven children, and departed this life, at the age of sixty- 
five years, on his farm in Jasper county, Indiana. Their children are all 



66o PAST AND PRESENT 

living and highly esteemed in their respective places of residence, being well 
situated as regards material means and popular among those with whom they 
associate. Othniel. the oldest of the family, lives at Valparaiso, this state, 
and deals quite extensively in produce; Olive M., the second in order of birth, 
married William Jordan, an ex-soldier who died in 1906, since which time she 
has made her home in Dephi. Dr. William R., of this review, is the third 
in succession, after whom comes Mrs. Isabel Barcley, a widow who resides 
in the city of Valparaiso ; Reuben R. and Richard are twins, the former en- 
gaged in agricultural pursuits in northern Indiana, the latter living in La- 
fayette; Mrs. Jennie Blake, the youngest of the family, lives in the northern 
part of the state, where her husband is engaged in farming. 

The subject's paternal grandfather. Dr. Joseph Moffitt, was a graduate 
of Yale College and a physician of distinguished ability in his day. He served 
as surgeon in the American army during the war of 1812, and was on Perry's 
fleet in the battle of Lake Erie. Later he settled at Connersville, Indiana, 
where he rose to a conspicuous position in his profession and became widely 
and favorably known as an enterprising man of affairs. He died at that 
place in the prime of his life and usefulness and left to his posterity a name 
to which the passing years have added luster and renown. Dr. Joseph 
Moffitt was a brother-in-law of Dr. O. L. Clark, one of the pioneer physicians 
of Lafayette and a man of wide influence in the affairs of Tippecanoe county 
in early times. 

Dr. William R. Moffitt, a brief review of whose career appears in the 
following lines, was born December 8, 1849, on the family homestead about 
seven miles west of Lafayette, in Wabash township, and spent his early years 
amid the attractive scenes and wholesome influences of rural life. He was 
reared to habits of industry and, like the majority of country lads, learned by 
practical experience the meaning of honest toil, working in the fields during 
the spring and summer seasons and in the fall and winter months attending 
the district schools in the vicinity of his home. In this way he spent his 
time until twenty-one years of age, when he entered the Methodist College 
at Ft. Wayne, of which his uncle, the Rev. R. D. Robinson, was then presi- 
dent, and devoted the five years ensuing to close and critical study, making 
rapid progress the meanwhile and taking high rank as a student. During 
his last year in the above institution he read medicine in connection with his 
other studies, his instructor being Dr. W. H. Myers, one of the leading 
phvsicians of the city, under whose direction he was in due time enabled to 
enter Ft. Wayne Medical College, where he took his first course of lectures. 
Later, he prosecuted his studies at the Medical College of Indiana at Indian- 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 66l 

apolis, where he was graduated in the year 1877, immediately after which 
he returned to Tippecanoe county, where he opened an office in West La- 
fayette, and has since practiced with eminent success, being at this time one 
of the best known physicians and surgeons of the city and county. 

Doctor Moffitt's large and steadily growing practice has been as suc- 
cessful financially as professionally, and from time to time he has contributed 
to the material part of Lafayette, in the way of buildings, including the large 
two-story brick structure in which he has his office, the building being erected 
especially for office purposes and being especially adapted and conceded to 
be unequaled in this respect by any other in the city. He has also ac- 
cumulated other valuable real estate both in the city and country, his resi- 
dence properties in Lafayette alone being conservatively estimated at 
$40,000, which, with various other holdings, represent a fortune of consider- 
adle magnitude and make him one of the solid and well-to-do men of the 
community. 

Doctor Moffitt engaged in his life work well fitted for its many onerous 
duties and responsibilities and has availed himself of every opportunity to keep 
in touch with the trend of professional thought and abreast of the times in the 
latest discoveries in medical science. He has never ceased being a student, and 
when not engaged in active professional duties spends his time in his library 
in communion with the greatest thinkers of the ages. 

He is a member of the Indiana State Medical Association, the District 
Medical Association, and the Medical Society of Tippecanoe County, in the 
deliberations of which bodies he keeps himself well informed, and often con- 
tributes to the papers, which elicit praise for his professional scholarship 
and thought. 

Actuated by a desire to fit himself for the greatest possible efficiency, the 
Doctor some years ago entered the Polyclinic Hospital School of Medicine 
in Chicago, from which he received a diploma in 1897, and in 1900 he was 
graduated from the Post-Graduate School of Medicine of New York city, thus 
leaving nothing undone in the way of making himself a true healer of suffer- 
ing humanity. He has been one of the medical staff of physicians at St. 
Elizabeth's Hospital for over twenty-five years and served one term as county 
coroner, though never an office seeker and having little taste for public life. 

On September 14, 1882, Doctor Moffitt was united in the bonds of wed- 
lock with Alice S. Robinson, who, though of the same name as his mother's 
before her marriage, is in no wise related to the latter. Mrs. Moffitt's father, 
Horney Robinson, was a pioneer of Allen county. Indiana, locating near Ft. 
Wayne about the year 1829. and taking an active interest in the development 



662 PAST AND PRESENT 

and growth of the part of the country in which he settled. Mrs. Moffitt was 
reared and educated in Allen county and Ft. Wayne, and is a woman of ex- 
cellent character and always manifests an abiding interest in the welfare of 
those with whom she mingles and moves in the best society circles of West La- 
fayette. Doctor and Mrs. Moffitt have one child, Bertha J., whose birth oc- 
curred on November 8, 1883, and who received a liberal education, graduating 
in due time from the West Side high school and from Purdue University 
with the class of 1906. In his political affiliations the Doctor has been a 
lifelong Republican, and since attaining his majority an influential and leading 
member of the party. For a number of years he has been an active worker 
for the success of his party and candidates, attending the various nominating 
conventions, local, district and state, in all of which his opinions command re- 
spect and his judgment weight. 



GEORGE LAWSON BRUCE. 

George L. Bruce, dealer in musical instruments and one of the most 
accomplished musicians of Lafayette, is a native of Indiana, born in Jasper 
county on the 21st day of June, 1852. Lawson Bruce, his father, was a 
New Englander and a descendant of an old Vermont family, and his mother, 
whose maiden name was Sarah Pyke, came from Pennsylvania. The Pyke 
family moved to Indiana in an early day and were among the pioneers of 
Tippecanoe county, in various parts of which descendants still reside. The 
Bruces were also early comers to this part of the state and the above parents 
grew to maturity and were married in Lafayette and lived here a number of 
years, subsequently removing to Rensselaer, Jasper county, where Mr. Bruce 
spent the remainder of his days. His widow survived him some years and 
departed this life in the month of February, 1904. The family of this couple 
consisted of three children, of whom the subject is the only son and the third 
in order of birth. 

George Lawson Bruce was brought to Lafayette when a child, from which 
time to the present his life has been closely identified with the city. The public 
schools which he attended during his childhood and youth afiforded him the 
means of obtaining a practical education, and while still young he accepted a 
clerkship in a music store, where he remained until acquiring a knowledge of 
the business and becoming quite skilled in the use of several kinds of instru- 
ments. In 1875 he severed his connection with his employer to become man- 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 663 

ager of another firm of the same kind and after serving six years in that 
capacity he purchased the stock and established the business which he has since 
conducted and which under his capable management has grown into the largest 
and best known music house in the city. 

Mr. Bruce has been at his present location since 1875 and sole proprietor 
of the establishment since 1890. As indicated above, his career presents a 
series of continued successes such as few achieve and the high position to which 
he has attained in the business world is due entirely to his own efforts, as he 
began life for himself in the modest capacity of a clerk and on becoming pro- 
prietor had much with which to contend ere finding his feet on sohd financial 
ground. Early in his experience Mr. Bruce determined to master the under- 
lying principles of business and, having decided upon the line most suited to 
his tastes and inclinations, he spared no reasonable effort in acquiring a knowl- 
edge of music and the ability to reduce the same to practice. While still a 
youth he manifested a decided aptitude for music and after entering the store 
it was not long until he became an efficient performer on the various kinds 
of instruments in stock. Later he prosecuted his musical studies under in- 
structors of recognized ability and, applying himself closely, he became in due 
time one of the most skillful musicians in Lafayette as well as one of the most 
successful dealers in the same. He carries full lines of all kinds of instru- 
ments and musical merchandise, which he buys direct, owning the large stock 
which he always has on hand. His business has grown to such large pro- 
portions that he now employs in addition to several clerks in the house three 
salesmen who represent his goods on the road and who during the past few 
years have built up and greatly extended his trade. His establishment has a 
large and lucrative local patronage also, while the demand for his goods by 
the general trade in many other cities and towns throughout Indiana and 
neighboring states taxes the capacity of his house to supply, besides giving a 
wide and enviable reputation in musical as well as business circles. 

While a skillful performer on several kinds of instruments, Mr. Bruce 
is especially efficient as a pianist and organist. For thirty-five consecutive 
years he presided at the organ in Trinity Methodist Episcopal church and 
could have retained the position indefinitely had he so desired, but recently, 
much against the wishes of the congregation and greatly to their disappoint- 
ment, he declined to remain longer, deeming almost a lifetime of service in 
furnishing music for public worship sufficient to entitle him to the rest which 
he so ably and conscientiously earned. 

Mr. Bruce and family are Methodists and regular attendants of Trinity 
church, with which they are identified and which the subject served so long 



664 PAST AXD PRESENT 

and faithfully as organist. He is a member of the official board of said 
church, and at different times has held various other official positions in the 
organization, besides being a liberal contributor to its support and a donor to 
all worthy enterprises and humanitarian measures. Politically he votes the 
Republican ticket, but has never held an elective office, having little taste for 
public life and less for the chicanery and trickery which are sometimes neces- 
sary in order to attain positions at the hands of one's fellow citizens. Mr. 
Bruce is an enthusiastic friend of fraternal work and belongs to several orders 
based on the principle of secrecy. He is a Mason of high degree, holding 
membership with Lafayette Lodge, No. 123, Chapter No. 3, Royal Arch 
Masons. Commandery No. 3, Knights Templar, and Hope Chapter No. 5, 
Order of Eastern Star. He is also identified with Lodge No. 55, Independent 
Order of Odd Fellows, and Lodge Xo. 143. Benevolent and Protective Order 
of Elks, in both of which as well as in the Masonic brotherhood he has been 
chosen to positions of honor and trust. 



BRAINARD HOOKER. 

Brainard Hooker was born at Nugent Hollow, in Vanderburg county, 
about eight miles from Evansville, Indiana, September 18, 1868. Henry H. 
Hooker, his father, is a physician who has won a high reputation as an ob- 
stetrician. He took the degree of Doctor of Medicine from Rush Medical 
College in the early sixties. He earlier taught in the primitive district 
schools. He is the son of one Thomas Hooker, who came to Evansville at 
an early day from South Carolina and who is a descendant of Rev. Thomas 
Hooker, of Hartford. Connecticut. With but one known exception, all the 
Hookers of America and England are related. Gen. Joseph Hooker, of the 
Civil war. Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker, the English botanist, and Richard 
Hooker, the theologian, are members of the family. One family at least of 
German origin now uses the name of Hooker in America, the German name 
having been Hoockards. Perhaps the economy in using the shorter name is 
the reason for the change of spelling. A study of the origin of names would 
lead one to conclude that as Fisher named the man for his occupation, so the 
Hookers in early times in England were the lovers of the rod and line. 

The subject's mother was Mary H. (Headen) Hooker, daughter of 
Thomas Headen and Mary Nugent, who brought her and two other daughters 
and two sons from Ireland. The familv settled on the Ohio river at the vil- 




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TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 665 

lage of Evansville, which was then composed of a few log huts. The father 
was a grocer for a time, then he bought Nugent Hollow, still owned by the 
Rev. H. S. Headen, of New Albany, the youngest child of the family. Mary 
was a babe a few weeks old when the trip was made across the Atlantic 
in a small sail boat. Her schooling was received in the district school, and 
part of a year was spent in Madison University, where Anna, her older 
sister, had been graduated. The Civil war called her brothers, Thomas and 
Robert, to the field of battle, and as her father had died some years before, 
she was, with the other girls of the family, called upon to work on the farm 
in the summer and teach in the winter to support the family. She was mar- 
ried to Henry Hamilton Hooker in 1867, and she died of a complication of 
diseases in August, 1899. 

There were eight children in the family of Henry and Mary Hooker, 
and the parents fancied the use of but one name for each of their children. 
Brainard, the eldest, was named for one of the Doctor's college professors 
Sherry, the second child, for the Sherrys, relatives of the Headens. Maggie 
for her aunt Maggie Headen Hooker, wife of Prof. R. P. Hooker, of Evans- 
ville. Mabel, a name euphonious. Kitty, for her aunt Kate Headen Stafford 
DeKress, for a widely known German physician and scientist, Oscar DeKress 
Doctor of Medicine, of Evansville. Ross, for the former editor of the To 
ledo Blade. The baby of the family was named for her Aunt Anna. It 
will be observed that the boys were given family names for Christian names. 
Of these children, five survive in 1909. 

The subject of this sketch began his schooling in a little frame school 
house in the village of Elberfeld, a Dutch village in Warrick county, seven- 
teen miles from Evansville on the old Straight Line road. He attended school 
under the instruction of Lewis Kemper, Mary Wagoner and D. S. Johnson. 
It was while in school here that Mr. Hooker conceived the idea that he wished 
to be a teacher. He attended every teacher's institute that was held in the 
village school. They furnished him renewed inspiration. When he was 
fourteen years old, the father bought and moved to a farm near Oakdam, in 
Vanderburg county. Here, owing to an accident, Brainard lost one year's 
schooling. The father had a limb broken and the oldest boys had to care 
for the stock. He attended the Oakdam school for one year under the in- 
struction of D. S. Johnson. The following year he graduated in the eighth 
grade at McCutchanville, and entered the high school at the same place in 
the fall, completing the course offered in two years. Here he was under the 
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666 PAST AND PRESENT 

In February, 1886, Mr. Hooker made his trial license under Ernest D. 
McAvoy, the county superintendent, and in April he secured a twehe-months 
license. 

J. C. Calvert, the trustee of Armstrong township, employed Mr. Hooker 
to teach No. 7 school, in the southwest corner of his township. Here the 
chief task was to teach German-speaking children to speak English. The 
task was complicated, for Mr. Hooker had learned Plattdeutsch at Elberfeld, 
and these children spoke Hochdeutsch. He must learn the High German 
to be better able to teach English. He boarded with one Nicholas Wolf, 
who took a delight in helping the young pedagogue to the use of German. 
The year's work was satisfactory to the officials and the young teacher was 
promised a larger, better school and one nearer his home. With these reflec- 
tions, he began his professional training in De Pauw University. With 
one term's preparation under the guidance of W. H. Mace and Arnold 
Tompkins, the year following was more successful. The years 1887 ^^^ 
1888 were spent at Armstrong Station school. The fourth year's work was 
done at Theil school, still nearer home. The young teacher had now done 
four terms' work in the normal department at DePauw University and had 
had four years' experience in the district schools of his native county. In 
the fall of 1890 he followed Arnold Tompkins to the Indiana State Normal 
School (the normal department at DePauw having been closed by order of 
the trustees), and from this school he was graduated in June, 1893. 

On the 17th day of August, 1893, Mr. Hooker was married to Eva A. 
McCutchan at her father's home near Oakdam. Miss McCutchan was the 
daughter of John T. and Nancy M. (Covey) McCutchan. Mr. McCutchan is 
the son of a large landholder, Thomas McCutchan, who came to America 
from Ireland in the early days of Indiana's history. Mrs. McCutchan is of 
French descent, through the Le Count family on her mother's side of the 
house. Eva Hooker was graduated from the common schools in her native 
county, Vanderburg, and was for a time a student at Princeton College. She 
taught school three years. Mrs. Hooker is a vocalist of no mean attainments. 
Soon after the wedding the bride and groom went to Mt. Vernon, Indi- 
ana, to live, where Mr. Hooker had been employed in the high school as one 
of the instructors. Here he taught for two years, associated with E. G. 
Bauman, the present superintendent of the Mt. Vernon schools, and Edwin 
S. Monroe, the superintendent of the Muskogee schools, Oklahoma. W'hile 
living here their daughter Maurine came into the family. 

During the next three years the family lived at Rochester, Indiana, 
where Mr. Hooker was principal of the high school and head of the depart- 



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ment of English. Here Helen, the second girl, was born and Harold Mace, 
the first boy. The next move was to Indiana University, where Mr. Hooker 
felt the need of additional college work. After completing two terms' work, 
he and his wife and daughter Helen were taken down with typhoid fever, 
which exhausted the strength and exchequer of the family so completely that 
the pursuit of the long-hoped-for degree was abandoned. 

In the spring of 1900 Mr. Hooker was called to the State Normal at 
Terre Haute to teach English grammar for the term, under the direction of 
J. B. Wisely, author of a well-known book on that subject. While at the 
normal he was appointed principal of the high school at Dayton, this county, 
James McDowell being the trustee at the time of the appointment. In 1901, 
Lucien B. O'Dell, who recently died at Brazil, and who was then superinten- 
dent of the Thorntown schools, called Mr. Hooker to assist him as principal 
of the high school. At the close of the year, Mr. Hooker returned to Dayton 
at an increased salary and the promise of an assistant in the high school. With 
the work increased to four years, an effort was made to commission the 
school, but a lack of co-operation on the part of the officials caused the proj- 
ect to be delayed until 1909. While living in Dayton, John Gordon, Mary 
and Gilbert Merrill came into the family. 

In 1906, Superintendent E. W. Lawrence called Mr. Hooker to the 
principalship of the West Lafayette high school. In this school he was 
assisted by L. A. Scipio, now of Nebraska University, lone Beem, Viletta 
Baker and Daphne Kieffer. This was the first year in the handsome new 
high school building, and to give some token of appreciation the school gave 
an art exhibit, the proceeds of which, amounting to nearly a hundred dollars, 
was put into fine reproductions of famous paintings which now adorn the 
walls of the assembly room. 

After a three-days campaign, at 10 o'clock, June 4, 1907, Mr. Hooker 
was elected to the office of county superintendent for a term of four years. 
Mr. Hooker is one of the men in the field of public school work who think 
that the business of teaching should be dignified into a profession. He dis- 
likes the spirit that has dominated the business especially among men which 
makes teaching a step to something "better," and he has labored to eradicate 
the defect. 

At the age of sixteen years, Mr. Hooker became a member of the Meth- 
odist Episcopal church at Blue Grass and he and his wife have been active 
members of the churches where they have lived, usually singing in the choir. 
Mrs. Hooker singing soprano and Mr. Hooker tenor. Soon after he was 
twenty-one years old he became a member of Corypheus Lodge No. 180, 



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Knights of Pythias, at Cynthiana, Posey cmmty, and is an officer of Sheffield 
Lodge No. 414, at Dayton. At the age of forty he became a Freemason, 
belonging to Dayton Lodge, Xo. 103, Free and Accepted Masons. 



HARRY ^LADISON SNIDEMAN. 

The subject of this sketch enjoys distinctive prestige in a profession 
which requires of those who adopt it a strong mentality and painstaking 
preparation together with a natural aptitude for its duties and responsi- 
bilities in order to achieve success. Many enter it allured by promise of rapid 
advancement and early distinction only to fall disheartened by the wayside: 
others under favorable auspices pursue it for a brief season to find themselves 
crowded aside by the more worthy and ambitious, thus affording a striking 
instance of the law of the survival of the fittest ; while the true searcher after 
legal lore and the ability to apply his knowledge to the adjustment of human 
difficulties and mete out justice to offenders is the one who perseveres despite 
discouragement until reaching the goal, which is accessible only to the com- 
petent and deserving, to which class the subject of this review belongs, as his 
continuous advancement and present high standing abundantly attest. 

Harry M. Snideman is a native of Tippecanoe county, Indiana, and dates 
his birth from September 20, 1871, having first seen the light of day on the 
family homestead in Wabash township, where his parents settled some years 
before. Samuel Snideman, the subject's father, was born in Montgomery 
county, Ohio, and has been an honored resident of Tippecanoe county for 
many years. He is a farmer and gardener and, despite his seventy-three years, 
is still actively engaged in those vocations on his beautiful farm and attractive 
rural home one mile west of Purdue University. Sarah Smith, who on May 
10, 1859, became the wife of Samuel Snideman, is a native of Fayette county, 
Indiana, and it was only recently that this venerable and highly respected 
couple celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of their married life. When a young 
man Mr. Snideman learned carpentry, which he followed until about thirty 
years old, when he discontinued the trade to become a tiller of the soil. His 
father, David Snrdeman. was born in Germany, but at the age of twelve 
years came to the United States and grew to maturity in Ohio. Later he 
moved to Miami county, Indiana, where he engaged in the pursuit of agri- 
culture, and wh.ere his d.eath finally occurred, after he had reached the ripe old 
age of ninety-one years. On the maternal side the subject traces one branch 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 669 

of his family to France, but his ancestors came to this country so long ago 
that all or nearly all of the characteristics of that nationality have disappeared 
during the intervening years. Samuel and Sarah Snideman are the parents 
of three children, namely : Oscar M., electrical engineer employed by the In- 
diana Lighting Company, of Lafayette, married Harretta Rosa, and to tliis 
union two daughters were born, May and Avanella; William O., a carpenter 
and farmer living two and one-half miles south of Lafayette, married Lutitia 
V. Emerson, to which union four children were born. Bertha Hope, now 
deceased, Robert E., ]\Iary Belle and Hobart; the subject of this sketch is 
the third in order of birth and the youngest of the family. 

Harry M. Snideman spent his early years amid the quiet rural scenes 
of the home farm and was reared to habits of industry and thrift in the fields, 
attending the district schools of Wabash township when his services were 
not otherwise required. He continued his studies until finishing the common 
school course, receiving a certificate of graduation from the Dayton schools 
in 1891, after which he entered Union Business College in Lafayette, from 
which he graduated in the year 1892. Later, in 1895, he became a student 
of the Northern Lidiana Normal School at Valparaiso, Indiana, and after a 
year's work in that institution began teaching, which calling he followed for a 
period of five years in the schools of Wabash township, during which time his 
spare time was spent in reading law. Two of his vacations were spent in the 
law office of George D. Parks, the present county attorney, under whose in- 
struction he made such progress as to enable him to be admitted to the bar 
in September, 1900. 

Mr. Snideman began the practice of his profession in Lafayette. In 
August, 1902, he formed a partnership with Charles M. Bright, which part- 
nership continued until December, 1904, when ]\Ir. Bright was obliged to 
change climate for the benefit of his health. The partnership was then dis- 
sohi-ed, I\Ir. Snideman purchasing his partner's interest and has since continued 
the practice alone. He has built up a large and lucrative practice and gained 
an honorable reputation as an able and energetic lawyer. He has also been 
active in political affairs, both local and general, and his influence in the coun- 
cils of the Republican party has given him prestige and leadership such as 
few of his contemporaries have attained. He is an enthusiastic politician, a 
forcible and logical speaker and his services on the hustings are always in great 
demand during campaign years, as he is a master of assemblages and never 
fails to interest and influence his auditors. He was twice a candidate before 
the primaries for the office of prosecuting attorney, but by a combination of 
circumstances, so common to politics, failed both times to receive the nom- 



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ination, his defeats, however, causing no cessation of his interest in behalf of 
the more fortunate candidates. 

On June 26, 1907, Mr. Snideman was united in marriage to Julia Weber, 
of Lafayette, daughter of Jacob and Sophia Weber. Mrs. Snideman is an 
intelligent and cultured lady of excellent character and high social standing, 
who has many friends in the city and enjoys great popularity among those 
with whom she associates. 

Fraternally Mr. Snideman is a member of Friendship Lodge, No. 22, In- 
dependent Order of Odd Fellows, which he joined on January 14, 1898, and 
since his membership has been an active and enthusiastic member, filling all the 
official chairs in the subordinate lodge and in 1900 was a representative of his 
lodge to the grand lodge of Indiana, of which body he is also a member. He 
is also a trustee of his lodge, having been at the time of his election the young- 
est man to be honored with the position. In matters religious. Mr. Snide- 
man is liberal in all the term implies. He does not hold membership with 
any church, but is a liberal contributor to the support of the gospel and is a 
friend of all charitable and benevolent enterprises and a liberal donor to hu- 
manitarian movements of whatever name or order. Mrs. Snideman is a mem- 
ber of Triumph Rebekah Lodge, No. 291, of which lodge she is an enthusi- 
astic worker : her nature is deeply religious and since her childhood she has 
been identified with the Salem Reformed church, in which she is an active 
worker. 



HARRY EDWARD TITUS, D. V. S. 

To be anything but mediocre in any profession requires not only a happy 
combination of natural faculties, but also a strong personality, a blending of 
courtesy and affability and certain business qualities that no discouragements 
can thwart. The well-known veterinary surgeon whose name forms the cap- 
tion of this article, and whose name has long since become a household word 
throughout Tippecanoe county, seems to possess these traits, for he has 
climbed, step by step, from a modest beginning to a position of prominence in 
his community through no outside assistance. 

Harry Edward Titus was born in 1876 at Muscatine, Iowa, the son of 
Harrison S. Titus, who is also a veterinarian. The latter married Catherine 
Walsh, and they are both natives of Wisconsin, and people who command the 
unequivocal respect of all who know them. After finishing the common- 
school course, young Harry attended high school, later took a course in the 



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Iowa State College, veterinary department, graduating from the same in 1898. 
having made a most commendable record and well equipping himself for his 
profession. He has been greatly aided by his father, who is a very skilled 
veterinary surgeon, consequently it is not strange that the subject should 
achieve success in his chosen calling while yet a young man. Another son 
of Dr. Harrison S. Titus is also a veterinary surgeon in Baxter, Iowa. 

A criterion of Dr. Harry E. Titus's high standing in this profession is 
furnished by the fact that in 1899, the year following his graduacion. he held 
the responsible position in the Iowa State College as house surgeon and dem- 
onstrator of anatomy, also taught the principles and practice of operative 
surgery. He had received practical experience all through his college course, 
consequently he was enabled to render entire satisfaction in this work, receiv- 
ing the hearty commendation of both faculty and students. 

Early in 1900 Doctor Titus was appointed government inspector in the 
bureau of animal industry at Cincinnati, Ohio, but he did not accept the place, 
believing that a better field awaited him in the city of Lafayette, whither he 
came May 30, 1900, and soon thereafter began the practice of his profession. 
He purchased a half interest in the veterinary infirmary owned by Doctor 
Craig, on Main street, west of the river. Having been successful in this 
venture, he bought out Doctor Craig's interest about the ist of July, 190 1, 
and has since conducted the infirmary in his own name. It is the only one 
of its kind in Tippecanoe county and is conceded to be one of the finest in 
Indiana. Doctor Titus is constantly improving his hospital and his practice 
is steadily increasing. 

On May 22, 1907, Doctor Titus was united in marriage with Margaret 
Littler, a native of Indiana, but who was residing in Chicago, a trained nurse 
in a hospital, when they were married. She is a well educated woman and is 
of great assistance to the Doctor in his work. 

Doctor Titus was city veterinarian in Lafayette for two years, very 
creditably filling this office. He is a member of the American Veterinary 
Association, the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association, and an honorary 
member of the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association. On July 11, 1905, he 
was appointed delegate to represent the L'uited States at the eighth Interna- 
tional Veterinary Congress held at Budapest, Austria, September 3, 1905. 
having been appointed to this important duty by the state department at Wash- 
ington. In his fraternal relations the Doctor belongs to the Benevolent and 
Protective Order of Elks, also the Knights of Pythias. He is a man of impos- 
ing personal appearance, quick in his decisions, alert, friendly and obligino-, 
consequently he is favorably known alx>ut town. 



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ALVA O. RESER. 



Hon. Alva O. Reser, ex-member of the Indiana state legislature, who 
is the present efficient county recorder and official court reporter and stenog- 
rapher for the courts of Tippecanoe county, was born near Stockwell, Tippe- 
canoe county, Indiana, November 17, 1859, a son of Harvey and Sarah 
(Waymire) Reser. He was educated in the public schools of his native 
county and at Purdue University, Lafayette. After fully qualifying himself 
for the duties of an educator and business man, he followed teaching for a 
time; he taught in the district schools of Wea township, this county, at 
Spring Grove, after which he was made principal of the Lafayette Business 
College, where he taught one year and then became the principal of the 
Oakland school at Lafayette, which position he held with much credit to 
himself and the school board who employed him. He taught in this city school 
for three years. He was also made instructor in stenography in the Lafay- 
ette Business College and held this position for fifteen years. 

Politically, Mr. Reser is an uncompromising Republican and is an ef- 
fective, forcible campaigner in this section of Indiana. He represented his 
county in the Indiana legislature in the sessions of 1899 and 1901. in the 
house of representatives, and was chairman of the committee on education 
during his last term. He was the official stenographer for the United States 
government at the Anglo-American Joint High Commission, held at Quebec, 
Canada, in 1898; special stenographer for Hon. Charles F. Fairbanks, then 
candidate for Vice-President, in the campaign of 1904, and for the news- 
paper press of the country. Being an expert stenographer, he was selected 
as court reporter, and it is the opinion of the court officers of his district, 
including the judges, that he is among the most rapid and accurate reporters 
within the state of Indiana. He was elected as clerk of the Lafayette school 
board in 1883, serving until 1909, during which long period he has kept the 
books of that body in a model manner and has always been deeply interested 
in the educational interests and favored all needed improvements in the 
management of the school system of his city. He was elected county 
recorder of Tippecanoe county in November, 1906, taking his office January 
I, 1907, to serve until January i, 191 1. In this special role, the methods 
and order with which he has managed other public affairs is also manifest — 
his offices and books are all neatly arranged and properly cared for by him- 
self and a highly competent corps of assistants, in whom the public have the 
utmost confidence. 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 673 

Mr. Reser has been very active in campaign wrork in his party 
and delivered speeches and fairly presented the issues before the voters of his 
county from time to time; also delivered popular lectures now and then. 
He is a true commoner and, by reason of his nativity and public life, has 
become acquainted with every nook and corner within Tippecanoe county, 
as well as being personally acquainted with nearly all of the people within 
its borders. He was naturally selected as the secretary of the Tippecanoe 
^Monument Association, which organization was active in forwarding the 
project that finally resulted in the erecting of the handsome monument to 
the memory of the heroes who lost their lives in the famous battle of Tippe- 
canoe. He also compiled the report of the Alonument Commission, which 
was published and handsomely bound in book form under authority of the 
state. This book is a collection of the various reports and orations delivered 
at the unveiling of the monument in 1908. No better man could have been 
chosen to do this work, because of his interest in the project and his historical 
information, having made this subject a special study for many years. In 
civic society affairs, Mr. Reser is identified with the Knights of Pythias; 
also belongs to the Greek letter college fraternity, Sigma Chi. 

Of Mr. Reser's domestic relations, let it be said that he was happily 
united in marriage to Elizabeth A. Smith, August 13, 1885. By this union 
two sons were born (twins), Roy M. and Ralph D. Reser, born October 27, 
1888. In personal appearance, Mr. Reser is a man of strong athletic build, 
loving out-door sports as one of nature's noblemen. His hair is somewhat 
gray, slightly bald, a pleasing twinkle to his eyes, smooth face and possesses 
an affable disposition. He loves his fellow-men and remembers names, places 
and faces to a remarkable degree. He is methodical and accurate and a good 
reader of human nature, eminent in many lines of life and education. In his 
penmanship he is a beautiful writer, having taught both ornamental and 
business penmanship in the Lafayette Business College. 



DR. JOHN COLBERT WEBSTER. 

.Among the older physicians of Lafayette, Indiana, none is better kmuvn 
nor has a wider acquaintance throughout western Indiana and Tippecanoe 
county than Dr. John C. Webster. He was born in the village of Romney, 
Tippecanoe county, Indiana, on September 29, 1841, and is a son of Elijah 
and Xancv ( Stewart) Webster, \^'illiam Webster, the grandfather, migrated 
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674 PAST AND PRESENT 

from Canada to near Rumney in 1825 and entered government land. He 
married a native Canadian and was the father of the following children : 
Elijah, William, Mary, Sarah, Phcebe and Rachel. The family, with the 
exception of Mary, went with their parents to Tippecanoe county where they 
lived many years, the father passing away on the old homestead. He was 
noted as a man prominent in state affairs and for his unbending religious 
views, being a Quaker and strict in all his ways. Elijah married Xancy 
Stewart, and to them fi\e children were born: ]\Iary A., wife of W^illiam 
Ross : John C. ; Margaret, who married George Oglesby : Anna, who married 
Edward W. Throckmorton : Elizabeth, who died in childhood. 

John C. Webster was reared upon his father's farm and attended the 
district school and also Sugar Grove Institute, which was an institution 
similar to our present high school. At the breaking out of the Civil war he 
enlisted, on October 15. 1861. in Company G. Fortieth Regiment. Indiana 
Volunteer Infantry, which was a veteran organization, and was mustered 
into the services of the United States for three years at Lafayette. Indiana, 
on December 10, 1861, as a sergeant, and in the course of time was finally 
commissioned a second lieutenant, his commission bearing the date of May 
I, 1863. He was mustered out of service as a lieutenant in 1864. Mr. 
Webster took part in the bloody battle of Shiloh. and after being away on a 
sick leave he rejoined his regiment at Tullahoma. Tennessee, and accompanied 
it to Louisville. Kentucky, where the command under General Buell was 
pursuing General Bragg's forces. He took part in the battle of Perryville 
on October 8th, and after his return to Nashville he participated in the ad- 
vance on Murfreesboro, Stone River, Lavergne and other battles. After 
Murfreesboro he remained with his regiment until January. 1863. when, on 
the reorganization of the army, the Fortieth was assigned to the First Divi- 
sion, Twenty-first Army Corps. The regiment took part in many 
notable campaigns, including service in the Tullahoma advances, also at 
Liberty Gap and on post duty at Chattanooga. Tennessee. Mr. Webster also 
saw service at Orchard Knob and during the siege of Chattanooga and again 
at Missionary Ridge, where his regiment took an active part. It was in this 
engagement that he receivetl a wound in the head while leading his men in 
the charge of Mission Ridge. This wound incapacitated him from active 
dutv for a time. He recovered and started to rejoin his command, then in 
eastern Tennessee, when it was attacked by a force of cavalry under General 
Wheeler. \\'hile in camp Mr. Webster was seized with a severe case of 
ervsipekis and ordered back to Chattanooga by the surgeons in charge. In 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 675 

1864 he re-enlisted with his regiment, as a veteran, and then returned home 
on a furlough. When his command moved to the south he accompanied 
it and saw some lively serxice. The regiment was stationed at Cleveland, 
Tennessee, when the Atlanta campaign opened. The Fortieth Regiment was 
assigned to the Second Brigade, Second Division. Fourth Army Corps, and 
was also continuously engaged during that memorable campaign, being active 
at Tunnel Hill, Buzzard Roost, Liberty Gap, Rockyface Ridge, Resaca, 
Adairsville, Cassville and other engagements around Dallas, New Hope 
Church, Pumpkinville Creek and Altoona Hills. Also at Picketts and in opera- 
tions about Marietta and against Kenesaw Mountain, June 9th to 27th, includ- 
ing the fights at Pine Hill, Lost Mountain, Muddy Creek, Pine Knob, and the 
asasult on Kenesaw Mountain on June 27th. Here Lieutenant Webster was 
wounded in both legs, and this was the last fight in which he participated. The 
battle was a desperate affair and his command was exposed to a galling fire, 
both front and flank, and fully forty-six per cent, of his command was lost. 
Lieutenant Webster, though seriously wounded and lying on the field unattend- 
ed, knew that if he was taken prisoner he would be neglected and probably die, 
and he determined to escape if possible. He managed to get upon his feet 
and was at once made a target for the enemy's bullets. One bail ripped his 
coat across the shoulders and others pierced his clothing otherwise, but he 
managed to get away without further injury. He was ill from his wounds 
until October, 1864, when he was mustered out on account of disability. 

Upon his return home the subject began the study of medicine and was 
graduated from the Rush Medical College of Chicago in 1870, and began the 
practice of his profession at Romney, Tippecanoe county, where he met with 
marked success. In 1880 he removed to Lafayette w^here he has continued 
his practice. Doctor Webster has been recognized as a physician of ability 
and he has served on the state board of medical registration and examination 
since 1897. He has also served as a member of the pension board, and has 
been a member of the Grand Army of the Republic and Loyal Legion, and 
always taken a deep and abiding interest in his old comrades in arms. 

Doctor Webster was married to Sallie MacMechan Jones June 15, 1876. 
She is a daughter of Dr. Stephen Jones, who was a graduate of the medical 
school of Harvard College. Doctor Jones removed West and started to 
practice medicine, but not liking the practice entered business and w^as noted 
as a financier. His daughter was educated in the common schools and was also 
a student in an Indianapolis institution. To Doctor Webster and wife was 
born one daughter, Mary E., in 1887. 



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Fraternally, Dr. John \\'ebster is a Mason and has attained the degree of 
Knight Templar. In politics he is an ardent Republican and has twice been 
elected trustee of Randolph township, Tippecanoe county. He is known as a 
kind, warm-hearted man and an honored citizen of the county and city in 
which he lives. 



FREDERICK HENRY ERB, JR. 

When Napoleon was carrying on his destructive and spectacular wars, 
there was a young Frenchman in the ranks by the name of Frederick Henry 
Erb, who served as a sharpshooter, both in Europe and Africa. When peace 
followed the overthrow of the great commander, Erb emigrated to America, 
where he became both the pioneer and champion in the new art of pigeon 
shooting. He arranged a match with William King, the English champion, 
ofifering the latter a bonus to come over and contest honors with him. The 
stakes were two thousand five hundred dollars a side, and Erb won. In a 
great match in Tippecanoe county, at the old homestead of John Opp, Erb 
shot with Jack Taylor, of New Jersey, for one thousand dollars a side and 
would have won but for the breaking of his gun which compelled him. to use 
a strange weapon which caused his defeat. Full five thousand spectators 
witnessed this match. He was greatly interested in horse racing, and built the 
first track for this purpose in Tippecanoe county on the old Doyle farm. 
While the Union Pacific railroad was being built he engaged in supplying 
constructors with game for food. When he died in April, 1905, he was esti- 
mated to have been one hundred and six years old. He married a French 
lady named Mary Roller, who was brought to Lafayette by her father, who 
was also a remarkable sample of longevity, it being calculated that when he 
died in 1864 he was one hundred and twenty years old. 

Frederick Henry Erb, Jr., son of this French couple, was born at Lafay- 
ette, Indiana, August 16, 1856, and inherited the genius of his father for 
sports and marksmanship. When only eight years old he was sent to Lex- 
ington, Kentucky, as a rider of running horses. He became famous as a 
jockey and before he was eighteen years old had bestrode many celebrities 
of the turf, including such winners as Rambler, Prairie Boy, Silver Tail, Bull 
of the Woods and Gypsy. His talent for marksmanship gave him even 
greater fame than that achieved as the successful rider of thoroughbreds. So 
early as the age of twelve he was regarded as a phenomenon with a gun and 
while riding the circuit of running horses his father often backed him in live 
pigeon matches in which he scored signal victories. He challenged the re- 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 677 

doubtable Captain Bogardus, in March, 1880, at that time the champion all- 
around shot of the world. The match came off at St. Joseph, Missouri, and 
attracted national attention in sporting circles. Bogardus killed eighty-three 
birds to Erb's ninety-three, the latter being given the benefit of two yards, 
or twenty-eight to Bogardus' thirty. They met again at Lafayette on Jan- 
uary 14, 1888, when Bogardus retired after shooting ninetj'-three, with seven 
dead birds out of bounds. Erb lost six dead out of bounds, and the nineteenth 
bird flew away hard hit. He killed his last sixty-four straight, which caused 
Captain Bogardus to give him credit for making the best run ever made by 
any man in the world. He declared enthusiastically that his rival was the best 
shot he ever saw. April 7, 1888, Mr. Erb gave more remarkable evidence of 
his skill in a three-days shoot at flying targets, sixteen yards rise, he standing 
eighteen yards from the traps. He hit the first hundred straight, and ninety-six 
out of the second hundred. Next day he scored ninety-seven and ninety-nine, 
the third day ninety-eight out of one hundred, or four hundred and ninety out 
of a possible five hundred in three days. May 28, 1881, at St. Louis, Missouri, 
in a match with Capt. W. T. Mitchell with wild pigeons, five ground traps, 
thirty yards rise, Erb killed ninety-three to Mitchell's eighty-five. June 20, 
1885. at an exhibition witnessed by ten thousand spectators. Mr. Erb broke 
forty-eight balls out of fifty thrown into the air, using a Colt's lightning rifle. 
He also did a lot of fancy shooting, hitting various kinds of small coins and 
performing every imaginable feat possible to a rifle. He then stepped up to 
the score to break ninety-six clay piegons out of one hundred, of which he 
broke one hundred straight, using only one barrel of a Colt's twelve-bore. 
He has taught marksmanship to many prominent men, doctors, lawyers and 
statesmen, coming from all parts of the United States to get the benefit of 
his instruction. 

Mr. Erb also enjoys a national reputation as a trainer of hunting dogs. 
He has autograph letters from President Roosevelt, Secretary Cortelyou. Buf- 
falo Bill, and many others expressing appreciation for the training he had 
given their dogs. He has trained dogs for Presidents Cleveland and Harrison 
and most of the celebrated sporting men of the country. His ideas on this 
subject are strictly his own, reached as the result of many years of close ob- 
servation and experience, all his methods being based upon kindly and humane 
considerations. He has patented a very successful device to be used in teach- 
ing dogs to retrieve from land or water, and be obedient in the field. He 
challenges the world to equal this ingenious device. He has also been the 
patentee of several sporting devices which have met with favor and success, 
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English capitalists where it was manufactured. Another well known article 
throughout the country patented by him is the Erb dog collar, which has ac- 
quired an extensive manufacture and sale. Mr. Erb is the author of a book 
entitled, "How to Train Dogs and Cats; Hints on Shooting and Hunting 
Game." This book is wonderfully clear and concise and, being the result of 
both inherited talent and years of experience, is of great value. Perhaps, 
however, Mr. Erb will longest be remembered as the inventor of the famous 
"Erb, Jr., Dog and Cat Food." Its preparation was a secret for twenty-five 
years, the ingredients being selected as the result of observing animals in the 
natural state, seeking the medicines suitable for their ailments. The animal 
will eat it of its own accord, and it is so clean that even human beings need 
not hesitate to use it. It was made public in January, 1906, and the public 
are invited to visit his factory and observe the processes of its preparation. 
"Field and Fancy," the leading dog paper of the world, gives the food high 
praise, and Bart T. Ruddle, manager of pet animal shows, conducted by the 
Wisconsin Humane Society, and many others find the Erb food unexcelled for 
pet stock. In 1909 Mr. Erb gave up training dogs to build a factory in West 
Lafayette for the manufacture of this food. 

Mr. Erb married Adelaide, daughter of Eugene Schaufert, of St. Joseph, 
Missouri, who was a native of Germany, and said to have built the first 
vinegar factory west of the Mississippi river. Mr. and Mrs. Erb's only living 
son enjoys the title of Fred Erb III. He is interested in agricultural pursuits, 
especially the raising of fine stock. He married Jennie, daughter of John 
Saxe, an old-time canal boat trader, who accumulated a considerable fortune 
in that line before the days of railroads. Fred Erb III and his wife are the 
parents of a son, who bears the title of Fred Erb IV. 



TAMES B. SHAW. 



The well-known justice of the peace at Lafayette. Indiana, whose name 
introduces this biographical memoir is a descendant of good old Scotch-Irish 
stock, his ancestors having been prominent in the New England states 
during the colonial days, his grandfather and great-grandfather having 
fought in the Revolutionary war. His father, William H. Shaw, was born 
in Gorham, Maine, September i, 181 1. and his mother, whose maiden name 
was Cornelia Mudge, was born in Wayne county. New York, September 13, 
1821. Her mother's uncle, General Tellison, was on the staff of the great 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 6/9 

Washington during the Revohitionary war. His father's brothers were 
sailors and her father w as a merchant during most of his life. To the parents 
of James B. Shaw six children were born, four boys and two girls, James 
B., the oldest. Mrs. Jessie G. Solomon, the youngest, who is living at 
Elgin, Illinois, the wife of Moses Solomon, was born December 13, 1856, 
and she was married in 1882 ; no children have been born to them. She 
and the subject of this re\'iew are the only living members of the family 
of Mr. and Mrs. William H. Shaw. Frank Shaw, who was born August 
5, 1853, married Jennie Kauffman in 1875, in Remington, Jasper county, 
Indiana, and they became the parents of one child, a son named R. W. 
Shaw, who lives in Chicago. 

James B. Shaw was born May 28, 1842, in Delphi. Carroll county, 
Indiana, in which place he began his early education, studying in the pub- 
lic schools until 1858 when he entered Wabash College at Crawfordsville 
where he prosecuted his studies until 1861 when the war between the states 
began, which prompted him to leave his studies and his home and enlist 
on September 6, 1861, as a private in Company D, Tenth Regiment Indiana 
Volunteer Infanty, under Col. Mahlon D. Manson of Crawfordsville, and 
Capt. Joseph F. Taylor of Benton county. On July 16, 1862, he was pro- 
moted to hospital steward, faithfully serving as such until mustered out 
September 16, 1864. He was present at some famous engagements while 
under Sherman in the Atlanta campaign and on the march to the sea, in- 
cluding Chickamauga, Corinth, Perryville. Tullahoma, Missionary Ridge, 
Buzzard Roost, Resaca, Peach Tree Creek, Atlanta, seeing one hundred 
and twenty days of continuous fighting on the Atlanta campaign alone. He 
returned to Remington. Indiana, then went to Watseka, Illinois, where he 
entered the telegraphic service on the Toledo, Peoria & Warsaw Railroad, 
later the Pittsburg, Chicago & St. Louis, also the Chicago & Eastern Illi- 
nois and the Lake Erie & Western Railroad, faithfully serving these various 
roads in a most acceptable manner for a period of twenty-one years. In 
1886 Mr. Shaw was elected justice of the peace and so faithfully and well 
has he performed the duties of the office that he has been retained up to 
the present time. During his long term of twenty-three years he has shown 
that he is an able, impartial and judicious exponent of the law and few of 
his decisions have met with reversal at the hands of a higher tribunal. He 
has been a loyal Republican all his life, having first cast his vote for 
President Abraham Lincoln in 1864. He was reared in the Presbyterian 
faith, to which his parents were strict adherents. He is a member of the 
Grand Amiy of the Republic, Post No. 475, and the L'nion \'eteran Legion. 



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Camp No. 122. He is also a ^lason. belonging to the lodge at Kentland. 
Indiana. But in all these he perhaps takes the greatest interest in the Grand 
Army, having first joined the Lafayette Post. No. 3, on December 2. 1879. 
having filled all the offices in the same, having in 1894 been elected senior 
vice commander of the Department of Indiana. He is past colonel of En- 
campment No. 122, Union Veteran Legion. He probably knows more sol- 
diers than any man in the state, and he is familiar with the history of every 
regiment and battery organized in the state. He and Comrade Aiken in 
1883 first began to place flags on the graves of twenty-eight Confederate 
soldiers at Greenbnsh cemetery, and on the graves of twenty-two Union 
men there, and they have continued this practice ever since, not missing a 
single Decoration day. He receives a pension, and he has a very comfortable 
home at 1006 Elliott avenue. Lafayette. 

Mr. Shaw is a well preserved man considering his past life of mingled 
hardship and toil, being stoutly built. He has decided tastes and senti- 
ments, is thoroughly patriotic and he is well fitted for the work of justice 
of the peace, being a man of force, yet companionable and a very interest- 
ing talker, having a good memory. 



URBAN A. LYLE. M. D. 

Dr. Urban A. Lyle, who is one of the younger representatives of the 
medical profession practicing in the city of Lafayette, was born January 28. 
1878, at Salem. Ohio. His parents were Thomas and Lucy M. (Mamyum) 
Lyle. The father was born in England, of English parents, and the mother 
was born in ^Memphis. Tennessee, and was descended from an old southern 
family of much respectability. Her father was a prominent planter and before 
the war a slaveholder. In the Civil war days, Gen. Robert E. Lee 
used to make his headquarters, whenever convenient, at her fathers house. 
Her father and her two brothers were in the Confederate army, the father 
dying while in the service and one son died of yellow fever. 

Thomas Lyle was a prominent physician and surgeon. At one time he 
was an instructor in a college at Toronto, Canada. Subsequently he grad- 
uated from the Toronto School of Medicine and practiced medicine in that 
Canadian city for a time. After coming to the United States, he studied and 
graduated in theology, becoming pastor of the Disciples church at Salem, 
Ohio. During his pastorate there, he was instrumental in building a church 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 68 1 

edifice. He also practiced medicine at the same time lie was serving as pas- 
tor. Later he graduated from the Physio-Medical College of Cincinnati, 
Ohio, after which he devoted his time to medicine alone. He is still prac- 
ticing medicine at Salem, Ohio, where he is regarded as an excellent and 
highly trustworthy physician. He was appointed professor of materia medica 
in the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Chicago. He was the father 
of four children: James M., Charles H., Eugene G., and Urban A., of 
this memoir. 

The Doctor attended the high school at Salem, Ohio, and having chosen 
the profession followed by his father, he entered upon a course of medicine 
at the Physio-Medical College at Indianapolis, graduating in 1903. In 1904, 
he graduated at the Electro-Therapeutic College of Lima, Ohio. He then 
located in practice at Lafayette where he is gaining a lucrative and highly 
successful practice among good families of the city. He has the advantage 
of being thoroughly posted in the latest, up-to-date methods of combatting 
diseases. His office is among the best equipped in Lafayette, and includes 
an X-ray machine and other electrical apparatuses. In medical societies, he 
is counted among the membership of the Tippecanoe County Medical Society 
and the American Medical Association. At present he is a member of the 
Lafayette board of health. 

Politically, he of whom this sketch is written is a believer in the prin- 
ciples as shown in the platform of the Republican party, of which body he is 
an active, intelligent member. In civic society matters, the Doctor affiliates 
with the Masonic fraternity; the Eagles, Modern Woodmen, Moose and 
Knights of Pythias orders, belonging to the regimental staff of the last named 
fraternity. 

Doctor Lyle married, September 14, 1902, Estella M. Turney, daughter 
of Dr. S. R. Turney, of Brownstown, Illinois. Mrs. Lyle is an accomplished 
musician — one of a high order — having graduated in music at the Paso 
Conservatory of Music, Lebanon. Illinois, and the School of Music at St. 
Louis, Missouri, besides the Metropolitan School of Music at Indianapolis. 



PARKER A. BYERS. 

Everybody in Lafayette and thousands from other parts of the country 
have long known Parker A. Byers, and it would be safe to sa)- tint all wlin 
know him entertain for him a feeling of admiration akin to love. The reason 



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for this is his gentle manners, his genial address and accommodating dispo- 
sition, united with a bright mind and rare talents as a conversationalist. For 
more than tliirty years his place of business in the "Star City" has been head- 
quarters for all the choice spirits. Few visitors coming to Lafayette fail to 
call and see Parker. Tliere they meet otliers, and it is a rare evening that -n 
intelligent and fun-loving crowd can not be found in the hospitable halls of 
Mr. Byers. He is a native of Indiana and a fine sample of the Hoosier at 
his best. A son of Stephen A. and Mary (Brookbank) Byers, he was born 
at Delphi, Indiana, in 1852, and spent a happy boyhood in the "old swimmin' 
holes," the green pastures and other boyish resorts in and around the capital 
of Carroll county. Of course he attended school between times and there is 
a tradition that in all sports of an innocent nature, all athletic games and 
invigorating pastimes young Byers could ever be found as a leader. In 1868, 
when about sixteen years old, he located at Lafayette and for the next four 
years had charge of Comstock's billiard hall. He became an expert at the 
game, was gradually recognized as a professional and before he was hardly 
of age had a national reputation as a billiard player. He it was who played 
the first match game at Indianapolis in 1873. with the celebrated Schafer. the 
occasion being one of vast interest to billiardists and heralded in sporting cir- 
cles all over the country. When twenty years old, which was in 1872, Mr. 
Byers went into business for himself at the corner of Fifth and Columbia 
streets, moving later to the Bramble House, where he remained until 1877, 
when he located permanently on Fourth street. For thirty-two years he has 
occupied this place, making it the most popular resort of the kind in Lafay- 
ette. Mr. Byers" literary tastes suggested the establishment of a reading 
room, which for years has been a favorite meeting place for those desiring to 
consult the daily papers or latest magazines. There is also a library of well 
selected books, and the rooms are made inviting in every respect. He is 
president of the Merchants' Electric Lighting Association. 

In 1874, Mr. Byers married Sarah J. Shaffer, of Lafayette, and his home 
is the abode of hospitality and kindly greeting to all who call. ^Mr. Byers 
may properly lay claim to the title "perfect gentleman," being indeed one of 
nature's noblemen. In personal appearance he is tall and well built, with dark 
eyes, pleasant manner, always cheerful, and possessed of a fine sense of humor 
that makes him a charming companion. He is a man of high character, kind 
and honorable in his dealings, generous, sociable and well informed. He is a 
member of the Episcopal church and the Improved Order of Red Men, and 
practically counts his friends by the number of his acquaintances at home or 
abroad, as "none know him but to love him. none name him but to praise." 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 683 



ALEXANDER HAMILTON CROUSE. 

The founc'er of this well-known Tippecanoe county family was of Ger- 
man origin. George Grouse came across the Atlantic long before the Revolu- 
tionary war and settled in Gumberland county, Pennsylvania. He left a son 
named Henry, who was born July 6, 1768, and married a Miss Hevison, 
whose birth date is recorded as February 15, 1766. The date of the births of 
their children are thus given in the old family Bible : Catherine, May 20, 
1792; Leah, March 6, 1794; Henry, August i, 1796; Maria, July 15, 1798; 
Simon, July 25, 1802; John, April 15, 1805; David, September 18, 1808; 
Elizabeth, October 15, 1810; Daniel, November 20, 1814. About 1820, the 
father of this family removed to Germantown, Ohio, and cleared a farm in 
that locality. In 1830 he settled in Marion county, Indiana, where he pur-' 
chased and cleared a section of land, including the site afterward selected 
for the Indiana Asylum for the Insane, west of Indianapolis. He died in the 
prime of life, as the result of injuries from a falling tree. His son, John W., 
who was born in Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, came with his father 
on his removal to Butler county, Ohio. March 17, 1825, he was married to 
Eliza Christman, in Preble county, Ohio, the ceremony being performed by 
Bishop Kumler, a well-known ecclesiastic of that day. She was born in 
Preble county, Ohio, June 5, 1805, her parents being Daniel and Madalina 
(Ogo) Christman. They were both natives of Guilford county, North Car- 
olina, the father being born March 27, 1793, and the mother, December 8. 
1776. They had five children, John, Eliza, Solomon. Jacob and Daniel. The 
family were early pioneers of Preble county and highly respected as citizens. 
Daniel entered land and became prosperous as a farmer, at one time owning 
about three hundred acres. He was a member of the United Brethren church, 
straightforward and honorable in his business dealings, and died on his Ohio 
homestead when eighty years of age. After his marriage, John W. Grouse 
located near Liberty, Union county, Indiana, where he purchased land and 
a sawmill. In the fall of 1828 he removed to Tippecanoe county and located 
on land in Wayne township two miles from the present Grouse homestead. 
Besides the quarter section entered from the government, he bought one hun- 
dred and forty-two acres and there remained until his death, September i 3, 
1844. He cleared off the timber and turned the first furrows on the prairie 
land, developing three hundred acres of rich soil, the greater part of which 
he brought to a high state of cultivation. He and his wife were members 
of the United Brethren church, in which he served as class leader and held 



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other ofiices. He was a \-ery zealous member, contributing liljerally to build 
and support the work of the denomination. At one time he was a Whig- 
candidate for state senator. He was loyal as a citizen, practical as a farmer, 
straightforward in business and in every way reliable. His wife died March 
26, 1883. aged seventy-eight years. During her long widowhood of nearly 
forty years, she depended on her son Alexander to manage her business 
affairs. Her children were as follow^s: Mary A., born October 5, 1826; 
Alexander H.. October 23, 1828; Daniel Franklin, June 11, 1837, died July 
II. 1866; Mary A. married James W. Stewart and died March 23. 1874. 

Alexander Hamilton Crouse was born in Union county, Indiana, Oc- 
tober 22,. 1828. and was but six months old when brought by his parents 
to Tippecanoe county. His early life and training was passed in the pioneer 
period and he never lost the coloring of character and sturdy qualities ac- 
quired in those days of heroic hardship. What little education he got was 
in a log school house. He knew all about the soft side of puncheon seats 
and helped put the ten-foot backlog into the yawning fireplace. At inter- 
vals, between his sixth and fifteenth year, this pioneer boy attended this 
rude school, going occasionally to a school of a little better grade near O'Dell 
Corner. His father early began to teach him practical business methods and 
when still a boy he knew how to bargain for cattle, his father giving him the 
money and showing him the points of good stock. He was an unusually 
bright farm boy and when only nine years old cultivated thirty-five acres 
of corn. At the age of sixteen, the death of his father left the manage- 
ment of the farm on his shoulders. In time he became quite prosperous 
as a cattle dealer and amassed wealth. 

June 24. 1894, Mr. Crouse was married in Hardin county. Kentucky, 
to Miss Tee P. Humphrey, a member of a distinguished family of the state. 
More than twelve hundred people attended the ceremony, which was per- 
formed by the bride's brother. Rev. Felix Humphrey. Mr. and Mrs. Crouse 
gave a reception on returning to their Indiana home, which was attended 
by over six hundred friends and neighbors of the family. ]\lrs. Crouse 
was born in Hardin county, Kentucky, March 25, 1872, her parents being 
Thomas and Armanda (Royalty) Humphrey. Her paternal grandparents 
were Samuel and Drusilla (Haywood) Humphrey. The paternal great- 
grandfather, Samuel Humphrey. Sr., came from Virginia and became a 
pioneer of Kentucky, where he made his home among the Indians and the 
wild and romantic scenery of that famous region. Mrs. Drusilla Humphrey, 
grandmother of Mrs. Crouse, was the daughter of a prominent official of 
Hardin countv. who had Indian blood in his veins, and more remote mem- 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 6S5 

bers of the family served as cliiefs of the Shawnee Indians. It is claimed 
that a vast amount of the land in Kentucky belongs to this branch of the 
family. The children of Samuel and Drusilla Humphrey were Sallie. John, 
Lydia, Samuel, William, Wesley, Thomas, Rachel, and Mahala, the last 
dying in early womanhood. The father, who was a substantial citizen of 
Hardin county, died at his home there in middle life. His son, Thomas 
Humphrey, who became the father of Mrs. Crouse, was born in Hardin 
county, March 12, 1827, followed farming and when about twenty years 
of age married Armanda Royalty, who was born in Hardin county, July 
I, 1832, her parents being Daniel and Annie (Saunders) Royalty. Her 
father, who was born in Washington county, Kentucky, was a son of David 
Royalty, one of the pioneers of Kentucky. Annie Saunders was a daughter 
of Thomas and Sally Saunders, the father serving through the Revolutionary 
war under General Washington. He was a very strong man and weighed 
two hundred sixt}' pounds when he entered the army, but received a wound 
in battle which made him a cripple for life. His parents lived near one of 
the battle fields and the window-panes were shattered by the firing. After 
leaving the army, Mr. Royalty took up his residence in Washington county 
and there spent the remainder of his days. His children were Annie, Isaac, 
Rebecca, Hannah and several daughters whose names are forgotten. Dan- 
iel Royalty was a shoemaker but owned land in Hardin county, of which 
he was one of the substantial citizens. He removed to that locality soon 
after his marriage and lived there until his death. His children were Sarah, 
Thomas, Jane, Rebecca, Catherine, Mary A., and Armanda. After their mar- 
riage, Thomas Humphrey and wife located at the headwaters of Mill creek, 
where he purchased a farm and spent the rest of his life in its cultivation. His 
children were Felix, Thomas, Missouri, John W., Isaac F. and Wyatt W. 
(twins), Mary, Christian D. and Tee P. The father died December 22. 1894, 
aged sixty-seven. He was a member of the Baptist church and had served 
as clerk and moderator. In business he was industrious, energetic and 
trustworthy, kind and affectionate to his family and a iirst-class citizen in 
all respects. His widow makes her home with Mrs. Crouse, and, like the 
latter and the rest of her children, is a devoted member of the Baptist 
church. The Humphreys are one of the oldest and most influential of 
Kentucky families. Rev. Felix Humphrey, brother of Mrs. Crouse, was 
educated at Garnettsville, Meade county, Kentucky, and is now an ordained 
minister of the Baptist church. 

Alexander H. Crouse was in many ways one of the most notable citi- 
zens of Tippecanoe county. He was especially well known as a farmer, 



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in which Hne lie was energetic, progressive and resourceful. His manage- 
ment of his mother's estate showed business ability of a high order. For 
eight and a half years he served as justice of the peace and during that 
time tried many cases, whose decision gave him a reputation for moderation 
and justice. His good common sense proved valuable to litigants, whom 
he persuaded to settle many of their disputes out of court. He always 
favored arbitration, if this could be brought about, and saved contending 
parties much money by inducing them to compromise their differences. He 
was a man of integrity, of sterling character, and his word was as good 
as his bond to those who knew him. At one time he was a candidate for 
state senator and always took an interest in politics, first as a Republican, 
then as a Democrat. It is claimed that he suggested the ground-work for 
the present Indiana liquor laws, and in other ways showed constructi\-e ability. 
Mr. Crouse travelled a good deal not only in the United States but through 
foreign countries. In 1869 he spent some time in England and Ireland, 
Scotland, W^ales, France, Germany, Spain and Turkey. His sympathies 
were warm, his disposition kindly and his nature generous. He was long 
a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, in which he filled 
all the chairs, and also belonged to the Encampment. He died August 
13, 1908, and is buried in the Westpoint cemetery, where his widow has 
erected a beautiful monument to his memory. Mrs. Crouse is a lady of 
many charms, bespeaking the high social connections and fine families from 
which she sprang. Her home is noted for its hospitality and so kindly and 
courteously dispensed as to make all who call desire to come again. The 
children of Mr. and Mrs. Crouse are as follows: John Thomas, born April 
26, 1895, and died in infancy: William Alexander, born November 24, 1896: 
Mary Magdalene, born October 7, 1898: Mark Hermon, born August 29, 
1903; Partlow Loveless, born August 14, 1905, and Armanda Eliza, born 
October 11, 1908. 



WILLIAM SBIPSOX WALKER, M. D. 

Dr. William S. Walker, one of the practicing physicians and surgeons 
of the city of Lafayette, was born November 16, 1846. at Morristown, Ten- 
nessee, a son of Lovel and Amanda Jane (Howell) Walker, both natives 
of Tennessee. The father was a Baptist minister and followed that and 
farming many years. At the time of the Rebellion, he was an ardent Union 
man and finally became a Republican. Lovel and Amanda J. (Howell) 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 687 

Walker had four children : Jane married Noah Alexander \\'illiams and 
now resides at Asheville. North Carolina: Rebecca married a Quaker 
(Friend) preacher named Jonathan Mills and now lives at Seattle, Wash- 
ington : Hannah married Dr. Isaac Walker, and resides at Alpha, Tennessee. 
The other child in the family was Dr. William S., of this sketch. The 
father died in 1879; the good wife and mother is still living and resides 
on the old homestead at Alpha, Tennessee. The land on which she lives 
was originally ceded to Tennessee by North Carolina and was first owned 
by the maternal great-great-grandfather, Benjamin Howell. A part of this 
tract of land has remained in the name of some of the Walkers and Howells 
ever since. The residence now on the place is the fourth that has been used 
on the premises and practically in the same place. 

Dr. William S. Walker attended the Panther Springs Academy at 
Panther Springs, Tennessee, and subsequently entered Mossy Creek (now 
Newman-Carson) College, at Jefiferson, Tennessee. He was still in college 
when the war broke in upon his course of studies. He then entered Miami 
Medical College, at Cincinnati, Ohio, graduating in the spring of 1869. 
He located at Colburn, Tippecanoe county, Indiana, arriving the same year 
of his graduation, and practiced there until 1876, when he removed to 
Lafayette, where lie has been in the constant practice of medicine ever 
since, except a few months when he was absent taking a course of lectures 
at the Indiana Medical College at Indianapolis in 1887 and a post-graduate 
course in New York in 1901-02. 

The Doctor is an active member of the Tippecanoe County ^Medical 
Society, the Mississippi Valley Medical Society and the American Medical 
Association. He is now the president of the District Councillors Associa- 
tion and has been connected with St. Elizabeth's Hospital for over thirty 
years, and physician and surgeon at St. Joseph's Asylum. Lafayette, for 
twenty years. He is now consulting physician for the Home Hospital. 

In his political views he of whom this sketch is written is in general 
harmony with the platforms of the Democratic party. He has represented 
his ward one term on the city council ; also served as health officer and pen- 
sion examiner. In 1873 he was the Democratic candidate for the office 
of state senator against Judge La Rue. The election was a close one and 
was contested, notwithstanding the fact that the normal Republican majority 
in Tippecanoe county was at that time about eight hundred. Like many 
of the modern-day professional men. Mr. Walker is connects! with the ancient 
and honorable fraternity of Masons, having been advanced to the thirty- 
second degree in that order. He also holds a membership with the brother- 



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hood of Elks at Lafayette. For thirty years he has been a consistent nien- 
ber of the Trinity ]\Iethodist Episcopal church of Lafayette. 

Concerning his domestic afifairs, let it be stated that the Doctor mar- 
ried, first, in July, 1868, IMary E. Gettel, by whom two children were born, 
Curtis L, and Elmer. The wife and mother died in 1870, In 1872 he 
married Emma A. Dreyer, daughter of Henry Dreyer, and by this union 
two children were born, Emma Estella and Roy Simpson. During his long 
residence in this county. Doctor Walker has always deported himself in a 
manner becoming a professional man and has won a wide circle of friends, 
both as a doctor of medicine and citizen of a puljlic-spirited nature. 



HENRY TAYLOR SAMPLE. 

For more than half a century the late Henry Taylor Sample was an 
honored citizen of the state, esteemed and loved by all who knew him. He 
was born near Middletown, Butler county, Ohio, September 29, 1805, and 
died at Lafayette, Indiana, February 19, 1881. His parents were John 
Sample and Ann Taylor. His father was a manufacturer of flour and one of 
the pioneers in his section of Ohio in building and operating what were then 
known as gristmills. His first mill was near Middletown, in Butler county ; 
his second was on the Big Miami river, in the northern part of the same 
county at Colerain. Subsequently he removed over the border into Randolph 
county, Indiana, where he erected a mill on White river and also opened up 
and cultivated a farm. Henry Sample, the subject of this biography, either 
inherited or acquired very early a commercial instinct and during his minority 
engaged in selling the products of his father's mills and farm to the settlers 
in the interior of the state. Many of the products were transported in flat- 
boats down White river, and sold to the settlers in what was known as the 
New Purchase, which included the present site of Indianapolis. He also 
was one of the pioneers as a boy in extending the trade along the Mississinewa 
river, into the country of the Miami Indians and to the settlers along the 
upper Wabash. To reach the Mississinewa it was necessary to carry the 
flour, grain, vegetables and lumber by wagon a distance of eight miles. In 
1825 his journey was extended as far down the Wabash as Lafayette, the 
site of which had been surveyed and platted a week before he arrived. 

In 1826 Mr. Sample married Sarah Sumwalt and two or three years 
later settled in the new town of Lafayette. He had already gained a large 
experience in trade and was skilled in the tanner's art. He therefore opened 




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in Lafayette a tannery which he conducted with gratifying success until 1854, 
in connection with the other business enterprises of great value. As early 
as 1833 he began the slaughter of hogs and nine years later formed a partner- 
ship with the late Joseph S. Hanna in the business of slaughtering and pack- 
ing both pork and beef on an extended scale. The firm of Sample & Hanna 
soon won a high reputation, which extended from the markets on the eastern 
seaboard to New Orleans, where many of their products were sold. Mr. 
Sample himself made several trips with cargoes of pork and lard on flat- 
boats via the Wabash, Ohio and Mississippi rivers to New Orleans, where 
the cargoes were sold at a good profit. By his integrity and the honesty of 
his dealings he gained the confidence of all classes of the farmers and stock 
growers with whom he had most of his dealings. All of them reposed such 
confidence in him that in times of panic they would place their surplus money 
in his hands and take his receipt for the same rather than risk it in the banks. 
He was. during all his successful business life, a friend of the poor and those 
who were obliged to earn their living by toil. He never forgot his own 
hurnble boyhood and was always willing to lend a hand to the worthy who 
were struggling to better their condition. In 1858 he purchased a large tract 
of land on the Grand Prairie in Benton county, which he converted into a 
fine stock farm. The management of this farm and the raising and market- 
ing of cattle was very congenial to his taste and yielded large profits on the 
investment. Mr. Sample's judgment appeared to be unerring and he was 
possessed of that peculiar foresight which is essential to success in commercial 
enterprises. He counted the cost and weighed the chances before embarking 
in a new business, and everything he undertook was managed with such 
abihty and conservatism, with such energy and persistence, with such accurate 
forecasting of the results, that no enterprise managed by him ever failed. 
\\'hatever he undertook, in the way of business, whether for personal gain 
or public welfare, prospered. As a natural sequence to this sagacity, executive 
ability and careful attention, he built up a fortune which was ample for 
himself and family. Unfortunately, after fifty years of almost unexampled 
prosperity and uninterrupted success in the various industries and commercial 
enterprises with which he was actively connected, he was induced to largely 
invest in manufacturing enterprises with which he was not actively connected. 
These investments proved disastrous and he lived to see the accumulations 
of more than a half century swept away. In early life and so long as that 
p-irty maintained a distinctive organization, Mr. Sample was a Whig and. 
with the majority of the members of that party, he entered into the Repub- 
lican partv at its birth and remained a member of it until the close of his. 
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life. He was never an aspirant for public office or even active in the manage- 
ment of politics, and his only official service was in the common council of 
Lafayette. His acquaintance with farmers generally, and their high regard 
for him, caused his election to the presidency of a county fair organized in 
1867, which remained in existence for three years. This little pioneer organ- 
ization was the forerunner of the Tippecanoe County Agricultural Associa- 
tion, which has grown to be the largest association of its class in the state 
of Indiana. Much of its growth and prestige are due to the wise and efficient 
executive administration of Mr. Sample, who was its first president and its 
only one to the time of his death. For the last eight years of his life he was 
a member of the state board of agriculture, in which his counsel was always 
sought and accepted as of great value to the society. 

Mr. Sample's marriage in early life was happy and for a period of fifty- 
five years the bonds of that wedlock held the husband and wife in loving 
companionship. They were similar in their tastes, their moral character and 
their religion, both being earnest and sincere members of the Methodist Epis- 
copal church, and both enjoying the work of relieving the distressed and 
making the world around them brighter and happier by dispensing charity 
with open hands. They had eight children, three of whom died in infancy. 
Of the remaining five, John Godfrey and Boyes Taylor died after reaching 
maturity; Isabella Dunbar is the widow of the late Henry Taylor; Robert 
William is a banker in Lafayette ; and Sallie A. is a widow of the late David 
McBride, of the same city. Henry T. Sample was not only a man of large 
executive ability, but a man of unusual intellectual strength. His physical 
proportions were also large, his height being six feet one inch and his weight 
two hundred and twenty-five pounds. He possessed a kindly disposition, in- 
viting companionship, and his ministrations to others who needed help were 
the source of joy and happiness to himself. His business transactions extend- 
ed over a large area of country, embraced a great variety of commercial busi- 
nesses as well as agricultural and industrial products, and through it all he 
was the same honest, upright, noble-minded man. The affectionate rever- 
ence for his good deeds still lingering in the hearts of the people among 
whom he lived will not permit the memory of his life to perish from the earth. 



ARTHUR BEAVER WESTFALL, M. D. 

Prominent among the younger physicians is Dr. Arthur B. \\'estfall. 
of the city of Lafayette, a native of Tippecanoe county, in fact a Hoosier 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 69! 

born and bred. Probably no medical practitioner in western Indiana is 
better known than Doctor Westfall, who was born September 17, i860, in 
the county in which he now resides. He is a son of a farmer, his parents 
being Joel and Amelia (Beaver) Westfall, now deceased, both widely known 
for their sterling qualities of citizenship and home kindliness. Their son 
inherited the kindliness of his parents and with energy and determination 
has risen to the fore-front of the medical profession. 

Arthur B. Westfall was educated in the district schools and entered 
Purdue University in 1878 and was a student there for two years. De- 
termined upon a career in medicine, the young man matriculated at the Ken- 
tucky School of Medicine, Louisville; Kentucky, and graduated there in 1890 
with signal honors. He then entered the practice of his profession with 
fair success. In 1896 he went to New York city where he took a post- 
graduate course in clinical medicine and surgery at the New York Post- 
graduate Medical School of that city. Completing his work there, he ar- 
ranged to attend the Metropolitan School of Medicine in London, England, 
where he took further instructions and after completing his studies returned 
to Lafayette where he has practiced his profession ever since with a degree 
of success not many young men attain. His fame as a surgeon is more 
than local, while his clientele of patients is large. He is a member of the 
American Medical Association, the Indiana Medical Association and also 
of the Tippecanoe County Medical Society. He is also examiner for the 
Federal and Equitable insurance companies and holds a high place among 
his brethren in the practice of medicine. 

Dr. Arthur Westfall was married to Ada Lang, of Cincinnati, Ohio, 
and she has taken no small part in his success. He is a member of the 
Knights of Pythias order at Lafayette and also a member of the Trinity 
Methodist Episcopal church of the same city. He and his wife are identified 
with the social side of the city as well as being interested in the work of the 
church to which they belong. Dr. Westfall has never forgotten his love for 
the farm and is the owner of considerable land in the state of Colorado. His 
career as a physician holds out an example to other young men by showing 
what pluck, perseverance and hard work will do toward ultimate success. 



HON. THOMAS W^ FIELD. 



Hon. Thomas W. Field, the present city judge of the city of Lafayette, 
was born in Wayne township, Tippecanoe county, Indiana, a son of Charles 



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A. and Frances ( Mustard ) Field. The father was a soldier during the 
Civil war period in the Union army. At the date of his death he was a 
commercial traveler, and he died when the subject of this notice was but 
about five years of age, leaving himself and a brother. Henry J- Field, to 
battle alone in the conflict of life. Indeed such men as the Judge have 
reason to appreciate the cost of that great war and of the hardships which 
its soldiery underwent for the flag of their country, for few of the men 
who wore the loyal blue from 1861 to 1865 returned in as good a physical 
condition as when they enlisted. The subject's mother is still living, a well 
preserved lady who did all within her power to rear and educate her father- 
less sons. 

After attending the public schools of his native county, young Field, 
having graduated from the high school at West Point, this county, entered 
Depauw University, at Greencastle, Indiana, and graduated from the law 
department in 1894, receiving the degree of Bachelor of Laws. He was 
admitted to the Tippecanoe county bar in 1895, opened a law office at 
Lafayette and began the practice of his chosen profession, in which he has 
made rapid progress and secured a paying business among a respectable 
class of clients. 

In his political affiliations, the Judge is a Democrat and stands well 
in his part v. In the month of November, 1905, he was elected to the city 
judgeship, his term of office beginning in September, 1906, and expires 
in January, 19 10. This is one of the political offices within Indiana which 
admits of the incumbent performing the duties devolving upon such an 
officer and at the same time practice law. He has taken advantage of this 
provision and held his office practice, while serving in the capacity of judge. 

The city of Lafayette is normally Republican by about four hundred 
majority, but Judge Field was elected as a candidate of the Democratic 
party by a majority of one thousand, one hundred thirty-one, carrj^ing 
every precinct in the city. In 1902 he was a candidate for prosecuting at- 
torney, and in 1908 a candidate against Judge De Hart, the Republican 
and successful candidate for judge of the circuit court of Tippecanoe county. 
In 1898 he was deputy county clerk, serving four years. When the office 
of city controller was established by law. he was appointed as the first city 
controller, serving ten months. 

The Judge is a member of the Jackson Club, a political organization, 
and the Lafayette Club, purely a social organization. Considering his years, 
just in life's prime, the subject is in possession of a fine legal education, a 



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lucrative practice and the incumbent of an office where good judgment and 
discretion is demanded. His many friends and admirers be:;peak for him a 
successful and long career at the bar and on the bench of his county. 



JOHN P. FORESMAN. 

The name Foresman has long been connected with the development 
and progress of Indiana and the record of the family is one which reflects 
credit upon the state. It is a well-attested maxim that the greatness of a 
country lies not in the machinery of government nor even in its institutions, 
but rather in the sterling qualities of the individual citizen, in his capacity 
for high and unselfish effort and his devotion to the public welfare. In 
these particulars, those who have borne the above name have conferred 
honor and dignity upon their county and state and as an elemental part 
of history we are pleased to record a sketch of the leading representative of 
the family with the object in view of noting his connection with the ad- 
vancement of one of the most flourishing and progressive parts of the com- 
monwealth and affording an example worthy of emulation by the young 
men whose life work is largely a matter of the future. 

John P. Foresman, who has been a life-long resident and prominent 
citizen of Tippecanoe county, is the elder of the two sons of Bennett and 
Mary (Groce) Foresman, the former born in June, 1840, in Union town- 
ship, the latter in Pickaway county, Ohio, in the month of July, 1842. 
These parents were made husband and wife at Circleville, Ohio, in October, 
1864, and later settled in Union township, where in due time Bennett Fores- 
man became one of the leading agriculturists and stock raisers in the 
county, owning at the time of his death a finely improved farm of five hun- 
dred acres, which, with other valuable property he had accumulated, made 
him one of the wealthiest men in his part of the country. With the ex- 
ception of the two years he served as county treasurer, he devoted his en- 
tire life to his chosen vocation and for many years enjoyed much more 
than local repute as a farmer and stock man, besides holding worthy pres- 
tige as an enterprising, public-spirited citizen. He died on the homestead 
in Union township, November 8. 1900, and was profoundly mourned by a 
large circle of friends and acquaintances who had learned to appreciate him 
for his sterling worth. Mrs. Foresman is still living and since the death 
of her husband has made her home in Lafayette. \\'illiam B. Foresman, the 
subject's youngest brother, is engaged in the grain business and for some 



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years has been a member of the firm of Crabbs, Reynolds, Taylor & Com- 
pany, which he represents on the road as travelling auditor. He is a man of 
family, has an extensive acquaintance in business circles, especially among 
the grain dealers of his own and other states, and stands high in the es- 
teem of the people of Lafayette and the county of Tippecanoe. 

John P. Foresman, whose birth occurred on the 3d of October, 1866, 
was educated in the public schools and Purdue University and his childhood 
and youth were spent in close touch with nature on the farm, and had a 
marked influence in developing a strong and vigorous physique, a well- 
rounded character and fitting him for the course of action to which his life 
thus far has been devoted. He early became interested in agricultural pur- 
suits and livestock and while still a mere youth began dealing in the latter 
in partnership with his brother and it was not long until they had built up 
quite an extensive and lucrative business. He has never ceased his activity 
in this regard, and, though not as extensively engaged as formerly, is still 
in touch with all matters relating to livestock, owning a number of high- 
grade animals on his beautiful farm in Union township and occupying a 
prominent place among the leading livestock dealers throughout the country. 
For some time past he has been much interested in horses, making a specialty 
of trotting stock, and now has a number of valuable animals of high 
pedigree and excellent records on the turf. He is a lover of the horse, 
an excellent judge of the animal and to his influence as much perhaps as 
to that of any other man are the farmers of Union and other townships 
indebted for the marked improvement which has recenth^ been brought 
about in their breeds of horses and other domestic stock. 

Reared on a farm and, as already indicated, an enterprising and en- 
thusiastic agriculturist, Mr. Foresman has never been indifferent to the duties 
of citizenship nor neglected informing himself upon the leading stock ques- 
tions of the day. From his youth, he has been a reader and obser\.'er and 
since attaining his majority his influence in the councils of the Democratic 
party have had much to do in shaping its policies in local matters. Until 
recently he labored diligently for the success of his party and its candidates 
with little thought of his own advancement, but in 1907 he was nominated 
for county auditor and at the ensuing election defeated his rival by a de- 
cisive majority and in due time took charge of the office, the duties of which 
he has since discharged in an eminently able and satisfactory manner. 

Mr. Foresman is a man of resourceful capacity and in the management 
of his private affairs as well as looking after the interests of the public 
in the position he so worthily fills, has demonstrated ability of a high order. 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 695 

also a faithfulness to trusts which has won the confid'^nce of his fellow 
citizens irrespective of party affiliation. As an otificial he is careful and 
obliging, discharging the duties incumbent upon him with the same thought- 
ful interest which he manifests in his business affairs, and his public career 
thus far has been above criticism, comparing favorably with that of any of 
his predecessors and proving him competent for any office within the gift 
of the people of the county. 

The married life of ]\Ir. Foresman dates from December 26, 1894, at 
which time he was united in the bonds of wedlock with Clara Kurtz, daugh- 
ter of Charles and Mary (Ruger) Kurtz, of Lafayette, where the father 
still lives, the mother being deceased. Four children have been born to 
Mr. and Mrs. Foresman, Edward Bennett, Helen Louise, William K.. and 
Mary Elizabeth, the last named dying at the tender age of four years. In 
his fraternal relations Mr. Foresman is a member of the Masonic brother- 
hood, belonging to Shawnee Lodge No. 129, at the town of Odell, which 
he has served in various ofificial capacities, and in his daily life he aims 
to exemplify the beautiful and sublime principles upon which the order is 
founded. 



THOMAS J. CLAYTON. 

The well-remembered gentleman whose name heads this brief review 
was a man well liked by a coterie of hn'al friends in the city of Lafayette 
and vicinity, and, since no small part of his success was due to the encour- 
agement and wise counsel nf his wife, the biographer takes pleasure in pre- 
senting her life record in the paragraphs that follow. 

Mrs. Emeline Clayton was born in North Carolina, June 27, 1833, the 
daughter of Benjamin and Martha (Rape!) Jackson, both natives of the old 
Tar state, where they spent their useful and honorable lives on a farm. Of 
their family of five children but two are now living, namely : John Jack- 
son, now in his eighty-second year (1909). who resides with bis sister, 
Emeline (Jackson-Miller) Clayton in Lafayette. The latter was educated in 
her native state and was married December 19, 1850, to Benjamin T. Miller, 
which union resulted in the birth of five children, all boys, of whom but three 
are now living, namely: Alonzo B. Miller, who was born January 11. 1852, 
is a mechanic and lives in Lafayette, being regarded as an expert in his line ; 
Mortimer C. Miller, who was bom February 2S, 1858. is also a very capable 
^vorkman, living in this citv. Herbert E. Miller, who was born October i;. 



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1863, is also a good tradesman and makes his home in Lafayette. After the 
death of lier first Imsljand. who was known as a man of thrift and honorahle 
principles, Mrs. Miller was married to Thomas J. Clayton. Xo children were 
born to this union. 

Mrs. Clayton was reared a Methodist, but being a deep student and a 
woman of contemplative mind, she has become a Spiritualist, as are also her 
sons and her brother. She has lived in Lafayette since 1869, and she has 
lived to note the wonderful growth of the municipality from a small village 
to its present populous and prosperous condition. She has always shov.-n an 
abiding interest in the welfare of the town and county of her adoption, and 
her influence and judicious counsel have often been sought in the promulgation 
of worthy enterprises relating to the church and charitable undertakings, as 
well as socially. She is well preserved for one of her advanced years, her 
mind being alert and active, and she is an interesting and instructive con- 
versationalist. She has always been a close observer of the trend of the times 
and has kept well abreast of the procession. She has been an excellent mother 
and neighbor and her friends are limited only by her acquaintance. 



JUDGE CHARLES HASKELL HENDERSON. 

No representative in this biographical compendium can claim worthier 
ancestors than he whose life record is briefly outlined in the following para- 
graphs, for they were pioneers of the most sterling attributes, typical repre- 
sentatives of that class of patriots that laid the foundation of our present 
great commonwealth, leaving to us a more glorious inheritance than we are 
often prone to properly consider. We first hear of Jones Henderson, who 
was born in Augusta county, Virginia, in 1785. When he was seven years 
old his parents, splendid types of old-time southern chivalry, moved to Mont- 
gomery county, Kentucky^ where they established a new home amid primitive 
conditions. In 1816 Jones Henderson married Margaret Smith, a native of 
Montgomery county, Kentucky. She was of German descent, her mother 
having been born on the Atlantic ocean while on a voyage to America. Mar- 
garet Smith was born in 1800. Jones Henderson was of Scotch-Irish par- 
entage. While he resided in the state of Kentucky, he was the owner of 
slaves, but in time he became an abolitionist, freed his women slaves and sold 
the men. He moved to Indiana in 1834, making the trip overland in wagons 
while the country was still covered with woods and swamps and the roads in 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 697 

marked contrast to our present turnpikes — in fact, the roads became impas- 
sible at Jamestown, Boone county, Indiana, and the wagons were abandoned, 
the parents and their ten children coming on to Tippecanoe county on foot 
and horseback. Thus, footsore and weary, they made their advent into this 
county in wintry weather when the outlook was anything but encouraging ; 
but, being people of heroic mould, they regarded hardships in a different 
manner than we of the present generation, and they set to work with a will, 
soon having the nucleus to a home, which they later made comfortable and 
prospered by reason of hard toil and good management. After their arrival 
here they spent the following winter in a cabin on the Conly farm, living 
there until March, 1835. I" ^^^ meantime they purchased the farm west of 
the county poor farm, containing two hundred acres, which is now owned 
by Judge Charles Haskell Henderson, the old pioneer's grandson. Jones 
Henderson and wife became the parents of twelve children, namely : Addi- 
son, Martha, John M., Joseph W., Louisa E., Susan M., Mary G., Andrew 
C, Henry O., Lewis M., James M., and Alexander H., the three last named 
having been born in Indiana. Descended from these there are forty-two grand- 
children living, one hundred and forty-six great-grandchildren, and ninety- 
three great-great-grandchildren, also three great-great-great-grandchildren. 

Charles Haskell Henderson is the son of Addison and Nancy (Clark) 
Henderson. Nancy Clark was born in Guernsey county, Ohio. With her 
parents, Joseph and Elizabeth (Albin) Clark, she moved to Blackford county, 
Indiana, where the parents spent the remainder of their lives. Joseph Clark 
was a native of Pennsylvania. Elizabeth Albin was born in Virginia, her 
father having served in the Revolutionary war and was the owner at his death 
of over four hundred acres of good land. 

Addison Henderson was a hard-working and prosperous farmer. He 
was for many years a justice of the peace, but, unlike many who have held 
that office, he nearly always remitted his fees and endeavored to settle most 
of his cases amicably if possible. He was an honorable and highly respected 
citizen in his community. 

Charles Haskell Henderson grew up on the home farm, where he laid 
the foundation for a robust manhood by assisting with the work about the 
place. Being ambitious to secure an education, he entered Purdue University 
when seventeen years of age, taking the scientific course, in which he made 
an excellent record, graduating from that institution in 1883. He early in 
life began the study of law and was admitted to the bar in 1885 and has been 
practicing in Lafayette ever since, holding high rank among the members of 
the local bar. He was city judge of Lafayette from 1888 to 1902. during 



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which period he very ably and satisfactorily attended to the duties of this 
important office, winning the approbation of not only his constituents but also 
many of other political affiliations. The Judge is a Republican in politics. He 
gives considerable attention to his fine farm, which is kept highly improved 
and from which no small part of the Judges recreation and pleasure is de- 
rived. Personally, he is sociable, generous and obliging, consequently is liked 
by all classes. 



THO^IAS W. HOGAN. 

Tlie people of this name in Lafayette are descended from a good old 
Irish family of the kind well known in the first age of internal improve- 
ments and who proved great factors in the development of the nation's natural 
resources. The founders of the Indiana branch of Hogans left their native 
county of Limerick. Ireland, about 1840 and became contractors in building 
the Erie canal. Following the line of internal improvement toward the 
West, they eventually reached Indiana in 1845, when the rage for develop- 
ment was at its height. In fact, the T. Hogan & Company Boat Line was 
well known to all who patronized the canal system from the Ohio to the 
Wabash. James Hogan, son of the original immigrants, was about eight 
years old when they came to America. He was an active business man, 
among his other ventures being that of a grain buyer, and he died August 
25, 1865. In early manhood he married Helen AlcCardle, by whom he had 
seven children. Thomas W. Hogan, one of the three of these children 
that is still living, was born at Lafayette. Indiana. January 11, 1850. He 
attended the old Southern public school and was sufficiently proficient to 
reach the eightli grade at the age of fifteen. After his father's death he 
went to work for the E. T. McFarland Drug Company at three dollars a 
week. He was, however, too bright and industrious a boy to remain long 
at that figure and it was hardly six months before we find him getting 
an increase in salary. When IMcFarland sold his store to Tinney. Mr. 
Hogan continued with the latter as travelling salesman at one hundred dol- 
lars per month until 1887, when he bought the business. In 1905 The 
Hogan Drug Company was organized, with Thomas W. Hogan. president; 
A\'. J. Hogan. vice-president, and John T. Hogan. secretary and treasurer. 
Mr. Hogan is active in many ways in the social and industrial life of Lafay- 
ette, influential in political and religious mo\-ements. and altogether a citi- 
zen of vahie in all the walks of life. He is one of the self-made men who 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 699 

has a right to be proud of the job and the jump from three dollars to pros- 
perity, and even affluence, fully displays his energy, industry and indomit- 
able resolution to succeed. In politics he is an independent Democrat, and 
was chairman of the gold Democratic committee for the tenth district in 
1896. He is one of the few Democrats chosen to represent the fourth ward 
in Lafayette, which is usually overwhelmingly Republican, and it was a 
flattering recognition of his business ability that caused him to be made 
chairman of the finance committee. j\Ir. Hogan is a stockholder in the 
Lafayette Loan and Trust Company, the Merchants' National Bank, the 
Henry Taylor Lumber Company, the Rexal Drug Company of Boston, the 
Lafayette Horse Sales Company and is developing a ranch which he owns 
in the West. Twenty-three years ago he built a residence at 313 Perrin 
avenue, in which he has ever since made his home. He is a charter member 
of the Indiana Travelling Men's Association, a member of the Lafayette 
lodge of Elks and of St. Mary's Catholic church. 

September 18, 1877, Mr. Hogan married Anna Shaughnessy, a descend- 
ant of Irish parents, by whom he has four children; John T. served as a 
member of Company C, One Hundred Sixtieth Indiana Regiment, during 
the Spanish-American war. He attended the Purdue School of Pharmacy 
and is now a partner of his father in the drug company. Alice M., Mr. 
Hogan's eldest daughter, graduated in the high school and married Walter 
Hunzicker. William J. was graduated in the Purdue School of Pharmacy in 
1906 and is a partner of his father in the drug company. Harriet B., the 
youngest of the family, is a student of domestic science at Purdue. 



SAMUEL THOMAS STALLARD. 

For a number of years an honored citizen and representative business 
man of Lafayette, Samuel T. Stallard belongs to that class of public-spirited 
men, who, while advancing individual prosperity, promote the public good 
and give a hearty and generous support to those measures and utilities which 
make for the progress of the community, the county and the state. A 
member of one of the leading law firms of Tippecanoe county and with a 
reputation far beyond the circumscribed limits of the field to which in the 
main his practice is confined, he has stamped the impress of his individuality 
upon the minds of those with whom his business has brought him into re- 
lations and made his influence felt as a leader of tbousfht and moulder 



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of opinion at a bar which has long been distinguished for the learning, pro- 
fessional ability and high personal standing of its members. 

Mr. Stallard is a native of Monroe county, Indiana, born in the city of 
Bloomington, November 7, 1841, being a son of Rev. Jacob M. and Maria 
L. (Beswick) Stallard, the father a Tennessean by birth and one of the 
ablest and best known Methodist divines of his day in the Central West, 
the mother, a native of Indiana and likewise of Methodist parentage and 
training. Rev. Jacob M. Stallard was brought to Indiana when a child and 
continued a resident of same during the remainder of his life. Entering 
the ministry of the Methodist Episcopal church in his young manhood, he 
made rapid advancement in his sacred office, served a number of circuits and 
stations in different parts of the state and by reason of his ability in the pul- 
pit and remarkable success as an organizer he was in due time promoted to 
the important position of presiding elder, being up to the time of his ap- 
pointment the youngest minister in the state to be thus honored. As a 
preacher Rev. Stallard had few equals and no superiors in the West during 
the years of his activity and usefulness and today among the most flourish- 
ing and aggressive churches in Tippecanoe and other counties are the ones 
he planted during his early ministerial labors. He came to Lafayette in 
1843, from which time until his death he was intimately associated with re- 
ligious work in this section of the state, and few Methodist divines became 
as widely known or accomplished as much in disseminating the principles 
and doctrines peculiar to the church of which he was long regarded as one 
of the strongest and most popular representatives. He had a passion for 
the cause in which he was engaged, labored unselfishly and enthusiastically 
for the good of his fellow men, hundreds of whom, through his able and elo- 
quent ministrations, were induced to abandon the paths of sin and seek the nar- 
row way that leads to life and happiness. Rev. Stallard is remembered as a 
preacher of remarkable ability and power, clear and explicit in statement, 
logical and convincing in reasoning and, possessing to a marked degree the 
talents and graces of oratory, he frequently rose to the heights of impas- 
sioned eloquence and never failed to hold the attention of the most critical 
and exacting audiences, being in his prime a master of assemblages and the 
peer of any of his contemporaries in all that constituted forensic ability 
and force. After a long and useful career, devoted to the service of his 
Master, this able and fearless champion of the cross laid down the weapon 
of warfare and entered into the rest which is prepared for those who 
persevere to the end, dying in Lafayette, in 1893, at the ripe old age of 
eighty years, his first wife preceding him to the Silent Land in 1850. Of 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. ,TOI 

their family of seven children, but two are living at this time, Robert J., 
a resident of Lafayette, and Samuel T., whose name introduces this review; 
James P., Cyrus O., William A. and Robert J., the deceased members of 
the family, grew to maturity. By a second marriage there were five off- 
spring, four of whom survive, a daughter, now Mrs. Ann Davisson, be- 
ing the only one living in Lafayette. 

Samuel T. Stallard spent his childhood and youth at the various places 
Where his father preached and after receiving a preliminary education in the 
public schools, entered the Danville Academy, which he attended until the 
breaking out of the great Civil war interfered with his studies. Actuated 
by the patriotic motives which moved the loyal sons of the North, he dis- 
continued his scholastic work in April, 1861, and enlisting in Company A, 
Fifteenth Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry, with which he gave three 
of the best years of his life to the service of his country. During this 
period he shared with his comrades all the duties and dangers through which 
his regiment passed, taking part in a number of noted engagements and 
skirmishes, including the battles of Rich Mountain, Elk Water and Green 
Brier in western Virginia, and later was with his command at Murfrees- 
boro, Champion Hill and Missionary Ridge, in the Tennessee campaign, 
receiving a gunshot wound in the right thigh in the engagement last named, 
which caused him great suffering. Upon his recovery, in June, 1864, he 
was discharged from the service, w'ith a record for brave and meritorious 
conduct of which any soldier might well feel proud, and returned to Lafay- 
ette immediately thereafter. 

Mr. Stallard, on April 30, 1867, entered the marriage relation with 
Mary Littleton, whose birth occurred at Middletown, Ohio, but who was 
brought to Indiana by her parents when quite young, the family settling 
in Tippecanoe county about the year 1846. Of the three children born of 
this union, two, a son and a daughter, are living, the older, Charles T., 
being a practicing attorney of Lafayette and associated with his father 
under the firm name of Stallard & Stallard, one of the best known and 
successful law partnerships in the city. Sadye. the daughter, married Harley 
A. Johnson, master mechanic of the Metropolitan Elevated Railroad of 
Chicago, and resides in that city, both being graduates of Purdue Univer- 
sity. 

Mr. Stallard has been an honored citizen of Lafayette nearly all of 
his life and it is needless to state that his interest in the growth of the city 
and the promotion of its various utilities and enterprises has brought him 
prominently to the front as a public spirited man of affairs. For twentv- 



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five years he was attorney of West Lafayette and, in connection with his 
profession, he has from time to time been identified with various measures 
making for the material progress of the city and the best interests of its 
populace, including among others, the \\'est Lafayette Building and Loan 
Association, in the organization of which he took a leading part and for 
twenty-eight vears he has held the office of secretary and treasurer. In 
politics he is a Republican and has long been a power in local and general 
affairs, contributing to the success of his party by his wise and judicious 
advice, as well as by his activity as a worker and leader. The family of 
which he is a creditable representati\e is a prominent and long-established 
one in Lafayette and has ever stood for honorable manhood, sterling citi- 
zenship and all that makes for correct living and high social status. His 
own life record is unclouded by wrong or suspicion of evil and, having always 
clung to whatever is of good repute, his name is regarded by those with 
whom he mingles as a synonym of upright and straightforward conduct. 

Charles T. Stallard. junior member of the law firm of Stallard & Son, 
the older of the two living children of Samuel T. and Mary E. (Lit- 
tleton) Stallard. was born in Lafayette. Lidiana. June 28. 1872. He re- 
ceived his early educational discipline in the city schools, later attended Pur- 
due University until completing the course and having decided to enter 
the legal profession, prepared himself for the same by close and critical 
study under the direction of his father. Mr. Stallard was admitted to the 
bar in 1893 and the same year became associated with his father, under 
the name of Stallard & Son, a firm as widely known in legal circles as any 
other in the city of Lafayette and eminently successful, as indicated by the 
large and steady growing practice. In his professional work, Mr. Stallard 
is careful and painstaking, loyal to the interests of his clients, a safe and 
reliable counselor, and in the trial of causes he has sustained his high repu- 
tation as an attorney when opposed by some of the oldest and strongest mem- 
bers of the Lafayette bar. His career thus far presents a series of successes 
and, judging from his advancement in the past, his friends are justified 
in predicting for him a future of still greater promise and usefulness. For 
five ye^irs Mr. Stallard has l^een attorne\- for the incorporated town of 
West Lafayette and for a period of ten years he held the office of town 
clerk, discharging the duties of both positions with credit to himself and to 
the satisfaction of the public. He is also the secretary and treasurer of the 
West Lafayette Loan Association, the success of which is largely due to 
his efforts, and for some time past he has been a member of the board of 
trustees of the Young Men's Christian Association, besides ser\-ing the same 



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very acceptably as general secretary and physical director, having been con- 
nected with the association and one of the most active and influential mem- 
bers of the association since 1889. He belongs to Purdue Grove. No. 18, 
United Ancient Order of Druids, having passed all of the chairs of the local 
lodge and served as an officer in the grand lodge of the state. He is also 
a member of the Masonic order. He is a Republican in politics and in reli- 
gion he subscribes to the Methodist creed, holding membership with the 
West Side Methodist Episcopal church of which he is a trustee. 

Mr. Stallard was married June 14, 1904, to Henrietta j\I. Cassman. 
daughter of Oliver H. Cassman, of Lafayette, the union resulting in the 
birth of two children, Oliver E. and Marietta E., both bright and interest- 
ing and adding greatly to the happiness and content of the domestic circle. 
Mrs. Stallard, like her husband, is a Methodist in belief and an esteemed 
member of the West Side church, being interested in the various lines of 
work connected with the organization and in charitable enterprises of what- 
ever name or order. 



K. T. VYVERBERG. D. O. 

The science of osteopathy has of recent years made rapid headway, and 
the practitioners of this somewhat exacting profession are finding them- 
selves in the front rank of men of science and the learned professions, with 
their patronage rapidly growing. The name that heads this biographical re- 
view is a well known one in this class and also one that stands for progress 
in all lines in Tippecanoe county. 

Dr. K. T. Vyverberg. the noted osteopathic physician of Lafayette. 
Lidiana, is a native of Sherrill, Iowa, having first seen the light of day there 
on September 27, 1877, the son of John and Caroline Vyverberg, being the 
third child in order of birth in a family of eight children. He was reared 
on the farm and assisted with the various duties incident to agricultural pur- 
suits in the great farming belt of the Hawkeye state, and there he laid the 
foundation for a healthful lx)dy and an active mind. He attended the district 
schools during the winter months until he completed the course. He then 
entered the high school at Dubuque, Iowa, from which he was graduated. He 
then returned to the farm and for several years devoted his attention to farm 
work, but on Jan^lary i, 1901, he gave way to a desire of long standing to 
enter the American School of Osteopathy at Kirksville, Missouri, and after 
pursuing a course of two years, during which time he made a verv com- 



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mendable record, he was graduated with the degree of Doctor of Osteopathy. 

Doctor \'yverberg at once located in Lafayette, Indiana, in the old Mil- 
ford block, at the corner of Fourth and Ferry streets, and later moved to 
No. 651 Main street, where he is now located. In the fall of igoC) he re- 
entered the institution from which he had graduated, taking a one-year post- 
graduate course, which placed him at the top of his profession. He now has 
a liberal patronage by the people of Lafayette and surrounding country. 

The Doctor was happily married to Nellie Hubbard, daughter of George 
and Sarah Hubbard, the representative of an excellent family of Lafayette, 
and to this union two children have been born, namely: Margaret C, born 
January 15, 1906, and George H., born November g, 1907. 

In his fraternal relations. Doctor Vyverberg is a member of the Knights 
of Pvthias, Lodge No. 72, Kirksville, Missouri, also the Atlas Club at Kirks- 
ville, Missouri, and in his church relations he supports the Presbyterian de- 
nomination, being a member of the local church and a faithful attendant upon 
the same. 

Doctor Vyverberg passed an examination in accordance with state law 
in Iowa in February, 1903, and in September of the same year he passed a 
like examination before the state board of Indiana, he being the first osteo- 
path to pass the examination in Indiana. He is a member of both the Indiana 
and American Osteopathic associations, having served as secretary of the first 
named. 



HARRY C. SENSE. 

The well-known contractor and progressive business man whose name 
introduces this biographical review and who has for many years been one of 
the leading representatives of the building trades in Tippecanoe county, is a 
descendant of an old and highly honored family, members of which have 
figured effectively in the affairs of northern Indiana since the pioneer days. 
Harrv C. Sense was born in Clinton county. Indiana, on July 16. 1866. He 
is the son of William H. and Susan (Guthrie) Sense, the former a native of 
Tippecanoe county, and the latter was born in Clinton county, this state. 
They were the parents of eleven children (li\'ing). one daughter dying in in- 
fancy, the family consisting of six sons and five daughters. Elmer F.. the 
oldest son, was born in Clinton county, Indiana ; he married Eva Harve\-. of 
^Vabash township, and they are the parents of one son. Floyd. John E. 
married Lulu Carnes, of Lafayette, and they are the parents of two sons. 




HARRY C. SENSE 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. JO$ 

Glen and Paul. Clarence married Elda (jarman, of Mulberry, this county. 
Harvey G. married Anna Jacoby, of Clinton county, and tliey are the parents 
of one son. Clifford. Ottis G. married Miss Gasman, of Lafayette, and they 
have two sons. The daughters of William H. and Susan Sense are Dora 
A., married to Charles Wakeman and reside in Millersburg, Indiana; Ella 
married Henry Haag and they reside in West Lafayette; Ada B. married 
T. \V. Lugar and reside in West Lafayette; Jessie married Robert Foster, 
of West Lafayette. Ida, at home. 

Harry C. Sense spent his early life at home and received a fairly good 
common school education. Early in 1891 he married Emma V. Click, who 
lived near Mulberry, Indiana, where her family was long well established. 
This union has resulted in the birth of two daughters, Hazel C. and Fairy 
C. ; also one son, Harlan Ray. 

Mr. Sense early in life decided to become a carpenter and builder by 
trade and he set to work to learn the same, with the result that he has become 
one of the most skillful workmen in this locality. Two of his brothers, who 
became stone-masons, and one who learned carpentry, worked with him in 
partnership, and they incorporated for the purpose of contracting and man- 
ufacturing in 1904 under the firm name of Sense Brothers Company, and 
ever since they have grown in the volume of business they carry on until 
this is one of the important firms of Tippecanoe county, doing an extensive 
business throughout this and adjoining counties. About 1906 they began 
the manufacture of cement blocks. In the fall of that year and in the spring 
of 1907 they added a planing mill and lumber yard, and in 1909 another de- 
partment was added — tin and galvanized iron. Their business in all these 
departments has steadily grown and the future outlook for the firm is de- 
cidedly encouraging. They have handled some large jobs and their work 
has always been eminently satisfactory, owing to their skill and the high 
grade material they use, together with their strict honesty in dealing with 
the public. 

Members of this family all grew up in Tippecanoe county and the 
brothers began making preparation to learn useful trades, and while working 
on the farm which their father rented they often discussed the various phases 
of the building trades. This farm was located in Perry township, near 
Monitor. 

Their father, William H. Sense, started a tile factory about. 1881 or 1882 

on the farm which he worked, but he sold the tile factory about 1883 and 

moved to Wabash township, north of Octagon, buying a tile factory there 

which he managed successfullv for four or fi\-e vears. then sold it and pur- 

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chased a farm in the same township. Then Harry C. Sense went to Mul- 
berry and began learning the carpenter trade. After working at this trade 
for two years he began contracting in a small way and, seeking a larger field 
for his operations, he came to Lafayette, where he has since continued with 
unabated success. 

Mr. Sense is a man of excellent business ability, exercising rare sound- 
ness of judgment and foresight and the fact that he has built up an extensive 
and well patronized business from a very small beginning is evidence of his 
industry and integrity. 



FRANK KIMMEL. 



Frank Kimmel, prosecuting attorney of the twenty-third judicial dis- 
trict and one of the leading members of the Lafayette bar, is a native of 
Tippecanoe county, Indiana, and a son of John and Tinnie (Newman) Kim- 
mel, the father born in Germany, but since childhood a resident of the 
county of Tippecanoe, where he is now engaged in business. 

Louis Kimmel, the subject's grandfather, was reared in the old country, 
but when his son John was about four years old immigrated to the L'nited 
States and settled at Lafayette, Indiana, where he engaged in business and 
in due time became one of the influential men of the city. At the breaking 
out of the Civil war, he went to the front as captain of a company recruited 
in Lafayette and served in that capacity until the cessation of hostilities. 
Later, in 1871-72, 1877-78-79-80, he was elected mayor and held the office 
with great credit. During the administration of President Benjamin Harri- 
son, Captain Kimmel was assistant United States marshal, with headquar- 
ters at Washington, D. C, and he was also in the government service for 
some time in Alaska, besides filling various other official posts. After a 
long and eminently useful career, Captain Kimmel discontinued active pur- 
suits and for some years past has been living a life of honorable retirement 
in the national capital, having reached the ripe old age of eighty-twD 
years, but retaining to a marked degree the possession of his faculties, both 
physical and mental. 

John Kimmel, father of the subject, has spent all but four years of 
his life in Lafayette and in point of continuous service is one of the city's 
oldest and most enterprising business men. He has been engaged in the 
book and stationery business for over thirty-five }ears, during which time 
he has built up a flourishing establishment and in the lines of goods iiandled 



TIPPECANOE COUNTYj IND. 70jr 

commands the largest patronage in the city. For a number of j-ears he has 
been active in promoting the progress of the community, served on the 
county committee from 1885 to 1890, inclusive, and has always manifested 
a lively interest in those measures and enterprises having for their object 
the good of his fellowmen. 

John and Tinnie Kimmel are the parents of three children, the sub- 
ject being the oldest of the family; Estella, the second of the number, is still 
at home, and John, Jr., the youngest, is assistant division engineer of the 
Missouri Pacific Railroad, with headquarters at Little Rock, Arkansas. 

Frank Kimmel, whose birth occurred at Lafayette, on May 25, 1876, 
was reared in his native city and, after finishing the course of the graded 
schools, entered Purdue University, where he pursued his literary studies for 
a period of two and one-half years, when he became a student of the law 
department of the University of Michigan. Entering the latter institution 
in 1898, he applied himself diligently until completing the prescribed course 
and receiving his degree in 1901, following which he practiced law one year 
in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and then returned to Lafayette, where he soon 
built up a lucrative professional business. He served five years as United 
States commissioner and in 1908 was elected prosecuting attorney of the 
twenty-third judicial circuit, for a term of four years, the duties of which 
position he has since discharged with commendable ability, proving a very 
capable and judicious ofificial, earnest and untiring in his efforts to uphold 
the dignity of the law and bring the violators to the bar of justice, though 
not lacking in the elements of sympathy and charity in cases where circum- 
stances rather than intentions lead to the commission of crime. 

Mr. Kimmel is well grounded in the principles of jurisprudence and 
stands today among the leading lawyers at a bar which from the beginning 
has enjoyed wide reputation for the commanding ability of its members. In 
the trial cases he is careful and easily perceives the weak points in the po- 
sition of his adversaries and before courts and juries frequently wins ver- 
dicts by clear, cogent argument, which at times rises to the impassioned and 
eloquent, but always logical and convincing. Mr. Kimmel is a Republican 
and as such has rendered valuable services to his party in a number of 
campaigns, being wise in council, judicious in leadership and an untiring 
and influential worker. Capt. Louis Kimmel, his grandfather, was one of 
the original Republicans of Indiana and a leader in the organization of the 
party in Tippecanoe county, all of his male descendants being loyal to the 
principles which he espoused and among the most active and influential local 
politicians in the city of Lafavette. 



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Mr. Kimniel has one of the finest collections of law books in the 
city and when not otherwise engaged finds his greatest pleasure in poring 
over their contents, thus adding to his legal lore and fitting himself for 
greater efficiency in his chosen field of endeavor. His acquaintance with 
the world's best literature is also general and profound and his library large 
and carefully selected. Socially, he belongs to the Lincoln Club, a popular 
political organization composed of the leading young Republicans of Lafay- 
ette; he is also identified with the Lafayette Club and holds membership 
with Lodge No. 143, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. 



ALBERT R. JAMISON. 

Albert R. Jamison, of the mercantile house of Jamison Brothers, La- 
fayette, is a native of Tippecanoe county, Indiana, born in the township of 
Tippecanoe on June 25, 1847. John W. Jamison, his father, was a Kentuckian 
by birth, and his mother, who bore the maiden name of Prudence Wright, was 
born in Maryland. These parents became residehts of Tippecanoe county 
as early perhaps as 1832 and were married in Tippecanoe township, where 
their respective families located on moving to their new home, in what was 
then a somewhat wild and undeveloped country. John W. Jamison died 
]March 28, 1876, at the age of fifty years, and his wife died September 21. 
1903. 

Of the eleven children born to John W. Jamison and his wife Prudence 
all but one are living, their names being, in order of birth, as follows : 
Albert R., of this review; James W. ; George A.; Oliver P.; Charles B. ; 
Anna, widow of John N. Jackson; Nancy M., wife of Sylvester Jackson; 
Belle Zora ; Clarence F. and Frank B. Four of the brothers are associated in 
the mercantile business, under the firm name of Jamison Brothers, viz. : Al- 
bert R., George A., Charles B. and Clarence F., the house of w-hich they are 
the head being the largest of the kind in Lafayette and one of the most 
successful in the state. 

The mercantile business conducted by this well known and popular firm 
was established November 5, 1879, by Albert R. Jamison, who, w-ith about 
four hundred dollars capital, began in a modest way to deal in hardware, 
harness, etc., and it was not long until his trade w-as such as to render 
necessary the enlargement of the facilities, his patronage from the first far 
surpassing his expectations. Increasing the stock to meet the demand of 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 709 

his patrons and from time to time adding to tlie nnmber of tiis salesmen, he 
kept pace with the city's advancement in mercantile interests, until within a 
few years his store became one of the most successful of its kind in the 
city and gave him prestige in business circles, here and elsewhere. Without 
following in detail the rise and subsequent development of this large and 
far-reaching enterprise, suffice it to say that during the first twelve years the 
business grew so rapidly in volume and importance that at the expiration 
of the period indicated it was deemed prudent to increase the capital and 
perfect a more thorough organization. Accordingly, on December i, 1891, 
the company was incorporated, with a capital of twenty-six thousand dollars 
and given the name of Jamison Brothers, by which it has since been desig- 
nated, the subject's three younger brothers having become partners in the 
meantime. Since the latter date the progress of the firm has been un- 
impeded and its success most gratifying, as the present flourishing condi- 
tion abundantly attests, the invoiced stock on January i. 1909. amounting 
to. fifty-eight thousand, nine hundred and seventy dollars and the standing 
of the firm all that the proprietors or their friends could reasonably desire. 
The Jamison Brothers carry full and heavy lines of general hardware, 
harness, carriages, buggies and other vehicles, agricultural implements and 
machinery and various other articles, the building in which the business is 
conducted being admirably arranged and equipped and, to keep pace with 
the demands of the trade, a force of fourteen men in the various depart- 
ments is required. The building up of such a large and satisfactory busi- 
ness bespeaks sound judgment and ability of a high order, both of which, 
with other admirable characteristics, are possessed by the senior member, 
to whom is due much of the success which the firm has attained and which 
it now enjoys. He is a man of large executive capacity, thoroughly versed 
in the multifarious principles of the lines of business to which the greater 
part of his life has been devoted and. as already indicated, he occupies a 
position of prominence and influence among the leading merchants of La- 
fayette, as well as a place in the front rank of the county's representative 
citizens. He h.is all the distinctive American mterest in public afifairs. is in 
full sympathy with the spirit of the times and for many years has been 
active in promoting the material progress of the city and the local and moral 
advancement of his fellowmen. Like his honored father, he gives consid- 
erable attention to political matters and votes the Republican ticket, but 
his business has been of such a character as to prevent him from becoming 
a politician or aspiring to the honors and emoluments of office. 



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The married life of Air.' Jamison dates from September 30. 1869, at 
which time he was united in the bonds of wedlock with Zelina M. Pierce, 
of Tippecanoe county, Indiana, the union being blessed with five children, 
viz: Fred W., a travelling salesman, living in Lafayette; Alpha P., a 
professor in the engineering department of Purdue University; Charles R., 
imnager of a department of the Berger Manufacturing Company of Can- 
ton, Ohio; Olive M., wife of Richard Williams, of Indianapolis, and Mabel 
P., now Mrs. Dean K. Chadbourne, of West Lafayette. Mr. Jamison has 
always been a friend of higher education and it is a matter of no little grati- 
fication and pride for him to know that all of his children received their 
training in Purdue and earned honorable records in their respective classes. 
In his religious belief he is a Baptist, as are all the members of his family, 
and for a number of years himself and wife have been esteemed members 
of the First church of that faith in the city of his residence. 



DANIEL P. FLANAGAN. 

For ten years a member of the Tippecanoe county bar, Daniel P. 
Flanagan not only ranks among the leading lawyers of the city in which 
he resides, but has also won an honorable place among the distinguished 
lawyers of his native state. In no profession is there a career more open 
to talent than in that of the law and in no field of endeavor is there demanded 
a more careful preparation, a more thorough appreciation of the ethics of 
life or of the underlying principles which form the basis of all human 
rights and privileges. Unflagging application, intuitive wisdom and a de- 
termination fully to utilize the means at hand are the concomitants which in- 
sure success and prestige in this great profession which stands as the stern 
conservator of justice, and it is a calling into which none should enter 
without a recognition of the obstacles to be overcome and the battles to be 
won, for success and distinction come only as the legitimate reult of capacity 
and unmistaken ability. Such elements have entered into the successful 
career of Mr. Flanagan, who, though not so long in the practice as some 
of his contemporaries, has attained a high standing at the local bar and else- 
where and is accounted one of the most successful practitioners in the city 
of his residence. 

A native of Tippecanoe county, Indiana. Mr. Flanagan was born in 
Lafavette on the 4th of March, 1876, and is the sixth of the nine living chil- 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 71 1 

dren of Patrick and j\Iary (Ryan) Flanagan, natives of Ireland. These 
paren.ts were born, reared and married in county Limerick and shortly after 
the birth of their eldest son, immigrated to the United States, coming almost 
direct to Tippecanoe county, where Michael Flanagan, a brother of Patrick, 
was then living and where four of the latter's children still reside. The 
family of Patrick and Mary Flanagan at this time consists of the follow- 
ing sons and daughters: David, the only one born in the old country; 
Margaret, who married Charles Stefifen; Kate, wife of Timothy Sullivan; 
Bridget, now Mrs. James T. Martin; John, Daniel P., Patrick. Jr., Michael, 
and Mary, who is the wife of John Dolman, the subject being the only mem- 
ber of the family to enter professional life. 

Daniel P. Flanagan was educated in St. Ann parochial school and the 
Union Business College of Lafayette and studied law under the direction 
of Will R. Wood, in whose office he continued until his admission to the 
bar in 1899. In that year he engaged in the practice at Lafayette and in due 
time gained recognition as an able, energetic and honorable attorney, with 
the result that his business continued to grow until he found himself on the 
high road to professional and financial success. During the first three 
vears he built up a large and lucrative practice, and in November, 1902, 
he was nominated and elected prosecuting attorney of ihe twenty-third judi- 
cial circuit, making the race as a Republican and defeating his Democratic 
competitor by a handsome maojrity. His own ward, which was nominally 
Democratic by a majority of two hundred and fifty, cast two hundred and 
seventeen votes more for him than for his rival, and in 1904, when he stood 
for re-election, he received in the same ward a majority of two hundred and 
twelve, the largest vote given a Republican candidate in that part of the 
city in fifty years. 

Mr. Flanagan's growing success in the general practice enabled him to 
enter upon his official duties with assurance of success, and it is freelv admit- 
ted that the district has never had an abler or more energetic and faithful 
prosecutor. Unremitting in his efiforts to enforce the law and mete out 
justice to ofifenders, he brought many to trial and secured their conviction 
and during his incumbency of four years his name became a terror to the 
criminal classes, and infractions of the law were less frequent, until reduced 
to the lowest minimum in the history of the circuit. 

Since his retirement from the ofifice of prosecutor, Mr. Flanagan has 
devoted himself closely to his constantly increasing general practice and now^ 
commands a very extensive business which is as successful financially as pro- 
fessionally. From the beginning his patronage steadilv grew as he demon- 



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strated his ability to handle with masterful skill the intricate problems oi 
jurisprudence and he now has a large and representative clientele which 
connects him with some of the most important litigation in the courts of 
his own and other counties. In addition to his activity and advancement in 
his profession, he has also been an influential factor in politics, being recog- 
nized as an able exponent of the principles of the Republican party. With 
the exception of the office of prosecuting attorney, lie has held no public 
positions, but in campaign years he labors as earnestly for his party's candi- 
date as he would for himself. 

Mr. Flanagan is a married man. his wife having formerly been Mary 
J. Straitman, a native of Lafayette, and a daughter of William and Frances 
Straitman, the father a mechanic and well known resident of this city, dying 
several vears ago. In his religious belief Mr. Flanagan is a Catholic; he 
was born and reared in the mother church and has never . faltered in his 
loyalty to its teaching, being at this time a member of St. Ann's parish, 
under the pastorate of Rev. M. J. Byrne, and an earnest worker in its various 
lines of activitv. Mrs. Flanagan is also identifiecl with the same church. 
Fraternally, the subject holds membership with the Benevolent and Protective 
Order of Elks, the Independent Order of Red Men, the Ancient Order of 
Hibernians, the Catholic Order of Foresters, and the Lafayette Club, a social 
organization made up of the leading young men of tlie city. Mr. Flanagan 
is public-spirited in .all the term implies, has ever l)een interested in enter- 
prises tending to promote the general welfare and withholds his support from 
no movement for the good of the city, county or state. His personal rela- 
tions with his fellowmen have ever been mutually pleasant and agreeable, and 
lie is highly regarded socially, being easily approachable and a good mixer. 



WILLIAM KIXG ROCHESTER. 

W^illiam King Rochester, to whom Lafayette was largely indebted for 
its growth and enterprise before the Ci\il war. was born May 3. 1822, id 
Columbus, Ohio. His ancestry traces back to 1558. when the family was 
allowed or confirmed the coat of arms described in the Heralds visitations 
of the counties of Kent and Essex. England, as "Or a fesse between three 
cresents sa." Nicholas Rochester, born in 1640, in the county of Kent, 
England, emigrated in 1689 to the colony of Virginia, bringing his wife and 
son William. He bought a plantation bordering Westmoreland and Rich- 




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TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 713 

niond counties; his descendants lived there into the nineteentli centun-. tlie 
last being Jeremiah Rochester, grandfather of Wilham King Rochester. 
His fatlier, Ximrod Rochester, was born on the old homestead, still stand- 
ing in excellent condition with the initials "W. R. 1746" cut in a broad 
brick in the chimney corner, the home of William Rochester, father of Jere- 
miah and grandson of Nicholas. In 181 7. Xinu-od Rochester, in company 
with Thomas Howe, came north to Chiilicothe, Ohio, and on December 2Cth 
was united in marriage to Jane King, whose family in the beginning of the 
century had moved there from Burlington county. New Jersey. They went 
to Columbus. Ohio, to li\e and there their seven children v-ere horn. mm;lv. 
William. Mary. Sarah. Jeremiah. Hannah Jane, Ximrud and Geiirge. 'Sir. 
Rochester returned but unce to \'irginia. at the time of his father's death, 
in 1827. He and his son Jeremiah died of cholera, during the epidemic in 
Augiist, 1833. Three years l?ter George King, Esq., of Chillic-the, brought 
his sister and her children to Lafayette where relatives had preceded them. 
In 1836 Mrs. Rochester bought the home on Fourth street, opposite the 
little church where Henry Ward Beecher preached. William King Rochester 
later had his own residence built on the site of his mother's cottage. At an 
early age he was able to undertake the support of his mnther's fatnily. He 
continued his education with pri\ate instructors and in a few years sent his 
younger sisters to Wesleyan C( Ilege at Cincinnati, Ohio, where Sarah Ro- 
chester and Lucy \\'ebb. afterwards wjfe of President Rutherford Hayes. 
were room-mates. Mr. Rochester's talents as a business man were employetl 
chiefly in buying and selling real estate. He was a director of the first Ijank 
organized in Lafayette, the Branch of the State Bank of Indiana. In politics, 
Mr. Rochester was an active member of the ^^'hig party, and in 1851. while 
chairman of the county central committee, was jnit forward bv them as can- 
didate for congress, but he afterwards withdrew from tlie race. In 18^8. 
being desirous to have certain beneticiary legislation enacted, he became a 
candidate for state senator. The election resulting in a tie, a special election 
was held in which his Democratic o])|X)nent won. 

On .April 5. 1854. Mr. Rochester married Madeline DuTiel. a descend- 
ant of Charles Francis DuTiel, a royalist, who in 17Q0 was compelled to 
flee from France to escape the revolutionists, and together with a number 
of compatriots came to .America and were deeded by this government a 
large tract of land in Scioto county, Ohio, called the French Grant. They 
founded the city of Gallipolis, Ohio. 

W^illiam King Rochester died May 23. 1862. The following, copied 
from an editorial in the l.afaycttc Courier at the time of his death, shows the 
esteem in which he was held by his contemporaries: 



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"\V. K. Rochester, Esq., whose serious iUness we announced yesterday, 
expired fifteen minutes to twelve today. The deceased was just forty years 
old. in the prime of his life, and we speak the universal sentiment at large 
in recording his untimely end as a great calamity to Lafayette. That in- 
domitable energA' which was his distinguished characteristic, united to a 
vigor of mind and a practical business capacity, made success in all his un- 
dertakings a foregone conclusion and as the result of active application ex- 
tending through a period of twenty-five years, he had acquired a large amount 
of property and was on the high road to wealth and independence. Contrary 
to a general rule and in vindication of his nobility of soul, his heart ex- 
panded with his prosperity, and many a poor family in Lafayette today 
mourns the loss of a friend and benefactor; cheap homes for the homeless, 
was the philanthropic idea which inspired his enterprise. The neat, com- 
fortable homesteads which, counted by the hundreds, grace his several addi- 
tions to the city, as well as the public movements with which he was identi- 
fied, are enduring monuments and will keep green his memory for many 
years to come." 

Mr. Rochester was survived by his wife and three daughters : Mary, 
born April 4, 1862, died April 19. 1867; Ada. born June 23. 1856, married 
February 20, 1892, to Judge Albert Duy Thomas, of Crawfordsville ; Eliza- 
beth, born June 22, 1858. married July 13, 1881, to Samuel Probasco Baird; 
Mrs. Baird died May 27. 1903. at Berne, Switzerland, and is survived by 
Mr. Baird and their son. Rochester Baird. born September 19, 1882, now 
one of the younger members of the Lafayette bar. Mrs. William King 
Rochester died August 27, 1901. 



WILLIAM J. ROSEBERY. 

Eew citizens of Tippecanoe county are as widely and favorably known as 
\\'illiam J. Rosebery. the oldest real estate dealer in Lafayette and one of 
the citv's most useful and highly esteemed men. His life has become a part 
of the history of the community in which he has made his home for many 
years, and his long and honorable business career has brought him before 
the public in such a way as to gain the esteem and confidence of his fellow- 
m^n and give him a reputation such as few of his contemporaries have at- 
fined. Keen perception, tireless energy and honesty of purpose, combined 
with mature judgment and every-day common sense, have e\er been among his 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY^ IND. 715 

most prominent characteristics, and while laboring for individual sticcess and 
for the material interests of the community, he has also been largely instru- 
mental in promoting the moral welfare of those with whom he has mingled. 

U'illiam J. Rosebery was born near Charleston, V^irginia, on the 15th 
day of June, 1836, but in the fall of the same year he was brought to Indiana 
by his parents and, with the exception of two years, has since lived in 
Tippecanoe county. The father, Joshua Rosebery, was born in Maryland, 
of German parentage, grew to maturity in the city of Baltimore and in early 
life became a planter, though not a slave holder. He married, in Virginia, 
Rebecca Bell and shortly after the birth of his second child moved to Clinton 
county, Indiana, and settled at a place then known as Prairieville, about a 
mile east of the present town of Clark's Hill, Two years later he came to 
Tippecanoe county, where he engaged in agriculture, about one mile west of 
the village of Wyandotte. After residing in that locality until the death of 
his wife, some time in the early sixties, he went to live with his son, of whose 
home he continued an inmate until his death, in 1870, at the age of sixty-five, 
his wife having been fifty years old at the time of her demise. Joshua and 
Rebecca Rosebery were the parents of five children, three sons and two 
daughters, two of whom are living, the subject of this sketch being the 
second one in order of birth. George, who was the oldest of the family and 
a farmer by occupation, joined the Fortieth Regiment Indiana Volunteer 
Infantry, at the beginning of the late Civil war, but by reason of disability 
was obliged to quit the service before the expiration of his period of enlist- 
ment. He never reco\ered from the sickness incurred while in the army, 
dying a few years after his discharge and lea\-ing a family consisting of a 
wife and son and three daughters. Frances, the third in succession, married 
a J\lr. Saylors and is living in Howard county, this state; Jane, who also 
resided in Howard county, was twice married, her second husband being 
Andrew J. Harness. Joshua, the youngest of the family, a married man 
and the father of one daughter, departed this life in Texas, at the age of 
thirty-five. 

The early life of William J. Rosebery was spent in this county and 
until the age of nineteen he lived on his father's farm and assisted in culti- 
vating the same. The first school he attended was taught by his aunt. Miss 
Mary Bell, who used for the purpose the upper room of his father's dwelling, 
the school being supported by subscription and patronage by the few families 
living in the vicinity. Following this, he attended other subscription schools 
in the neighborhood, later became a pupil of the public schools, in wliich he 
fiin'shed the common branches, and then entered the high school at Davton 



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where he completed his educational experience with a fair knowledge of the 
more advanced C(xirses of study. In 1855. when hut nineteen years of age, 
he was appointed bv John W. Martin deputy county treasurer, and served 
under that gentleman for a period of two years and served four years in the 
same capacitv under Salem F. Fry. his successor, during which time he dis- 
charged his duties with such efficiency as to Ijring his name prominently 
before the Republican party as an available candidate for the ofifice when 
his principal's term should expire. When the convention assembled he w-as 
the choice of the majority of the delegates and at the ensuing election, in 
i860, he defeated his competitor by a handsome vote and during the four 
years ensuing filled the oiifice with credit to himself and to the satisfaction 
of the people of the county, proving a very capable and obliging official and 
comparing favorably with the oldest of his predecessors. 

.\t the expiration of his term as treasurer. Mr. Rosebery, at the earnest 
solicitation of his successor, continued two years longer as the latter's deputy, 
making a total of twelve consecutive years in the ofifice. during which period 
he rendered a faithful account of his stewardship and retired with the confi- 
dence and gocd will of his fellow citizens, irrespective of political affiliation. 
Shortlv after resigning his deputyship. ]Mr. Rosebery became associated 
with Messrs. Daggett, Potter and Martin in the manufacturing of flour and 
linseed oil. The firm thus constructed operated a large mill and did an ex- 
tensive business until the financial stringency of 1873 interfered very ma- 
teriallv with the enterprise. Six years later the business was practically 
ruined bv a destructive fire, which swept away the entire mill property. The 
loss sustained was alnvist total and resulted in the firm being driven into 
bankruptcy, as the only means of winding up its affairs. 

Following this disaster. Mr. Rosebery accepted the position of deputy 
county auditor, under Primus P. Culver, with whom he served two years, and 
he also continued in the same capacity during the two succeeding terms under 
his successors. Johnson and Barnes, a total of eight years in the office, with 
the duties of which he became thoroughly familiar, conducting himself in this, 
as in his funm-r official relations, with an eye single to the interests of the 
public. At the expiration of the period indicated Mr. Rosebery resigned his 
position and >htirtlv thereafter opened a real estate, loan and insurance office, 
to which line of business he has since devoted him.self, building up a large and 
lucrati\e practice in the meantime and taking high rank among the city's most 
enterjjrising men and public-spirited citizens. He has been in his present 
business since 1883. a period of twenty-six years, during which time he has 
becoiue widely and favorablv known, doing a \ery satisfactory business in the 



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buying, selling and trading of property in the city and county, and command- 
ing a very extensive patronage throughout Indiana and other states. Besides 
keeping pace in the matter (^f loans and insurance with the most successful 
of his competitors, he is at this time the oldest real estate dealer in Lafayette 
and his many years of strenuous endeaxor have resulted in the comfortable 
competency which he has accumulated for his declining years, also in the hon- 
orable position he has attained in the esteem and confidence of his fellowmen. 

Mr. Rosebery, on August 2. 1859. contracted a matrimonial alliance with 
Mary .Martin, of Lafayette, daughter of John \V. and Sina (Lewis) Martin, 
the father at one time treasurer of Tippecanoe county, and it was during his 
term that his future son-in-law acted as deputy in the office. Four sons and 
the same number of daughters have been born to ]Mr. and Mrs. Rosebery, 
namely: Henrietta H. ; Clara B.. her father's assistant; Sina. wife of Edgar 
B. Jameson, a grain dealer of Lafayette; William J., a salesman of machinery; 
John M. ; Robert P., a telegraph operator, also a dealer in grain at Gibson 
City, Illinois ; J. Wallace, who is engaged in the heating and lighting business 
at Gary, this state, and Mary, a young lady, who is still a member of the home 
circle. The family are members of the First Baptist church of Lafayette, and 
in his political faith Air. Rosebery has been a life-long Republican, casting his 
first presidential ballot in i860 for Abraham Lincoln. The subject and his 
w ife celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of their marriage August 2, 1909. All 
of their eight children are living and doing well in their respective spheres of 
activity and the home is frequently cheered by the presence of six grandchil- 
dren, all bright and interesting, with doubtless many years of usefulness before 
them. 

Mr. Rosebery was a firm anil uncompromising friend of the Union during 
the Ci\il war and served a short time as a soldier, when Indiana was being 
invaded by the Confederates under General John Morgan. During the period 
of enlistment his principal duty consisted in patrolling the Ohio river, between 
the cities of New Albany and Cairo on the steamboat ram "Hornet," but when 
the presence of the enemy was no longer feared he received his discharge, there 
being no further need of his services. 

In closing this review of one of Lafayette's most highly respected citizens, 
it is deemed proper to place before the reader certain facts which by reason of 
becoming modesty, he might prefer to remain unsaid, but which, in order to 
afford a true insight into his character and furnish an example worthy of emu- 
lation by a young man just entering the struggle of life, are eminently worthy 
of record in this connection. When the financial disaster, previously men- 
tioned, befell him in the milling business and the firm was forced into bank- 



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ruptcy. yir. Rosebery, thougli relieved by due process of law from any legal 
obligation to pay such debts as were thus barred, felt that a moral obligation 
obtained, a conclusion shared by his wife. Accordingly they disposed of all of 
their property, ignoring the wife's dower rights, and by strict economy finally 
succeeded in settling the indebtedness to the last dollar. This magnanimous 
act is worthy of all praise and in all probability it was the nucleus to an era 
of prosperity in future years, which has placed the worthy couple in comfort- 
able circumstances, free from the embarrassing thought of having wronged 
any man, even through the technicalities of the law. 

As already stated, the Roseberys are among Lafayette's most honored and 
esteemed families, a distinction accorded them not in recognition of great 
wealth, exalted literary attainments or brilliant social prestige, but because of 
sterling worth, peaceful and happy home life, filial affection, the domestic 
allurements and, above all, by the determination to deal justly by all men and 
to lay up treasures for another and happier sphere of existence. 



DARIUS H. FRAZER. 

An honorable representative of one of the esteemed families of Tippe- 
canoe county and a gentleman of high character and worthy ambition, the 
subject of this sketch fills no small place in the public view, as the important 
official positions he has held since 1895 bear witness. Benjamin Franklin 
Frazer, the subject's father, was born in \Mieeling, West \'irginia. He 
married Mary McDill, of Ross county, Ohio, and came to Indiana a number 
of years ago, settling in Tippecanoe county, where his death occurred when 
his son Darius was about three years old. Mrs. Frazer, who was born No- 
vember 30, 1 81 6, bore her husband four children, and departed this life on 
the 2d day of June, 1882. Of the family of this worthy couple two are 
living at the present time, viz. : ISIaria, wife of Simeon S. Sims, of Indian- 
apohs, and the subject of this review. Elizabeth died when a young woman 
twenty-six years old, and Eliza was called away at the age of twenty, Darius 
H. being the youngest of the family. 

Darius H. Frazer was born August 14, 1853, in Tippecanoe county, 
Indiana, spent his early years on the family homestead in Wabash township 
and grew to manhood with well defined ideas of life and its duties and re- 
sponsibilities. In his youth he attended the district school near his home 
until obtaining a practical knowledge of the English branches, and as soon 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 719 

as old enough was taught the lessons of industry and thrift on the home 
farm, which he helped to cultivate and which has been in the family name 
ever since purchased by his father many years ago. On reaching the years 
of manhood, Mr. Frazer assumed the management of the farm and in due 
time became one of the leading agriculturists and stock raisers of Wabash 
township, which representation he still retains. He now owns the home place, 
a beautiful and highly productive farm of one hundred and tifty-two acres, 
on which are some of the best improvements in the locality and which he 
cultivates by means of hired help, the man under whose personal supervision 
it is now operated having been in his employ for twenty-five years. Mr. 
Frazer has been active in politics ever since attaining his majority, and for 
twenty-five years has wielded an influence for the Republican party second 
to that of few of his contemporaries. ■ He early became familiar with the 
history of parties and their principles and has always been in touch with 
the leading questions and issues of the day, on all of which he keeps himself 
well informed and abreast of the times. For a number of years he has been a 
potent factor in local affairs and a leader of his party in \\'abash township, 
where he served very acceptably as trustee, filling the office five years and 
three months and discharging the duties of the same in a manner highly satis- 
factory to his constituents. He also held the position of supervisor for five 
years, during which time he was untiring in his efforts to improve the public 
highways of his jurisdiction and afford an example much to their credit. In 
1906 he was considered the most available Republican in the county for 
sherifif, and in the convention of that year he easily led all competitors and 
received the nomination, his triumphant election following. Since taking 
charge of the office, Mr. Frazer has been unremitting in his duties, proving 
a capable and popular sheriff, determined in his efforts to enforce the law 
and bring its violators to justice. That he has proved an efficient and good 
sheriff is attested by the fact that at the close of his first term he was re-nomi- 
nated and re-elected, defeating a popular competitor and carrying much more 
than the normal strength of the Republican ticket in the year 1908. The 
better to discharge his official functions, he moved in 1906 to the county 
seat, but, as already stated, still gives personal attention to his agricultural 
interests, carefully looking after the management of his farm. 

Mr. Frazer is a splendid type of the intelligent, up-to-date American, 
in the full sense of the term a man of the people with their interests at heart. 
As a citizen he is progressive and abreast of the times in all that concerns 
the common weal. .Mthnugb a partisan, with strong convictions and well 
defined o|)iniijns on questions concerning which men and parties divide, he 



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has the esteem and contidence of the people of the community, and liis per- 
sonal friends are as the numl3er of his acquaintances, regardless of party 
ties. 

The domestic chapter of Mr. Frazer's life dates from 1882, on March 
6th of which year he was married to Artentia Surface, daughter of Samuel 
and Nancy Surface, a native of Cass county. Indiana, a union blessed with 
five children, viz. : Mary, who married John Mantle, and lives on a farm 
in Wabash township: Frank, formerly a turnkey of the county jail and at 
present a conductor on the street railway: he, too, is married, his wife having 
formerlv been Anna Brown, of Lafayette : Margaret, the third child in order 
of birth, died at Marcelline. Missouri, August 8, 1907, at the age of twenty- 
two ; Homer is a street car conductor ; and Lillian is the wife of Albert Ross, 
residing in West Lafayette. !Mr. Frazer and family are members of the 
Methodist Episcopal church, active in religious duties and liberal in con- 
tributing to the spread of the gospel, at home and in heathen lands. Socially, 
they are greatly esteemed, and since moving to Lafayette have made many 
acquaintances and warm friends among the best people of the city. 



M. M. LAIRY. yi. D. 

Dr. M. AL Lairv, who by the inherent force of his own industry and 
determination has achievetl success in his chosen profession, and who is now 
one of the highly honored practicing physicians of the thriving city of Lafay- 
ette, justly demands recognition in the annals of his county and the following 
sketch will present a brief review of his career. 

The Doctor was born October 6. 1863, the sen of Alexander and ]\Lary A. 
(Tsley) Lairy, both of whom were natives of Ohio and by their respective par- 
ents were brought to Tippecanoe county, Indiana, when they were yet in child- 
hood. The father died when the subject of this notice was a mere child, after 
which the lad had to make his way through life unaided by the care and sup- 
port usually afforded a son. He remained on a farm until sixteen years of 
age. when he had received a district school education. He was imbued with a 
laudable ambition, however, to accomplish something among the ranks of his 
fellowmen, and had frequent visions of a professional career. It was in 1879 
when he entered the Collegiate Institute at Battle Ground, Indiana, and some- 
time later became a student at' the State L'niversity at Bloomington, Indiana, 
when within one year of graduation, he was greatly disappointed at finding 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. J2\. 

that on account of sickness and close confinement he was compelled to leave 
his classes. But after a short time engaged at other work, he was so far re- 
covered that he was permitted to engage in teaching school, w'hich profession 
he followed for four years, during which period he met with a gratifying suc- 
cess as an instructor. ^Meanwhile he had commenced the study of medicine 
under Dr. William S. Walker, of Lafayette, and subsequently he matriculated 
at the Kentucky School of Medicine, at Louisville, from which most excellent 
institution he graduated in 1892. But wishing to be fully posted along lines 
not already covered in his medical course, he took a year's course in the Indi- 
ana ]\Iedical College, at Indianapolis, from which he graduated in 1893, after 
which he immediately came to Lafayette and established himself in practice. 
His success has been a marked one from the first, his large patronage including 
many of the best families within the city. He is a thorough reader of medical 
literature and keeps fully abreast with the times in which he lives, and also 
takes advantage of the latest discoveries in the science of medicine. In society 
matters, the Doctor is a worthy member of the Tippecanoe ^Medical Society, 
the State Medical Society, and the American Medical Association. He is a 
pronounced Democrat in his political views. In 1898 he was elected a member 
of the Lafayette city council, from the second ward of the city, and in 1906 
he was elected a member of the city school board of which he is now the pre- 
siding officer. 

That Doctor Lairy is a leader among men is seen when it comes to the 
number and importance of the various positions he has held. He is a member 
of the visiting stafif of St. Elizabeth's Hospital ; member of the lecturing staff 
'^f the State Soldiers' Home; member of the medical staff of St. Joseph's 
Orphanage ; surgeon for the Fort Wayne & Wabash Valley Traction Com- 
pany, medical director of the Lafayette Life Insurance Company and the local 
examiner for several insurance companies. Like many of the present day pro- 
fessional men, the Doctor is identified with civic societies as follows : Member 
of the Knights of Pythias, having passed through all the chairs in this order ; 
also belongs to the Woodmen of the World and the Benevolent and Protective 
Order of Elks, in which order he was trustee for four years. 

Doctor Lairy was united in marriage September 22, 1902, to Annie Cas- 
sel, the daughter of John and Catherine Cassel. The widowed mother of 
Doctor Lairy married C. H. Grimes. She died in the month of February, 
1902; ]Mr. Grimes now resides in Fountain county. By the second marriage 
of his mother there was one son born. Rev. J. E. Grimes, who is now pre- 
siding eleder in the United Brethren church. 
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MYROX E. LE GALLEY. D. D. S. 

Few prufessional men have "made good" more rapidly in the same 
length of time as this ixjpular and progressive young dentist. Back of a 
fine educational equipment, up-to-date and first class in every particular, is 
found the abounding energy, the knowledge of human nature, the social 
diplomacy and address which furnish the keys to success. The Doctor has 
been in Lafayette but thirteen years, yet in that comparatively short period 
he has forged to the front until he is recognized as one of the leading dentists 
of this part of the state. There has been a steady growth and continuous 
progress with the result that, financially, Doctor Le Galley may be said 
to be sitting independently in the mansion of his own building. The family 
is of Ohio origin, their residence for many years being at Bowling Green. 
There, on tlie i6th of ^lay, 1872, ]\L E. Le Galley was born, his parents 
being- John H. and ]\Iary S. (\\'hite) Le Galley. Besides himself, there 
were two cliildren, one. Dr. Henry W. Le Galley, a dentist in practice at 
Bowling Green, and a twin brother of the subject, Marion Eugene, also a 
dentist, who died in October, 1907. The father was a farmer and the three 
boys had the benefit that comes from the out-of-door life incident to agri- 
cultural pursuits. They, however, had ambitions that led them away from 
farm life, their aspirations being for professional careers. After the usual 
routine in the district and high schools, Myron E. Le Galley became a student 
in the Indiana Dental College at Indianapolis, where he applied himself with 
a vigor that bespeaks the ambitious pupil. He began his studies in the 
fall of 1892, and three years later, in the spring of 1895, was made happy 
by receiving the sheep-skin which certified his degree of Doctor of Dental 
Surgery and indicated his graduation from a standard school. He found 
an opening in the Indiana state capital and hastened to take advantage of it, 
with that sagacity that has always characterized his actions. Prof. E. E. 
Reese needed an assistant and the recent graduate accepted, having been the 
Professor's assistant while a dental student, but this last engagement lasted 
only one year, as Doctor Le Galley was desirous of an independent business 
of his own as soon as possible. He had for some time had an eye on La- 
fayette as one of the largest and wealthiest of the state's county seats, and 
on July I, 1896, we find him duly installed as a dentist in the progressive 
capital of Tippecanoe county. At first he worked as an assistant to Dr. 
Frank I\L Hamsher, later purchased a half interest in the business and 
eventually owned it all. He was successful from the start, and his practice 
has increased bv a steady ratio until it is now extensive and valuable. He 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 723 

numbers among his clients the most prominent and wealthy people of La- 
fayette, and patients ccme from all the towns and cities for miles around. 
He is kept busy during all the woiking hours and the measure of his succ^.s 
is ample proof of the quality of his professional work. His office is equipped 
with the latest appliances in his progressive profession, and nothing that 
science can do to mitigate pain or cunningly furnish a substitute for nature 
is omitted from the equipment of Doctor Le Galley. 

In 1899 Doctor Le Galley married INIildred ^Nlay Rinker, and has two 
sous: Kenneth B., born November 29, 1900, and Robert R., born February 
28, 1903. The Doctor ranks high in his profession and is an honored member 
of the State and Northern Indiana Dental Societies, as also the association of 
local dentists. His other fraternal, religious and professional connections 
embrace membership in the Knights of Pythias and \\'oodmen of the World, 
he being prelate in the first mentioned order. He is a member of the First 
Baptist church and chairman of its finance committee, and is also a stock- 
holder in the Casualty Security Association of Indianapolis. Though his 
early training politically led him into the Democratic fold, he is quite inde- 
pendent in his views, and in voting at local elections refuses to be bound by 
party lines, preferring to select those who in his judgment are the best men. 
In all the relations of life, business, political, religious, professional, fraternal 
or social. Doctor Le Gallev is regarded as a model citizen. 



EDWARD C. DA\TDSON. M. D. 

A descendant of an old and influential family and a physician who has 
won the confidence and good will of a large clientele of representative people 
of Tippecanoe county is the gentleman whose name forms the caption of this 
biographical sketch, to a brief review of whose career the reader's attention 
is called in the following paragraphs. 

Edward C. Davidson was born in Lafayette, Indiana, January 30, 1867, 
the son of Hon. R. P. Davidson, for many years one of the leading public 
men of the county, whose wife bore the maiden name of Jennie Claybough, 
and to this union seven children were born, of whom Edward C. Davidson 
was the youngest in order of birth. Two of their sons are deceased ; the rest 
are attorneys at law. each making a record in that profession. 

The subject passed through the common schools and decided to devote 
his life to the noble profession of medical science. With that end in view he 
entered Purdue University, where he took a literary course, also studied 



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pharmacy, making a commendable record in both. He then entered the 
medical department of the University of Michigan, from which he graduated 
in 1 89 1, receiving the degree of Doctor of Medicine. In 1891 he took a 
post-graduate course in one of the medical colleges of Chicago. In the same 
year he located in Lafayette and began practice, and he has since met with 
very marked success, having built up a large practice not only in the city of La- 
favette but also throughout Tippecanoe county, and he is often called to re- 
mote localities in consultation with other physicians whose skill has been 
bafifled. In 1895 Doctor Davidson was married to Lauretta Johnson, who 
was the representative of a fine old familw well known in this county. After 
a happy wedded life of about eleven years, Mrs. Davidson was called to her 
rest in 1906. One winsome little daughter, Dorothy, brightens the Doctor's 
home, and is attending the common schools. 

Doctor Davidson is not a public man, although interested in whatever 
tends to advance the interests of his native community. In his fraternal 
relations he belongs to the ]\Iasonic order, and is also a member of the county, 
state and national medical societies, in all of which he takes an abiding inter- 
est. He is a member of the staff of the St. Elizabeth Hospital. 



ABRAM BALEXTIXE. 

A man of scholarly attainments, yet of practical turn of mind, who left 
the indelible impress of his sterling personality upon all with whom he came 
in contact, was Abram Balentine, for many years a prominent citizen of I,a- 
fayette, Indiana. He was born in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania!. June 7. 1835, 
and his parents were natives of that state where they spent their lives. Abram 
grew up in his native community, where he attended school and became well 
educated, for he was always of a studious nature and easily mastered what- 
ever subject he attempted. Upon reaching maturity he conceived the idea 
that larger opportunities awaited him in the then practically new but grow- 
ing country of the middle West. Coming to Indiana, he soon secured a foot- 
hold and made a comfortable living, having learned steam engineering and 
mastering every detail of this line of work. He. therefore, spent the major 
part of his mature years working as a stationary engineer, being considered 
an e.xpert. His death occurred May 7, 1904. 

Mr. Balentine was married, on September 24, 1861. to Mary :\I. Xalley, 
the wedding occurring three miles south of Lafayette at the home of Mrs. 
Balentine's parents. Walter and Sarah (Reed) Nalley. She was born in 




WILLIAM S. POTTER 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 725 

Piqua, Miami county, Ohio, ^lay i8, 1845, where she grew to maturity anc! 
from where her parents moved to Tippecanoe county, Indiana, wliile she was 
yet a young woman. She received a fairly good education in the common 
schools. To Mr. and Mrs. Balentine four children, three daughters and one 
son, were born, namely: Luella J., born June 28, 1863, married Joseph 
Petitt, September 10, 1879, and after becoming the mother of two children, 
died August 28, 1896; Lucinda Balentine, born in White county, Indiana, 
May 17, 1865, married on December 17, 1884, and became the mother of one 
son; William R. Balentine, born in White county, January 18, 1868. married 
September 25, 1889, and has two daughters; Mary Alice Balentine, born 
November 22, 1876. married April 10, 1899, and one daughter was born 
to her who is now deceased. 

The cozy and commodious Balentine home is at Xo. 15 12 North Thir- 
teenth street, in which cummunity members of this ideal househi.ld are 
popular. They belong to the }.lethodist Episcopal church. These children all 
received liberal educations, having attended school at Chalmers, Battleground, 
Monticello and a college of music in Indianapolis. ^Irs. Balentine, being a 
woman of an artistic turn of mind, took a delight in fostering the esthetic 
element in her children and in giving them every advantage to develop the 
higher principles of their being. She is a very industrious, though modest 
and home-loving woman, a thoroughly good mother and kind neighbor, and 
she proved to be a faithful helpmeet to her husband, who was of a decided 
mechanical turn of mind,, a great reader and student of mechanics, practical, 
fatherly and kind-hearted, winning and retaining the friendship of all classes. 
The\- have reared a family of children of whom any one might be proud, the 
wholesome atmosphere about this home ha\ing ever been pure and uplifting. 



WILLIAM S. POTTER. 

The inevitable law of destiny accords to tireless energv and industrv a 
successful and honoraljle career and in no field of endeavor is tiiere greater 
opportunity for advancement than that of the law — a profession whose 
votaries, if distinguished, must be endowed with native talent, rectitude of 
character, singleness of purpose and broad general knowledge. William S. 
Potter fully meets all these requirements of his chosen profession and stands 
today among the leading lawyers of the city in which he lives, and is justly 
esteemed one of the able business lawyers of the northern Indiana bar. 

\\'illiam S. Potter, a native of Indiana, was born at the Potter home- 
stead, corner of Columltia and Tenth streets, Lafavettc, in the vcar i8ss. 



726 PAST AND PRESENT 

being the eldest son of A\'illiam A. and Eliza ( Stiles) Potter. The father. 
a Xew Yorker by birth, came to Lafayette in 1843 and engaged in the mer- 
cantile business, later becoming a large manufacturer and an influential man 
of affairs. The mother was born in Suffield. Connecticut; came to Indiana 
in 1850 and settled in Lafayette, where her marriage to ^Ir. Potter took 
place soon afterwards. 

William S. Potter was reared in his native city, and after attending 
both public and private schools entered the Massachusetts Agricultural Col- 
lege, Amherst, Massachusetts, from which he was graduated in 1876. Re- 
turning to Lafayette, he entered as a law student in the office of ^^'allace & 
Rice, where he continued until his admission to the bar about the year 1878. 
When the firm of Wallace & Rice was dissolved, he became associated in the 
practice with the former gentleman, but later being offered a full partnership 
with Captain Rice he accepted the same and the firm thus constituted lasted 
twenty years, during which time both members rose to eminence in their pro- 
fession. Since the dissolution of the above partnership, caused by the death 
of Captain Rice, in 1901, JMr. Potter has practiced alone, his legal abilities 
and sound judgment attracting to him a large and lucrative clientage and 
giving him an honorable reputation among the leading men of his profession 
in the northern part of the state. While well grounded in the principles of 
jurisprudence and successful in the general practice, for some years past he 
has given special attention to law relating to business and real estate, in which 
he is considered an authority. 

Li addition to his professional duties. Mr. Potter has large and important 
real estate interests, and in the improvement of lands and city property he 
has 'done as much and achieved as great results as any other man in his city 
or cnuntv. similarlv engaged. He is vice-president and director of the Xortli- 
ern Indiana Land Company, an organization owning twenty-five thousand 
acres rf land between T,"fayette and Chicago, which were bought for devel-. 
opment and mvnn e.-vnt. also has important holdings in Texas and Chicago 
real estate. In connection with the interests referred to he is also identified 
with various other enterprises, notably the banking Inisiness. in which his 
success has been marked and continuous, being at this time vice-president and 
director of the National Fowler Bank, besides having interests in various like 
institutions in other cities and towns. 

Mr. Potter has always kept in close toucli with tlie material progress 
and improvement oi Lafayette, and all laudable movements to these ends 
have found in him a zealous advocate and liberal patron. He is a member 
of the directorate of the Merchants Electric Light .Association, and is also 
similarlv connected with the Lincoln Life Insurance Company. Aside from 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. T^7 

the various public euterprises with which lie is identified he has ever mani- 
fested a lively regard tor the social and moral advancement of Lafayette, 
to which ends he has given liberally of his time and means and is justly 
esteemed as a true and tried friend of all measures and movements havmg 
for their object the welfare of his fellowmen. 

As a lawyer, ^Ir. Potter, as already indicated, stands high among his 
compeers, and as a financier and broadminded business man has achieved 
success and wields an influence and prestige which place him in the front 
rank of Indiana's men of affairs. He is essentially a man of the people with 
the best interests of humanity at heart — in fine, a typical American whose love 
of country is paramount to every other consideration, and who discharges 
the duties of citizenship with a spirit in keeping with the genius of our in- 
stitutiLus. 

In the year 1885, Air. Potter was married to Fanny \V. Peck, of Troy, 
Penns}'lvania. Mrs. Potter is a member of the Society of Dames and 
Daughters of the American Re\-olution. ^^Ir. and Mrs. Potter have one son, 
George L. Potter, who was graduated in 1909 from Howe ^Military School, 
a preparatory school of Har\ard University, and is now traveling abroad. In 
their religious belief they subscribe to the Presbyterian faith, and belong to 
the Second church of that denomination in Lafayette, Mr. Potter being a 
trustee of the organization. Associated with Oliver Goldsmith, he had charge 
of the erection of the church building, and when the edifice was destroyed by 
fire soon after its crectinn the same two gentlemen were selected to rebuild, 
with the result that the church has one of the most beautiful and attractive 
temples of worship in the city. 

As indicated in a preceding paragraph. 3.1r. Potter has contributed much 
to the material improvement of Lafayette, not tlie least among which is 
the splendid residence fronting on State street near Ninth, which he now 
occupies. This sightly mansion was originally built by the state of Con- 
necticut to represent that state at the World's Fair at St. Louis, but when 
the fair closed it was purchased by Mr. Potter, who had it dismantled, packed 
in cars and shipped to Lafayette. In preparing a site for the structure he 
procured a tract of four acres on State street, from which he removed the 
buildings and erected the present structure thereon, making one of the most 
beautiful and attractive residences in the state. The edifice is a perfect tvpe 
of the colonial mansion of olden times, being modeled after several historic 
homes of Connecticut, the main part three stories high, the wings two 
stories. The porch is also two stories and, extending half across the front, is 
semi-elliptical in shape and suppcrtcd liy four huge fluted columns of stone. 



728 PAST AND PRESENT 

An elnborate colonial doorway affords entrance to the main part of the build- 
ing and some of the interior woodwork, taken from the historic Hubbard- 
Slater home in the city of Xorwich. Connecticut, adds interest as well as 
beauty to the apartments which it adorns. The great central hall is open 
through both stories, the upper rooms forming a gallery w-hich is wainscotted 
to the ceiling in the fashion greatly admired by previous generations. The 
edifice, which is complete in all of its parts, is finished in the highest style of 
the builder's art, and, with its elaborate furnishing and broad, attractive lawns. 
walks bordered with beds of beautiful flowers and containing a number of 
gigantic forest trees and many other beautiful and pleasing features, combine 
to make a complete and luxurious home. ^luch has been written in the 
various magazines about this house and surroundings, on account of its his- 
toric interest, and numerous pictures of it ha\-e appeared in different illus- 
trated periodicals, but to be appreciated it must be seen, as but a faint con- 
ception of its size, beauty and attractive features can be obtained from photo- 
graphic reproduction. 

Mr. Potter has not been sparing of his means in surrounding himself and 
family with the comforts and luxuries of life and, being financially inde- 
pendent, he takes great pleasure in his home and in travel each year and is 
well situated to enjoy the many blessings which have come to him as the 
result of his business acumen and success. 



DOC I. NEWTON. 

It is deemed eminently appropriate at this place to call the reader's at- 
tention to the life history of the gentleman whose name introduces this 
sketch, owing to the fact that his life has always been such as to inspire 
confidence and admiration on the part of his fellow citizens and he is today 
reckoned as one of the leading men of his township. 

Doc I. Newton was born on a fnrni in ^ilontgomery countv near the 
boundary line between Montgomery ami Tippecanoe counties. He is the 
son of Henry and Mary A. (Muir) Newton, botli natives of Indiana, having 
been born and reared near Lawrenceburg, where they married in 1842 and 
settled on a farm, where their son. Doc I., of this review, was torn in 1865. 
Shortly afterward they moved to a farm in Tippecanoe county (Randolph 
township) where the family remained until after the death of the father 
on January 27. 1884, having died shortly before his fifty-fifth birthdav. His 



TIPPECANOE COUNTYj IND. 729 

widow, a woman of Ijeautilul Christian attrilxites, still survi\es. Ijeing now 
seventy-four years old, and her residence is at Romney. They were the 
parents of eleven children, six boys and five girls, nine of whom are still 
living, Doc I. being the fifth in order of birth. These children rellect the 
wholesome home environment in which they were reared and are worthy 
descendants of a man whose life was exemplary in every respect and who 
was highly esteemed by all who knew him. 

Doc I. Newton attended the schools in Romney, and having completed 
the prescribed course there, he spent one year in the Ford high school where 
he made a splendid record, having intended to remain until he graduated, 
but he was compelled to return home and assist with the farm work, his 
father having died. He remained at home with his widowed mother until 
1890 when he began life for himself as a fanner. In 1893 the domestic 
chapter in his life began, he having espoused Mary E. ]\I. Beach in Lafayette, 
Indiana, a woman of* refinement and the daughter of an old and honored 
family. She was born in Romney on November 2, 1870, the daughter of 
Joshua X. and Ellen Tracy ( House) Beach, both natives of Indiana. ]\Irs. 
Beach is deceased, and Mr. Beach is living in Lafayette, having re-married. 
After a happy wedded life of comparatively brief duration, Mrs. Newton 
passed to her rest Noveinber 10, 1907. Four children were born to this 
union, namely: Burnys is now (1909) ten years old: Paul and ]\[ax ard 
both deceased ; Howard Everett, aged two years. 

yiv. Newton with his two children reside in one of the finest homes in 
Romney, which cost nearly eight thousand dollars. It is elegantly furnished 
and in the midst of beautiful surroundings. Besides this Mr. Newton is the 
owner of se\en hundred acres of fine farming land in Tippecanoe county, 
which, under his able management, has produced iDounteous crops from year 
to year and it is well kept in every respect Grandfather House, ancestor 
of Mrs. Newton, was one of the oldest pioneers in Tippecanoe county, hav- 
ing come here when the county \\as yet the home of red men and wild 
beasts. He owned between seven hundred and eight hundred acres of land 
in Randolph township. During his life there was no Methodist church in. 
Romney, and he being a good Christian and strongly devoted to the ]\Ieth-- 
odist faith, arranged for the erection of a ^Methodist church building, which 
still serves for the local congregation, he having donated the same to the 
people of Romnev for a place of worship. The building cost five thousand 
dollars. Grandfather and grandmother House are both sleeping the sleep 
of the just in the cemetery at Romney, as also are their two children, the 
onlv ones born to them. 



730 PAST AND PRESENT 

Mr. Newton is known as a very religious man and has been a member 
of the Methodist church practically all his life. He has been a member of 
the board of trustees of the church for a period of ten years, which office he 
still very creditably fills, always taking- a delight in doing what he can in 
furthering the work of the church, or, indeed, any other work looking to the 
moral or material advancement of his county. He has always been a Re- 
publican, but has never been an active worker in the ranks and has never 
sought nor held public office. He is a pleasant man to meet, affable, genial, 
courteous and hospitable and he holds high rank among the representative 
citizens of Tippecanoe county where he is well and favorably known and 
where he has led a verv consistent and industrious life. 



HOX. JAMES LIXDSEV CALDWELL. 

James L. Caldwell not only h(ilds distinctive precedence in his profession, 
but during the more than thirty-six years that have elapsed since becoming 
a resident of Lafayette he has always had deeply at heart the well being and 
improvement of the city. On the paternal side, Mr. Caldwell is descended 
from sterling Revolutionary ancestry, his great-grandfather, Alexander Cald- 
well, a native of Pennsylvania and among the early pioneers of Kentucky, 
having served in the struggle for independence under General Washington. 
Alexander Caldwell married and, as already stated, moved to Kentucky in 
1784, when it was indeed "The Dark and Bloody Ground." and there estab- 
lished a family, among his children being a son named for himself, .\lexander, 
whose birth occurred in Nicholas C(^unty, in an early day. and who chose 
for his wife Hannah Sample, \\-ho was horn and reared in that part of the 
state. Like his father, Alexander, Jr., was a tiller of the soil and a man of 
influence in the community. He bore an active part in the material develop- 
ment of his county, manifested a lively interest in civic matters and for a 
number of vears was prominent in public affairs, and in no small degree a 
leader among his neighbors and fellow citizens. He, too. reared a family 
and migrated to Boone ccmnty. Indiana, during the pioneer days of the 
thirties and settled on a farm abnut live miles from Thnrntown. where he 
spent the remainder of his life, he and his faithful wife dying when well 
advanced in years. 

Tames Harvev Caldwell, a .son of the above mentioned, was born in 
Nicholas countv, Kentuckv, januarv 30, 181 7, and was a young man when 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 73 1 

lie accompanied his parents to Indiana. He married Ellen Tiberghein, a 
native of ]Miami county, Ohio, and a granddaughter of Charles Tiberghein, a 
French immigrant who arrived in America in the time of the colonies and 
served with distinction in the Revolutionary war, making two of her mother's 
grandfathers who fought in the struggle, hence it will be readily inferred 
that the subject's descent from heroic ancestry is beyond question, and today 
there are few, if any. Sons of the American Revolution with as clear a title 
')i- as many bars to their credit. James Harvey and Ellen Caldwell spent the 
greater portion of their lives on the home farm in Boone county, and were 
highly respected by their neighbors and friends. They possessed many of the 
qualities of mind and heart that beget confidence and insure popularity, 
always lived according tn their high conceptions of duty and exercised a 
wholesome moral influence in the community where they made their home 
for so many years. Mr. Caldwell died on the family homestead, five miles 
from Thorntown, July i6, 1888, his widow surviving him until Xo\-ember 
26, 1892. The familv of this estimaiile couple consisted of two sons, Albert 
\\\, who was born June 18, 1845, and James Lindsey, the subject of this 
review, whose birth occurred on June 29, 1849. 

Both of the Caldwell brothers spent their childhood and youth on the 
home place in Boone county, and after a preliminary educational discipline 
in a school at W^alnut Grove, under the auspices of the society of Friends, 
entered the academy at Thorntown, where they made substantial progress in 
the higher branches of learning, the training thus received being afterwards 
supplemented by a full course in the Stockwell Collegiate Institute, at that 
time in Tippecanoe county. After Albert's graduation from the institute at 
Thornti.wn, he took up the study of law in the city of Indianapolis and was 
admitted to the bar in due time, and for several years thereafter practiced 
his profession in Boone county, achieving marked distinction as an able, 
judicious and remarkably successful attorney. In 1873 he formed a partner- 
ship with his brother at Lafayette which lasted until his death, his success 
in his former field of practice fitting him for the raj^id advancement and 
di.stinguislied achievements which characterized his professional career in 
this city, a career covering ;i jiericd of thirty-four years, during which time 
he 'rose to a conspicuous place among the leading members of the local bar. 
besides becoming widely and favorably known in the legal circles of various 
otlier counties. He married Lottie White, of Lafayette, who bore him lour 
children, Arthur G., a civil engineer; .\lberta, a young lady living with her 
widowed mother; Lillian and Dorothv, twins, ]nirsuing their studies in the 
high school. 



732 PAST AND PRESENT 

-Albert Caldwell always stood high in his profession and, as already 
indicated, met with gratifying success. For a number of years his name ap- 
peared in connection with much important litigation, in addition to which he 
built up a large and lucrative office business, being esteemed an honorable 
and judicious as well as a learned and able lawyer, faithful to the interests 
of his clients and above the suspicion of reproach as a counselor. He con- 
tinued in the active practice until his untimely death, December 4, 1907, im- 
mediately after A\hich, at a meeting of the Tippecanoe county bar. the follow- 
ing appropriate resolutions relative to his life and professional standing were 
read and adopted : 

"As the autumn of the year has passed from us touched by the icy hand 
of winter, so in the rich autumn of his life, touched by the inevitable finger 
of death, there has passed from us one whose name we bring to this meeting 
with a feeling akin to consecration, that we may set it in an appropriate frame- 
work of our own choosing, with fit expressions of truthful tribute. Albert 
A\'ashington Caldwell is no more. The visible earth-form by which we have 
been wont to recognize his presence with us has passed away, his invisible 
spirit life, from which we felt the depths of his moral worth, has passed on- 
ward — the one in obedience to the law of its own mortality, the other by the 
mystic decree beyond the conceptions of the human mind, in its transit to 
the realms of spiritual existences, of which we can only say : 'There is no 
death there.' 

"Our brother, whose death occurred on the 4th instant, was born in 
Boone county, in this state, on the i8th day of June. 1845. a few miles south 
of the town of Thorntown. in a community largely crmposed of Quakers, 
whose form of religious life and practice, we may well presume, had much 
influence in the moulding of the ruling traits of his character. His paternal 
ancestors some generations back emigrated from Pennsylvania to Nicholas 
county, Kentucky, from which, about the year 1833, Alexander Caldwell, 
the grandfather of our Albert \A'., removed to Boone county, Indiana, and 
settled upon entered land in an unbroken forest with his family, of which 
was one son, James H. Caldwell, the father of our suliject, and also J. T^. 
Caldwell, a younger brother, who were his only children. 

"Albert's early life was spent on the farm. He received his education 
in the neighboring common schools and at Thorntown Academy, then a 
flourishing and successful institution. His preparatory law reading was in 
the office of Ray & Ritter at Indianapolis. He was admitted to the bar in 
Boone county, where for a time he practiced, but in the year 1873 ''^ removed 
to this city, where he and his brother. James L.. formed the law partnership 
of Caldwell & Caldwell, which continued to the time of his death. 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 733 

"As a business man he was prompt and methodical. As a lawyer he 
was assiduous, careful and critical, with a ready apprehension of the points 
of adversary or judge. But the diadem, the highest merit of his life, public, 
private, social and professional, was his unbending integrity and unfaltering 
coubcientiousness. As a special judge on the bench, no suspicion of unjust 
partiality ever tainted his rulings; as a trial lawyer, no trickery or foul 
practice e\-er lowered his conduct. 

"Another characteristic which marked his life was his unassuming and 
unostentatious disposition. He despised all shams, double-dealing and moral 
veneer; avoided all vulgarity and buffoonery, as he would the fangs of a 
cobra. He was an admirer of candor and sincerity, of which he himself 
was a genuine exemplar, and when he found one of his own type the affinity 
sealed an enduring friendship. He sought membership in none of the popular 
fraternities of the day; not because he decried fraternity, but because he 
had no time or strength to share in the wayside conventionalisms of men 
and because he had no taste for anything bordering on garish and spectacular. 
He stood aloof from clubs and coteries, because the attractions of his own 
home circle, to which he was devoted, filled all the longings of his heart. 
But let it not be thought that he was morose or misanthropic, for the grace 
of good cheer and genial fellowship shone out in all his intercourse with 
others. 

"With this composition in his nature, he could scarcely be otherwise than 
a devout and unostentatious religionist. And so he was. His paternal stock 
were Presbyterians, but his mother was a Methodist, and with a mother's 
Bible, a mother's example and th.e depths of a mother's love, he was earlv 
receptive of a faith in the earnestness she had lived. In it he was consistent 
and steadfast. 

"We have written nothing new. This estimate of the character of 
Albert W. Caldwell has already been written in the hearts of all who knew 
him. We would only perpetuate the writing, when time has bedimmed its 
lines. Conscious of its defects, your committee submits this testimonial for 
your consideration and action. 

R. P. Davidson, 
S. P. Baird, 
John D. Gougar, 
DeWitt Wilson, 
Charles E. Thompson, 
Charles H. Henderson, 

Committee." 



734 P'^ST AND PRESENT 

James Lindsev Caldwell has been an honored member of the Lafayette 
h-'r since the vear 1873. After finishing his literary education in Stockwell 
Ccllegiate Institute, he entered the same office in Indianapolis where his 
brother had previously studied, and after spending a year there returned to 
Lafayette, where, during the two following years, he continued his studies 
and researches in the office of G. O. & A. O. Behm. a well-known law firm of 
the citv. L'nder the direction of these able lawyers, the young aspirant for 
professional honors made commendable progress, and at the expiration of the 
period indicated was duly admitted to the bar and began the practice in 
partnership with his brother, as noted in a preceding paragraph. In due time 
his ability won recognition, and. backed by the prestige of his partner, his 
advancement from the beginning was steady and continuous. After a short 
time in the general practice he was elected prosecutor of the criminal court 
of Lafayette, which position he held until the office was abolished, and later. 
in 1876. he was further honored by being elected prosecutor of the twenty- 
third circuit, yiv. Caldwell proved an able prosecutor, and during his in- 
cumbency was untiring in his efforts to enforce the law and bring offenders 
to justice. Retiring from the office with an honorable record at the expiration 
of his term, he re-entered the practice of law with his brother, the firm thus 
constituted building up a large and lucrative business. Since the death of 
the senior partner of the firm, in 1907, the subject has conducted the busi- 
ness alone, and now has an extensive clientele which includes many of the 
best men of Lafayette and Tippecanoe county. During the period of his 
practice in Tippecanoe county, Mr. Caldwell has ever had the respect and 
esteem of his brother members of the bar and of the community at large. 

Kate Baker, to whom ]\Ir. Caldwell was married on the 21st of Feb- 
ruary, 1884. is a daughter of Doctor ^Moses and Elizabeth (Skinner) Baker, 
the father for many years a prorninent physician and surgeon, and in his day 
one of the most distinguished men of his profession (see sketch in following 
paragraph). William Skinner, father of Mrs. Baker, was one of the pioneer 
settlers of Tippecanoe county, and in an early day served as sheriff, being 
one of the first men to fill that office. Mrs._ Caldwell was educated at Stock- 
well Collegiate Institute and Purdue University and is a lady of fine mind, 
rare intellectual endowments and beautiful character. She has borne her 
husband one child, a daughter, Mary Louise, who received her preliminary 
mental discipline in the schools of Lafayette and then entered Dana Hall, 
Massachusetts, an institution for the higher education of young women, from 
which she was graduated in due time. 

In his political associations. Mr. Caldwell is a stalwart Republican, and 
for a number of vears has been active and influential in party affairs. He 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 735 

was elected niavdr ut Lafayette in 1885 and served one term to the satis- 
faction of the pubhc, proving an able and popular executive whu during his 
incumbency made every otlier cnnsidcraticii subordinate tn the interests of 
the municipality. In recognition of important political services he was ap- 
pointed in 1897 postmaster of Lafayette and held the office fmm October of 
that vear to March 1. jyo6, during which time the rural free delivery system 
was established throughout the county and many other improvements for the 
expeditious handling of the mails introduced. In the various public positions 
to which he has been called, Mr. Caldwell acquitted himself creditably, dis- 
charged his duty with conscientious fidelity, and his record as an official as well 
as a citizen is eminently honorable and above the suspicion of reproach. In 
matters religious he is a faithful and consistent member of the Alethodist 
Episcop-l chrrch, with whicli h-dy h.i5 wife and daughter are al.^o identified. 
■He is a Knight Templar Mason and a member of the Sons of the American 
Re\'olution, his daughter being enrolled among the Daughters of tlie American 
Re\olution. 

Dr. Moses Baker, father of Mrs. James L. Caldwell, was born at Cin- 
cinnati, Ohio, January 29, 1823, came with his parents to Stockwell, Indiana, 
when a child of eight years, and spent the remainder of his long and useful 
life as a practitioner of medicine and surgery within its boundaries. His 
education was obtained in the pul)lic schools of the time and. being a zealous 
student, he progressed rapidly. After choosing the medical profession as his 
life work he entered the medical college at LaPorte, Indiana, from which 
he was graduated in 1848, and in 1852 he completed the prescribed course in 
medicine and surgery at Jefiferson Medical College, Philadelphia. Doctor 
Baker was a skilled surgeon as well as physician and performed many critical 
operations, notable among which was one known to the profession as a case 
of Caesarian section, which went down in medical annals as most historic. 
It would hardly be appropriate in a work of this character to enter into minute 
details in explanation of this wonderful achievement in surgery; suffice it to 
say that the operation was undertaken and successfully performed by Doctor 
Baker, who assumed the entire responsibility though many other physicians 
were present. This miracle in surgical science was successfully performed, 
and both the mother and child survived for many years afterward, the latter 
a robust man living today. This operation was performed on the 3d of 
November, 1880, upon Mrs. Emma Lucas, wife of Luther Lucas, of Wild 
Cat Prairie, near Stockwell, in this county. Dr. Moses Baker died at his 
home in Stockwell, Tippecanoe county, Indiana, August 16, 1888, and was 
mourned as a benefactor to his race. 



736 PAST AND PRESENT 



SA^IUEL BORN. 

In an examination of the life record of the late Samnel Born, it will 
be found that he was the possessor of attributes that rendered him popular 
with all classes of citizens in Tippecanoe county, where the latter part of 
his useful and influential life was spent, and it is safe to say that no man in 
recent vears left a more iiulelijjle imprint of his sterling personality upon 
those who associated with him here. He was born October 21. 1830, in 
Rhein-Hessen, Germany, his parents being Samuel and Sarah (Wolf) Born; 
they likewise were natives of Germany, and for many years the father was 
engaged in agricultural pursuits and in general merchandising in the town 
of Woerrstadt. He was a man of high standing in his community and one 
and all accorded him the sincere esteem which he justly deserved. His 
death occurred in 1882, wdien he had attained the ripe age of eighty-five 
years ; his devoted wife, who sun-ived him but three years, was then in her 
eighty-seventh year. The paternal grandfather of the subject was Closes 
Born, whose entire life was spent in the Fatherland. He was a dealer in 
general merchandise and cattle and for some time managed a farm. His 
family comprised two sons and two daughters. Isaac Wolf, the maternal 
grandfather of the subject, was born and spent his entire life in Germany. 
He reared six daughters and two sons to lives of usefulness, and passed to 
his reward admired and respected by all who knew him. 

Samuel Born, of this sketch, received a collegiate education in his 
native land and was of great assistance to his father in hisi various busi- 
ness enterprises. Ha\-ing mastered the essential points of the successful busi- 
ness man, the subject concluded to try his fortunes in the United States, 
and, in 1854, he landed in New York city: thence he went to Philadelphia 
where he had friends, and a year later he came on west to Indiana. Settling 
in Waynetown, he kept a general store, dealt in grain and wool and packed 
pork and beef quite extensively. He worked very assiduously at whatever 
line of business he embarked upon, and the result was abundant success. In 
1866 he visited his relatives in Europe, and during the year which he passed 
in the land of his nativity he made the acquaintance of the lady who be- 
came his wife. Accompanied by his bride, he returned to the United States 
in 1867, and in the following year he settled permanently in Lafayette. At 
that time he embarked in the grain business here and continued to manage 
the same until 1895, when he organized the Samuel Born Company, of which 
he was the president, his son Isa,ac secretary and treasurer, and his sons. 




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TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. "Jl"] 

]M;\x, Edward ami Alfred, were stockholders. The company exported grain 
and bnilt up a very extensive and lucrativq trade. They had two ware- 
houses and elevators in Lafayette and others at South Raub, Battle Ground, 
Crane, Stockwell, Colfax and Dayton, and employment was afforded to about 
seventy-five persons. In 1902 the grain business was disposed of and the 
present coal and ice business was established. It has grown to extensive 
proportions, both in coal and ice, a large, well-equipped and ably-managed 
plant being maintained in the manufacture of the latter. 

The death of Samuel Born occurred on September 9, 1905, and the 
business has since been continued under the name Samuel Born Company, 
comprising Edward Born and his mother. 

On December 2, 1867, Samuel Born married Therese, daughter of ]\Iax 
and Minnie Julia (Wolf) Gottscho, and six children were born to this 
union, namely: Max, Isaac, Edward, Alfred, Jessie and Bertha; the last 
named was the youngest and she died when three years of age. Max mar- 
ried Caroline Dryfus, who is the mother of a daughter named Marion S. 
Isaac married Bertha Weil and they have two children, Theresa and Ferdi- 
nand. Alfred, the youngest son of Samuel Born and wife, died at the age 
of twenty-three. The home of the senior Born was built by him in 1868 at 
No. 516 North Sixth street. He and his wife belonged to the Reformed 
Hebrew congregation and he was one of the trustees of the synagogue. 
Politically he was a stanch Republican, and fraternally he belonged to the 
B'nai B'rith (the Sons of the Covenant), and he was a Mason of the Royal 
Arch degree. 

In disposition Mr. Born was kindly, genial and generous, in addition 
to possessing the other qualities which wrought out for him the prosperity 
and prominence which he enjoyed. His example w'as one well worthy to be 
emulated by the younger generation ; but none of his fellow citizens regarded 
him in an envious manner, for he justly earned the affluence that was his 
portion. A due regard for the rights of others and a genuine desire to be 
of service to those whom fortune had frowned upon were the secrets of his 
popularity among his associates. 



CHARLES MURDOCK. 

Tippecanoe county is indebted, perhaps, more to the IMurdnck familv 
than to anv other for its wondrous transformation to one of the choicest 
(47) 



738 PAST AND PRESENT 

sections of the Hoosier state, for members of this family have been leaders 
in industrial and civic afifairs since the early days. Each, with a tidelity to 
duty and a persistency of i^urpose peculiar to that class of men who take 
the lead in large affairs, has performed well his duty in all the relations of 
life, and while advancing their own interests have not been unmindful of 
the general welfare of their fellow citizens. Thus they rightly deserve an 
honored place in the history of this locality. 

Charles ]Murdock, to a brief review of whose interesting career the 
reader's attention is directed in the following paragraphs and whose name 
needs no introduction to the people of northern Indiana, was born in 1805 
in the city of Lafayette, the son of ^Ir. and Airs. James Alurdock, the 
former a leading man of affairs in this part of the state for many decades, 
a complete sketch of whom is to be found on another page of this work. 

Charles Murdock's early life was spent much like that of other youths 
of his station in life, principally in preparing himself for a business career 
by the proper schooling and other early training. He was placed in St. 
Mary's parochial school, where he made a very commendable record and laid 
a broad and deep foundation for an education which in later years has been 
supplemented by general reading and by association in the business world. 
In 1879 he went with his parents to [Michigan City, Indiana, where he re- 
sided while his father was warden of the penitentiary. He was ncit satistied 
with his preliminary schooling and consecpientLy took a course in Xotre Dame 
University, from which he was graduated in 1885. 

The domestic chapter in the life of ilr. Alurdock dates from September 
26. 1894, when he was united in marriage with Mary G. Lillis, a lady of 
culture and refinement, and the representative of a prominent family of Kan- 
sas City, Missouri. This union has been Ijlessed In- the birth of two chil- 
dren, Charles L. and Alary L. 

^^'hen the Merchants National Bank of Lafayette was organized, Charles 
Alurdock became its cashier, which position he very ably filled u[) to the time 
of his father's death, in Xovemlier. 1908, when he became president of the 
institution, which is one of the soundest and most extensively patronized 
hanks in this part of the st-'te, and he is at this writing conducting its affairs 
in a manner th;it stamps him as the possessor if Ijusiness acumen and executive 
ability of a high order. He and his brother Samuel were always closely 
associated with their father in all his large and numerous business connections, 
and the careful and thorough training given them by that wizard of finance 
and captain of industry has placed them in the front rank of men who con- 
trol large affairs. 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY^ IND. 739 

Cliarles INlurdock is vice-president of the Chicago, South Bend & Xorth- 
ern Indiana Railway Company; also vice-president of the Ft. \\'ayne & 
Wabash Valley Traction Company. Me is tre?.surer of the Evansville ^: 
Southern Indiana Traction Company, and he is also vice-president or thi 
Lafayette Loan & Trust Company, besides being interested in many other 
large affairs, to all of which he gives his time and energy in sucli a manner 
as to bring about the largest success. 

Mr. iVIurdock is a member of the Catholic church, a liberal supporter of 
the same, and is interested in charities or whatever tends to the general good 
and tlie higher life, being broad in his sympathies and courteous in his de- 
meanor — in short, those who know him liest declare him to be a worthy son 



WILLIAM OTIS WEAA'ER. 

The subject of this sketch, who is proprietor of the Weaver Granite 
Works, was born in ]\lontpclier, Williams county, Ohio. November 17, i860, 
the son of William and Lo\ina ( Steel ) \\"eaver. both natives of Lancaster, 
I-^ennsylvania. The father, whose birth occurred on the 25th day of June. 
1822, is by occupation a farmer, and the mother, who was born April 15. 1826, 
is descended from a long line of agriculturists who figured in the history 'of 
Lancaster county from a very remote period. William and Lmina Weaver 
have spent their married life in Williams county, Ohio, where he still re- 
sides, and where were born their ten children, with whom they constitute a 
family circle into which as yet the Angel of Death has made no invasion witli 
the exception of the mother. The descendants of this veneralile couple, in 
addition to their five sons and five daughters, consists of forty-five grand- 
c'-"'l''rcn. fiftv <Tre''t-!?Ta'idchil(l'-cr .nnd ore greit-,<?;'-c-'t-9Tapdchild. a fotnl 
of one hundred and six. a number seldom equaled in these late days when 
families are not so large. 

\\'illiam O. Weaver was educated in the public schools and the Xorthern 
Indiana Normal University at A'alparaiso. and began life in the mercantile 
business at Bryan. Ohio, 'vhere he sold dry goods for a periocl of four years. 
He was next engaged with a monument firm at Corning. New York, and 
after five years there as a salesman embarked in the same line of business for 
himself at ^fontpelier, Ohio, where he built up a lucrative trade and in due 
time became the leading dealer of the kind in the city, .\fter about twelve 
years at Montpelier he sold out, and in 1902 came to Lafavette, Indiana, and 
again engaged in the granite and marble business, going into partnership 



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with William \\". Darby, whose interest he purchased two years later, since 
which time he has been sole proprietor of one of the largest and best equipped 
establishments of the kind in northern Indiana. His place of business is on 
the corner of Eighth and I\Iain streets, where he carries a full line of monu- 
ments, both marble and granite, and is prepared to do all kinds of work in his 
line with neatness and dispatch. 

Mr. Weaver does all his lettering and fine carving with pneumatic tools, 
operated by power, and to him belongs the credit of introducing this new 
and highly improved system of work in Lafayette, where it has gradually 
superseded the old hand process. He is also the only man in Tippecanoe 
countv who builds mausoleums, his achievements in this line as well as in the 
general monument trade giving him a wide reputation and bringing to. him 
a steadily growing patronage not only in his own city and county, but in 
many parts of Indiana and neighboring states. He is a skillful artist and, 
being familiar with every detail of the business in which engaged, his suc- 
cess has been commensurate with his energy and judicious management, and 
he today ranks among the enterprising men and public-spirited citizens of 
the city which he has chosen for his permanent place of abode. 

On November 13, 1884, Mr. Weaver was united in the bonds of wed- 
lock with Clara E. Kelso, of Walla Walla, Washington, daughter of John 
and ^lartha Kelso, the father a successful fruit grower of that state and a 
leading and well known citizen of the beautiful valley in which he lives. 
Mrs. Wea\-er liore her husband three children and departed this life 
March 4, 1892, and on November 10, 1897, the subject contracted a marriage 
with Anna M. Neff, the union being blessed with two offspring. 

Paul Kelso Weaver, the subject's oldest child by his first wife, was born 
December 18, 1886, received his education in the public schools of Lafayette 
and Purdue University, standing among the first of his class in the electrical 
course. He is now connected with the signal service of the Pennsylvania 
Railroad Company with headquarters at Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. 

Steel M.. the second of the family, was bom October 12, 1888. grad- 
uated from the high school of Walla Walla. \\'ashingtnn. in 1907. and foi 
some time past has be°n in Phoenix, Arizona, on account of his health. 

Carlton H., whose birth occurred on March 8. 1891, was educated in 
the schools of Lafayette and is now learning the drug business with the Hogan 
Drug Company of this city. The children born of Mr. Weaver's second 
marriage are Helen and Catherine, aged six and four years respectively, both 
bright and interesting and adding much to the happiness of the home circle. 

On state and national issues Mr. Weaver is a Republican, but in matters 
local he is liberal, voting for the candidates best qualified for the oftices to 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 741 

which they aspire, regardless of party ties. He is a Methodist in his rehgious 
faith, and with his family belongs to the Trinity Methodist Episcopal church, 
Lafayette, to the support of which he is a liberal contributor. A man of strong 
individuality and well endowed mentality, Mr. Weaver enjoys to a marked 
degree the esteem and confidence of the people of his city and as a citizen is 
in touch with all enterprises and movements having for their object the 
advancement of the comnuniity and the welfare of his fellowmen. Affable 
in manner, kind in word and deed, he has made many warm friends since 
coming to Lafayette and his popularity is bounded only by the limits of his 
acquaintance. 



JEREML\H PHILIP KOOXSE. M. D. 

The subject of this sketch hailed from the state concerning which Chaun- 
cey Depew in one of his after-dinner speeches paraphrased Shakespeare as 
follows : "Some men are born great, some achieve greatness, and some come 
from Ohio." He was born April 24, 1837, in the old city of Wells ville. which 
for a number of years previous had been the home of his parents, Mr. and 
Mrs. Philip Koonse, natives of Pennsylvania, being one of a family of five 
children. After laying the foundation of his intellectual training in the schools 
of his native town, young Koonse pursued his studies in other institutions of 
a higher grade and after reaching the years of manhood added still further 
to his scholastic knowledge by attending from time to time various colleges 
in his own and other states. With this excellent preparation, he engaged in 
educational work, teaching for some time in the schools of Wellsville, Ohio, 
and as principal of the high school in St. Louis, Missouri, later moving to 
Williamsport, Indiana, where he was afterward elected superintendent of the 
public schools of Warren county. The Doctor earned an enviable record as 
a teacher, but, not caring to devote his life to the work, he selected medicine 
as the profession best suited to his taste and inclination. Beginning his pro- 
fessional studies in Philadelphia, he was in due time graduated from a well- 
known medical college of that city, after which he located at Lafayette and 
snon built up a lucrative practice and acquired an honorable standing among 
the leading physicians of this part of the state. 

After devoting some time to the general practice Doctor Koonse turned 
his attention to several special lines of treatment, in connection with which he 
also made a critical study of drugs and their effects upon the human system, 
his researches enabling him to discover specifics and remedies for certain 



742 PAST AND PRESENT 

chronic diseases and ruinous practices, n(;itably the morphine haJjit. in tlie treat- 
ment of which he met with remarkable success. Doctor Koonse was always 
a student and his various discoveries resulted in untold good to suffering 
humanity. Indeed he was properly called a benefactor of his race, in view of 
the fact that hundreds of hopelessly afflicted mortals through the effect of his 
remedies were redeemed from body-polluting and soul-degrading habits and 
restored to their normal strength and vigor. He died April 17, 1906, and in 
his death the entire community suffered a distinct loss. 

Virginia Fillinger, wife of Doctor Koonse, was born June i, 1845, near 
Richmond, Virginia, being the third of eight children in the family of Henry 
and Nancy Fillinger, of whom two of her brothers and two sisters are still 
living. The marriage of Doctor and Mrs. Koonse, which was solemnized at 
Bowling Green, Indiana, on the 2d day of August, 1863, was blessed with 
three offspring, Emma, the oldest, whose birth occurred July 27, 1870, dying 
when two years of age. Harry E. Koonse, the second of the family, who was 
born June 12, 1872, received his educntion in Lafayette, and is now one of 
the citv's most efficient decorators. Alice \"., the youngest of the Doctor's 
children, now the wife of Dr. Edgar E. Ouivey, a dentist of Fort Wayne, 
was born on the 7th day of August, 1874. 

Mrs. Koonse is a lady of wide intelligence, varied culture and strong 
character and nobly assisted her husband in all of his endeavors, and much 
of his success was due to her judicious counsel and advice. She is a reader 
and observer, keeps in touch with the trend of events, is deeply interested 
in all lines of educational work, and the various charitable and humanitarian 
enterprises and projects of the city find in her a w-arm sympathizer and 
able and liberal helper. She retains to a marked degree her bodily and mental 
faculties, possesses a verv retenti\'e memory and. although past her sixty-fifth 
year, her sense of sight is such that she has never resortetl to the use of 
glasses. Doctor Koonse was a memlier of the Methodist Episcopal church, 
of Lafayette, and the deep interest he manifested in all good work, ga\-e him 
a strong and wholesome influence in religious circles. Mrs. Koonse is an 
earnest worker of the same church. Socially she is esteemed and her home. 
at Xo. 1 1 14 North Twelfth street, is a favorite resort of many of the best 
people of the city. 



REV. GEORGE MICHAEL SCHUMM. 

Forty-three years, or largely over a generation, is a long time to devote 
to anv one calling. Init this measures the period of the ministry of the popular 
nastor of St. James German Lutheran church of Lafayette. It has been a 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 743 

hard-working career, tilled with the usual disappdintnients that mark all hu- 
man effort, but there is much along the way to show that the labors of this 
good man have not been in vain. His work at Lafayette alone, if there were 
nothing else to his credit, would be enough to stamp ^Nlr. Schumm as a 
fruitful worker in his Master's vineyard. The family is of German origin. 
George Scliumm, the elder, emigrated from Wurttemberg, Germany, at a 
period so early as to rank with the pioneers of Ohio, his settlement in \'an 
Wert county occurring as far back as 1838. He owned over three hundred 
acres of land at one time and was one of the influential citizens in his section 
of the Buckeye state. He married Mary Pflueger, by whom he had thirteen 
children, the survivors being as follow's : Frederick, a farmer of Mercer 
county, Ohio; Louis, a lumberman of Laporte, Lidiana; Henry, occupant of 
the old home farm, and Martin, a resident of Xew York city. George j\L 
Schumm. the other child belonging to the list of survivors, was born in 
\'an Wert county, Ohio, December 20, 1841. He was reared on the farm 
and learned hi.w to handle the hoe, swing the sc_\the, use the ax with skill and 
do all the other things expected of a farmer's boy. The education proved 
useful in many ways, chiefly by strengthening his constitution and teaching 
him how to do useful things. He got a good academical education in the 
parochial school of his religious denomination and after his confirmation in 
1856 entered the German Lutheran College at Ft. Wa)ne. Three years were 
spent in this institution, followed by a four-year course at Concordia Univer- 
sity in St. Louis. His graduation from this institution in 1865 was almost 
coincident with h.is entrance into the ministry, as he began pastoral work in 
the same )ear, which has continued up to the present. 

In 1807 Mr. Schumm married Amelia iNlarkworth. of Perry county, 
Missouri, by whom he had three children, Martha, Adolph, foreman of the 
testing department of an electrical establishment, and Emma, wife of Paul 
Wangerin, of Lafayette. Mrs. Schumm having died in 1872. ]\Ir. Schumm 
was married in 1874 to Charlotte Breuninger, by whom the children are as 
follows : Otto Schumm, a minister at Brownstown, Indiana ; Anton, a teacher 
in the schools of Cleveland, Ohio ; George, a teacher in the Pittsburg schools ; 
Bertha, at home ; Paul, a student of theology in St. Louis. The mother died 
in 1905. Mr. Schumm took charge of St. James Lutheran church of Lafay- 
ette. ^L^y 15, 1889, and great growth has marked the intervening period. At 
the date mentioned there w^ere eighty voting members and three hundred 
communicants, which have been increased to one hundred and fifty-three vot- 
ing members and five hundred and ninety communicants. Bv virtue of his 
oflice as pastor, Mr. Schuium is superintendent of the parochial schools con- 



744 PAST AND PRESENT 

ducted by his denomination, which estabUshments have on an average one 
hundred and twenty-five pupils, under two teachers.- The church itself has 
various auxiliary organizations, including the Ladies' Society, the Young 
People's Society and the Young Ladies" Society. In every way the church 
work has ad\-anced under Mr. Schumm and St. James enjoys high standing. 



HON. AMOS WELCH. 

The family of this name are descended from a line of North Carolina 
Quakers, who refused to bow the knee to Baal, in the shape of hmnan slavery, 
got into hot water as a result and eventually had to emigrate North to escajie 
the persecutions of Southern fire-eaters. They were a sturdy race, always 
on the right side of all moral questions, firm in their convictions and true 
to their principles. John \Yelch, one of the old timers in North Carolina, 
was born in the eighteenth century in Wales, but went South with other 
members of the society of Friends, who sought a residence in the Old North 
state, before the slavery question became acute. Turner Welch, a son of 
John, was born in Guilford county. North Carolina, February i6, 1790, and 
after he grew up studied and practiced medicine in his native community. 
At the breaking out of the Indian war in Florida he served as a surgeon in 
the army and afterwards migrated to Warren county, Ohio, where he re- 
sumed the practice of his profession. August 23, 1819, he married Esther, 
daughter of Jonathan Fallis, a native of England, who came to the United 
States during the last half of the eighteenth century. He settled first in 
Virginia, but later came to Ohio, where he built the first mill ever erected in 
Wayne county. In the spring of 1836, Doctor Welch brought his wife and 
five children to Tippecanoe county and settled at West Point. He pur- 
chased a lot of Wayne township land, and for two years did some farming 
while keeping up his professional duties. His wife became so dissatisfied 
with the isolated and discouraging conditions that the Doctor yielded to her 
entreaties to return to the old Ohio home, where he resumed medical practice 
and gradually built up a large business. In 1846, the outlook in Tippecanoe 
county having somewhat improved, he came back to West Point and con- 
tinued the practice of medicine until his death, in 1875. His wife sui^dved 
him two years, passing away in 1877 at what the obituary writers! would 
designate as a "ripe old age," being in her eighty-sixth year. This ex- 
cellent pioneer couple are still remembered for their sterling qualities, and 




AMOS WELCH 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 745 

high moral character. Tliey were active members of the society of l*"riends, 
devoted to practical charity and all good works, with the result that they 
enjoyed not onh' the respect but affection of all who knew them. 

Amos Welch, youngest of the eight children of his parents, was born 
in \\'ayne township, Tippecanoe county, Indiana, April i6, 1838. He was 
eight years old when his father returned to West Point for permanent resi- 
dence, and he grew up on the farm with all the experiences of pioneer 
boys. He enjoyed but limited opportunities of going to school, all his edu- 
cation being obtained by daily intercourse with his fellowmen, with an oc- 
casional visit to farmers' institutes and other such gatherings. He remained 
with his parents during their old age, caring for their health and looking 
after their comfort until the time of their respective deaths. [March 20. 1877, 
he married Mary, daughter of John Sherry, one of the first settlers of Tippe- 
canoe county. Born in Bourbon county, Iventucky, in 1799, a son of Hugh 
Sherry, a native of Pennsylvania, he was taken in childhood to Ohio, where 
his parents found a home in Ross county during the remainder of their 
lives. John Sherry came to Tippecanoe county in 1828, entered a consider- 
able tract of land and was engaged in farming during the rest of his days. 
He also owned and conducted a saw and grist-mill, being one of the first 
millers of the county, and in the performance of his double occupations he 
spent an industrious life, until called away by death in April, 1857. Two 
children were born to this union, both deceased. Mr. Welch owns one of 
the best farms in the township and has the reputation of being one of the 
best farmers. He has been prominent in politics as a local Republican leader 
and consulted as a safe; advisor in all party movements. He served one 
term in the state legislature in 1895 and gave entire satisfaction to his con- 
stituents by his sensible way of attending to business. He is a man of 
honesty and integrity, a worthy descendant of his good Quaker parents, and 
no man stands higher in the community as a neighbor and citizen. 



ALBERT EUGENE SHEARMAN. 

This well known and highly respected resident of Lafayette has been 
honored with distinctive preferment in various lines of activity and as a 
citizen ranks among those whose value and worth to the comniunitv cannot 
be lightly estimated. For many years identified with the material interests 
and advancement of his adopted city, he has filled with marked abilitv posi- 



746 PAST AND PRESENT 

tior.s of l:or.oi" and trust r.r.d as a representative > f an important brancli of thi 
government service still occupies a prominent place in the public view as well 
as in the esteem and contidence of the people with whom he is brought into 
contact. 

Albert E. Shearman is a nati\e of Oneida county, Xew York, and belongs 
to one of the old and widely known families of that part of the Empire state, 
another representative of the same family being the Hon. James Schoolcraft 
Sherman, a statesman of distinguished ability and, since Alarch, 1909, the 
honored A'ice-President of the United States, who is a nephew of the subject. 

W'illett H. Shearman, father of the subject, was born Januarv 31. 1792. 
at South Kingston, Rhode Island, and by occupation was a farmer and manu- 
facturer. By his first wife, Catharine Ann Schoolcraft, a native of Xew York 
state and a daughter of Col. Lawrence Schoolcraft, a soldier of the Revolu- 
tion, he had eight children, and his second marriage, which was solemnized 
with Emily Church, of Oneida county, resulted in a like number of children, 
his family of si.xteen children consisting of seven daughters and nine sons. 
of whom the following survive: Helen M. Shearman, of Allendale. Xew 
Jersey, who has reached the age of eighty-two years ; ^lesdames Josephine 
Foote and Angeline Sullivan, twins, who haxe passed the seventieth milestone 
on life's journey; Eben R. Shearman, aged sixty-five, who, with the two sisters 
mentioned, lives in Elgin, Illinois, he being connected with the watch factory 
in that city; Albert E., who is next to the youngest, the youngest survivor of 
the large circle that formerly gathered around the parental hearthstone. 
Willett H. Shearman died in 1868, at the age of nearly seventy-seven years, 
and his wife, Emily, mother of the suljject, was called to her final rest in the 
same year, her age at the time of her tlemise being about sixty-two years. 

Albert E. Shearman was born in the town of A'ernon, Xew York. July 
16, 1842, and spent his early life in his native county, devoting the years of 
his boyhood and youth to the practical duties of the farm and attending the 
public schools at intervals in the meantime. His educational privileges in- 
cluded the usual studies of the schools of Vernon and an academic course at 
the same place, and at the age of eighteen he began teaching, which he fol- 
lowed until his twentieth year, when he exchanged the school room for the 
more active and strenuous duties of army life. His military experience began 
in August. 1862, with his enlistment from Rome, X'^ew York, in Company A. 
One Hundred and Seventeenth Regiment Xew York A'olunteer Infantry, 
under Capt. George W. Brigham, who was subsequently killed at the battle 
of Drury's Blufif, the commander of the regiment being Col. William R. 
Pease, formerly a captain in the United States regular army and an ofiicer of 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 747 

great bravery and daring. Air. Shearman was with his regiment in some of 
the most noted campaigns in the siege of Fort Sumter along the Potomac, 
and in the vicinity of Richmond, and shared with his comrades the horror 
of battle on a number of bloody fields, including the engagement of Chapin."s 
Farm, and the almost continuous fighting which took place ere the final sur- 
render of the Confederate forces and the collapse of the rebellion at Appomat- 
tox. In August, 1864, while in front of Petersburg, ^iv. Shearman was 
severely wounded in the left leg by the fragment of a shell and on another 
occasion he received a painful though not serious injury by being struck in 
the side by a musket or rifle ball, and on the 29th of September, 1864, while 
in front of the Confederate capital, he had the misfortune of falling into the 
liands of the enemy and for some time thereafter was incarcerated in Libby 
prison, being sent from there to Belle Isle, and later to Salisbury, North 
Carolina, spending about six months in these prisons ere his exchange was 
effected. 

Mr. Shearman was mustered out of the service at Albany. New York, 
in June, 1865, and, returning home in a weakened condition resulting from 
his prison experience and injuries, he suffered greatly during the several 
months ensuing, — indeed his recovery was despaired of by his relatives and 
friends who did everything within their power to minister to his comfort. 
In due time, however, thanks to a naturally strong constitution, he regained 
his normal vigor and as soon as practicable thereafter entered Eastman's 
Commercial College at Poughkeepsie, New York, where he completed the 
full course and fitted himself for an active business career, to which his sub- 
sequent life has been devoted. Coming to Lafayette, Indiana, in the fall of 
1866, he accepted the position of cashier in the Wabash railroad freight office, 
and after two years in that capacity entered the employ of the Monon railroad, 
with which he continued for a period of eighteen years, three of which were 
spent in Chicago as agent, his headquarters the remainder of the time being in 
Lafayette. 

Severing his connection with the Monon in 1886, Mr. Shearman again 
entered the service of the Wabash road, and during the ensuing four years 
was an agent on the National Dispatch line of fast freight at Chicago. Re- 
signing the position at the expiration of the time indicated, he returned to 
Lafayette and became assistant postmaster, under B. ^Vilson Smith, which 
place he held four years, and then entered the city treasurer's ofBce. where he 
liad an important position during two administrations of four years each, and 
was engaged for a third, but in July, 1902, was induced to return to the 
postoffice where he has since been assistant postmaster, serving first under 



748 PAST AXD PRESENT 

James L. Caldwell and. since the expiration of his term, under Thomas W. 
Burt, the present incumbent. 

Mr. Shearman has been in the employ of the United States postal service 
for a period of eleven years, during which time he has become familiar with 
every detail of the office and achieved an honorable reputation as an exceed- 
ingly capable and judicious official, enjoying to a marked degree the confi- 
dence of his superior and the esteem of the public. He likewise stood high 
in the regard of the raifi-oad companies with which he was so long identified, 
filled worthily a number of important trusts while in that branch of service 
and his record in the various public positions to which called is above the 
suspicion of reproach or dishonor. Aside from his regular duties, he takes 
an active interest in military matters and since 1890 has been influential 
as a member of John A. Logan Post. No. 3. Grand Army of the Republic, in 
which he now holds the title of past commander ; he is also identified with 
Encampment No. 122. Union \'eteran Legion, being a past colonel, and 
Tippecanoe Lodge. No. 55, Independent Order of Odd Fellows. 

]Mr. Shearman, on the 6th of January, 1875, was united in the bonds of 
wedlock with Flora McKee Linn, daughter of Austin P. and Olive (DeVault) 
Linn, the father a Kentuckian by birth, and one of the old settlers, coming 
here from Crawfordsville in 1827, a well known banker and business man 
of Lafavette, who died in 1865. The mother was a native of Ohio, who 
came here with her father, Lemuel DeVault, and family, in 1835. Mrs. Linn 
died in 1888. They were both of Revolutionary ancestry. Mrs. Shearman is 
the only survivor of the two children born to this couple. Mr. and Mrs. 
Shearman have no children of their own, but have always been interested in 
the welfare of the young people of their city, who hold them in high esteem. 

A man of strong individuality and unquestioned probity, Mr. Shearman 
has attained a due measure of success in the affairs of life, and the various 
positions w^ith which he has been honored from time to time bear witness of 
its ability, close application and mature judgment displayed in all of his 
undertakings. A gentleman of quiet demeanor, more meditative and thought- 
ful than given to much speech, he is nevertheless affable and cheerful in social 
circles and, while not especially seeking friendships, he possesses the faculty 
of drawing friends about him and binding them to him as with bands of steel. 
His influence has ever been exercised in behalf of right and his career proves 
that the only true success in this life is that which is accomplished by personal 
effort and consecutive industry. The record of such a man cannot fail to be 
an inspiration to the young of this and future generations and it is with much 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 749 

satisfaction that the foregoing brief epitome of his career and tribute to his 
worth as a man and citizen are accorded a place in this voUime. 

The home of Mr. and ]\Irs. Shearman is at No. 665 Main street, where 
Mrs. Shearman was born. 



JOHN ALLEN HILL. 

John A. Hill, dealer in wall paper and one of the leading business men 
cf Lafayette, was born nine miles northwest of the city, in Tippecanoe county, 
May II, 1865. His father, Aaron S. Hill, a native of Hamilton county, Ohio, 
came to this part of Indiana as early as 1841 and later w-as engaged in the 
railroad service for a number of years with the Wabash and Monon lines. 
He married in this county Martha F. Jennings, a daughter of Able C. Jen- 
nings, a prosperous farmer and representative citizen, and in due time became 
the father of four children, namely: \\'illiam F., a business man of Lafay- 
ette; Carrie M., who is single and her father's housekeeper; Charles, deceased, 
and John A., the subject of this sketch. The mother of these children is 
deceased and for a number of years the father has been living a retired life, 
being the possessor of a sufficiency of th.is world's goods to place him in 
independent circumstances. 

On moving to Lafayette in 1864, Aaron S. Hill accepted the position of 
engineer with the old Potter, Daggert & Martin woolen mills. Later he entered 
the service of the Sample pork house in the same capacity and, as previously 
stated, devoted a number of years to railroading. He was a soldier during 
the last six months of the Civil war in Company C, One Hundred and Fiftieth 
Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry, but by reason o"f ill health was obliged 
to spend three months in the hospital, consequently saw but little active service 
in the field. 

When John A. Hill was a year old, his parents mo\-ed to Lafavette and 
his early life differed in no important respect from that of the majority of 
city lads. He attended the public schools about the usual time and at the age 
of thirteen acquired his first knowledge of business afifairs as clerk in a 
grocery store. .After a year or two in that capacity, he entered the emplnv of 
a stave manufacturer, in whose factory he labored until his eighteenth vear. 
when he engaged in the wall paper business with William \'. Stnv. whose 
plnce nil the iirrth side of the public square was the largest and most importnnt 
establishment of the kind in the citv. 



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January i, 1900, Mr. Hill started in the same line of trade tor himself 
on the corner of Tenth and Main streets and during the nine years that he 
has been at the head of the Cbtablislimeat his business has grown rapidly in 
volume until he is now recognized as the leading wall paper dealer and deco- 
rator in Lafayette. By strict attention to the demands of the trade and always 
doing high grade work, his patronage has taken a very wide range including 
not only the leading people of his own city but a large and growing business 
in a number <:if other towns. This stead)- increase has rendered necessary 
the enlargement of his facilities from time ti) time and additions to his force 
of workmen and clerks, six of whom are now required to look after the 
interests of the trade and do the large amcnmt of decorating which he makes 
a specialty. 

Mr. Hill is a man of retined tastes and as an artistic decorator has few 
equals and no superiors. The high standard of his work is its best recom- 
mendation and the chief advertisement of his establishment and the large 
number of fine homes in Lafayette and other cities, besides public halls, lodge 
rooms, etc.. here and elsewhere, which he has decorated antl beautilied bear 
eloquent testimony to his etificiency and skill as a master of his craft. 

Mr. Hill is not only an enterprising business man deeply inte'^ested in 
the success of the line of trade to which he is devoting his time and attention, 
but is also a public-spirited citizen who keeps in touch with the grnwth of 
his city and county and encourages all means for the advancement of the 
community, socially and morally. He stands for law and order, uses his in- 
fluence on the right side of every public issue and has always had the best 
interests of his fellowmen at heart. He is an acti\e member of the Independ- 
ent Order of Odd Fellriws and all of its branches: also belongs to the .\ncieni 
Order of Druids and in politics is an earnest supporter of the Republicm 
party, but not a partisan in the sense of seeking office or aspiring to leu'.er- 
ship. Religiously, he was reared under the influence of the Christian clun-cb 
and still subscribes to the plain, simple teaching of that large and growing 
body, being an attendant of the church in T,afayette and interested in tlie wi rk 
under its auspices. 

On October 19, 1888, ^Ir. Hill and Martha V. Shores, of Xew \»v]<. 
daughter of Dr. William F, and ;\Iary Shores, at the time indicated residents 
of Tipton county, Indiana, were united in the holy bonds of wedlock; the union 
being blessed with two offspring, a daughter who died in infancy .and a son. 
Arnold H. Hill, who was born June 18, 1891, and who is now his father's 
efficient assistant. 



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I\Ir. Hill is a gentleman ot pleasing presence, and stands high not only in 
the commercial world but in the confidence and esteem of the people of his 
city, regardless of class or condition. He has a full, well developed atliletic 
figure, a frank, open countenance, which, with his affable manner and the 
habit of always looking on the bright side of things, make him an interesting 
and welcome accession to the soci.d circles in which he move.--. Energetic, 
enterprising and full of business, he has made his intiuence felt in the city 
of his residence and stands well to tlie front among its successful men and 
representative citizens. 



JOSEPH ABDON. 

Among the bra\-e sons of ilie Xorth who sacrificed so much during the 
dark days Cif the sixties to save the national Union and thereby transmit to 
posterity a glorious Repuljlic — the greatest in the history of the earth — v.'as 
the late Joseph Aljdon, a man remembered for his genial disposition and 
his high sense of honor, \\h< was Imrn in 1843 '" Dearborn county, Indiana. 
He received a fairly gond cummdn-'^chnol education for those early days and 
assisted with the work about the home place. When he reached maturity he 
engaged for the most part in huckstering and as a cooper for a livelihood. 
\\'hen the Civil war began he was quick to respond to the call for troops and 
enlisted in Company K, One Hundred and Twenty-third Regiment Indiana 
Vi;lunteer Infantry, and was made corporal. He performed well his duties 
during that great struggle and recei\-ed an honorable discharge. 

Mr. Abdiin was married to Airs. Alar)- Jane Kerr and to this union 
three chiklren were liorn, one son and two daughters, as follows: George 
Abdon. whdse birth occurred August 5. 1866, married Clara \\'eir, and he is 
engaged as a mechanic in Fort \\'ayne, Indiana: Eva Abdon, born February i, 
1873, is a stenographer and chief clerk at the Sterling Alanufacturing Com- 
pany's plant of Lafayette: Anna L. .\bdon, born September 2, 1875, m^n'ied 
Charles Bechtold. Xo children were born to them. She was a high school 
graduate and her death occurred on September 28, 1896. 

Joseph Abdon died October 26, 1893, after an active and useful life. 

Mrs. Mary Jane Abdon was first married to Derrick Kerr, wlio was bom 
in Dearborn county, Indiana, the wedding occurring Alav 12, 1850. One 
son was born of this union, William D. Kerr, whose vear of birth was 1861. 
He WPS educated in the city schools, and he learned the iilumber"s trade, which 
lie now successfully follows in Lafayette, bis place of business being located 



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on Union street. He married Fannie G. W'orkhoff, April 17, 1886, and they 
are the parents of two ciiildren; one son, Albert Kerr, born April 11, 1887, 
is a graduate of Purdue University in .pharmacy : the other child, Gladys 
Kerr, is now (1909) fourteen years old and is making a good record in the 
public schools. 

Derrick Kerr was also a soldier in the Union army, having enlisted in 
defense of the flag early in the war, in Company D, in an Indiana regiment. 
His death occurred in Alay, 1862, while he was on his way home from the 
front, dying in a St. Louis hospital of the measles. 

Airs. Abdon lives in a neat and comfortable home at Xo. 13 14 Green- 
bush street, Lafayette. Although she is a woman who has known sorrow and 
has done much hard work, she is uncomplaining, optimistic and of comely 
personal appearance. She is a member of the Trinity Methodist Episcopal 
church, as are also her children, and she receives a pension of twelve dollars 
per month. This family stand high among their neighbors, having always 
borne reputations exemplary in every respect. 



JOHN W. SKINNER. 

He to whom this sketch is dedicated is a member of one of the oldest 
and most honored pioneer families of Tippecanoe county, and there is par- 
ticular interest attached to a study of his life record, owing to the fact he has 
forged his way to the front by reason of an innate ability and personal char- 
acteristics that seldom fail to win the goal sought. 

John W. Skinner, the popular ex-commissioner of Tippecanoe county, 
is a native of the same, having been Ixirn in Lauramie township. September 
9, 1855, the son of Thomas and Eliza (Conarroe) Skinner, the former a 
native of Hamilton county, Indiana, where his birth occurred in 181 1. He 
came to Tippecanoe county about 1829 and pla^xd well his part in the sub- 
sequent development of the locality, which was then practically a wilder- 
ness. He was industrious and thrifty and became a well-to-do farmer for 
those days. He came by this naturally, for he grew up on a farm, and also 
learned the carpenter's trade. He started with practically nothing, but en- 
tered one hundred and twenty acres of land from the government at one 
dollar and twenty-five cents per acre. Having prospered, he added to this 
until he became the owner of four hundred acres, which he managed in a 
manner that stamped him as a man of soundness of judgment and he was 




JOHN W. SKINNER 




THOMAS SKINNER 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 753 

intluential in his community, lieing regarded as a man of strict integrity. 
He remained on his farm the rest of his Hfe, dying :\Iay 23, 1892. He was 
a Republican in politics. He and his wife were the parents of two children, 
John W. Skinner, of this review, and Joseph, who died when ten years of 
age. 

John W. Skinner was reared on his father's farm, where he assisted with 
tlie work about the place and he quite naturally chose farming for his life 
wijrk. He received a good practical education in the local common schools 
and at Stockwell. 

Mr. Skinner was married June 14, 1876, to Flora May \\'arwick, who 
was liorn in Tippecanoe county, the daughter of John and Sarah ^^'arwick. 
The W'arwicks have long l^een a prominent family here. ]\Irs. Skinner re- 
ceived a fairly good education in the common schools and she proved to be 
a very faithful and congenial helpmeet to her husband, who owes no little 
of his success to her counsel. Their home was blessed by the birth of two 
children. Jesse R. and Roy L. ; but a deep gloom was cast over the home in 
1(505 by the tragic death of the latter, being a victim of a railroad accident. 
The first named son, a young man of marked Inisiness ability, is married 
and is making his home with his parents. Airs. John \\'. Skinner was 
called to her rest in 1892. and in 1894 Mr. Skinner was married to Martha 
Ellis, who was born and reared in Tippecanoe county, the daughter of Mr. 
and Mrs. John Ellis, an old and highly respected family. Mrs. Skinner is 
a woman of affability and presides over her home with a grace that has won 
hosts of warm friends. ]\Ir. Skinner's second marriage has resulted in the 
birth of one child. Ward E.. who is twelve years old at this writing and is 
a bright and interesting lad. 

I\Ir. Skinner is the owner of one thousand acres of as valuable land as 
can be found in this favored section of the Hoosier state, and none is bet- 
ter improved, for he takes a delight in keeping hisi farm up to twentieth 
century standards. He is an admirer of good stock and has always kept some 
fine breeds of all kinds, especially cattle and horses. His land is easilv worth 
one hundred dollars per acre. Besides this farm, Mr. Skinner owns one- 
fifth interest in two thousand five hundred acres of valuable timber land in the 
state of Mississippi. He is one of the stockholders in the Farmers and 
Traders' Bank at Lafayette, in which he is a director. For the past twelve 
years he has not engaged in active farming, but spends his time overseeing 
his large interests. He makes his home in Stockwell, where he has one of 
the most attractive residences in this localitv, being of beautiful architectural 
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754 PAST AND PRESENT 

design, modern in every detail, elegantly furnished and surrounded by well- 
kept grounds and substantial outbuildings. 

In politics Mr. Skinner is a Republican and he has long taken some- 
thing of an active interest in local party affairs. He was elected commis- 
sioner from the third district and very ably served in that capacity for two 
terms, or six years. Fraternally, he is a member of Summit Lodge, Knights 
of Pythias. 

Personally, Air. Skinner is a man whom it is a delight to meet, court- 
eous, unassuming, kind and generous, and while giving his chief attention 
to his business, he finds time and opportunity to take an interest in matters 
pertaining to the progress and growth of his community, county and state, 
keeping abreast of the times in all questions of vital import and being re- 
garded by all as a leader in the locality honored by his residence. 



FRED REULE. 



For a number of years the subject of this sketch has been identified with 
the business interests of Lafayette, during which he has made for himself 
a place of honor in commercial and social circles, his life being one of signal 
positiveness and his integrity above the suspicion of reproach. As his name 
indicates, Fred Reule is of Teutonic ancestry and traces his family history 
through a long line of antecedents to Germany where his parents, George 
Reule and Caroline Wooster, were born and reared. Both came to America 
in their youth and located at Lafayette where, in due time, their marriage 
occured, the union resulting in the birth of one son, the subject of this re- 
view, and two daughters, the older of whom, Caroline, is the widow of the 
late Charles W. Warrenburg, of Lafayette, and the mother of two children, 
George B. and Clara. A. Mary, the second daughter, is unmarried and lives 
with her brother, whose home she manages and to whose interest and comfort 
she ministers in various ways. George Reule engaged in the hardware trade at 
Lafayette a number of years ago and was long one of the enterprising and 
successful business men of the city. Honest and upright in his dealings and 
energetic in all of his undertakings, he built up a lucrative patronage and at 
the time of his death, in 1891, was a conspicuous figure in the commercial 
circles of the city, with an honorable reputation as an intelligent and 
progressive citizen. Mrs. Reule. who sur\'ived her husband, departed this life 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 755 

in 1909, aged se\-enty-six years, five months and some days, Mr. Reule being 
in his fifty-eighth year when called to the unseen world. 

Fred Reule, whose birth occurred in Lafayette on the 21st day of Feb- 
ruary, i860, was reared in his native city, and after attending the public 
schools of the same until acquiring a pretty thorough knowledge of the 
branches therein taught, took a two-years course in a commercial college 
with the object in view of fitting himself for a business life. Prior to the 
completion of his education, he obtained a valuable practical experience under 
the direction of his father, whose place of business he entered at the age of 
sixteen and with whom he continued until the latter's death, when he entered 
into the hardware business upon his own responsibility. 

Mr. Reule's business career has been eminently successful and he is now 
proprietor of the largest and best known establishment of the kind in the 
city. The large and well conducted building, which fronts one hundred and 
fifteen feet on Columbia street and forty-four feet on Second street, is four 
stories high with a large basement and is admirably adapted to the purposes 
for which intended, the different floors being stocked with everything in the 
hardware line, in addition to which the proprietor deals extensively in farm 
implements and machinery, gas engines of various types, buggies and other 
vehicles, harness, binders, twine, cement and building materials, all of which 
he buys in carload lots and disposes of both wholesale and retail. The entire 
second floor of the mammoth establishment is stocked with the celebrated 
Columbus buggies, which are sold in large numbers, and he also handles the 
J. I. Case threshers and engines, which he purchases by the carload and for 
which there has been a steadily growing demand during the past eight or 
ten years. He also carries a full line of fine office furniture, fixtures and 
many other articles which the limits of this brief sketch w-ill not admit of 
mention, his stock of all kinds being full and complete, so as to supply the 
growing demands of the trade and requiring to handle it the services of eight 
experienced salesmen, besides an adequate force to look after the various 
clerical departments. In the building up and management of this large and 
far-reaching enterprise, Mr. Reule deserves great credit and the ease with 
w^hich every department is conducted demonstrates business ability of a high 
order and a method and foresight as rare as they are admirable. 

I\Ir. Reule has never assumed the duties and responsibilities of the mar- 
riage relation, nevertheless he maintains a beautiful and attractive home at 
No. 1 1 18 North street, where, as already indicated, his sister manages his 
household and looks after his domestic afifairs, the place being well known to 
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756 PAST AND PRESENT 

who from time to time are accustumed to wliile away many pleasant hours 
with tlie kindly host and hostess. In his religious belief the subject is a 
Lutheran, to which church his ancestors belonged and in the truths «if which 
he was early trained by pious and devoted parents. He is a liberal ccmtributor 
to its various lines of work besides being a generous donor to all charitable 
and humanitarian enterprises. 

In personal appearance, Mr. Reule is tall, well built and of a pleasing" 
address, modest in manners, deliberate in conversation and methodical in all 
he does and says. He impresses all with whc:m he comes into contact as a 
man of intelligence, good judgment and fdrce — in brief, as a typical German- 
American citizen of a class to which our country is greatly indebted for its 
material progress and social advancement. 



REV. -MICHAEL J. BYRXE. 

The popular pastor of St. Ann"s has had a varied career in the priesthood 
and it is only necessary to examine into his achievements with his numerous 
charges to find that his life has been one of usefulness and good works. He 
is of Irish origin and possesses all the characteristics of his nationality. His 
father. Peter Byrne, came from the historic Emerald Isle as far back as the 
earlv thirties and for a time worked as a day laborer in Cincinnati. While 
there he met and married Mary Hannagan. an Irish girl, then a resident of 
Newport, Kentucky. Shortly afterward they located in Butler county. Ohio. 
where Peter bought a small tract of land from the government, to which he 
added by subsequent purchases until his holdings amounted to a full section. 
Later he removed to Lafayette, where he died in October, 1906. at the ripe 
old age of eighty-nine years. His six children consisted of four sons and two 
daughters, all of whom are living. Michael J. is at Lafayette; Dennis is 
in the waterworks department at Chicago: John is a sergeant of police in the 
same citv : Paul, who resides at Anderson. Indiana, is employed with a 
Chicago firm: Catherine is a sister of the Order <if Xotre Dame ant! teaches 
at St. Xnvier's in Cincinnati; Mary is the wife of a prosperous blacksmith at 
Sidney, Ohio. 

^lichael J. Byrne, eldest of the family, was born in Butler county. Ohio, 
October 18, 1838, and remained on the farm until the completion of his 
sixteenth year. By this time he had obtained sufificient education to teach and 
after devoting a year to this pursuit he obtained a life license at the age of 
seventeen, but nnlv used it for one more vear in school work. .After a rear 



TIPPECANOE COUNTV^ IND. 757 

ill the commercial course at St. Mary's Institute, in Dayton. Ohio, he olnained 
a degree in 1876 and then entered the preparatory seminary at St. Mary's in 
Cincinnati. Remaining there until 1S77, he spent the following five years 
at the University of Niagara and was graduated in the classical course in 1883 
with the degree of blaster of Arts. Tw(_i years in the philosophical course at 
Baltimore (iMar}-land) College gained for him the degree of Bachelor of 
Arts and, after finishing in theology at St. \'incent's. Beatty. Pennsylvania, 
he was ordained June JQ. 1888. His first work was as assistant pastor in 
the cathedral at Ft. Wayne. Indiana. In 1891 he was given pastoral charge 
of St. Mary's in East Chicago, and was the principal factor in building the 
present church at that place. In 1895 he was assigned to the Sacred Heart 
church at Whiting, Indiana, and purchased the land on which were built the 
church, St. Michael's hall, the Sisters' academy and school and the parochial 
residence. He also bought property and built a Imuse and church fur the first 
Slavonian parish in the diocese. Transferred to the cathedral at Ft. Wayne, 
he remained there until the condition of the parish required his presence at 
Union City, Indiana, and to that point he was sent to remain two years. In 
1901 he was transferred to St. Ann's in Lafayette and since then has accept- 
ably filled that important charge. There has been great progress binder Father 
Byrne's energetic management. The church building" has been completed, 
additional property bought, many ini])ni\ements brought about, and a new 
residence constructed in 1908. When he took charge, the congregation was 
twelve thousand dollars in deln. but all nf this has been paid, while the mem- 
bershi]) has been increased fmm one hundred tn oxer fmir hundred families. 
Father Byrne is a menilier of the Ancient Ortler of Hiljernians and wa> direct- 
or during three dift'erent terms. At ])resent he is chap<lain for the Indiana 
branch of the order and chairman nf the cnmmittee on Irish hist-ry. He be- 
longs to the Catholic Knights of St. John, the Tippecanoe countv board of 
charities and corrections and serves as a member of the police board without 
pay. The congregation of St. Ann's is much attached to Father Byrne, whose 
kindly manners, sympathetic nature, readiness to help those in need and un- 
selfish devotion to all good causes ha\-e endeare<l him to the whole population 
of Lafavette, 



JOSEPH CHARLES .VRTHL^R, 

Perhaps no department of agriculture in all its numerous branches calls 
for the exercise of higher science or more delicate skill than that relating to 
the physiology and pathology of plants. It is comparativelv a modern science 



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and while embraced under the general head of botan)', has a distinctive twen- 
tieth-century flavor. The successful prosecution of such work demands highly 
trained minds, educated by long study both in theory and practice, besides 
being possessed of a natural adaptability for the pursuit. In other words, it 
must be a scholar of the first grade, with ability akin to genius, to give the 
best results in what is regarded as a department of the first importance in the 
domain of agricultural science as applied to the vegetable world. Some de- 
tails concerning the accomplished gentleman who tills this chair at Purdue 
University will prove acceptable and interesting. The family is of New York 
origin. Charles Arthur, who was a farmer and merchant, married Anna 
Allen, by whom he had two children. Joseph Charles Arthur, the only son, 
was born at Lowville, New York, January ii, 1850, but obtained his early 
education in the schools of Iowa. Before reaching his majority he entered 
the Iowa Agricultural College at Ames, and was a graduate in the first class 
of that institution in 1872. His degree of Bachelor of Science then obtained 
was followed in 1877 by the supplementary degree of Master of Science. His 
subsequent educational career embraced terms at Johns Hopkins University 
in 1878-9, at Harvard in 1879, and at Cornell in 1886, where he obtained 
the degree of Doctor of Science. During the interval between the last two 
dates mentioned, he was at the experiment station at Geneva, New York, and 
in 1896 he spent some time at Bonn University. In 1887 he came to Purdue 
University as professor of vegetable physiology and pathology and was ap- 
pointed botanist of the Indiana experiment station in 1888. In 1886 he was 
sectional secretary of the American Association for Advancement of Science, 
assistant general secretary in 1887, and vice-president in 1895. and president 
of the Botanical Society of America in 1902. In 1904 he was one of the 
principal speakers at the International Congress of Arts and Sciences at St. 
Louis. He has held numerous important positions in connection with various 
learned societies, including the academies of Iowa, Philadelphia and Indiana, 
of which last he was president in 1893. INIuch of his work has been tlexoted 
to fungous diseases of cultivated crops and plant rusts. 

Professor .^r'hrr is a man of nervous temperament, f|uick perception, a 
hard and persistent worker, with the fine touch and intuiti(in which indicate 
the superior mind. He is not inclined to talk much, but what he says is 
always to the point and any one interested in his special branch of knowledge 
after an hour's talk with him will go av.ay feeling that he has been greatly 
benefitted. Professor Arthur is afTable in manner, sincere in his intercourse, 
direct in method, and a profound student in the difficult branch of science to 
which he has devoted his life. Purdue University was fortunate in securing 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY^ IND. 759 

his services, and the farmtrs and market gardeners of Indiana as weU as all 
others who cume in contact with the vegetable world will in thiie get the 
benefit of the work done so silently and efifectively in the laboratory at Purdue. 
The bulletins sent out from time to time convey useful knowledge of various 
kinds and those who heed will be able to escape luss, as well as learn much 
concerning plant life which will be useful in their business. 



JOHN F. BURLEY. 

The state of Ohio has sent many of its best citizens to the western coun- 
try who have transformed it from a wilderness to a country equal in every 
way to the great Buckeye commonwealth. Of this number of worthy citizens 
who came to Tippecanoe county, Indiana, the name of John F. Burley should 
be mentioned. He was born in Greenville, Darke county, Ohio, January ii, 
1830, the son of Thornton H. and Mary A. Burley, both natives of Virginia. 
John F. Burley came to this city in an early day and was successful in estab- 
lishing a good home here and leaving a competency for his family. His 
death occurred May 29, 1859. 

John F. Burley and ;\Iary A. Bookwalter were married December 4, 
1856. She was born in Piqua county, Ohio, September 11, 1829, and her 
parents were from Pennsylvania. Her father's name was Jacob Bookwalter 
and her mother's maiden name was Juiia .Vnn Shuck. Jacob Bookwalter 
was twice married and reared a large family, consisting of fifteen children. 
There were seven children by Mary A.'s mother and eight by her step-mother. 
fi\-e girls and ten boys; three boys and one girl are now living. 

One son was born to Mr. and Mrs. John F. Burley, named Charles F., 
who was born February 21, 1858. He married Minnie Brownley, a native of 
Michigan, and they are the parents of three living children, one son and two 
daughters. Charles F. Burley is a traveling salesman for Maxwell & Com- 
pany, of Chicago, and is a very energetic and faithful business man. He has 
a good education and has gained much from the world first-handed which 
renders his services valuable to his employers who regard him as one of the 
most capable salesman. He has a nice home and a fine family. 

Mrs. Mary A. Burley lives in a very comfortable and attractive home at 
No. 212 South Si.\th street. Her father was a farmer and she was reared 
in a wholesome home atmosphere which she has ever sought 
to maintain about her lionie. She was reared in the Meth- 



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odist Episcopal faitli. She deliglits to tell of the early days of 
Tippecanoe count}-, for she was but thirteen years old when she came here 
and she has noted the wondrous changes that have taken place here since then. 
When lier parents came here they settled four and one-half miles west of 
Logansport in the stone-quarry district. She recalls the operations on the old 
canal when she says all the music she heard was the bugles and the frogs 
during the spring months. In that community then could be found all kinds 
of wild fruits and plenty of game. j\Irs. Bnrley is a well preserved woman 
for one of her advanced years. She is a good conversationalist, having a most 
excellent memory, recalling e\ents of historic interest in the long ago. She 
has always been a hard and constant worker and is yet very active, being alert 
in body and mind, and is a good mother and neighbur. She has reared a son 
of whom any mother might be proud. 



THOMAS G. McKEE. 

Prominently identified with the industrial and civic affairs of Tippe- 
canoe county is Thomas G. ]\lclvee. who is one of the progressi\e farmers 
of this locality, residing on a beautiful farmstead in Lauramie township, 
which he has improved and on which he makes a very comfortable living 
by reason of his close application and good management : but while he de- 
votes the major part of his time t>> his individual aftairs he was ne\er known 
to neglect his duties to the public at large. He was born in Franklin county. 
Indiana, August 24., 1829, and his long life has been spent within the borders 
of the Hoosier state, and now in the golden evening of his days he finds 
himself surrounded by the evidences of his former years of actixitv and can 
look back upon a career of w hich no one might be ashamed. He is the son 
of Eli C. and Xancy (Griffin) ]\IcKee, the latter the daughter of Dr. E. 
Griffin, a well-known pioneer physician. Xancy Griffin was born in the state 
of Kentucky. \\'hen Eli C. ^IcKee, a rugged, honest pioneer, came to 
Lauramie township. Tippecanoe county. Indiana, on September 20. 18,^3, 
he found practically a wilderness. Init, being a hard worker, he soon had a 
foothold here and established a good home. To y\v. and ^Irs. Eli C. Mckee 
eight children w-ere Ijorn. only three of wlmm are now li\-ing. namelv : 
Thomas G., of this re\iew. whu is now eighty years of age; Enes. who was 
born October t6. 1830: and Samuel. 




THOMAS G. McKEE 



TIPPECANOE COUNTVj IND. 761 

Thomas (i. McKee was two years old when liis parents brought him to 
this county. He grew to manhood in Lauramie township, and after reach- 
ing the proper age assisted with the work on tlie farm. Owing to the fact 
that it was necessary for liim to help clear and improve his father's place 
and also because of the primitive schools of those early days, he received only 
a limited education, but this has not handicapped him in his business life, for 
he has succeeded over all obstacles. ■ He remained at home 'until he was 
twenty-one years of age. and. on April i. 1851, he was married to Julia Ann 
Abbott, and to this union six children were Isorn. of whom, one daughter, 
Harriet A., is the wife of Harvey Tinsley. of Crawfordsville, Indiana. 
Thomas C, the oldest son. was born August 12. i860, and died December 
2, 1899, and Marquis Morton, the second son, was born December 18, 1863, 
and died October 28, 1893, both being laid to rest at Clark's Hill cemetery. 
Maud E., born ^Niav 12. 1867, died November 26, 1889. INIrs. McKee, who 
was Ixirn June 9, 1829, died Alarch 18, 1889. 

]Mr. McKee has devoted his life to farming, and he now has a cijmfort- 
al)le home in Lauramie township where his long life has been spent. In 
November of 1886 he was elected sheriff of Tippecanoe county, and .so faith- 
fully did he serve his fellow citizens in this capacity that they returned him to 
the same office in 1888. his official service ending August 25, 1891. He has 
always been a Republican and has taken considerable interest in local po- 
litical affairs. It is generally acknowledged that he was one of the best 
sherififs Tippecanoe county has ever had. .\fter his term of office expired 
he purchased a farm, but later sold it and for many years engaged ex- 
tensively in stock shipping, of which he made a great success. He is now 
practically retired from active life. 

Fraternally, Mr. McKee is a member of Miller Lodge, Free and Ac- 
cepted Masons, and he has long been a loyal worker in the same, exempli- 
fying in his daily life the honest and humanitarian principles which this 
noble order seeks to inculcate. 



WILLIAM H. H. ^lOORE. M. D. 

Among the young physicians of Lafayette, who ha\e their careers before 
them, none give brighter promise of success than Doctor Moore. He has all 
the prime qualities that usually secure results, as he is abstemious, industrious, 
attentive t<> his duties and possessed of the genial address so essential in 



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making friends. Those who know him best express their great confidence in 
his future, declaring that he is a natural-born physician and full of an ambi- 
tion that will brook no failure. Dr. Moore comes from a good family. Henry 
H. Moore, his father, was well known in this part of Indiana as a merchant 
and farmer. His acquaintance was wide and the esteem for him general. 
He married Elizabeth S. Sleeper, with whom he lived happily until his death 
in 1906. His widow, a highly esteemed lady, quiet and motherly of disposi- 
tion, is an honored resident of West Lafayette. 

William H. H. Moore, the only child, was born in Benton county, In- 
diana, May 4, 1880, and in youth was given every advantage his parents 
could afTord. He attended the schools of Otterbein during his minority and 
entered Purdue University in 1899. Four years of hard study was put in 
mastering the courses mapped out as desirable and in the spring of 1903 the 
diligent student was rewarded with a degree of Bachelor of Science. Having 
decided on a professional career, the next step was to matriculate at Rush 
Medical College in Chicago, where he went through the departments that 
fitted him for graduation in 1906. He obtained practical knowledge to sup- 
plement his theoretical acquirements by engaging as interne, or house physi- 
cian, at St. Ann's Sanitarium and St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Chicago. To 
these positions Dr. Moore devoted sixteen months and then returned to Lafay- 
ette to make arrangements for his professional debut. In March, 1908, he 
located in the Columbia Flats, opened a nent little office, "hung out his 
shingle" and invited the public to enter. There is no doubt but what his 
patients will be plentiful in due time. Docti r Moore is a member of the 
Tippecanoe County, State and American Medical -Associations and also be- 
longs to the Young ]\Ien's Christian Association and the Lincoln Club. He is 
quite popular with his associates and enjoys the entree into some of the best 
societv the citv afifords. 



FRANKLIN GEORGE BAUGHER. 

F. G. Baugher is remembered by the people of Lafayette as a business 
man of extraordinary perseverance and integrity, having during a very active 
life accumulated a competency for his family and then passed on to that 
"undiscovered bourne from whence no traveler ever returns," but his influence 
is still felt by those \\ ho knew him best, for his life was an example worthy of 
emulation in manv respects. He was a native of one of the Eastern states, 
and had two lirothers and several sisters. His father came to Lafayette, 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 763 

Indiana, and died here. F.G.Baugher came to this city with his uncle,William 
Rank, a blacksmith, wlio taught the trade to the subject, wliich lie followed 
for a livelihood, becoming known as one of the most skillful workmen at die 
forge in the county. His death occurred December 4, 1880. 

Franklin G. Baugher and Mary A. Ford were married January 21, 1846. 
She was born in Lebanon county, Pennsylvania, May 10, 1829, the daughter 
of Daniel and Catherine (Koch) Ford, both natives of Pennsylvania. Mr. 
Ford was a carpenter by trade and during his life handled some large and 
important jobs. He and his wife came to Tippecanoe county, Indiana, when 
Mary A., their daughter, was nine years old, the trip from the old home in 
the Keystone state being made in wagons overland. This was in 1838 when 
most of this part of the country was yet covered with the virgin forests. 
Mr. Ford began business in his new home by opening a butcher shop, most 
of his trading in this line being done in Cincinnati where he found a ready 
market for his products, the shipments being made by canal. Their family 
consisted of six children, four girls and two boys, all of whom grew to ma- 
turity. Mary A. received her education in the old-time subscription schools. 

To Franklin G. and Mary A. Baugher five children were born, one girl 
and four boys, three of. whom lived to maturity. Their names follow : Henry, 
who is a printer Ijy trade, married Minnie Barker, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, 
but no children have been born to them; Frank G., Jr., is married and has 
lived in the Reynolds mansion in Lafayette for over twenty years; Walter L. 
married Jennie Ward, of this city, and they became the parents of four chil- 
dren, an equal number of boys and girls. Walter L. Baugher died in July, 
1903. He had followed paper hanging and art decorating for a livelihood, 
and was a very skilled workman. Anna Yesler, a niece of Mrs. Baugher, was 
horn in Pennsylvania, December 2, 1858. and she came to the Baugher home 
when four years old. She takes a delight in caring for ]\Irs. Bauglier. Her 
father's name was John Yesler. Sarah E. Baugher was a sister of the suliject 
of this sketch. 

Mr. and Mrs. Baugher moved into the home now occupied bv Mrs. 
Baugher in 1848, two years after their marriage, and during this long lapse 
she has noted the development of the locality from a mere hamlet to a great 
commercial center. Her children were all born here. It is a substantial brick 
house at No. 15 South Sixth street, and the latch-string is alwavs hanging on 
the outside for the many friends of ]\trs. Baugher. some of them of long 
standing, for she has been well kno\\n here from tlie earlv davs to the present, 
and tlie exemplary life she has lived has made her popular with her acquaint- 
ances. She is a well preserved woman, looking twenty years younger than 



764 PAST AXD PRESENT 

her age. She does a great deal of reading and sewing and other work. She 
is a faithful member of the Presbyterian church. Her life has been, in the 
main, happy, although beset by many trials incident to living in a new country. 
She is kind to all, and her motherly care and influence is felt by everyone 
who comes into her presence. 



JOSEPH BEXJA-MIX BEAUCOXD. 

Fighting fires in cities has long passed from the amateur stage to the 
highest point of discipline and scientific accomplishment. Onlv the best men 
and best machinery are fitted for the work, the inefficient being barred and 
the incompetent told to stand aside. As fire fighting has become more and 
more a science and the management of a department recjuiring a high order of 
generalship combined with bravery, self-control and- a coolness of temperament 
that defies heat, it is considered a great honor to hold the position of chief. 
The people respect him and 1( ok up to him as a hero, he often becomes a 
martyr to his profession, which is extra hazardous, and thus for many reasons 
the list that contains the names of firemen is regarded as a roll of honor. 
At Lafayette, the man who fills this honorable place is Joseph B. Beiuc nd 
and the very fact that he holds it is sufficient proof that he obtained it on 
merit, by possessing those sturdy qualities of budy and mind tint enter intn the 
making- of commanders. The Beauconds were an nld family in I-"li yd county, 
Indiana, before the Civil w-ar and some of its members figured honorably in 
the development of that section. Henry J. Beaucond, born in 1816, died 
in 1893, ■^'^'^s a farmer by regular vocation, but he did a good deal of contract- 
ing as a side line. He married ^lary Byrnes, by whom he had four sons. 
John H., Joseph B., Francis J. and Peter ^I. 

Joseph B. Beaucond, the second of these children, was liorn at Xew 
Albany, Indiana, July 7, 1859, and was reared in the place of his nati\it\-. 
Between school terms he spent his vacations 111 the farm helping his f-ulier 
with the harvest and crop attendance and so cnntinued until the C'jmpletinn 
of the sixteenth year of his age. At that time he became an apprentice to learn 
the trade of locomotive boiler-making and spent several years in mastering 
its intricacies. After fulfilling all the requirements to become a journeyman 
he worked at his trade in Birmingham, Alabama, for two years and, returning 
to X^ew Albany, w-as employed there for the same length of time. His next 
engagement was with the C. E. & I. Railroad Cunipany, after 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 765 

tlie completion of which he laid off temporarily from his regular 
employment to become a fireman at Xew Albany. At this juncture he dabbled 
in politics to some extent on the Democratic side, but eventually resigned 
from the fire department of his own accord and entered the employ of the 
Monon Railroad Company to work at his regular trade. For two years he 
was connected with the police force at Xew Albany and this was followed by a 
re-engagement with the Monon Raih'oad Company to work at his regular 
trade. While thus employed he located at Lafayette in 1894 and for the 
next twelve years he worked in the Monon shops. In 1907 he was made chief 
of the city fire department and has since discharged the duties of that respon- 
sible position. He has a natural aptitude for this work accentuated by a 
previous experience in the same line at New Albany, and he has "made good" 
in every way since he took charge of the position three years ago. The evi- 
dence of this is his high standing among the fire chiefs of the state, the con- 
fidence manifested in him by the fire insurance companies and the good will 
and respect that have come to him from all the citizens of Lafayette. 

Mr. Beaucond married Idda ^^'ardell, of Scottsburg, Lidiana, and they 
have one son, Charles A., who was born January 14, 1895, and is now one of 
the youngest pupils in the high school. Mr. Beaucond's only fraternal rela- 
tions are in connection with the Fraternal Order of Eagles, of which he has 
been a longtime member. His acquaintance is extensive in various parts of 
the state, where he has lived and worked, and in all these places he is pleas- 
antly rememl:ered as an industriius mechanic and citizen without reproach. 



ARETT C. ARXETT, :\L D. 

Recognized among the leading physicians of Lafavette, Indiana, of the 
younger generation, there is none better known and with a wider circle of 
friends than Dr. A. C. Arnett. He is a native of Tippecanoe county, born 
August 21, 1882, and is a son of A. J. and Elizabeth (McBroom) Arnett. 
The elder Arnett is a resident of Jackson township, Tippecanoe county, and 
has long been prominent in agricultural lines as well as a political worker in 
the Republican party. He served as trustee of his township and has always 
taken an active interest in the campaigning in his county. Having practically 
retired from farming, it is proljable that he and his wife will eventually 
become residents of Lafavette. To them were born the following children : 



766 PAST AND PRESENT 

Arett C, the subject of this sketch; C. X., now professor in Purdue Univer- 
sity ; R. E., a student in the city high school. 

Arett C. Arnett received his early mental training in the district school 
of his native home and later graduated from the city high school. He still 
later matriculated in the Northern Indiana Normal University at Valparaiso 
and completed the scientific course there. He entered medical school in 1903 
and graduated in 1907. He won signal honors during his collegiate work 
and was classed as a close and discriminating student. He was an undergrad- 
uate interne at the Eleanor Hospital for one year and later was in the same 
position with Bobbs' Dispensary. He is connected with the hospital corps of 
the Indiana National Guard. In his early practice he was associated with Dr. 
George D. Kahlo and Dr. A. C. Kimberlin for two years. He was also house 
physician at St. Elizabeth's Hospital for one year. Doctor Arnett located in 
his present quarters in 1908 where he has built up an enviable practice and has 
made many friends by his kindly ministrations. He is a member of several 
medical societies and fraternities, including the Tippecanoe County Medical 
Society and the American Medical Association. In addition he is a Mason 
and a member of the Lincoln Club, being a strong Republican. 

Doctor Arnett was married on November 11, 1908, to Ethel McKinstray, 
of Noblesville, Indiana. She is a graduate of Depauw University at Green- 
castle, Indiana, and a woman with many excellent qualities of mind. Doctor 
Arnett is a man of many social excellencies and with a bright outlook for his 
future success. 



ROBERT HENRY McGRATH. 

Prominent among those identified \\ith the business interests of the city 
of Lafayette is Robert H. McGrath, who succeeded to his father's interests in 
the foundry and machine works, counted among the city's chief assets from 
an industrial standpoint. He was born in the city where he has always re- 
sided, on May 5, 1859, and is a son of Robert M. and Catherine (O'Grady) 
McGrath. The father was a native of Reading, Pennsylvania, and the 
mother a native born of the Emerald Isle. She came to America to join a 
brother who had emigrated to United States in 1848. Robert M. McGrath 
was a member of the engineering corps on the survey of the old Wabash & 
Erie canal and in that way came to Lafayette, where he subsequently located. 
He embarked in the foundry and machine business just across the street from 
where the present business of the son is located. He was in partnership with 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY^ IND. 767 

Joseph Hubler and purchased the site where the present foundry is situated. 
He died in 1889 and was active in business until the time of his death. 
In i88g the son, Robert McGrath, came into possession of the enterprise, 
which he has since actively conducted with all success. 

To the elder McGrath and wife were born seven children, six of whom 
are still living, as follows : Charles, deceased ; Robert H. McGrath ; Catherine, 
who married Edward Miller and lives in Cincinnati, Ohio; Helen, widow of 
Thomas F. McMahan, of Lafayette; Frances, who married Edward F. Bren- 
nan and lives in Indianapolis; George, of Los Angeles, California. 

Robert H. McGrath was reared in the city of his nativity and obtained 
his education in the graded schools, a business course in a commercial college 
and later entered Notre Dame University, of the class of 1876. He was a 
close student and graduated with honors and then returned to Lafayette where 
he entered business for himself in partnership with his father. With the 
energy cliaracteristic of the Irish race, the jNlcGraths applied themselves to 
business and were scon foremost among the tradesmen of their kind in 
western Indiana. By hard work and perse\-erance they accumulated a com- 
petency and were honored by their neighbors and friends. Robert always 
took much interest in the progress of the city and was in politics. He was 
elected as waterworks trustee in 1900 and served three years, being re-elected ■ 
for a second term. In 1905 he v.^as appointed by the mayor as president of 
the board of public works, which position he now holds with credit to him- 
self and the party that put him there. 

In 1887 he was married to Mary Ward, of Indianapolis, Indiana, and 
to the union four children were born, as follows : Genevieve, Irma, Helen 
and Robert. The children are either attending school or graduates of some 
institution. 

Robert McGrath is a member of the Catholic church and also a member 
of the Knights of Columbus. In politics he is a Democrat, a good citizen, 
progressive and honorable, and always willing to do his duty as he finds it. 
He has a large following of friends and is revered as a good citizen and 
neighbor. 



ADAH McMAHAN, M. D. 

The subject of this sketch has been long and favorably known in Lafay- 
ette, and has unusual talent, which has been improved by thorough education 
and years of experience. Her family is one of the best, possessing historic 
military records in two wars and always counted among the patriotic in times 



768 PAST AND PRESENT 

of national crisis. Her fatlier. Dr. William R. McAIahan, was a gallant sol- 
dier of the Civil war. going early and staying late, leaving no bad marks 
against himself and rising by merit to the rank of first lieutenant of his com- 
pany. On the maternal side. lJ)r. Adah McMahan is a great-granddaughter 
of Capt. Jacob Guiger, a veteran of the battle of Tippecanoe, where the Indians 
of Tecumseh's tribe were so disastrously routed by the American forces under 
Gen. W'illiam Henry Harrison. Captain Guiger commanded one of the com- 
panies of volunteers who went out under the ccmmand of Major Spencer, of 
the Kentucky volunteers. Captain Guiger led his troops gallantly in the charge 
against the savages, was wounded in the action and received the thanks of 
congress for his bravery. 

Dr. Adah McAIahan was born at Huntingburg, DuBois county, Indiana, 
and received her elementary education in the graded and high school of lier 
native city. After reaching the proper age she entered as a student the 
Indiana State University, where by diligence and hard study she was honored 
with the degrees of Bachelor of Arts and blaster of Arts. She next mttricu- 
lated in the Northwestern University and after a thorough course in the med- 
ical department she carried off the coveted degree of Doctor of Aledicine. her 
graduation occurring with the class of 1897. Previous to going to Chicago, 
'however, Doctor AIcMahan had been connected with the Girls' Classical 
School at Evansville and later Avas at the head of the Greek department of 
the Duluth ( ^Minnesota ) high school. In all of these positions she proved 
to be a successful educator, energetic in her work, resourceful in methods 
and prompt in the discharge of her duties. In the fall of 1897, Doctor Mc- 
Mahan located at Lafayette where she has since been continuously engaged in 
the practice of her profession. These twelve years have been busy ones for 
her and the work she has accomplished is a tribute to her push and skill. 
Though she makes a specialty of the diseases of women and children, she 
also enjoys an extensive general practice. She is a memlier of the Tippecanoe 
County, Indiana State and American Aledical Associations. Socially 
.she is a member of the local chapter of the Daughters nf the American Revo- 
lution and her religious affiliations are with the Second Presbvterian church. 



FILAXDER TAYLOR VESS. 

A worthy representative of an old and honored \'irginia familv. and 
one of the progressive agriculturists of Tippecanoe countv is Filander T. 
Vess, whose excellent farm in Randolph township is a model of advanced 




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TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 769 

scientific farming. His birth occurred in Rockbridge county, \"irginia, 
i\Iay 28. 1855, and it was tliere that he received his education in the common 
schools, passing through wliat would now be known as the eighth grade. 
He is the son of Matthew and ]\Iary (Moore) \'ess. both natives of Vir- 
ginia and representatives of as fine old Southern families as could be found 
in the Old Dominion. They were reared, educated and married there, their 
wedding occurring in 1839. They managed very successfully a farm in 
Rockbridge county where, as stated, their son Filander was born. The 
mother passed to the "silent halls of death" in ^March. i860, at the early age 
of thirty-two years, and she lies buried near the town of Lexington, Vir- 
ginia. Her husband survived her eleven years. They were the parents of 
seven children, all of whom grew to maturity, two now being deceased. In 
order of birth they were as follows : John. ^Nlary. Jake. \\'i!liam, Filander, 
Hulda and Sally. The deceased members are Mary and Jake, who are 
buried at St. Paul, Shelby county, Indiana. After the death of his first wife, 
Matthew Vess, in the year 1861, married his second wife, Mary Ann Archer, 
a native of Virginia. They came to Indiana and lived in Shelby county for 
about a year (T868). then Matthew \'ess returned to Virginia with his fam- 
ily, where he died in December. 1871. at the age of fifty-tW(T years. 

Four children were born to Matthew \'ess by his second marriage, 
namely: Oliver C, James R.. Gertie L. and Missouri, who died in infancy 
while the family lived in Shelby county, Indiana. 

Filander T. \'e5s remained with his parents in A'irginia until he went 
to \\'est \'irginia. where he remained until his twenty-first year, then came 
to Indiana and worked on a farm 1iy the month for two years, after which 
lie returned to \\'est \"irginia, in which state he was married on March ti, 
1S77, to Sarah Katherine Carte. She was l3orn in Roane county. West Vir- 
ginia. October 6. 1S55. the daughter of Crawford and Margaret C. Carte, 
both natives of \\'est \'irginia, in which state they lived until the death of 
the father, which occurred shortl}- after his daughter's marriage to the sub- 
ject. His widow survives, making her home with her daughter. Mrs. Vess, 
in Tippecanoe county. Indiana. Slie enjiys very good health for one who 
has reached the age of seventy-five years. ^Ir. and Mrs. Crawford Carte 
were the parents of eleven children. ^Irs. \'ess being the second in order of 
birth: the other children are Rebecca, Sarah C, John M.. W. A., :\Iary, Joe 
C. and Cal. tJie last two deceased, and r^Ieady. who lives in Canada. 

.\fter the marriage of Filander T. A'ess. he and his wife returned to 
Indiana within a few davs. landing in Lafavette with onlv fiftv dollars in 
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770 PAST AND PRESENT 

capital. They lx)th went to work on a farm in this county where they lived 
for a few years. By hard work and close economy they were enabled to 
buy land and stock, and, having prospered ever since, they now own a fine 
farm of one hundred and twenty acres, which is among the very best farm- 
ing land in Randolph township, Tippecanoe county, being well stocked and 
under high grade cultivation and well improved. They have a fine home 
and substantial outbuildings. Mr. Vess makes a specialty of raising Red 
Jersey hogs and Jersey cows. 

To Mr. and Mrs. Vess five children have been born, four of whom grew 
to maturity, one having died in childhood. In order of birth they are Alto 
Maude, born August 21, 1879, is the wife of George K. Stafford; they reside 
in Lafayette, Mr. Stafford being postmaster of West Lafayette; George 
Edgar was born July 25, 1886, and died February 24, 1881 ; Ora Florence, 
bom March 27, 1882, is the wife of Charles Spears, of Lafayette; Charles 
Ernest, born April 23, 1884, has remained single; Harry Earl, born July 22, 
1890, married Nora Conrow, and they reside in Romney, Indiana. 

In his fraternal relations, Mr. Vess is a member of Randolph Lodge, 
No. 376, Independent Order of Odd Fellow's, at Romney. of which' lie is 
treasurer, and he also belongs to Maracopa -Tribe, No. 325, Improved Order 
of Red Men, at Linden, Indiana. Mr. Vess was formerly a Democrat, but 
of recent years he has supported the Republican ticket, and has taken quite 
an active part in political affairs; however, he has never aspired to public 
office, but he was prevailed upon to serve a term of four years as super- 
visor of Randolph township, which he did very creditably. Both he and his 
wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church at Romney and they 
are very active in church work, Mr. Vess being a member of the stewards 
and a trustee of this congregation. Herman \^ess. nephew of Mr. and Mrs. 
Vess, who was drowned in Wea creek on June 29. 1902, was a very prom- 
ising lad, his loss being a severe blow to ^Ir. and Mrs. Vess, as they were 
rearing him. 



GEORGE K. THROCKMORTON. M. D. 

Standing jM'ominently among the younger physicians of Lafayette, In- 
diana, is Dr. George K. Throckmorton, a native born of Tippecanoe C(iunty 
and well known in medical circles of western Indiana. He was born April i, 
1862, and is a son of Edmond and Elizabeth ( De\'ault.) Throckmorton. The 
elder Throckmorton came from \^irginia in 1838 and settled in Tippecanoe 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 771 

county and lived there all his life. He was a farmer and by his thrift and hard 
work accumulated considerable property, although when he began life he had 
nothing but his courage and willing hands. At one time he owned three 
hundred acres of land which he had obtained through his own efforts. He 
was known as a God-fearing man and a member of the Presbyterian church. 
He died in 1903, his wife having preceded him in 1894. They were the 
parents of four children, three of whom are living. Warner T. and Foreman 
W. are farmers of Tippecanoe county and well-to-do citizens. Dr. George 
Throckmorton, the other son, was reared on a farm and attended the district 
school until he was sixteen years of age. He entered the preparatory- 
department of Purdue University and in 1883 graduated from that institu- 
tion. He then entered Rush Medical College of Chicago, Illinois, and grad- 
uated therefrom in 1887, after which he located in Lafayette, Indiana, and 
has been a resident of that city since. He is favorably known to his brethren 
of the medical profession and also has a large and growing practice. His 
ability as a surgeon is known outside of his own environs. He is a member 
of the staff of St. Elizabeth's Hospital and has been for the last sixteen years. 
He is also the physician fcr the Tippecanoe Children's Home and at one 
time was elected coroner of the county and was also secretary of the county 
board of health for five years. Doctor Throckmorton took a post-graduate 
course in medicine in Chicago and New York and is considered peculiarly 
well equipped for his life's profession. He has always been identified with 
the commercial interests of his city and county and, in addition to owning a 
fine farm in Tippecanoe county, he is a stockholder in the American National 
Bank and possesses an elegant home at 520 North Seventh street, Lafayette. 
At one time he served as president of the State Medical Society and is also a 
member of the county organization. 

In 1890 Doctor Throckmorton was united in marriage to Rosalie Rein- 
hardt. She died in October, the following year, leaving one daughter, Georgia 
R.. who is now in the Lafayette high school. He is a member of the Presby- 
terian church and has been identified with its work. Doctor Throckmorton's 
specialty is surgery and his fame in this direction is not confined to this 
localitv. 



HERMAN H. EVANS. 

Born and reared in the city of Lafayette and a son of one of its old-time 
citizens, Herman Evans started in life surrounded by home influences and 



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with friends wlio had recognized the worth of his father and lent to the son 
the recognition due him. The young man was born February 26, 1873, and 
is a son of John and Helen (Kessener) Evans. The elder Evans was one of 
the first contractors of the city of Lafayette, and many of the buildings now 
standing in that city are monuments of his ability. He was of German 
parentage and was a success in his life's work. He had the reputation of 
being a straight-forward, honest man, and his sviccess was largely due to the 
honesty of his methods. He was the father of a large family of children, 
eight of whom are now living. He was a member of the Catholic church, 
as was his wife, and lived and died well revered by his fellow citizens. His 
death occurred on January 30, 1893, and his wife's the follow?ing year. 

Herman Evans followed his father's footsteps, as a contractor, and also 
added the undertaking business to his line. He was educated in the Catholic 
schools of the city as well as the public schools. Not caring for a higher 
learning, the young man started to see the world and soon found himself in 
the West. He satiated his desire for the wanderlust and about the age of 
twenty years started into the contracting business. Later he joined forces 
with his brother, J(jhn C, and they have made a success of the business and 
are among the foremost contractors of the city. 

In 1900 Herman Evans entered the undertaking business under the firm 
nnme of Evans & Scheffee. Howe\er, he gives this business but little of his 
time, leaving the details to his partner. 

Herman Evans has always taken mucli interest in the political game, 
Ijeing a Democrat by preferment. At one time he was a candidate for city 
councilman against Dr. John M. Smith and others. Although his ward is 
largely Republican, he gave his opponents a spectacular race. Later he entered 
the mayoralty contest and put up a magnificent fight, losing the xictory by a 
heart-breaking finish of two votes. .\t the time he made the race the city 
was Republican by fi\e hundred majorii)-. He is now serving as a member 
of the board nf public health. 

In 1902 Mr. Evars was united in marriage to Grace Curtiss. They 
are members of the ?t. Boniface Catholic church. .Aside from being a shrewd 
business man. Herman Evans is a lover of the great outdoors and spends as 
much time as lie can in hunting and fishing. He takes pride in his ability as 
a rifle shot and is accredited as one of the best marksmen m 
the state. His life in the npen has given him a powerful physique 
and be is in the glow of health, affaljle, jolly and well liked 
bv all who know him. 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 773 



SYLVESTER H. TACKSON. 



S. H. Jackson, a prominent business man of Lafayette, at the head of 
one of the largest hardware and implement companies in the city, also pro- 
prietor of the Jackson livery barn, is a native of Tippecanoe county. Indiana, 
born in Wabash township <m May ^8, 1859. His parents, Andrew J. and 
Mary (Sparks) Jackson, moved tn the county from Pennsylvania, their native 
state, about 1850, and for some years thereafter the father did a thriving 
business as a contractor and builder and became one of the enterprising men 
and representative citizens of the township in which he resided. The family 
consisted of four children, two sons and two daughters, all living and well 
settled in life and greatly esteemed in their respective places of abode. 

Sylvester H. Jackson was educated in the public schools and Purdue 
University, and for a period of four years taught in the schools of W'abash 
township, in connection with which he also farmed for se\eral years, meet- 
ing with encouraging success as an educator and a tiller of the S(_iil. Later 
he became a resident oi Wabash township, where he served se\en years as 
trustee and at the expiration of that time, or perhaps a little subsequent to 
that time, he discontinued agricultural pursuits and accepted a position with 
the hardware firm of Jamison Brothers. Lafayette, in whose employ he re- 
mained during the ten years ensuing. He then engaged in the hardware 
trade for himself and during the past nine years has- been the executive head 
and general manager of the Jackson Hardware and Lnplement Company, of 
Lafa\ette, one of the largest and most successful mercantile companies of 
northern Indiana. The building occupied by the corporation is thirty by 
one hundred and twenty feet in area, the height five stories and the floor 
space amounting to twelve thousand square feet. The company handles all 
kinds of hardware, purchasing the same by car-load lots, farm implements of 
every variety, besides twine, which is also bought by the car-load, wagons, 
buggies, harness, etc. — in fact all articles and implements and every kind of 
machinerj' for which there is any demand by the agriculturist or the general 
trade, the rapid growth of the business indicating the intelligence, sound 
judgment and forethought exercised by the clear-brained and far-seeing man- 
ager. In connection with this rapidly growing enterprise, Mr. Jackson is 
also proprietor of a large livery barn at Xos. 10 and 11 Soutli Third street, 
where he keeps about fifty fine roadsters and a full line of buggies, carriages, 
hacks and other veliicles, the establishment being complete in all of its parts, 
fully equipped to meet the demands of the public, and the alreadv quite ex- 



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tensive business is steadily increasing and earning for the proprietor an 
honorable reputation as a capable, enterprising and popular man of affairs. 
The livery barn, which is two stories high and sixty by one hundred and 
twenty feet in area, fronts on Third and South streets and is equipped with 
everything essential to the successful prosecution of the business, the service 
both day and night leaving nothing to be desired and every feature of the 
establishment is in first-class condition, which bespeaks the interest and 
care with which it is conducted. 

Mr. Jackson is a Republican in politics and a member of the Masonic 
brotherhood, also belonging to the order of Druids and the Sigma Chi 
college fraternity. He was married in August, 1880, to Miss Nancy AI. 
Jamison, one of the eleven children of John and Prudence (Wright) Jami- 
son, the union being blessed with four children, namely: Frank B., who 
was born April 23, 1886, was educated in the schools at Lafayatte and Purdue 
University and is now associated with his father in the hardware and im- 
plement business ; Mary M., born August 10, 1883, received her education in 
the city schools and is now the wife of Bernard Bogan, who is connected 
with a packing company in Lafayette; Prudence, whose birth occurred Oc- 
tober I, i88g, was educated in the common and high schools, graduate of 
Ama Morgan School of Dramatic Art. Chicago, and is now a dramatic 
reader; Earl, the oldest member of the family, a bright intelligent lad and 
a favorite with all who knew him, died when eleven years of age. 

Mr. Jackson has long taken an active part in public matters, and during 
his four years in the city council did much to promote the interests of the 
municipality. While a memlier of that body, he \\as chairman of the finance 
committee and as such rendered valuable service in maintaining the credit of 
the city by reducing expenses to the minimum and using his influence wher- 
ever possible to prevent injudicious legislation. All worthy enterprises, how- 
ever, have found in him a willing patron, and he has ever stood for those 
measures having for their object the social, intellectual and moral progress of 
his community. 

Mr. Jackson possesses a forceful personality and, with strong common 
sense and well balanced judgment, exercises not only an active, but potential 
influence in the commimity, and impresses those with whom he has business 
relations as a man witln the well-being of his fellow citizens at heart. Prac- 
tical ratiier than thei retical. there runs through his nature a deep undercur- 
rent of soliditv which makes his presence felt among those with whom he 
comes in contact and the ease with which he manages the large establish- 
ment, of which he is the head, demonstrates his fitness to manage and to carry 
to successful conclusion important and far-reaching enterprises. 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 775 



COL. JOHN W. WARNER. 



If for no other reason, the gentleman whose name introduces this sketch 
deserves prominent mention in a history of this nature because of his services 
in behalf of the national Union during the dark days of the sixties, for he 
fearlessly followed the old flag on many of the sanguinary battlefields of the 
South, and since that period has taken no small interest in military and 
public afifairs. 

Col. John \V. Warner l^elongs to that class of foreign-born citizens 
who have done so much for the upbuilding of the New World, having been 
a native of Ireland, in which country he first saw the light of day October 
6, 1839, the son of Robert S. and Jane (Ross-Wright) Warner, his mother 
having been a widow when she married Robert S. Warner. This couple 
came to the United States, locating in Lafayette,Indiana, as early as 1849, and 
they played no small part in the subsequent development of the place. They 
later moved ten miles northwest of the city, where Mr. Warner devoted his 
attention to the quiet pursuits of a husbandman. He passed to his rest in 
1891, his good wife having preceded him to the other world twenty years 
earlier, in 1871. They were the parents of seven children, three of whom 
are living, in 1909. 

When John W. Warner was a boy he assisted his father with the work 
on tlie farm, gaining in the winter time what education he could from the 
primitixe schools of those early days, which was necessarily limited in its 
scope. In 1 86 1 he married, and when he heard the call for troops from his 
adopted country to suppress the hosts of rebellion he was one of the first 
to heed the call, and he left his bride and the quiet environments of home 
to take up the hardships of camp and field, enlisting in Company A, of the 
famous Eleventh Indiana Volunteer Cavalry, which was assigned to duty 
with the army of the Cumberland, and it did duty in Alabama, Tennessee and 
Kentucky. Mr. Warner was in the service two years, perfonning his work 
so faithfully that he was commissioned orderly sergeant. He was in the 
hospital a short time. At the close of the war he received an honorable dis- 
charge and, returning to Lafayette, resumed farming, but in 1870 moved 
into the city. He served one year, 1870-1871, as deputy sherifif, then he went 
on the police force where he remained for two years. After engaging in other 
things for two years, he again became a member of the force on which he re- 
mained for a period of seven years, giving excellent service. He served as 
court bailiff for eight years, beginning in 1882. He has long been a very 
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elected justice of the peace in 1894, having served continimusly ever since 
in a manner that has won tlie hearty approx'al of his constituents. He cast 
his first vote for Abraham Lincohi in i860. 

To Mr. and Mrs. \\'arner six children were born, all li\ing. They are 
Robert E.. who is a city mail carrier: William J., a railway mail clerk; 
Harry C. and Edward T. live in Indianapolis and are expert polishers; 
Robert E. also lives in Indianapolis; Clara, the only daughter, is the wife of 
a Mr. Freshouer. 

In his fraternal relations the subject belongs to Lafayette Lodge, Xo. 
51. Knights of Pythias: Lafayette Lodge, Xo. 15. Independent Order of 
Odd Fellows; also a member of the Lafayette Lodge. Xo. i. Uniform Rank, 
Knights of Pythias. He is past commander of the John A. Logan Post, 
Grand Army of the Republic, and he is at this writing colonel of the Eighth 
Regiment. Indiana X'ational Guard, being regarded as a \ery able and 
efficient commander. He is serving on liis second term, having been elected 
in 1903. He is xevy proud of his regiment, and well he may be, for it is 
always in a high state of efficiency, largely due to his effi:)rts. 

At the unveiling of the Tippecanoe monument. Colonel Warner was 
appointed marshal. The Tenth L'nited States Regiment of the Regular army 
was present and its commander, Lieutenant-Colonel Ciecel, complimented 
Colonel Warner \-ery highly on his work that day. The Colonel is a man 
whom everybody likes and trusts, and few men in the country are Ijetter 
known than he. 



TOHX W. GAY. 



The mention of this name carries the local historian back to the period 
of struggle, when a mighty arm}- of sturdy pioneers were engaged in con- 
quering the West. The search of the genealogical tree takes us to England, 
where w^e find John Gay migrating to the L'nited States prior to the Revolu- 
tionary war, establishing a home in Pennsylvania and dying in Ohio at the 
remarkable age of one hundred and three years. His son Jacob, born in 
AVestmoreland county, Pennsylvania, followed the tide of emigration to Ohio, 
married Amy Herbert, a native of New Jersey and daughter of Thomas 
Herbert, one of the first settlers of Ohio. Jacob Gay died in 1848. at the 
age of fifty-seven years, and his w-ife died in 1867. Samuel Gay. his only 
son. was one of five children, all long since deceased. He was born in 
Pickaway county, Ohio, October 28, 1812. emigrated to Indiana in youth 
and became one of the early settlers of Tippecanoe county. He came here 




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with his parents in 1834, when his father bouglu three hundred acres of 
partly impro\-ed land in Wayne township. The old people are buried in the 
Sherry cemetery, nearby the homestead. Samuel Gay grew up like all other 
pioneer farm boys with little time for schooling, but much for hard work. 
On October 11. 1837. he married Eliza, daughter of William and Xancy 
Reed, of Ross county, Ohio, and Ijy this union there were seven children: 
John \\'. and Emeline, who lives with him; Josephine, wife of Alonzo Bos- 
well, of ^^'ayne township; Seymour; James Madison, of Wayne township; 
Sanford, of Oklahoma, and Samuel, also of Wayne township. The father 
of this family became an extensive landowner, as he added to his father's 
original purchase until he had some seven hundred acres. He was a very 
liberal man, always read}- to contribute to public enterprises and Xo help his 
fellowman in distress. Thciugh a stanch Whig- and Republican, he would 
never accept office, his heart being set on agricultural pursuits. He be- 
longed to no orders and showed little disposition to join any organization 
that required him to be away from heme. He died in September, 1902, after 
completing his ninetieth year. His wife, who has always been a devout 
Methodist, survives him and reached the end of her eighty-ninth year on 
July I, 1909. He is buried in Sherry cemetery, which ct)ntains the bones 
of several generations of the family. 

John W. Gay, the eldest son of Samuel, was born in \\'avne township, 
Tippecanoe county, Indiana, October 14. 1840. He went through all the 
rough experiences of a pioneer boy on an Indiaiia farm, which consisted of 
hard licks from morning until night, few amusements and only such edu- 
cation as could be picked up by short winter attendance in the poor schools 
of those days. He grew up on a farm, learned all about farming and in 
the end owned a farm of his own, which he managed with skill and industry. 
He has long been one of the largest landowners of Wayne township, at one 
time having one thousand one hundred acres, which, however, have been 
reduced to nine hundred. He is highly respected, as, indeed, are his broth- 
ers and sisters and all the connection of Gays, who stand for the oldest and 
best the county has to show in agricultural developments, their lives being 
the connecting link between the pioneer past and the progressive present. 



CAPT. WILLIAM C. MITCHELL. 

In every community are to be found individuals who by reason of pro- 
nounced ability and forceful personality rise superior to the majoritv and 
command the hoi-nage of their fellows; -who, by revealing to the world the 



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two resplendent virtues, perseverance in purpose and directing spirit, never 
fail to attain positions of honor and trust and become in the full sense of 
the term leaders of men. Of this class is the well-known gentleman whose 
name appears above, a man who ranks among the leading citizens of Tippe- 
canoe county and who for a number of years has borne an influential part 
in shaping and directing the affairs of the city in which he resides. 

Capt. \\'illiam C. ^Mitchell, attorney at law and president of the Mitchell 
Abstract Company, is one of Indiana's native sons and comes of good old 
Revolutionary stock, his great-grandfather. Robert Mitchell, having been a 
hero of the colonial struggle for independence, serving in a \'irginia regi- 
ment and achieving an honorable record for duty bravely and faithfully per- 
formed. He lived for a number of years to enjoy the liberty for which he 
so gallantly fought, dying on the 26th day of July, 1827. Other members 
of the family also served the country in a military capacity, several of the 
name having taken part in the war of 181 2 and earned records of which their 
descendants feel deservedly proud. Joseph Mitchell, the subject's father, was 
born March 4. 1817. in Champaign county. Ohio, came to Indiana in 1832, 
and after living in Montgomery county for twenty-four years moved to 
Clark's Hill in Tippecanoe county, where he resided until his removal to the 
Tippecanoe Battle Ground, two years later. He followed at different times 
farming, merchandising and railroad contracting, and was enterprising in all 
of his undertakings and prosperous. He married Lx>uisa M. Kendall, of 
Champaign county, Ohio, reared a family of ten children, eight of whom 
survive, and departed this life on March 8, 1880, his wife dying in Feb- 
ruary. 1 891. 

Capt. William C. IMitchell was born July 9. 1854. in :Montgomery 
county, Indiana, and when about tv>o years of age was brought to Tippe- 
canoe county, with the interests of which his subsequent life has been very 
closely interwoven. He was greatly a debtor to the influences of birth and 
early training, and it may be added that he fully appreciated these and other 
advantages which he enjoyed during his childhood and youth, and met the 
responsibilities that fell to him as he grew to manhood's estate in a manner 
befitting one who while still young determined to rise above the mediocrity 
and become of some use in the world. After acquiring a good education in 
the schools of Battle Ground, he began his independent career in' 1874 as 
deputy county recorder and two years later became deputy clerk, which posi- 
tion beheld until his election in 1882 to the important office of clerk of Tippe- 
canoe county. Mr. Mitchell entered upon his duties in the latter capacity 
and discharged the same in an eminently able and satisfactory manner until 
the close of his term in 1886, when he retired from the office and the fol- 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 779 

lowing year, in partnership with J. M. Dresser, engaged in the real estate, 
insurance, loan and abstract business, which he has since followed. His 
partner dying in 1894, Mr. Mitchell conducted the business alone until 1902, 
when the Mitchell Abstract Company was organized and incorporated, since 
which time the enterprise has grown rapidly in public favor, and now does 
a much larger business in the various lines represented than any other man 
or firm in Lafayette similarly engaged. As president and general manager of 
the above corporation, Mr. Mitchell has demonstrated ability and acumen of 
a high order and his familiarity with the business which he conducts makes 
him an authority upon all matters pertaining thereto. In connection with 
the large and growing patronage in real estate, insurance, abstract convey- 
ancing and loans, he also has a lucrative law practice, having fitted himseli 
for the profession when a young man, and since his admission to the bar, 
in 1886, he has built up an extensive legal business, devoting especial at- 
tention to laws relating to real estate and probate matters. He has achieved 
marked success both in the enterprise of which he is executive head and as a 
financier. In all public affairs affecting his city and county he has ever mani- 
fested a lively interest, doing his share towards progress and advancement 
and making his influence felt in bettering the social and moral condition of 
his fellowmen. He gives his allegiance to the Republican party, with which 
he has been identified since becoming a voter, and it was his activity and 
popularity as a politician that led to his nomination and election to the im- 
portant office of clerk of the courts which he so ably and worthily filled. 

Mr. Mitchell, on April 4, 1883, was united in marriage with Amelia 
Schweizer, of Lafayette, the union being blessed with one daughter. Roe, 
whose birth occurred in Lafayette and who is still with her parents. This 
young lady has been educated in the Lafayette high school and in Dr. 
Gardner's School, a female seminary in New York city. 

Captain Mitchell is a thirty-second-degree Mason and active in the sub- 
ordinate branches of the order, in nearly all of which he has been honored 
from time to time with important official positions; he is also prominent in 
the Knights of Pythias and was the first captain of Division No. i, Uniform 
Rank, in Lafayette, in addition to which societies he holds membership with 
the Druids and the Lincoln Club and takes an active part in the deliberations 
of the same. He has always taken an active part in military afifairs, and 
served for several years as captain of De Hart Light Infantry. In his 
religious belief he holds to the Episcopal faith, being a vestrvman of the 
church with which he is identified, and to him belongs the honor of being 
one of the few members of the Sons of the American Revolution in the 
city of Lafayette. 



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THOMAS H. WHALEX. M. D. 

This popular physician of Lafayette has an interesting story to tell of 
a neglected boyhood, hardships of a friendless child, persistence against 
great odds, and final triumph o\er all difficulties. It is a tale that might be 
told to the credit (jf any man. and it invoh-es the exercise of the sterner 
virtues out of which we get t'le best of our citizenship. It is instrnctix'e 
and beneficial, as it points the wa}- for others, and shows that however great 
the discouragements. howe\"er biting the poverty, everything will cDUie out 
all right if the materials are there for the making of a real man. Thoni:i5 
H. W'halen was born in Pennsylvania. IMay 17, 1863. under circumstances 
that the old astrologers would have pronounced an "unlucky star." His 
parents, Thomas and Delia (Linket) W'halen, were miserably poor, the 
father being a common railroad lalx)rer. who had difficulty in earning the 
support for his family. Even this frail reliance was taken away from their 
child by the untimely death of both father and mother, and he found him- 
self orphaned at an age so young as to render him an object of charity. 
He met what is probably the worst fate that can befall a child, that of being 
bound out to work for strangers. He fell to the care of one Thomas Earl, 
for whom he did chores and light work in summer, while attending school 
desultorily in winter. When eight years old he ran away and. boy-like, he 
had no idea as to where he was going. He found refuge with another 
farmer in the adjoining neighborhood, but. after a brief residence, again took 
leave and trusted his keeping for a short time with one Benjamin Bowers, 
At length he reached more solid ground, when he obtained employment 
with William Cullim, a well-to-do farmer of Sheffield township, Tippecanoe 
county. He remained here until he reached his majority and meantime had 
saved some money, as well as acquiring sufficient education to qualify him 
to teach. Securing charge of a country school, he followed the occupation 
of a pedagogue for fourteen years, taking advantage of the interludes to ground 
himself in the elements of medicine. After a course of reading, which gave 
him the necessary qualifications, he became a student in the Illinois INIedical 
College and obtained the degree of Doctor of Medicine from that institution 
in the class of 1898. In November of that year he located at Lafayette and 
has ever since been one of the fixtures of the city, gaining friends as well 
as clients in numbers sufficient to make him prosperous. Being energetic, 
well qualified for his profession and a natural maker of friends, his ten 
years' residence in Lafayette has yielded results that should gratify any 



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ordinary ambition. He is a member of tbe Tippecanoe County, Indiana State 
and American Medical Associations and has been especially honored by ap- 
pointment as a member of the city board of health. Doctor Whalen is a 
member of the Masonic order and the Knights of Pythias, being past 
chancellor of the latter lodge. Politically the Doctor affiliates with the Re- 
publican party, and his religious views find expression as a member of St. 
Mary's Catholic church. 

In 1891 Doctor Whalen married Helen Clark, a niece of William 
Cullim, who died in 1893 without issue. In 1902 he married Barbara Kienby, 
a native of Tippecanoe county, bom November 12, 1880. By this union 
there has been one child, Bertha Rose, born November g, 1906. Mrs. 
Whalen's ancestors, originally from Germany, were early settlers of Tippe- 
canoe countv, and her father is a veteran of the Civil war. 



CHARLES BERGOUIST. 

Charles Bergquist belongs to that class of men whii win in life's battles 
by sheer force of personality and determination, rather than by the influence 
of friends or caprice of fortune, and in whatever he has undertaken he has 
shown himself to be a man of ability and honor, faithful to whatever trust 
that lias been reposed in him, and as the postmaster and merchant at South 
Raub. Randolph township, Tippecanoe county, he plays an important role in 
that community. His l)irth occurred on June 5, i860, in Kalmar Lane. 
Sweden, a ciumtry that has sent so many valuable citizens to America. He is 
the son of Jonas Frederick antl Emma Louisa ( Xelson) Bergquist, both 
nati\"es of Sweden, in which ctumiry they lived and died. Jonas Bergquist 
was a blacksmith by trade and a '>ery skilled workman. They were people 
of industry and integrity, and to them three children were born, of whom 
Charles is the only nne now living. He received a good education in the 
schools of his nati\e country. His father having died in 1865 and his mother 
in 1870. Charles went to live \\ith an uncle. Alexander Nelson, with whom 
he remained for a period of nine years. He also lived with another man 
for one year. Ha\-ing heard of the wonderful republic across the sea, 
Charles determined to try his fortunes in .\merica. to which countrv he came 
in 1880. He had an uncle in Lafayette and one in Tipton countv. Indiana. 
He came to the former place, and first worked for a farmer in Randnlph 
township, later worked for Robert Sample, of Lafayette, in the car works 



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for several years, also worked in the Pullman car shops one year. Then 
he went to Henry county, Illinois, and worked on a railroad during the 
summer, then worked on a farm for two years, after which he returned to 
the car shops in Lafayette. Being- faithful to his duties and economical, he 
was enabled during those years to lay by enough money to begin life for 
himself. 

]\Ir. Bergquist was married in 1878 to Amanda Gustafson, a native of 
Sweden and a woman in every way worthy to be the helpmeet of an enter- 
prising man like Mr. Bergquist. They have become the parents of six chil- 
dren, namely : Florence, Roy, deceased ; Ruth, Alice, Frank and Harold. 

In October, 1899, Mr. Bergquist located at South Raub, where he has 
since resided. He purchased the store owned by William A. Ward, and he 
has managed the same successfully, building up an extensive trade with the 
surrounding community. He was appointed postmaster, and the two em- 
ployments keep him busy. He handles large quantities of eggs and butter and 
carries a well-selected stock of goods. He is truly a self-made man, and 
the success that has attended his efforts shows him to be a good manager. 
He is a Republican in politics and belongs to the Methodist Episcopal church. 
His reputation is that of an honest man who attends carefully to his own 
business afifairs. 



JOHN WILLIA^I CANN. 

No man who has lived near Stockwell, Tippecanoe county, in recent 
years stamped his personality upon the community in a more indelible m in- 
ner than did John William Cann. who. after a long life of unusual industry 
and honor, passed into the silent land amid the sorrowing multitude that 
had long known and loved him, for they realized thit his place cc.uld never be 
filled. He was born October 4, 1834. near Wheeling. West Virginia, the 
son of Philip and Elizabeth (Hass) Cann, natives of West Virginia who 
came early to Concord, Indiana, where they labored to establish a home in 
the undeveloped region and where the father died; after this event Mrs. 
Cann went to Illinois, later to Kansas, in which state she died in 1897. Thev 
were the parents of seven children, named in order of birth as follows : 
Margaret. Mary, John William, Peter, Robert, Christopher and Thomas. 
The Hass family originated in Virginia, in w hich state the-\' were preeminent 
in the early days, having owned large plantations and manv sla\-es, and. 
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TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 783 

were noted for their unstinted hospitality. Finally members of this family 
came to Indiana where they soon became identified with the new conditions 
here and became well-to-do. 

The early education of John W. Cann was obtained in the common 
schools. It was necessary for him to look after the wants of his mother 
and other members of the family, which he did like a dutiful son until his 
marriage, on October 3, 1864, to Rachael Mildred DeHart. She was born 
in Wea township on the old Allen DeHart farm, January 21, 1847, the 
daughter of Allen and Maria (Holliday) DeHart, the former a native of 
Ohio and the latter of Indiana. Allen DeHart came with his parents, Adam 
and Mary (Howard) DeHart, to Wea township, Tippecanoe county, in 
1825, when this section was wild and mostly uncultivated. Allen DeHart 
was born February 25, 1825. In that year his parents, who were Virginians, 
left that state for Ohio, where they remained for a short time before coming 
on to Indiana. They reared a family and spent the remainder of their lives 
in Tippecanoe county, having been pioneers in the section where they settled, 
and they had for neighbors the Indians, who were then peaceable. Allen 
DeHart was twice married, first to Maria Holliday, which union resulted 
in the birth of only one child, Rachel Mildred, who became the wife of the 
gentleman whose name heads this review. Mr. DeHart's second marriage 
was with Emeline Williams, a native of Ohio, and one child was born to this 
union, Lewis Milton DeHart, now a retired farmer living in Lafayette, In- 
diana. He first married Zua Alima Hall, a native of Tippecanoe county, 
by whom he had one child. Myrtle Olive; his second marriage was with 
Mary Edwards, no children having been bcrn to the latter union. 

Mr. and Mrs. John W. Cann were the parents of three children, namely: 
Edward Curtis, who farms on the old home place in Wea township ; he 
married Zelma Williams. Mary Ellen married James C. Davis, of near 
Thorntown, Indiana, and became the mother of one child, Edna Ethel, who 
married Carl Hedges, of Hendricks county, Indiana. Morton Colfax Cann 
is a traveling salesman for the Smith Manufacturing Company of Chicago, 
and lives in Lafayette, Indiana; he married Grace L. Shoemaker. 

After their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. John W. Cann settled in section 36. 
Wea township, Tippecanoe county, where Mrs. Cann now lives on ninety- 
eight acres. When they settled this place it was all wild and covered with 
timber, but Mr. Cann was a hard worker and set about clearing the same, 
finally developing an excellent farm and establishing a good home in which he 
took a great delight and where he spent the major part of his time, having 
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local political aitairs, being a stanch I\e])uljlican. lie never soughl public 
office. He was a member of the Christian church, with which Mrs. Cann is 
also identified. He took much interest in the affairs of the local congregation 
with which he affiliated. This good man was called to his rest April 5, 
ic;o3. leaving behind him a comf(irtable home and competence for his family, 
every member of which is well and favorably known in this locality, main- 
taining the high standard of character and citizenship which he exemplified. 



JOHX STEVEXS BUSH. 

The subject of this sketch, who is now living in retirement at his com- 
fortable home in Dayton, has had a long and honorable career and is now 
enjoying the closing years of his life in pleasant retrospection of the years 
which have held for him so many varied elements of life. Mr. Bush comes 
of honorable ancestry and this sketch would be incomplete if menti(in were 
not made of those from whom he has inherited those sterling qualities of 
character which have characterized him. 

The subject's paternal grandparents were William and Elizabeth 
(Stevens) Bush. The latter's mother was Abigail Stevens, who died De- 
cember 2^. 1839, at the age of eighty-nine years and eight days, and her 
bod}' lies in the old Bush cemetery at Dayton. The Bush family is of English 
descent, ^^'illiam Bush was b<^rn and reared in southern Xew York, but in 
the early twenties he came to Indiana by the water route, going down the 
Allegheny river to the Ohio, thence to the mouth of the Whitewater and 
up to Connersville. Here they remained a year, during which period he 
erected a mill. In the fall of 1824 they again started westward and located 
at what is now Dayton, Tippecanoe county. Here William Bush entered 
and later lx)ught fifteen hundred acres of land. In 1827 he divided a por- 
tion of this land into town lots, to which be ga\e the name of Fairfield. 
However, there being another town of tlie same name in Indiana, he found 
it impossible to secure a postoffice here under that name and in 1830 it was 
changed to Marquis, and suljsequently to that of Dayton, under which name 
it has since been known. 

At the first election, held probably in the spring of 1825, William Bush 
was elected justice of the peace, in which ofifice he served a number of years. 
After deciding on his new location, ]Mr. Bush at once entered on the task of 
clearing the land' f > r cultivation, and he built a cijmfortable log cabin on the 




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TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 785 

brow of the hill overlooking Wild Cat valley. This was the family home 
for a number of years, and on this site is now located the Bush family 
cemetery where lie his remains, together with those of his wife and mother- 
in-law, Abigail Stevens. William Bush later built a frame house, the one 
now occupied as a residence by Mr. Newhard. This homle became the stoi>- 
ping place for the circuit-riding preachers of that day, who there found a 
hospitfable welcome. It is related of William Bush that, while he gave the 
preachers a hearty welcome and furnished them horse feed, he always in- 
sisted that they should groom and feed their own steeds. His wife was a 
faithful member of the Methodist Episcopal church and he was a liberal 
supixjrter of the same. He was a member of the Masonic lodge at La- 
fayette, and in politics was a stanch Whig. His death occurred June i, 1854, 
and his wife died February 11, 1846, at the age of sixty-two years. This 
honored couple were the parents of the following children : John, Eliza 
(who became the wife of Thomas J. Toole), Ezra (father of the immediate 
subject of this sketch), William, Jared, David, Luther and Orlando. 

Ezra Bush was born in New York state and came to Indiana with his 
parents. He remained under the parental roof until his marriage, after 
which he ran the old tavern until the death of his wife. They had become 
the parents of one son, who was named Hickory in honor of the fact that he 
was born on the day that Andrew Jackson defeated the British at New 
Orleans. Hickory is now deceased. For a time after the death of his wife, 
Mr. Bush traveled extensively, and then he settled on a farm south of Day- 
ton, where he remained for a number of years. He then went to Lafay- 
ette where he engaged in the monument business up to the time of his death, 
which occurred in October, 1870. He was a member of the Masonic order 
and retained a faithful connection with the Presbyterian church in his later 
life. In politics he was a Republican. Mr. Bush first married Sairah A. 
Bayless, a native of Hamilton, Ohio, of which unicn John S. Bush is the only 
living child. In 1847 Mr. Bush married Martha McGeorge, and to them 
were born two children, namely: Mary, the wife of Robert John, now 
deceased, and she now resides at Houston, Texas; and Martha M., deceased. 

John Stevens Bush was born at Dayton on the 13th of September, 1839, 
and was here reared and educated. He remained with his parents until the 
outbreak of hostilities between the North and the South, when, in August, 
1862, he enlisted in Company G, Seventy-second Regiment Indiana Vol- 
unteer Infantry. His command was assigned to the famous Wilder Brigade, 
Army of the Cumberland, and with that command the subject saw some 
arduous service. Much of the time he was emplnyed in chasing Morp-an's 
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guerrilla command, and in this service he contracted ill health, which finally 
put him on the inactive list and he was subsequently honorably discharged at 
Bowling Green, Kentucky. He at once returned to his home at Dayton and 
subsequently entirely regained his health. Going to Iroquois county, Illinois, 
he engaged in farming and stock raising with fair success until 1892, when 
he went into the drug business at Sheldon, Illinois, in which he was engaged 
until 1900. In that year he removed to Culver, Indiana, and engaged in 
the hotel business until 1908. Having accumulated a fair amount of means 
and feeling the weight of years, he decided to retire from active business life 
and return to his old home in Dayton, where he is now living. 

While living in Illinois, Mr. Bush married Sarah B. Speck, whose death 
occurred in 1902, and subsequently he wedded Mrs. Lydia Wilson, nee 
Burkhalter. By her former marriage, Mrs. Bush had a daughter Mabel, who 
becnmie the wife of William Ruger. They live in Dayton and are the par- 
ents of a daughter, Florence Louise. 

In matters political Mr. Bush is loyal to the Republican party and he 
takes a keen interest in the trend of public events. In 1885 Mr. Bush was 
made a Mason in Sheldon Lodge, No. 609, at Sheldon, Illinois, but subse- 
quently dimitted to the lodge at Culver, Indiana, where he now holds mem- 
bership. He is ialso a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, having 
his name on the roster of the post at Culver. Though now practically re- 
tired from life's active duties, Mr. Bush takes a deep interest in all that goes 
on about him and renders a hearty support to those ^things which are for the 
highest interests of the community. He possesses a genial personality and 
has a large circle of friends. 



JOSEPHINE M. MITCHELL. M. D. 

The woman in medicine, once such a novelty as to excite wondering, has 
long since ceased to challenge extraordinary attention. It was found that 
she was especially adapted to the healing art, being a nurse by nature and 
full of sympathy so essential to success in the sick room. While fully equial 
to the requirements of every department, there were certain branches of 
medicine where a special call seemed to be made for female super\'ision. In 
diseases of women and children, in all hospitals devoted to these specialties, 
the woman physician was peculiarly at home. Thus it has come to pass that 
women physicians are now to be found everywhere in Europe and the 
United States, and also among the heathen as medical missionaries Some of 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 787 

them have risen to great eminence, both as speciahsts and general prac- 
titioners. They are received on equal footing with men in the great univer- 
sities, are welcomed in the most refined homes and often include in their 
clientele the brightest and best men and women of our progressive com- 
munities. 

In Dr. Josephine M. Mitchell Lafayette possesses a fine sample of 
the highly educated and fully equipped woman physician, equal to every 
emergency and prepared by study and practice to treat the most difficult 
cases. She is a native of New York and daughter of William H. Miner, for 
many years a merchant in that state. He removed to Wisconsin and later to 
Ohio, where Doctor Mitchell was married to John B. Mitchell, for many 
years superintendent of bridges and' buildings of the Wabash railroad and 
later in the same capacity on the Big Four. After his death, in 1894, she 
took up the study of medicine. A preparatory course in science at Purdue 
University was followed by the regular medical course in the University of 
Michigan, from which she was graduated in 1901. During her senior year 
in this university she was on the staff of the professor of gynecology and 
obstetrics. After graduation she took the state examination of Indiana and 
Illinois, after which she spent a year as house physician in the Hospital for 
Women and Children at Detroit. She then went abroad for a year, doing 
post-graduate work in London and Vienna, returning to Lafayette in 1903 
to take up the practice of medicine. 

Doctor Mitchell stands well in her profession and is an honored mem- 
ber of the various societies devoted to physicians and their work. Included 
in these are the Tippecanoe County, Indiana State and American Medical 
Associations, besides such social and fraternity organizations as the Alpha 
Epsilon Iota sorority and the Daughters of the American Revolution. She 
is a member of the Presbyterian church and is connected with some of the 
charity institutions, also a member of the executive lx)ard of the Society for 
the Prevention of Tuberculosis. 



DANIEL B. FRETZ. 

The Lafayette family of this name is of Gemian origin. Daniel Fretz, 
who was born in Pennsylvania, had a son named Enos, who was born at 
the parental home in Lehigh county and married Sophia Brunner, of Alsace- 
Lorraine. Both father and son came to Tippecanoe county in 1853 and lo- 
cated in Perry township, where they spent the remainder of their da^-s. 



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Enos Fretz, who was an only chiUl, learned the shoemaker's trade and fol- 
lowed it as an occupation for twenty-seven years, during which time he gave 
instructions to nine apprentices for terms of two years each. \Yhen he came 
here alone in 1852 to look up a location, he bought eighty acres of timber. 
a half-mile south of Pettit, and next year his parents joined him. He pur- 
chased the Bains saw and grist mills, which he ran for over thirty years, 
while farming at the same time. He was an active worker in the Cerman 
Reformed church and became quite prominent as a citizen and business man . 
in his community. He died in 1889. at the age of seventy-seven years, and 
his wife passed away in 1886, aged sixty-eight. When they came to Tippe- 
canoe countv there were eight children in the family. Elizabeth, the eldest, 
married T. F. Reis, of Mulberry, Indiana ; Encs, the third child, died in No- 
vember, 1908, at Mulberry, while in the marble and monument business; 
he married Sallie ^loyer; William, the fourth child, married Pauline Roth 
and is a farmer one-half mile east of >Ionitor, Indiana ; Sophia is the widow 
of Presley Baker, of Perry township: Henry, who married Lulu Frey. is a 
sawmill owner in Mellott. Fountain county, Indiana; Charles, who married 
Kittie Karn. is a wealthy and up-to-date farmer and stock dealer, owning 
three large farms; ^larv is the wife of James Rothenberger, of jMulberry; 
Philip, the youngest child, and the only one born in Tippecanoe county, mar- 
ried Retta Harlen, and runs a sawmill and lives in \'irginia. 

Daniel B. Fretz. second in age of his father's nine children, was born 
in Lehigh county, Pennsylvania, January 20. 1839, and was about fourteen 
vears old when his parents settled in this section. He remained at home 
until twenty-two years old, spent three years in Indianapolis, working two 
vears in the Etna mill and one year in the Capital flour mill. Immediately 
after coming to Tippecanoe county he liegan working with his father in 
the mill, and was consequently well up in the business by the time he reached 
his majority. In 1864 he was married at Indianapolis to .\manda Brown, 
of Lehigh county, Pennsylvania, who died in 1866, leaving one child named 
Sarah, now the wife of John Myer, of West Lafayette, with two children. 
Carlton and Aldine. In 1867 Mr. Fretz married Almina Roth, of Clinton 
county, Indiana, who died August 12, 1895. without issue. Januan,- 28. 
1896. Mr. Fretz married Mary E. Etter, of Perry township, a daughter of 
John H. and Susan fLeinger) Etter, of Franklin county. Pennsylvania, 
who came to Tippecanoe county in 1865. By his last marriage, INIr, Fretz 
has three children, Solomon, Maude and Theodore. After his first marriage 
he ran the Pvrmont mill for two years and also managed his father's mill 
for the same length of time. February 22, 1870, he located at Monitor, in 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 789 

Perry township, and bought the mihs owned by Daggert, Potter & Martin. 
In 1 87 1 he fitted up one of these as a gristmiU and converted the others into 
a sawmill in 1885. Mr. Fretz has always done some farming en the side 
and now owns a place of fifty-nine acres, which he cuhivates. He belongs 
to the English Lutheran church and helped build the one at Pettit. He 
is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America at ^Monitor. [Mrs. Fretz 
is a breeder of White Leghorns and Light Brahma chickens and has a 
fine lot of this class of high-grade poultry. In 1892 Mr. Fretz b^uilt a fine 
home, which has gas and all the modern improvements. 



WILLIA^I WERDEX SMITH. 

Autobiography. 
^^'illiam Werden Smith, the subject of this sketch, was born seven miles 
west of Springfield, Clark county, Ohio, on July 7, 1835. His great-grand- 
father. Hezekiah Smith, was born in Wales: came to America and settled in 
New Jersey in the year 1740. His grandfather, Peter Smith, was born in 
New Jersey, February 6, 1753, was educated at Princeton and was married 
to Catherine Stout December 23, 1776, and resided in Philadelphia several 
years. He wrote that in the winter 1777 he inoculated one hundred and 
thirty persons for smallpox. This was before vaccination was practiced. In 
the ye^r 1790 he moved to Georgia. Believing' slavery to be wrong, he always 
advocated the freedom of the slave and the education of the colored race. In 
1787 congress passed an ordinance organizing the Northwest territory, lying 
north of the Ohio river and including what is now the states of Ohio. Indiana, 
Illinois, Michigan and W'isconsin. In this ordinance slavery or involuntary 
servitude was forever prohibited from any part of this territory. Grandfather 
decided to move his family to free territory and in the year 1794 he, with 
five or six other families, arranged to move to the Northwest territory, the 
country through which they passed being a wilderness. The only roads they 
had to guide them were the Indian trails blazed through the wilderness. Be- 
fore starting they organized bv electing Grandfather captain. They used 
pack horses, on which everything they had was carried. Grandfather's fam- 
ily consisted of nine children, two of these, the youngest, being twins. Father 
Abraham Smith, being six years old, remembered a great many incidents 
of this journey. Grandmother rode a large horse and led another horse on 
which the twins were placed, each in a basket, especially prepared, being 



790 PAST AND PRESENT 

fastened together and placed on tlie horse, one on each side, so that they 
balanced. In these baskets were good pillows, so that it made a comfortable 
way of riding. They made a rule of going into camp on Friday evening, 
always trying to camp on some stream of water, and not breaking camp until 
Monday morning. This gave them a chance to do their washing, and Sunday 
was strictly a day of rest and for religious worship. They crossed the Ohio 
river and located at Columbia, five or six miles above the present site of 
Cincinnati. The fort was located where Cincinnati now stands, and William 
Henry Harrison, then a young man, had charge of the fort. During the 
years of residence on a farm near Cincinnati Grandfather practiced medicine 
and spent the time in preaching, the records of the old Baptist church showing 
that he was ordained pastor of the Duck Creek church in 1801. In 1805 
Grandfather moved to what was then known as the Miami country, and 
located on Donnel's creek, about seven miles west of the present city of 
Springfield, Ohio. But few others had preceded him to the i\Iad river 
country. Flere he and his sons located on three half-sections of land, and a 
part of this in after years became the home of my father, Abraham Smith. 
Here on this farm was born our family of nine children, I being the youngest. 
Grandfather spent nearly all his later years in life in preaching, traveling on 
horseback. In two or three different years he traveled as far east as the state 
of New York, attending yearly meetings, which were similar to our camp 
meetings. Father, having sold his farm, in September, 1845, with two good 
horses and a covered wagon, started for the West, in fact, for the far West, 
which meant Illinois. Our line of travel was the old National Road, built by 
the United States government. It was completed as far west as Sprino"field, 
Ohio, but from there on through Indiana to Terre Haute the roadway was 
cleared through the heavy timber one hundred feet wide, bridges and culverts 
were built, Washington street, Indianapolis, being a part of this road. About 
this time the road was turned over by the government to the states through 
which it passed. The first place of note, and dreaded by all movers, was 
what was known as the Black Swamp, which lay about half way between 
Indianapolis and the Ohio state line, and was about thirty miles through. 
The next place v "s Indianapolis, which was a straggling town with but little 
trade and a poor faiminn- country surrounding it, and was noted only as the 
capital of the state. The next place we came to was Terre Haute. It and 
Lafayette were two of the best towns in Indiana on account of the river 
navigation and the Wabash-Erie canal, which extended from Toledo, Ohio, to 
Evans\-ille. Indiana. Father located in Lawrence county, Illinois, and bought 
an impni\ed farm alxnit twenty miles west of \"incennes. Deer and wild 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 79I 

turkey \\ere plentiful. Deer were killed from October ist to February ist. 
Every neighborhood had its hunter who would usually kill from seventy-five 
to one hundred deer during the season. There was good demand for the 
hides and a saddle of venison (which meant the hams and loins together). 
In the fall of the year everybody could have venison. Every cabin had its 
spinning wheel and loom. We raised our sheep and flax and made our own 
clothing. Corn and buckwheat was largely used for bread, as there was 
but little wheat raised at this time. There were a few horse mills for grind- 
ing corn scattered over the country. Horses were fastened to a lever and 
driven around and around, but it would take two or three hours to grind a 
bushel of corn. In the fall of the year we would take a lead of corn and 
buckwheat sufificient to last until the next April, and go some distance to 
a water mill. The buckwheat when ground was carried by hand to a bolt and 
many a time have I turned the crank to bolt the flour for our buckwheat cake. 
\\'e had the satisfaction of knowing we had the pure buckwheat flour, but 
sometimes it was pretty gritty, being threshed on the ground and cleaned by 
making wind with a sheet instead of a wind mill, which was often done. The 
attraction for the young people was preaching, the Sunday and singing 
schools. Camp meetings were looked forward to with unusual interest, the 
camp ground being located near us in a beautiful grove. Instead of the 
modern cottage was the log cabin, covered with clapboards, with weight poles 
to hold them in place. Puncheons were split from trees for the floors of 
the cabins and for seats. The meetings would continue about six weeks. 
The spiritual feeling ran high and was demonstrated in no uncertain way in 
the preaching, singing, prayers and shouting. It was looked forward to as 
one great general meeting ground, where families and friends, separated by 
the demands of necessity for the greater part of the year, were reunited. It 
meant social as well as religious life to our forefathers. Their lives were 
lived along different lines than these of their grandchildren. They took time 
to live and enjoy as they went along. With laden baskets of good things to 
eat, the father, mother and children went happily on their way to the grove 
where the meeting was to be held, and once there, happiness reigned supreme. 
The women discussed household afifairs, the men crops and politics, until the 
hour of service. When the speaker spoke, as a rule, it was not in the well 
trained tones of the modern scholar of theology, or the picturesque language 
of the modern evangelist. He held forth on the iniquities of life, the dangers 
of hell. His voice was loud, his gestures at times uncouth, but the flame of 
a stern resolve blazed from his eyes. We had giants in those days, Peter 
Cartwright, James B. Finlev. Richard Hargrave and others, and much good 



793 PAST AND PRESENT 

was done; each and all accepted the simple statement that, "Be good and vou 
go to heaven — be bad and you go to hell," as conclusive, and shaped their 
lives accordingl)'. As the result of these meetings, think of the home life 
kept pure, the sorrowing hearts comforted, the children trained, spiritual life 
sustained, the moral sentiment inculcated ; giving permanency to order, value 
to property, dignity to law, lifting the fallen, and educating the ignorant. If 
the shades of our grandparents attended one of our modern services, listened 
to the learned lecture of the preacher, heard the music of the organ, the trained 
voices singing the hymns, they would wonder much wherein it was an im- 
provement over the old days. When some sister would start singing with 
much earnestness some good old-fashioned hymn she thought suitable for the 
occasion, immediately after instead of the congregation looking around at her 
with shocked looks, the entire crowd would join in and sing itself into a 
trance of spiritual enjoyment, that made rugged faces beautiful, and lifted 
them upward to the plane of higher things. 

In the summer of 1852 I taught a subscription school in one of the camp- 
ground cabins, and boarded at the homes of the scholars. In our spelling 
matches I was seldom beaten. I had mastered arithmetic, in addition, subtrac- 
tion, multiplication and division, which was all we needed at that time, could 
write a plain hand and was in demand as a teacher. In the winter of 1852-3 
I taught a school in one of the oldest school districts in the county and taught 
the same school in the winter of 1853-4. In the winter of 1854-5 I was 
called to a new district, a large new house, and a school that averaged fifty 
scholars. Here was a number of grown-up ladies and men, well satisfied 
and considered a complete education all they needed if they could leirn to 
spell, read and write and master the first four divisions of arithmetic. In the 
summer time I worked on the farm and at any extra jobs that I could get, 
if I could make twenty-five cents a day. The fall before I left home I con- 
tracted for and made five thousand rails at thirty-five cents per hundred to 
be ricked upon the stump. In those days we needed but little money and 
had less than we needed, our only money for years being silver ^Mexican 
quarters and English bits (twelve and one-half cents), and fip-penny bits, 
six and one-fourth cents. Sometimes we would get a fi\-e-franc French piece, 
worth ninety-five cents. 

In March, 1855, I decided to come to Lafayette and got on a steamboat 
at Vincennes which was loaded from Cincinnati, Ohio, for Lafayette, Indiana, 
arriving in Lafayette March 15, 1855. When we tied up at the wharf at the 
foot of Main street there were two other steamboats from New Orleans load- 
ing or unloading. Our entire traffic was almost entirely by water, either by 



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the ri\er or canal and the traffic on the canal, both freight and passenger, was 
at its best. The W^abash raih-cad was building at this time, and when com- 
pleted two years later killed the canal and, in fact, all water transportation. 
Fowler, Earl & Reynolds had a wholesale grocery store in the north end of 
the Purdue block, and the country- for a hundred miles east, north and west 
traded here. There was a hotel and wagon yard on the bill A\-here tlie Oak- 
land House is, and also a betel and wagon yard, known as the Fountain 
House, located where the Kern packing- house now is. In the fall of the 
year these yards were crowded with farmers and movers, teams and wagons. 
We had four first-class hotels at this time, the Labr, the Bramble, then new, 
the Jones Hotel, where the Earl & Hatcher block now stands, and the City 
Hotel, where the St. Nicholas now is. These all did a thriving business, 
usually crowded, as travel was heavy. I had a brother, Joseph K. Smith, and 
an uncle, Ira Smith, who lived here, and after staying a few days and not 
finding anything I could get at I got on a packet and went to Logansport. 
From ther£ I went twelve mil^s northeast of Logansport and stopped with 
a cousin, and in the neighborhood I took a job of clearing fifteen acres of 
land. It was a very thick and heavy growth of young timber and brush and 
I had to leave the ground ready for the plow. This was a hard job, and as I 
had worked many a day before at twenty-five cents a day, I thought I could 
do so again, and could not afford to hy itlle. A\'hile here I went one and a 
half miles to Sunday-school at the old Bethel ^Methodist Episcopal church. 
Stephen Euritt was our teacher, and the friendship of teacher and scholar 
lasted f(jr nearly fifty-four years, we ba\'ing kept in touch and met frequently 
up until the time of his death, in February, 1909. He was well fixed in this 
world's goods and died rich in the prospect of a happy future. 

While here I was well acquainted with a five-hundred-acre farm — little 
do we know of our future, as I have owned this farm for the last ten years. 
When done with this job of clearing, in October, I decided to go back to 
Lafayette, came down on a packet, landed at the foot of Ferrv street at four 
o'clock a. m., October 15, 1855. Whatever money I had earned outside of 
my clothing and necessary expenses up until I was twenty-one vears old I 
sent to my father, so that when I counted my money on this October morn- 
ing I had nine dollars and five cents. My brother Joseph was running a 
meat market in the cellar under the Barbee Bank, southwest corner of the 
square, now the Emsing corner. I hired to him to do whatever I could do, 
from May ist to about December ist. We attended market on Tuesday and 
Saturday mornings, at the market space west of the Labr house. I tried to 
learn every detail cf the business, and in the winter of 1856 I bought my 



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brother's business, which included slaughter house, two horses and meat 
wagon, tools, etc.. agreeing to pay one thousand four hundred and ninety- 
eight dollars, making two notes, one-half due in six months and one-half 
due in one year, notes drawing ten per cent, interest. I took possession the 
first day of March, 1857. I could raise about one hundred dollars, but during 
the year I had formed the friendship of some noble men, which was better 
now to me than money. Among these were Benjamin Crist, one of God's 
noblemen, rich in friendship and confidence. He says: "I have five good 
steers well fattened ; I want five cents for them ; you come out and the boy 
will help you drive them in, weigh them and when tax-paying time comes 
let me have enough money to pay my tax. and the balance I will get as I need 
it." C. M. Crist, who lives near the old home place now, was the boy. I 
started out to pay those notes as they became due, and I did it and had some 
money over. These were the days of "wild-cat" money. A large portion of 
the money in circulation was of this class, such money as the " Alichigan Plank 
Road," "Logansport Insurance Company," was largely in circulation here. 
The State Bank of Indiana and the State Bank of Ohio had furnished a good 
paper money for all purposes, but their charters, which were for twenty years, 
having expired the legislature refused to renew them and thev went into 
liquidation. This left us for about two yenrs with no banking law until the 
winter of 1857-8, when the legislature of Indiana passed a hw authorizing 
banks to organize and issue circulation by depositing with the secretary of 
state certain class of bonds. Under this law the Gramercy Bank was or- 
ganized and did business here in the Jones Hotel building. Two shrewd 
young men from New York state started this bank and issued a large cir- 
culation. They decided to start another bank in the south part of the state 
and went to the secretary of state and asked him to loan them, for a few 
days, the use of the Ijonds they had deposited for the purpose of organizing 
a new bank. He, wishing to accommodate them, which is liable to be the 
case in all elected ofiicers, let them have the bonds, but instead of starting a 
new bank they came back to Lafayette, closed their bank in the evening, and 
between the daylights they took everything of value from the bank and left 
for parts unknown. The next morning the doors failed to open at the proper 
time, which soon drew an anxious crowd of depositors. When the safe was 
opened everything was gone, nothing left to the depositors or to redeem the 
circulation. Six or eight years afterward these shrewd young men communi- 
cated from Canada through an attorney here and arranged to settle with their 
depositors in full. l)y giving them their individual notes. This stopped all 



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criminal proceeding and ended the chapter, as the depositors never received 
anything on their notes. 

The State Bank of Indiana had branch banks located in some of the 
best towns of the state. Cyrus G. Ball, whose first wife was a daughter of 
Uncle Ira Smith's, was president of the bank here during the years of its 
existence. The bank was located at the southwest corner of Sixth and Main 
streets, now occupied by Kienly's drug store. The bank building and Judge 
Ball's residence were built together and part of the residence as it then stood 
adjoins the drug store on the south. The style of these bank buildings was 
the same all over the state, four large columns, twenty or twenty-five feet 
high, forming an alcove in front. In the spring of 1859 I bought a house 
and lot of John L. Reynolds at the southeast corner of Fifth and Wall streets. 
This I remodeled by making it from a one-story to a two-story house, ar- 
ranging it for a future residence. On the first day of June, 1859, my wife and 
I were married. Her maiden name was Melissa E. Johnston, and she lived 
with her mother, a widow, in New Carlisle, Ohio. Her father and mother 
were pioneer settlers on Donnel's creek, and owned a farm a short distance 
from father's farm. 

The year i860 brought with it the most exciting political campaign 
that has ever occurred in this country. The Republican party in the West 
had such known leaders as Lincoln and Logan, of Illinois; Indiana had its 
Henry S. Lane, Oliver P. Morton, Schuyler Colfax, James Wilson, memlaer 
of Congress from this district and brother to the late William C. Wilson, 
of this city. Lafayette had its Dan Mace, Godlove S. Orth, William C. 
Wilson, Albert S. White and others. We fully realized that a crisis was 
imminent, but the North had fully decided that the time had come when the 
slavery question should be settled, and voted accordingly. The result of the 
campaign was that Lincoln was elected, having carried every northern state. 
Secession of the extreme southern states followed. When the telegraph came 
saying that Fort Sumter in Charleston harbor had been fired on, here in La- 
fayette the court house, church and fire l^ells rang, excited, determined men 
paraded the streets led by the martial music, business was suspended, such men 
as H. T. Sample,Thomas T. Benbridge, Jo Hanna, Martin L. Pierce, Adams 
Earl, Moses Fowler. Gen. J. J. Reynolds and the Reynolds brothers, John 
L. and William F., the Heaths, Pykes and others, headed the procession. 
Such scenes as this occurred all over the North, and when the first call was 
made for volunteers the ranks were filled and hundreds turned away. A re- 
cruiting office was opened in a small frame building about where the Gillian 
Fatins: House is. The Packard Iirothers plavcd the fife and drum, and for 



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the next tliree years from daylight until midnight you could hear that martial 
music. Four or five regiments were recruited here as headquarters, and their 
camping ground was on the hill south of the city. If Third street was ex- 
tended south over the hill, it would strike the camping ground. When a 
regiment was filled the country and city would turn out to see them leave for 
the front. It might he that nearly every one in the crowd had a relative 
or a friend in that regiment, well knowing what it meant when they said 
good-bye, but there was no flinching in those days. In the summer of 1862 
I had saved money enough to pay for and I bought eighty acres of land at 
fifty dollars per acre, and had enough money left to buy teams and tool^ 
for farming. The land was located about the center of the Wea plains. I 
moved on the farm and put out a crop of wheat that fall. During the winter 
I bought one hundred and forty acres adjoining me on the north, of the 
Ellsworth heirs, giving fifty dollars an acre, and giving my notes at eight 
per cent, interest. Soon after, I bought eighty acres more at fifty dollars 
per acre. This gave me three hundred acres of land lying in a scjuare farm, 
and now owned by William \\ Stuart. I had on two occasions tried to en- 
list, but it was at a time when the government could not arm the men as 
fast as they offered their services, but now I was situated to do much more 
good for the cause than I could ha\-e done in the ranks. I was elected trus- 
tee of the township and served in this oifice four terms. We organized our 
township of Wayne to fill cur quota of men for the armv at call. After the 
first battle of Bull's Run, where the Union army met a reverse and in fact 
was meeting reverses on every hand, volunteering became very slow, and 
the government had to resort to a draft to fill the depleted ranks. Everv 
able-bodied man between the ages of twenty-one and forty-five was subject 
to draft. The draft was for three hundred thousand men. divided among 
the states, giving each state its quota, the state divided into counties, the 
counties to townships, so that each township knew the number of men it hid 
to raise. Here our township organization came in. Tipijeciuioe countv Ind 
appropriated three hundred and sixty-three tin usand dollars to be used to 
support the families of those that went to the army, and the trustee of each 
township had this in charge. The government had offered a bounty of four 
hundred dollars for any that would re-enlist, whose time had expired; say, 
Wayne township's quota was twenty men, so by taking the four hundred dol- 
lars of government bounty and adding from five to eight hundred dollars 
to it with the provision that the onmty would 'Support their families, we 
had no trouble in filling our quota (if the draft for three-year men from men 
who Iiad seen service and were drilled. A man that was drafted if he pre- 



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ferred to go and take the bounty could do so, but we had cases where men 
were drafted who had large families or some one dependent on them, and in 
these cases a substitute came in. These years of the war were the farmer's 
harvest. It was an easy time to pay debts, as crops were good and prices 
high. I have had the honor and pleasure of shaking hands with and hearing 
speak six of our Presidents, namely : Lincoln, Grant, McKinley, Harrison, 
Roosevelt and Taft. I have also shaken hands and heard Fremont and 
Blaine, candidates for the presidency. I have cast fourteen votes for Presi- 
dent. Three of these votes were lest, Fremont, Blaine and one for Harrison. 
In 1884 I was nominated by the Republicans for county treasurer and Blaine 
was the candidate for President. He carried the county by one hundred and 
eleven majority, and I was elected by about the same majority. I was 
nominated for a second term two years later and was re-elected by between 
thirteen and fourteen hundred majority. September i, 1885, we moved back 
to Lafayette, as I went into the treasurer's office August 25, 1885. We had 
spent twenty-three years on the farm. In the summer of 1890 the Lafayette 
National Bank, John W. Heath president, arranged to close out their busi- 
ness on account of the death of Mr. Heath. This left an opening for a new 
bank, and at the instigation of James Murdock, Charles B. Stuart, John B. 
Ruger, William C. Mitchell, John Wagner, Sr., S. C. Curtis and \\\ W. 
Smith early in October met in the office now occupied by Brockenbrough 
as an insurance office to talk in reg-ard to organizing a national bank. The 
result of that talk was the organization of the Merchants National Bank 
with a capital of one hundred thousand dollars. A board of directors was 
elected, including the above names, to which was added William Horn. The 
directors organized by electing James Murdock president, W. W. Smith 
vice-president, these officers being continued up until the death of Mr. Mur- 
dock. The bank opened its doors January i, 1891, and had only gotten a 
good start when the panic of 1893-4-5-6 came on. From a high state of 
prosperity which we had, for three and one-half years came one of the worst 
depressions this country has ever had. A horse that ordinarily would sell 
for two hundred dollars would bring forty or fifty dollars: wheat was 
forty cents, corn fifteen to eighteen cents, and I sold oats at eight cents a 
bushel. Land dropped one-half or more. These prices did not fully reflect 
the effects of the panic, as there was no demand for anything. On July 4, 
1887, through the efforts of James Murdock, natural gas was pij^ed into the 
city and a demonstration was made at Columbian Park. We had the benefit 
of this fuel for about sixteen years. Through the efforts of Mr. Murdock 
an interurban line was built from here to Logansport, connecting with Ft. 



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Wayne, and also another one from here to the Battle Ground, expecting it to 
be extended to Ash Grove, Brookston, Chahners, Reynolds to Alonticello. 
To realize the changes in the city, go back to the time when I came here, 
when Lafayette was confined west of Sixth street and south of Brown street. 
The old cemetery was still in existence where the German Catholic church 
now is. The fall of 1858 the county fair was held on the commons a little 
east of the cemetery. The towns of the county, many of them which are 
now wiped off the map, or are known by other names, follow : Starting u]) 
the Wabash we had Americus, Jewettsport, Harrisonville (now Battle 
Ground), Fulton, Kingston (now West Lafayette). West Lafayette was then 
located on the river bank just below the railroad bridge. On down a little 
above the old mouth of Wea creek on the north side of the river, was located 
Cincinnatus. Here was a ferry and people from west crossed here and went 
up the creek to the Hawkins grist mill. This town was extinct when I came 
here and was only referred to by the older settlers as the probable site of the 
old Lidian town. This theory was sustained by the fact that many Lidian 
graves were found in the bottoms opposite the town of Cincinnatus and was 
supposed to be an Indian burying ground. Li later years the great number 
of skeletons that have been exposed by the washing and the plowing of the 
soil proves this was a burying ground. We come down the river to Gran- 
ville, on the south side of the river. Then on the north side was LaGrange, 
near Black Rock, and farther down on the south side near the Fountain 
county line was located Maysville, nearly opposite Independence. A great 
amount of pork was bought and shipped from Maysville to New Orleans by 
John Sherry, Asa Earl and others. We come now to inland towns. There 
was Middleton (now West Point), Columbia (now Romney), Baker's Corner 
(now Stockwell). The town of Dayton was originally platted as Marquis De 
Fairfield, and Dayton. The legislature in 1831 passed an ate stating that on 
account of the confusion of names that the town be called Dayton. 

I have belonged to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows since May, 
1858. Our family consists of four children, namely: Marcellus L. Smith, 
born in 1861, and Rosa B. Smith, his wife, have one daughter, Edith Mote 
Smith, aged eighteen years. Werdie P. Smith, born in 1866, and Gertrude 
Fort Smith, his wife, have two children, Warren W. Smith and Loretta, 
aged ten and two years respectively; these two families live in Oakland, 
California. Carrie B. Smith, born in 1863, and Adam Wallace, her husband, 
have two children, Kenneth and Frances, ages eighteen and eight years. 
Ddoss W. Smith, born 1874, and Clara Lang Smith, his wife, have one 
daughter, Sidney M. Smith, three years old. Deloss W. Smith is assistant 
cashier and receiving teller at the Merchants National Bank of this citv. 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 799 

This article is much longer than I had thought of writing, but there 
are so many things in the way of reminiscences of the pioneer days and of 
early settlers that if I ha\e been able to make a few uf these plain, I am 
content. 

W. W. Smith. 



MONFORD PAUL. 

Owing to the fact that Monford Paul did not seek any royal road to 
success but began in a legitimate way to advance himself, he is today num- 
bered among the leading agriculturists and representative citizens of Perry 
township, Tippecanoe county, having reached the goal of prosperity and in- 
dependence because he has worked for it and deserved it. His birth occurred 
February 13, 1840, in Lehigh county, Pennsylvania, the son of Reuben Paul, 
also of that county. The latter was born October 12, 1812, the son of John 
and Hetty (Haupt) Paul, Hetty Haupt having also been a native of Lehigh 
county. The Paul family were residents of the old Keystone state for sev- 
eral generations. Reuben Paul's education was obtained in the common 
schools. He was reared on the home farm, and when twenty years of age 
began to learn the blacksmith's trade, which he followed with much success 
for twenty years. On August 3, 1834, he married Levina Haupt, a native 
of Allen county, Pennsylvania, and the daughter of George and ]\Iary Haupt. 
Reuben Paul lived in White Hall, Lehigh county, Pennsylvania, until 185 1, 
when, in company with Charles Moyer, Urwin Jones and Charles Miller, he 
came to Tippecanoe county, Indiana, this coterie of rugged frontiersmen hav- 
ing made the toilsome journey with one two-horse team which drew an old- 
style wagon. They were three weeks and three days making the trip. Reuben 
settled in section 26, Perry township, where he got eighty acres of land, 
fifty-five acres of which had been cleared, and on it stood a small frame 
house. For the whole he paid one thousand six hundred and fifty dollars. 
He made a splendid home here, built a fine brick dwelling in 1859, and had 
one of the best places in the township. 

To Reuben Paul and wife eleven children were born, namely : Thomas 
F., a carpenter and undertaker living at Piermont, Indiana; Tilghman is 
deceased; Susanna married Joseph Peterson, of Battle Ground, this county; 
Monford, of this review; Alfred, a farmer in Perry township; Mary Ann 
married James Wetzell, of Carroll county, Indiana ; Sarah married William 



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Roth, of Carroll county; Rebecca is the widow of Thomas Yoiint and lives 
at Mulberry, Indiana; Catherine is deceased; Fremont, who livetl on the 
old homestead in Perry township, is now deceased. Four of these sons were in 
the war of the Rebellion and made gallant soldiers. Thomas, Monford and 
Tilghman all enlisted for one year, in February', 1865, in Company B, One 
Himdred and Fiftieth Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry; Alfred enlisted 
in November of that year for three years in the Sixty-fourth Battery, Tenth 
Artillery. The parents of these children, Reuben and Hetty Paul. !i\ed to 
celebrate their golden wedding. They were members of the Lutheran church 
and were good people. 

Monford Paul received only a limited education owing to the lack of 
schools and the fact that it was early necessary for him to work. He learned 
the carpenter's trade and became a very skilled workman. On January i, 
1868. he decided to start the New Year right by marrv'ing the lady of his 
choice, Amanda DeLong, who was born in Lehigh county, Pennsylvania, 
the daughter of Peter DeLong, a full sketch of whom appears elsewhere in 
this work. 

After his marriage, Monford Paul settled in Clinton county, Indiana, 
where he remained two years and got a good start on the road to prosperity. 
He lived at Dayton, Indiana, for six years. Then he lived with his parents for 
a period of eighteen years, or until their death. In 1894 he located at 
Pettit, Indiana, where he has since resided. He worked at the carpenter's 
trade for many years and built some of the best houses and barns in the com- 
munities where he lived, being a ver}- skilled mechanic. He is now^ living 
in honorable retirement and is enjoying the fruits of his early years of toil. 
During his career as a soldier he was in Virginia, having taken part in the 
hot engagements in the famous Shenandoah valley and in different places. 

In his political relations, ^Ir. Paul is a Republican, and he and his wife 
are members of the Oxford Reform church. No people in the vicinity of 
Pettit have more friends or are better known than ^Ir. and Mrs. Paul and 
their children. 



GEORGE \V. SWITZER, D. D. 

Since the early pioneer days the name Switzer has been a familiar one 
in Tippecanoe county, and only a cursory glance down the annals of the same 
is sufficient to ascertain that members of this family during each succeeding 
generation have played well their parts in the development and general prog- 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 8oi 

ress of this locality. Perhaps one of the best known of the present gener- 
ation is the Rev. George ^^^ Switzer, of Lafayette, who was born in Shelby 
township, Tippecanoe county, Indiana, November 2, 1854, the son of Peter 
and Catherine (Shambaugh) Switzer, who were eaidy settlers in this coun- 
ty. Peter Switzer, a rugged pioneer and influential character in the early 
stages of developanent of this section of the Hoosier state, was born in Ross 
county. Ohio. November 27. 1818, and he was the son of Abraham Switzer, 
a picturesque type of the "first settler" who came with his family to Indiana 
in 1828, settling amid the wilds of Tippecanoe county. Catherine Sham- 
baugh, daughter of Jacob Shambaugh and granddaughter of George Sham- 
baugh, who landed in Philadelphia September 9, 1749, and whose sons 
fought in the Revolutionary war, was born in Perry county, Pennsylvania, 
July I, 1820, and she accompanied her parents to Tippecanoe county. In- 
diana, in 1828. the family settling on, a farm adjoining that of the Switzers, 
ten miles west of Lafayette. Peter Switzer and Catherine Shambaugh were 
united in marriage September 18, 1841, and until the death of Peter Switzer, 
March 5, 1879, lived in Shelby township, most of the time on their farm in 
the northern part of the township. Peter Switzer was a man of exemplary 
character, successful as an agriculturist and admired by his neighbors for his 
generosity and friendliness. 

l\Irs. Peter Switzer, a woman of beautiful Christian attributes and an 
inspiration to all who come into her grncious presence, is living in Otterbein, 
this state, at the advanced age of eighty-nine years, and is well preserved 
in bodily health and vigor. 

George W. Switzer. whose name introduces these paragraphs, is one of 
a family of ten children, named in order of birth as follows: John W.. de- 
ceased; Leah Jane, deceased in infancy; Sarah C, who married James Darby, 
lives in Fowler, Benton county, Indiana; Mary M., who married James 
Hawkins, lives in Otterbein, Benton county; Jacob resides in Tippecanoe 
county; Abraham lives in Otterbein, Indiana; George ^^^. subject of this 
sketch; William F.. a resident of Hammond, this state; Charles F. lives in 
Tippecanoe county; Isnac Elmer makes his home in Otterbein. 

Rev. George \\'. Switzer spent his early youth on tlie home farm and 
attended the common schools; not satisfied with a primarv education, he 
entered DePauw (formerly Asbury) University, from which institution 
he was graduated in 1881, and having long been actuated bv a laudalile de- 
sire to enter the ministry he soon afterwards began regular work, and since 
1882 he has been a member of the Northwest Indiana conference, ^letho- 

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dist Episcopal cliurch. He was married on September 20, 1881, to Lida 
Westfall, daughter of the late Harvey Westfall. 

During his ministerial career, Reverend Switzer has spent fifteen years 
in Tippecanoe county. For three years, from 1884 to 1887, he was the 
pastor of Shawnee Mound Methodist Episcopal church. He has also filled 
the following appointments: Morton circuit, two years, while a student in 
college; Plainfield circuit, Crawfordsville, Brazil and LaPorte. In Septem- 
ber, 1895, he was appointed pastor of the West Lafayette Methodist Episco- 
pal church, and during his pastorate there of six years he led in the building 
of the splendid church edifice that now stands for the use of that congrega- 
tion, costing over twenty-five thousand dollars. In 1903 he was appointed 
presiding elder of the Lafayette district, and iov six years served in that 
capacity. He was delegate to the general conference of this denomination, 
held in Baltimore, Maryland, in May, 1908. For the past six years he has 
been president of the Lafayette Young ]\Ien's Christian Association, having 
served in that office during the erection of the splendid new building that 
stands as one of the public institutions of Lafayette. 

Rev. George W. Switzer has long taken much interest in the work of 
the Young Men's Christian Association and tvvice he has been vice-president 
of the state organization, and served as its president for one year. He is 
at the present time a member of the advisory committee of the state board 
of trustees and visitors of DePauw University. He is also a member of the 
joint board. 

At the present time Doctor Switzer is enjoying a rest from official ap- 
pointment, having finished his term as district superintendent. He will give 
special attention to the Young Men's Christian Association, looking after its 
finances and also after the American National Bank, of which he has been 
a director since its organization and is now its vice-president. 

Fraternally the subject belongs to the Masonic order, holding member- 
ship at Crawfordsville, Indiana, and he has served as prelate of the Craw- 
fordsville Commander}-, No. 25, Knights Templar, for a numlier of years. 
Doctor Switzer's home is at No. 617 Feriy street, Lafayette. Mrs. Switzer 
and the two children, Nellie G. and \'incent W.. with the husband and father 
constitute the household. The son, a graduate of Illinois University, is con- 
nected with the Baker-\'awter Company, of Cliicago and New York. The 
daughter is a member of the home, having graduated from DePauw I'ni- 
versity and traveled in Euro]ie. Doctor Switzer is a member of the l>oard 
of managers of the Lafayette Charity Organization Society and he and ^Irs. 
Switzer are hoth members of the Woman's Christian Home Society, an in- 
stitution that looks after homeless women and girls. 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 803 



LYMAN LEWIS DRYER. 



It is with marked satisfaction that the biographer adverts to the Hfe 
of one who has had a successful career despite the most discouraging and 
unpromising circumstances at the outset. Such a hfe abounds in lesson and 
incentive and cannot but pro\e a stimulus to those whose fortunes and des- 
tinies are still matters for the future to determine. The subject of this sketch, 
though left practically an orphan at the tender age of ten years, courageously 
set out to make his own way in the world and, in the face of obstacles that 
would have utterly discouraged one of less stamina and determination, he 
won for himself not only a fair pecuniary reward, but also the honest regard 
and esteem of those with whom he has been for many years thrown in con- 
stant contact. Now, in the golden sunset of life, he can look over the vista 
of the past and realize that, all in all. the '"lines have been cast for him in 
pleasant places," and he faces the future with the calm assurance that "all 
is well." 

Lyman Lewis Dryer is a native son of Lidiana, having been born at 
Brookville, Franklin county, on February 6, 1824. His parents, Aaron and 
Mary (Lewis) Dryer, were natives of the state of New York, and in the 
spring of 1833 the family removed from their Franklin county home to 
Dayton, Tippecanoe county. Here, in the spring of 1834, the mother laid 
down the burden of life, and in the following spring the father went back 
to his old home in New York state, where his death afterwards occurred. 

Lyman Dryer was but nine years of age when he suffered the loss of his 
mother and but ten when his father left him, so that he was practically 
orphaned at an age when a boy most needs the care, guidance and advice of 
parents. Though deeply conscious of the seriousness of his condition, the 
young lad bravely set out to take care of himself. His opportunities for ob- 
taining an education were extremely meagre, but he improved every chance 
offered him to learn and thus early in life formed a habit which has clung 
to him ever since, that of absorbing information from ever^• source, until 
today he is considered a well-informed man along many lines. 

The subject's first labor was as a farm hand, though he was variously 
occupied, gladly accepting any employment he could find, until he was 
eighteen years of age, when he went to Lafayette and apprenticed himself 
to learn the printing trade in the office of the old Journal. He proved a faith- 
ful employee and remained in that office until about 1847. His marriage 
occurred in 1850, when he went to Dayton and engaged in the cooperage 



804 PAST AND PRESENT 

business. He was careful in business matters and honest in his work, and 
was successful in this business to a satisfactory degree, continuing to operate 
the factory for twenty years, at the end ut which time he was enabled to retire 
from active business. He is now taking lite comparatively easy, though 
still keenly alive to all that is going on in the world about him. As a testi- 
monial to his high standing in the community, it may be stated that M.v. 
Dryer has served as justice of the peace for over fifty consecutive years, and 
a most notable fact in connection with his administration of the ofhce is the 
fact that during this more than half a century of judicial service he has 
never had a single case reversed by a higher court, notwithstanding the fact 
that quite a number of cases have been appealed from his court. During the 
administration of President Benjamin Harrison, Air. Dryer served efhciently 
as the postmaster of Dayton, his four years" service being marked by con- 
tinued satisfaction to the patrons of the office. He enjoys the distinction of 
having lived in Dayton longer than any person now living here, and is prob- 
ably better informed as to local history than any one else. 

In 1850 Lyman L. Dryer was married to Drucilla Blackledge, a native 
of Rush county, Indiana, and theirs was a most happy and enjoyable com- 
panionship for fifty-five years, her death occurring in 1905. She was a lady 
of many fine qualities of character and was held in the highest esteem by all 
who knew her. She was, as is her husband, a inember of the Universalist 
church. There is now no church of this denomination at Dayton, but while 
there was one here Air. Dryer was one of the most active members, ha\ing 
served a number of years as president of the church board. 

In politics the subject is a stanch Republican and lias e\er given his 
party faithful support. On Alarch i, 185J, he was raised a blaster Mason 
in Dayton Lodge, No. 103, and is now a past master of that body, having 
filled all the chairs. He is also a member of the Eastern Star chapter at 
Dayton, having been given the work by Robert Alorris, the founder of the 
order, Ijefore a chapter had been organized in the state of Indiana. It is 
now thought that he is the oldest living member of the order in the state. 



ALFRED PAUL. 



Of the many enterprising citizens that the state of Pennsylvania has 
sent to Indiana, and particularly Tippecanoe county, none are more deserv- 
inq- of specific nieiitioii than Alfred Paul, the well-known farmer of Perrv 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 805 

township, owing to the fact that his hfe has been exemplary and he has 
done his fuH share in upbuilding the community where he chanced to settle. 
His birth occurred in Lehigh county, Pennsylvania, February' 28, 1844, the 
son of Reuben Paul, also born in Lehigh county, the old Keystone state, the 
date of his birth being October 5, 1812. He was a son of John and Hetty 
(Foust) Paul, also natives of the same place — in fact the Paul family were 
residents of Pennsylvania for many generations. There Reuben Paul grew up 
and was educated in the common schools, working on a farm during the 
summer months. When twenty years of age he began learning the black- 
smith's trade, which he followed for twenty years. On August 3, 1834, he 
married Levina Haupt, a native of Allen county, Pennsylvania, the daughter 
of George and Mary Haupt, who were residents of Lehigh county, White 
Hall township. Reuben Paul and wife lived in that locality until 1851, 
when Mr. Paul, in company with Charles Moyer, Irvin Jones and Charles 
Miller, came to Tippecanoe county, Indiana, making the journey with one 
team which drew an old-fashioned wagon, the trip requiring three weeks 
and three days. Reuben Paul settled in section 26, Perry township, on an 
eighty-acre tract, of which fifty-five acres were cleared and for which he 
paid sixteen hundred and fifty dollars. He improved it and built a fine brick 
house in 1859. To Reuben Paul and wife eleven children were born: 
Thomas F., a carpenter and undertaker at Piermont, Indiana; Tilghman. de- 
ceased; Susanna married James Peterson, of Battle Ground, Indiana; Mon- 
ford, a carpenter at Pettit, this county; Alfred, of this review; Mary Ann 
married James Wetzell, of Carroll county, this state; Sarah married William 
Roth, of Carroll county; Rebecca is the widow of Thomas Youndt and lives 
at Mulberry, Indiana; Catherine is deceased; Fremont A. is deceased. Four 
of these sons were soldiers in the Union army. Thomas, Monford and 
Tilghman enlisted in February, 1865, in Company B, One Hundred and 
Fiftieth Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry; Alfred enlisted in Novem- 
ber, 1864, in Battery B, Tenth Artillery, for three years. Reuben Paul 
and wife li\-ed to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary. They were 
members of the Lutheran church. 

Alfred Paul had only a limited schooling, having to go four miles to a 
school that lasted only four months during the winter. He remained at 
home until after his marriage, which occurred April i, 1871, to Mary A. 
Brown, a native of Lehigh county, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Solomon 
and Eliza (Wodrint) Brown, both natives of Lehigh county. In 1863 they 
came to Clinton county, Indiana, and settled three miles south of Rossville. 
where they got eighty acres of wild land, which he cleared and improved and 



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on which they both died. He was a weaver by trade. In their family were 
fourteen children, six of whom are now living; Susan L., at Mulberry, 
Indiana; William, deceased; Amanda is also deceased; Sarah, of Slatington, 
Pennsylvania; Adeline, deceased; Joseph, living on the old place in Carroll 
county, Indiana; Mary A., wife of Alfred Paul of this review; Emma, 
of Mulberry, Indiana; Catherine, of Carroll county; the rest of the children 
died in infancy or early youth. 

To Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Paul two children were born, namely: William 
Eugene George, born December 24, 1871, was four years old when he died; 
Alice J., wife of Leander Hedderick, a machinist and automobile dealer at 
Mulberry, who patented the Elgin cream separator. He and his wife are the 
parents of two children, Willie Edison, born June 11, 1898, and M. Murrel, 
born February 2, 1901. 

After his marriage, Alfred Paul resided at several different places until 
1876, when he bought forty-one acres in Perry township, where he has since 
resided. Mr. Paul has been successful and has a well-improved farm. He 
has built an attractive dwelling and a good barn, has devoted his life to 
farming and is fully abreast of the times. 

As already indicated, Mr. Paul served as a soldier in the Civil war, hav- 
ing enlisted in Company B, Tenth Artillery, on November 4, 1864, in which 
he served three years. He went to Indianapolis and from there to Tennessee, 
Nashville and Chattanooga on a United States gunboat, the "Stone River," 
having been assigned to duty on this boat on which he remained until the 
close of the war, being discharged on July 10, 1865. He is a member of 
Elliott Post, No. 160, Grand Army of the Republic, at Dayton. He is a 
member of the Oxford German Reformed church, and in his political relations 
votes the Republican ticket. He is one of the best known men in his com- 
munity and is held in high esteem by all. 



DANIEL MILLS. 



From humble beginnings Daniel Mills has become the owner of a fine 
farm in Perry township. Tippecanoe county, and devotes his attention to 
diversified farming with the discrimination, energy and constant watch- 
fulness which inevitably make for definite success and prosperity. His birth 
occurred in Warren coimty, Ohio, November 27, 1835, the son of Hamilton 
Mills, of the same county, who married Sarah Jones, also born in that 
county, where they grew to maturity and married. Hamilton Mills learned 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 807 

the blacksmith's trade, at which he worked in connection with farming. In 
1828 he went to Logansport, Indiana, with his father-in-law for the pur- 
pose of buying land of the Indians, but they did not succeed. He lived at 
Athens, Indiana, for about a year, then went back to Ohio. In 1838 he 
moved to Carroll county, Indiana, where he farmed and worked at his trade. 
He died in that county, his wife dying in Delphi, Indiana. They were mem- 
bers of the Methodist Episcopal church, and Mr. Mills was a Democrat. 
They were people of sterling worth, and to them ten children were born, 
named as follows : Simeon, deceased ; Nancy, of Hillsboro, Ohio ; Daniel, of 
this review: Eunice, Mary and Sarah, all deceased; Lizzie, of Elwood, 
Indiana ; Henrietta, also of Elwood ; the two youngest children died in infancy 
unnamed. 

Daniel Mills had little opportunity to attend school; however, he suc- 
ceeded in learning the essentials in the old log school house near his boy- 
hood home. He remained on the old home place where he became inured 
to the life of a husbandman until he was twenty-five years old, when he started 
to work at the carpenter's trade. At Camden, Indiana, on October 7, 1865, 
he was united in marriage with Caroline Robison, who was born in Perry 
township, Tippecanoe county, August 26, 1843, the daughter of John and 
Fannie (Dye) Robison, the former a native of Pennsylvania and the 
latter of Ohio. Mr. Robison first married in his native state and had one 
child to die there. John Robison was a manufacturer of woolen goods. In 
early days he located in Ohio near Cincinnati, and in 1827 he came to 
Tippecanoe county, Indiana, locating in Perry township, in section 27. He 
built a woolen mill which was run by water power. It was a very large 
mill and did an extensive business. He prospered at this and became the 
owner of one thousand acres of land. He continued to operate this mill until 
1868, wlien he retired. His death occurred in 1890 and that of his wife 
many years before, in 1844. He married a third time, his last wife being 
Barbara Whiteman, of Perry township, who died in 1879. He was a mem- 
ber of the Methodist church and a Republican, but never aspired to public 
office. For many years he was one of the best known men in this county. 
The following children were born to Mr. and Mrs. John Robinson: Pricilla, 
deceased; Samuel, deceased; Henrietta; Edward; Drucilla, deceased; Caro- 
line, wife of Daniel Mills, of this review ; the youngest child died in infancy 
unnamed. To John Robinson and his third wife four children were born, 
namely: Erastus, of Dayton, Indiana; Wallace; Bruce, deceased; Frances, 
widow of \\'allace Patton, who lives in Perry township. 



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i"o Air. and Mrs. Daniel Aiills seven children have been born, namely: 
Harry, who has remained single, is farming in Peri-y township; Etiwaru, a 
farmer, married Olivia Fretz, and they are the parents of three children, Ros- 
coe, Harvey and Velma; John, a farmer in Perry township, is married and 
has four children, Aldine, Laurine, IMaurine and Bessie; Sarah, Daniel ^Mills' 
fourth child, is deceased ; Albert is smgle and is farming in Perry township ; 
Samuel H., a barber in Frankfort, Indiana, married Hattie Roth ; Earl, who 
married Emma Roth, is also working at the larlisr trade in Frankfurt. Indi- 
ana, and they have one son, Harold James. 

After his marriage, Daniel Mills and wife located at Camden, Indiana, 
where Mr. Mills worked at the carpenter's trade until 1887, when he came to 
Perry tuwnshi]), Tippecanoe county, and located in section 22, where they 
still reside. In 1889 he built his commodious and comfortable dwelling, and 
later two good barns, also many other substantial improvements which ranked 
his place with the best in the township. He is the owner of one hundred and 
sixty-eight acres of vahiable land which is well improved. So well did he 
manage his farm, that he was enabled to retire in 1908. All during his farm- 
ing career, however, he found time to continue his carpenter work, being con- 
sidered an excellent workman, and many of the best houses and barns in this 
part of the county are monuments to his skill as a builder. He and his good 
wife are members of the church, the former of the Presbyterian and the latter 
of the United Brethren. Mr. Mills is a Democrat. 

Before closing this review, a tribute should be paid to the military chap- 
ter in the life of this excellent citizen, for on July 25, 1862, Mr. Mills tendered 
his services to his country, enlisting in Company A, Seventy-second Regiment 
Indiana Volunteer Infantry, at Camden. He went to Kentucky and J\Iis- 
sissippi, and was a member of the famous Army of the Cumberland, having 
participated in all the battles and skirmishes of his regiment. At Huntsville, 
Alabama, he was injured Ijy the falling of a horse, and was discharged, owing 
to disability, on May 28, 1865. He made a very creditable record while at 
the front. 



WILLIAM J. FISHER. 

Nothing but words of encomium can be employed in the biographical 
■memoir dealing with the well-remembered gentleman whose name appears 
above, a man who wp.s long one of the patriotic and public-spirited citizens of 
Tippecanoe countv and who d.eserves especial credit for his work in securing 




MH. AND MRS. WILLIAM J. FISHER 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. SO9 

the imposing monument that marks the site uf the great battle with the In- 
dians, Novcmljer 7. 1811, tor he was one of the leaders, if not the very first, 
in starting the movement which resulted in the erection of the same. 

William J. Fisher was born October 21, 1845, in Washington township. 
He was the son of Robert and Catherine Ann (Walters) Fisher. He was 
always a studious man and he received ai good education in the common 
schools and the Battle Ground Collegiate Institute, where he fitted himself 
for a teacher, which profession he followed four years with pronounced 
success, his services ha\'ing been in great demand. In later life he ga\'e up 
teaching and entered agricultural pursuits, at which he was eciually success- 
ful and for many years carried on general farming in a way that stamped 
him as one of the modern agriculturists of this highly favored section of 
the great commonwealth of Indiana. He became the one owner of a large 
and valuable farm on which he raised conaiderable fine stock, especially 
thoroughbred cattle and hogs. 

Mr. Fisher's happy domestic life dated from JNIay 29, 1890, when he 
married Frances Stretch, of Winfield, Kansas, where the family of which she 
was a member took a^ prominent part in public affairs. Her father was 
Jonathan Stretch and her mother's maiden name was Delila Knight. The 
father was born in Champaign county, Ohio, November 7, 181 7, and he 
came with his parents to Tippecanoe county, Indiana, in 1830. He and Miss 
Knight were married in 1849. Delila Knight was born December 2. 182 1, 
in Butler county, Ohio, and she came to Carroll county, Indiana, in 1828. 
Her father entered land one mile from the site of Delphi and lived there the 
remainder of his life, having figured prominently in the history of the county. 
Her half brother, Thomas Green, was prominent in political circles of Car- 
roll county, of which he was the firstj sheriff. Jonathan Stretch came to 
Tippecanoe county with his parents in 1830. There were five children in 
the Stretch family, as follows: Flora, wife of J. M. Sibbitt, of Hoopston, 
Illinois; Jessie, wife of P. E. Berry, residing in California; Ethel C, who 
died in 1905; Loui died in Kansas; and Frances S., who became the wife of 
the subject of this review. 

No children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Fisher. On March 11, 1902, 
Wfilliam J. Fisher was called to his reward, after a well-spent, active and 
useful life. He is remembered as a very pronounced enemy of the liquor 
business, having always taken a very determined stand against it. He was 
a Republican in politics, a loyal member of the Methodist Episcopal church 
and an Odd Fellow. He was a man of high ideals, and, being a cultured 
man and of afifable address, he was popular with all classes. 



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Mrs. Fisher was reared in Carroll- county and early in life evinced a 
deep interest in educational affairs. Mrs. Fisher attended the country 
schools and later took several years' work in the State Normal School at 
Terre Haute, having prepared herself for a teacher. She taught very suc- 
cessfully in Carroll and Tippecanoe counties, later being called to Winfield, 
Kansas, where she taught in the high school. Her services were always in 
great demand, for she is not only a well-educated woman but is the possessor 
of the many other natural attributes that go to make up the successful 
teacher. She is still greatly interested in educational work. She is a leading 
light in the Baptist church at Lafayette, and she is a member of the Rebekah 
lodge, having been the first noble grand of the local order at Battle Ground. 
She has attended every session of the grand lodge but one. She is very 
comfortably located in her nicely furnished home at Battle Ground, enjoying 
the fruits of an upright and well-spent life, being highly honored and es- 
teemed by all who know her. 



HENRY ARNOLD PARKER. 

THE sire's advice. 

While lingers yet my setting sun, 

And life's last sands in silence fall, 

Ere Death's rude hand the glass shall break. 
And o'er its ruins spread the pall. 

Deenes of earth, my children come, 

A father's counsel now receive. 
Whose fourscore years are almost run, 

And soon this borrowed dust will leave. 

Make strong the ties of kindred love, 
And let not jealous hate destroy. 

May each to each a blessing prove — 
In doubt a quid, in grief a joy. 

Parents, with care your trust discharge. 
And train aright the immortal young. 

And ye, their children, heed their word. 

That on the earth your days may be long. 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 8ll 

Say naught nor do in passion's rage, 

But speak becalmed and from the soul. 

Swift will be the words of tattling tongue, 
And every slanderous thought control. 

Waste not your gains with lavish hand, 

Nor merit's honest praise despise. 
Yet bow not down the immortal mind 

To treasures found below the skies. 

Their fancied joys, though ever seen. 

Sweet in the future luring on. 
Yet leave their surtoys far behind. 

Till to his grave unwelcome gone. 

But heavenward turn the love-lit eye. 

As pointing there the grateful heart, 

And lead the life by God approved, 
From birth till life's rays depart. 

And when your course is nobly run, 

And yielding from this mortal clay 

The final breath of earthly air. 

Breathes all, through Christ, of Death away. 

October 14, 1845. — Jonas Parker. 

Henry Arnold Parker was born in Lyons, Wayne county. New '^'ork, 
June 22, 1833. He is one of the highly respected citizens of Dayton, Tippe- 
canoe county, Indiana, where he has lived all his life excepting eight years 
spent in North Dakota and sixteen years before he came here. In his daily 
life among and intercourse with his fellow citizens he has exhibited those 
qualities of character which go to the making of the best type of our Ameri- 
can citizenship. Though not now actively engaged in any business, he has 
had a hand in the development of this section of the state and has always 
given his influence and support to every movement looking to the advance- 
ment of the highest interests of the entire community. 

Mr. Parker is descended from a line of honored ancestry, of which the 
following brief genealogical record is given : 

I. "Deacon" Jonas Parker, the subject's great-grandfather, was a patriot 



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soldier in tlie war of the Revolution and was an active member of the Presby- 
terian church. He married Ehzabeth and to them were born childrerb 

one of whom was Jonas Parker. 

II. Jonas Parker, also known as "Deacon," was born at Pepperill, 
Massachusetts, July i6, 1766, and, like his father, was an active member of 
the Presbyterian church. On December 18, 1788, he married Ruth Farmer, 
and to them were born the following children : 

(i). Hannah, born August 28, 1789, married Asa Butrick in 1808, 
and their children were Hannah (August 19, 1808), Charles (June 12, 1813) 
and Harriett (August 7, 1815). 

(2). Jonas, father of the subject of this sketch and who was born June 

30.1791- 

(3). Edmund, born July 6. 1793, married Nancy Hosley in 1816. and 
their children were William Appleton (November 6, 1816), William Andrew 
(August 2(>, iSiS), John Edward (February 12, 1821) and Theodore 
Tirezvent (January 11, 1825). 

(4). John, born September 18, 1795. married ]\Iary O. Lawrence in 
1822, an.d their children were Caroline W'illard (October 2, 1823), Alary 
Ehzabeth (March 3, 1826), Harriett Marie (March 13, 1828), John Loring 
(August 16, 1830), Louisa Frances (August 22, 1832), James Henry (De- 
cember 3, 1834), Mary Elizabeth (October 21, 1837), George Odeon (Feb- 
ruary g, 1840), Sophronia Lawrence (February 18, 1842), Charles Oakes 
(October 18, 1844), Edward Lawrence and Frank Lewis. 

(5). Rebecca, born 19, 1797, married Samuel Farrer in 

1819, and their children were Edmond (September 16, 1820), William 
Prescott (December 18, 1822), Charles Samuel (August 7, 1825). Mary 
Bullard (November 12, 1830), John Nutting (April 24, 1839) and Martha 
Ann (September 2, 1840). 

(6). Amelia, born November 21, 1799, married Arnold Hutchinson 
in 1819, and their children were Catherine Amelia (October 2, 1819), Wil- 
liam Arnold (September 12, 1821), Jonas (September 12, 1823), Edmond 
(August 7, 1825), John Irving (June 18, 1828), Nancy Elizabeth (Sep- 
tember 22, 1830), Samuel Shipley (February 27, 1833), John Bullard (June 
27, 1835), Henry Irving (February 8, 1838), Francis Rutheven (June 6, 
1840), George Morton (July 24, 1843) 'i"d Charles Delano (October 18, 
1844). 

(7). Lydia, born February 5, 1802, became the wife of John Loring 
in 1823. and their children were James Henry (July 10, 1824), Eliza Parker 
(September 9, 1829) and Caroline Lewis (December 7, 1840). 



TIPPECANOE COUNTYj IND. 813 

(8). I\Iary, born February 26, 1804, married Thomas S. Stevens in 
1822, and their children were jMary Jane (]\Iarch 17, 1823), Edward Spauld- 
ing (February 14, 1825), Ruth Ehzabeth (August 20, 1826) and Ehzabeth 
Ried (August 23, 1839). 

(9). EHza Shedd, born June 16, 1806, married John Ames in 1835. 
and they had the following children: George Henry (October i, 1836), 
Eliza Shiply (December 30, 1838), Charles Theodore (February 22. 1841), 
Frank Parker and Frank Walda. 

(10). Ruth, born August 18, 1808, married William E. Shiply in 
1828. 

(u). Xancy P., born January 12. 181 1, became the wife of Jesse Ried 
in 1832, and their children were Elizabeth Nancy (July 4, 1833), Arnold 
Hutchinson (October 26, 1835'), Josephine Parker (October 6, 1837), Henry 
Alonzo (November J3, 1839), Jesse Hutchinson (November 12, 1842) and 
Jonas Frederic. 

HI. Jonas Parker, the third of the family of the same name to be 
commonly known as "Deacon," who was born June 30, 1791, married Nancy 
Gatchell in 1814, and to them were born the following children : Charles 
Gatchell. born September 3, 1815, died November 3, 1888: Nancy Elizabeth, 
born November 29, 1816; Harrison, born February 25, 1818, died in 1836; 
Jonas Farmer, born August 7, 1819, died February 9, 1909; Harriet Lewis, 
born February 16, 1822. died May 9, 1896; Abagail Varnum, born June 18, 
1824; Camelia Drake, born August 16, 1830, died May 5, 1894; Henrv 
Arnold, born June 22, 1833, the immediate subject of this sketch. 

Jonas Parker, the father of these children, was born and reared near 
Boston, Massachusetts, and received what education could be obtained in the 
common schools of that day. About 181 2 he started afoot on a prospecting 
or land-viewing expedition and walked to \\'ayne county. New York. He 
selected land 'near Lyons, and in 1814 returned to [Massachusetts and was 
married, bringing his young bride at once to their new home. Here he farmed 
successfully until 1849, in October of which year he embarked witli his family 
by boat on the Erie canal to Buffalo, from wiiere they proceeded by lake to 
Toledo, thence by canal boat to Lafayette, where they arrived on the 17th of 
October. Here he bought and developed a fine farm and spent the remainder 
of his days. His remains now lie buried in Spring\-ale cemetery. LTis wife 
is also deceased. Jonas Parker was by trade a cooper and mason and fmuid 
frequent use for his knowledge along these lines. lie was a faithful and 
activ^e member of the Presbvterian church, as was also his wife. 



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IV. Henry Arnold Parker spent his boyhood days on the parental farm- 
stead, receiving a fair education in the common schools of the neighborhood. 
In 1849, when sixteen years of age, he accompanied his parents on their 
long water trip to Tippecanoe county, Indiana, and remained with them here 
until his marriage in 1859. On the i8th of October of that year he married 
Rosa Alice Lockwood, and lie went to farming on his own account, in which 
he was successfully engaged until 1880, when he moved to North Dakota, 
where he also followed agricultural pursuits for eight years. At the end of 
that time, feeling that he was so situated as to be able to retire from active 
labor, he sold out and returned to Indiana, locating at Davton, where he 
erected a comfortable home and has since resided. 

In 2\Iarch, 1865, Mr. Parker enlisted in Company C, Seventv-second 
Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry, under Captain Frazer. Pie rendered 
faithful service while in the field and was honorably discharged in September, 
1S65, and subsequently mustered out at Indianapolis, Indiana. Because of 
his military service, he now holds membership in John A. Logan Post, Grand 
Army of the Republic, at Lafayette. In politics he is a Republican, and while 
a resident of Shelby township served efficiently as township trustee. 

To Henry and Rosa Parker were born the following child-.-en : Harry 
L., born September 23, i860, met his death by drowning on September 26, 
1868; Charles G., born December i, 1862, resides at Joplin, Missouri; Rose 
and Jonas, twins, born January 4. 1866, both died in infancy; Rose Agnes, 
born July 15, 1868, lives at Terre Haute, Indiana: James AHjert, born Feb- 
ruary 12, 1873, 'i^'^s at Thorntown, Indiana; Rufus L., l)orn January 31. 
1875. Mrs. Rosa Parker died, and on May 4, 1884. in North Dakota, Mr. 
Parker wedded Catherine Campbell, who was born in the Dominion of Can- 
ada on February 8, 1859, the daughter of William and Elizabeth (Switzer) 
Campbell. Her parents were natives of Scotland and Canada respectively, 
and the father is now deceased. The mother lives in Jamestown. North 
Dakota. To Henry A. and Catherine Parker ha\-e l^een l)oni fnur children, 
namely: Murray A., born July 2z,, 1888, of Indianapolis, Indiana; Francis 
B., born December 25, 1889, also of Indianapolis: Julia L,, b; rn February 
27. 1892, at home; Madeline L.. born July 2~. 1894, also at home. r\Irs, 
Parker is a member of the Presbyterian church, in the activities of which she 
takes a deep interest. 

Mr. Parker, though advanced in years, takes a deep iiUerest in the pass- 
ing events of the day and is considered one of the leading citizens of Davton, 
where he is now living in comparative ease. 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 815 



JOHN P. GAGEN. 

There is much incentive m studying the Hfe history of such a man as 
John P. Gagen, who, by his own indomitahle courage and energy, finally 
rose above early environments that were none too favorable, surmounting 
every obstacle he encountered in his pathway until he attained a position of 
eminence in the business circles of the city of Lafayette, Indiana, second to 
none of his contemporaries. He belonged to that large class of industrious 
Arnerican-born citizens of foreign parentage, his parents, Patrick and Mary 
Gagen. having emigrated to America from Ireland, where they were born and 
where their childhood was spent. They were the parents of ten children, but 
the mother was called to her rest ere they grew to maturity and the father 
married a second time, adding eight children to his already large family, the 
combined number of children being eighteen. However, he was a hard 
worker and a good manager and provided well for them, giving them com- 
mon school educations and living to see them fairly well started in the battle 
of life. He was a man of honorable character and inculcated in his children 
those principles that make for true manhood and womanhood, the glory of 
our strong American citizenship of which we are justly wont to boast. 

J' hn P. Gagen was born in Sandusky. Ohio, December 13, 1848. He 
received his early mental training in the common schools of his native city. 
laying a good foundation for the broad knowledge he in after years acquired 
by habits of observation and promiscuous reading. He started to do for 
himself early in life, and soon gave evidence of a successful future, one not 
only replete with success, but honor also. 

Upon reaching maturity. John P. Gagen chose a life partner in the per- 
son of a very amiable and worthy representative of an old and well-estab- 
lished family, Adaline Greene, a native of Lafayette. Indiana, having been 
born there in November, 1846. The wedding which marked the beginning 
of a mutually happy domestic life was solemnized on April 18, t86q. Airs. 
Gagen's father came from Ohio and her mother from W'isconsin in an earlv 
day, settling in Tippecanoe county, where they established a good home amid 
primitive conditions. Joshua D. Greene, the father, was by occupation a 
carpenter, and his services were in great demand in his vicinity for many 
years, for he was a very skilled builder. Later in life he became a grocer, 
finally a general business man in Lafayette, where he met with success at 
whatever he turned his attention to, becoming well-known here in his dav as 
a progressive and public-spirited man of affairs, taking a prominent part 



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in the affairs of the city in which he manifested a deep and abiding interest 
for many years, and in no small measure augmented its general develop- 
ment. 

To John P. and Adaline Gagen eight children were born, nf whom only 
two daughters are now living, namely: Emma F., who was born in Tippe- 
canoe county, January 31, 1878, married Patrick Joseph Iveefe, who is en- 
gaged with his father in the manufacturing business in Anderson, Indiana, 
where he resides. Mr. and Mrs. Keefe have no children. Esther Gagen, 
who was born February 5, 1883, married John Joseph Greenen, a resident of 
Indianapolis, where Mr. Greenen is engaged in the coal, hme and cement 
business. No children have been born to them. Both Mr. Greenen and Mr. 
Keefe are energetic Inisiness men. 

Mrs. Gagen is the only living member of her parents' family, which con- 
sisted of four daughters. Fler life has been singularlv hapjiv with the ex- 
ception of the irreparable loss, occasioned by the death of her lamented hus- 
band, John P. Gagen, some four years ago. But he left her well provided 
for, her home at No. 1123 South street, Lafayette, being one of the hand- 
somest and most attractive in the city. It is modern in every respect, elegantly 
furnished and tastily kept. Mrs. Gagen is also the owner of a very fine landed 
estate consisting of three hundred and twenty acres near Dayton, Tippecanoe 
county. 

Personally Mrs. Gagen is a well-preserved woman, vivacious in manner, 
affable and kind-hearted, always hospitable and she is beloved by a large circle 
of friends and acquaintances. An excellent portrait adorns her cozy home — 
the likeness of her well-remembered husband, than whom a more popular 
and whole-souled man never lived in this city. He was a man who, while 
looking to his own interests, never lost sight of his duty to his fellowmen, 
and many acts of unostentatious charity were attributalile to him. .\. man of 
fine natural traits, he was popular with all classes, and when his death oc- 
curred the entire city and community felt a personal loss. 



CHARLES A. AlcCORKLE. 

In studying the interesting life histories of man\- of the better class of 
men, and the ones of unquestioned merit and honor, it will be found that 
they have been compelled, very largely, to map out their own career and 
furnish their own motive force in scaling the heights of success, and it is 




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TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 817 

such a one that the biographer is pleased to write of in the following para- 
graphs. 

Charles A. McCorkle, prominent farmer and well-known citizen of 
Jackson to>\nship, Tippecanoe county, was born in Montgomery county, In- 
diana, July 2, 1865, the son of Andrew C. and Polly A. (Meharry) Mc- 
Corkle, people of sterling worth and highly honored during their residence 
in this locahty. The father is now a resident of Lafayette, being seventy- 
two years of age, the mother of the subject having passed to her rest Aug- 
ust 17, 1887. (For fuller record of this family the reader is respectfully re- 
ferred to the sketch of John ^^^ McCorkle, banker at Wingate, Indiana, and 
a brother of the subject, which appears on another page of this work.) 

Charles A. McCorkle was educated in the public schools of Jackson 
township, spending the summer months working on the home place where he 
became inured to the healthful outdoor life of the farm. He was a very 
studious lad, and, not being satisfied with a primary education, entered De 
Pauw University at Greencastle. Indiana, and later attended Purdue Uni- 
versity at Lafayette, making an excellent record in both these institutions, 
becoming thus well equipped for what the poets would call the "subsequent 
battle of life." When his school days were over, Air. McCorkle returned 
home and resumed farming, having decided to make agriculture his life 
work, and he has since devoted all his time to the same witli gratifying suc- 
cess. 

On October 2. 1891. Mr. ]\lcCorkle was united in marriage in Tippe- 
canoe county with Frances M. Bittle, the representative of a well-known old 
famil}-. Her birth occurred March 12, 1868, in Fountain county, Indiana, 
she being the daughter of Silas and Fanny (Devore) Bittle, the former a 
native of Putnam county and the latter of Tippecanoe countv. this state. 
They were extensive farmers in this county, where the mother's death occur- 
red in IQ08, having been over sixty years of age. She was buried in Wheeler 
cemetery. Her husband, who is living a retired life on his fann, is seventv 
years old at this writing. They were the parents of four children, three 
boys and one girl, all of whom are now living, Mrs. McCorkle! being the 
second in order of birth. The other children were Elmer J.. Alonzo and 
Luther J. 

Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. ^McCorkle reside on a three-hundred-and- 

seventy-acre farm in Jackson township, which is one of the most valuable 

farms in this favored section of the Hoosier state. It is all under a high 

state of cultivation and is well impro^-ed in everv respect. Thev have a 

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modern, well-arranged and nicely-furnished home, beautifully located, and 
many substantial outbuildings adorn the place, about which an excellent 
grade of livestock is to be seen, especially cattle and horses — everything that 
goes to make up an attractive and pleasant country home being seen here. 
General farming is carried on in a manner that stamps Mr. McCorkle as 
fully abreast of the times. Besides general farming,, Mr. McCorkle feeds 
large numbers of hogs, cattle and sheep for the market and he usually com- 
mands the top prices for his stock, owing to their excellent quality. ]Mr. 
and Mrs. McCorkle ha\-e laljinred hard for wiiat they have antl are. there- 
fore, deserving of the eminent success they have achie\'ed, having started in 
life under none too favorable environments, and they arc among the most 
prosperous farmers in the township at present. 

To Mr. and Mrs. McCorkle four children have l^een born, all living at 
this writing, namely: John Russell, who is (in 1909) sixteen ye:irs old; 
Charles Leland, aged fourteen ; Bernice Ann, aged twelve ; Andrew Francis, 
aged nine. 

Mr. McCorkle is a member of the Knights of Pythias Lodge, No. 306, 
at Wingate, Indiana, and he takes a very active interest in the same. Al- 
though he is a loyal Republican, he has never aspired to offices of trust and 
emolument at the hands of his fellow voters. But he is deeply interested in 
whatever tends to promote the welfare of his community in any way and 
all movements looking to the upbuilding of the same find in him a ready 
helper. Mr. and I\Irs. McCorkle and their children are members of the 
Methodist Episcopal church, holding their membership at Shawnee Mound, 
being active in all phases of church work and liberal supporters of the same. 
Mr. McCorkle has for some time past been steward of the local congregation, 
still discharging the duties of the same in a conscientious manner. Because 
of his recognized honor, industry, friendly disposition and genuine worth, 
Mr. McCorkle stands deservedly high among the people of Jackson town- 
ship, where he is recognized by all classes as one of its most representative 
citizens. 



WILLIAM SHELT^IIRE. 

The Sheltmires constitute a German family whose founders came from 
the old country in the early half of the last century. Christopher Shelt- 
mire was a harnessmaker, who was engaged in business at the foot of 
Columbia street, Lafavette, until his death in 1861. He married I\Lary 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. S19 

Berkeley, who was brought to this country from Germany when sixteen 
years old, and by this union there were three children. One daughter died 
in childhood. Christopher, one of the sons, is employed by the X. W. Box 
Shoe Company. The mother died in igo6. 

William Sheltmire, the youngest of the family, was born in Lafayette 
in 1859. and consequently was still an infant when he lost his father by 
death. Owing to the poverty' of his mother and the lack of any paternal 
estate, he was compelled at an early age to begin making his own living. 
When sixteen years old he left school to accept a position with the A. G. 
Carnahan shoe factory on South Fourth street, at that time managed by 
Alexander Fraser. The latter saw that he did his work well, was indus- 
trious and attentive to business, and advanced him rapidly as a reward 
for his good qualities. His original intention had been to work only during 
vacations, but the rapid advancement caused him to stay with the shoe 
factory. When the head man of the fitting department left, Mr. Shelt- 
mire was given his place, and held the position until the firm retired from 
business, in 1879. Mr. Sheltmire then took a position with Herman & 
Shockey, manufacturers of shoes, at the corner of Second and South streets. 
He was with this firm about three years, or until they retired from busi- 
ness, when he went with Mr. Herman and others, who had a contract for 
manufacturing shoes at the Colorado State Penitentiary at Canon City. Mr. 
Sheltmire held the position of foreman in this enterprise, but only remained 
in Colorado six months, after which he returned to Lafayette and accepted 
employment with Box & Pross, shoe dealers. Their store was located the 
second door south of Main on Third street. About two years later JNIr., 
Pross withdrew from the firm and started a store on the corner of Main, 
next door to the original store, and Mr. Sheltmire was given the work 
previously attended to by Mr. Pross, which consisted in buying for and 
managing the store. About 1900 the business was incorporated under the 
name of the N. W. Box Shoe Company, in which Mr. Sheltmire took some 
stock and of which he was made secretary and treasurer. Prior to the 
incorporation the Pross store moved away and the Box company located 
in the corner, which it has since occupied. The location is perhaps the best 
for business of the kind in Lafayette as it is convenient to all parts of 
the city. 

In 1896 Mr. Sheltmire married Daisy, daughter of John E. West, of 
Lafayette, formerly superintendent of the Charles D. Robinson paper mill. 
They have three children, Harold, Helen and Edith. Mr. Sheltmire is a 
niemlier of Lafayette Lodge, No. 15, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, 



820 PAST AND PRESENT 

and V\'abash Encampment. He is also a member of Lodge Xo. 51, Knights 
of Pythias, and he and his wife are members of the Presbyterian church. 
He occupies a comfortable home erected before his marriage, and one of 
his main characteristics is his love of home and family. Conscientious in 
business, easily approached and accommodating to all, William Sheltmire is 
regarded by all who know him as a good neighbor and citizen. 



SCHULTZ-BOSWELL DRUG COMPANY. 

The Schultz-Boswell Drug Company is owner of one of the leading 
drug stores in Lafayette, located at No. 528 Main street. The business was 
originally started by Terry, Jennings & Harvey over fifty years ago, and 
was at that time located on the south side of Main street with the rear 
entrance on Fifth street. It was operated both as a retail and wholesale 
establishment. In time, O. C. Harvey became sole owner, and in the early 
eighties the wholesale department was dropped, the store being moved into 
rooms on the north side of Main street. In 1888, Mr. Harvey sold out to 
Longyear & Schultz, and the next year Edwin Boswell became an employe. 
In 1892, Mr. Longyear sold out his interest to Mr. Schultz, who remained 
sole owner until 1898, when Mr. Boswell became a partner. In 1904 the 
partnership name was changed as the result of organizing a corporation to 
conduct the business, with J. J. Schultz as president and Edwin Boswell 
as secretary and treasurer. Though the wholesale department was aban- 
doned, some lines of stock are still bought in jobber's quantities. They 
carry a large stock, well assorted and of great variety. The prescription 
department is so unique as to be worthy of especial remark. It is in the 
front part of the store, surrounded by clear glass to keep out the dust and 
prevent improper meddling, but every operation is in full view of the cus- 
tomer. The noticeable feature is the extreme cleanliness that character- 
izes everything connected with this work. The principal control and man- 
agement are in the hands of Messrs. Schultz and Boswell. With these pre- 
liminaries, a few biographical details of these popular business men will 
be in order. 

Anton Schultz, founder of the family in America, was a native of 
Mauren. Bavaria, near Munich. In 1849 he served as a soldier in the 
Bavarian army and helped to put down the insurrection in Prussia. After 
coming to the United States in 1858 he married Gertrude Giess, of Strang. 
in Hessen-Cassel, Germany, who emigrated aliout the same time, lioth mak 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 82 1 

ing their journeys on slow-moving sailing vessels of that day. He had not 
been in this country long until he had an opportunity to become a soldier 
and help suppress a larger rebellion, and he was sufficient of a patriot to 
enlist in a company of the One Hundred Fiftieth Indiana Regiment, to 
fight for the Union during our Civil war. His son, John J. Schultz, was 
born in Fountain county, Indiana, in 1862, and, after reaching suitable age, 
attended the Lutheran schools for six years, during which time he studied 
German and English. After completing this preliminary course he entered 
the eighth grade of the public schools, attended high school a year and a 
half and then laid aside his books to take his first business step. This was 
as a clerk in L. R. Brown's drug store, afterwards owned by Crane Broth- 
ers, and he remained with this establishment for two and a half years. He 
then entered the Cincinnati College of Pharmacy, mastered the required 
course, and was graduated in 1884. It was then that he returned to Lafay- 
ette, and went to work in the store of which he subseciuently became prin- 
cipal owner. 

Mr. Schultz is a member of the Elks, the Eagles and the Democratic 
party, being an active worker in the ranks of the latter. In 1902 he was 
elected trustee of the water works for a three-year term and was re-elected 
for a similar period. Two weeks before his first term expired, the legislature 
abolished the office, thereby making his tenure more than three years shorter 
than the time for which he was elected. Thereupon Mayor Dugan appointed 
him a member of the board of public works, and though he offered his res- 
ignation in January, 1908, the Mayor insisted on his serving until June of 
that year. Mr. Schultz while in office gave to his official duties the same 
conscientious attention he bestowed upon his private business and made a 
record so clean that the most captious critic could find no fault. 

Edwin, son of Gedrge W. and Ann E. Boswell, was born in Morrow. 
Warren county, Ohio, and began earning his own way at a \'ery early period 
in life. Almost continuously since his twelfth year he has been engaged in 
the drug business. Beginning first in JMorrow, where he remained until 
fifteen years old, he was employed for fifteen years in a drug store in Cin- 
cinnati, after which he came to Lafayette and clerked for eight years for 
Longyear & Schultz in the store of which he was subsequently owner, and 
is now secretary and treasurer of the company which controls the business. 
December 12, 1883, he married Orpha A. Ward, of Morrow, Ohio. Few men 
have so long Ijeen in the drug business as Messrs. Schultz and Boswell. As 
the result of years of experience, united with natural ability, they have made 
a success and now own one of the most profitable and popular of Lafayette's 
drug: stores. 



PAST AND PRESENT 



GEORGE W. BOHAN. 



The life of George W. Bohan was exemplary and one that resulted in 
no small amount of good to those whom it touched. He was born in Lafa>- 
ette, Indiana. January 14. 1855. the son of Dennis and Elizabeth Bohan, 
among the early settlers of Tippecanoe county, whose family consisted of 
six children, an equal number of boys and girls. George W. Bohan spent 
his youth at home and attended the local public schools. \Mien he reached 
manhood he. decided to become a railroader and for many years he was a 
locomotive engineer on the Lake Erie railroad, being regarded as one of the 
most responsible employes of the company and he was popular with all the 
train men who knew him, for he was not only a very capable engineer but 
was a fine fellow personally. His death occurred in 1903. 

George W. Bohan married ]\Iary Fitzpatrick, January 28, 1880. in this 
city. She is the daughter of 'Sir. and Mrs. John Fitzpatrick, natives of Ire- 
land. Mary was born August 15, 1857, being the youngest child in a family 
of three children, and she is the only one now living. ^Ir. and }ilrs. Bohan 
were the parents of eight children, as follows : Nellie M., born January 9, 
1882, married Peter J. Lamb, September 12, 1906, and they have one son, 
William M. Lamb, born March 30, 1907. Peter J. Lamb was born, in 
Delphi, Indiana, and his parents were born in Ireland. His place of business 
is at Xo. 24 Main street, Lafayette. He is a very genial and whole-hearted 
gentleman and is an excellent provider for his family, to which he is very 
devoted. Mary A. Bohan was born in Lafayette November 2, 1884, and 
she is employed as bookkeeper for the Smith Brothers Lumber Company of 
this city. Catherine was born July 19, 1887, and she is now in the employ 
of one of the principal dry goods firms of this city. Sarah G., born October 
II, 1886, is now forelady at the Sterling Electric Works in Lafayette. Cecelia, 
born August 16, 1888, was educated in the local schools, is now in the employ 
of Hon. Robert Sample. George P., born July 28, 1890, is now collector 
for the Harrison Telephone Company of Lafayette. Stephen A., born July 
3, 1892, is a cler!: ir, the McHarty hat store of Lafayette. Dennis H., bom 
November 28, 1S94. is employed by Bohler & Beal. All these children were 
educated in the St. Ann parochial school of this city under the direction of 
the Rev. Fathers Roach and Byrne. They are all industrious and have good 
starts on the road of life in a business way. 

The Bohan home, which is a neatly kept one, is located at No. 60S 
South Fourth street on the hill and is pleasantlv situated. This familv 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 823 

supports the Catholic church, of which they are loyal memhers. Mrs. Boiian 
was left a widow when her children were small, but she has been a good 
manager and a faithful nidther and has succeeded in rearing her children in a 
manner that reflects much credit uium her. 



WILLIAM BEXXETT. 

Among the business men of Lafayette, Indiana, who for many years 
performed well their part in the business phase of the city's development 
the name of William Bennett should receive prominent position. He was 
torn in Warren county. Ohio, June 2. 1822. the son of Isaac and Joanna 
(Cory) Bennett, both natives of Pennsylvania and descendants of distin- 
guished English ancestry. Joanna Cory's lineage can be traced to the noted 
Corey house on one side and to Sir Francis Drake, the famous English ad- 
miral, on the other. Mr. Bennett was reared in Warren county, Ohio, where 
he received his education in the primitive schools of those early times. By 
dint of hard work he established a good home and made a comfortable living. 
He married Anna V. Moore June 22, 1876. She was born in Lafayette. 
Indiana, September 21, 1837. Her parents were Strother and Harriet A. 
(Cowan) Moore, both bcrn in \^irginia, the former on December t6, t8i2. 
and the latter on September 8. 1814; both were reared in the old Dominion 
state, both having been born in Hampshire county. They emigrated to 
Tippecanoe county, Indiana, in an early day and were here several years 
before their marriage, which took place on October 11, 1836. Being pio- 
neers here, they did their sh;ire in establishing the early institutions of the 
communit}- where they settled. Two children were born to them. One son. 
William H. j\Ioore, whose date of birth was June 15, 1840, became a well 
known business man. Harriet A. Moore, mother of Mrs. "Bennett, died. 
January 14, 1847, in Lafayette. ^Nlr. ]\Ioore married again, July 20. 1849. 
his second wife being Mrs. Eleanor Cory, and to this union one child was 
born. Winfield Scott Moore, born December 2:2. 1852. He is an architect. 
living at Indianapolis; he is mirried and hns a family of two daughters and 
one son. Eleanor Mcore Bennett, the <mly daughter of ^Nlr. and Mrs. Wil- 
liam Bennett, was born January 2j. 1878. She was educated in the public 
schools of Lafayette, passed through the high school and attended a school 
of music, being a very talented musician; she also did some extra work in 
Purdue University. She has taught school with much success for a period 



o24 PAST AND PRESENT 

of six years in this city in the various grades. In this hne of work she re- 
ceived a great deal of encouragement from her mother, who is a well edu- 
cated woman, having attended Mrs. McKinster's private school, a seminary at 
Greencastle; she also studied art and afterwards taught the same. 

William Bennett was first married to Elizabeth J. Robeson, who was born 
April 19, 1822, in Warren county, Ohio, and to this union two daughters 
and three sons were born, one of the sons dying in youth. Mrs. Bennett 
reared Elmer Bennett, who was educated in the schools of Lafayette, and 
who married Anna Snider. He is a carriage painter and lives in Terre 
Haute, Indiana. William Bennett was for many years a well known nursery- 
man of Lafayette, having located here in 1880. He died December 22, 1896. 
William Bennett was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and a 
Prohibitionist. ]\Irs. Bennett is also a Methodist, but was reared in the 
Presbyterian faith. Her home, at No. 635 North street, is a pleasant and 
nicely kept one and a place where her many friends delight to gather, for 
she is a pleasant mannered woman, an entertaining conversationalist, genial 
and hospitable. Her appearance is that of a much younger woman, for 
life's cares have weighed but lightly upon her. 



CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS NEWMAN. 

The record of an honorable, upright life is always read with interest, 
and it better perpetuates the name and fame of the subject than does a monu- 
ment, seen by few and soon crumbling into dust beneath the relentless hand 
of time. Those who have fought and suffered for the country in which 
their lot is cast are especially deserving of an honored place in its annals, and 
their posterity will turn with just pride to these records of the founders and 
preservers of a prosperous, united nation. 

Christopher Columbus Newman is a native son of the old Hoosier state, 
having been born at Lafayette on April 25, 1844. His parents were John H. 
and Susan (Miller) Newman. John H. Newman was born in Mecklenburg, 
Prussia, and came to this country in young manho<id. He first located in 
Ohio, where he was engaged in farming. He was a brewer by trade and in 
about 1838 he came to Tippecanoe count)-, driving over in wagons. He set- 
tled at Lafayette and engaged in the iM-ewing Imsiness in partnership with 
a brother-in-law, Abraham Miller, who subsequently met death by drown- 
ing in the canal. The firm name was first Newman & ]\Iiller, but on the death 




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of his partner Mr. Newman took over', his interest and the firm style be- 
came the Newman Brewing Company. Mr. Newman was a successful man 
in his business affairs and was widely known over a large part of the state. 
He was public-spirited in his attitude towards affairs and took a large inter- 
est in politics. He served several terms efficiently as a member of the Lafay- 
ette city council and was offered the nomination for the mayoralty, but de- 
clined. His death occurred on September i, 1888, when he was about sev- 
enty-two years old. His wife Susan was a native of Pennsylvania, but caine 
to Ohio in young girlhood and was reared in that state, and here married. 
Their children, three boys and two girls, were all born after the parents set- 
tled in Lafayette, and were as follows: Christopher C, the immediate sub- 
ject of this sketch; Charles H., deceased; Carrie, who married a Mr. Ouig- 
lev and is now deceased ; Laura, who died at the age of seven years ; Frank 
resides in Lafayette. 

Christopher C. Newman attended the public schools of Lafayette and 
received a fair education. He remained at home until the dark cloud of .civil 
war hovered over the national horizon, and on the call for volunteers he 
promptly offered his services, enlisting for the three-months service in the 
capacity of a fifer, in the playing of whiich instrument he was an expert. 
At the close of his first period of enlistment he returned home, but at the 
expiration of thirty days, on September 19, 1861, he again enlisted, being 
assigned as a fifer to Company G, Tenth Regiment Indiana Volunteer Li- 
fantry. He served with this command three years and was veteranized at 
Chattanooga. He was then transferred to the Fifty-eighth Lidiana Regi- 
ment, called the "Pontoon Regiment." because of the fact that their duty 
consisted in throwing bridges across the rivers and streams. Mr. Newman 
took part in a number of the great battles of that conflict, including, among 
others, those at Rich Mountain, Miller Springs, Perryville, Mission Ridge. 
Chickamaug'a, Lookout Mountain, on the march with- Sherman to the sea, 
and subsequently took part in the Grand Review of the victorious armies 
at Washington. Mr. Newman was twice badly injured during his military 
service, once during the battle of Perryville, Kentucky, and again in front of 
Atlanta, being both times run over by ammunition wagons. He is still in 
jTossession nf the fife and other musical instruments used by him during the 
service and prized as relics of those trying days. He was discharged at Louis- 
ville, Kentucky, and then returned to Lafayette. He went to work in his 
father's brewery and was so employed continuously until 1S77, when he 
bought a tract of fine land in section 23, Waliash township, which he moved 



526 PAST AND PRESENT 

onto and afterwards gave his sole attention to its cultivation. He was fairly 
successful and brought his farm up to a high standard of cultivation. He 
now rents the most of his land, but is still an active man for his years. He 
has always been guided by a high code of ethics and has won and retains the 
highest regard of all who know him. In politics he is a Republican, but not 
a politician. He formerly was a member of the Grand Army of the Re- 
public, but as his years advanced he found it inconvenient to attend the meet- 
ings at night and withdrew his membership. 

In 1866 Air. Xe\Am;;ri was married, the lady of his choice being Zerelda 
Lev.is. She was born five miles er.st of Dr.yton, Indiana, on Wild Cat creek, 
September 18, 1842, and is the daughter of Jonathan and Rebecca Lewis. 
Her father was born in Muskingum county, Ohio. December 20, 1816, and 
died December i, 1879. Her mother was born in ^Montgomery county, Ohio, 
July 17, 1822, and died Xcvember 28. 1897. They were married in Tippe- 
canoe county, Indiana, on December 23, 1841, and became the parents of six 
children, namely: Zerelda; Louisa A., deceased; Nathan H., deceased; 
Florence Grace, who married a yiv. Coffman and resides at [Montmorenci. 
Indiana; Austin and George W. are deceased. \\"hen Jonathan Lewis first 
came to Lafayette he engaged in the grain business, subsequently relinquish- 
ing that for the livery business, being successful in both lines. During 
1854-55 he served as coroner of Tippecsnre county and also served as jailer, 
it being during the existence of the old log jail. In his day he was one of 
the most prominent men in the county. In 1850 he started overland for 
California, being ninety days on the way. He was possessed of the gold 
fever and remained in the \\'e.^t three }ei.rs. He was engaged for a time 
as a stage driver, but was in poor health most of the time and fimllv was 
compelled to return East. On his return to Lafayette he again took up the 
livery business and during the war he was extensively engaged in I)uying 
horses for the government. He was a Democrat and took an active pirt in 
matters politicnl, being considered a shrev.-d and successful politician. 

To Mr. and Mrs. Newman have been born four children, as follows : 
Susan, born July 6, 1867, died at the age of fourteen months; George L., 
born February 26, 1869, died January 30, 1909; Alice, born Januarv 30, 
1873, married, January 22, 1891, H. C. Myers, who is at present trustee of 
\\'abash township, and they had two children. Grace L. flyers, born Alay 
29, 1892. and John Leonard, bom September 17. 1893, and died on Novem- 
ber 4, 1809; WiUiam. born Septcmb.er 25. 1870, died at the age ( f two 
years. 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 827 

GEORGE DAXIEL PARKS. 

New England has fnrnislied many men of prominence and worth to the 
West, notabl}- among those who have chosen Indiana as their place of resi- 
dence being George D. Parks, of Lafayette. A lawyer by profession and 
since 1902 county attorne}-, he has matle his presence felt in the legal circles 
of his adopted city and, as a public-spirited citizen, interested in whatever 
tends to promote the material progress of the community and the social and 
mora! advancement of his fellow men; his intfuence has been strong- and 
salutary and his example worthy of imitation. 

The family which Mr. Parks has the honor to represent is a very old 
one and for nearly one hundred and forty years has figured in the history 
of a certain locality in Xew England, where the subject's ancestors settled 
rn their removal from ^Manchester, England, to Massachusetts in 1774. 
The place referred to \\-as at the head of Swan island, in the Ivennebec 
river, in what was then Massachusetts, but now the state of 'Maine, being the 
point where the British force, under the traitor Arnold, stopped on its pass- 
age to Quebec during the war of the Revolution. Since first coming to this 
country, in the year indicated above, the Parks family have been identified 
with that locality, five generations of them having been born in Richmond, 
opposite Swan island, and figured prominently in its history. 

The first of the name to seek a home in the new world appears to have 
been John Parks, the subject's great-grandfather, who established the aljove 
mentioned settlement and took a leading part in the affairs of the same. 
Among his descendants were a number of strong, courageous men, who from 
time to time became identified with the development and growth of Sagada- 
hoc county, Maine, rose to positions of honor and trust in that jurisdiction 
and ever since the colonial period the name has been closely interwoven with 
the material improvements of th.e country and its rise and progress along- 
other lines, including public life, social and mnral advancements and edu- 
cational developments. 

George W. Parks, the father of the suliject, was born in the town of 
Richmond, Sagadahoc county, as was also the mother, who before her luar- 
riage bore the maiden name of Jane Raudlette, neither of whom ever left the 
state of Maine. Their son, George D. Parks, of this review, is a native 
of the county of Sagadahoc and dates his birth from th.e 29th day of Sep- 
tember. 1 8^6, having first seen the light of day in Richmond, where he also 
spent his early life and received his preliminary education. Later he took 



828 PAST AND PRESENT 

a course of civil enginering in the University of Maine, where he was grad- 
uated in 1876, after which he devoted several years to his profession, finally 
discontinuing it to fit himself for a more agreeable calling. While engaged 
in civil engineering, he became imbued with a strong desire to make the 
practice of law his life work and to this end he bent all of his energies, taking 
up the study of the profession under competent instructors and availing him- 
self of every opportunity to facilitate his progress during the period of 
preparation. 

Mr. Parks was admitted to the bar of the supreme court of Maine in 
the latter part of 1879 and on January ist of the following year opened an 
cfiice in Brunswick, that state, where he practiced, with gratifying success, 
ten years, when, on account of health of the family, he removed to Alabama. 
He removed to Lafayette, Indiana, in the year 1893, and since locating in 
his present field of practice he has devoted himself very closely to his pro- 
fession, taking the office formerly occupied by Chase & Chase, which he his 
since retained, and in due time building up a large and lucrative business and 
forging to the front among the leading members of the local bar. In 1902 
he was appointed county attorney, a position he has held, by successive reap- 
pointments, to the present time, his long continuance in the ofiice affording 
ample evidence of his ability to fill it, also of his faithfulness to the interests 
of the public. 

In ix)int of scholarship and a critical knowledge of the law, ^Ir. Parks 
ranks among the oldest of his contemporaries of the Tippecanoe c unty bar. 
and his professional career, therefore, has been above reproach and in every 
respect honorable. He is recognized as a safe counsellor, judicious practi- 
tioner and his ability to cope with the strongest of his professional brethren 
in the field long noted for its high order of legal talent bears evidence of the 
close and careful consideration he gives to any matter entrusted to him and 
the ample preparations he makes to meet his adversaries in the trial of 
causes. His practice, already large, is steadily growing in volume and im- 
portance and he now commands an extensive clientele, not altogether in his 
own county, as is indicated by his frequent calls to other courts. 

On June 8. 1881, Mr. Parks was united in marriage with Anna S. 
White, of Bowdoinham, Maine, a lineal descendant of Peregrine White, 
who came to America in the "Mayflower" and bore a conspicuous part in 
the affairs of the first English colony on the Western continent. Two sons 
have resulted from the union, both born in Brunswick, Maine: Roscoe W., 
whose birth occurred May 25, 1882, was graduated in chemistry from Pur- 
due University with the class of 1902 and for some time past has held the 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 829 

responsible position of chemical engineer of the Cawley-Clarke Company, of 
Newark, New Jersey; ]\Iorris R.. born December 20, 1885, was graduated in 
general science from Purdue University in 1907 and is also an alumnus of 
the Indiana Law School, Indianapolis, where lie finished his course and 
received his degree of Bachelor of Laws in the year 1909, and is practicing 
in Lafayette as partner of his father under the firm name of Parks & Parks. 
Mr. Parks and his entire family are members of the First Baptist church of 
Lafayette, he being one of the trustees. Fraternally, he belongs to the Inde=- 
pendent Order of Odd Fellows, having passed all the chairs in the subordinate 
lodge, besides being honored from time to time with important official posi- 
tions in the encampment and canton of Patriarchs Militant. In his political 
affiliations he is a Republican. 



JOHN BALSER. 



It is safe to say that no class of citizens have done more for the develop- 
ment of Lafayette and Tippecanoe county than the Germans, and of this 
element none is more deserving of special mention than John Balser, who 
was born in Germany but spent his active life in America, where he pros- 
pered by reason of his industry and fidelity to duty to himself, his family and 
his adopted country. After a very active and useful life, he was gathered 
to his fathers in the "great beyond" in 1894, leaving a goodly amount of 
property to his faithful wife and dutiful children. He was an engineer of 
no ordinary ability, and, having taken an interest in local political and public 
afifairs, was called upon to serve the city of Lafayette as street commissioner, 
city and county commissioner, having very ably filled these positions of 
public trust for many years, and when he passed away his many friends and 
acquaintances realized that a very active business man and useful citizen had 
gone from their midst. He became the owner of eighty acres of land in 
Tippecanoe county which he farmed for some time in connection with his 
other numerous duties ; this very valuable piece of land the family still owns. 

John Balser married Barbara Staufifenberg May 19, 1861. She is the 
daughter of John and Elizabeth Staufifenberg, natives of Germany who came 
to America March 16, i860, and settled in Lafayette, Indiana. They were 
the parents of six children, five girls and one boy: two daughters and the 
son are now living. To John Balser and wife six children were born, as 
follows: Henry, deceased; Catherine is a dressmaker in Lafayette, who at 
this writing is making a tour of Europe; Elizabeth is deceased; .\nton began 



830 PAST AXD PRESENT 

when fourteen years of age to clo for liimself and lias been away from home 
for several years; Ann K. is a graduate of the Lafayette high school of the 
class of 1890, and since 1898 she has held the trusted position of forelady in 
Peirce's wholesale grocery firm, being a very competent and thorough busi- 
ness woman; she also has charge of the Balser home and sees that her good 
mother is properly cared for, — indeed, all the children take a delight in min- 
istering to her every want, which is evidence of the wholesome home atmos- 
phere in which they were reared. Louis Balser is the youngest child. All 
the children have remained single and all four live with their mother at 
their pleasant and neat home. No. 822 North Fifth street, where Mrs. Balser 
has resided for the past forty-four years. She is well preserved for a woman 
of her years and is held in high esteem by her neighbors and friends, — in fact, 
this excellent family holds high rank among the representative citizens of 
Lafavette. 



REV. CONRAD HASSEL. 

Tlie life of the Rev. Conrad Hassel, pastor of the Salem Reformed 
church in Lafayette, is one that the biographer would hold up to the young 
men whose futures are yet to be determined, as a model, which should serve 
in piloting them through many precarious places, for his is a self-sacrific- 
ing, unostentatious and honorable life, lived largely for others, thus emu- 
lating the lowly Nazarene. 

The Reverend Hassel was born in Mercer county, Pennsylvania, two- 
miles southeast of the city of Sharon, January 26, 1863, the son of George 
and Elizabeth (Dresch) Hassel. The Hassel family were natives of the 
Rhine country, Bavaria. George Hassel emigrated from Germany to Amer- 
ica when he was eighteen years old, locating at Sharon, Pennsylvania. The 
Dresch family were from the same country, and they also came to Sharon, 
Pennsylvania, where the parents of the subject were married in i860. The 
father was a hard working man who made his daily bread in whatever honest 
way that presented itself. In 1868 he moved to Ohio, locating two miles 
southwest of Sharon, Trumbull county, on a small farm, and it was here 
that Conrad was reared, assisting with the work on the home place and at- 
tending the district schools. Being ambitious, he attended the night schools 
in order to learn German. He was also taught by his father and became 
proficient in the German language. He was a regular attendant at the serv- 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 83 1 

ices of the St. I'aul Reformed church and was a teacher in the Sunday 
school. When twelve years uf age he united with tlie church. In his Sunday 
school work he used the Bihle onh-, for he had no other literature at that 
time, and in this way acquired a great deal' of Bible knowledge even in his 
early youth. Conrad was the second child in order of birth in his father's 
familv. His parents have both long since gone to their eternal reward, being 
remembered by all who knew them as honest and highly respected citizens. 

Conrad Hassel completed his theological course at the Heidelberg Uni- 
versity at Tififin, Ohio, and was ordained in 1899. While a student at Cleve- 
land, Ohio, in the year 1887, he won a gold medal for the best 
German scholarship in the college. Aside from the influence of an excellent 
Christian home, the subject was influenced in a large measure during his 
attendance of the Sunday schools of his community, by a ]\Ir. Patterson, a 
Scotch Presbyterian, who would relate impressi\'ely the story of the Cruci- 
fixion and others of like interest on such occasions. During his school days 
at Tiffin, Ohio, Reverend Hassel supplied the pulpit at Ashland, and also 
a small country church near Gallon, Ohio. After he was ordained he con- 
tinued to serve these churches about one year, then accepted a call from the 
First Reformed church at Gallon, where he preached in two languages, Ger- 
man and English. This church was very largely attended and Rev. Hassel 
continued to serve it for a period of twelve years. During these twelve 
years three hundred and seventy-two persons were baptized, two hundred 
and nineteen funerals conducted, three hundred and fifty members received 
into the chmxh, leaN'ing on the rolls at the close of his pastorate six hundred 
and twenty-live. He was very successful in the work at this place and 
became well known throughout Crawford county. He was the organizer 
and president of the Crawford County Historical Society and he made a close 
study of the early history of the county, especially that dealing with the 
Wyandotte Indians. He was interested in Colonel Crawford and in the his- 
torical affairs of Crawford county, Ohio. The Colonel was born in A^irginia, 
in 1732. He built a cabin in Connellsville, Pennsylvania, which stood until 
1896 when it was torn down and a number of gavels made from it. Reverend 
Hassel has one of them. H. P. Snider, a great-grandson of Colonel Craw- 
ford, was editor of the Connellsville Coii-ricr at that time. He it was who 
had the logs of the old cabin sawed up and made into gavels, in memorv of 
his ancestor. Colonel Crawford. .The Colonel was captured in the campaign 
of 1732 and burned at the stake, after a battle with Butler's Rangers and 
the Indians near Upper Sandusky, Ohio. The retreating armv later fought 
a battle at Olentang}' near Gallon, Ohio, a monument being erected on this 



832 PAST AND PRESENT 

battlefield in September, 1896. Reverend Hassel had charge of the unveiling 
ceremonies and delivered the principal address upon that occasion. 

Rev. Conrad Hassel came to Lafayette, Indiana, February i, 1903. The 
church of which he has been pastor since that time has, at this writing, in 1909. 
over four hundred members and is in a flourishing condition. Of this con- 
gregation the Men's Society is an important feature, it consisting of eighty 
members. Reverend Hassel has also done much good work in the Ladies' 
Aid Society and the Christian Endeavor. He is the superintendent of the 
Sunday school. The subject is a well known lecturer. Among the subjects 
upon w'hich he lectures are such as "Abraham Lincoln," "Patrick Henry." 
"Crawford's Campaign,'" "Rise and Fall of the Rebellion," and "Our Ameri- 
can Soldiery." He is president of the Western beard of home missions of 
the Reformed church in the L'nited States. He is also a member of the 
board of foreign missions, the headquarters of which are at Philadelphia. He 
is an honorary member of the Grand Army of the Republic, having been re- 
ceived at the Indiana St?.te Soldiers' Home by Jasper Packard Post, No. 589, 
and on the date of his admission was presented with a handsome badge in 
design the same as the regular Grand Army badge, and inscribed as follows : 
"For Distinguished Service this Badge was Presented to Rev. Conrad Hassel 
upon his Election to Honorary Membership in this Post, May 23. 1909." 

The domestic life of Re\'erend Hassel beg'an when he was united in the 
bonds of matrimony with Lydia Forwick, a nati\-e of Wisconsin, hut who 
was living in Ohio at the time of her marriage. She is a daughter of Rev. 
F. Forwick, now deceased, but who at that time (August 26. 1889) was 
preaching at Vermilion, Ohio, and who for many years was stationed at 
Cleveland, Ohio, where he enjoyed a very successful pastorate. To Reverend 
and ]\Irs. Hassel six children have been born, namely : Frieda, Alma, Otto, 
Irene, Carl and Ira, all still members of the home circle. 

Reverend Hassel often speaks at lodges, soldiers' ami public gatherings. 
He is not only popular with his congregation but is held in high esteem by 
the people of Lafayette and Tippecanoe county, irrespective of religious creed. 



JEREMIAH EDWARDS. 

As the honored president of the Farmers and Merchants' Bank of Ot- 
terbein, and one of the representati\-e citizens of Tippecanoe county, with 
which he has long been identified in \-arious ways, it is incumbent that specific 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. '833 

mention be made of Mr. Edwards in a work of this nature, not alone by 
reason of the prominent position which he holds, but also with a view to 
the incentive which the record of his honorable and useful career may afford 
to those wh(-> in time may come to peruse these pages. 

Jeremiah Edwards was born in the beautiful little city of Delaware, 
Delaware county, Ohio, on August 22. 1833. The subject's father w-as a 
native of the state of New York and his mother was born in Wales. The 
father died when the boy \\-as but a baby and he has always borne his 
mother's name, Edwards. The mother is hving- at Morocco, Indiana, at the 
remarkable age of ninety-seven years. The subject secured his first school- 
ing at Rensselaer. Ohio, and after coming to Tippecanoe county he attended 
four terms of subscription school, the sessions being held in the old-fashioned 
log buildings which in those days prevailed. This, with one term in a school 
at Montmorenci, comprised the sum total of his school training. However, 
Mr. Edwards has been a close reader of the best literature and a keen ob- 
server of men and events, and today few men are better informed on matters 
in general than is he. Mr. Edwards was about fourteen years old when he 
came to Tippecanoe county, and at the age of fourteen years he located in 
Shelby township, where he has remained practically ever since, being now 
the second oldest resident of the township. In that early day the country was 
wild and covered with the primeval forests with the exception of an oc- 
casional clearing and a few strips of prairie land. \\"ild animals were numer- 
ous and wild game was a prominent feature on the pioneer bill of fare. Mr. 
Edwards was employed at day work until he was twenty-eight years old. 
He had been economical and had managed to save his wages so that some 
cime prior to this he had bought a small tract of land and had erected a 
house thereon. He now entered eighty acres of land in Jasper county, but 
soon sold it and bought land in section 27, Shelby township. He has added 
to his landed possessions from time to time and is now the owner of two 
hundred and sixty acres of land, comprising several splendid pieces of land 
lying in sections 1 1 ar.d ly, being considered one nf the well-to-do and solid 
men of the community. He has been practical and progressive in his methods 
and has done as much, if not more, than any other one man to ad\'ance the 
general interests of the township. He has carried on general farming opera- 
tions and the general condition of his property reflects credit on the owner. 
He has a splendid and comfortable home, while the barns and other out- 
buildings are up-to-date and commodious. 

In iqo3 Mr. Edwards took a leading part in the organization nf the 
Farmers and Alerchants' Bank of Otterbein, which is a state bank, owned by 

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a stock company, and capitalized at thirty thousand dollars. Mr. Edwards, 
who owns the largest block of stock, is president of the bank and gives it 
much of his attention, its marked success being due largely to his efforts and 
influence. The bank building, a neat and commodious two-story edifice, is 
owned by the institution. 

On November 20, i860, when atout twenty-eight years old, Mr. Edwards 
was wedded to Barbara E. Shambrough, the daughter of Jacob and Sarah 
Shambrough. She was born in the township in which she now resides in 
1840, and is descended from Pennsylvania stock, her parents having come 
to Indiana from that state, being among the earliest settlers in Tippecanoe 
county. To Mr. and Mrs. Edwards have been born three children, namely : 
Annis J. is married and lives in \\'isconsin : Elbert H., of Otterbein, mar- 
ried Margaret Parker and tliey have four children ; Ross \\\ is engaged in 
the sheep business in Montana. Despite his seventy-six years, Mr. Edwards 
is active and energetic and takes a keen and healthy interest in the current 
events of the daj-. He still gives a portion of his time to the farm, on which 
he frequently does a regular day's work. Altogether, he is a man whom to 
know is to h'ke, and he justly merits representation in a work of this char- 
acter. 



WILLIAM H. ^lOORE. 

Among the business men of honorable repute who in years gone by 
contributed their just share to the work of developing the city of Lafayette. 
Lidiana. from an insignificant country hamlet to a bustling mart of wide in- 
fluence, ^^"illiam H. Moore is deserving of much credit. His worthy life 
companion who, with her children, was left to enjoy the comfortable compe- 
tence which he accumulated by years of patient toil and endeavor, reside in a 
neat and attractive home at Xo. 713 North street. Lafayette, being highly 
esteemed in that neighborhood. 

Mrs. Sarah A. (Miller) Moore was l^orn in Darke county, Ohio, near 
Greenville. October 12, 1837. the daughter of Abraham C. and Elizabeth 
(Elston) ^Miller. Abraham C. Miller, who was born in the state of Penn- 
sylvania, was a typical pioneer, rugged, adventurous, but loyal to duty and 
honest and it was to such men as he that the present solid prosperity of the 
great middle West was made a possibility. His faithful life companion was 
born in Ohio. They were the parents of five children, all now deceased except 
Sarah .\., who received what education she could in the primitive log schoiil 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 835 

houses of the early days, and when she reached womanhood married WilHam 
H. Moore, April 28, 1869, the wedding occurring in Lafayette, Indiana. To 
this union tliree children were born, one son and two daughters. They are 
named as follows: Edith, bom June 15, 1870, died in infancy; Wilbur C. 
born August 28, 1871, has remained single and is living in Lafayette, having 
been educated in the city schools, receiving a good education, after which 
he devoted himself to the study of electricity and has become an expert in 
this line, at present conducting a well equipped and carefully managed shop 
on Fifth street; Leota Grace Moore was born May 12. 1874, and died in the 
sixteenth year of her age. She was a bright girl and popular with a large 
circle of young friends. 

]\lrs. Moore was reared a Presbyterian and the strict discipline received 
in her girlhood, when the principles of this sound old-time doctrine were 
inculcated in her by her parents, has had a great mitigating effect on her 
after life, rendering it pure and wholesome ; however, she is not at this writ- 
ing identified with the Presbyterian congregation. Mrs. I\Ioore is neat and 
tidy about her home, modest, pleasant and agreeable, kind and thoughtful 
rather than over-talkative, her disposition being of the kind that wins and 
holds friends. 

Christian Miller, a brother of Mrs. Moore, was among the patriotic sons 
who responded to President Lincoln's first call for volunteers at the outbreak 
of the Civil war in 1861. He was instrumental in raising Company A, which 
became a part of the Tenth Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and was 
elected captain of the snnie. While leading a charge at the battle of Rich 
Mountain, Virginia, he was shot down and for several months was in a 
serious condition at Beverley, Virginia. He was finally able to return home, 
where he recovered his health to some extent, although he died from the 
effects of his wounds several vears afterward. 



JAMES P. COMBS. 

James P. Combs, who is well remembered among the railroad fraternity 
as a \-ery capable and genial engineer, which line of work he followed for 
many years and then passed on to the "great beyond" that awaits us all. was 
born in Kentucky October 11, 1826, and came to Jacksonville, Illinois, when 
a boy and was educated in that city. On reaching maturity he decided to 
become an engineer, which line of work he took up and successfully followed. 



836 PAST AND PRESENT 

He ran as an engineer along the Illinois river, with headquarters at Naples, 
at an early day. When the Civil war began he showed his patriotism by 
joining the Union forces as a private in the Tenth Indiana Battery. He 
was in the hospital and on a gimboat most of the time he was in the service. 
He received an honorable discharge and drew a pension of twelve dollars 
per month. 

Mr. Combs chose as a life partner on September 15, 1850, Sarah P. 
Green, their wedding occurring at Winchester, Scott county, Illinois, six- 
teen miles west of Jacksonville. Sarah P. Green was born in the last named 
city on March 2t,, 1833, the daughter of Jonas Green, who was born in 
Pennsylvania on August 10, 1806, and his death occurred February 18, 1900, 
having reached the remarkable age of ninety-four years. By trade he was 
a blacksmith and cooper, working at these in the city of Lafayette. He 
married Mahala Crawley, who was born in Kentucky in 1813, their wedding 
occurring April 17, 1827. in Jacksonville, Illinois. She, too, reached a good 
old age, passing to her rest on March 24, 1896. Their family consisted of 
four daughters and three sons. Two of the girls are now living. ^Irs. Sarah 
P. Combs and Mrs. S. J. Bentley, of Seattle, \\'ashington. 

To ]Mr. and ]\Irs. James P. Combs the following children were bom : 
Nettie, whose birth occurred August 14, 1852, married Charles Opp, lives 
at Otterbein, and is the mother of two children, both married ; Mr. Opp is a 
farmer. James Combs, a farmer, was born November 11, 1854, married 
Sarah Smith, and they are the parents of seven children. Edwin Combs, 
born May 9, 1857, died in infancy. Fanny D. Combs, born November 13, 
1858, married Will McCombs, of Lafayette, and died November 10, 1896, 
in Kansas City, Missouri. William C. Combs was born August 3, 1861, and 
died when twenty-three years old. Thomas G. Combs was born January 6. 
1864, lives in Otterbein, Indiana, and married Lizzie Hallahue. who has 
borne him four children. He is a mechanic, farmer and well driller. ]\Iinnie 
M. Combs was born Mav 10. 1866, married William ^IcCombs at Wichita, 
Kansas. He is a verv prosperous man, being overseer of the Dole Packing 
Company's plant. 

Mrs. Sarah P. Combs was reared a IMethodist. but she is now a member 
of the Christian church, and is also a member of the Union \^eteran League, 
being very acti^■e i" its work, also that oi the church. She is known for her 
charitable deeds, being a true "mother in Israel" in time of sickness or dis- 
tress in anv wav among her neighbors. She is a well-preserved woman for 
one of her advanced years, having a merry laugh that bespeaks healthfulness 
of soul as well as bodv and it is indeed good to be in her presence, for she 



TIPPECANOE COUNTYj IND. 837 

makes everyone feel better and happier. She has a good memory and is in 
full possession of all her faculties and it is a rare treat to visit her nicely-kept, 
cozy and hospitable home at No. 823 Cincinnati street, where her many 
friends always find the latchstriiig hanging on the outside. 



JACOB I^IAY. 

Among the large class of foreign-born citizens who have come to our 
shores and lia\-e done so much for the development of all sections of the 
United States, none seem to have done more or made better citizens than 
the Germans. A representative of this class was Jacob May, who enjoyed 
distinctive prestige among the enterprising business men of Lafayette and 
Tippecanoe county, having fought his way onward and upward in the face 
of obstacles until he earned the right to be called one of the progressive 
men in industrial circles, winning a position among the earnest men whose 
depth of character and strict adherence to principle excited the admiration 
of his contemporaries. 

Jacob May was born in Schiefferstadt, Bavaria, January i8, 1836, the 
son of Jacob and Susanna (Dennhart) May. The former was a prom- 
inent farmer and also owned a brewery, being a man who prospered by 
reason of his inherent business ability, which seems to have been transmitted 
to succeeding generations, for he was a man who believed in the old adage, 
"if a thing is worth doing it is worth doing well." Judging from the 
eminent success the members of this family now living in Lafayette have 
achieved, one would say that they, too, are advocates of such principles. 
Jacob May, of this review, received his educational training in the Father- 
land, working in his father's brewery in the meantime. As was the custom 
in his country, when he reached manhood he entered the army and served 
for a period of six years. Upon leaving the same he returned home and 
worked for his father until 1865, in October of which year he set sail for 
America, where he believed greater opportunities existed for him. Unlike 
many of his countrymen, he did not tarry in the East, but came direct to 
Lafayette, Indiana, reaching this city on October 12, 1865. His former 
experience in tlie brewery business caused him to seek employment in the 
local brewery, which he found, working here as a foreman for a period of. 
two years. In 1868 he and John Kuntz formed a partnership and conducted 
a brickyard for about two years, when ^Ir. ]\Iay purchased the interest of 



838 PAST AND PRESENT 

Kuntz and continued the same alone in a successful manner. He also con- 
ducted a yard at Sheldon for three years, but this not proving so successful 
was closed — in fact it became necessary to discontinue both yards during 
the panic of the early seventies, owing to the stringency of the money 
market. Air. Alay then worked for others for several years, and in 1882 he 
resumed work in his brickyard in Lafayette. In those days the work was 
all done by hand and numerous employes gathered about Mr. ]\Iay's yards. 
He continued to operate the local yard until 1901, when he took in four of 
his sons as partners, Fred, John, Michael and Jacob. In 1904 they purchased 
the extensive tile factory of ]\I. C. Aleigs, located at ""Three-mile Switch," 
near Lafayette, on the Big Four and Lake Erie railroads. Four kilns are 
operated here and about twenty thousand dollars' worth of tile is manu- 
factured here each year, their trade being now very extensive ar.d the repu- 
tation of the firm second to none in the Hoosier state, the patronage of the 
same constantly growing, owing to the high-grade material turned out here 
and the honest methods employed in conducting the business, resulting in 
securing the confidence of every customer. 

The domestic life of Jacob May dates from January 13, 1867. when 
he formed a matrimonial alliance with Susanna Dennhardt, a native of his 
own town, Schiefferstadt, Germany. She was the daughter of A'alentine 
and Magdalena Dennhardt and came to the United States in October. 1866. 
She was always known as a woman of pleasing personality, kind and gen- 
erous, and her death, which occurred February i, 1908, was deeply lamented 
by her many warm friends in Lafayette. Preceding this sad event she had 
been in declining health for three years, but with Christian fortitude she 
bore her lot patiently, never complaining. She was followed to the grave 
by her husband August 30, 1909. 

To Mr. and Mrs. Jacob May eleven children were born, and all the 
members of this large family gave early evidence of the wholesome home 
training which they received. They are Joseph, who died at the age of ten 
years and two months ; Fred married Julia Kramer, of Lafayette, and they 
are the parents of two children, Paul Jacob and Herbert Michael Fred- 
erick; John married Mary Mulherin, of Lafayette, and four children were 
born to them, three of whom are living, John Jacob, Anna Mary and (Zelia 
Alice; Gertrude, the second child born to Mr. and Mrs. John May. died in 
infancy ; the third son, Michael G., has remained unmarried ; Susanna P. 
married John E. Brown and lives at Raub, Benton county, this state; they 
live on a farm and are the parents of four children. John Frederick. Jacob 
Charles, George Balthaser and Margaret Gertrude. Jacob and Alary Ce( il 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. ' 839 

live at borne, the latter being tbe bousekeeper; Joseph C. L. is unmarried 
and lives at home, assisting in the factory; Charles J. is a stationary engi- 
neer living at home; George V. is living at home and works on the farm; 
Louis R. is bookkeeper at the Thieme & Wagner Brewery. 

Tbe ]\[ay family owns a very valuable and highly productive farm of 
two hundred and sixty-six acres near their factory, and they operate the 
same in a manner that insures a large annual income. No better land is 
to be found in this favored section of the state. Besides this, their resi- 
dence at the south end of Fourth street, Lafayette, is a substantial, com- 
modious and elegantly furnished one, where good cheer and generosity is 
always found. The members of this family are all hard-working, public- 
spirited and honest in all their transactions with their fellowmen. They 
are all members of the St. Boniface Catholic church, and all the boys be- 
long to the Catholic Order of Foresters; Fred and Michael also belong to 
the Knights of Columbus. Fred is a member of the Knights of St. Paul. 
Louis R. is recording secretary of the Foresters. John and his family re- 
side at the factory at "Three-mile Switch." Fred is assuming, the principal 
leadership in the conduct of the large business aiTairs of the family since 
the death of his father. No happier or mutually helpful family could be 
found than the Mays, and none stand higher in the estimation of their 
neighbors and acquaintances in Tippecanoe county. 



DANIEL HAWK. 



One by one the gallant soldiers who sacrificed so much for posterity 
in the greatest of polemic struggles, when this country was well-nigh rent 
asunder during the sixties, have succumbed to the only foe they could not 
meet, until only a small remnant of the original great host remains. Among 
those who have wrapped their winding-sheet about them and are now sleep- 
ing the sleep that no reveille shall wake is Daniel Hawk, long a well-known 
and highly respected citizen of Tippecanoe county. He was a native of 
Ohio, having been born in Butler county, October 24, 1833, the son of 
George and Peggy (Dix) Hawk, the former a native of Pennsylvania and 
the latter of Ohio. George Hawk died when his son Daniel was only nine 
years old, consequently the latter was bound out. But, being misused by 
his people, he ran away and went to Dayton, Ohio, where he learned the 
stonecutter's trade. He finally came to Lafayette, Indiana, -where he spent 
his subsequent life, dying April 30, 1906. 



840 PAST AND PRESENT 

Daniel Hawk was first married to Mary A. Rodifer, of Lafayette. On 
Junt 15, 1836, she first saw the fight of day, and her life closed in 1869. 
They became the parents of two children, Thomas and John D. Hawk. Dan- 
iel's second marriage was to Phoebe C. Lindsay, on December 21, 1870, by 
which nnion three children were born, namely : Georgia, born December 
13, 1871, died May 23, 1872; Nora, born April 2, 1873, died July 30, 1874; 
Jessie, born January 13, 1875, married William Lentz, a hardware merchant 
in Rossville, Indiana, and they are the parents of two children. Mrs. 
Phoebe C. Hawk died July 6, 1884. Daniel Hawk's third marriage was 
solemnized with Alma E. (Mead) Moore, who was born October 12, 1846, 
the wedding occurring on March 5, 1885, at Paxton, Illinois. Mrs. Hawk 
is a native of Knox county, Ohio, and the daughter of Spelman and ]Mary 
J. (Mitchell) I\Iead, natives of Ohio, where they lived on a farm. By ]\Ir. 
Hawk's third marriage two children were born, namely : Lucy Belle Hawk, 
born April 27, 1888, was educated in the Lafayette schools, graduating from 
the high school in 1906, and is now in her fourth year in Purdue University, 
where she made a splendid record in the science department. She is a very 
bright and affable young lady and is preparing for a career as teacher. 
Freddie Daniel Hawk was born April 5, 1891, and died January 16, 1894. 

Daniel Hawk enlisted in Company E, Tenth Regiment Indiana Vol- 
unteer Infantry, in 1861, as a private, but was promoted to sergeant and to 
the signal corps. He was in the service over three years, receiving an hon- 
orable discharge in April, 1865, having made an excellent soldier. He drew 
a pension of twenty-four dollars per month, and his widow now draws 
twelve dollars per month. Mrs. Hawk has a neat and comfortable home at 
No. 817 North Fifth street, Lafayette, which she owns and which she takes 
a delight in, and where her many warm friends are often entertained. She 
is regarded as an excellent neighbor and a genuinely good woman. 



MOSES F. WILSON. 

Although nearly eighty years have dawned and died since Moses F. 
Wilson first saw the light of day, he is yet a man of vigor and in possession 
of all his faculties, possessing a wonderful memory, and those who delight 
to hear interesting; tales of the pioneer days would enjoy listening to his 
interesting and instructive conversation, for he has seen the development of 
this part of the Hoosier state from primitive conditions to its present day 




m^ 



F. WILSON 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 84I 

opulency — in fact, he has been conspicuous in the progress of the same from 
his boyhood days. His birth occurred near Jimtown, Marion county, In- 
diana, September 28, 1830. Near Ehndale he attended the old-time sub- 
scription schools under the tutorship of his father, who divided his time be- 
tween farming and teaching school in the country districts, the latter having 
carried Moses F. to school on his back, the lad having started to school when 
so small that he found it too difficult to walk to and fro. When sixteen 
years of age, Moses F. worked for a neighbor on a farm evenings, mornings 
and on Saturdays in order to defray expenses of board and tuition while he 
attended school. He became so proficient in arithmetic that he "st;dled" his 
father and other teachers in that branch of learning. 

Moses F. Wilson is the son of James and Claricy ( Fountain ) Wilson, 
the former a native of New Jersey and the latter of the state of New York. 
They came to Indiana in their youth and were married in Marion county in 
1829. This country was a wilderness when they arrived here, but they set 
to work with a will after their marriage and soon had a comfortable home, 
although they began life tin poor circumstances. James Wilson became sub- 
ject to the ague, which was so prevalent in those days, which made it neces- 
sary for his young wife to cut the first trees used in the erection of their 
first cabin home. They remained in Marion county several years, moving 
later to Montgomery county, but finally moved to Tippecanoe county, where 
they resided on a farm until their deaths, having become fairly well situated 
in life by reason of good management and hard work. The death of Mrs. 
Wilson occurred in November, 1865, her husband having survived twenty 
years, joining her in eternal sleep in 1885, and, side by side, they rest in 
Sugar Grove cemetery, Jackson township. They were the parents of four 
children, all boys, Moses F. being the oldest in order of birth, his brothers 
being Thomas and William, both deceased, and Stephen L., who resides in 
New Richmond, Montgomery county. Prior to his marriage with Claricy 
Fountain, James Wilson had married a woman who bore him three children, 
namely: Joseph, David and Mary, all now deceased. 

Moses F. Wilson remained on the farm with his parents until his mar- 
riage in Tippecanoe county, March 30, 1856, to Sarah Matheny, who lived 
only a year after her wedding, dying February 10, 1857, at the early age of 
twenty-two years. She is buried in Sugar Grove cemetery. One child, 
James Thomas, was born to them, who survived a little over seven months. 
Mr. Wilson was married a second time, his last wife being Mary (Lynch) 
Doughty, their wedding occurring October 12, 1862. She was the widow 



842 PAST AND PRESENT 

of Joseph Doughty, who died October 12, 1857, near St. Mary's, Ohio. They 
were the parents of one child, David, who died when four years old. 

Mv. \\'ilson's second wife was a native of Maryland, the daughter of 
Lemuel and Mary (Hudson) Lynch, both natives of Maryland, in which 
state they married, later moving to Indiana, locating in Tippecanoe county. 
There they both died, the father, who was born in 1794, departing this life 
in March, 1863, at the age of sixty-nine years. His widow survived him 
several years, dying in 1882, at the age of seventy-seven years. Prior to her 
death she was an invalid for nine years. They are buried in Sugar Grove 
cemetery. They were the parents of eleven children, six of whom grew to 
maturity. Mrs. ]Mary Wilson and one brother. Thomas, being the only 
survivors at this writing. Thomas resides on a farm near W'ingate in 
Montgomery county. Lemuel L}nch. father of Mrs. Wilson, served in the 
war of 1812, from the state of Maryland, first going to the front for six 
months as a substitute, then enlisted on his own account. 

Mr. Wilson and his present wife began life under none too favorable 
circumstances, but they each looked to the welfare of the other and, being 
hard workers and economical, soon had a comfortable living, now owning 
eighty-two acres of excellent farming land in Jackson township, Tippe- 
canoe countv, having liid by a sufficiency of this world's goods to enable them 
to retire from the hard labors of their earlier years. They have a very sub- 
stantial and pleasant home, good orchard, garden, etc., and are spending the 
golden evening of their long and useful lives in comfort and ease. They are 
the parents of three children, only two of whom grew to maturity, one dying 
in infancy; Sarah was born August 21, 1863, and died October 5, 1863; 
Emma R., born March 20, 1865, has remained single and is living at home 
with her parents: Arrilda Jane, born March 18. 1868, is the wife of James 
R. Miller; they reside on the subject's fami and are the parents of five chil- 
dren, Paul W., Landis F., Edna M., Claricy E. and Alma R. James R. 
Miller was married before his alliance with bis present wife, his first wife 
being deceased. By her he became the father of three children. Minnie, de- 
ceased; Shelly and Albert. 

Moses F. Wilson was a member of the Grange in New Richmond, also 
belonged to the first Horse Thief Detective Association of Tippecanoe and 
Montgomery comities, being an active participant in its proceedings, and he 
did some very clever work in recapturing stolen animals. He has long been 
an active worker in the Republican party; however, he has never aspired to 
public office. He and his wife were formerly members of the United Breth- 
ren church, but on account of lack of a place of worship they withdrew 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 843 

membership and joined the Methodist Episcopal church at Sugar Grove, 
where they take an active part in all church work and are liberal supporters 
of the same. Mr. Wilson has served as steward and trustee of the same, 
but on account of infirmities attending old age he has withdrawn from hold- 
ing office in the congregation with which he still worships. He and his wife 
are highly respected in the congregation and among their neighbors. 



DANIEL BURDITT. 

Among those who gained worthy prestige in the agricultural and busi- 
ness circles of Tippecanoe county and who proved loyal and representative 
citizens was Daniel Burditt, who, after becoming well established and laying 
by a competency for his family, passed on to his- reward in the silent land. 
He passed his youth much as other boys of this community, working on the 
old home place and attending the district schools. When twenty years of 
age he married Nancy Buck, who was born August ii, 1835, on the Wea 
Plains, near the Wabash river, in Tippecanoe county, and she was therefore 
seventeen years old when married, October 10, 1852. After their marriage 
they lived on a farm for several years, then moved to Oxford, Indiana, where 
Mr. Burditt conducted a store with the same success that had characterized his 
farming, succeeding in building up a liberal patronage and becoming an 
influential citizen in that vicinity. 

The parents of Airs. Burditt were William and Tabitha (Bidwell) Buck, 
the latter dying when Nancy was four years old. William Buck was a native 
of Ohio, having been born in Scioto county in 181 1. He was a farmer by 
occupation and he came to Indiana when a young man, becoming the owner 
of a farm on the Wea Plains in Tippecanoe county. His family consisted 
of eight children. He was twice married, and four children were born to 
him by each wife, four boys and an equal number of girls. His second wife's 
maiden name was Ellen Heath, who is also deceased. Both of his marriages 
occurred in Tippecanoe county. 

Mrs. Nancy Burditt, in her girlhood, attended school on the Wea 
Plains, later attended school in Lafayette and also at Fort Wayne. Her 
father believed in higher education, and, being a prosperous man. was able 
to give his children excellent advantages in this respect. 

To Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Burditt four children were born, namely : 
William, born June 6, 1859, was educated in Oxford, Benton county, where 



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his birth occurred. He entered business life as a hardware merchant at 
which he was successful, but he is now engaged in the real estate business 
in West Lafayette, having built up a lucrative patronage. He married Anna 
Ferris, of Oxford, Indiana, on September 12, 1882, and they are the parents 
of three sons, Byron Lamar Burditt, the evangelist singer, is married to 
iliss Bryan, of Lafayette, and they are the parents of one son, William Dean 
Burditt, born October, igo8. Byron Lamar Burditt was in the Moody 
Listitute for five years as a student and teacher. Anna, the oldest child of 
Air. and Mrs. Daniel Burditt, was born April 24, 1854, married Mahlen 
Smith, and became the mother of three daughters, all living. Mrs. Anna 
Smith died August 6, 1893. The names of her children are Hattie, Oma and 
Ethel. Lizzie Burditt, born June i. 1856, is deceased, as is also her sister, 
Hattie, who was born March 10, 1869. Mrs. Daniel Burditt has ten grand- 
children and four great-grandchildren. Her daughter Lizzie married Edgar 
Dudding and six children were born to them ; those living are Charlie, Ralph, 
Harry and William, all fine young men with bright futures. 

This family all lives in Lafayette, Mrs. Burditt's commodious and neatly 
kept home being at No. 1416 South street. She is a member of the Metho- 
dist Episcopal church, and is known as a conscientious Christian, a good 
mother and neighbor. 



OLIVER C. GOLDSMITH. 

Brought up to regard the truth as sacred and that industry was man's 
salvation, Oliver C. Goldsmith, at one time a leading building contractor of 
the middle \\'est, was well equipped to begin the battle of life. He was 
born in Plymouth, Litchfield county, Connecticut, on July 16, 1834, and 
was one of twelve children born to his thrifty parents. The Goldsmith 
family was noted for its health and activity and the fact that e\ery one of 
them worked. The boys followed in the footsteps of their father and learned 
the stone business. Oliver C. had no more of an opportunity than did his 
other brothers and he was educated in the common schools of his native 
state, going four or five miles three months out of the year to the little red 
school house. Attaining manhood, the young man followed the bent of his 
inclinations and went in seriously to learn the stone trade. His father 
taught him thoroughly the contracting end of the business and when he 
retired from business a few years ago he was regarded as one of the foremost 
men engaged in the building industry. 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 845 

Looking back through the years, OHver Goldsmith has erected or as- 
sisted to erect many of the large bridges of the country. In early years he 
bridged the Wabash river for tht Peoria, Decatur & Eastern railroad and 
built the bridge across the same river for the city of Terre Haute, Indiana. 
He also erected the bridge at Attica, Indiana, and the Main street structure 
for the Lake Erie & Western railroad at Lafayette, where he now resides. 
The graceful structure at Logansport owned by the Vandalia railroad and 
two others owned by the Wabash railroad are monuments of his ability as a 
builder. His work is also standing in Ohio, a bridge at Sandusky, one each 
at Defiance and Tremont, Ohio, were erected by him. His other railroad 
work is noted and he was the contractor who built the Lake Erie tS: Western 
railroad from Lafayette to JMuncie, Indiana, and was one of a trio that built 
the road from Lafayette to the state line. He completed the Wheeling, Lake 
Erie & Western from Toledo to Alassillon, Ohio. On one occasion he built a 
bridge complete, sub-structure and all, with twelve piers, in twenty-two feet 
of water. It took fifty thousand feet of piling and six thousand cubic yards 
of masonry and the same number of yards of rip rap. All the material 
had to be shipped and put in place and he completed the work in one hundred 
days. 

Oliver Goldsmith was well schonlecl in his profession and the keynote 
to his success, as he points out himself, was that he kept his business to him- 
self. He was known as a stern man and one whose word was better than 
other people's bond. When he was engaged in building a bridge at Toledo, 
Ohio, Martin L. Peirce was then president of the First National Bank of 
Lafayette. He furnished the funds for this contract. They were promptly 
returned, and from these transactions the banker and the contractor grew to 
be fast friends. The contractor was invited to take part in the affairs of tlie 
bank and he became a stockholder and later one of the directors, which posi- 
tion he still occupies. He is also a stockholder in the National City Bank 
of Chicago and has large and diversified interests in Jackson. Michigan, and 
other places. In addition he has stock in the Lafayette Loan and Trust 
Company. 

On April 10, 1865, J\Ir. Goldsmith married Matilda Smith, of Jackson, 
Michigan, and there were two children, born. George and 01i\er, Iioth of 
will m died in boyhood. His wife passed away in 1894. Although well 
ad\-anced in years, Oliver Goldsmith has preserved his remarkable health 
and \itality and exemplifies the adage that hard work never hurt any one. 
He is over six feet in height and is considered a fine physical specimen of 
nnnhood. He has lived in Lafayette for many years, coming there in 1871, 



846 PAST AND PRESENT 

and after an absence of several years returned again in 1884 and made that 
city his home. He owns one of the handsomest residences in the city and is 
considered one of the leading citizens. He says he owes his success in a 
large measure to the discipline of his father, who made it a point to see that 
hi.s family obeyed. His mother was a religious woman, and, while Oliver 
does not belong to an}- church, he still feels the influence of his mother's 
teachings. In political faith he is a Republican, though in his early life he 
was a Democrat, but voted for Abraham Lincoln. All his life he has known 
activity and was never a man who could stand idleness. He was not a 
believer in vacations and spent his years in the hardest kind of work. He 
has a large following among men of finance and his opinion is often sought 
on matters of this kind. As an example of what the excellencies of labor 
will bring forth he stands equal to any man in the state. 



DUAXE D. JACOBS. 

Aniong those who have contributed to the business interests of Lafay- 
ette. Duan-e D. Jacobs holds wo'-thy prestige. For many years a leader in 
mercantile circles and as executive head of one of this city's important 
financial institutions he exercises a strong influence in business affairs, filling 
the responsible position of president of the , Farmers and Traders' Bank of 
Lafayette. He is a native of A'ernon. Oneida county, New York, where 
his birth occurred on INIarch 30, 1858. His father. Royal D. Jacobs, was 
of Scotch-English ancestry, and the mother, Lucinda Farrington, was born 
of German and Irish antecedents. These parents were married in the state 
of New York and spent their lives on a farm in Oneida county, where 
their son Duane was born and reared. Young Jacobs, while yet a mere 
youth, showed the mettle of which he was made by entering upon an i;i- 
dependent career, having severed home ties when only seventeen years old 
and began working in a general store at Oriskany Falls, and for several 
years he boarded with his employer and worked from five A. M. tn ten 
P. M., his duties including the sweeping of the storeroom and the per- 
formance of the almost endless menial tasks which enter into the routine of 
such an establishment. The merchant, being a close observer as well as a 
successful business man. soon recognized the excellent qualities of the lad 
and did all in his power to train him for a successful career. After spend- 
ing seven vears and becoming familiar with every phase of the mercantile 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 847 

trade, Mr. Jacobs became a traveling salesman for his employer, nnd during 
the two following years represented the latter's flouring mill in various parts 
of New York, but resigned and entered the employ of Robert Fraser, one 
of the leading dry goods merchants of Utica. After one year in that city he 
went to Herkimer county and accepted a clerkship in the Poland Union 
store, owned by one hundred and fifty farmers, where he continued with his 
usual success for a period of two years. Severing his connection with the 
latter establishment. ■Mr. Jacobs returned to Utica and engaged with the 
firm of ]\Iartin & Miller, the great East Side clothiers, but perceiving a 
better opening with another house, he resigned his place and entered the 
services of Owen Brothers, proprietors of the numerous "^^'hen stores" 
throughout the country, taking a position in the branch at Lafayette. In- 
diana, in 1885, and continuing with the firm until engaging in business for 
himself four years later. 

Air. Jacobs started the A'ernon clothing store on the south side of the 
square in 1889. and after conducting the establishment upon his own re- 
sponsibility for three years the business was incorporated and additional 
room secured. During the ensuing ten years he was president of the Yer- 
non Clothing Company's store, building up an extensive trade and became 
known as an enterprising and successful merchant throughout this localit}'. 

In the year 1901 a num1;)er of well-to-do farmers and tradesmen or- 
ganized the Farmers and Traders' Bank of Lafayette, and in their efforts 
to secure the proper person for president of the institution, the choice fell 
on Mr. Jacobs, who accepted the position and, disposing of his interests in 
the clothing business, he at once entered upon the discharge of his official 
functions, and his relations with the bank since becoming its executive head 
have been creditable to himself and satisfactory to officials, stockholders and all 
others concerned. His long experience in the mercantile business peculiarly 
fitted him for his duties as a financier. 

I\Ir. Jacobs' career shows that he has successfully struggled against 
many discouragements, and for his present position among the progressive 
business men of Tippecanoe county he is indebted entirely to his own ef- 
forts, and his success is such as to command respect of all classes, owing 
to the fact that he has never departed from the path of rectitude and hon- 
esty in his strenuous career. One of his dominating traits is his interest in de- 
serving young men, having aided many in securing a good start, in the 
business world. 

In addition to the institution with which he is officially identified, :Mr. 
Jacobs is a director of the Star Citv Building and Loan .Vssociation, no 



848 PAST AND PRESENT 

small part of its large success having been due to his judicious counsel in 
directing its affairs. This has proven to be a great benefit to the citv, en- 
abling many families to build and own their homes and starting them on 
the highway of prosperity and happiness. The business of the association 
is rapidly increasing, having become generally recognized as a legitimate 
and praiseworthy institution. Mr. Jacobs has been interested in several 
similar organizations, at least one, all the time since his coming to Lafay- 
ette, and all of them have met the approval of the public. He is at this 
time also a member of the commission appointed by Ex-Governor Hanly 
to build the Southern Indiana Hospital for the Insane, the commission hav- 
ing the disbursement of over one million dollars for that purpose. 

Mr. Jacobs was married in the ye?.r 1887 to Marselda Sullins, a native 
of Boone county, Indiana, who has resided in Tippecanoe county since her 
childhood. Two sons blessed the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jacobs, namelv: 
Frank Duane, who died at the age of twelve years, and Harry Carson, an 
intelligent and promising lad, now thirteen years of age. 

In his fraternal relations, Mr. Jacobs is a member of Tippecanoe Lodge, 
Free and Accepted Masons, chapter, commandery and Scottish rite; also 
belongs to the Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Alystic Shrine, be- 
sides Curran Lodge of the Knights of Pythias. He is a member of the 
Commercial Club of Lafayette, the Merchants' Association and the Jack- 
son Club, the last a political organization whose sentiments are indicated 
by the name. A firm believer in the principles of the Democratic partv. 
Mr. Jacobs is always interested in the success of the same, but he has never 
sought political office. 

Personally, Mr. Jacobs is a man of pleasing address, courteous, sociable 
and business-like, and he and his estimable wife are popular in the best local 
society. Plain and unassuming, they make friends readih- and their pleas- 
ant home is known as a place of hospitality to a wide circle of friends and 
acquaintances. 



REV. BEXJAMIN \\TLSON SMITH, A. ^I. 

Rev. Benjamin Wilson Smith, .-\. ]\1., of Indianapolis, was born in Har- 
rison county. (West) \'irginia. near ClTrksl)urg, January 19, 1830. .\bel 
Timothy Smith, his father, came imm a long line of Smiths dating back to 
the earliest settlements in this country and the records remain of manv Eng- 
lish generations still l)eyond. By inter-marriage of the A'irginia line of 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. «4g 

Smiths he was directly descended from the Parke ( of the Parke-Custis fam- 
ily), the Allen, Walmsley, De Lav and other well-known Virginia and Penn- 
sylvania families of Eng-lish, Dutch and French extraction. Joshua Smith, 
the father of Abel T. Smiith. was a man of large influence and one of the 
first of the fi\e trustees of the Northwestern Virginia Academy, associated 
with such men as Judge Duncan, United States Senator Camden and Con- 
gressman George W. Summers. It was popularly said of him that he was 
the handsomest man. had the best horse and wore the finest clothes of any 
man who rode into Clarksburg. He was a devoted member of the Methodist 
Episcopal church and built a large church for the people in his neighborhood, 
in which edifice he saw his son, Abel Timothy, and has wife and two of their 
children con\-erted. as well as his brother and all of his family. 

His mother, Deborah Spencer Wilson, was the daughter of Col. Ben- 
jamin Wilson of colonial Revolutionary life and distinction, who was the first 
clerk of Harrison county, Virginia, holding the ofiice until his death, a period 
of nearly forty years. His duties as clerk, however, did not withdraw him 
from other public duties nor from politics. He was of Scotch-Irish ancestry, 
coming from the well-known Wilson family which was prominent in the 
troublous times in Scotland nearly two centuries ago, and which was identi- 
fied with Scottish university and literary life. After the Scotch rebellion of 
1715, David Wilson, with many c"-patriots, was compelled to take refuge in 
the province ( f Ulster, Ireland, from which place his son, William Wilson, 
Colonel Wilson's father, came to \'irginia in 1736, where he married Eliza- 
beth Blackburn, also of Scotch-Irish birth. In 1774 Colonel Wilson, then a 
young man, was attached as a lieutenant to the right wing of the amiy of 
Lorfl Dunmore, the last colonial governor of Virginia, serving as aide to Lord 
Dunmore, the commander-in-chief, "serving with an efficiency, zeal and at- 
tention that won the confidence of his superior officer." He was present as 
Lord Dunmore's aide at the treaty of Camp Charlotte when John Gibson, first 
secretary of Indiana Territory, brought to Lord Dunmore the celebrated 
speech of Logan, chief of the Mingoes, beginning, "I appeal to any white man 
to say if ever he entered Logan's cabin hungry and he gave him not meat" 
(which is found in the old school readers), and from his records there ob- 
tains a thrilling and authentic account of this important and picturesque scene 
in American history, and from him the historian, Alexander Withers, se- 
cured much of the data for his graphic description of the Shawanoe chief. 
Cornstalk, and many other details made use of in his "Border Warfare." 
"Early in the Revolution he was appointed to a captaincy in the Virginia 
(54) 



'850 PAST AND PRESENT 

forces * * * and to the close of the Revolutionary struggle through 
which most of the military and civil business of the part of the state in which 
he resided was transacted. * * * And in all these affairs and expeditions 
he was prompt and conspicuously courageous as well as prudent and judicious. 
His distinguished abilities secured him a colonel's commission in 1781." He 
served for several sessions in the Virginia house of burgesses, in 1784 se- 
cured the organization of Harrison county, being appointed the first clerk, 
and in March, 1788, as a member of the convention of Virginia, was one of 
the ratifiers of the constitution of the United States. His relative, James 
Wilson, of Philadelphia, who was one of the signers of the Declaration of 
Independence, was one of the framers of the constitution. "Colonel Wilson 
was a Federalist in politics and was one of the acknowledged leaders of the 
Federal party in western Virginia." His first wife was Ann Ruddell, a 
daughter of Colonel Ruddell, the founder of Ruddell Station, Kentucky, who 
with his whole family was taken prisoner when the Indians and British cap- 
tured Ruddell's Station in 1780. Sometime afterward all regained their lib- 
erty except one son, Stephen, who was with the Shawanoes seventeen years. 
The latter was about the age of the Great Chief Tecumseh and being very 
closely associated with him during m.ost of his captivity he was able to leave 
to posterity an intimate biography of this chief. He, Anthony Shane and 
John Connor were the favorite scouts and interpreters of Gen. William Henry 
Harrison. Colonel Wilson's second wife, Mr. Smith's grandmother, was 
Phoebe Davison, whose father was sheriff of Rockingham county, Virginia, 
being appointed by King George, but who, on the breaking out of the Revolu- 
tion, joined the patriot forces and served until the end of the war, taking part 
in several engagements, among them the battle of the Cowpens. The 
Davisons came from Scotland. They took a prominent part in the earliest 
history of Virginia, one of them being one of the first secretaries of the 
colony. 

A son of Col. Benjamin Wilson, Dr. Noah L. Wilson, was a resident 
physician of Lafayette from 1858 to 1862. He was sent by President Lincoln 
first to Tabasco, Mexico, and later to La Union, San Salvador, in Central 
America. His mission in both cases was to prevent the fitting out of rebel 
privateers. His arduous duties in those torrid and unhealthy countries, 
coupled with his delicate constitution, exhausted his strength and he died 
on his way home, between La Union and Panama, and was buried in the 
Pacific ocean, a victim of the rebellion as much as if he had tlied on the 
battlefield. 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 85 1 

Mr. Smith's parents were much interested in the education of their chil- 
dren, inspiring them with noble aspirations, teaching them honesty and true 
greatness by the Christian character they maintained and always laying be- 
fore them a worthy motive. The course of reading of their son, Benjamin 
Wilson Smith, was as extensive as his circumstances would allow, one little 
public library in which his father was a stockholder and the limited supply 
of books of his friends were all to which he had access. Often he would walk 
many miles to borrow a single book, and that, too, perhaps after a day's 
hard work. All forgetful of weariness he would read late into the night until 
the imperious mandate of father or mother would send him to bed. Many 
thousands of pages were read by firelight, and many hours spent lying on his 
back holding the book to catch the full glare of the feeble light. "My desire 
for knowledge," says he, "was a quenchless thirst." At the age of sixteen 
his education was only that afforded by the common schools. His parents 
removed to the wilds of Indiana and settled in White county where, away 
from teachers and libraries, away from the refinements of liberal education, 
in the labors of the field and forest abundant opportunities were given for 
reflection on the subjects considered in school and remembered from his pre- 
vious course of history. On the day that Indiana cast her vote for Zachary 
Taylor for President, Mr. Smith engaged to teach a school. It was a sub- 
scription or rate-bill school. He was to receive all the public money which at 
the end of thirteen weeks was to be reckoned as so much paid by the patrons. 
It was an old log house in Princeton township, Whdte county. He received 
ten dollars from the public fund, while by dint of collecting closely he suc- 
ceeded in getting five more. His next school was in the old court house in 
Rensselaer, Jasper county. The edifice served the triple purpose of school 
house, church and temple of justice. He subsequently taught in Medina 
township, Warren county, but was previously examined by Col. J. R. M. 
Bryant of that county, who was really the author of the Indiana school law of 
1852. After a term in Fountain county in the autumn of that year he en- 
tered college, Asbury (now DePauw) University. By hard study he had 
alone prepared himself in natural philosophy, chemistry, algebra, geometry 
and elementary Latin. A six-years course met him at the threshold, which he 
completed with an attendance of but three and one-half years; and so hard 
pressed was he for means that he labored for wages, kept bachelor's hall in 
college, taught a year and half during his course (in Tippecanoe county, the 
Buckeye school. Sugar Grove, and near Newtown in Fountain county, a second 
time) and even then was often compelled to borrow money with which to 
get his letters from the postoffice. Though his home was distant eightv-five 



852 PAST AND PRESENT 

miles (the postoffice and station now at the old farm home in Smithson, 
White county), he made two round trips on foot. He speaks of his college 
life as an exquisite dream and his teacliers are remembered with great re- 
spect. The classics opened afresh the fountain of history, poetry and art; 
the science, the field of experimental philosophy ; the literary societies, the 
arena of forensic effort. On the 19th day of July, 1855, he was graduated 
with the degree of Bachelor of Arts. Three years later his alma mater con- 
ferred upon him the Master's degree and the faculty honored him by select- 
ing him to deliver the ^Master's oration. His subject was "Justitia Fiat, Coe- 
lum Ruit" ("Let justice be done though the heavens fall"). 

The conflict leading to the Ci\'il war was just opening". Mr. Smith had 
voted for General Scott in 1852; he was a Whig cf the straitest kind, but 
upon tlie org-inization of the "People's party" in 1854. on the bnsis of pro- 
hibition and the freedom of territories, he stood with them, early taking 
sides with a few gallant men who liecame the founders of the Repulilican 
party. He has ever since held to the doctrines of that party. On graduation 
he found many places open to him. He was elected superintendent of the city 
schools of Lafayette, which office he accepted, but upon reconsideration and 
with the consent of the trustees he resigned. He accepted the chair of ancient 
languages in the Iowa Conference Seminary, now Cornell College, and at the 
organization of that institution was chosen professor of natural sciences. 
After two years he returned to Indiana, assuming charge of the ^Manchester 
Collegiate Institute, and subsequently was for two years superintendent of the 
public schools at Aurora. While th.ere, feeling it his duty to serve the church 
more closely, he entered the Northwest Indiana conference (Mr. Smith has 
been appointed to preach the conference sermon of this body at Laporte, in 
the fall of 1 910, at its annual session, when he will have been a member of it 
for fifty years), and took Monticello and Valparaiso stations in succession, at 
the latter of which his health failed, and after a few months he was elected 
to the chair of ancient languages in Walparniso Alale and Female College, 
in two vears succeeding to the presidency. During this period he was for 
four venrs trustee of the public schools of \^alparaiso and two years 
superintendent (examiner) of the sch(^ols of Porter county. Never 
during his connection with this college did a soldier's or a widow's child have 
to leave school because of straitened circumstances. He appropriated and 
paid from his own scanty means not less than one thousand dollars to assist 
in their education. In 1863, at the meeting of the State Teachers' Associa- 
tion. Mr. Smith and four other members were apjKiinted a board of directors 
to organize and conduct a state normal institute for a term of one month. 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 853 

This institute was organized and carried on at Kniglitstown, Henry county, 
in August, 1864, being the first ever organized and conducted in the state. 
It was the initial step toward the State Normal School and a great forward 
stride toward institute work in the state. Having resigned the presidency 
of the \'alparaiso College, Bishop James at that year's conference appointed 
him to Centenary Methodist Episcopal church at Terre Haute. This was an 
important charge and so successful was ]Mr. Smith that in his two-years pas- 
torate the membership increased over two hundred and this church, though 
young, stood at the front in the conference. 

But again illness laid its heavy hand upon Mr. Smith, and he was com- 
pelled to superannuate. Withdrawing from the ranks of his profession, he 
began traveling, studying the school systems of several states in all their 
minor details of structure and peculiarity. In 1872, while a resident of In- 
dianapolis, he was nominated for the office of superintendent of public instruc- 
tion on the first ballot. o\-er several distinguished competitors, though he had 
been a candidate but few weeks. The contest was a close one. INIr. Smith's 
opponent was a very popular man, and by a combination of circumstances 
was elected by a few hundred votes. It cannot be doubted that had Mr. Smith 
been elected he would have done honor to himself and to the state, for it was 
conceded that his liberal .scholarship, thorough acquaintance with the public 
schools and the law, his. knowledge of the history of the system and of the 
detail work of the office would have placed him in the foremost ranks of those 
most worthy to fill the place. His health, which was almost broken by the 
labor of the campaign of 1872, being now impaired, forced him to decline 
many oft'ers of honorable positions, notably the superintendency of the Craw- 
fordsville schools, and professorships in several prominent educational insti- 
tutes. The care of churches and schools, with prostrated health, prevented 
his taking part in the Civil war, but no more active or earnest Union man 
was there to be found than Mr. Smith. Though attending to his pastorate at 
the breaking out of the war, he took a zealous part in raising troops and, on 
behalf of the ladie.s of Monticello. presented a flag to the first company leav- 
ing there for the camp. The address made upon that occasion will long be 
remembered. One sentence had a thrilling effect. "Brave defenders of a 
until n's life in which are .=hrined the safetv of hearth and home, take this 
l^anner wrought by loving hands. In the storm and snK)ke of battle, these 
stars and stripes shall be a harbinger of victory; and to him who falls, its 
glorious folds shall be a royal shroud and winding sheet." \\'hen oft'ered the 
chaplaincy of the Ninth Indiana Regiment his physician advised him not to 
go, believing he woukl li\'e scarcclv three weeks in the ser\-ice. and hence il 



854 PAST AND PRESENT 

was reluctantly declined. From Indianapolis Mr. Smith went to Richmond 
to live and in 1877, in order that he might take a little rest, he moved to 
Brookston, Indiana, near his farm and former home in White county. His 
life there is an example of his executive ability, his powers of application and 
endurance. He not only took charge of the academy there as superintendent 
and principal, but when many of his old friends came to him requesting that 
he take the pastorate of their church, he did so, but unexpectedly to him two 
other appointments were coupled with it. So that for an entire year he 
devoted six hours each day to his school, preaching three times every Sab- 
bath, had charge of the Sunday school, and in addition completed and pub- 
lished a full series of ofificial books for^ township officers and teachers which 
are pronounced by the highest authority to be the best works of the kind 
ever oiifered to the public. They are known as the Indiana Series of Official 
Books and Blanks. 

From Brookston, in 1878, Mr. Smith moved to Lafayette, casting in his 
lot with the people of this county. In 1882, in his absence from home, he 
was, unexpectedly to himself, nominated for the legislature. It was a cam- 
paign of the fiercest political character, and though the combined power of 
the saloon and brewery interest were united against the legislative ticket and 
the candidate for the senate was defeated and more than half the Republican 
candidates went down in defeat, Mr. Smith was elected by a good majority. 
In this campaign he made thirty-five speeches in the county, establishing for 
himself the reputation of an able debater and thoroughly equipped political 
leader, and an honest, wise and fearless expounder of Republican principles 
and policies. In debate, in counsel and in contrilnition to tlie press, ]\Ir. Smith 
is always the same honest, frank and open man that he is in the common 
walks of life. 

During the legislative session of 1883 Mr. Smith took an active part 
in educational matters and county and township affairs. He also especially 
championed the cause of Purdue University and a special appropriation for 
the Battle Ground. All of his bills- he got through the house, but the Battle 
Ground appropriation was lost in the senate. On the floor of the house he was 
a strong debater, speaking often but always to the point. His wide informa- 
tion, extensive knowledge of the state and its histor\- and institutions inade 
him an authority, rarely questioned. He claims to have had ninety-nine 
friends in the house, and one tolerable friend — himself. 

Again in 1884 Mr. Smith was a candidate for the lower house and 
elected. His majority in the county was nearly equal to that of James G. 
Blaine's, notwithstandin^j the saloon and brewery interests were still asfainst 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 855 

him. His greatest work during the session was his championship of Purdue 
University. The battle was one of giants, and it raged for twdnty-one days. 
It was memorable, but was won at last, Mr. Smith's last speech was a notable 
one. It was argimientative, it was conciliatory, it was adroit, it was in all 
its details masterful. The fight was won and Mr. Smith had the proud sat- 
isfaction of bringing home an appropriation of one hundred thousand five 
hundred dollars. Mr. Johnson in the senate was alert and active, but there 
was no contest in the senate. It was of Mr. Smith's great speech at that 
time that Vice-President Hendricks, who with his wife was on the floor, 
said : "It is very fortunate that Purdue University had such a resourceful 
champion as Mr. Smith. His speech was a masterpiece of argument and 
eloquence." 

In 1888 Governor Gray appointed Mr. Smith at the head of the com- 
mission on the part of the state of Indiana to participate in the one hundredth 
anniversary of the founding of the civil government in the Northwest Ter- 
ritory at Marietta, Ohio, July i6, 1788. Later the Governor requested Mr. 
Smith to deliver the address in the former's place, as, owing to the national 
convention at St. Louis, he was prevented from attending the celebration. 
Mr. Smith went to Marietta, and delivered the address. He also attended the 
celebration of the one hundredth anniversary of the settlement of Marietta in 
April, 1888. Both were noted gatherings and it is needless to say that In- 
diana was well represented and that Mr. Smith's address was worthy of this 
great occasion. It is published in the official proceedings of this great cen- 
tennial anniversary. It was in the campaign of 1888 that his political ca- 
pacity was demonstrated. It was supposed that the Gresham influence would 
sweep Tippecanoe county. It was reported at Indianapolis that there were 
no Harrison adherents there e.xcept John W. Heath, James M. Reynolds, and 
B. Wilson Smith. But B. Wilson Smith had promised General Harrison the 
county of Tippecanoe by a "quiet, peaceful canvass if possible, but anyhow 
the county." Toward this he bent his energy and tactful management, an- 
tagonizing no one, shunning all controversy, so that there should be no occasion 
for "sore spots" after the district convention was over. The result was a 
surprise, for out of twenty-five delegates from Tippecanoe county, twenty- 
four voted for the two' Harrison delegates to the national convention in 
Chicago. Mr. Smith presided at the district convention at Frankfort and 
wrote the resolution endorsing General Harrison. It was a straight, un- 
equivocal declaration of loyal endorsement of choice. No "first, last and all 
the time" endorsement, which binds delegates and deprives them of freedom 
of action in the emergencies that may arise. It was desired by General Har- 



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rison's friends that Mv. Smith shi)uld be a delegate to the Chicago conven- 
tion, but lie 5aid, "No, we have won the fight; let the boys have all the 
honors from the beginning to the end." Few people know how large a factor 
he was in that contest. He seemed to know more delegates from different 
states than any one there. He labored day and night, was on visiting com- 
mittees of twos to a great number of state delegations. His cousin, Hon. 
Creed \V. Haymond, was the chairman of California's delegation. His 
cousin told him, confidentially, early in the contest, that if Blaine could not 
be nominated, that California and the Pacific coast would be wheeled into line 
for Harrison. On Monday, on the seventh ballot. Colonel Haymond on the 
call of his state rose and declared, with a voice that thrilled the convention, 
that "California casts her sixteen votes for the grandson of the hero of Tippe- 
canoe — Benjamin Harrison," and leaving his seat he carrieil the California 
banner and planted it by the side of the Indiana banner, held b)' the \-eteran 
Col. R. \\'. Thompson. Then the break began and at the end of the mil 
call a large majority of the banners of the states were clustered around the 
banner of Indiana. General Lew Wallace confidently affirmed that General 
Harrison owed his nomination more to B. ^^'ilson Smith than to any other 
one person. Under the Harrison administration, not caring to go from 
home, Mr. Smith was appointed postmaster of Lafayette. His policy was a 
business administration. Before he had been in oflice one month, he had 
personally inspected eveiy mail-box in the city and on the West side. He 
ordered a large supply of new boxes to replace the old and insecure ones. 
He selected good men for the different positions, and the number of his 
old appointees still in office testify to their efficiency. The present postmaster, 
T. W. Burt, was his chief of carriers. He found the mail facilities very poor 
in the city. No letters could be mailed after nine o'clock at night unless they 
were carried to the train and mailed on the postal cars. The postoffice closed 
at 9 P. M. and the night clerk closed up business and went to bed. Even 
the mail pouches were brought to and taken from the pnstnffice by an omni- 
bus man, who had a key to the postoftice, which he carried day and night and 
he was not even a sworn mailcarrier. In three days all of this was changed. 
The keys were called in and, lest some might still be out, new locks were 
put on the doors and new railings set up en the inside so that the mail depart- 
ment was as private as the postmaster's private office. As soon as I\Ir. Smith 
could go to Washington, he secured an arrangement by which any mail de- 
posited by the patrons in the boxes in the hotels and about the public square, 
should be taken up by a mail clerk at 10 o'clock P. M. and dispatched by 
the first mail going toward its destination, 'i'his continued during his in- 



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cumbency, but was abandoned by liis successor soon after coming into office. 
He devoted bis whole time to tbe office, and was famibar with every depart- 
ment. Twenty-six raibvay mail clerks were paid at the Lafayette office during 
bis tenn. His personal demeanor toward tbe postoffice employes \vas kindly 
and confidential. He never declined information or proper advice from any 
of them. At his request this postoffice was placed under ci\'il service rules 
and after that everj^ and all appointments were made according to tbe rule 
of three names being certified to him. He never failed to appoint the first 
one on tbe list, even though he were a Democrat. He often said, "Politics 
is one thing, but tbe running of a postoffice ciuite another." His bond as 
postmaster was thirty-two thousand dollars, and he inaugurated a new policy 
recpiring every appointee to give indemnifying bond, except tbe carriers, who 
were all bonded by the government, bond one thousand dollars. The aggre- 
gate of the bonds, excluding the carriers, was twenty-eight thousand dollars. 
During his term there was not a defalcation of employes, not a dollar lost 
in tbe office, and tbe office was inspected but once, and then the inspection 
and tbe office account tallied to a cent. 

A. E. Shearman was assistant postmaster, the best assistant that any 
postmaster ever had, and Capt. A. L. Stony, another Civil war veteran, was 
money order clerk. His son, Guy Mcllv.iine Smith, though youthful, rendered 
valuable service in several departments at different times. When Mr. Smith 
closed bis official term, he bad the proud satisfaction of knowing that his 
sixteen quarterly reports were never cfi balance a cent, and when his money 
order receipts were finally reported, the general government owed him four 
cents. 

In 1896 Mr. Smith was again elected to tbe general assembly, and made 
cbairma-i of tbe committee of ways and means. He here inaugurated a 
new method of business. ( i ) He invited the finance committee of the sen- 
ate to meet bis committee at every session and discuss and vote with them. 
(2) He summoned the bead of each public institution to which tbe legisla- 
ture appropriated money to meet the committee, when his institution's wants 
were under consideration. The appropriations were so carefullv considered 
that tbe appropriation bill as it left tbe house and went to the senate, car- 
ried within one thousand dollars of the amount as it became a law. In tbe 
caucuses of bis party be advocated bi-partisan boards of control, even to tbe 
pri.son boards. But his great work of that session was the general appropria- 
tion bill. It provided for seventy-six thousand dollars of deficiencies of the 
previous legislature, cut down the previous general appropriation more than 
three hundred and ninetv-six thousand dollars, and left a deficiencv for the 



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incoming legislature of only fifteen thousand dollars. All of this in the face 
of an increase of over seven hundred persons in the number of inmates of 
the penal and reformatory institutions. 

In 1898 Mr. Smith left Tippecanoe county to live in Indianapolis. But 
his business relations have continued very close to this county. Under the 
reform law of 1899 he made a complete set of books and blanks for town- 
ship trustees, undoubtedly the best ever produced. When the depository law 
was enacted, he set about to master its details and give to townships, cities 
and towns, books and blanks that would fully represent the details of the law, 
and this he did in six different sets of books and blanks that stand as his 
final monument of business reform. It is perhaps safe to say that in the 
making of books and blanks for the official carrying out of laws, he has no 
rival in the state. The official life of Mr. Smith has been a clean one — no 
trust ever betrayed. His business life, mostly with public offices, has been 
honest and free from "graft" — his private life one of integrity and Chris- 
tian character — his love for Tippecanoe county and its citizens very marked 
and earnest, and it is heartily reciprocated by her citizens. 

Mr. Smith is a Knight Templar in the I^Iasonic fraternity and a member 
of the encampment in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He is an 
honorary member of the Order of Cincinnatus, a member of the Society of 
Sons of Colonial Wars, of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity, of the Tippecanoe 
County Historical Society, of the State Historical Society, of the State His- 
torical Association, and of the Indianapolis Art Association. He is a minis- 
ter of the Methodist Episcopal church, Armenian in creed, and a firm l>eliever 
in the Bible as a divine revelation. He accepts religion as a supernatural 
growth in the heart. All these were taught him in his youth, while the most 
careful study and conscientious thought have only confirmed this early 
teaching. 

November ly. 1853. ^Ir. Smith married Ruth Anna Rankin, of Green- 
castle, Indiana. ]\Iiss Rankin was of disting^nshed Puritan. Quaker and 
Southern colonial ancestr)-, among them being Governor Welles, one of the 
earliest governors of Connecticut, who framed the constitution of that colony, 
which is said to be the motlel for the constitution of the United States. She 
was highly educated and of unusual native and acquired musical ability. Of 
this union is a large family of children of intelligence and refinement. The eld- 
est son, Orville Rankin, died in infancy in Valparaiso. Bernard Gilbert and 
Paul Oueale died in Lafayette, the former a young man in his twentieth year, 
of exceptional brilliancy and promise; the latter a beautiful child of four and 
one-half years. The remaining children are: Lilian Gray, Eva Wilson, Ida 



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Virginia, Nelly Colfax, Benaldine (wife of Hon. William T. Noble) and Guy 
Mcllvaine, and one grandson, Frederick Merrill Smith. Three daughters 
graduated at Purdue University. All of the children have specialized in one 
or more lines, having attained more than ordinary proficiency in vocal, piano 
and violin music and literary pursuits. Mr. and Mrs. Smith celebrated their 
silver wedding anniversary while living in Lafayette. Since removing to 
Indianapolis, they have celebrated their golden wedding, in 1905. The oc- 
casion was marked by felicity and good cheer, many friends coming from a 
distance to extend congratulations, and many messages were received from 
Europe, Asia, South America, Africa, Australia, Mexico and all parts of the 
United States. Mr. Smith is perhaps above the average in size, has fair 
complexion and blue eyes, and brown hair until advanced in years. His head 
is massive and as a result of reading by firelight in his youth is stooped. He 
is fluent of speech, and has a memory of most remarkable tenacity, quick 
perception and rapid analytical powers. Skilled in polemics, he grasps the 
salient points of a question at once, and either in conversation or debate his 
copious memory pours its unceasing stream of facts and figures out before 
him. In college he was known among the students as the Historical Cyclo- 
pedia. He does not stop to enter into technicalities, but not infrequently 
astonishes by his citation of the volume and page of works with which he 
could hardly be supposed to be familiar. With politicians he is at home, for 
all the contests in the country are familiar to him. He can quote the major- 
ities in the various counties and districts for a score of campaigns back. 
With ministers he discusses all of the subtleties of the polemics of the church 
men, and among the educators is authority on all questions to be met in their 
varied calling. His long experience as teacher led him into all the depart- 
ments of a college curriculum. 

The following incident shows how early in childhood the subject liegan 
the responsibilities of life. When a little past five years of age his father 
sent him to Clarksburgh, the county seat, four miles away, with a note to 
George Heugle, a saddler, saying: "You will please send my old saddle by 
Ben." Mr. Heugle read the note and said: "W'hat is your name?" He 
answered, "Ben." Said he, "Were you not named for your grandfather Ben- 
jamin Wilson? Then is not your name Benjamin?" "Yes, sir, but they call 
me 'Ben' for short." "Well," said he, "you tell your father, that I say, a 
boy only five years old who can come alone on horseback more than four 
miles, deserves to be called by his full name." 

The power of adaptability to every circumstance is a Iiappy faculty. In 
him it is remarkable. Having traveled extensively liy all modern methods, 
taking the fare of the cabiii as well as that of the ])alace hotel, even-where he 



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is alike at home. His service to the negro in the day of his 1x)ndage was 
full of sympathy and hope. During the darkest hours of the Rel)ellion he 
never lost hope but said, "The cause is just, and since God rules, justice will 
be done though the heavens fall." The sound judgment and magnanimous 
nature which have been distinguishing characteristics of Mr. Smith through 
life show no diminution although he has rounded so goodly a number of 
years. He has recently been termed by a person of prominence, who was 
formerly a well-known educator of the state, "The Grand Old Man of 
Indiana." In his college days and later, before the pressure of many cares 
denied him adequate leisure, Mr. Smith was a writer of many \'erses. It 
ma}- be fitting to close this sketch with the following lines which he wrote in 
1880 in an autograph album "On the Banks of the Wabash," as he then 
expressed it : 

'Tis night brings out the stars. 
Sad tears the eyes of beauty brighten. 
So life itself without some jars 
Could not our natures greatly heighten ; 
Then welcome, toil, and welcome, strife. 
If these shall bring a nimbler life. 



FREDERICK AUGUST GOBAT. 

The little republic of Switzerland has, according to its size, sent niore 
honorable and industrious citizens to the United States than nnv fore!'::-n 
nation. They are always loyal to our inistitutions, readv to defend our 
flag on the field of battle and they become property owners and in every 
respect desirable residents of whatever communitv we find them. One of the 
best examples of this worthy class to be found in Tippecanoe coimtv is I-'red- 
erick A. Gobat, a prosperous farmer of \\'ashington townshii^ who was 
born in Switzerland on February 6, 1831, He grew to manhood in his 
native country where he attended school and learned farming on the hoine 
place, and chose this as his life work. Having heard sn nnich of the o])por- 
tunities that existed in the great republic across the sea, he early in life de- 
cided to come here and make his fortune; thus, after a long and tedious voy- 
age, belauded in New York harbor, June 7, 1851, and ten days later he ar- 
rived in Lafayette, Indiana. He had some money after defraving the ex- 
penses of the trip. Upon looking about for sinnething to do be found an 



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opening in the cabinetmaker's trac'.e. and he worked at tliis for a time, then 
found employment in a brick-yard, and stiU later made ties for the W'abish 
railroad, also worked at the carpenter's trade in Lafayette. He showed his 
patriotism to his adopted country upon the breaking- out of the great war 
between the states by being the first man from Tippecanoe county to enlist 
in the three-months service, having made a gallant record as a soldier in 
the Tenth Indiana Volunteer Infantry. When the term of his first enlist- 
ment had expired he again enlisted, casting his lot the last time with the 
One Hundredth Regiment Indiana, Volunteer Infantry, in which he re- 
mained until the close of the war, ha\ing taken part in some of the most 
hotly contested battles of the conflict, among which was that of Missionary 
Ridge, where he was wounded in the leg and in several other places. His 
left limb is still in a bad condition as a result of these wounds. He is re- 
membered by his government with a monthly pension of twenty dollars. 

After he returned from the army he took up the peaceful pursuits of 
life and has made a good living ever since, now owning a small place in 
Washington township where he has a very comfortable home. 

Mr. Gobat was married in August, 1862, to Mrs. Mar}- Newman, and 
by this union one son was born, namely : Frederick A., Jr., who is a farmer 
in Perry township. The subject's second marriage was to Mrs. Sarah Arm- 
strong, and by this union one daughter was born, whom they named Theresa, 
who married Harry Smith. They live in Delphi, Indiana; her mother died 
when Mrs. Smith was only fourteen months old. Mr. Gobat was married a 
third time, his last wife being Margaret Underbill, who died April 9. 1908. 
No children were born to this union. In politics he is a Republican. He is 
a man of upright character and a man of whom no harm could be said in 
any way. 



STEPHEN J. HANNAGAN. 

Lafayette received a desirable acquisition to her citizenship when the 
Hannagan family became residents of the community. \\'ealthy Irish ne\-er 
emigrate and it is only the poor of that race that take up their abode in 
foreign countries. Wealth, however, does not consist entirely of money and 
the United States has been greatly enriched by the brawn and muscle, sharp 
wits and jovial natures that have come to her from the famous isle beyond 
the eastern ocean. Patrick Hannagan, only one of many, but a fine type of 
the industrious and cheerful laborer, became identified with Lafavette before 



862 PAST AND PRESENT 

the Civil war. He married Johanna Kelley, an Irish girl who had come over 
about the same time as himself, and they reared a fine family of boys and 
girls before death called the father away in 1868 and the mother in 1879. 
W. J. Hannagan. the eldest of the children, is a resident of Lafayette ; Mrs. 
John Gleason lives in Chicago ; Charles P. and Stephen J. are residents of 
Lafayette; Edward T. is dead; Katherine, wife of Mark Miller, resides at 
Lcgansport, and Patrick G. is a citizen of Chicago. 

Stephen J. Hannagan, who is the best known member of this popular 
family, was Ixirn at Lafayette, Indiana, JNIay 25. 1863, and all his life has 
been lived within the limits of his native place. He obtained a fair educa- 
tion in the parochial schols of St. Ann's and St. Mary's and his first boyish 
work was in a stave factory at fifty cents per day. From tliis he went into 
the grocery business, followed it for six years and then took a position at 
the car works as weighmaster. Subsequently he worked for a time as time- 
keeper and shipping clerk at the Barbee Works. It was in 1889 that an event 
occurred which proved to be a turning point, destined to influence the whole 
course of his subsequent life. At a time when the city was strongly Repub- 
lican, the Democratic party nominated Mr^ Hannagan as their candidate for 
city clerk and though he had to face great odds, he pulled through by a 
majority of one hundred and forty-nine, and, being re-elected in 1891, he 
served in the office altogether for a period of five years. In August, 1894, 
he bought the saloon at No. 417 Columbia street and has since l>een the 
owner and proprietor of that establishment. In 1896 he was elected council- 
man from the second ward and by repeated re-elections, sometimes for terms 
of four years, sometimes for only two, according to the caprice of the legis- 
lature, he has continued to be a member up to date ami will not end this 
phenomenal local legislative career until January i, 1910. During tliis long 
tenure Mr. Hannagan has proved a useful and popular member, attentive to 
his duties and watchful of the city's interests. That he was entirely satis- 
factory to his constituents and popular in the community generally, is amply 
proven l)y the long time he has been held in the public service. During most " 
of his time he has served as chairman of the committee on streets and alleys 
and this influential position enabled him to put through many valuable meas- 
ures for the improvement of the city. The visitor who enjoys a ride over 
the manv miles of improved streets in Lafayette will be told in answer to 
questions that the people owe more for this great luxury and beautifier 
to Stephen J. Hannagan than to any other man in the city. All will learn 
that his efforts and energy have redounded to his success in a financial way 
and tliat he has something substantial to show as the result of years of labor. 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY^ IND. 863 

Among his holdings is the residence he occupies at No. 122 South Fourtn 
street where he dispenses the genuine article of Irish hospitality. When 
prosperity smiled upon him, Mr. Hannagan's thought naturally reverted tu 
his native land and he longed to revisit the spot so dear to the heart of 
every Irishman. This wish he was enabled to gratify in 1907, when he 
tra\eled with his family not only in Ireland but in England and France. 

In August, 1885, Mr. Hannagan married Sallie Foley, a natixe of Lafay- 
ette, uf Irish extraction. Their only child is Harry E. Hannagan, who was 
bcrn in 1886 and is now a student. Mr. Hannagan is a member of St. Ann's 
Catholic church and was one of the committee that assisted in its building. 
He is a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and served four years 
as state secretary. He has for twenty-eight years l>een a member of the 
local (jrder of Hibernians, his tastes being friendly and social and his chief 
delight communion with his family. 



GEORGE B. SHELBY. 

The family of this name in Tippecanoe county originated in Ohio, where 
its earlier members were identified with the state during its formative period. 
In 1828, Isaac Shelby migrated to the vicinity of Terre Haute, Indiana, and 
soon afterward located at Covington, Fountain county, and spent eight years 
in that section of the state as a farmer. He then removed to Tippecanoe 
county, secured land in Jackson township and became quite prominent in 
politics as a Whig. He was for some time a member of the lower house 
of the legislature, and in 1856 was a candidate for state senator. His son, 
John B. Shelby, who was born in Pickaway county, Ohio, was only a year old 
when the family came to this state. He- married Margaret A. Beaver, a 
native of Pennsylvania, but later a resident of Pickaway county, Ohio, and with 
her settled on a farm in Jackson township, Tippecanoe county. Their son, 
George B. Shelby, was born on this farm May 3, 1864, grew up like mil- 
lions of other farm boys, working during the summer and attending the 
district schools during the winters. When qualified for higher studies, he 
entered Purdue University and spent two years in that institution, after 
which he resumed his work on the farm. Mr. Shelby has a turn for politics 
and has long been active as one of the local leaders of the Republican party. 
He was trustee of Jackson township from 1900 to 1904, and administered 
the affairs of this important office in such a way as to gain the commenda- 
tion of his constituents. In November, 1908, he v;as elected to the im- 



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portant office of county commissioner for the term beginning January i, 
1909, and is now serving a three-years term with entire acceptability to 
the taxpayers of the county. He is prominent in Masonry, in which order 
he has taken the various degrees up to that of Knight Templar. He is a 
member also of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and attends 
services at the Methmlist church. l\Ir. Shelliy has nut let politics divert 
him from the main business of his life, which is farming, and in this line he 
has kept abreast with the progress that has marked Indiana agriculture dur- 
ing the last two decades. He owns one Inmdred and sixty acres of land in 
the northeast corner of Jackson township, which is well cultivated and well 
cared for. 

In September, 1890, Air. Shelby married Mattie L.. dnugiiter of E. F. 
Haywood, and has two sons, George E. and Francis H. The family is 
highly respected and Air. Shelby is one of the popular men of the county, 
both in business and politics. 



SEPTIMIUS VATER. 

Whether the elements of success in life are innate attributes of the in- 
dividual, or whether they are quickened by a process of circumstantial devel- 
opment, it is impossible to clearly determine; yet the study of a successful 
life, like that of Septimius Vater, cue of the most progressive and representa- 
tive citizens of Tippecanoe county, is none the less interesting and profitable 
by reason of the co-existence of this same uncertainty. So much in excess of 
success is the record- of faihn"es that one is constrained to attemi)t an analysis 
in either case and to determine the method of causation in an approximate 
wav. The march of improvement and progress is accelerated day by day, 
and each moment seems to demand a man of broader intelligence and greater 
discernment than did the preceding one. Successful men must be live men in 
this age. bristling with activity, and the lessons of biography may be far- 
reaching to an extent not superficially evident, especially if they embody 
such lessons as are contained in the life-record in the following paragraphs. 

Septimius Vater was born in Cincinnati. Ohio, August 20, i8.:i5, son 
of Thomas and Eleanor (Palmer) \'ater. The father was born near Liver- 
pool. England, May 12. 1805, the family having, for several generations, 
resided in that vicinity. When cpiite a yc ung man he removed to London 
and there met and, on .April 3, 1826, married his wife. Thomas Vater was 
a sturdv Republican in his ideas, a great admirer of the free political in- 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 865 

stitutions of this country rnd in his yruiiiful enthusiasm connected himself 
with an organization having for its oliject the est^iblishment of a reinibhc 
instead of a monarchy in England. \\ hen the editor of its newspaper \ais 
arrested for treason, in 1829, Mr. Vater assisted in publishing the paper, ihe 
editor still writing from his prison cell. This brought him under the notice 
of the royal police ; and learning that he. too. was to be arrested, he boarded 
a ship bound for America, which sailed away just as the arresting ofKicers, 
with the warrant, came in sight; this was before a cable telegraph or any 
kind of telegraphic communication was drer.med of. His brave young wife, 
with two little ones, dared the hardships and perils which then, before the 
days of steamships, were incident to a journey to far-off America, and. re- 
joining her husband, shared with him the pri\-ations of pioneer backwootis 
life in Illinois, where, near Peoria, they had, alter many adventures and ex- 
periences, finally settled. After some years they made their way by "prairie 
schooner," then the only means available for the purpose, to Cincinnati, and 
here Septimius Vater was born. 

The senior Mr. Vater was of a restless, energetic, enterprising tem- 
perament, and the discovery of gold in California in 1849 attracted him 
tliither. He made three trips by the isthmus route, passed through all the 
experiences of a mining camp, and died in 1852, on the isthmus, while en- 
gaged in the project of establishing a hotel on the Nicaragua route, near the 
head of the San Juan river, midway across, in which enterprise he had em- 
barked his entire means. His death left the mother, destitute and with three 
little children to support. The struggles and triumphs of that brave woman 
are more worthy of the laurel wreath of fame than many a lauderl hero and 
will ne\-er be forgotten by her grateful children. 

Circumstanced thus, the subject of this sketch was early trained to j^ro- 
ductive industry. In fact he became a wage earner in a small way at the 
early age of seven years, and after twelve years never attended school con- 
tinuously or for any great length of time, antl he was entirely self-support- 
ing after his eighteenth year. In 1853 his widowed mother and the little 
family removed to Indiana, locating in Indianapolis, then not nearly so large 
as Lafayette now, and here ]Mr. \\ater received liis education in the public 
common and high schools, which was brought to a sudden terminus by the 
temporary collapse of the public school system, consequent upon Judge 
Perkins' decision in 1856 in the Jenners case. Then the young lad. bidding 
farewell to school and books, started out on active business life at twelve 
yeTrs of age ; clerking first in Perrine's hook store, which then occupied the 

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corner ground-floor room in the Odd Fellows building, \\'ashington and 
Pennsylvania streets. Shortly after he started as an apprentice in the job 
department of the Daily Sentinel. On acquiring his trade, which he followed 
but a short time after completing his four-years apprenticeship, he took a 
place as bookkeeper in the Western Union Telegraph office, and while there 
incidentally acquired the operator's art. In 1863 he removed to Cincinnati 
to take a place as estimator for the Daily Times job department, and during 
the latter part of his connection with that paper he did the work of the de- 
partment of amusements on the paper. In the closing days of October, 
1864, he accepted the position tendered him by W. S. Lingle of bookkeeper 
and business manager of the Courier of this city, and removed to Lafayette 
— his last move, for he has ever since been a resident citizen of Lafayette. 
On January i, 1869, in association with Ben B. Barron, a most suc- 
cessful traveling agent, also employed on the Courier, he took Hon. John 
Purdue's "elephant." the Daily Journal, oft' his hands, the firm being Bar- 
ron & Vater, and without a cent of money they began the work of restoring 
its former prestige, and with great success. In the meantime, while still 
with the Courier, ;Mr. Vater was married, October 16, 1866, to Aramantha 
C. Vawter, daughter of Williamson D. Vawter, an old resident of Vernon, 
Jennings county, Indiana. Mr. Barron's health failed in about a year, and 
a year and a half after the formation of the partnersliip he succuml>ed to 
consumption. ]Mr. \'ater then shouldered the whole load, and continued 
the paper, at first alone, and then, fi r a few years, in partnership with Albert 
B. White, under the firm name of S. A'ater & Company until about the 
middle of December, 1882, when they sold the establishment to Harrv T-. 
Wilson. 

Mr. White was a son of Hon. Emerson E. \\'hite (now deceased), who 
was president of Purdue University at the time of the purchase of a one- 
third interest in the Journal; and after his removal to Parkersburg, We^t 
Virginia, a short time before the sale, rose to distinction in that state and 
served it with honor for one full term as its Governor. 

After a rest of al>out a year (during wliich he was recalled, in Jul>. 
1883, from California to Chicago, by ]\Irs. Wilbur F. Storey, to enter into 
the management nt the then great and prosperous Chicagi) Times, as her 
personal representative. Mr. Storey having lieen stricken willi softening of 
the brpin, but owing to the legal complication which arose, never actually 
assumed control) Mr. Vater bought the Morning Call of the Cox brothers, 
converted it into an evening paper on March 4, 1885, added press dispatches 
and put it "on its feet" financially and in equi])nient. On June 16, 1896. he 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 867 

sold the Call to John George, Jr., of Jackson. Alichigan, and terminated 
his newspaper career. 

After a short rest, in May, 1898, Mr. Vater, by invitation of James J. 
Perrin, president of the Perrin National Bank and a life-long friend, bought 
a block of stock in this bank, and became connected Avith it as assistant 
cashier and a director. In 1899, under the bank's auspices, the Indiana Trust 
and Safe Deposit Company was organized under the Indiana trust company 
law. and Mr. Vater was made its secretary, still continuing as an official 
of the bank. W'hen, in June, 1902, owing to Mr. Perrin's failing health, a 
consolidation was arranged between the J^Ierchants National and the Perrin 
interests, Mr. Vater remained with the trust company end of the combina- 
tion, and was elected treasurer of the Lafayette Loan and Trust Company. 
This position he held until September 10. 1909, when he resigned to em- 
bark again in business on his own account, in the same general line of 
mortgage loans, trusts and estates, and is enjoying a satisfactory patronage 
in this business. 

The pleasant home of ]\Ir. and Mrs. Vater has been blessed by the birth 
of three children. Rev. Williamson D., the eldest, is a graduate of Purdue 
University and the Princeton Theological Seminary, is married and settled 
as pastor of the North Presbyterian church, St. Louis. Missouri. A second 
son. Thomas Eugene, died in infancy. The youngest child. Miss Agnes 
Eugenie, is also a Purdue graduate, and she still gladdens and makes more 
beautiful the lovely dwelling of this congenial family, on Perrin avenue. 

Mr. \'ater became a member of St. John's Episcopal church soon after 
coming to Lafayette, but about 1870, with his wife, transferred his member- 
ship to the First Presbyterian church, with which the whole familv, except 
the son, are still connected. 

Mr. Vater's exemplary habits, his probity of character, and genial, so- 
cial ways have won for him the deepest respect and esteem where he is fa- 
miliarly known. There are, doubtless, few men who have a higher appreciation 
or set a greater value upon the friendship of those he respects, trusts, and in 
whom he confides, than Septimius Vater, 



JULIUS NEUMANN. 

.Among the enterprising and substantial business men of Lafavette who 
ha\-e won success by untiring effort and rightly directed talents is Julius 
Neumann, who is deserving of conspicuous mention in this work along 



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PAST AND PRESENT 



with Other piibhc-spirited local citizens, because they have shown them- 
selves to be the possessors of superior qualities, the qualities that win. and 
are not discouraged at obstacles. He is the scion of a worthy old German 
family, having himself been born in Germany in 1858. His parents were 
Christian and Dorothea Xeumann, who. in 1881. came with their son Julius 
to America, coming direct to Lafayette, Indiana. Julius soon found em- 
ployment as a tinner, at which he worked until 1892, having learned the 
many details of that business while still a resident of Germany. In 1892 
he and C. W. Warenburg formed a partnership for the purpose of conduct- 
ing a tin and hardware business. The business had, however, been started 
by Webber & Warenburg, but, upon the withdrawal of the former, Mr. 
Neumann became Mr. Warenburg's partner, as stated. ^Ir. W^arenburg died 
in 1897 and Christian Mertz became 'Sir. Neumann's partner, the firm 
becoming known as Mertz-Neumann Company, incorporated in 1898. In 
the same year the name of tiie company was changed to J. Neumann Hard- 
ware Company. Useless to say that the business of this firm has gradually 
grown until its customers may be found all over the county and are con- 
stantly increasing. A full and well-selected general stock of hardware is 
kept and prices are always right according to the statement of some of 
their customers of long standing. They also do an extensive business in their 
tin shop, wliich is run in connection with the store. They do all kinds of 
cornice work, install furnaces, and do a great deal of slate roofing. 'Sir. 
Neumann is president and manager of the company, and he is regarded as 
a thorough business man in every respect, keen, alert, but ever honorable 
and reliable. 

Julius Neumann was married in 1884 to ]Mary Overesch, daughter of 
Bernard Overesch, a family of excellent standing. To Mr. and Mrs. Neu- 
mann eleven children have been born, of whom eight are living, namely : 
Edward J., who is married and has one son, is in the plumbing business 
with E. R. Overesch ; Flora is a member of the office force of the Lafay- 
ette ^Morning Journal ; Louise is bookkeeper for the company of whicli her 
father is president: Lydia is in the office of Frank Kimmel, prosecuting at- 
torney of Tippecanoe county; .\rthur is em]5loyed in the tin sho]i of the 
Neumann Company ; W'alter, Elizabeth and Noble are attending school and 
are still member'^ of the home circle. 

That Mr. NcunT-nn is deserving of great credit for what he has ac- 
complished is shown by the fact that when he started in business he had 
n.othing except a good credit. His former employer took him into the firm 
on merely his note for thirteen hundred di 'liars, which ^Ir. Neumann paid 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 869 

off in part each year from his profits above his wages. He is nu\v a thrifty 
and snbstantial citizen, having a large business and a splendid and attract- 
i\-e home. He is a member of the Salem Reformed church, and in his 
fraternal relations he belongs to Siegel Lodge, Independent Order of Odd 
Fellows, and Star City Lodge of Druids. He is also a member of the 
German National Park Association. He lias an excellent family, all fairly 
v.-ell educated and young people of much promise, all members of the Neu- 
mann family being held in high fax'or by their neighbors and acquaintances. 



GEORGE HENRY SATTLER. 

Judging from .the laudatory statements of a wide coterie of friends and 
acquaintances of the late George H. Sattler, no citizen of Tippecanoe county 
in recent years has so indelibly impressed his personality upon the people 
here. A cursory glance at his honorable and eminently useful career is 
sufficient to show the genuine worth of the man, and the fact that he was 
unqualifiedly popular with all classes is criterion enough of his exemplary 
character. Such a life is deserving of emulation and of a place on the pages 
of history. He was a native of Lafayette, having been born here April ii, 
1861, the son of John and Catherine (Sattler) Sattler, a prominent family 
here for many years, a detailed sketch of which appears on another page of 
this work. • 

George H. Sattler was educated in the local public schools, and he also 
attended business college, receiving a very serviceable and practical education. 
Deciding to become a tailor, he took a course in a cutting school in Cleve- 
land, Ohio, and from there he went to Chicago, where he attended Stone's 
Cutting School, but not yet content to leave school until he had thoroughly 
mastered his trade, he attended jMitchell's Cutting School in New York 
city, graduating from all three of these institutions and thus preparing him- 
self for the very highest grade of workmanship. After spending a short 
time at Indianapolis, Mr. Sattler returned to Lafayette, and April i, 1889, 
went in with his father as a partner in the well-known tailoring establishment 
of John Sattler. At the death of his father, young Sattler became prac- 
tically the sole owner of the business, which was incorporated vvhen Ferdi- 
nand Sattler became a partner, the firm continuing under the corporate name 
of the Sattler Sons Company. LTnder the management of George H., the 
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870 PAST AND PRESENT 

patronage was enjoyed, for the reputation of the firm was for fair dealing 
and high-class work. Their establishment was a neat, well-equipped and 
systematically managed one — a credit to any community. 

Mr. Sattler's harmonious domestic life began on October 15, 1885, when 
he was married to Katherine D. Smetzer, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, where her 
family has long been prominent. She is the daughter of Frederick and Sophia 
(Match) Smetzer, the former a native of Bavaria, Germany, who came to 
America about 1850. He was at one time treasurer of Allen county and 
held many other public offices there, being a man highly esteemed by his 
fellow citizens, owing to his honorable dealing with his fellowmen, his 
genuine ability and his public spirit. He was a highly educated man and a 
descendant of the famous Von Winderbach family, a representative of the 
German nobility. Mrs. Sattler now has many valuable and interesting heir- 
looms from the family. 

George H. Sattler was called to settle up his accounts with this world 
on August 17, 1908, dying of an unexpected attack of heart failure. Sur- 
viving him are Mrs. Sattler and two children, Mrs. Ross E. Ault. whose 
maiden name was Olga Octavia, and G. Herbert. 

Mr. Sattler was one of the city's leading business men, and his death 
was a great shock to the business world of Lafayette, being sudden and 
unexpected. Expressions of sorrow were general throughout the city-. Prob- 
ably no man in Lafayette had more friends than he, for he was universally 
admired and loved by all, young and old, having inherited the industry of 
his honored father, the late John Sattler, and, like him, was a man of un- 
questioned integrity, having the highest respect of all. His disposition was 
peculiarly friendly and his personality was magnetic. He was never known 
to speak ill of any one, and was particularly known for his optimism and 
his regard for his fellowmen, especially of the business world. Few men 
made friends more readily than he and still fewer men valued friendship 
as did he. He was fond of a wholesome joke and a hearty laugh. Seldom 
was he seen without a smile lighting up his pleasant face. His presence 
was like sunshine and he was welcome wherever he appeared. He made 
his business an art and was as conscientious in that matter as in evervthing 
that was associated with his life and character. He was one of the con- 
servative, substantial and successful young business men of the city, and his 
abilitv in his particular line was recognized by competitors as well as 
patrons. He was a man of strong character and his life was one of un- 
broken honor. He was devoted to his family, a man of unblemished repu- 
tation and was a useful and worthv citizen. Being honest and reliable, he 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 87 1 

enjoyed the confidence of every one with whom he came into contact. Be- 
ing of even temper, always pleasant and courteous, he had hosts of warm 
friends. As a member of the Lafayette Club, he took a great interest in the 
city's affairs, and he was a conscientious Christian, having been a faithful 
member of the German Lutheran church. 



JOHN SATTLER. 

A well-remembered and highly honored business man of Lafayette was 
the late John Sattler, whose career has been terminated by the fate that 
awaits us all, but whose influence still pervades the lives of those with whom 
he associated most closely. He was born in Hessen-Darmstadt, Germany, 
November 26, 1832, the son of George and Elizabeth (Kemp) Sattler, the 
former of whom was a prosperous miller. 

John Sattler learned the tailor's trade at Fuhrt, Odenwald, Germany, 
and he followed this trade in his native country until March 13, 1851. On 
April 1st of that year he took passage from London on the sailing vessel 
"Yorktown," arriving at New York May ist following. After working 
four months in that city he went to New Brunswick, New Jersey, where, 
on October 3, 1853, he married Catherine Sattler, also a native of Ger- 
many. John Sattler's father came to America in 1854 and located at New 
Brunswick, New Jersey, where he remained until 1855, when he came to 
Clinton county, Indiana, and in 1857 to Tippecanoe county, where he fol- 
lowed farming successfully until his death, January 10. 1870, his widow 
surviving until April 23, 1875. John Sattler followed his father to Indiana 
in April, 1856, settling in Lafayette, and soon thereafter began working 
at his trade for Clark & Fitzpatrick, an old and extensive tailoring firm, with 
whom he remained for two years, when the firm failed, after which he 
worked as a journeyman until 1866. In August of that year the firm 
of Sattler & Nehing was established and in February, 1870, Mr. Sattler 
purchased the interest of Mr. Nehing. On April i, 1889, he admitted his 
son George H. as partner, and the firm was then changed to Sattler & Son. 
Ten years later Ferdinand C. Sattler, brother of George H., was taken into 
the firm and the name was changed to the Sattler Sons Company. Three 
years later Ferdinand went to Milwaukee where he entered the tailoring- 
business, leaving his father and brother to manage the firm at Lafayette. 

In 1895, John Sattler's first wife was called to her rest, and Mr. Sattler 
again married, his second wedding occurring in June, 1896, to Mrs. Minnie 



872 PAST AND PRESENT 

Lang, who sur\ives him. Jolm Sattler was summoned fn.im his earthly 
labors on April 24, 1907. To :\Ir. and IMrs. John Sattler the following 
children were born: John P.: ]\Irs. ^latt Schnaible; George H. ; William 
v.; Ferdinand, of ^Milwaukee ; Emil A., of Akron, Ohio; and Mrs. Ernest T. 
Hahn. of Chicago. 

]\Ir. Sattler was one of the leading members of the German Lutheran 
church — in fact, he was truly a pillar of the church, having been identified 
with the official life of the same from the time he came to Lafayette until 
his death, and had he lived until June, 1907, he would have rounded out a 
half century of service in this church as elder. He had been treasurer of 
this church since 1872. He was one of the founders of the Citizens' Build- 
ing and Loan Association, having been president of the same at the time 
of his death. In 1880 he was elected a member of the board of water- works 
trustees and he served in that capacity for a period of six years, acting 
as president of the board. He also served four years as a member of the 
county board of tax re\"iewers. In politics he was a Democrat. 

Mr. Sattler was a stockholder in the First National Bank, also a stock- 
holder in the Sterling Electric Works. He w'as vice-president of the John- 
son Hardware Company at the time of his death, and he had an interest 
in the Matt Schnaible Grain Company, also the Shadeland Grain Company. 
He was a recognized expert in judging the \-alue of real estate — in fact, 
an all-around, progressive business man. 

John Sattler was recognized by all as a splendid type of citizen, and he 
occupied an enviable position in the commercial circles of Lafayette. His 
integrity was never questioned, everybody having confidence in his honesty. 
Besides being the very soul of honor, he was a polite and polished gentleman, 
a conscientious and upright man. He had a pleasant disposition and was 
always affable and agreeable. In business circles his word was regarded as 
good as his bond, and everyone had confidence in his judgment, his advice 
being often sought on all questions, and he assisted many in this way, being 
frank in giving advice or in expressing his opinion on any subject. His 
death was a great loss to the community where he had long been regarded 
as a leader. 



AARON WALLACE. 

The superintendent of the Tippecanoe county infirmary. Aaron Wallace, 
is one of those capable and genial men that it is a pleasure to know. His 
disposition is iinifonnly sunny and according to those who know him best 
vo more competent man could be found for the place he fills. 




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TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 873 

Mr. Wallace first saw the light of day in Jackson township, Tippecanoe 
county, Indiana, on February 13, 1852. He is the son of Hugh and Jane 
(^Brooks) \\'allace. both natives of the Emerald Isle, the country that has 
sent such a vast army of acti\-e and intelligent citizens to America 
who have played a very conspicuous part in the dexelopment of the same from 
a very early day. The date of Hugh Wallace's birth was 1S19. He married 
Jane Brooks in their native country and a few years afterward, hearing of the 
larger advantages in the New World, they decided to bring their two children 
here. But being limited in means they did not have sufficient money to pay 
their passage ; however, they bound themselves to pay the rec^uired sum. The 
father immediately sought work upon his arrival in this country, his principal 
thought being to pay for his passage. He found employment for the small 
sum of fifty cents per day, and by economy saved enough out of this sum 
to pay for the passage of himself and family. He later began life as a farmer, 
and, through frugality and perseverance, he in time became prosperous. Be- 
lieving that the West ofifered greater opportunities, he came to Tippecanoe 
county, Indiana, purchasing land in Jackson township, becoming the owner 
of three hundred acres of as fine land as could be found in the township, ?aA 
he spent the latter years of his life in comfort and affluence. He is remem- 
bered as a very devout man, a great reader of the Bible and an active member 
of the Methodist church. In politics, he was a Republican. As the father 
of eleven children, he realized that it was his duty to rear them in the fear 
and admonition of the Lord, and their subsequent upright lives stand as a 
monument to this realization of duty. The names of his children who survive 
are as follows: James F., a farmer of Jackson tow-nship; Elizabeth F., wife 
of William Francis, of Ambia, Indiana ; Belle, wife of Charles Williamson, 
of Texas, and Aaron, of this review. 

Aaron Wallace, as already intimated, was reared on a farm in Jacksmi 
township and early in life began assisting his father with the work about 
the place, attending the neighboring schools during the winter months, but the 
greater part of his time was taken up with farm work. He remained under 
the parental roof until he reached his majority, then rented a part of the home 
farm, and he has since devoted his life principally to agricultural pursuits. He 
is the owner of two hundred acres of excellent land in Jackson township where 
he has had a marked degree of success not only as a general farmer but also as 
a stockraiser. 

In 1873 Mr. Wallace married the lady of his choice. Bessie Montgomerv, 
who was born in Brown county, Ohio, December 11, 1855. When sixteen 
years of age she came to Indiana, but her parents never left Ohio. Air. and 



874 PAST AND PRESENT 

Mrs. Wallace remained on their farm in Jackson township until 1904 when 
Mr. Wallace was the unanimous choice of the county commissioners for super- 
intendent of the county infirmary, a position which he seems to be qualified by 
nature to serve, but his success in the management of the institution is due in 
no small measure to the assistance of Mrs. Wallace. Since they took charge 
of the infirmary many valuable and needed improvements have been made. 
The building is well supplied with artificial water power, which cap be brought 
into play in case of fire. It was through the earnestness of Mr. Wallace that 
the county council was prevailed upon to make the appropriation. The coun- 
ty is greatly indebted to Mr. Wallace for his action in this matter, as in many 
other things pertaining to the infinnary. He has the good will of all the 
inmates on the farm. 

]\Ir. and Mrs. Wallace are the parents of three children, namely : Arthur, 
born December 25, 1874, married Daisy Stover, and they now reside in 
Waynetown, Indiana; James A., born April 22, 1876, married Cretie Snyder; 
one daughter of the subject and wife died in infancy. 

Both Mr. Wallace and his son, James, are members of Shawnee Lodge, 
No. 129, Masonic fraternity, being members of the Scottish rite, thirty-second 
degree. Aaron Wallace is also a member of the blue lodge, the grand lodge, 
Perfection Council of Princes of Jerusalem ; the chapter of Rose Croix ; also 
the consistory of Sublime Princes of the Royal Secret and the Ancient Arabic 
Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. He also belongs to the New Richmond 
Lodge, No. 288, Knights of Pythias. 



AARON VAN NATTA. 

Although belonging to a generation that has passed and he himself now 
numbered with the great tnajority that sleep the sleep of the just, the good 
accomplished in Tippecanoe county by Aaron Van Natta has not perished, 
but, like other great lives that have been transmitted to broader fields of 
action, has left behind an influence that will long dominate those whom it 
touched. He was born in Highland county, Ohio, Januar\- 7, 1822, of ster- 
ling pioneer parents. For a full history of his ancestry the reader is re- 
ferred to the sketch of John H. Van Natta, elsewhere in this work. 

After spending his boyhood days in much the same manner as other 
contemporaneous youths. Mr. Van Natta entered Asbury University upon 
reaching manhood, where he made a splendid record for scholarship, having 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 8/5 

been a diligent student and a close observer. After leaving tbe university 
he gratified a desire of long standing by beginning the study of law, and, in 
March, 1846, began practicing at Williamsport, Indiana, in partnership with 
a lawyer named Gregory. The future was encouraging and on March 4, 
1846, he took a helpmeet in the person of Rhoda A. Clark, of Williams- 
port. To this union one child was born, a daughter whom they named Sallie, 
who died August 30, 1873, ^^ the age of seven years. Mrs. Van Natta died 
in 1866, soon after the birth of her child. Within a short time after his 
marriage, Mr. Van Natta's health began to fail so that he was compelled to 
abandon the practice of law and went to farming. He located in Tippe- 
canoe county, not far from Otterbein, and there engaged in agricultural pur- 
suits until 1856, in which year, having regained his former physical vigor, 
he moved to Montmorenci and took up general merchandising, retaining his 
farm, but merely overseeing it in a general way. Becoming prominent 
in local political affairs, he was appointed postmaster of Montmorenci, which 
office he held with satisfaction and credit for a period of twenty years. He 
also engaged in the real estate business there together with his other nu- 
merous interests, making a success of whatever he turned his attention to. con- 
tinuing thus the remainder of his life. His career as a lawyer started out 
auspiciously and had he continued in the practice he would doubtless have 
reached a high pinnacle of success, but as a business man he attained not 
only a high rank, winning a liberal competency through his judicious man- 
agement and conscientious dealing with his fellowmen. but he was public 
spirited and did more to stimulate progress in a general way in his com- 
munity than any other man, for always in looking after his own interests 
he never neglected his duty to his neighbors and fellow citizens. 

On February 28, 1867, Mr. Van Natta was married to Mrs Margaret 
E. Shigley, widow of James A. Shigley, a man who descended from an old 
and very prominent family of this county. Mrs. Van Natta's maiden name 
was Margaret E. Moore. She was the daughter of Thomas Maxwell and 
Nancy (McCrea) Moore, and her birth occurred at Montmorenci, February 
4, 1843. Thomas Maxwell Moore was one of three brothers, the oldest of 
whom was Henry Hudson Moore and Joseph was the youngest. They 
were the sons of Lieut. Thomas Moore, who was born August 29, 1748. at 
Hatfield, Hartfordshire, England, the son of Henry and Hannah Moore. 
On July 2, 1783, he was commissioned lieutenant by General Carleton in 
the British army, and after the war against the American colonists he was 
given land in Canada for his services in behalf of his own countrv. He 
located at Kingston, Canada, where he continued to make his home. He 



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married Elizabeth Maxwell in 1784, and his death occurred November 6, 
1805. Henry ]\Ioore was born in Kingston, Canada, August 30, 1785, and 
four years later the family moved to the state of Kentucky. In 1810 Henry 
Aloore married Sallie Brightman, and in the same year the entire family 
moved to Washington county, Indiana. The following year Henry !Moore 
joined Gen. William Henry Harrison's army that moved against the In- 
dians in the Wabash valley, and he fought in the famous battle of Tippe- 
canoe, November 7, 181 1. In 1830 he entered land in Tippecanoe county 
near the present site of Montmorenci, and after a very successful life as an 
agriculturist, becoming one of the most influential of the pioneers in this 
state, he passed to his reward on October 14, 1855. His wife, Sallie Bright- 
man, was torn July 16, 1783, in Rhode Island, and her death occurred 
IVIarch 8, 1852. To Henry ;\Ioore and wife two sons and one daughter 
were born. 

Thomas ^laxwell I\Ioore, father of ]Mrs. Van Natta, was born Decem- 
ber I, 1 791, in \\'estmoreland county, Pennsylvania, where the family tarried 
while on its way from Canada to Kentucky. He, too, enlisted in General 
Harrison's army, but with eight or ten other men he was detailed to guard 
boats at the mouth of the Big Vermillion river at the convergence of the 
A^■abash. a blockhouse having been erected there. After the battle of Tippe- 
canoe he helped bury the dead soldiers, then returned with the army to Fort 
^'incennes. On August 15, 1822, he married Sarah Wayman, of Salem, 
Indiana, and to this union five children were born. In 1830 he moved to 
Tippecanoe county and entered land where the greater portion of Mont- 
morenci is now located. His wife died x\ugust 22, 1833, and on September 
23, 1834, he married Nancy (McCrea) Musselman, a widow. To this 
marriage eight children were born, of w'hom only two now survive, ^Irs. 
Aaron \"an Natta and ]\Irs. Julia A. Carr, who now lives in \\"est Lafay- 
ette. One son by the first marriage is living at Zion City, near Chicago. 
This son is William Maxwell Moore. After an eminently active and useful 
life, honorably lived, Thomas Maxwell Moore closed his eyes on earthly 
scenes September 27, 1866. His wife, Nancy (McCrea) Moore, was born 
May 19, 1808, in Berkeley county, Virginia, and her death occurred Sep- 
tember 26, 1866, just about twenty- four hours before her husband passed 
away. 

Joseph Moore, the youngest brother, was born December 25, 1797, near 
Louisville, Kentucky. He married Ann Boyd, and he came to Tippecanoe 
county, Indiana, in 1830, entering land adjoining that of his brother. His 
death occurred October 19, 1843. Surxiving him were four children and his 
widow, w-ho died April 7, 1866. 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 877 

To Aaron A'an Xatta's second marriaoe two daughters and one son 
were born, namely : Laura, who married Henry Marshall ; INIargaret, who 
married Dr. E. S. Baker; John Wilson A'an Natta, who died February 24, 
1879. when not quite four years of age. 

Jn January, 1889, Mr. Van Natta's health began to fail and he retired 
from active business. He continued to decline and he was summoned from 
his earthly labors on July i, 1889, having won the high esteem of all who 
knew him for his exemplary, useful and noble life. 

On October 2, 1891, Mrs. Van Natta purchased a beautiful home on 
South Ninth street, Lafayette, whither she soon moved. She now resides 
with her daughter, ]\Irs. Doctor Baker. She is a woman of culture, well 
educated, afif;ible and she has a wide circle of warm friends wherever she 
has lived. 



JAMES BEE WALLACE. 

Anv compendium of Tippecanoe county's honored dead would be in- 
complete without due reference to the life and character of the late James 
Bee Wallace, who was long a prominent citizen here, spending a life of 
earnest endeavor and usefulness, and because of his genial disposition, ster- 
ling worth and uprightness he gained and retained to the end a host of friends, 
throughout the county. He was a sturdy representative of the land of heath 
and heather, the name W^allace having been distinguished in Scotland for 
many centuries. The birth of James B. Wallace occurred in a suburb of 
Edinburgh, Scotland, November 8, 1843. He was the son of Adam and 
Rosena \\'allace. When James B. was eight years of age he accompanied 
his parents to America, and settled in Cincinnati, Ohio. Their family con- 
sisted of seven sons and two daughters, four of the eldest sons having pre- 
ceded the family to America. Of the sons were James B., of this review, 
and William, whose sketch appears elsewhere in this work. While the boys 
were young, their father died and their opportunities to attend school were 
limited. James B. went to work at an early age, serving as an apprentice in 
a plumbing establishment. He learned the business and made it his life 
work. 

At the outbreak of the Civil war, Adam Wallace, although then over 
sixty years of age, tendered his services to the L^nion. His son James B.. 
although then less than eighteen years of age, was a strong, robust lad, and 
he prevailed upon the military authorities to release his father and take him 
instead. This thev did. but the fatlier. not content to stand idlv bv while 



878 PAST AND PRESENT 

his adopted country was in dire peril, re-enlisted and served through the 
war, from which he emerged broken in health. James B. Wallace enlisted 
in Company B, Second Missouri Cavalry, on August 16, 1861 ; this troop 
was known as Merrill's Horse. He served in that command until July 20, 
1865, when he was mustered out with the rank of sergeant, having made an 
excellent record as a gallant soldier in many arduous campaigns. He was 
at the battle of Wilson's creek, near Springfield, Missouri, when General 
Lyon, of the Union army, was killed, and was in many other perilous situ- 
ations. He rode through the war without receiving a wound and came out 
with a record that was a credit to any man that served in the Union army. 

After being mustered out, Mr. Wallace came to Lafayette, Lidiana, and 
engaged in the plumbing business with his brother, William Wallace, with 
whom he was continuously associated until his death. He was made general 
manager of the company, which position he held at the time of his death. 
They succeeded in building up quite an extensive business and enjoyed an 
excellent income from the same, very largely owing to the sound business 
judgment displayed in its management by the subject. In the sketch of Wil- 
liam Wallace, in this work, the reader will find a full description of this 
large concern and the history of the same, also an account of the many large 
public works they handled. 

December 28, 1870, James B. Wallace was married to Belle Wilson, of 
Cincinnati, a sister of Mrs. William W^allace and the representative of an 
old and influential family. To this union si.\ children were born, of whom 
one daughter died in infancy. Those living are Jennie, Katherine, Jessie, 
Grace and George. 

In February, 1895, Mr. Wallace was appointed for the short term of 
one year as a trustee of the State Soldiers' Home by Governor Matthews. 
being a member of the first board which supervised the construction of the 
buildings. He served also as its first treasurer. He was re-appointed to this 
position in February, 1896, for a term of three years, but in November, 
1897, he resigned because of failing health. He performed well his duties in 
this institution and won the appro\-al of all concerned. He was one of the 
stanchest members of the First Baptist church, and he always had its wel- 
fare at heart, taking an active interest in church affairs. He is remembered 
as a man who was industrious and faithful in all the walks of life and he 
was stanch and true to his friends. He was honorable and upright in all 
his dealings, and was affectionate and indulgent to his family. It is safe to 
say that no man was more highly respected by his fellows or more warmly 
loved bv his friends. 



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"This good man and just," speaking in terms of holy writ, passed to 
his reward in the great beyond on April 17, 1903. In the public press it was 
said at that time that every citizen of Lafayette and vicinity felt that in his 
death the citv had sustained the loss of a man whose influence would be 
felt for years to come, and whose name would be cherished as one of the 
best men this city has ever known. 

Mr. Wallace was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows 
from 1868 until his death. He was also a Scottish-rite Mason and a mem- 
ber of the Improved Order of Red Men. He belonged to the Union Vet- 
eran Legion and the Grand Army of the Republic. 

]\Ir. \Vallace's entire family resides in Lafayette. George is manager 
of the W'allace Brothers Plumbing & Heating Company, filling the place 
made vacant by the tleath of his father, the business being located in the 
Wallace block, erected by the Wallace brothers. He married Maud Mur- 
doch, daughter of Fred Murdoch, whose sketch is found on another page 
of this work. He is a modern business man of excellent standing in all 
circles, having inherited something of the Wallace characteristics of in- 
tegrity and business acumen. The Wallace family has long been held in 
high favor in this county, being one of the leading and most influential 
families of this localitv. 



ALEXANDER BRINEY. 

The ancestors of the late Alexander Briney were good old pioneer 
stock and the name has been a familiar one in both Fountain and Tippecanoe 
counties, the subject having been born in the former on May 2, 1845. He 
is the son of William and Ellen Briney, who spent their lives developing a 
farm from the primitive conditions of the early days in the Hoosier state. 
Their family consisted of four children, three sons and one daughter, of 
whom Alexander was the youngest in order of birth. He had a brother 
in the L^nion army during the Civil war. 

.-Mexander Briney spent his youth much like other children of the early 
days, working on the home farm and attending the district schools. When 
he reached maturity he married, on January 9, 1868. Frances M. Foster, 
and this union resulted in the birth of two 'children, both girls, the oldest 
dying in infancy. Ida E. Briney was born September 26, 1873, near Attica, 
Indiana, and after receiving a fairly good education in the county and citv 
schools she married .Mfred P. Randolph, September 26, 1895. ^f''- R^"" 



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dolph was born in Xewberg'. Cum1)erlan;l county. Pennsylvania. Xovemljer 
i8. 1869. His parents were .\lexander and Mary Randolph, the former 
born in Pennsylvania, the latter in Cass county, Indiana. For seven }ears 
prior to his death, Alexander R?.ndolph was bailiff of the superior court. 
He died May 12, 1909, in Lafayette, Indiana. His widow, Alary Ellen 
(Sharp) Randolph, lives at 1604 Center street, that city. They were the 
parents of four sons, William E.. deceased; Edward D., an attorney: J. S. 
and Alfred P. Hazel Reams, now ten years old, is a relative of the Ran- 
dolphs and is making her heme with ]Mr. and Mrs. Alfred P. Randolph in 
Lafayette. Alfred P. and J. S. Randolph are engaged in the coal lousiness, 
their extensive yards being located at Main street and the Belt railroad. The 
death of Alexander Briney occurred October 22. 1875, in Attica, Indiana, 
when thirty years old. 

March 27, 1879, Mrs. Alexander Briney was married to Peter Jones at 
Attica, Indiana. Mr. Jones died ]\Iarch 17, 1904, at the old home farm 
near Attica. He was a Mason for nearly fifty years. His widow, a woman 
of many fine personal characteristics and who enjoys the friendship of all 
who know her, is a member of the Presbvterian church. 



LEWIS X. JESTER. 

The Jesters were a Pennsylvania famil}- which sent representatives to 
the west when the pioneer mn\-ement was in full tide. The first comers se- 
cured land in the celebrated \\'ea l)i ttoms, Tippecanoe county, when it was 
not worth so much as it is now by something like several thousand per cent. 
Alexander, a son of the first settler, was a native of Pennsylvania and only 
a small boy when his parents located in Tippecanoe county. At the outbreak 
of the Civil war he enlisted in a company of the Eighty-sixth Regiment In- 
diana Volunteer Infantry, died at Somerset, Kentucky, and is buried in the 
Xational cemetery at that place. In early manhood he married Rachel Kyle, 
by whom he had ten children, only six of them nmv living. These are Samuel 
D., of Hot Springs, Arkansas; Julius C. with the Taylor Lumber Company 
of Lafavette; Leander R., (f St. Louis. Missouri; Emma, of Pueblo. Colo- 
rado; Mary .\. E., of Tippecanoe county. 

Lewis X. Jester, who makes out the six, was born in \\"ea township. 
Tippecanoe county, Indiana, February t, 1849. He has devoted practically 
his whole life to farming, is fund, ri bis calling and has made a success of 
it. He went through the district scIkmiI. was ;i student one year at I'nion 




LEWIS N. JESTER 




MRS. LEWIS N. JESTER 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 



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Christian College and taught for three years in the common schools of Tippe- 
canoe county. Aside from this slight diversion, all his time has been de- 
voted to agricultural pursuits and he has something to show for his life's 
endeavor. He owns two hundred and nineteen acres of fine land in section 13, 
Washington township, every foot of which he made by his own hard labor, 
and in addition he owns one hundred and sixty acres in IMorton county, Kan- 
sas. During the last eight years, Mr. Jester has been interested in fine horses 
and owns two valuable specimens of Belgian and Percheron. 

July 30, 1874, Mr. Jester married Margaretta E. Schnepp, who was born 
May 17, 1857, and to this union were born four children: Sereno, June 13, 
1875; Argo, born July 16, 1878, died July 2, 1880; Eauro, July 28, 1881; 
Otto, born February 19, 1884, died August 23, 1884. The mother died June 
19, 1884, and Mr. Jester married, November 26, 1889, Julia B. Maute. Her 
father, Gotlieb Maute, born in Germany, was married to a Miss Gainor, at 
Allentown, Pennsylvania, and settled on a farm in Carroll county, Indiana. 
Mr. and Mrs. Jester have two children living: Yeauro, born July 9, 1891 ; 
Elmo (deceased), born in November, 1896, and Roy Verno, born July 29, 
1899. Mr. Jester is a meml^er of the Christian church, while his wife affiliates 
with the Evangelical Lutheran at Colburn. Mr. Jester is a Republican in 
politics and a memlier of Delphi Lodge, No. 28, Independent Order of Odd 
Fellows. 



FREDERICK MURDOCK. 

The history of a county or state as well as that of a nation is chiefly 
a chronicle of the lives and deeds of those who have conferred honor and 
dignity upon society. The world judges the character of a community by 
those of its representative citizens and yields its tribute of admiration and 
respect to those whose works and actions constitute the record of a locality's 
prosperity and pride. Among the prominent citizens who were well known 
in Tippecanoe county during a former generation because of their success 
in private business affairs as well as the part they played in public life, was 
Frederick Murdock, late of the city of Lafayette, but whose eminently worthy 
and interesting career has been terminated by the fate that awaits all human- 
ity, and he has been transplanted to broader fields and higher planes of action 
in the great beyond, leaving behind him the untarnished escutcheon of an 
old and highly honored name and a record of which any communitv might 
well be proud. 
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Tlie family from whicli Frederick Murdock descended was conspicuous 
in tlie Hoosier state during the early pioneer days. John Alurdock. grand- 
father of the subject, was born in the famous town of Alonmouth, Xew 
Jersey; he was the son of William 2\Iurdock, of Irish descent. When a 
young man John Murdock migrated to Ohio, where he married Rebecca Little, 
a daughter of Cornelius Little, who was one of the early settlers of Butler 
county, Ohio. To ]\lr. and Mrs. John Murdock five children were born, namley : 
Susan. William T., Catherine, John D. and Rebecca. The mother was acci- 
dentally drowned, together with her infant child, during a freshet, while at- 
tempting to ford Mill creek in a two-horse wagon. The father subsequently 
married Jane Sterling, and they became the parents of ten children, namely: 
Amanda, James. Ephraim. Jane, Anna, Mary, JvLartha, Elizabeth, Emily and 
Ellen. 

In I Si 9 John Murdock came to Indiana and located in Wajne county, 
where he followed agricultural pursuits until the fall of 1827, when he moved 
tt> Ti])pecanoe county. Being so favorably impressed with the fertile prairie 
land here, he abandoned his partly improved farm in Wayne county. He 
leased lands at High Gap, then in Wayne township, and later entered one 
hundred and si.xt}' acres of land from the government in section 8. \\"ayne 
township. This he soon placed under a high state of improvement and 
established a good home here, where he remained until his death, in 1842, 
at the age of iifty-seven years. He prospered and became one of the leading 
citizens of his township. 

William T. Murdock. father of Frederick Alurdock of this review, and 
son of John Murdock, was born in Butler county, Ohio, September 18, tSii. 
He came with his father's family to Tippecanoe county, Indiana, being then 
eighteen years of age. He remained a member of the family circle until his 
marriage, June 5, 1834, to Sarah Hoover, a daughter of Frederick and Cath- 
erine (Yount) Hoover, both of German parentage, who moved from Guilford 
county, North Carolina, to Warren county, Ohio, in what hist(M"ians call "an 
early day." This family moved to Wayne county, Indiana, in 1807, where 
Mr«. Murdock (nee Hoover) was born, August 16, 181 1, and subsecpiently 
the family came to Tippecanoe county, this state, where Sarah married ]Mr. 
Murdock. The Hoovers were members of the society of Friends. Mr. and 
Mrs. Murdock celebrated their golden wedding on June 5, 1884, at the 
residence where they resided for over fifty years. The following interesting- 
sketch, read bv a member of the family on that occasion, is typical of the 
times to which it referred: "\\'ithin easy sight of this, their well appointed 
hiime, just across vonder hill where woodland glade and Wea Plain so 



TIPPECANOE COUNTYj IND. 883 

gracefully meet, there the country beau and Quaker belle met and loved, and 
were wed. That wedding, however, was not a carnival of dress. The 
wedding cortege was not by any means 'imposing.' No train of merry at- 
tendants enlivened the way of the wedding party, but they two, alone, rudely 
mounted on horseback, constituted the entire company. They sought out a 
neighboring 'squire, who. with most adhesive ceremony, joined together the 
two willing souls in wedlock's holy bonds which have held stout and strong 
for fifty solid years, and the tie seems to have grown better and si outer and 
stronger with age and wear. They began life in real earnest at the right 
place — the very beginning. For two years they rented land in Tippecanoe 
county, this state, and entered one hundred and sixty acres of land from the 
gox'ernment, where he cleared and improved in part, when he sold the same 
and returned to Tippecanoe comity and bought eighty acres of land adjoining 
his father's in Wayne township. From 1833 to 1835, inclusive, with heavy 
road wagon and plodding ox-team he hauled through mud and bog load 
after load of corn and oats to the young burg of Chicago, bringing back in 
exchange load after load of barrel salt which he disposed of at a profit. The 
honest margins from these transactions he invested in farm lands on the Wea 
Plains, to which he added from time to time until he finally became the 
owner of one thousand and ten acres. Their success in life has been satis- 
factory indeed, having acquired a valuable estate, ncn- was their success 
confined to monetary gains alone. They enjoy others of which they may 
be justly proud, — three sturdy sons and two lo\'ing daughters have grown 
up to respected manhood and womanhood around them. Those li\'ing are 
Frederick, James, William H., Catherine Kirtley and Sarah A. Crockett. It 
has been their sad lot, however, to bury two other of their loved ones ; John 
dj'ing when seventeen years of age, and the other in infancy. INIr. and Mrs. 
Murdock are not only the oldest but the only pioneer couple who were married 
in Wayne township, now living, who reside there." 

William T. Murdock was not oblivious to the interests and welfare of 
others, or the public good. Fie was many times honored by his fellow citizens 
with nominations to high positions of trust and profit, and without exception, 
when he was called to fill the place, he never failed to honor the office and tn 
do credit to himself and his friends. For nine successive years he served his 
county as one of her most worthy and irreproachable commissioners, and one 
of her very best financiers,' succeeding which for eight years he filled the 
ofiice of trustee, the unsolicited gift of his township, in a manner more 
economical and profitable to the public school patrons than any administra- 
tion enjoyed by them for many years, either liefore or since. The estates 



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of the deceased and the sacred moneys of the fatherless and the widowed 
were placed, wholly unsought, in his faithful and judicious hands for final 
settlement or safe keeping. No less than fifty-six estates and guardianships 
were ably administered by him, all satisfactorily adjusted in the courts of 
equity and law. Thus the confidence placed in him by his friends and ac- 
quaintances must have been very great. He was always a Democrat. 

This good man was called upon to settle his accounts w'ith this world 
and to close his eyes on earthly scenes, October 2, 1889, at the age of seventy- 
eight years. His widow survived him until March, 1901, when she passed 
to her reward at the home of her eldest son, Frederick Murdock, in Lafaj'- 
ette. in the ninety-first year of her age, having retained all her faculties until 
the last. She is remembered as a loving mother and always contributed to 
the home a remarkable element of brightness and serenity and she trained 
her family in the most wholesome environment. She was always sprightly 
in disposition, and those in her presence always felt encouraged and their 
burdens lightened. Both she and her honored husband were faithful mem- 
bers of the Methodist Episcopal church. 

It is no wonder that the descendants of such people of worth should 
distinguish themselves in various walks of life. Of these, their son, Fred- 
erick Murdock, is deserving of special notice. He was born in Wayne town- 
ship, Tippecanoe county, Indiana, December 14, 1836, being the oldest son 
in the family of William T. Murdock and wife. In his childhood he attended 
the district schools, later the Farmers' Institute at Danville, Illinois, also the 
State Normal School at Terre Haute, Indiana. He remained on the home 
farm which he assisted in developing until his marriage. November 7, 1861, 
to Elizabeth Stewart, daughter of William and Amelia (King) Stewart, both 
natives of Ohio. The latter was born in Butler county and when a child she 
accompanied her parents, Henry King and wife, and located in Montgomery 
county, Indiana, in the days when the wild prairies and great forests were 
filled with Indians and wild beasts. William Stewart also came from his 
native state, Ohio, with his parents to Indiana in the pioneer days. Mr. and 
Mrs. William Stewart settled at Romney, Randolph township, this county, 
about 1843, where they lived until Mr. Stewart's death, in October, 1854, at 
the early age of thirty-seven years. His widow re-married and moved to 
Waynetown, Montgomery county, and lived there until her death, February 
4, 1872, aged forty-eight years. She was the mother of six children by her 
first marriage and three by her second marriage. 

To Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Murdock four children were born, namely : 
Lillie Belle, born December, 1862, and died in Logansport while on a visit 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. b85 

to her uncles, February 2, 1882, aged nineteen years; Flora was born March 
13, 1863, married Walter E. Doolittle, of Lafayette, whose sketch appears 
elsewhere in this work; William F. was born September 11, 1872: Maud, 
born October 11, 1879. 

After his marriage Mr. Murdock located on a farm of one hundred and 
sixty-eight acres in Benton county, on the Mudpine, and along the road lead- 
ing to Parish Grove and Oxford. At that time this farm, which was given 
him by his father, was valued at three thousand dollars. He had no market 
for his grain and other products and there was no railroad in the county at 
that time, so he turned his attention principally to stock raising. Being a 
keen observer and a good judge of livestock, he made a great success of this 
industry, having cleared the sum of thirty-five hundred dollars on one herd of 
two-year-olds. But desiring to return to Tippecanoe county, on December 6, 
1865, he purchased a farm of two hundred and forty acres of Joseph N. 
Taylor located in section 5 ; it was partly improved, and was as rich land as 
\^^ayne township afforded. He moved to this place in February, 1866. pay- 
ing the sum of four thousand dollars cash for the farm, leaving a balance 
unpaid of eight thousand six hundred dollars, for which he gave his notes 
payable in one, two and three years at six per cent, interest with mortgage 
security. He was a man of undaunted determination and courage, and, by 
close application to his work and the exercise of good judgment, he paid the 
balance on his new farm in due time, in the meantime disposing of the farm 
in Benton county. Success attended his every effort, and in 1870 he erected 
a beautiful and commodious brick residence, which was then considered the 
best in Wayne township, and he also erected substantial outbuildings and 
improved liis place in many ways, making it one of the model farms of the 
county at that time. He added one hundred and eighty-three acres to his 
original purchase. He took a great deal of interest in his fine farm and the 
manner in which he managed his crops indicated that he was fully abreast of 
the times in all matters pertaining to agriculture. His fortune was acquired 
not by the assistance of any outside forces, or by the generosity of relatives or 
friends, but by prudent management and close application to his individual 
affairs. Much of his success, however, was due to the sound counsel, sympa- 
thy and encouragement of his wife, who is a woman of unusual business 
acumen and foresight, who has ever managed her affairs with great success 
and in a manner that excited the admiration of her friends and neightors. 

Later in life Mr. Murdock rented all his farming lands except his home 
place, to which he gave his close attention. 

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City and Baltimore and returned home by way of New York city, up the 
Hudson to Albany, thence to Buffalo and Niagara Falls. In 1886 he made 
a trip through Kansas, accompanied by his aged father and mother, who 
visited their sisters, Airs. William L. Brown, of Sterling, and Mrs. Catherine 
Tullis, of Great Bend. His parents made their home with him for some time, 
and he did everything possible for their comfort and enjoyment. He re- 
mained on his farm in Wayne township until about 1890, when he purchased 
a farm of one hundred and sixty acres from his brother, William H. Mur- 
dock. He thus became the owner of eight hundred and forty acres of land, all 
in Wayne township, owning three-fourths of a section, besides his original 
two hundred and forty acres on which his son resided for some time. In 
November, 1896, Mr. Murdock rented out all his farms and moved to Lafay- 
ette into a new home which he had erected on Owen street, and here he 
resided until his death, which occurred June 4, 1905. His health had begun 
to fail in the preceding winter, and he went to St. Petersburg, Florida, in 
order to reap the benefits of a more temperate climate, and when warm 
weather came he returned to Lafayette, but he grew worse to the inevitable 
end. 

In March, 1906, Airs. Murdock sold their Owen street home, having 
built a modern, beautiful and commodious residence at No. 726 South Ninth 
street where she now resides and which is frequently the mecca for Lafay- 
ette's best society, who always find here a hearty welcome of the old-time 
flavor and good will prevailing, Mrs. Murdock being a woman of cuhure 
and refinement, a good conversationalist, and she has hosts of friends. 

William F. Murdock, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Murdock, was 
born in Wayne township on his father's farm, Septeml^er 11, 1872. He 
was married on April 26, 1899. to Grace Buschman, daughter of Augustus 
and Emma Buschman, and to this union one daughter, Jane Stewart Alur- 
dock, was born. In the fall of 1904 William F. Murdock built a' handsome 
home on the northeast corner of Ninth and Elliott streets, where he now 
resides. He devotes his time to superintending the Murdock farms in Wayne 
township. He attended Wabash College, and is a member of the Sigma Chi 
fraternity. He is a young man of pronounced business ability. 

Maude Murdock married George B. Wallace, manager of the Wallace 
Brothers Plumbing Company, the son of the late James B. \\"allace, a former 
prominent and highly esteemed citizen of Lafayette, a full sketch of whom 
appears elsewhere in this work. 

Frederick Murdock is remembered as a man nf strict integrity, fair 
and honorable in all his ilealings with his tellowmen. his work having been 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 887 

considered as good as his bond. During his father's Hfetime he made it a rule 
to consult with him regarding all important business transactions, thus winni'.-^: 
the elder Murdock's confidence and naturally gaining much of his sagacity 
in business affairs. In his many business transactions with his father, he 
invariably endeavored to make his word good, just as though he was dealing 
with a stranger. He never contracted a debt unless he felt confident that 
he could pay it, and in thus meeting promptly all obligations he won the un- 
divided confidence of all who knew him. He always gave his aid and influence 
to enterprises for the public good. By his kindness and courtesy he won an 
abiding place in the esteem of his fellow citizens, and by his intelligence 
energy and enterprising spirit made his influence felt among his friends and 
associates, and no man has lived in Tippecanoe county who was regarded 
with any higher respect and admiration for his well ordered Ife. 



W. E. DOOLITTLE. 

The Sterling Electric Company is one of the largest and best institutions 
in Lafayette and is known as one of the largest and best electrical manu- 
facturing concerns. The company was incorporated under the laws of the 
state of Illinois in the year 1898, and was located in Chicago, the original 
incori)orators being W. E. Doolittle and Frank B. Cook. The growth of the 
company was rapid from the start. To escape labor troubles and to increase 
their capacity, the company was reorganized, enlarged and moved to Lafay- 
ette in the latter part of the year 1899, employing at that time seventy-five 
hands. Their original plant consisted of thirty thousand square feet of floor 
space, which they have increased to about one hundred and twenty-five thou- 
sand square feet, owing to the constant growth ni the business. When work- 
ing to their full capacity, they employ something over five hundre! hands. 
The company is capitalized at three hundred thousand dollars. It is prac- 
tically a Lafayette institution, the greater portion of the stock being owned 
locally. It is officereil as follows : W. E. Doolittle, president and treasurer : 
J. Berlovitz, vice-president: H. T. Doolittle, secretary. The directory com- 
prises the officers, together with William Wallace, John B. \\'agner. Brown 
Brockenbrough, Thomas Duncan, Thomas Bauer and R. B. Wallace. 

The equipment of the Sterling Electric Company is strictlv modern, all 
machinery being electrically driven and consists of standard and special ma- 
chinery necessary for working in metals, rubber and fibre: it is also e(|uipped 
with a complete woodworking plant, enameling plant and plating jjlant. The 



666 PAST AND PRESENT 

line of goods manufactured by this corporation are telephones of all descrip- 
tions, protective devices for use in telephone service, complete exchange 
equipment for equipping of telephone central offices, police and fire alarm 
boxes, automatic fire protection devices, for use in connection with sprinkled 
insurance risk, special electrical devices for the United States signal corps, 
three-slot coin pay stations for telephone work, spark coils for use with gas 
engines, motor boats and automobiles and complete ignition systems consist- 
ing of magnetos, distributers and timers for automobile or gas engine work. 
The company is in a flourishing and prosperous condition and is recognized 
throughout the country as the leader in its own specific lines. It is an insti- 
tution of which the citizens of Lafayette may well be proud. 

W. E. Doolittle, the president of the Sterling Electric Company, was 
one of the original incorporators and has been with the company since its 
inception. A great deal of its success is due to his untiring ability. He is a 
comparatively young man and was born and raised in Lafayette, commencing 
his work as a messenger for the Western Union Telegraph Company. His 
education was completed at Purdue University. He entered the services of 
the Western L'nion Telegraph Company as an operator in his earlier years, 
spending twelve years in the telegraph business in different parts of the 
country with the different operating companies and six years with the differ- 
ent telephone operating companies as mamger, his experience particularly 
adapting him for the duties which he assumed later in life. 



LEOPOLD DRYFUS. 

The specific and distinctive office of biography is not to give voice to a 
man's modest estimate of himself and his accomplishments, but rather to leave 
the perpetual record establishing his character by the consensus of opinion on 
the part of his fellowmen. That great factor, the public, is a discriminating 
factor, and yet takes cognizance not only of objective exaltation nor yet ob- 
jective modesty, but delves deeper into the intrinsic essence of character, 
strikes the keynote of individuality, and pronounces judicially and unequivocal- 
ly upon the true worth of the man, invariably distinguishing the clear reson- 
ance I if the true metal from the jarring dissonance of the baser. Thus in 
touching on the life history of Leopold Dryfus the biographist would aim to 
give utterance to no fulsome encomiums, to indulge in no extravagant praise; 
yet would he wish to hold up for consideration those points which have shown 
the distinction of a pure, true and useful life, — one characterized by indomit- 




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TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. O69 

able perseverance, broad charity, marked executive ability, high accomplish- 
ments and well-earned honors. To do this will be but to reiterate the dictum 
pronounced upon the man by his fellowmen. 

Leopold Dryfus, one of the best known business men in the city of 
Lafayette or this section of the great Hoosier commonwealth, belongs to that 
large and thrifty class of Germans who have done so much for the upbuilding 
of this and other American communities. The place of his nativity is the 
Rhine country, Bavaria, where he first saw the light of day July 31, 1847. 
He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Lippman Dryfus, an old and well-established 
family, who were the parents of ten children, of whom Leopold was the oldest. 
He attended the schools of his native country until he was twelve years old 
when he began his business career by buying and trafficking in calves, thus 
early in life becoming an expert judge of livestock and laying the foundation 
for a future business of great magnitude. He followed his first line of busi- 
ness until he was nineteen years old. An uncle, Jacob Mayer, had come to the 
United States and was established in the butcher business in Lafayette, In- 
diana : he sent Leopold money to defray his expenses to this country. The 
latter immediately embarked and came direct to Lafayette, landing here, after a 
long ocean voyage and weary trip from the eastern coast, on May i, 1867, a 
green gawk of a boy, wearing his trousers in his boot tops ; but he had that 
innate business sagacity, shrewdness and perseverance that only needs oppor- 
tunity for development. This being furnished by Mr. Mayer, the lonely Ger- 
man youth was soon launched on his career, which has been a very strenuous 
and interesting one. He continued in the employ of Mr. Mayer until 1870 
when he was given a butcher shop on the corner of Ninth and Union streets 
which he managed successfully for a time, then, having been economical and 
careful in his business afifairs, he purchased the shop outright. However, his 
uncle assisted him in a financial way to secure the shop, the firm being known 
as Dryfus & Kurtz. In 1872 Mr. Dryfus purchased his partner's interest, then 
sold one-half to James Sharp, the firm being known as Dryfus & Sharp, wliich 
partnership continued until 1887. during which time a very thriving business 
was done. Sharp retired, worth a million, and his interest was taken by 
Ferdinand Dryfus. brother of Leopold, and the firm has since been known as 
the Dryfus Packing and Provision Company. Leopold Dryfus being the 
president and Ferdinand the general manager, the firm being incorporated 
for fifty thousand dollars, being one of the largest concerns of its kind in this 
part of the state. Its prestige has gradually and rapidly increased under care- 
ful and judicious management, until its products are sold all over the country 



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and shipped in large quantities to Europe where it liolds equal rank with tlie 
best exported meats from this country. The plant throughout is equipped 
with the most modern appliances for carrying on a business of this nature, 
everything is kept in a sanitary condition and under the most highly approved 
system, and the plant would be a credit to any city. 

Aside from this extensive institution, Mr. Dryfus has two retail shops, 
each doing a thriving business. These were located down town in 1875 and 
were successful from the first, a large retail trade being enjoyed with the 
surrounding community. In 1876 Mr. Dryfus entered the pr(;vision business 
under the name of William Horn & Company and was connected with Mr. 
Horn until 1879, having enjoyed a liberal patronage in this line. ;\Ir. Dryfus 
then bought out the packing house of H. T. Sample & Sons, having dissolved 
partnership with Horn, and he has l^een conducting his present business ever 
since. 

Although the packing liusiness takes the major part of ]\Ir. Dryfus' time, 
he has other interests which are not inconsiderate, being a stockholder and 
director in the Merchants' National Bank, also the First National Bank at 
Boswell, a stockholder and director in the Lafayette Telephone Coinpany. 
He also owns a fine farm of one hundred and sixty-three acres, lying just 
west of Purdue University which is well adapted for general farming and 
stockraising, in each of which Mr. Dryfus manifests considerable interest, 
often driving out to his well-improved and tastefully-kept place where he 
finds rest and recreaticn amid the most wholesome rural environment. Mr. 
Dryfus is also the owner of much real estate in Lafayette, including the Di-y- 
fus Theatre on Columbia street, one of the neatest, most modern and attract- 
ive play-houses in the West. This opera house was formerly known as the 
Grand, but in 1909 Mr. Dryfus remodeled and reconstructed the entire build- 
ing at an expenditure of fifty thousand dollars, the walls being all that re- 
main of the former building. The new structure which Ijears his name will 
stand as a mr:nument to the enterprising methods and progressive spirit which 
have for many years been maintained by Mr. Dryfus to the great benefit of 
his adopted city. He also owns the Lahr House Annex, one of the best 
blocks in the city. The substantial bb ck at the foot of Alain street where 
the Jamison Brothers have their place of business belongs to Mr. Dryfus. 
He also owms the building known as the Jim Beard stables, also the Ewry 
block on Columbia street, and a large number of dwelling houses. His home, 
at Sixth and Cincinnati streets, is one of the finest and most attractive in the 
state, imposing in architectural design, thoroughly modern in all its appoint- 



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ments, elegantly furnished and surrounded by attractive and well-kept 
grounds, and this home is known to the socinlly inclined of Lafayette r.s a 
place where hospitality and good cheer ever prevail. 

The domestic chapter in the life of Mr. Dryfus dates from the year 1874 
when he was united in marriage with Mary Schwartz, who was born and 
reared in New York city, the representative of an influential old family. She 
was a woman of rare culture and refinement, of gracious personality, a most 
genial hostess and a favorite in the social circles of Lafayette. Her beautiful 
life was brought to a close in 1899, after she had become the mother of four 
children, three of whom died in childhood. Carrie, the surviving daughter, 
is the wife of Max Born, a young business man of exemplary character and 
well worthy of his talented and affable wife. He is a son of Samuel Born, a 
well-known pioneer business man of Lafayette. To Mr. and Mrs. Max Born 
one winsome daughter. Marion Stella, was born in 1900. Mr. Born is head 
bookkeeper and business manager of the Dryfus plant. 

In 1893 Mr. Dryfus returned to his old home in Europe, wliere he spent 
a very pleasant sojourn, remaining away from Lafayette forty-fi\-e days. 
This was indeed a triumphal return to his boyhood's roof-tree, which he left 
almost penniless and with a somewhat dark and uncertain future before him. 

Li politics, Mr. Dryfus is independent. Being a careful observer of the 
trend of events, he prefers to cast his ballot for the man rather than the 
party. Fraternally, he has Ijeen a consistent member of the Independent 
Order of Odd Fellows since 1868. He is known as a man who is always 
ready to do his part in furthering those measures which have for their object 
the upbuilding of his city and county. He is idolized by his employes being 
familiarly known to them as well as the community at large as "L'ncle." 
Everyone in his employ receives good wages and courteous treatment, con- 
sequentl}- they all work t<~i his interest and the utmost harmony prevails at 
his extensive plant. Mr. Dryfus is considerate of the poor and min\- acts 
of charity are attributed to him. Such acts are always prompted by a pure- 
ly humanitarian impulse and through no desire of public display. 

The eminent business talent of Mr. Dryfus seems composed of high 
mental and moral nttributes, combined with sound judgment, breadth of ca- 
pacity and rapidity of thought, justice and firmness, the fi resight to perceive 
the drifting tides of business and the will and ability to control them. Ac- 
cording to those who know him best he affords a striking exemplification of 
ibis talc:it, in a very high cirder of devek.pment, of such character :;s to giin 
him worthy prestige in business circles and a jx^sition of commanding in- 
fluence. 



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REV. SAMUEL WILSON ELLIOTT. 

Tlie writer of biography, dealing with the personal history of men 
engaged in the various affairs of every-day life, finds much pleasure in re- 
cording something of the life and work of the average minister of the gospel, 
a class of men who are doing so much in building up the moral and religious 
interests of our country, interests which must ever constitute the foundation 
of our national prosperity and perpetuity. In this class we are pleased to 
include the Rev. Samuel W. Elliott, a minister of the Presbyterian church, 
W'ho for many years has thus served his country and the cause of the Master, 
doing faithful and successful work in the various fields of labor where he 
was located. 

The Rev. S. \V. Elliott was born near Dayton, Tippecanoe county, In- 
diana, in 1844, the son of Samuel and Mary Ann (Wilson) Elliott, both 
natives of Pennsylvania. The father was a descendant of Thomas Elliott, a 
native of Enniskillen, in the northern part of Ireland, a descendant of the 
famous Scotch Covenanters. When the Covenanters were driven out of 
Scotland to Ireland, a number of the members of the Elliott family became 
noted soldiers during those stormy times. Thomas Elliott came to America 
in 1737 and settled in eastern Pennsylania. Some of the forefathers of Rev. 
S. W. Elliott fought in the early wars during colonial times : one oi his great- 
uncles was killed in the Indian wars. 

Samuel Elliott, father of the subject, came from Pennsylvania to Indiana 
in 1829 and settled six miles southeast of Lafayette where he entered land 
and lived, near the close of hisi life, when he moved to Lafayette and spent 
the remainder of his days in his home on State street. The mother's family, 
the Wilsons, were also natives of Pennsylvania and were of Scotch-Irish de- 
scent. Mary Ann Wilson came to Tippecanoe county, Indiana, about 1840 
and was here married to Samuel Elliott. 

Rev. S. W. Elliott lived on his father's farm until he entered Hanover 
College, where he passed through the freshman and sophomore years. He 
then entered Washington and Jefferson College in Pennsylvania from which 
he graduated with a very creditable record in 1867. While at Hanover he 
was a classmate of the noted Doctor \\'iley, chief chemist of the national 
department of agriculture. During the war of the Rebellion both Reverend 
Elliott and Doctor Wiley were members of Company I, One Hundred and 
Thirty-seventh Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry, ami they were mess- 
mates and close companions during their service in the army. The Reverend 



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Elliott's older brother was Capt. Charles Elliott of Company A, Fortieth 
Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry, who fell leading his company in a 
desperate charge against the Confederates at Kenesaw Mountain, Georgia, in 
June, 1864. 

Doctor Elliott attended the Western Presbyterian Theological Seminary 
at Allegheny, Pennsylvania, from which he was graduated in 1870. Later 
he took a post-graduate course and received the degree of Doctor of Philos- 
ophy in 1887, from the University of Wooster, Ohio. He was licensed and 
ordained to the ministry in the Presbyterian church in 1870. From that 
year to 1874 he lived in the state of Iowa and preached at Russell. His 
ministry in Ohio was very successful, his pas'.orates at Wilmington, West 
Union and Kingston, in that state, covering nearly twenty years. In 1896 he 
came to Lafayette. His health declining, he gave up the full work of the 
ministry and since then has been doing supply work as opportunity offered 
and giving attention to the interests of his farm, living meanwhile in his 
pleasant home on State street. 

Doctor Elliott was married in November, 1874, to Jennie Grand-Girard, 
of Hillsboro, Ohio. She was of French parentage; the family were promi- 
nent in the old country, a grandfather having been an officer in Napoleon's 
famous Old Guard. To them were born five children, namely: Minnie W., 
living at home; Charles is in Atlanta, Georgia; he graduated from Purdue 
University in 1899 and is nov.- holding the position of superintendent of 
a steel plant; Emile is managing a ranch in New Mexico; Georgiana mar- 
ried Arthur Gates, a graduate of Purdue University in the class of 1890, and 
they live in Salt Lake City, Utah ; Elsie is still a member of the home circle. 

Doctor Elliott is a member of the Crawfordsville presbytery, and his 
family are members of the Second Presbyterian church of Lafayette. Doctor 
Elliott belongs to the Royal Arcanum and the Grand Army of the Republic. 
The family is highly esteemed by all who know them and greatly beloved by 
all their friends. 



JAMES L. REEVES. 

William and Rebecca (Wells) Reeves were married in Ross county, 
Ohio, in 183 1, and shortly afterward decided to leave their native place for 
residence in Indiana. John D. Reeves, father of William, had a few years 
previously gone to Fountain county with his wife and entered land on the 
edge of Shawnee Prairie. To this place William took his bride, traveling 



894 PAST AND PRESENT 

not as they do now in finely appointed palace cars, but in a rude wagon, which 
jolted them sorely as they proceeded over the rough roads and "traces'" of 
Ohio and Intliana. The father was a native of Pennsylvania and served in 
the war of 1812. While he was away William, the oldest of the children, 
with the aid of a gentle horse raised a crop to sustain the family. In 1844, 
after a residence of over seven years in Fountain county, he removed to Tip- 
pecanoe county and located on rented land in the southern part of Wayne 
township. He learned the tanner's trade from Amos Welch, an uncle of Hon. 
Amos Welch of West Point, and followed it as a calling for many years. He 
remained in \\'ayne township until 1868. when he removed to Illinois, where 
he died in 1879. His wife survived him some eight years and died in 1888, 
aged seventy-three. They had twelve children; Nathan, who lives in Illinois; 
Mary Ellen. wIkj died in youth; Susannah, wife of James Mulhollen. of Tip- 
pecanoe county ; John, deceased ; James L. ; Phoebe, widow of George Pan- 
cake, and resident of Illinois; Nancy Jane, now Mrs. Silvers, lives in the 
state of Washington ; Malinda, wife of George Stover, resides in Wayne town- 
ship: Ellen, now deceased, married Nathaniel Garber; Jarvis resides in Illi- 
nois; Rebecca, wife of Asa Harness, lives in Illinois; and William is also a 
resident of that state. 

James L. Reeves, fifth of the family, was born in F(3untnin county. May 
21. 1841. He remained at heme until twenty years old. when, in October. 
1 86 1, he enlisted in Company G. Fortieth Regiment Indiana \'olunteer In- 
fantry, at Lafayette. Indiana, and served with this command through the 
memorable campaigns in Kentucky and Tennessee. He was in the battles of 
Shiloh. Stone River and Missionary Ridge, besides minor skirmishes. At 
the last mentioned battle he was wounded in the right foot by a musket ball, 
which compelled him to spend seme time in a hospital. The ball was ex- 
tracted and is still in his possession. In May. 1864. he was honorably dis- 
cliprged and returned home. For a number of years he was engaged in farm- 
ing on rented places, but finally bought forty acres which he disposed of later 
and purchased two tracts, one of one hundred eighteen and a half and another 
of forty acres, which he has cultivated with success and greatly improved, by 
building a house and other necessary structures. 

Mr. Reeves was married March 22. 1866. to ^Margaret A. Ray. who died 
May 6. 1871, aged little over twenty-eight years, and leaving two children; 
Rosella. deceased, and Warren, who married Letta Byers, resides in Jackson 
township and has one chud, Ines. Mr. Reeves next married Mrs. Martha 
Hawk, nee Ray. by whom he has two children; Edward, the eldest, married 
Anna Caroline, daughter of Thomas AI. Marks, resides in Wayne township 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 895 

and has seven sons : Thomas J., Mearl, Vennie, William Orville, Floyd, Charles 
D., and an infant. Mi: Reeves is an active Republican and served as 
trustee from 1888 to 1S90. He was a member of the Grand Army i)f the 
Republic post at West Point while it was in existence, and ser\ed as quarter- 
master. He is a member of the Wea Plains Horse Association, with which 
he has been connected for many years, and is a self-made man and highly re- 
spected by the wide circle of acquaintances who have long known him. 



JOSEPH XORRIS STEWART. 

The family of this name in Wayne township is of Kentucky origin. In 
1824, John and Alary (Inlow) Stewart, hern and reared and married in Ken- 
tucky, came to Indiana and located in Montgomery county. John, wlm was 
a son of Joseph Stewart, was in the war of 1812. serving as a private under 
Colonel Dudley, was taken prisoner at the River Raisin, in Canada, and li:id 
to run the gauntlet. Charity Smith, the subject's maternal grandmother, liad 
two brothers who were hung by the Tories. John Stewart was the grandson 
of a Scotch nobleman, who left his country at the time of the persecution and 
settled in New Jersey. His son John lived in Pennsylvania for some years 
and Joseph, who was born in that state, eventually removed to Kentucky. 
Joseph Norris Stewart, son of John and Mary (Inlow) Stewart, was born in 
Montgomery county, Indiana, April 15, 1829. His mother, who was a daugh- 
ter of Jesse Inlow, died in 1842 and his father in i860. Mr. Stewart's boy- 
hood was spent in the rough pioneer days when Montgomery county was 
sparsely settled, schools few and far between, much hard work and few diver- 
sions. He had to go a long way to the nearest school and lu's attendance was 
so irregular that he obtained but a limited education in youth. This defi- 
ciency, however, he made up afterward by reading and observation with the 
result that he became a well informed man. His father improved two farms, 
which involved an immense amount of labor, and his boys had little time to 
play during the arduous period of clearing, grubbing, log-rolling, seeding and 
harvesting. Of the fifteen children in the family, only two are now living. 
Joseph started life for himself at an early age, renting and working land in 
his native county after reaching his majority. In 1862 he remn\ed t(T Tip- 
pecanoe county, renting land first in Jackson and later in Wayne township. 
At length he located on a small farm of thirty-one acres, which when Ir^ught 
by him was covered with timber and brush. So he was compelled to resume 



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his old business of grubbing and clearing, but in time had a pleasant and com- 
fortable home where he has resided for more than forty-two years. In 1864 
Mr. Stewart married Elizabeth Kerr, who died in 1885. His second wife 
was Susan, daughter of Edfred C. and Elizabeth (Dunn) Cokry. She was 
born in ^Massachusetts, taken in infancy to Montgomery county, Ohio, by her 
parents and when six years old to Attica, Indiana, where she grew to woman- 
hood. Both her parents are dead. They were married in Ireland and 
brought four children with them to this country. Mr. Stewart had three 
brothers in the Civil war, and his wife also had a brother and two brothers- 
in-law in the Union army during that great conflict. Mr. Stewart was first 
a member of the Baptist church, but later joined the Methodist Episcopal 
church in Fountain county, of which he is a trustee and was long a class 
leader. He is a staunch Prohibitionist, and a man of high moral notions on 
all subjects. A farmer all of his life, he has done much arduous work and 
deserves as well as receives the esteem of all who know him. 



WILLIAM W. YOUXG. 

Among the honored and venerable citizens of Tippecanoe county is the 
subject of this review, who has here maintained his home for nearly six dec- 
ades, winning a definite success by means of the agricultural industry, to 
which he devoted his attention during the long years of an active business 
life. He is now practically retired and is enjoying that repose and rest 
which are due to him now that the shadows of his life begin to lengthen in 
the golden west. His career has been without shadow of wrong or sus- 
picion of evil, and thus he has ever commanded the confidence and esteem of 
his fellowmen, his nearly four-score years resting lightly upon him and 
being crowned with honor. 

William Young was born in New Lisbon, Columbiana county. Ohio, on 
the 4th of June, 1830, and is a son of Joseph and ^lary (Seydel) Young. 
Joseph Young was a native of Pennsylvania, but went to Ohio in young man- 
hood, and was there married. They first went to housekeeping in Columbiana 
county, but eventually located in Stark county, the same state, where they 
lived (luring the remainder of their lives. The father was a boot and shoe- 
maker by trade and followed that business all his life, being a good workman 
and successful in his business. He was in politics first a Whig, and after- 
wards a Republican. He was not in any sense a politician, though he always 




W. W. YOUNG 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 897 

had the keenest interest in pubHc affairs. He and wife were faithful and 
earnest members of the Christian church. The subject's mother was also a 
native of the Keystone state and removed to Ohio with her family when she 
was yet quite young. Joseph and Mary Young became the parents of a large 
family, several of the children dying in infancy. Those living are William, 
subject of this sketch; Joseph M., Andrew S., Sarah K. and Mary Elizabeth. 

William Young has practically made his own way in the world since the 
death of his mother, which event occurred when he was but twelve years of 
age. He received some education in the subscription and free schools of Ohio, 
but the major part of his knowledge has been secured in the school of expe- 
rience. When old enough he commenced working on farms and agriculture 
has been his vocation ever since. He has been a close student of the great 
basic science and has thus been enabled to achieve a definite success along 
this line. After working in Ohio as a farm hand until about twenty years 
old, Mr. Young came to Indiana, locating first at Ft. Wayne. A year or two 
later he came to Tippecanoe county and it is noteworthy that his first meal 
here was eaten in the same house in which he now lives, the date having been 
the Fourth of July, 1852. He was here employed as a farm hand for a num- 
ber of years, being married in the meantime, and after the death of his wife's 
parents he settled on their farm, which has been his home ever since. The 
country was wild and unimproved when Mr. Young first came here, as an 
evidence of which it may be stated that there was but one house between his 
home and Lafayette, the country being mostly co\-ered with timber and ponds, 
with an occasional small strip of prairie land. Thus he has l>een a witness 
to the wonderful development which has taken place in this favored section 
of Indiana. 

The subject has consistently applied his efforts to agriculture, and has 
been rewarded with a fair element of success, so that now, in his later years, 
he is enabled to relinquish the arduous labors which was his portion for so 
many years, and now he simply keeps a general oversight of his farming 
interests. 

In 1855 Mr. Young was married to Sarah McCormick. who was burn 
in Ohio, but who accompanied her parents to Tippecaiioe cmmty, theirs being 
one of the first families to locate in this part of the county. ^Irs. Young 
lias been dead a number of years. Mr. Young served efticientlv as a justice 
of the peace for one term, but has never had any inclination for public office. 
Soon after coming to Indiana he taught several terms of school in White and 
Tippecanoe counties, this constituting his only digression from his great life 
(57) 



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work. He has been a staunch Republican ever since that party was formed. 
His first vote was cast for Winfield Scott for President. Though never affiH- 
ated with any religious denomination, Mr. Young has been a generous sup- 
porter of churches and other benevolent movements and has given his cordial 
support to everything looking to the moral and material advancement of his 
community. A man of many fine personal qualities of character, he has won 
and retains the confidence and highest esteem of his fellow-citizens, and he is 
eminently entitled to representation in a work of this nature. 



ANDRE\\' KIENLY. 

This well-known and prominent family originated in Germany, but since 
i860 a number of members have lived in the United States, the first of the 
name to immigrate to this country being George Kienly and his wife Eliza- 
beth, who with their several children settled in May of the year indicated at 
Green Hill, formerly Indian Hill, in Tippecanoe county, Indiana, where Mr. 
Kienly secured one hundred and fifty acres of land and in due time became 
a successful tiller of the soil. The family of George and Elizabeth Kienly 
consisted of eleven children, the majority of whom were born in the Old 
World, and all of whom have since passed to their final rest. 

Among these children was a son by the name of Andrew Kienly. who 
was born at the ancestral home in Wurttemberg, Germany. May i. 1842, 
and who accompanied his parents to the United States when a youth of 
eighteen and grew to maturity on the farm at Green Hill, this county. He 
was reared to agricultural pursuits, received a good education in the schools 
of bis native hnd and Tippecanoe county, and began life for himself in the 
harness and saddlery business in Lafayette in 1866. which he conducted suc- 
cessfully up to the time of his death, in 1897. 

On April 10, 1865, Mr. Kienly entered tlie marriage relation with Aliss 
Amelia Ulrich, who was bom March 17, 1850, in Lafayette, but whose par- 
ents. George and Amelia (Locher) Ulrich. came to this country from Rhein- 
fels. Germany, and for a number of years were prominent residents of Tippe- 
canoe county. George L'lrich was born July 16. 1823, immigrated to the 
L'nited States atout the year 1849 and during his residence in Lafayette was 
honored with several important official positions, including those of city treas- 
urer and mayor, to which lie was elected in the years 1858 and 1865. ^^' 
specti\ely. l:ieing the first Republican mayor ever elected to that oflice. He 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 899 

was appointed United States consul to one of the South American countries 
in 1861. He was a man of strong character and wide influence, a leader of 
the Republican party in Tippecanoe county and did much to promote the 
material advancement of Lafayette and build up the business interests of that 
city. Enterprising and public-spirited, he filled a large place in the confidence 
and esteem of his fellow-citizens and was justly considered one of the lead- 
ing German-Americans of his day in this part of Indiana. Mrs. Ulrich, 
whose birth occurred on February 29, 1824. was a woman of beautiful life 
and character, a fit companion for her enterprising husband and, like him, 
gained the respect and love of a large circle of friends who learned to prize 
her for her many amiable qualities. Six children were born to this estimable 
couple, two sons and four daughters, five of whom are living and highly es- 
teemed in their respective places of residence. 

Andrew and Amelia Kienly reared a family of six children, the oldest 
of whom is George A., who was born January 23, 1867, received a good 
education in the public schools of Lafayette, also a business training in a 
commercial college and for some years has been clerk in the Lahr House of 
this city. \\'illiam J., born July 27, 1870, was educated for a business life 
and is now traveling salesman for a large wholesale firm, in addition to which 
he also owns and successfully operates a farm of over one hundred acres. He 
married Charlotte Ross, of Lafayette, but has no children. E. Louise, whose 
birth occurred on February 27, 1874, married George L. Hunt, a dry goods 
salesman and resides in Lafayette. Alberta May, the fourth in succession, 
was born August 22, 1878, and is now the wife of Warren Sage Hall, of 
Cleveland, Ohio, and the mother of one daughter who answers to the name 
of Dorothy May Sage. Mr. Hall is the patentee of various improvements 
on tlie automobile, and operates a storage battery factory in the city of Cleve- 
land. Albert Barnard Charles Victor Kienly, the third son and fifth in order 
of birth, first saw the light of day October 11, 1884, and is engaged in the 
drug business on the corner of Sixth and Main streets. His wife, formerly 
Anna McCormick, daughter of Asbury and Maria McCormick of Lafayette, 
has borne him one child, to whom has been given the name of Georgiana Mc- 
Cormick Kienly. Ambrose Cornelius Kienly, the youngest of the family, 
was born September 26, 1885, and is unmarried. After graduating from the 
Lafayette high school, he engaged with the Underwood Typewriter Company, 
of Duluth, Minnesota, where he is now located as manager of the company's 
business at that place. 

Since the death of her husband, which occurred Julv 18, 1897, Mrs. 
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surrounded by her friends and in the enjoyment of many material blessings, 
she is spending the passing years in a quiet but useful way, being interested 
in the social and moral welfare of the city and a generous donor to various 
charitable and benevolent enterprises. Religiously she subscribes to the 
Presbyterian creed and for a number of years her name has adorned the rec- 
ords of the Second church of that denomination in the city of her residence. 



DANIEL JACKSON. 

In the person of this old farmer, now deceased, we have a sample of a 
worthy race of people to whom the country is largely indebted for its de- 
velopment and progress. He was not a showy man, simply a plain, indus- 
trious tiller of the soil, who worked hard to get a start in the world, reared 
anJ provided for a large family, did his duty to his fellowman and made a 
good neighbor and citizen. To such as he, Indiana owes much. Here and 
there, scattered over the state in every county, on a few acres of land, they 
toiled and worked, cleared, grubbed and ditched, fought the forces of nature 
in the way of swamps and dense forests, gradually making headway, until 
in ime we see the beautiful and highly cultivated farms as the result of their 
arduous labors. Such were the pioneer farmers. They did not figure in 
public life. Their names were seldom mentioned in the papers, they lived 
quiet and unpretentious lives, but it was their work and self-sacrifice that was 
gradually building up the state, adding to its wealth and beauty, until it be- 
came one of the finest agricultural regions in the world. 

Daniel Jackson was born in Ohio, September lo, 1829, spent his boy- 
hood in his native state and when eighteen years old started out to fight the 
battle of the world on his own behalf. Coming to Tippecanoe county in the 
spring of 1838, he worked for a time in a gristmill, but later accepted jobs on 
farms or other lines, such as he was able to do. February 24, 1853, he mar- 
ried Harriet, daughter of Patrick Henry Weaver, of whom a sketch will be 
found on another page of this work. In 1864 Mr. Jackson enlisted in Company 
F, One Hundred and Fifth Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry, at Lafay- 
ette, and served until the close of the war in the Army of the Cumberland. 
Being honorably discharged on the cessation of hostilities, he returned home 
and resumed work where he had left off. He first made a purchase of five 
acres of land, but from time to time added more until he eventually owned 
eiehtv acres of good soil. This lantl lie cultivated with success until he lie- 



TIPPECANOE COUNTY, IND. 9OI 

came well-to-do and was able to provide satisfactorily for his family. He 
was entirely a self-made man, well respected in his neighborhood and re- 
garded as reliable in every way. He was elected several times to the office of 
justice of the peace, but always refused to serve, not caring for office of any 
kind. He died July 31, 1903, and his remains were interred at West Point 
cemetery. He had six children: Evon Andrew, the eldest, born July 13, 
1854, married Alice Francis, and both are now dead; Lewilla Amintha, laorn 
January 19, 1858, married Thomas Dunigan, of Tippecanoe county; Edward 
Albert, born January 22, i860, resides at Hannibal, Missouri; William Dallas, 
deceased, was bom October 7, 1861 ; Oliver Morton, born August 19, 1864, 
resides at West Point; John S., born August 31, 1868, lives with his mother 
on the old homestead, first jnirchased by Mr. Jackson when he engaged in 
farming for himself. 



JOSHUA CHEW. 



This name has been borne by four generations in America, and has 
been familiar in Lafayette for more than half a century. The first Joshua 
Chew was born in Maryland, near Chesapeake bay, in August, 1770. His 
father was one of three brothers who came from England in colonial times 
and was killed by the Indians while locating land in Pennsylvania in 1774. 
His son, the second Joshua Chew, married Elizabeth, daughter of William 
McNelly, an Irish school teacher. The latter's wife, when a small child, was 
a resident of Trenton, New Jersey, and during the revolutionary battle at 
that place was found wandering the streets, lost from her parents. They 
were not found, nor did the child ever discover who they were, but she was 
adopted and reared by a family that moved to Virginia, where she sub- 
sequently obtained her husband. The third Joshua, who was the son of 
Joshua and Elizabeth (McNelly) Chew, was born in Berkeley county, Vir- 
ginia, September 8, 1830. He lived in this wild and mountainous region 
until eighteen years old, assisting his father in stonemasonry and farm 
work, meantime picking up a scanty education in the uncertain schools of 
those days. In 1848 the family crossed the mountains with teams, on their 
way to Urbana, Ohio, and when passing Wheeling saw the bridge-builders 
twisting wire cable for the first bridge over the Ohio. During his eight 
years' residence in Urbana, Mr. Chew learned both the cooper and brick- 
laying trades. After spending a year in Iowa, he came to Lafayette in 
1857 and has ever since been one of the fixtures of this citv. The first 



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season was devoted to bricklaying, and during the two years or more follow- 
ing he and E. B. Lyman ran a lime kiln on the banks of the canal, near 
where the water-works now stand. Later he became a brick contractor and 
this business he followed until 1871, when he engaged in general building 
contracting. As a leader in this line he has performed a notable part in 
the construction of the city of Lafayette. Between 1872 and 1876 he erected 
many buildings on the Purdue University campus, including the farmhouse, 
the four-story dormitory, the boarding house (now Ladies' Hall), the or- 
iginal chemical laboratory, the boiler and engine house (now torn away), 
the gymnasium, now used as an armory. University Hall, and the buildings 
for the gas plant. In 1891 Mr. Chew erected the original building for the 
engineering laboratory, which afterwards was destroyed by fire. In 1904 
he did the masonry work on the physics building, and the civil engineering 
building in 1905. In the last named work and in all his subsequent con- 
tracts at Purdue, he was associated with William F. Stillwell. In 1906 
they built the chemistry building entire, besides doing much work on other 
buildings. In 1908 and 1909 they constructed the building for the new 
Memorial g\^mnasium. 

In 1897 Air. Chew and Adam Herzog erected the following buildings 
at the Soldiers' Home : The old men's home, the assembly hall, and the 
east wing of the dining room. In 1905 he and Mr. Stillwell built the old 
women's building and in 1907 and 1908 they put up the new hospital at the 
same place. He built three school houses in Tippecanoe township, six in 
Lafayette and took part in building five of the city's largest churches. He 
superintended all of the brick work of the Lafayette Box Board and Paper 
Company's plant and built twelve tall smoke stacks, ranging from eighty- 
five to one hundred and seventy-five feet in height, besides many large 
dwellings and big business houses. 

In 1857 Mr. Chew married Mary Ellen Funk, of Kosciusko county, 
Indiana, whom he had known in L^rbana, Ohio, where she was born. Her 
family came from Pennsylvania in 1810 and located at Urbana, where her 
grandfather ran an old-time wagon factory. Mr. Chew's father died in 
1858, when nearly eighty-eight years old. Mr. and Mrs. Chew have had 
four sons, all of whom grew to manhood and learned the bricklayer's trade. 
Samuel C. tlie eldest, was born in 1858 and died in 1887, unmarried. WW- 
liam L., born July 18, 1861, married Augusta Hurtzburg and has one daugh- 
ter, Evalene; Frank, born October 23, 1863, married Alice Peck, of Mis- 
souri; Joshua Chew, Jr., the youngest, was born February 17, 1866, married 
Fannie B. Stoner and has a son also named Joshua, who was born on 



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Christmas day, 1906. Fannie B. (Stoner) Chew is a native of Pennsylvania 
and her parents, John Stoner and wife, came to Lafayette when she was only 
six weeks old. Her father was a native of England and her mother of 
Scotch ancestry, but Pennsylvania birth. Mary Ellen (Funk) Chew, wife 
of the contractor, died in May, 1869. In 1886 Mr. Chew was appointed 
street commissioner of Lafayette and served three years. Although nearly 
eighty years old, he is still active and attends to business as well as many 
men of fifty. About four years ago he was in a railroad accident in which 
he received injuries that would have caused younger men to succumb. He, 
however, speedily recovered and now shows little sign of having been hurt. 
He not only stands at the head of Lafayette builders in amount of work, 
but also in its quality, which is always reliable, substantial and workman- 
like. 



ROBERT ALEXANDER. 

The United States is indebted to Canada for many of its best citizens. 
Similar in race, religion and general views of business and government, the 
Canadians need no assimilating, as they readily dovetail with those on this 
side of the line. The Canadians as a class are ingenious and industrious, 
adapt themselves easily to conditions and almost invariably prove valuable ac- 
quisitions to the communities where they settle. Good examples of the truth 
of all this are found in the members of the Alexander family, who came across 
the line thirty-odd years ago to cast their lots with the people of the states. 
John and Catharine Alexander had four sons, John, William, Alexander and 
Robert, who after spending their youth and early manhood in their native 
Canada, emigrated to New York. Robert Alexander, the youngest, was 
born in Canada in 1857, and, as he grew up, attended the public schools in 
his native province. After leaving school he learned the milling trade, which 
he followed for some time after coming to the city of Bufifalo. In the