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0. B. CUSTER. The citizenship of Fall Creek Township has no member more respected and esteemed, both for his individual worth and his many kindly and disinterested service in behalf of his friends and the community, than Mr, 0. B. Custer.

He was born near Mortonsville, Indiana, August 9, 1838, and was a son of William and Judah (Kendle) Custer. William Custer, the father, was a native of Kentucky, born near Georgetown, and early in life came to Indiana, locating in Fayette County. In that County he married Miss Kendle and spent the rest of his life as a farmer in that locality. By ancestry he was a descendant of German stock. There were five children in the family and the two now living are 0. B. and James, the latter being a resident of Des Moines, Iowa.

Mr, 0. B. Custer was reared on a farm and during the winter months attended district schools. When still a boy he began earning his own way, and he has known the practical duties of a farm from earliest boyhood. He lived at home until he was twenty-six years of age, and after he attained his majority he was engaged in buying and selling horses for several years. He has always been a lover of horse flesh and an excellent judge of the best points of a horse. On March 9, 1863, he married Miss Louisa Isgrigg, who was born in Fayette County, Indiana, June 6, 1844. Catherine Caldwell Isgrigg, the mother of Mrs. Custer, died July 26, 1913, at the advanced age of 93 years. Mrs. Custer received her education in the public schools of her native County and was a daughter of Daniel Isgrigg. After their marriage Mr. Custer turned his attention to farming, though he also continued as a stock dealer. In the winter of 1366 he moved to Madison County, locating in Fall Creek Township, which locality has been his residence for more than forty-six years. He and his wife are the parents of two daughters: Edna B., who graduated from the common schools and is now the wife of Lewis Rogers; Mota D., the wife of Warren Copper, she being now deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Custer have one grandchild, Glenn M., who is a graduate of the Anderson high school. Mrs. Custer is a member of the Christian church. Mr. Custer is active in fraternal affairs, being a member of Madison Lodge, No. 44, A. F. & A. M., at Pendleton, Chapter No. 51, R. A. M., and of Fall Creek Council, No. 43, R. & S. M. In politics he is a Democrat and has cast his vote for good government and never been interested particularly in party affairs. He is the owner of a nice little farm of forty-five acres in Fall Creek Township, and he and his wife have a comfortable home and enjoy the esteem of a large community of friends.

MLA Source Citation:

Forkner, John. History of Madison County, Indiana: a narrative account of its historical progress, its people and its principal interests. Chicago: The Lewis publishing company, 1914. Web. 17 January 2015. - Last updated on Aug 29th, 2012


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