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WILLIAM C. PETTIGREW. A former trustee of Green Township, Mr. Pettigrew is one of the leading farmers of the Township where he has spent practically all his life and as the result of many years’ industry and careful management now owns a splendid country home in section 35 of this Township. William C. Pettigrew was born on a farm in his present home Township November 8, 1858. His parents were John and Sarah (Jones) Pettigrew. The father was a native of Virginia, from which state he came to Madison County when a young man and followed farming. His death occurred in August, 1913, when 85 years old. Sarah Jones, the mother, was born in Green Township, belongs to one of the oldest families settled here, and is now deceased. The eight children in the family were named James, George W., William C., Dora, Etta, Charles E., Lona, and Rachael.

William Cane Pettigrew was reared in Green Township, and attended the district school near his home. He was a schoolboy, alternating his school work with employment on the farm until he was about eighteen years of age. He then continued at home with his father until twenty-one. He married Miss Sarah 0. Edwards, who was born in Green Township, and also educated in the district schools. Her parents were Robert and Rebecca (Gibson) Edwards. Mr. and Mrs. Pettigrew had five children, namely: Fred L., a graduate of the Pendleton high school, married, and a farmer in this County; Warren R., who graduated from the Pendleton high school, and who married Hazel Crist; Elsie, wife of Forrest Moore, now living with his father and farming on shares; Ruth, wife of Ed. Thompson; and Mildred, a student in the public schools. The family are members of the Methodist church at Ingalls. Mr. Pettigrew is a Democrat, has been active in his party and was honored by his fellow citizens with the office of trustee of Green Township from 1904 to 1908. His home farm on section 35 comprises one hundred and fifty-four acres. This land he has improved according to the modern standards of Indiana agriculture, has a fine and comfortable home, and an excellent frame barn for the shelter of his stock and grain, and keeps high grade stock.

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