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WILSON T. TRUEBLOOD. Now living virtually retired in the attractive village of Chesterfield, Mr. Trueblood was for many years one of the representative merchants of his native County and is a scion of one of the sterling and honored pioneer families of this section of the fine old Hoosier state, His career has been marked by earnest and effective endeavor and he has at all times maintained secure place in the confidence and esteem of his fellow men, so that he is specially entitled to specific recognition in this publication.
On the old homestead farm of his parents, in Adams Township, Madison County, Indiana, Mr. Trueblood was born on the 18th of December, 1841, and is a son of Wilson and Melissa (Overman) Trueblood, both of whom were natives of North Carolina and representatives of old and honored families of that commonwealth. Wilson Trueblood was reared and educated in his native state and was about thirty-five years of age at the time when he came to Indiana and numbered himself among the pioneers of Madison County, He purchased eighty acres of wild land, in Adams Township, and there reclaimed a productive farm, to the affairs of which he continued to devote his attention until his death. Of the ten children the subject of this review was the youngest and he is now the only surviving, all of the other children having been born prior to the family immigration to Indiana.
Wilson T. Trueblood was only two years of age at the time of his father’s death and his mother subsequently contracted a second marriage and having continued to maintain her home in Madison County until she too was summoned to the life eternal. He whose name initiates this sketch gained his rudimentary education in the pioneer schools of Henry County and thereafter continued his studies in the village of New Columbus, At the age of twelve years he assumed a clerical position in a general store at New Columbus and he learned the business in all its details, with the result that he eventually proved himself well fortified for individual activities along the same line of enterprise, In 1868 he established himself in the mercantile business in the village of Chesterfield, and here he built up a large and prosperous trade, based upon fair and honorable dealings and upon his personal popularity in. the community that has long represented his home and been the stage of his productive activities, He retired from active business in 1911, and has since lived virtually retired, in the enjoyment of the rewards of former years of earnest endeavor, He is the owner of valuable real estate in his home village, including both business and residence property, and is one of the well known and highly esteemed citizens of Madison County.
In politics Mr. Trueblood has long been a zealous supporter of the basic principles of the Republican party and as a citizen he has been liberal and public-spirited, He is affiliated with the local organization of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and his family hold membership in the Christian church.
In the year 1871 was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Trueblood to Miss Sarah E. Snyder and they have two children, Dr. Charles Trueblood, the elder of the two, is one of the representative physicians and surgeons of Colorado, and is engaged in the practice of his profession at Monte Vista, that state, He wedded Miss Lulu Free and they have no children; Ferdinand Trueblood, the youngest son, is in business in Chesterfield, where he is engaged in a general store. He married Miss Inez Smith and they have three children-Ronald, Harry and Charles.