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J. W. Rupe was born in Kosciusko county, Indiana, in 1852. At the age of three years he moved with his parents to Iowa City, Iowa, where he resided two years, and then moved with his parents to Bethany, Harrison county, Missouri, where he remained until August, 1877, when he removed to Salem, Daviess county, where he has since resided. Mr. Rupe received his education in the schools of Bethany, Missouri. While in Bethany he learned the trade of harness-making, which he has since followed. Mr. Rupe has been married twice. His first wife was Miss Alice Shockley, of Bethany, by whom he has two children, Della U. and Raymond S. Mrs. Rupe died in March, 1878. Mr. Rupe was married again, September 9, 1880, to Miss Flora Hendricks, daughter of John R. Hendricks, of Salem township, Daviess county. Mr. Rupe was appointed postmaster of Coffeysburg in January, 1880, which office he still holds.