Collection: History of Madison County Indiana

History of Madison County Indiana

The book presently being added is volume 2 of John Forkner’s “History of Madison County, Indiana.” This volume contains the biographies submitted by “subscribers” to the manuscript prior to its publication. Generally, most county biographical volumes of history provide a rich view of the life of inhabitants in said county.

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Biography of Wilson Cory

WILSON CORY, Four miles south of the city of Anderson on the Cory gravel road in Anderson Township is located the fine farm of Wilson Cory, one of the best country estates in Madison County, Mr. Cory has one hundred and twenty acres of land, and for many years has been successful as a grower of the various crops and as a stock raiser, The conspicuous feature of his place, which has in fact made it known all over the south side of Madison County is the fine barn, This is not only a structure built and equipped according...

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Biography of Jesse Rothrock

JESSE ROTHROCK, An industry which during the past several decades has grown and flourished in eastern Indiana, is the operation of farm lands for the production of dairy goods, Ever since the necessity for pure milk has been recognized, many of the most progressive farmers and business men have devoted their activities to dairying, One of the best sources of good milk in the city of Anderson is supplied by Jesse Rothrock, who has a thoroughly equipped modern dairy farm in north Anderson. Jesse Rothrock was born on a farm six miles south of Columbus in Bartholomew County, Indiana, April 6, 1860, His father was Jesse Roth- rock, born near Rotterdam- in Holland, a country noted for its great dairying industries, The grandparents came to America, accompanied by their children, and located in South Carolina, where both died shortly afterwards, The children were then scattered, and Jesse Rothrock, Sr,, found a home with a planter and slave holder in that state, After he had reached young manhood he came west and located in Bartholomew County, Indiana, which was his home until 1867, He then went to Shelby County, Illinois, where he bought a tract of land direct from the government, That land under his capable industry was unproved into a good farm, and by the erection of good buildings afforded a comfortable home to the senior Rothrock until his...

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Biography of James M. Parsons

JAMES M. PARSONS, In the life history of the late James M. Parsons, one of Elwood’s honored residents and substantial business men, is found exemplification of the truth that success is the result of labor- and untiring labor. Starting out in life with no advantages save those of an energetic nature, an inherent ability and a commendable determination to gain a position for himself in the world, he worked ceaselessly and perseveringly, and became known as one of those belonging to the class which can lay claim to the American title of self-made man, Mr. Parsons was born in Butler County, Ohio, July 26, 1832′, a son of James and Sarah Ann (Ward) Parsons. The paternal grandfather of Mr. Parsons, John Parsons, was probably a native of Maryland, He was a ship carpenter by trade, but when he went to Butler County, Ohio, as a pioneer of that section, turned his attention to agricultural pursuits, in which he was engaged during the remainder of his life, The name of his wife is not remembered, but it is known that he had two sons, James and William, and four daughters, among whom was Ann. On the maternal side, the grandfather of Mr. Parsons was Joseph Ward, a native of New Jersey, who spent his life in the East. He had children as follows: Calvin, Luther, Amos, Jonathan, Sarah Ann, Phoebe...

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Biography of George W. Judd

GEORGE W. JUDD. Left an orphan at the age of fourteen years, the boyhood and youth of George W. Judd, now a substantial farmer of Monroe Township and the owner of 160 acres of land on the Elwood. and Alexandria road, about three miles west of Alexandria, were anything but periods of inactivity. From the beginning of his career he has known the necessity of hard, industrious toil, and although he is now in comfortable circumstances because of this persevering toil, he continues to be one of the active and energetic men of his locality, alert not only in his personal affairs but in those of his community as well, George W. Judd was born on a farm in Adams Township, Madison County, Indiana, March 18, 1852, and is a son of James and Margaret (Young) Judd, His father was a native of North Carolina and came to Madison County as a young man, locating first in Adams Township, where he owned a property, Here he continued to till the soil during the remainder of his career, and passed away when still in the prime of life, He married Margaret Young and they became the parents of two children: Emma, who became the wife of William G. Fesler, of Monroe Township and she is now deceased; and George W. The Young family originated in Scotland, and was founded in...

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Biography of Andrew F. Kaufman

ANDREW F. KAUFMAN. A man who has been connected with many phases of the life of Madison County during a period extending over sixty years and who has always played his part well, is A. F. Kaufman, now in the insurance business at Summitville, and also serving in the office of justice of the peace. For years he has been connected with business and farming interests in this vicinity, and although of late years he has lived in town he is still near enough to his farm to keep an eye on its management. A. F. Kaufman was born in Western Virginia, as it was known then, but now Mason County, West Virginia, on March 1, 1844. His parents were John and Martha (Hughes) Kaufman, and John Kaufman was originally from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, his family having been planters in the early part of the previous century, Leaving the Shenandoah Valley John Kaufman moved to Mason County, and in 1853, came on west and found a borne in Boone Township of Madison County. Much land in this County was still opened to settlement, and he entered one hundred and sixty acres and proceeded to develop it and increase his enterprise, until he was one of the most substantial farmers in the County. Eventually he became the owner of more than five hundred acres of the fine land...

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Biography of Daniel Marcus Johnson

DANIEL MARCUS JOHNSON. One of the attractive and valuable farms of Van Buren Township is the place of Daniel Marcus Johnson, comprising one hundred acres of fine land located about four miles northeast of Summitville and on the Johnson road. Mr. Johnson began his career as a renter, by thrift and good management saved sufficient means to make his first purchase of land, and is now one of the substantial agriculturists of the County. He brought a thorough experience and ability to the improvement of his place, according to his standards of what he wanted this farm to be, It is therefore a farm which has been largely shaped out by his own labors and plans and represents both a comfortable home and a gratifying source of income. Daniel Marcus Johnson was born September 11, 1869, on the Harrison Allen farm in Van. Buren Township, a son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Allen) Johnson. Joseph Johnson married Miss Allen in Hancock County, and then brought his young wife to Randolph County, and thence to Madison County, where he bought land in Van Buren Township, He was a successful farmer, and a man of local influence, and his death on April 7, 1908, was a distinct loss to the community, He is buried in the cemetery of the Odd-Fellows, The thirteen children in this family were: Manson U.; Minerva J.; Jesse...

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Biography of Doctor Ball Davis

DOCTOR BALL DAVIS, who resides on a fine farm in Stony Creek Township is an honored pioneer of this locality, having been identified with its interests for nearly sixty years, He has, therefore witnessed the many changes which have transformed it from a wild and uncultivated region into fine farms and comfortable homes, with here and there a thriving town in which the various industrial and commercial interests are represented, He is a Civil war veteran and belongs to that class of enterprising energetic men to whom are due the progress and improvement of the Hoosier State, and his...

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Biography of Homer E. Howard

HOMER E. HOWARD. A substantial and prosperous citizen of Madison County, Homer E. Howard, now engaged in farming in Van Buren Township, was for many years identified with the mercantile interests of this part of the County, having been one of the leading druggists of Summitville, He was born September 16, 1872, in Ross County, Ohio, which was likewise the birthplace of his father, Robert C. Howard. At the age of twenty-five years Robert C. Howard migrated from his Ohio home to Indiana, locating first in Delaware County, where for five years he was engaged in business as a general merchant, Coming to Madison County in 1879, he changed his occupation, and for several years was a large and successful stock buyer and lumber dealer.. He now owns one half of the farm on which his son. Homer, is living, but has nothing to do with its management. He married while a resident of Ohio Ernestine Thomas and into the household thus established two children were born, namely: Homer E., the subject of this sketch; and Edward R., who married Nora Duff, and has two children, Duff and Vaughn, Mr. Howard’s mother, Mrs. Ernestine (Thomas) Howard, died July 2, 1886, and the father wedded Miss Dora E. Paden and to that marriage were born five children of whom three are living at present: Emmett L., a resident of Brownsville,...

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Biographical Sketch of Jesse D. Garr, M. D.

JESSE D. GARR, M. D. A physician whose practice has brought him into relations with a large number of citizens in the northern and western parts of Madison County, Dr. Garr has been a capable member of his profession for many years, and enjoys a high reputation both in the fraternity and among his patients and fellow citizens. Jesse D. Garr was born in 1856 in Howard County, Indiana, near Kokomo, a son of William and Lucy B. (Clore) Garr. William Garr was a native of Virginia, spent a number of years in Kentucky, and from that state moved to Indiana, The ten children in this family were Flo, Mildred, Mollie, Betty, Barbara, Abe, Crawford, Jesse D., John F., id Jennie, the last named being deceased. Dr. Garr as a boy attended the common schools of Howard County, and spent a number of years as a farmer, He prepared for college in Howard County, and later entered the Cincinnati Eclectic Medical College where he was graduated M. D. in September, 1896. He practiced first in west Middleton, and Converse, then in Sims Township, for two years had his office and practice at Campbellsburg, and since that time has been in Summitville. Dr. Garr was first married to Miss Laura Parson, now deceased, Their six children were William, Fred, Lela, Roy, Ralph, and Homer, After the death of his first...

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Biography of James M. Hundley

JAMES M. HUNDLEY. When a boy James M. Hundley was a Union soldier. His early experiences and associations were with a farm, and he had his full share of farm life, He was a railroader and also a street car driver, finally finished his education, was a school teacher, was admitted to the Indiana bar about forty years ago, and was for many years one of the leading, lawyers in the north half of Madison County, and at the same time active in official affairs, Mr. Hundley is now retired and enjoys the activities and atmosphere of country life, devoting all his time to the cultivation of a valuable little fruit farm near north Summitville. James M. Hundley was born July 6, 1848, in Clinton County, Ohio, a son of William and Jane (Martin) Hundley, The father came from Leesburg, Virginia, settled in Ohio when a young man and for a number of years was a blacksmith at the town of Lynchburg, Ohio, The children in his family were: John, deceased; James M.; Amanda P.; William, Alvira, Andrew, George, Mary, all deceased; Clara Latehaw and Jasper, deceased. James M. Hundley was reared in Grant County, His father had moved to that County in 1851, and built the first blacksmith shop at Fairmount, where he plied his trade for a number of years, After a brief period of schooling in...

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Biography of John George Hinderer

JOHN GEORGE HINDERER, Since 1889 a resident of Anderson, Mr. Hinderer has contributed in no small measure to the creative industry of this city, Though he has spent many years and is known to many local people chiefly as a market gardener, who supplies tables in hundreds of homes with choicest of vegetables, he has a special genius in mechanics, is an inventor of no mean ability, has manufactured musical instruments in Anderson and elsewhere, and at his plant in the suburbs is now making and distributing over a large territory some of the most practical devices used in poultry and general farming. John George Hinderer is a native of Pennsylvania, born in Clarion County, April 25, 1858, His father was G. Hinderer, a native of Germany, John Hinderer, a brother of G. Hinderer, came to America and settled at Troy, Ohio, He is deceased, Other relatives of these two brothers came to America, one named Chris, settling at Goshen, Indiana, while Robert settled in Lafayette, Indiana, and Gottlieb was in Kankakee, Illinois, and Frederick in Columbus, Ohio, G. Hinderer was reared and educated in his native land, and while there served an apprenticeship in learning the trade of weaver. When his apprenticeship was finished, he immigrated to America, settled in Clarion County, Pennsylvania, and for some time was employed there in an iron ore smelter, After that he...

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Biography of John C. Yule

JOHN C. YULE. A resident of Alexandria since 1899, when he came to this city to enter the employ of the Alexandria Paper Company, John C. Yule has been closely identified with the business interests of this flourishing commercial center during the past fifteen years and has fairly won the right to be named among those who have aided in this locality ‘s advancement. As sales manager for these mills, Mr. Yule has greatly extended the scope of the company’s business and as a citizen his adopted community has found in him one who has had its best interests at heart. He was born at Holland Landing, Province of Ontario, Canada, on May 4, 1872, and is a son of Andrew and Mary (Watson) Yule, His father, who still resides in Canada, is an employee of the English government and a well-known official of his community, Five children were borne to Andrew and Mary (Watson) Yule, namely: Watson, John C., Edwin Watson, E. B. and Walter S. The early education of Mr. Yule was secured in the public and high schools of Aurora, and subsequently this was supplemented by a course in a commercial college in the city of Toronto, Following his graduation there from, he adopted the profession of educator, and for several years was engaged in teaching school in Canada, but in January, 1893, migrated to the...

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Biography of George Lilly

GEORGE LILLY. The late Mr. Lilly was one of the industrial leaders who in the past quarter of a century have placed Anderson among the large productive centers of manufacturing in Indiana, His death on December 5, 1913, was consequently a distinct loss to all of Madison County, He was one of the founders and until his death president of the National Tile Company, This is an industry of which the community is properly proud, It has been in continuous existence for nearly a quarter of a century, and during this time it has been as much of an...

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Biography of Frank W. Witter

FRANK W. WITTER, The genuine western spirit of enterprise and progress is exemplified in the careers of such men as Frank W. Witter, of Van Buren Township-men whose laudable ambition, persevering determination and energetic natures have enabled them to conquer many adverse circumstances and surmount numerous obstacles, and to advance steadily to a leading position in their chosen walks of life, A resident of Van Buren Township for upwards of a quarter of a century, Mr. Witter has during this time gained the high regard of his fellow- citizens by his genuine worth, and as the owner of 170 acres of land, all acquired through the medium of his own efforts, he is today recognized as one of the leading representatives of the best farming interests of his community, He is a native of Indiana, having been born near the city of Liberty, Union County, May 13, 1865, and is a son of Henry and Mary A. (Moss) Witter. Henry Witter was born in Union County, Indiana, and still makes his home on the old farm near Liberty, where he has carried on successful farming ventures through many years. He and his wife have had ten children, namely: Charles; Lizzie, who is the wife of Mr. Ardery; Frank W., of this review; Riley: Elmer; Ollie, who is deceased; Etta; Willie, who is now in the United States government service...

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