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Collection: History of Madison County Indiana

Biography of Bert Mann

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now BERT MANN. One of the young men of progressive enterprise whose energies are contributed to the Welfare of the community as well as to the accumulation of a goodly share of material prosperity for themselves, is Bert Mann, of Boone Township. Mr. Mann is owner and occupies a fine place of one hundred and forty acres, located about 61/2 miles west of Summitville. There he carries on the solid industry which in Indiana brings good crops, and a satisfying degree of prosperity, and is not only providing well for his family, but is regarded as one of the men of influence in his community. Bert Mann was born in Howard County, Indiana, January 17, 1877, a son of George and Ellen (Traitor) Mann, The father died when Bert was a ,child, and there were three children in the family, the sister being Lilly Runyon, Tony died aged two years. Bert Mann as a boy attended school in his native County, and when he had completed the course of study in the common schools, took up active work on the home farm, When he was twenty years old he had the courage to marry the girl of his choice, who was Miss Dora Bell Young, daughter of Ellison and Laura Young. To their marriage have come four...

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Biography of Rufus Albert Hoover, M. D.

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now RUFUS ALBERT HOOVER, M. D. A rising young physician of Madison County, Rufus Albert Hoover, M. D., is busily engaged in the practice of his profession in Orestes, where he is also serving most acceptably as principal of the public school, He was born in North Carolina, but was brought up in Indiana, coming with his parents, to this state when he was a small child. The Doctor’s father, Thomas Hoover, was born, reared and married in North Carolina. Coming with his family to Indiana, he settled in Hamilton County, where he spent his closing years of life, pass ing away in June, 1904, His wife, whose maiden name was Catherine Briles, died several years before he did, her death occurring. in 1874, They were the parents of six children, namely: Mrs. Nancy Bolander; Mrs. Rachael Hoover; Andrew S.; Mrs. Margaret Halderman, who died December 15, 1901; Joseph L.; and Rufus A., with whom this brief sketch is chiefly concerned. After his graduation from the high school in Sheridan, Hamilton County, Rufus A. Hoover taught school for awhile, and later continued his studies at the Indiana University, in Bloomington, Having then decided to enter the medical profession, he went to Chicago, where he took up the study of medicine and surgery at the Loyola University, also...

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Biography of James W. Potts

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now JAMES W. POTTS, A business enterprise of Summitville which is a reliable source of supplies in the hardware and implement line to the greater part of Van Buren Township in the store of James W. Potts and his partner, Mr. Vinson, Mr. Potts has been known in Van Buren Township since childhood, He is an aggressive and able young business man, and for a number of years followed farming in this vicinity and in Delaware County, His practical knowledge of agriculture has been an asset in his present business, since he knows exactly what the agricultural community needs in the way of its mechanical and hardware supplies, and is a business man who looks closely after his trade and his stock, which has been the chief factor in the success of his establishment in Summitville. James W. Potts was born February 8, 1881, on his father’s farm in Van Buren Township, about three miles southeast of Summitville, on the Peter Flint Gravel Road, His parents were Jesse M. and Sarah A. (Hudson) Potts, His father came to Indiana from North Carolina when a young man, arriving in Anderson without money, He is the type of man who made success from small beginnings, Miscellaneous work of any honest kind afforded him his livelihood for some time until...

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Biography of John H. Koons

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now JOHN H. KOONS, The eminence of Anderson among the industrial centers of Indiana has been due to the presence here of a group of men possessed of special genius as inventors and manufacturers and of fine capabilities as organizers and business builders. Capital has been less conspicuous in the net results than personal ability, and it is with pride that the city regards its lists of industrial executives, One of these is Mr. Koons, the inventor. and consulting engineer of the Koons Oil Furnace Company, designers and manufacturers of the Koons Hot Blast low pressure oil burning system, for all kinds of heating. John H. Koons has had a long and varied experience in mechanical fields and has been identified with Anderson since 1904, He was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, May 12, 1860, a son of John W. and Mary (Buss) Koons, both of whom were born in Pennsylvania, As a boy he attended the public schools and a select school in his native town. His first work on leaving school was as a clerk in a drug store, His inclinations were for applied mechanics, and he soon learned the trade of machinist under his father, After that he traveled extensively as a journeyman workman through the western states, including California, Arizona and others, and gained...

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Biography of Richard H. Brunt

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now RICHARD H. BRUNT. A life long resident of Madison County, Richard H. Brunt has in later years somewhat retired from the strenuous activities which brought him a large degree of material prosperity, but still lives upon and enjoys his fine country estate in Boone Township. This farm consists of two hundred and forty acres of fine land, which is situated about five and a half miles from Summitville, on what is known as the Brunt gravel road, along the rural free delivery route No, 24 out of Summitville. Richard H. Brunt was born in Boone Township of Madison County about three miles west of Summitville, on the fifth of October, 1856. His parents were Thomas and Sarah Ann (Lee) Brunt, both of whom came from North Carolina, The mother was related to the same family which produced so many eminent men of the south, Thomas Brunt was a young man when he moved from North Carolina, and settled in Madison County, about 1833. The land on which he settled he attained from the government, and his patent was signed by President Andrew Jackson, As a pioneer he contributed his labors to the improvement and clearing of the land, and was a man of sturdy habits and wholesome influence in his community, In business he prospered, and...

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Biographical Sketch of Robert W. Thurston

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now ROBERT W. THURSTON. One of Madison County’s youngest stockmen, Robert W. Thurston has grown up in this County, and from his boyhood days was familiar with the town and the stock industry, He believes in farming as one of the greatest industries to which man can apply his energies, and his success is almost a matter of course, since he was trained to the business in the same way that other young men are trained to enter professions or commercial lines, Mr. Thurston has the management of his father’s large farm of three hundred and sixty seven acres in Monroe Township. Robert Thurston was born July 27, 1892, near Summitville, in Van Buren Township, a son of Joseph Elmer and Anna (Whitely) Thurston, Mr. J. E. Thurston, the father, is one of the best known citizens of Madison County, has lived here practically all his life, and has been a farmer, a road contractor and stock buyer, He and his wife are the parents of three children, namely: Robert, Marie and Walter. Robert Thurston was born and reared in Madison County, attended the Summitville schools, and took a preparatory course in Alexandria, and then finished in the Fairmount Academy. On July 30, 1912, he married Miss Eva Davis. They have one child, Lois, Mr. Thurston is...

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Biography of Lewis F. Mobley, M. D.

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now LEWIS F. MOBLEY, M. D. For twelve years in the successful practice of his profession at Summitville, Dr. Mobley is one of the able doctors in the northern part of Madison County, and has built up a splendid practice both in and about the town of Summitville. L. F. Mobley was born August 6, 1875, in Hartsville, Bartholomew County, Indiana, a son of Warren W. and Mary (Ryan) Mobley. The maternal grandfather Ryan was a physician, one of the early members of the profession in this state, and was also a Methodist minister, an old-time circuit rider, who exercised a beneficent influence over the large scope of country to which he ministered in the early days. Grandfather John Mobley came from Baltimore, Maryland, and was an early settler in Indiana, where he followed the quiet pursuits of farming, He had been a soldier in the War of 1812. Warren W. Mobley, the father, was both a farmer and a man of exceptional scholarship, He was born in Indiana, and spent his life on a farm near Hartville in Bartholomew County, He and his wife were the parents of eight children, namely L. F.; Mrs. Elsie Day; Nina; Otto; Homer, deceased; Herbert; and two that died in infancy. Dr. Mobley as a boy attended the common schools...

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Biography of Frank Knight

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now FRANK KNIGHT, The possibilities of any business are almost unlimited when there is a foundation of thorough and reliable workmanship, square dealing in every relation between the business and its patrons, and a thorough regard for the wholesome business principles and practices, Mr. Frank Knight of Anderson has for many years been identified with the painting and decorative trade, and has built up as a contractor a business such as the proprietors of many more ostentatious industries might well envy. He is deemed one of the responsible and public spirited citizens of Anderson, and has been a resident of this city for upwards of forty years. Frank Knight was born in Logan County, near West Liberty, Ohio, on Christmas Day of 1848, His father was James and his mother Barbara (Daley) Knight, the former born at Richmond, Indiana, in 1818. Grandfather William Knight was a native of Kentucky, one of the early settlers of both Ohio and Indiana, was a miller by trade, and worked at different mills in both states, His death occurred in Ohio, and his wife also passed away in that state. Frank Knight received his early training at West Liberty, attending both the common and high schools, and also was a student iii a select school at Bluffton, Ohio, When he left...

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Biography of Joel M. Jones

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now JOEL M. JONES, In Boone Township, located on the rural delivery route No. 22 out of Alexandria, Mr. Jones is one of tee prosperous young farmers, and is engaged in the operation of one hundred and twenty-five acres in his home place and owns considerable other land in this Township, He started out without much capital, did hard work as his preparation for his successful career, and in later years has come into a plane of quiet prosperity and the esteem of his community. Joel M. Jones was born March 8, 1872, in Monroe Township of Madison County, His parents were John H. and Mary M. (Vinson) Jones, The father was also born in Monroe Township, and the Jones family has been identified with this County since pioneer times, The father was a farmer, owned considerable land, and grew up and was educated in Monroe Township. He is now deceased and his body was laid to rest in Mt, Pisgah cemetery, There were only two children and the older, William E., died in young manhood. The mother now makes her home in Alexandria. Joel M. Jones as a boy attended. the Mount Pisgah school, and while going to school also worked at home, and acquired a thorough knowledge of all the activities of farming, His schooling...

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Biography of William H. Gossett

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now WILLIAM H. GOSSETT. One of the best known dealers in live stock in Madison County is William H. Gossett, who has his home in Boone Township, where he is the owner of a fine farm of one hundred and forty acres, He has spent practically all his career in Madison County, has been known as a hard worker and good business man, and while accumulating a goodly share of material prosperity has likewise enjoyed and increased the esteem of the community for his excellent qualities of character and personalities. William H. Gossett was born in 1853 in Highland County, Ohio, a son of William E. and Hannah Gossett, His father was also born in Highland County, was educated in the common schools, was a mechanic and carpenter, and in 1854 established his home in Madison County, Indiana, In this County, he worked at his trade of carpenter for a number of years, and lived both in Anderson and Alexandria, In later years he moved out to Missouri, and died at Odessa, in that state, His wife was born in West Virginia, and her death occurred in Odessa, Missouri, Their ten children are mentioned as follows: William H.; Eliza; David; Liddie; Emma; Alice; Charles; Marion; Oscar; Dora. William H. Gossett was about one year of age when...

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Biography of Wilson Cory

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now 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...

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Biography of Jesse Rothrock

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now 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...

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Biography of James M. Parsons

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now 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...

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Biography of George W. Judd

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now 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;...

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Biography of Andrew F. Kaufman

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now 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...

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