Collection: History of Madison County Indiana

Biography of James D. McKenzie

JAMES D. MCKENZIE, Situated half a mile southwest of the town of Lapel in Stony Creek Township the rural home of James D. McKenzie, a place of one hundred and twenty acres possesses all the attractive improvements and profitable quality for which Madison County farms are noted throughout the state, Mr. McKenzie has made farming his life work, has given it his best energy, and not only has substantial material fruits of his labors, but also the esteem and respect of the community in which he has for many years resided. James D. McKenzie was born in White River Township in Hamilton County, Indiana, August 8, 1850, a son of Andrew J. and Nancy D. (Ferguson) McKenzie. The father, a native of Kentucky, was reared up to the age of fourteen in Cincinnati, Oho, and then came to Hamilton County, where he spent the remainder of his career as a farmer. In 1856 he was elected to the office of sheriff of Hamilton County, and gave efficient service in that capacity for one term, Besides farming he also followed the vocation of auctioneer, and was a well known figure in that County. Fraternally he was a Mason, His death occurred in December, 1876, and Ile was the father of nine children, the two now living being Andrew J., of Montana, and James. James D. McKenzie was reared on a...

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Biography of Andrew J. Shetterly

ANDREW J. SHETTERLY, Numbered among the progressive and energetic business men of Lapel, Indiana, where he has been identified with elevator interests since 1896, Andrew J. Shetterly is justly considered one of the representative men of his native County, He is the fortunate possessor of just those qualities which are essential to success in any line of business, and his long experience in his present venture has made him thoroughly familiar with its every detail, He belongs to an old and honored family of Madison County, and was born on a farm in Jackson Township, December 23, 1865, a son of George L. Shetterly. The Shetterly family was founded in Indiana by two brothers, David and Henry Shetterly, who were farmers and ministers of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Another of the name, William H. Shetterly, was a prominent speaker and preacher in Stony Creek Township, where he founded the first school and devoted himself to the cause of education and religion, David Shetterly, the grandfather of Andrew J. Shetterly, was born in Ohio, and came to Indiana in 1836, entering a farm from the government, in Jackson Township, where he spent the remaining years of his life, He had two sons and three daughters, of whom four children still survive: George L.; Catherine, the wife of John Finley; Harriet, who married William Sural; and Elmira, the wife of Felix...

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Biography of Wade H. Free

WADE H. FREE. Among the young Indiana men who in recent years have been gaining recognition and have been making their influence effective in business and political circles of the state, one whose name has now become well known far beyond the boundaries of his home County of Madison, is Wade H. Free, the present secretary of the state senate, He is a popular young lawyer of Anderson, where he has spent five or six years in general practice, and he is a native son of the County. Wade H. Free was born in Lafayette Township, Madison County, on a farm, February 16, 1878. His father is Nathaniel A. Free, a native of Ross County, Ohio, and one of the most prosperous farmers in Madison County, The farm which represents his life work comprises about four hundred and fifty acres, located in Richland and Lafayette Townships, and it is a splendid estate, both from an agricultural point of view and as a center for fine stock, its proprietor having spent many years in study and diligent efforts to improve his live stock-cattle, hogs and horses, In his Township community he is a man of political influence, but has never sought office. He married Miss Lavina Kirk, .whose father, William Kirk, was one of the pioneer stock buyers and farmers of this County, and a most respected citizen on account...

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Biography of Winfield Shaul

WINFIELD SHAUL. The Shaul family, which Winfield Shaul of this review represents in this Township, is one of the oldest in Madison County, and the subject is the representative of the fourth generation to hold the land which the founder of the family entered from the government when the first of the name located here from the Keystone state in the earliest days of Indiana, long prior to her statehood, The first of the name to locate here entered land from the government, and ended his days in the cultivation of the wilderness tract he thus acquired. His son, Orange B., next gave his attention to the cultivation of the placc, and lic in turn handed it down to his son, George K., the father of Winfield, who was born on the old place on November 20, 1875, So much for a brief sketch of the earlier generations of this family. George K. Shaul was born in Green Township and was educated in the public schools of this community. He lived a life of singular usefulness in his native community and served a number of years as a trustee of the Township. He was a prosperous farmer and a man of prominence in the Township. Fraternally he was a leader, and had membership in the Knights of Pythias, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and the Red Men. His...

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Biography of Willard H. Thomas

WILLARD H. THOMAS, now residing on a forty acre homestead in Stony Creek Township, has given the best years of his career to the most useful occupation that can employ the energies of man or woman, that of teaching, He has made an excellent record as an educator, and was for a number of years identified with the schools of Madison County, until he recently retired and went upon a farm. Willard H. Thomas, who represents 0ne of the oldest Indiana families, was born in Floyd County, March 25, 1872, a son of William and Sarah (Boley) Thomas. The Thomas family originated in Virginia, where it was settled during the colonial period. John Thomas, the founder of the family name and fortunes in Indiana, came out to what was then regarded the west and located in southern Indiana, and spent the rest of his lifetime in Harrison County. At his death he was buried upon the old homestead, which he had entered from the government and to which he and his children had given many years of labor in the clearing and cultivation. He had a large family of children, and one of them was William, who in turn had a son named William, the latter William being the father of the educator above named. William Thomas, the father, is still a resident of Harrison County, He served in...

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Biography of W. Frank McVaugh

W. FRANK MCVAUGH, In W. Frank McVaugh Madison County has one of her most promising young men, and one in whom the public has already shown a measure of confidence by electing him to the office of County surveyor in November, 1912. His previous record in the engineering profession, though necessarily brief, had been sufficiently praiseworthy to establish him as one of the coining men of the district, and the evidence thus far amply supports the judgment of those who called him to his present position. Born in Huntsville, Indiana, on September 26, 1885, W. Frank McVaugh is the .son of Edward and Mary (Yerkes) McVaugh, both of whom are now residents of Pendleton, as is their son, the subject of this review, He is one of the four children born to his parents, and he was reared in and about Huntsville, in Fall Creek Township, receiving his education in the Pendleton public schools and in higher institutions of learning, He was graduated from the high school of Pendleton with the class of 1903 soon after which he entered Purdue University, where he took a three years’ course in Civil Engineering. He followed his University training with a season of employment with the Rock Island Railroad Company in Arkansas as a member of their engineering corps, and later was in the employ of the Kenefick, Hammond & Quigley Construction...

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Biography of Lafe J. Burr

LAFE J. BURR, Among the substantial business firms of Anderson, Indiana, that of the Jackson-Burr Company, dealers in insurance and real estate, holds prominent place. Established over a quarter of a century ago, the career of the concern has been one of constant development in size and prominence, and its members are widely known in the commercial circles of the city, Lafe J. Burr, president of the Jackson-Burr Company, has been a resident of Anderson for more than forty years, and during this time has so closely identified himself with its interests as to make himself a place among the men to whom the city owes its prestige, He was born at Middletown, Henry County, Indiana, December 15, 1845, his parents being Chauncey H. and Jane (Williams) Burr, natives of Oneida County, New York, and Union County, Indiana, respectively. Chauncey H. Burr was born on March 11, 1806, and he was a tanner by trade, and a manufacturer of leather, lines of business that he followed extensively for a number of years at Middletown, Indiana, He died in his eighty-eighth year, having been identified with the commercial and industrial interests of Middletown since 1829, and as justice of the peace his service covered a continuous period of fifty years, His wife died on November 18, 1869, In politics Mr. Burr was an old line Whig, and upon the organization...

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Biography of Alvin B. Williamson

ALVIN B. WILLIAMSON. Alvin B. Williamson has a well cultivated tract of eighty acres of land in Fall Creek Township, where he carries on stock farming, and where he has reached a comfortable state of prosperity in his agricultural activities, He ranks among the best known and most popular citizens of the Township, and has a host of good friends in and about the community which represents his home. Born on January 14, 1876, in Madison County, he is the son of Burwell and Mary J. (Mairifold) Williamson, both of whom are now deceased. Burwell and Mary Williamson were born in Madison County, Indiana, and within its confines passed their entire lives, They devoted their lives to the farming industry, and reared a family of eight children, five of whom are now living,-as follows: William L. is a farmer, in Green Township, Madison County; Leora E. is the wife of J. T. Ford of Pendleton; Alice M. is the wife of Allen Swain; Howard C. is another Green Township farmer; and Albin B., the subject of this brief review. Alvin B. Williamson was reared on the farm that was his birthplace, three miles west of the town of Pendleton, and when he reached a sufficient age he entered the public schools of Pendleton and there completed his education, His schooling was not of a comprehensive order. and consisted of...

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Biography of Eugene L. Ford

EUGENE L. FORD, In Green Township are located many of the best improved and most valuable farmsteads of Madison County, and one of these which is conspicuous for its improvement, for its general appearance of thrift and prosperity. and for the value of the crops which are every year produced in its field and in the barns is that of Eugene L. Ford, Mr. Ford has spent about sixty years of his life in Madison County, and lacks only about a year of being able to claim it as his birthplace, He was born in Wayne County, Indiana, December 9. 1852, and was a son of John W. and Martha A. Williamson Ford, a native of Maryland, was a carpenter by trade and came to Madison County in 1853, His mother was a native of Virginia, For a number of years the father was engaged in sawmilling and in contracting, and during his residence in Madison County he constructed many of the school houses in Green Township, besides a large amount of other work, He and his wife were members of the Methodist church, and they were well known and influential people, There were seven children in the family, and three are living in 1913, Eugene L., Emily L., wife of J. M. Johnson, and Amanda I., wife of Henry Beckner. Eugene L. Ford spent his early life on...

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Biography of Andrew Milburn

ANDREW MILBURN. The meet reward of a well spent and active career is an honorable retirement from labor and a season of rest in which to enjoy the fruits of former toil. Consecutive endeavor, resolute purpose, sound judgment and unfaltering energy bring success in the active affairs of life, and when prosperity is attained these should be followed by a period of leisure, when one may carry out his individual desires and find pleasure in pursuing plans from which business cares had formerly withheld him, For many years Andrew Milburn was prominently identified with the agricultural interests of Madison County. His career was an honorable one, in which his straightforward dealing and indefatigable labor brought him a handsome competence that now enables him to put aside the heavier burdens and find pleasurable recreation in his home and among his friends. Mr. Milburn was born on the homestead in Stony Creek Township which he now owns, June 3, 1856, a son of Isaac and Nancy (Gwinn) Milburn, natives of West Virginia (then Virginia), From their native place Mr. Milburn’s parents migrated to Madison County in a wagon, pioneer fashion, and located in Stony Creek Township, where the grandfather of the subject of this review bought one hundred and sixty acres of land from the government, paying a dollar and a quarter an acre, and this he deeded to his son...

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Biography of Martin C. Norton

MARTIN C. NORTON. By various services and diversified gifts, men contribute to the building up of a city, and it is in connection with the opening up of the avenues of commerce and the furnishing of facilities for the transactions of trade that Martin C. Norton has bent his energies to the common weal, As president of the T. M. Norton Brewing Company, at Anderson, he is the directing head of one of the largest industries of its kind in this part of Indiana, while his connection with various other enterprises of an extensive nature has been such as...

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Biography of John M. Lamey

JOHN M. LAMEY, Among the citizens of Madison County who have won material success through the exercise of their own industry and native talent, John M. Lamey, of Anderson, is deserving of more than passing mention, Compelled to face the world and make his own way when but still a lad, he has so perseveringly pursued the vocation that he early chose as his life work, that today he finds himself one of the substantial men of his community, and the general esteem in which he is held is ample evidence of the fact that his activities have been governed by a high sense of business integrity. Mr. Lamey is a native of Anderson, a son of James and Mary (Turney) Lamey. James Lamey was born in County Cork, Ireland, where he grew to young manhood, Like thousands of others of his native countrymen, he early decided that better opportunities awaited him in America, and he accordingly took passage for this country, first locating in Canada, He subsequently came to Winchester, Indiana, where he adopted the vocation of butcher, and was so engaged at the outbreak of the struggle between the North and the South, Enlisting in the Nineteenth Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry, he served with that organization for four years, participating in numerous hard-fought engagements and at all times proving himself a brave, cheerful and faithful soldier. On...

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Biography of Edward E. Thomas

EDWARD E. THOMAS. A native son of Madison County and a representative of a family whose name has been closely identified with the development and progress of this section of the state is Mr. Thomas, and that he has accounted well for himself and gained secure place in popular esteem needs no further voucher than that afforded in his incumbency of the responsible office of superintendent of the County poor farm, in the general management of which his administration has been in every respect faithful and efficient. Mr. Thomas was born in Boone Township, this County, on the 22nd of February, 1858, and is a scion of the third generation of the family in Madison County, where his paternal grandfather settled in the early pioneer days, Mr. Thomas is a son of Evan R. and Lorema (McMahon) Thomas, the former of whom was born in Monroe Township, this County, Evan R. Thomas was long numbered among the most energetic and progressive agriculturists of his native County and he now resides on an attractive homestead in Van Buren Township, where he is living virtually retired, after many years of earnest toil and endeavor. Of the eight children the subject of this review was the second in order of birth, the others being Sarah, Mrs. Allen; Ethel, Mrs. Vinson; James; Ida, Mrs. Jones; Minnie, Mrs. Fisher; Cora, Mrs. Nelson; and Bertha,...

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Biography of James Marion Forkner

JAMES MARION FORKNER, One century ago, lacking five brief years, the Forkner family was established in Indiana, Wayne County being the scene of settlement and for years the home of the family. From that day to the present time men of that name have been prominently identified with the agricultural activities of the state, and have played well their individual parts in the praiseworthy work of advancing the reputation of their various communities in the world of agriculture. They have been men of the highest integrity and especially have they been distinguished by the character of their citizenship and...

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Biography of Joseph R. Cain

JOSEPH R. CAIN was long numbered among the honored merchants of Anderson and as one who saw service in all the grades of its industrial activity, He began his business connection here during the Civil war, and at the close of his long and useful life he enjoyed the quiet fruits of his previous industry and good management. Joseph R. Cain, who for more than half a century was a resident of Anderson, was born in Clinton County, Ohio, near the Butler County line, August 12, 1831, He belonged to an old family with a distinctive military record, His...

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