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Greene County, Indiana
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HON. JACOB P. McINTOSH.
The subject of this biographical review, a representative of one of the early pioneer families of Greene county, was born in Marion county, Indiana, November 17, 1835, and he is a son of William J. and Sarah (Negley) Mclntosh. (The sketch of his father appears more fully on another page of this work.) Jacob Mclntosh became a resident of Greene county at the age of two years, when he was brought here by the removal of his parents from Marion county. Being reared on a farm, his early life was devoted to agricultural pursuits and in attending the pioneer schools of his day. Like other youths of the early times, his educational opportunities were limited, principally to the most elementary branches of learning, and this at considerable sacrifice. His means being limited, he was unable to avail himself of the advantages of higher education until later in life, though he was always a student, and read everything calculated to broaden the sphere of his intellect. He has been twice married, first in 1857 to Nancy Kelley, who died March 20, 1872. She was the mother of six children, three of whom survive; three died in infancy or early childhood. The living members of this family are Martin F., Mary Hannah and Nathaniel Greene. Mr. Mclntosh was married the second time on the 26th day of June, 1873. His present wife was Nancy Ann Crawford, daughter of William B. and Elizabeth (Brooks) Crawford, natives of Ohio. Her father was a soldier during the Civil war and served as a member of Company I of the One Hundred and Forty-sixth Indiana Infantry, Volunteers. He died in 1900. His widow is a resident of Greene county. There are ten living children of this union, of whom Daisy, wife of Walter G. Hudson, a printer at Bloomfield, is the eldest. Miss Nora is a popular and successful teacher, having been engaged in that laudable work for a number of years. William resides upon and operates the parental farm near Worthington. He is married and has one child. Bessie M. is the wife of S. O. Gallup, of Indianapolis. O. G. is at home. Daniel C. is a graduate of the Worthington high school and is also a graduate in pharmacy. He is a student in third year's work in the State University. Lalla R. and Frances Maude, both graduates of the Worthington high school, are still under the parental roof, though the last named is now a student at the State Normal School. Lyman T. and Moore C. complete the family circle. They are students in the Worthington high school. The two sons and daughter mentioned as the issue of the subject's first marriage are prominent in business and social -relations, the sons being merchants and the daughter, now Mrs. A. J. Peck, resides in Topeka, Kansas. Early in life the subject of this sketch chose the medical profession as his life work, and after attending the Eclectic College of Medicine at Cincinnati he began, practice, and continued that profession for about twenty years, then for ten years only part of the time in connection with superintending his large and varied farming interests throughout his active business years. He owned and operated a farm of six hundred and twenty-five acres, upon which his family lived until 1900, and gave special prominence to the growing and marketing of domestic stock. Since the date above written he has retired to a less pretentious farm of fifty-nine acres adjoining Worthington, but has relaxed none of his interest in general farming and stock growing.
Dr. Mclntosh recites with much interest and enthusiasm' the story of pioneer life in the wilderness of Greene county when he was a boy. He says that his mother, whose memory he reveres, was, in combination with all womanly virtues of her day, an expert at the wheel and loom, and that for many years she spun the flax and wool- yarn, and wove the cloth with which to clothe the family, taking the former from the matured stalk and the latter from the sheep's back. Nothing was then known of the wonderful machinery which has revolutionized manufacturing in all lines of human industry. The application of steam power was then in the experimental stage, while electricity as a motive power was then not dreamed of by the most advanced scientists. The ancestral history of Dr. Mclntosh is traceable in this section of Indiana, and mostly in Greene county, to the year 1821, when the founders of the family came from Kentucky. But as this feature of the family life is brought out more fully in the sketch of his father, William Jefferson Mclntosh, the interested reader is referred to that article for further information. Dr. J. P. Mclntosh has been pre-eminently a busy and useful man. His life has been spent in an effort to render good to his fellow men, and in whatever sphere his labors were directed, he has discharged his duties conscientiously and well. He has been an ardent supporter of the principles of Democracy, and has been zealous in the furtherance of party interests, whether as a standard- bearer seeking support for political honors or as a private citizen seeking the general welfare of his chosen party. In political affairs he has always been prominent and influential. In 1874 and again in 1876 he was the nominee of his party for legislative honors, going down with the defeat of his party. In 1880, however, he was more successful and was elected as joint representative from the counties of Greene, Knox and Sullivan. His administration of the affairs pertaining to this exalted position no doubt led to his selection as state senator in 1882 for Daviess and Greene counties, though Greene county was then considered almost hopelessly Republican. But the personal popularity and careful, systematic work of Dr. Mclntosh carried it for the Democratic candidate by the narrow margin of eleven votes, and for the district one hundred and seventy-one. While in the legislature Mr. Mclntosh was the author of a number of wholesome and popular laws which remain on the statute books as a monument to his memory, and as a convincing proof of his sterling good judgment. In the affairs of private life the doctor has been successful beyond the average attainments of men. He was a partner in a profitable mercantile business for many years, and his professional life was proverbially a success, especially in the correct diagnosis and treatment of disease. He was a justice of the peace for four years, and has always taken an active interest in local affairs of whatever nature. He is an affable and agreeable gentleman, universally esteemed, and favorably known to almost every family in Greene county. The record of such a life is a stimulus to the rising generation, whose desires and ambitions are largely influenced by the achievements of others.
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A. F. WILSON.
Prominent among the active business men of Greene county is the name of A. F. Wilson, who was born at Ladoga, November 28, 1861. His parents, P. H. and Arthuria (Dixon) Wilson, were both natives of Indiana. Mr. Wilson's paternal grandfather was a Virginia farmer, and on leaving that state came to Kentucky, from whence he removed to Indiana, where he lived out the remainder of his days. Grandfather Dixon was a merchant tailor by trade. His three sons were all soldiers of the Civil war.
Our subject's father was reared in Indiana, receiving his early education in her public schools. He later graduated from the Louisville Medical College, and practiced medicine at Ladoga for several years. He then removed to Worthington and took up dentistry, continuing in that profession until his death, March 4. 1890. The family consisted of six children, enumerated here in order of birth: India, now deceased; A. F., our subject ; Frank, now a successful business man of Salt Lake City ; Ida, wife of W. E. Mason, now of Mississippi ; Martha, unmarried ; Charles, carpenter at Danville, Illinois.
Our subject has had a wide business experience. He was educated in the Worthington public schools, and after reaching maturity began railroading, following this for seven years. He then became deputy postmaster, following this by engaging in the livery and grocery business. He then served one term as postmaster, after which he engaged in managing a meat market. Next he assumed the control of the Commercial Hotel, later handling patent rights, after which he dealt largely in live stock. Following this he purchased the Williams House, which he still owns, but whose management is leased to other parties. He is at present engaged in handling a patent wire stretcher, patented May 22, 1906. Mr. Wilson was married on January 25. 1890, to Lille Griffith, who was born at Worthington, being the daughter of George and Jane Griffith, both highly respected residents of the town. Two children have graced this union, viz. : Lee, born in 1895, and Guy, born in 1897. Mrs. Wilson is a member of the Christian church and is an admirable mother and companion. Mr. Wilson has been equally alive to his social obligations and has taken an active interest in many of the fraternal organizations of the community. He gives his hearty support to the Elks, Red Men, Knights of Pythias and Modern Woodmen.
Politically he is a Democrat, but has demonstrated that public service can be easily coupled with straight- forward business methods, having, as mentioned before, served as postmaster for one term, and also for three years as sheriff of Greene county.
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FRED ROSCOE CROMWELL
One often hears nowadays the remark that this is the age of young men, and it would seem to the most casual observer that a great portion of the world's work requiring prompt decision and quick judgment combined with the energy and staying qualities necessary to insure a place in the following record of the young man whose success, is carried on by those young in years, consequently, we are not surprised at the splendid showing name appears above ; for although Fred R. Cromwell has scarcely passed the quarter century mark, he has shown by his vigilant energy and untiring zeal that he possesses a nature that will undoubtedly crown his age with splendid achievement. Relying entirely on his own resources, this young man has so well performed every task that has been assigned him that he now holds the responsible position of chief of the fire department at Linton, Indiana, a position that is usually tendered to the experienced veteran. However, that city, feels that it can safely trust its property to the protection of this young man. Mr. Cromwell was born in Clay county, Indiana, June 13, 1882, the son of Albert and Emma (Fields) Cromwell, the former a native of Clay county, while the mother was born and reared in Ohio. The latter was called from her earthly labors in Colorado, whither she had gone in an effort to recover her failing health. The subject's father is a successful farmer in Clay county. He has a family of five living sons. Fred R., the subject of this sketch, is the eldest ; Charles is a farmer in Clay county; Albert, Jr., is employed in a hotel at Terre Haute; George is a tanner in Clay county; Rue has remained at home working on the parental place ; Guy and Fay died in childhood. The habits of industry which the father instilled in his home from early life have remained as dominating factors and they are all known as men of thrift and energy.
Fred R. Cromwell was raised on his father's farm and there learned much of the management of agricultural land, while not in school, which he attended during the winter months until 1900, when he came to Linton and was employed in connection with the racing stock of Dr. Sherwood and others, having learned to successfully handle horses while on the old homestead. He was then in the employ of the Terre Haute Brewing Company for more than a year. In 1907 he was elected driver in the fire department, and appointed chief of the department in this city April 1, 1908. Three men are embraced in the payrolls of this department, which is made up from volunteers, picked up as occasion demands. These are entitled to pay for their services, although claims are seldom filed, the fire fighters being willing to contribute their services to their city when it is in need of them. The equipment of this department embraces a hose wagon and two chemical tanks, an abundance of hose, ladders, etc. This department has attained great efficiency in the matter of getting out when an alarm is given. The employs can take the horses from the stalls, hitch them to the apparatus and be on the street in twenty seconds. The subject was married January 24, 1908, to Ora Robison, daughter of James and Fanny Robison, of Linton. Mr. Cromwell is a member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Politically Mr. Cromwell is a Republican, but does not take a great deal of interest in politics.
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ELI STALCUP.
This subject, who is one of the most industrious farmers and stock raisers in the vicinity of Worthington, Greene county, Indiana, never had the roaming disposition that characterized so many of the young men with whom he was reared, and he has preferred to test the advantages of his home county rather than risk his fortune elsewhere, having been born at Bloomfield, January 4, 1829, and he is now living one mile north of Worthington on a fine farm. Mr. Stalcup's father was Stephen Stalcup and his mother's maiden name was Mary Underwood. Grandfather Eli Stalcup, a native of Tennessee, came to Indiana long before our subject was born, settling in Greene county on a farm, where he spent the remainder of his life. Stephen Stalcup was brought to Indiana when a young man, where he soon began farming and trading, having received his early education in Tennessee. Purchasing a good farm in Greene county he remained here during the rest of his life, rearing ten children, all grown to maturity, the subject of this sketch being the third in the order of birth. He attended subscription schools during a part of several years, but his father was in close circumstances and it was necessary for his son to help on the place when there was work to be done. The country school houses in those days were of the most primitive sort, being built of logs with puncheon seats and greased paper for window panes.
Eli was always called upon to take the lead in all kinds of heavy work about the place owing to his unusual physical strength, so he did the major part of the work in clearing the heavily timbered land where his father settled and with whom he remained until maturity, then he went to work as a farm hand, for which he received only seven dollars per month, but which he continued working at for a period of five years, during a part of which time he was employed on a shingle machine, being associated with his brother, Wesley. Then he bought a house and lot in Worthington, where he lived for several years, renting land and tilling it, in that neighborhood. In about three years he traded his town property in part payment on a farm, on which he has since lived. This farm at first consisted of eighty acres in the forest, upon which was a small log cabin, in which the subject lived for a short time, then building a log house, in which he lived for ten years, which he regards as the happiest days of his life. He cleared most of the land himself, hiring a few hands to assist. He has added to his original piece of ground until he now owns over four hundred acres, seventy-six acres of which are in the Eel River bottoms, which is fertilized by overflow, but the overflows are not of a nature to be of serious injury to the land or the crops on it, for it produces immense crops of corn. He raises corn crops on his upland fields, usually follows them by crops of oats and clover, but he uses no commercial fertilizers, being able to keep his land in good productive condition by other methods. Mr. Stalcup feeds nearly all the corn the place produces to hogs and cattle, which he turns on the pastures in summer. He handles Poland China hogs exclusively, and he has the largest drove of sheep in the vicinity of Worthington. His farm is fenced mostly with woven and barbed wire. His house is commodious, convenient and in good repair, and his outbuildings are well kept.
Eli Stalcup was married the first time in 1853 to Margaret J. Brookbank, of Sullivan county, Indiana, and six children were born to this union, all of whom died young, except Sarah Ellen, who is the wife of Levi Swango, now living on a farm in Greene county. They have seven children, six of whom are living. Mr. Stalcup's first wife died August 18, 1868, and lie was again married May 1 6. 1869, to Clara Terhune, a native of Ohio, but who was reared in Greene county, Indiana. Four children were born to this union, namely : Nettie, the wife of Grant Fulk, living in Greene county, to whom four children have been born; Harry E., who is married and has two children, lives on the home place, working with his father; Lena May is single and lives at home; Elza B., is living1 at home working with his brother on the farm.
The subject of this sketch enlisted in Company A, One Hundred and Fifteenth Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry, in 1863, and served eight months, having been in Rosecrans' army. He enlisted for six months, but served two months over time, having been at Cumberland Gap when his time expired. His two cousins, Stephen and Calvin Stalcup, were also soldiers. Eli Stalcup's wife has been twice married, first to James E. Terhune, who was a soldier in the Thirty-first Indiana Volunteer Infantry, having served with this regiment for four years, being in all the battles in which the regiment was engaged. He died one year after his marriage from a disease contracted in the line of duty as a soldier.
Both the subject and his wife were members of the Protestant Methodist church.Mr. Stalcup is a loyal Republican, but he always desires the best men in any public office, not caring to support "political rings" of questionable standing. He was constable for two terms and has been supervisor, but was never a candidate for important public offices. The subject is a plain, honest citizen, who has won his success by hard work and habits of industry in whatever he undertook, and the record of his family is one that cannot be questioned.
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DR. GEORGE B. GRAY.
The subject of this sketch has not yet entered the realm of the aged, but his experiences are ripening to a full development, and he is now at the zenith of his powers. Dr. George B. Gray was born July 16, 1863, at Solsberry, Greene county. He is the son of William and Anna (Henderson) Gray, the former a native of Crawford county, Pennsylvania, and the latter a native of Morgan county, Ohio.
William Gray was educated in his native state in the best schools that the country afforded at that time. He came to Ohio when fifteen years old and settled in Morgan county, where he remained until 1864, where he engaged in fanning and stock raising, which pursuit he continued through life. He married when nineteen years old. Mr. Gray moved to Greene county, near Solsberry, in 1864, buying a farm which he continued to conduct until 1880, when he moved to Worthington. where he remained ten years, then moving to Bloomington, where he is still living. He has been retired for some time. His wife died in 1873, having given birth to eleven children, of whom the subject of this sketch is the youngest.
Dr. Gray was educated in the public schools in his native community and in the State University at Bloomington, Indiana. He worked on his father's farm until he entered the university. He commenced reading medicine under the direction of his brother, Dr. O. F. Gray, of Spencer, Indiana, which he continued for one year, when he entered the Medical College of Indiana at Indianapolis, from which he graduated in 1884, receiving the degree of Doctor of Medicine. He began practicing medicine at Paragon, Indiana, where he remained for one year; he then came to Worthington, in which city he has been engaged in the practice of his profession and in the drug business for a period of twenty-two years. Dr. Gray also graduated at Bellevue in 1889, taking the degree of Doctor of Medicine, and he took a post-graduate course in Chicago in 1907. Dr. Gray was married December 26, 1890, to Myrtle Young, of Worthington, Indiana. She is the daughter of Joseph and Ella Moses. There has been no issue from this union. The subject has an adopted daughter, Beulah, who is eight years old (1908). The subject is a Republican. He was coroner of Greene county for two terms, or four years, and he has been secretary of the board of health in Worthington
during the greater part of his residence in that city. He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and also of the Red Men.
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BENJAMIN BACH.
The subject of this biographical review is a native of Frauenburg, Kurland, Russia, born on the I2th of October, 1876. He remained in his native country until twenty years old, being educated in Russia and at Berlin, Germany. In 1896 he embarked for the "new world," and located in Louisville, Kentucky, during the first five years of his sojourn in America. The succeeding two years were spent in Chicago, in both cases being engaged in the mercantile business. Others of the family followed until there are four of his brothers conducting a large mercantile house in Chicago, and three of his sisters reside in that city. The parents, Meyer and Zesne (Zesner) Bach, are also residents of Chicago. The father is a retired merchant. These members of the family came to this country from Berlin, Germany, in 1905. The eldest brother and eldest sister are residents of Berlin, while the parents and eight sons and daughters are in America.
Ben Bach came to Linton, Indiana, in 1903, and
here established one of the leading clothing stores in the city. He has a large and carefully selected stock of clothing, gents' furnishing goods, shoes, trunks, suitcases, etc., combined with jewelry appropriate to men's wear. Though a comparatively recent acquisition to the business circles of Linton, the house is well and favorably known throughout a large area of country. Ben's motto has been "A square deal to all," and this policy has given him a prestige in business second to none in the city. Conspicuous in the affairs of this popular house is Charles B. Bach, a younger brother, who is manager of the business, and a most pleasant and accommodating young man. He was born in the same province as the elder brother, received a good education in his native land, and in the Business University in Chicago. Previous to leaving the continent of Europe he traveled extensively, thus familiarizing himself with the conditions and customs of that land, and finally went on a prospecting tour into South Africa. He came to Linton, in his present capacity, in 1904. He is a Royal Arch Mason, an Odd Fellow and a member of the Encampment of the last named fraternity.
Benjamin Bach, the subject of this article, was married
in Louisville, Kentucky, May 29, 1898, the lady of his choice being Pauline Lurie, a native of Schaulen, Russia. Her parents lived and died in their native land. Three children have been torn to this union, the eldest of whom is Helen T., a little miss of six years ; Ephraim Leo is three years old and Cecilia, an infant of one year in 1908.
Mr. Bach is prominently identified with a number
of fraternal lodges and societies, the most important of which are: Linton Lodge, No. 560, Free and Accepted Masons; Linton Chapter, No. 132, Royal Arch Masons; Unity Lodge, No. 637, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and the Encampment connected therewith ; Linton Camp, No. 100, Woodmen of the World, and the Knights of Pythias fraternity. The brothers are Republicans in political views, though not aggressive in politics. They adhere to the religious faith of their ancestors, being believers in the doctrines and active members of the Jewish church.
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JAMES JEFFERSON LANGTON.
Greene county is characterized by her full share of the honored and faithful element who have done so much for the development and upbuilding of Indiana and the establishment of the institutions of civilization in this fertile and well favored section. In this work are comprised many biographical sketches of this class of citizens, and it is not too early to record in print the principal items in the lives, of these honest people, giving honor to whom honor is due. Among these honored and sturdy pioneers the subject of this review is properly installed, his life having been worthy of commendation and admiration, as a host of people in this county who knew him well can testify.
Mr. Langton was born in Wooster, Ohio, April 30, 1837, but spent most of his life in Indiana. He is the son of David and Mary (Black) Langton, natives of Pennsylvania, who moved to Wooster. Wayne county, Ohio, early in life. Later moving to the Hoosier state, David Langton enlisted his services in the defense of the Union at Logansport, but before he could see active service at the front fell sick and was discharged for disability, thus being deprived of his desire to render service to his country. He and his wife were the parents of three children, namely: James J., the subject of this sketch ; Martha, the wife of James Denney, of Scotland, Indiana; Bruce, who gave his life for his country, having been killed in battle during the Civil war. David Langton passed away at his home in Logansport in December. 1865. Mrs. Langton's death occurred in her native community — Wooster, Wayne county, Ohio.James Jefferson Langton received what education he could from the rural schools. He was left motherless when a small boy and later lived with his aunt. Jane Russell, with whom he remained until the feeling that his country needed his services in her dark days of trial, consequently he enlisted in Company K. One Hundred and Seventeenth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, on August 1, 1863, and efficiently served as a teamster until he was honorably discharged February 27, 1864, not having taken part in any battle, somewhat to his regret, but he felt that his work was just as essential as that of the man behind the gun, and, indeed, he should receive the same honor. After the war Mr. Langton settled on a farm near Scotland, Greene county, Indiana, later buying forty acres of land in Daviess county, this state, and while he never fanned on an extensive scale, he did in a most praiseworthy manner what tasks he found to do and was reasonably successful throughout his life. On February 14, 1866, he was united in marriage with Rachel M. Garrett, daughter of Andrew and Jane (Walker) Garrett, natives of Pennsylvania, who came to Ohio with their parents, marrying in the last named state, and where, in Athens county, the wife of our subject was born. Mr. Garrett was a cooper by trade, which he plied in Marion county, Ohio, until the spring of 1864, when he moved with his family to Taylor township, Greene county, Indiana, where lie continued his trade. He was a stanch Republican, and both Mr. and Mrs. Garrett were members of the United Presbyterian church. They raised the following children : Nancy, who married Andrew  Brown, both deceased; Margaret, who married James Wallace, both deceased ; Mary Ann, who became the wife of William Baird, is dead, as is also her husband ; Rachel M. is the wife of the subject ; John W., who makes his home with Mrs. Langton, and has been engaged as a farmer and nurseryman, married Martha Hand, of Ohio, after which they came to Greene county, Indiana, where she died. He was a gallant soldier in the Federal ranks in the sixties, after which he made his home in Martin county and in Scotland, this state. John W. has the following children : Mary A., William, Frank, Calvin, Minnie and Allie. Jemima Garrett was first married to Barney Rienhart. Her second husband was William Jackson and her third marriage was to F. Hall. She is now living in Boulder, Colorado. Mr. Garrett passed away in Martin county, Indiana, in 1868. Mrs. Garrett was called to her reward from Ohio. After 1866 James J. Langton and wife lived three miles west of Scotland, Indiana, for a period of seven years, and then moved to Scotland in 1873, where he engaged in the broom making business until his death, which occurred January 27, 1907, after having made a comfortable home for his family and gained the honor that all such well ordered lives should receive. Mrs. Langton lives at Scotland.
Mr. and Mrs. Langton' had but one child, Bruce F., now a well known merchant in Bloomfield, this county, being a dealer in dry goods and gents' furnishings. He was born November 6, 1871, and educated in the common schools, also took two courses in normal work, and taught music for seven years with marked success. He subsequently engaged in business in Scotland, and later lived in Indianapolis for eighteen months, where he clerked for William H. Block & Company, and where he increased his knowledge of this line of business. In 1903 he purchased an interest in the business of F. R. Van Meter, and under the firm style of Van Meter & Langton conducted a successful business for two years, when the  junior member of the firm retired, but only for a month, when he opened up with an entirely new stock, and has since conducted a thriving business entirely on his own account, showing that he has pronounced innate business traits that make for success in the business world. In 1894 he chose a life partner, Anna B. Ingles, and one bright and interesting child, Marian Lillian, has blessed their home as a result of this union. Bruce Langton is a loyal Republican and he and his estimable wife are members of the United Presbyterian church.
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CHRISTIAN DANIELSON.
The present efficient superintendent of schools in Greene county was born in Denmark, November 16, 1853, the son of Johan and Anna (Lillianskjosld) Danielson. The father of our subject was attorney general of Schlewig and died in 1873. His wife, mother of our subject, died in 1859. They were both earnest, consecrated Christians, members of the Lutheran church. Two children were born to them, Christian, the subject of this sketch, and Secelia, wife of a Mr. Lever, now living in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Our subject graduated with honors from the University
of Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1873. Though only twenty years of age when he graduated, yet, as is the custom in Denmark, he had devoted himself closely to his student life, resulting in an education of the highest type. He immigrated to America in 1874, landing first in New York, but afterwards settling in Baltimore, Maryland. Here he labored at anything he could get to do, and business was at a low tide on account of the severe panic of 1873. He remained here about two years, when he went to Lynchburg, Virginia. Being full of energy and grit, he willingly turned his attention to anything that would give him honest employment, so he engaged as a farm hand, other kinds of labor being scarce. In this capacity he labored for about seven years before a change came. Besides the hard times, he encountered the difficulty, of learning a new language, which to one whose mother tongue is not English is no easy task. Continuing his labors on the farm, he came to Indiana in 1878. and to Greene county in 1881, working on a farm in Highland township for two years. His first and only change was to teaching, and in this, like every other work to which he applied his head and hand, success came to him in an eminent degree. For four years he taught in Marco, and Bloomfield, seeing his ability and success in this rising young man, sought his service in their public schools. He was made principal of their high school, in which capacity he continued for seven years. He then went to Chiensburg, having been elected to the superintendency, which he held for three years ; thence to Switz City, where he served in the same capacity for seven years. In June, 1907, he was elected to the office of county superintendent, which office he now holds, and is praised by all for his efficiency and energy in trying to raise still higher the already high standard of Greene county schools.
While in Bloomfield he was married to Susan Fuller,
daughter of David and Elizabeth Fuller. She was born in Smith township and her parents are now both dead. Her father was an early settler of the county and at the time of his death owned a large farm. To Mr. and Mrs. Danielson were born three children — Olaf Hogarth, born at Bloomfield, July 30, 1890; Rolf Segurd, born at Owensburg, June 13, 1896, and Harrold Fuller, born at Solsberry, June 16, 1898. The family seems to be true to their early training. Mr. Danielson is a member of the Lutheran church, while his wife continues true to .the Baptist faith. He is a member of the Masonic order, and a Republican in politics. His first vote was for Hayes and Wheeler.
The success attained by our subject is a lesson to all — an illustration of what can be done when determination and grit get behind a purpose in life to push it along. Other honors are yet in store for him. He has won for himself the confidence and high esteem of the people of the entire county.
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WILLIAM L. HERRINGTON.
William L. Herrington is among the few who find their native community good enough to spend their lives so lie has remained in Richland township, Greene county, since his birth, November 7, 1860. After receiving a common school education and living- at home until he was twenty-two years old, he located two and one- half miles northwest of Bloomfield, Indiana, where he farmed for seventeen years. In 1901 he was appointed superintendent of the Greene county poor asylum, and is now serving his fourth term. He is generally popular in his native county, being an active worker in the Democratic party, a Presbyterian and a member of the Order of Red Men, Lodge No. 230, of Bloomfield. It is said by many that no other man has filled the office he now holds so well as he.
The subject was married on March 18, 1844. to Camma Workman, of Highland township. They have no children. His wife is the daughter of Henry and Sarah (Buckner) Workman, of Highland township. Greene county. Mr. Workman married the second time, choosing for a wife Mahela Buckner. who is still living in Bloomfield. He was a tanner. Both he and his first wife are now deceased. Lewis Herrington, father of the subject, lived in Monroe county, Indiana, and married Caroline Miller, of near Dayton, Ohio. He had little chance to go to school and at the age of fourteen years went to live with George Bradford, where he remained for nine years, after which he took up fanning in Richland township. Greene county. Later he went to Illinois, but returned to his old community in Greene county, Indiana, where he continued farming. He was a Democrat and a Presbyterian. He died about 1887 and his wife died in 1895. They are survived by four children — the subject of this sketch, Samuel H., a farmer in Fountain county, Indiana, who married Martha Bailes; Thomas N., now in Los Angeles, California, formerly of Colorado and Kansas. He is an express messenger and married Prudence Thompson. Pearl is the wife of Harry Doyle, of Richland township, Greene county.
James Herring-ton was the subject's grandfather. He was a native of Kentucky and married Sarah Underwood, of Lawrence county, Indiana. He came to the latter state and settled in Greene county, where he managed a farm for many years. He married a second wife, Elizabeth Scott, and they moved to Clark county, Illinois, where they both died. James Herrington had six children, three by each wife. They are Lewis, John, Perry, George, James and Mary. John Miller was the subject's maternal grandfather, a native of Philadelphia. He married Elnora Imboden and they went to Ohio, settling near Dayton. Later they came to Richland township, Greene county. Indiana, and secured two hundred and forty acres of land, where they lived for eleven years. He was a tanner and blacksmith. He retired in 1890 and moved to Bloomfield, Indiana, where he died in 1902. His second wife was Elizabeth Barton, of South Carolina. She died in 1904 in Worthington. He had nine children, all by his first wife. They were: Mariah, living near Tulip, Indiana; Catherine, living in Highland township; Elizabeth, living in Bloomfield ; Leah lives in Bloomington ; Caroline, mother of the subject ; Mary lives in Bloomfield ; Henry lives near Tulip ; John, deceased ; David.
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WILLIAM L. SLINKARD.
Men of general excellence in every station of life men of industry, of integrity, of high principle, of sterling honesty of purpose — deserve and command the spontaneous homage of their fellow men.
Notably conspicuous among the learned and distinguished men of Greene county is William L. Slinkard, of Bloomfield, a lawyer of repute, whose brilliant success has given him a state reputation. Gifted with talents beyond the measure of that given to the average individual, he has acquitted himself with exceptional honor as an advocate before judge and jury, and in those other spheres of duty and usefulness which the highest citizenship entails he has gained for himself the confidence and esteem of all who know him. Possessing a strong individuality, unimpaired vigor, discreet judgment and generous impulses, qualities that lead to positions of honor and trust — he has discharged the important public and private trusts that have come to him with marked devotion and absolute fidelity.
Coming from a long line of honorable ancestry, whose early training inculcated a strict devotion to life's plain and simple virtues, he has struggled from humble surroundings to a commanding place in the world of affairs, and by his own achievements has gained a competency before reaching the meridian of life.
William L. Slinkard is a native of Cass township, Greene county. Indiana, where he was born February 19, 1864. He is a son of Nathan V. and Sarah E. Slinkard. an appropriate sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this volume. He was reared and worked on the farm, spending his boyhood amid the environments of rural life. He attended the village schools, completing the entire course, and later attended the normal school at Bloomfield. after which he taught school for several years. He then took up the study of law, reading with Rose & Short, of Bloomfield, and attended law school at the University of Virginia.
When twenty-one years old he was admitted to the Bloomfield bar, and has ever since been one of its leading members. He was appointed deputy prosecuting attorney for the fourteenth judicial circuit in 1886 and his diligence in prosecuting offenders gained for him his party's nomination for prosecuting attorney in 1890. He was duly elected and re-elected in 1892. His administration of this office and his zealous regard for the public morals gained for him a wide reputation as an able and fearless lawyer, and when he retired from office he easily secured a clientele second to none in the county. Mr. Slinkard is a Democrat of the progressive type, and served as presidential elector in 1896. He was his party's nominee in 1906 for joint state senator from Monroe, Owen and Greene counties, and reduced the Republican majority from twelve hundred to seven hundred. William L. Slinkard was married on June 2, 1897. to Pearl Cravens, daughter of Dr. Samuel C. and Mary L. Cravens. She was born and raised in Bloomfield. is a graduate of the Bloomfield high school, and is a social favorite in the best circles of society. Born to this union are three daughters, Esther. Ruth and Naomi, all living, and one son dead, William Cravens Slinkard. Fraternally Mr. Slinkard is a member of the Masons, Knights of Pythias, Odd Fellows, Red Men and Encampment, and Elks, having been through all the chairs except those of the Masons and Elks. He is a member of the Lutheran and his wife of the Presbyterian church.
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EMERY F. HAXTON
Emery F. Haxton was born in Owen county, Indiana, in 1859. and was educated in the public schools of that county, working on his father's farm until 1892. when he came to Worthington. Indiana, and entered the hardware business, which he worked at for over two years. He was then in the drug- business and later a traveling salesman. He later entered the hotel business and has been proprietor of the Williams House in Worthington since April 9, 1907. lie was married in January, 1882, to Mary McClarren. a native of Greene county, and the daughter of John F. and Elizabeth (Williams) McClarren.
They have one child, Estill R., who is a merchant
in Jasonville, Indiana. E. F. Haxton is a Republican and was township trustee for six years. He is an Odd Fellow, having filled all the chairs in the local lodge, and is a member of the grand lodge and grand encampment. Mrs. Haxton is a member of the Presbyterian church. Alexander C. Haxton was the father of the subject, a native of Ohio, who married Mary Harstine. a native of Pennsylvania. They had four children, namely: E. F., subject of this sketch; Laura, wife of Albert Daller, of Indianapolis: Harvey D., now a real estate and insurance dealer in Worthington, Indiana ; Catherine, wife of Merton C. Bentley, of Chicago. A. C. Haxton was a soldier in the Civil war, having enlisted in 1861 in Company F, Ninety-seventh Indiana Volunteer Infantry. He was in many of the hardest-fought engagements of the war, Gettysburg, Shiloh, Missionary Ridge and Lookout Mountain. He was badly wounded at the last named battle and was never again able to go to the front, but was on detached duty at Indianapolis. He was mustered out in March, 1865, and is now living in Indianapolis, an invalid, being absolutely helpless from the effects of his wounds. However, he does not regret his service to his country.
The grandfather of the subject, Richard G. Haxton,
was of Irish descent. He came to Ohio and later to Owen county, Indiana. In 1842 he entered land there, where he farmed the remainder of his life, and died in 1890. The subject's grandfather Harstine was a native of Pennsylvania, who moved to Owen county, Indiana, about 1840, where he spent his life and died in 1877. The subject has always been regarded as an honest, upright and industrious citizen.
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WILLIAM ALEXANDER TERRY.
Some very interesting historical facts are brought to light by taking a glimpse into the ancestral records of William A. Terry, one of Worthington's representative citizens. He was born in Muhlenberg county, Kentucky, being the son of George W. and Nancy A. (She!ton) Terry. His father was born in Virginia, having come to Kentucky with his parents when fourteen years of age.
William's great-grandfather, Miles Terry, was practically one of the colonial settlers, locating first in Connecticut, coming later to Virginia, and there ended his days. His nephew, Eli Terry, and his son were the old original clock makers of the time. He took part in the Revolutionary war, and was with Washington at the surrender at Yorktown, where he was wounded, from the effects of which he afterwards died. The following alludes to George Terry, grandfather of the subject. It was at his home church that the association of the Baptist church met when that denomination became divided, and it was there that Alexander Campbell withdrew from the association. In his home were drawn up the resolutions denouncing the church doctrine of Alexander Campbell. William's grandfather, Thomas Terry, born in 1791, was a soldier in the War of 1812. Out of a family of nine children, four are still living, in 1908, the oldest of whom is Rev. George W. Terry, father of our subject. Another, one of the four, Azel M., was a soldier in the Civil war, and was a member of the Eleventh Kentucky Infantry. His home is still in that state. Thomas G., another of the family, was also a member of the Kentucky regiment of mounted infantry, and here contracted a disease from which he died.
The Rev. George W. Terry has had a most commendable career as a minister, being ordained in 1857, and is a graduate of the old Baptist University at Chicago.
In July. 1907. he preached his fiftieth anniversary sermon, and is still filling his pulpit, at the age of eighty- three. He too, was a soldier in the Civil war, having enlisted in 1862, in the ninety-seventh Indiana Infantry and later became regimental chaplain. He participated in the battles of Missionary Ridge, Jackson, Mississippi ; Resaca, Chickasaw Mountain, Atlanta, Savannah, Bentonville and others. He was mustered out in July, 1865. He has preached over eleven thousand sermons and has baptized about fourteen hundred persons. In his younger days he practiced law, having been licensed as an attorney while in Kentucky, in 1854.
On the maternal side we find also some interesting records. Grandfather John Shelton came from North Carolina and settled finally in Kentucky. He followed farming and owned some slaves. He gained a wide reputation as a hunter, and took active part in many Indian wars. While at Point Commerce, he was sent with his command to re-inforce General Harrison at Tippecanoe.
William, our subject, was educated in the public schools of Monroe county, and remained upon the home farm until twenty-four years of age. He then rented a farm for himself,continuing thereon for ten years, after which he purchased a farm of eighty acres, operating it in connection with a sawmill. In 1894 he disposed of these and removed to Worthington. He then bought some coal land and for three years gave this his attention. Upon disposing of this, he went into the marble business, and was joined later by his brother. The firm is now enjoying a very satisfactory volume of business.
On March 4, 1877, Mr. Terry was united in matrimony with Mary Teague, who was born in Morgan county, Indiana, and is the daughter of Solomon and Melinda (Duckworth) Teague. At the time of her marriage to Mr. Teague, the latter was the widow of John Dittemon. Our subject and wife have the following children : Estella, wife of Scott Dodson; Mamie, born in 1884 and wife of Marion Mast. Miner, twin brother to Mamie, died in infancy; Lennie, born in 1887, is the wife of Henry Goens. and is the mother of two children. Mr. and Mrs. Terry are members of the Baptist church, of which Mr. Terry is both deacon and trustee.
He has also been a teacher and superintendent of the Sunday school for many years. He is an active worker in the orders of Knights of Pythias and the Modern Woodmen, in both of which he has held important offices. He is a Republican, and Mr. Terry has demonstrated his patriotism by an upright career and loyalty to the principles of brotherhood in his daily contact with men.

Biographical Memoirs of Greene County, Ind By B.F. Bowen & Co, B. F. Bowen & Co

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