Among the substantial tillers of the soil in Kosciusko county, Indiana, is the enterprising gentleman under the caption of whose name this article is written. Jacob J. Troup is a native of Kosciusko county, having been born in the township of Van Buren, October 22, 1856. His paternal grandfather, Benjamin Troup, was a native of Pennsylvania, but left that state in early manhood, going to Canada and settling near Fort Erie, in the county of Wellington, where, in 1820, his son John B. was born. John B. Troup was reared near his birthplace and there married Elizabeth Shirk, who bore him nine children: Mary A., Peter, Elizabeth, Benjamin, Betsey, Judea, Jacob J., Wilson and William H. After living in Canada until forty-five years of age John D. Troup moved to Elkhart county, Indiana, settling near the village of New Paris. After a short residence there he changed his abode to Van Buren township, Kosciusko county, where he engaged in agricultural pursuits, a vocation which he followed throughout the remainder of his life. He subsequently returned to Union township, Elkhart county, and thence to Marshall county. In connection with farming Mr. Troup worked at the carpenter's trade and for many years was accounted a skillful mechanic. He was also noted as a huntsman in early life, having spent considerable time in the woods, and killed much game both in sport and as a means of varying the family's bill of fare. As a man he was highly esteemed and for a Humber of years was an active and zealous member of the German Baptist church.
Jacob Troup spent his early life in Union township and during his minority attended the country schools of winter seasons, devoting the rest of the time to the rugged duties of the farm. He became familiar with all kinds of manual labor required or country boys and remained at home until the age of twenty-one, meantime bearing his share of the family's support. November 16, 1880, he was united in marriage to Miss Zona Funk, daughter of George and Maria (Sparkling) Funk, after which he settled on a farm west of Milford and cultivated the same about one year, moving to his present home at the expiration of that time.
Mr. Troup owns a farm of two hundred acres, which, in point of fertility, general productiveness, improvements and all that constitute a prosperous country home, is not excelled by any other of its size in the county of Kosciusko. He cleared about twenty-five acres of land himself and by systematic work and successful management has brought the entire place to the high state of cultivation for which it has long been noted. He is a man of progressive ideas in all that pertains to agricultural science, a reader of the best literature relating to farming and possesses the ability to reduce all worthy theories to practical tests. In connection with tilling of the soil he is largely interested in live stock, giving special attention to blooded shorthorn cattle and Chester White and Poland China hogs, in the raising and selling of which he has been remarkably successful.
As a business man Mr. Troup possesses good judgment and clear insight, and can generally anticipate with accuracy the end of a transaction. His relations, business or otherwise, with his fellow men have always been characterized by the utmost candor and his integrity is of that kind which wins confidence and is never questioned. There are no better citizens than Mr. Troup, as he always manifests a lively interest in the country and its welfare and is public spirited to the extent of using all legitimate means within his power to promote enterprises whereby the people of his township and county may be benefited. In religion he subscribes to the doctrines of the Progressive branch of the German Baptist (or Dunkard) church, being one of the leading members of that large and influential body in the township of Van Buren, his wife also belonging to the same society. Politically Mr. Troup is a Democrat, but has never aspired to public office.
Mr. and Mrs. Troup have had six children, two of whom are deceased; Irwin J., born August 31, 1881, married Mrs. Alma Oster and is a farmer of Van Buren township; James P. was born on the 29th of April, 1882; Lillie M., November 12, 1883; Kittie V., whose birth occurred May 30, 1889, died on the 10th day of April, 19°2; Zola M. and Zora F. were twins, but the former is deceased.
Mrs. Troup's parents were natives of Ohio, but by reason of their dying when she was quite young her knowledge of the family is considerably limited. The names of her brothers and sisters, as she remembers them, are as follows: Alice, George, Effie, William, Darcuse and Peter. At the age of six years Mrs. Troup was left an orphan and from that time until her marriage she lived in the family of her husband's uncle. In return for his kindness in raising her and ministering to her wants when an orphan, she took her benefactor to her own home in his latter days and tenderly cared for him until his death, which occurred August 13, 1900.
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Progressive Men and Women of Kosciusko County, Indiana
B. F. Bowen, Publisher
The gentleman whose name heads this sketch has long enjoyed prestige as a leading citizen of the community in which he resides, and as an official against whose record no word of suspicion was ever utterd he was for many years an important factor in the history of Kosciusko county. Reared amidst the wild scenes of pioneer life and knowing full well what it was to have a home far removed from the advantages of civilization in a dense forest, through which the wolves prowled and deer roamed, he early became inured to hard work and knows how to appreciate honest toil at its true value. His prominence in the community is the legitimate result of genuine merit and ability, and in every relation whether in the humble sphere of private citizenship or as a trusted official with great responsibilities resting upon him, his many excellencies of character and the able and impartial manner in which he discharged his every duty won for him an enviable reputation as an enterprising and representative self-made man. In Mr. Plummer's veins flows the blood of a long line of sterling English and German ancestors. Early in the colonial period the Plummers were living in North Carolina, in which state many years later John Plummer, the subject's father, was born. When a young man he went to Preble county, Ohio, when that part of the country was but sparsely settled, and then purchased land and engaged in agricultural pursuits. His father also was an early settler of Preble county and spent the remainder of his days there as a successful cultivator of the soi1.
Some time in the twenties John Plummer changed his residence to Union county, Indiana, where he entered about eighty acres of government land front - which in due time he cleared and developed a good farm. The old Hannah Creek church, one of the first organizations of the Christians (or Disciples) in eastern Indiana, was built on this land and the society is sti1l kept up, being at this time a strong and healthy organization.
Among the early settlers of Union county were the Harveys, located not far from the place where Mr. Plummer originally built his home. In this family was a daughter, Ibbie, who in due time became the wife of John Plummer and the union resulted in the birth of seven sons and one daughter, namely: Mary, Henderson, Daniel, John, Frederick, Eli, Samuel and James.
In early life John Plummer united with the Christian church and some years later was chosen an elder of the congregation to which he belonged. Subsequently he entered the ministry and for a period of twenty-five years preached acceptably for many churches in various parts of Indiana and became widely known for his ability as a public proclaimer of the gospel and for its exemplary Christian character. He did much to introduce the doctrines peculiar to the Disciples among the sparse settlements of Union, Kosciusko and other counties and is remembered for his zeal as a pioneer preacher at a time when it required great fearlessness and independence to combat and overcome the prejudice which long prevailed against the faith he represented.
Early in the thirties John Plummer disposed of his interests in Union county and entered nine hundred and sixty acres of land in what is now Prairie township in the county of Kosciusko. Later he purchased second-handed an additional two hundred acres, partly woodland and partly prairie, and became one of the largest real estate owners in Prairie township. There were living in the township at the time of his arrival the Summey, Harlan, Hughes, Bishop, Powell and one or two other families, these being the first permanent residents of the territory now included in the township of Prairie. Mr. Plummer cleared a great deal of land, but continued to exercise the duties of his holy office as a minister of the gospel as long as he lived, working in the woods and fields of week days and frequently riding from ten to twenty miles to fill his appointments upon Lord's days. He bore a prominent part in public affairs, served as justice of the peace for a number of years and, as an old-line Whig, was a local politician of considerable repute. His influence was always potent for good and his death, which occurred about the year 1856 or '57, was greatly deplored in the community. Mrs. Plummer survived her husband some years, departing this life in 1866.
James Plummer, of this review, was born in Union county, Indiana, August 9, 1826. When a lad of nine years he was brought by his parents to Prairie township, Kosciusko county, and as soon as old enough to be of any practical service was put to work in the woods where, by yielding the ax for many years he developed strength of muscle and of general bodily powers that enabled him to make a full hand at an age when most boys are barely out of their childhood. In such schools as the country then afforded he obtained a rudimentary education; his first teacher was a Mr. Moore, who seemed to think the easiest way to reach a boy's intellect was by means of a tough hickory rod vigorously applied. This pedagogue did make the boys "smart," if he did not succeed in awakening their mental faculties, as he meted out condign punishment for what would now be considered the most trifling and insignificant infractions of school discipline.
Mr. Plummer's second teacher was a gentleman by the name of John F. Parks, who organized a little subscription school in a small log cabin on the Plummer homestead. While in every way superior to the former, except perhaps in his ability to wield the birch. Mr. Parker possessed only mediocre ability and beyond reading, writing, and arithmetic to the "double rule of three," his professional attainments did not go. Subsequently, when education in northern Indiana received an impetus by reason of a more liberal expenditure of public money, better qualified teachers were employed, and when a young man Mr. Plummer, under the direction of such, made substantial progress in his studies and became unusually well informed for that day.
After the death of his father the subject and his brother Eli purchased of the other heirs their respective shares in the home farm and they continued to run the place jointly until the latter's death in 1894. Since then James Plummer has owned the estate and is now one of the largest and most successful agriculturists and stock raisers in the township, also one of its most enterprising and intelligent men of affairs. In his business dealings he has been uniformly successful, owning a large and valuable amount of real estate, and ranks with the financially strong and reliable men of his township and county.
Mr. Plummer has read much and thought much and his mind is well stored with a large fund of valuable knowledge, derived not only from books and papers, but from contact with the world in various business and official capacities. A student of political history, particularly that relating to the origin and development of parties, his reading and investigation early led him to become a Whig and later a Republican. Many years ago he became a potent factor in local politics and a recognized leader of his party in the township in which he lived. The first official position to which he was elected was that of township clerk, the duties of which office he discharged in an able and satisfactory manner for a period of eleven years. Subsequently, in 1864, he was elected a member of the board of county commissioners to represent the northern district and he filled the place until 1870, having been chosen his own successor in 1863. During his incumbency as commissioner much important business was transacted, among which was the sale of the old county farm and the purchase of the present one, the erection of the buildings and other improvements, and the levy for the new court house, which was built in 1872. Numerous public improvements were made in different parts of the county, in all of which Mr. Plummer took the lead, although he proved a safe and conservative custodian of the people's interests and never inaugurated any measure or undertook any enterprise unless fully satisfied of its necessity and that in so doing he would be heartily supported by intelligent public opinion. Mr. Plummer retired from the board with a clean record and the people of the county, irrespective of political ties, speak in the highest terms of his efficiency and faithfulness, as a painstaking public servant. He still takes an active interest in local and general politics, as well as in county affairs, using his influence to promulgate principles which he deems best for the country and expressing his opinions freely upon all matters.
Mr. Plummer has been a member of the Masonic brotherhood for nearly forty years; he belongs to Leesburg Lodge No. 181, in which he has held official positions from worshipful master down. He is an enthusiastic Mason and endeavors to exemplify the noble precepts and teachings of the order in his relations with his brethren and with the world at large. He was blessed with godly parents and in childhood and youth received instruction in religion and morality which has had a controlling influence upon his life and character. When young he united with the Christian church and so has continued to the present, rarely absenting himself from public worship unless by reason of sickness, or some exceedingly important cause. He is a close student of the sacred scriptures and considers them a sufficient rule of faith and practice without the aid of any human creed or manmade articles of faith. Mr. Plummer is a liberal supporter of the congregation at Leesburg, in addition to which he also freely contributes to all benevolent and charitable enterprises whereby the needy and unfortunate may be benefited. All movements having for their object the material advancement of the community have his support, as he has always stood for progress and improvement in all those terms imply.
Mr. Plummer has never married. He has devoted his time and energies to society and to the world and his life has been fraught with great good to his, fellow men. Few men in Kosciusko county are as widely known and none stand higher than he in the esteem and confidence of the public. He has lived according to his highest conception of manhood and citizenship and his life may be studied with much profit by the young men of the rising generation.
Progressive Men and Women of Kosciusko County, Indiana
B. F. Bowen, Publisher
ISAAC M. POWELL.
This worthy old pioneer is one of the few remaining links in the chain that connects the present age to a period long buried in the mists of the past. He enjoys the distinction of being the oldest living settler of Prairie township, and has been a witness of Kosciusko's development from the virgin forest and prairie to its present prosperous condition as one of Indiana's most advanced and enlightened counties. Homes and villages have sprung up on every hand since he first saw the county in its primitive wildness and beauty; forests have disappeared before the ax wielded by the strong arm of the woodman; farms, with fertile, well tilled fields, fine orchards, comfortable buildings and all the adjuncts of civilization, have taken the place of the tangled wilderness which sheltered numerous beasts of prey and, at no very remote period, the painted savage. The music of traffic, mingled with the notes of ceaseless industry, make melody where once the solitudes were broken at intervals by the scream of the ferocious wild animal or disturbed by the symphony of the breeze, the dirge of the winter storm, or the first blasts of the terrible tornado.
The Powell family, to which the subject belongs, is of German descent and was first represented in this county by certain ancestors who came to the shores of the new world at a very remote period in the past and settled in Virginia. In an early day Mr. Powell's paternal grandfather migrated to Ohio, when that state was on the outskirts of civilization, and there John Powell, the subject's father, was born and reared. Among the pioneer families of Ohio who located near the Powell settlement were the Morrises, also natives of Virginia. A daughter, Dorothy Morris, grew to young womanhood in the neighborhood and between her and John Powel1 an intimacy sprang up which eventually resulted in marriage.
Mr. Powell and his wife began housekeeping on rented land and he continued to till the soil in that way until 1832, in the spring of which year he came to Elkhart county, Indiana, before the land was opened for settlement, and selected a site for his future home. Clearing a number of acres, he put out a small crop and after tending it that summer returned to Ohio, and late the following fall removed his family to the wilderness of what is now one of the fairest and most prosperous counties of northern Indiana. After spending the greater part of one winter there and experiencing many vicissitudes and hardships, he went the following February to that part of Kosciusko county known as Prairie township and selected a claim in section 11, upon which he erected a small log cabin, after which he returned to Elkhart county for his family. During his absence a number of friendly Indians, who had a small village a short distance south of his claim, tore down the cabin, cut new logs and rebuilt it from the ground up, chinking the cracks, putting on a good roof and making of the little edifice a tolerably comfortable habitation for those times. Mr. Powell’s surprise upon his return with his family may be better imagined than described. From that time on, as long as the Indians remained in the country, their relations with the pioneer's family were of the most pleasant and agreeable nature and many acts of kindness were shown by both parties while they continued as neighbors.
With the exception of the Powell family, there were no permanent settlers in Prairie until the spring of 1834, at which time one Hiram Summey moved to the township and a. little later the same year James Bishop and family located a claim and became residents. Privation and hardship appear to have been the common lot of these three families, as they were far removed from any settlement and were obliged to go a distance of thirty-two miles to reach the nearest mill, and in cases of sickness, which were by no means infrequent, the sufferers had to rely upon simple home treatment or await the arrival of a physician who lived twenty-two miles away.
Isaac M. Powell was born in Fairfield county, Ohio, December 29, 1830, and was but three years old when the family located in the wilderness of northern Indiana. He grew up during the pioneer period and experienced in full all the trials, privations and sufferings which fell to the lot of those whose early lives were surrounded by such conditions. For several years after the Powells moved to Kosciusko county the few settlers lived too far apart to maintain a school, consequently the children were obliged to get along without educational privileges, or else received at home such little instruction as their parents were able to impart. The subject's first teacher was one John Young, who taught a small subscription school sometime in the 'thirties. He is remembered as a man of comparatively no intellectual attainments and appears to have used the rod as his chief means of imparting knowledge. The next pedagogue to wield the scepter of authority over the young in the neighborhood was a deaf man by the name of Moore, who made up for loss of hearing by the strength of muscle with which he applied the birch to the backs and legs of the pupils that attended his school. Under the direction of these and other equal1y incompetent teachers young Isaac's early intellectual growth was retarded rather than developed, and the wonder is that he made the progress that he did in the few elementary branches which at that time constituted the curriculum of the backwoods schools. Subsequently, when a young man, he applied himself very diligently under more competent instructors and, realizing the value of an education, pored over his books of evenings and of spare times until he was pronounced sufficiently qualified to teach the children and young men and young women of the neighborhood.
Mr. Powell taught one term in Prairie township in 1853, and while his school would hardly come up to the high standard by which schools of the present day are measured, he was far in advance of the majority of teachers at that time and made a great reputation as a popular and efficient instructor. From the time he was able to be of any assistance on the farm his days were sent in a ceaseless round of toil and he contributed his full share towards clearing the land and cultivating the soil. On attaining his majority he took charge of the home place and farmed the same until his marriage, which was solemnized October 23, 1854, with Miss Angeline Summey, daughter of Frederick and Adeline (Trumbull) Summey. Mrs. Powell's parents were among the early settlers of Kosciusko county, moving here in the spring of 1833 and entering land in Prairie township. After his marriage Mr. Powell located in Clunette, where he lived until the fan of 1856, when he purchased a farm in Prairie township, which he made his home till 1874. In that year he disposed of his place at a good round figure and purchased the old homestead, consisting of three hundred and fifty acres of fine land, which with improvements since added and the high state of cultivation to which it has been brought, is now conservatively estimated to be worth twenty thousand dollars. This is one of the largest and best-cultivated farms in a township long noted for its advancement in agriculture and general development, also ranking with the finest and most valuable places in the country.
Mr. Powell has been a progressive farmer and his financial success has been commensurate with his efforts as an intelligent husbandman and the interest he has always taken as a student of agricultural science. By carefully studying the nature of soils and paying particular attention to the proper rotation of crops he has never failed to reap bountiful harvests from his well-tilled fields, while his success as a raiser of fine live stock has added much to the ample means which are now his.
After accumulating a comfortable fortune, Mr. Powell wisely concluded to retire from the active work of the farm, and in a life of honorable retirement enjoy some of the fruits of his many years of toil. Accordingly he turned his agricultural interests over to others and of late has been living in quiet and content, doing little besides looking after his private affairs and giving to those who manage his place the benefit of his ripe experience.
To Mr. and Mrs. Powell have been born six children, whose names and dates of birth are as follows: Ne1son W., July 29, 1855, married Ella Anglin and lives in Prairie township; Warren J., September 25, 1857, married Jerusha Webster and also lives in the township of Prairie; Mary A., born November 14, 1859, is the wife of Charles L. Wray, a farmer and stock raiser of the same part of the county; John R., January 5, 1863, died of smallpox in the spring of 1864; Dorotha K., born October 28, 1867, died December 15th of the same year; the youngest of the family, Fred S., was born October 23, 1869, and died in October, 1896.
Mr. Powell has always taken pains to keep himself well informed upon current events and political affairs, having been quite a reader, as well as a close and intelligent observer. In national, state and district affairs he gives his allegiance to the Democratic party, but in matters purely local he votes for the man regardless of political ties. In 1878 he was elected assessor of Prairie township, serving eight years, and in 1900 he was again elected to the office, the duties of which he is now discharging, having three years yet to serve before the expiration of his last term. His judgment upon all matters coming within the range of his office is sound and he has proved himself in every respect worthy the confidence reposed in him by his fellow citizens. His popularity with the people as well as his eminent fitness for the office he holds are demonstrated by the fact of his having been elected assessor by- forty majority in a township which has always been reliably Republican by from thirty-five to sixty votes. In the year 1882 Mr. Powell was his party's candidate for county treasurer. Running ahead of his ticket by almost five hundred votes, the overwhelming strength of the opposition could not be overcome; he was defeated by a small majority after a very gallant fight, the race more than ever attesting the high esteem in which he is held by Republicans and Democrats alike.
Fraternally Mr. Powell is a Mason, belonging to Lodge No. 181 at Leesburg. He has filled various offices in the lodge, and, believing in the great principles upon which the fraternity is based, has been largely controlled by them in his daily life.
In the widest sense of the term Mr. Powell is a Christian, sincere in his belief, active in reducing the precepts of Holy Writ to practice, and untiring in his efforts to spread the gospel at home and in lands beyond the seas. He and wife hold membership in the Christian ( or Disciples) church and are among the most zealous workers in the congregation with which they are identified.
Mr. Powell's protracted residence in the county of Kosciusko has made his name widely and familiarly known throughout all of its parts. His life and the history of Prairie township have been pretty much the same thing. He has seen the community grow from an insignificant backwoods settlement into one of the most prosperous of the commonwealth. His coming here and the existence of the township were coeval events, for much of its growth and prosperity are indebted to him. He has been one of its humblest laborers and wisest counsellors. He has been a western man in the broadest sense of the term; realizing the wants of the people, he has supplied the demands generously and unsparingly. His has been a long life of honor and trust and no higher eulogy can be passed upon him than to state the simple truth that his name has never been coupled with anything disreputable and that there has never been the shadow of a stain upon his reputation for integrity and unflinching honesty. Mr. Powell has been a consistent man in all he has ever undertaken and his career in private life and as an official has been utterly without pretense. He is respected by all who know him and the county of Kosciusko can boast of no better man or more enterprising citizen.
Progressive Men and Women of Kosciusko County, Indiana
B. F. Bowen, Publisher
It is a pleasure to investigate the career of a successful, self-made man. Peculiar honor attaches to that individual who, beginning the great struggle of life alone and unaided, gradually overcomes unfavorable environment, removes one by one theobstac1es from the pathway of success and by the master strokes of his own force and vitality succeeds in forging his way to front and winning for himself a competency and a position of esteem and influence among his fellow men. Such is the record of the popular citizen of Prairie township to a brief synopsis of whose life and character the reader's attention is herewith respectfully invited. William Balsley is a native of Kosciusko county and a son of one of the many substantial men that Ohio has given to the Hoosier state. His father, John Balsley, was born in Ohio of German parentage, and his mother, Nancy N. Davis, also a native of Ohio, was of Irish lineage. These parents were married in Morrow county, Ohio, and were among the original pioneers of northern Indiana, moving to this county as long ago as 1834 and settling in what is now Prairie township. Two years later John Balsley entered two hundred acres of land in sections 4 and 5 and after obtaining patents from the government began clearing his land and otherwise improving it. He was a true type of the strong, determined pioneer whom no obstacle could dishearten nor any hardships discourage. He developed a good farm, accumulated a sufficiency of this world's goods to make his latter years comfortable, and died in 1871 at the age of seventy years. His wife, to whom he was largely indebted for the success which he attained, reached the age of seventy-six years when she was called to the other life in 1893. They were an estimable couple, highly respected in the community and lived consistent Christian lives, for many years having been zealous members of the Baptist church. It is a fact worthy of note that the large majority of the pioneers were men of strong political convictions, a rule to which John Balsley was no exception. In early life he was an ardent Whig, but when that old historic party ceased to exist he became equally zealous as a Republican and so continued to the end of his days. Mr. and Mrs. Balsley had four children; George W., deceased; Mary, wife of Joseph Jackson, of Edgar county, Illinois; William, of this review, and one that died in infancy.
William Balsley was born on the home farm in Prairie township April 6, 1846, and to the present time has spent his life within the geographic limits of Kosciusko county. In his childhood and youth he attended the common schools and until eighteen years old remained on the farm, attending to such duties as fell to his lot and proving a dutiful son and valuable assistant. At the above age he bought forty acres of the farm where he now lives, going in debt for the land without the promise of any assistance other than that which two strong arms and a vigorous physical constitution backed by a determined will, provided. He built a log house on his place and, addressing himself to the task of clearing off the timber, soon saw the forest monarchs fall under his lusty strokes and it was not long until a goodly number of acres were ready for the plow. He continued to prosecute his labors alone about four years when, thinking that more effective service could be accomplished with the aid of a companion to take care of his home and keep his domestic affairs in order, he married, on the 5th day of December, 1865, Miss Margaret J. Lyons, whose parents came to Kosciusko county from Ohio about the year 1863. Mrs. Balsley has received a good education and for some time prior to her marriage was a teacher in the public schools of this township.
Mr. and Mrs. Balsley began housekeeping in the little log cabin he had formerly built and for a number of years thereafter lived lives of contentment, bending all their energies to improve their condition and add to their possessions. By hard work and successful management Mr. Balsley gradually succeeded in his undertakings, and in due time increased his original purchase until he found himself the fortunate possessor of one hundred acres of land, the greater part of which he has highly improved. His present beautiful dwelling, one of the best buildings of the kind in the township, was erected in 1899 and stands on the spot formerly occupied by the little log house in which the good wife setup her first domestic establishment. Mr. Balsley's residence is modern in every detail, contains nine large and commodious rooms and was constructed after plans prepared entire1y by Mrs. Balsley, whose good judgment is manifest throughout the entire structure. The house is a model of comfort and utility, supplied with water from a large and well-built cistern, and the furnishing is in harmony with the interior designs and architectural beauty of the edifice. Surrounding the house are shade trees, every feature of the building and premises bespeaking a spirit of thrift and good taste which makes the place one of the most beautiful and comfortable rural homes in Prairie township.
As stated in a preceding paragraph, Mr. Balsley went in debt for his land and when he and his wife began housekeeping he was compelled to borrow money with which to purchase the few articles of furniture and household utensils necessary to begin life with any degree of convenience and comfort. Since then his course has been steadily onward and upward and today he owns one of the most attractive and valuable farms in the county and a dwelling costing, including his own labor, nearly two thousand dollars. Mr. Balsley has been a man of resources and his judgment and tact in the management of his agricultural interests and business transactions have enabled him to overcome obstacles which would have discouraged a man of less energy and will power and win for himself a high standing in the community where he lives. By no means an old man, being in fact in the very period of life, he has already acquired sufficient means to enable him to turn his interests over to his son and retire from the active duties of the farm.
Personally Mr. Balsley is a warm and true friend. Fearlessness is one of his marked characteristics and he shuns not to do what he considers his whole duty, regardless of the consequences. Above a1l, he has been a man of unquestioned integrity and unblemished honor, and he will do nothing which could lower himself in his own esteem or in that of others; his standard is high and he has always endeavored to live so that his example might safely be imitated by the young men of the rising generation. Ever ready to contribute of his means and influence to all objects, whether material, charitable or religious, he is considered one of the most enterprising and progressive men of the community and in a large sense he is and always has been a true benefactor of his fellow men.
Three children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Balsley, two of whom, John and William, are deceased. Charles, the surviving son, was born on the 2d day of June, 1878. He is a well educated young man and possesses musical talent of a high order, being an accomplished violinist and also an organist and pianist of rare ability. For several years he was leader of the Prairie Township Band and as such did much to promote the efficiency and skill of its different members, making the society one of the leading and most popular musical organizations of the kind in the county of Kosciusko. He married Miss Ada Maloy, of this county, and recently took charge of his father's farm, which he will manage from this time forward.
William Balsley is a Republican in his political views and since old enough to exercise the rights of citizenship has been a firm adherent of his party and a zealous worker in its ranks. He is usually chosen to represent his precinct and township in conventions, but has never aspired to office, the only public position he ever held being that of supervisor. In matters religious he has well defined views. While not connected with any church, his purse has been at the command of religious and benevolent objects, especially to the local organization of the Church of God, of which his wife is an earnest and consistent member. Mr. and Mrs. Balsley are among the oldest people of Prairie township in point of consecutive residence and none in this part of the county are more widely and favorably known.
B. F. Bowen, Publisher
Among the substantial men whose labor and influence gave impetus to the agricultural interests and general material improvements of Kosciusko county in years gone by and who today occupies a high place in the esteem of the community in which he lives is the worthy gentleman whose name introduces this article. Connected as he was for a period of years with one of the most important railroad companies in the West and prominently identified with the material growth of Kosciusko and Marshall counties, he has been a forceful factor in the industrial circles and a leading citizen in all that concerns the public good.
Hans Swanson is an American by adoption, but the country has no more loyal supporter nor have its laws and institutions a more ardent admirer. He is of Scandinavian birth and hails from far-off Norway, having been born in Christiania, the capital of that country, in the month of March, 1851. His people for generations were natives of the Northland and from the most reliable information obtainable appear always to have obtained their livelihood as tillers of the soil. His father, a farmer by occupation, did not own real estate of his own, but cultivated land as a renter, as do many of the respectable middle class Swedes and Norwegians. He provided well for his family, but was not able to furnish any of his children with much of a start in life owing to the conditions which the landlords exacted from their tenants.
From the age of seven until his fourteenth year young Swanson attended the public schools of his native country and made rapid progress in his studies. When eighteen years of age he severed the ties which bound him to his home and started out to make his own living as a farm laborer, receiving for his services from six to twelve cents per day. Having read much about America and heard from some of his countrymen who had gone thither favorable reports of the great country beyond the waters, he determined to seek his fortune there as soon as he could save money sufficient to pay his passage. Finding it next to impossible to lay by enough from his scanty earnings to purchase a ticket to the United States, he finally applied to a friend for a loan. The money borrowed, with what he already had saved, enabled him to carry out his desire of long standing, and in April, 1869, he looked for the last time upon the romantic scenes of his childhood. Taking passage on a vessel for New York, he reached that port in due time and found himself a stranger in a strange land, where manners andcustoms radically differed from any he had hitherto known. From New York he made his way westward as far as Marshall county, Indiana, stopping at the town of Bourbon, where he secured employment as a wood chopper with the Pennsylvania Railroad Company.
Mr. Swanson remained at the above place until 1871, when he changed his abode to Atwood, Kosciusko county, meantime becoming a section hand on the road, in which capacity he continued until promoted foreman of a section in 1879. While working as a common hand his wages were but a dollar per day, yet from this meager sum he managed to lay by little by little until at the end of seven years he found himself the possessor of three hundred dollars in cash. With this money he made the first payment on a piece of land valued at twenty-one hundred dollars, going in debt to the amount of eighteen hundred dollars, a step which few would have ventured to make. Renting the farm to a good tenant, he remained with the railroad as section foreman at increased wages, continuing thus for four years, during which time his earnings, with what he received from the proceeds of the place, were sufficient to cancel the indebtedness on the land.
A fine farm free of incumbrance marked a new era in the life of Mr. Swanson and from that time forward his progress as an agriculturist was steady and substantial. He brought to the farm the same energy and determination that marked his course on the road and by thrift and economy, supplemented by the best kind of management, soon succeeded in increasing his estate, purchasing additional land from time to time until he now has three hundred and fifty acres, conservatively estimated to be worth at least fifteen thousand dollars. He also owns much valuable personal property, notably fine live stock, good farming implements, besides a handsome surplus of ready capital, which with his other possessions assures a future free from the cares by which so many people in old age are beset.
Mr. Swanson was married September 8, 1878, to Miss Carrie Johnson and is the father of four sons. The oldest is Scott, who married Mary Guy and lives on one of his father's farms. Harry, the second in order of birth, is his father's able assistant on the home place. Charles and Walter, who are also at home, are promising young boys, educated and standing high in the esteem of the people of the community. Mr. Swanson is a warm friend of education and gave his children the best school privileges obtainable. Scott is a graduate of the Atwood public school, and the other sons are well advanced in their studies.
.Mr. Swanson's political views are decidedly Republican and for some years he has been an active worker in the party, believing firmly in the correctness of its principles and the dignity of its mission. He has been a delegate to a number of conventions, county and township, but would never permit his name to come before these bodies as an aspirant for official honors. He is an enthusiastic member of the Pythian fraternity, having passed all the chairs in his lodge and at the present time holds the office of vice chancellor. For eight years he was master of exchequer, the duties of which important position he discharged in an able and praiseworthy manner. He is also a charter member of the American Order of Gleaners, in which he carries a liberal insurance, his wife belonging to the same society. Religiously they are both identified with the United Brethren church of Atwood, of which Mr. Swanson has been trustee for a number of years. He is active in the Sunday-school, besides being first and foremost in all good work of the congregation; in fact, he is and for years has been one of the pillars of the church, ready at all times to contribute to its financial support, and has never failed in his allegiance to his vows as an humble and devout disciple of the Nazarene.
Mr. Swanson has long been a prominent factor in advocating and working for public improvements. He stands for progress in all the term implies and in this respect has set an example which should be followed by those who are at all interested in the material prosperity of the township and county. During the twenty-three years of his connection with the Pennsylvania railroad as section foreman he had the unbounded confidence of his superiors. In the inspection of that part of the road between Fort Wayne and Plymouth in 1891 his section was pronounced second to but one on the division, a fact which speaks well for his efficiency as a manager of men and for his faithfulness in making his employers' interests his own.
Mr. Swanson is strictly a temperate man never having indulged in any kind of intoxicants nor used tobacco in any of its forms. His correct habits and temperate manner of living have brought him superb health, in which respect his family has also been greatly blessed. Although a foreigner by birth and entertaining fond memories of his native land, he is firm in his allegiance to the country of his adoption, which he believes to be the greatest and best domain upon which the sun has ever shone. He is a great admirer of its laws and institutions, and if necessary would prove his loyalty as a citizen by laying down his life in its defense.
In many respects the career of Mr. Swanson is peculiarly instructive and commendable. It is a complete triumph over apparently insurmountable obstacles by a young man with absolutely no means at his command except his hands and inflexible integrity. He came to the new world, as already stated, a stranger with nothing at his command but a determination to make the best of his opportunities, and how well he has succeeded in this laudable endeavor is demonstrated by the fortune he has acquired in material things and the high position in the world which he has reached. He is one of the most popular men of his community, genial, companionable, ever ready to do a favor or make a sacrifice whereby his fellow man may be benefited or the country profited.
Like her husband, Mrs. Swanson is also a native of Norway. As wife and mother she has diligently and earnestly watched over and reared her family, instilling into the minds of her offspring correct principles and sparing no pains to foster noble manly habits. She embraced religion in her youth and throughout her life has manifested a pure, noble Christian character.
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CHARLES M. MILLER.
While Virginia has been aptly termed the "Mother of Presidents," she has also given to the country many of its most enterprising and successful people in minor capacities and thousands in the humble sphere of private citizenship trace their ancestry back to the Old Dominion. This is true of the gentleman whose brief life history is set forth in the following lines. Just when the original progenitor of the Miller family became a resident of Virginia is not known, but it is supposed to have been at a time antedating the colonial struggle for independence. A number of years ago there was born in that state one William Miller, who, when in young manhood, went to Ohio, thence in a later day moved to Miami county, Indiana, and settled near the town of Chili. He was twice married, the first time in Ohio, which union resulted in the birth of children as follows: John, James, William and Milton. All were soldiers in the Civil war, the last named being killed while battling far the Union. Mr. Miller married his second wife, Catherine Palmer, after coming to Indiana and she bore him children, namely: Samuel, Charles M., of this review, Ulysses S. G., Eliza J., Mary Etta, Dora, Belle, Bertha and Emma G., all living but Mary Etta.
By occupation William Miller was a farmer. He purchased a fine tract of land near Chili and continued to cultivate the same until 1864, at which time he disposed of his interests in Miami county and moved to the county of Kosciusko. On coming to the latter he bought one hundred acres in Harrison township, to which he subsequently made additions until he was the owner of four hundred and twenty acres, the greater part of which under his successful management became highly improved. He was a prosperous man and an enterprising citizen, although quiet in his ways and a great lover of his home and family. All who knew him honored him for his many sterling qualities of manhood and the communities in which he lived never knew a more upright or praiseworthy citizen. When a young man he became identified with the Baptist church and as a member of that large and progressive body he did much to disseminate its tenets, and donated liberally to the Highland congregation, which met for worship in a building erected on his farm. Mr. Miller was a deeply pious man and for many years was a pillar in the local church in which he held the office of deacon. His life was fraught with good works in the service of God and humanity and he died a triumphant Christian death in November, 1899. Mrs. Miller is a fit companion for a noble husband and, highly respected for her lovable Christian character, is still living in Kosciusko county.
Charles M. Miller is one of Indiana's native sons and is proud of the commonwealth which gave him birth. He was born in Chili, Miami county, on the 12th day of January, 1862, and when two years old was brought by his parents' to the county of which he is now an honored resident. It was his good fortune to grow to the years of maturity amid the quiet and peaceful scenes of rural life, and on the farm he first learned the lessons of self-reliance which have been of such value to him in his subsequent career. When old enough he entered the common schools, where he proved an apt and diligent pupil, becoming at an early age master of the branches constituting the prescribed course. In his nineteenth year he obtained a teacher's license and taught his first term in the winter of 1881-2 in the township of Etna. Mr. Miller developed much more than average ability and tact as an instructor and his services were in great demand during the years he devoted to educational work. He continued to teach in the schools of Kosciusko county until 1896, meanwhile making a record which brought him prominently to the notice of the public by reason of his ability in imparting instruction and in the matter of discip1ine, where so many teachers fail.
In 1881 Mr. Miller chose for a life companion Miss Sarah C. Huffer, daughter of Daniel and Sarah (Bullenbaugh) Huffer, natives of Pennsylvania and of German lineage. Mrs. Miller was born in Prairie township October 27, 1861, attended the district schoo1s and received as good an education as they were capable of imparting. After his marriage Mr. Miller farmed as a renter for several years, meanwhile devoting the winter season to school work. Subsequently he purchased a farm in the township of Prairie and continued to cultivate the same until 1891, when he abandoned agricultural pursuits and engaged in the general mercantile business at Atwood.
During the past twelve years Mr. Miller has carried an merchandising quite successfully and has become one of the potential factors in the public affairs of his town and township. Like the majority of his fellow citizens of Prairie, he is a Republican in his political affiliations and for some years past has been an active party worker, representing his township in conventions and using his influence untiringly to promote the success of the ticket during campaigns. In 1900 he was nominated and elected trustee of Prairie township, the duties of which office he has discharged to the present time in a manner eminently satisfactory to the public. He has made a number of valuable improvements in the matter of highways, etc., and having been a teacher for many years, thus realizing the needs of the schools and appreciating the value of a higher order of professional excellence on the part of the teachers, he has devoted much attention to the subject of education within his jurisdiction. It has been his aim to employ only such teachers as are intellectually and professionally qualified for the work of instructing the young and favorable results of his endeavors in this regard are already plainly apparent.
Mr. Mil1er was reared by religious parents and their wholesome influence had much to do in shaping his life and moulding his character. He is a man of pronounced religious views and, with his wife, subscribes to the creed of the United Brethren church. For six successive years he has served as superintendent of the Sunday-school and is the present incumbent of the office. His training in the secular schools peculiarly fitted him for this responsible position and the Sunday school of which he now has charge is one of the best disciplined and most thorough in its work of any in the town of Atwood. He is also a member of the board of church trustees, while his efforts in behalf of the congregation and the good work he has done to promote its efficiency have nobly seconded the pastor's labors in bringing souls into the kingdom of the Most High. Mr. Miller is a charter member of Atwood Lodge, No. 326, K. of P., in which he passed all the chairs . He is also connected with the order of Gleaners, an insurance and benevolent society, holding at this time the highest office within the power of the organization to bestow, that of chief gleaner.
Personally Mr. Miller is a gentleman of quiet demeanor, unassuming in his relations with his fellow men, but nevertheless popular with all classes and most highly respected by those who know him best. He has read and thought much, possesses a broad mind well stored with valuable knowledge, and it is but just to say that he is characterized by much broader views and wider culture than the majority of men. Well posted in the general and political history of the country and keeping in touch with the times on current events, he is a loyal citizen and a true type of intelligent and symetrically developed manhood.
To Mr. and Mrs. Miller have been born children as follows: Floyd E., whose birth took place in June, 1882; Amy E., September, 1884; Fred C., August 26, 1886; Ruth C., April 24, 1892; and Ralph W., who was born on the 19th day of November, 1896.
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MRS. MAGGIE ANGLIN.
Wholly devoted to home and domestic duties, doing through all the best years of her life the lowly but sacred work that comes within her sphere, there is not much to record concerning the life of the average woman. And yet what station so dignified, what relation so loving and endearing, what office so holy, tender and ennobling as those of home-making wifehood and motherhood. A celebrated writer and biographer once said that the future destiny of a great nation depended upon its wives and mothers. May this not also be said concerning the future that is bone of her bone, blood of her blood and flesh of her flesh, and which is incalculable in its results and will never he fully known until eternity solves the problem? In the settlement of the great middle west woman bore her full share of hardship, sufferings and other vicissitudes, helping man in the rugged toil of wood and field, cheering him when cast down and discouraged, sharing his dangers, mitigating his sufferings, in the end quietly and unostentatiously rejoicing in his success, yet ever keeping herself modestly in the background and permitting her liege lord to enjoy all the glory of their mutual achievements. In a biographical compendium, such as this work is intended to be, woman should have no insignificant representation. As man's equal in every qualification save the physical, and his superior in the gentle, tender and loving amenities of life, she fully merits a much larger notice than she ordinarily receives, and the writer of these lines is optimistic enough to indulge the prediction that in a no distant future she will receive due credit for the important part she acts in life's great drama and be accorded her proper place in history and biography. The foregoing lines were suggested after a perusal of the leading facts in the life career of the worthy and highly respected lady whose name furnished the caption of this article, a lady who has done well her part in the world and whose career from the beginning has been a simple, but beautiful poem of rugged, toilsome duty faithfully and uncomplainingly performed as maiden, wife and mother.
Miss Maggie Zentz, daughter of Christian and Rachae1 (Bowers) Zentz, is a native of Stark county, Ohio, where her birth occurred on the 10th day of March, 1844 . Originally the Zentzes came from Germany and the name was familiar in various parts of Maryland at an early period in the history of that colony. Mrs. Anglin's father was born in Maryland in 1809 and the mother, also a native of that state, first saw the light of day the same year. The Bowers were also of German origin, and, like the Zentz family, lived in Maryland in the time of the colonies. In an early day representatives of both families migrated to Stark county, Ohio, in the local annals of which both names are still familiar. They settled in the same locality and in due time an intimacy sprang up between Christian Zentz and Rachael Bowers which, ripening into love, led to marriage about the year 1837. The fruits of this union were five sons and two daughters, namely: Jeremiah, who married Lucinda McClintoc; Mrs. Harriet Rose; Mathias L., unmarried; William R., married Margaret Smith; Margaret, the subject of this sketch; Solomon married Lydia Clark; Samuel, who chose a wife in the person of Matilda Ruby; all are living except William H. The Bowers have long been noted for longevity, the mother of these children dying at the age of eighty-six years, while several of the family almost reached the century mark. The maternal grand father of Mrs. Anglin was Mathias Bowers, who was born in Maryland December 13, 1774, and on the 25th of December, 1795, was united in marriage to Catherine Hauck. This union was blessed with the following children: Jacob, born November 1, 1796, married Sarah Talmer; Elizabeth, born June 26, 1798, became the wife of Adam Kimmel; Sarah, born August 16, 1800, was the wife of Jacob Koontz; Susan, born July 12, 1802, was the wife of David Shrivers: Magaline, born November 26, 1804, was united in marriage with Mr. Traster; John, born July 6, 1807, married a Miss Grogg; Rachael, who was born September 14, 1809, and became the wife of Christian Zentz, was the mother of Mrs. Anglin; William, born October 25, 1811, married Sallie Grogg; David, born April 18, 1814, married Anna, born November 9, 1815, was the wife of Abraham Grogg; Charlotte, born May 16, 1821, was the wife of Samuel Bogan.
By occupation Christian Zentz was a farmer and in addition to his labors as such he operated for a number of years a sawmill on what was formerly known as Beech creek. After living in Ohio until 1857 he disposed of his farm and other property interests there and came to Kosciusko county, Indiana. At that time there was still considerable government land remaining in this part of the state and Mr. Zentz at once entered eighty acres in Etna township, on which he erected a comfortable plank house and began clearing the dense timber with which his place was overgrown. He succeeded in his purpose of making a good farm and in due time became quite well situated, but did not long remain to enjoy the fruits of his toil, departing this life in 1869.
Maggie Zentz was a strong little miss of thirteen when the family moved to the new home in the woods of Kosciusko county. As all possible help was needed in developing the farm, she hesitated not to go into the clearing and bear her part in the hard work required. It was not long until she learned to wield the ax and grubbing hoe with great dexterity and when fourteen of fifteen years old could easily do an ordinary hand's work in gathering and piling brush, grubbing and tending to the burning log heaps. She helped grub the undergrowth from the spot on which the original plank dwelling stood, and, after its destruction by fire, labored equally as hard on the frame building by which the first was replaced. For a couple of years she attended the public schools and availed herself of every meager advantage which they afforded. After her sixteenth year she never, as a student, saw the interior of a school room, but subsequently by much reading made up in a large measure her early educational deficiencies. Her acquaintance with good literature is wide, in addition to which she has always kept in close touch with current events and is now a well informed woman of much more than ordinary culture. From the age of sixteen years she worked out and made her own living until the time of her marriage to John Granvil Anglin, to a brief review of whose life the reader's attention is herewith respectfully invited.
Mr. Anglin was a native of Kosciusko county, Indiana, born in the township of Etna on the 26th day of January, 1842. His father, Isaac Anglin, one of the county's earliest pioneers, came here from Barbour county, West Virginia, and took an active and prominent part in the development of the country. He married in his native state Miss Catherine Briggs, who bore him children as follows: John G.; Mary, wife of Jacob Ringenberg, both deceased; William B. married Ellen Rusher; Hiram died in infancy; and Elam H., who married Cassie Thomas. The children born to the parents of Isaac Anglin were as follows: Nancy (Mrs. James Heatherly), Jane (Mrs. David O'Neal), Abigail (Mrs. John O'Neal), Sarah (Mrs. Bennet Hudkins), Mary (Mrs. Samuel Urit ), Catherine (Mrs. Samuel D. Hall), William (married Sophia Philips), James (married Matilda Hall), John (married Sarah Johnson), Elizabeth (Mrs. Joel Martin), Rachel (unmarried), Addred (married Rachel Neter), Isaac (father of John G. Anglin, married Catherine Biggs), David (married Harriet Wheeler). To the parents of Mrs. Isaac Anglin were born these children: Catherine (Mrs. Isaac Anglin), Elijah (married Elmina Miner), William (married Ellenor Moore), John (married Mary Harlan), Rachel (Mrs. Adrian Anglin), Fredrig (unmarried), Levi (unmarried), Milton (unmarried), Hiram (married Alice Frazier), Harrison (unmarried).
The early life of John G. Anglin was pretty much like that of all lads raised amid the stirring scenes of a new country. When old enough to work he bore his full share in the woods and fields and grew up a strong, active young man. At the age of twelve he received his first instruction in the mystery of books, walking three and a half miles to a little school which he attended about two or three months of the winter season In addition to the daily walk of seven miles and the long hours of study he was obliged to assist in starting the fire in the morning when his turn came, and in this way what education he acquired was obtained. He grew up an increasing help to his father until attaining his majority, when he began earning money for himself by farming all his father's land, continuing this kind of employment until his marriage, at the age of twenty-five. Shortly after marriage he set up his first domestic establishment on eighty acres of land in Prairie township given him by his father and at once addressed himself to the task of its development. In addition to agricultural pursuits he early began dealing in all kinds of live stock, buying and shipping to the eastern and western markets. He followed this line of business for about eighteen years with most satisfactory financial results, accumulating thereby a fortune which placed him among the wealthiest men of the county. In 1891 Mr. Anglin purchased a third interest in the Etna Green Flouring Mil1 and later became sale owner of the property. This enterprise, like his other business affairs, proved largely successful and returned him no smal1 part of his income.
Mr. Anglin had a natural aptitude for business and a capacity for inaugurating and carrying to successful conclusion large undertakings. By keen, discriminating judgment and executive, ability of a high order he added to his possessions from time to time until he became, as already stated, one of Kosciusko county's largest property holders and successful men of affairs. In addition to his real estate, which consisted of six hundred acres of choice land, he accumulated much valuable personal property, his fortune at the time of his death being conservatively estimated at forty-five thousand dollars. He was essentially a self-made man and earned every dollar in his possession by fair dealing and legitimate means, never having resorted to questionable schemes or speculative methods. A few weeks prior to his death he divided the greater part of his property among his children, reserving sufficient to make the remainder of his own and his wife's days comfortable and free from care.
Of Mr. Anglin, personally, much in the way of praise can be said. Strictly honest, he never defrauded a fellow man to the value of a penny and throughout a very active business career none of his motives were ever impugned nor was there ever a breath of suspicion against his integrity or private character. In the largest sense of the term he was a Christian and demonstrated by word and act the genuineness of the faith he professed. Discarding an human creeds and statements of doctrine, he united with the Christian church, which takes the Bible alone as its rule of faith and practice, and remained loyal and true to the same until called from the church militant to the church triumphant. He was a liberal supporter of the good work both at home and abroad, but made no ostentatious display of his piety or benevolence, performing his kindly deeds in a quiet and unobtrusive way, as became a true disciple of the Nazarene. Measured by the highest standard of excellence, his life was a noble success and eminently worthy of emulation. His activity was uninterrupted until a short time before his departure and as long as he lived he did with his might what his hand and brain found to do. In politics he supported the principles of Democracy and while an ardent believer in the traditions and doctrines of his party and active in promoting its success he ,vas not a partisan nor in any sense ambitious for official or public distinction. He enjoyed popularity with all classes and his reputation as a neighbor, friend and citizen was such as to gain a large share of public esteem, all who knew him respecting him for his many sterling qualities of head and heart. Mr. Anglin lived on his farm in Prairie township until 1897, at which time he changed his residence to the village of Etna Green, where, after a short illness, he fearlessly but trustfully yielded up his life on the 7th day of June, 1899, the primary cause of his death being cancer.
Mr. and Mrs. Anglin reared a family consisting of two sons and three daughters, namely: Louemma C., wife of J. Burkett, of Wisconsin; Annetta E., now Mrs. Charles Klinger, living in Scott township, this county; Melvin J. married Sarah Estep and resides in Milford; Edward W., who married Florence Ganhorn, lives in Etna Green; the youngest of the family, Matilda E., wife of John Wesley Stackhouse, is also a resident of the above village. Since her husband's death Mrs. Anglin has continued to live in Etna Green, where her beautiful Christian character and useful life have won for her an abiding place in the confidence and esteem of the populace.
She has the unbounded love and affection of her children and is also highly esteemed by a large circle of warm personal friends in Etna Green and elsewhere. In her beautiful home she dispenses with free hand a genuine hospitality which sweetens the welcome accorded her guests and in a spirit of charity she contributes liberally of her means to benevolent objects. No worthy person applying to her for aid is ever turned empty-handed away, and, like the village preacher of whom Goldsmith speaks, her house is known to all the poor and unfortunate. She has frequently responded with liberal donations to religious purposes and the Christian church of which she is an humble and faithful member, has often profited by her benefactions.
Mrs. Anglin is a lady of culture and refinement and her years set lightly upon her, time having been very miserly in her case in the matter of ailments which are considered the sure precursors of advancing age. She possesses, as in the days of her prime, her physical and mental powers and bids fair to remain many years to make the world brighter and better because of her presence. All who know her praise her as she cheerfully makes any sacrifice to promote the happiness of others, modestly keeping herself from the public gaze while performing the many noble charities and kindly deeds with which her name has long associated. She is one of nature's true noble women, a modern Dorcas in her works of faith and labors of love, and the great future, whose doors do not outward swing. has nothing which she need fear.
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