HENRY LOGAN FLESHER, an agriculturist in Prairieton township, was born in Clark county, Illinois, July 12, 1867, the son of BENJAMIN F. and CAROLINE (HALL) FLESHER. In 1869, when Henry was but two years of age, the family home was established in Prairie Creek township, Vigo county, Indiana, where Benjamin F. FLESHER conducted a ferry and farmed, owning the estate of six hundred acres where his widow now resides. In their family were thirteen children, but the three eldest, Cookie, Charles and Rosa, are deceased; Frank is a traveling salesman for the Indianapolis Dry Goods Company; Henry Logan is the subject of this review; Cora is deceased; James has but recently become the proprietor of a barber shop in Robinson, Illinois, the finest shop in the state outside of Chicago; Effie B. FIGG lives in Prairieton township; Chauncey W. is with his mother; Edith PADDOCK is also a resident of Prairieton; Paul M., and the two youngest died in infancy.
Henry L. FLESHER in early life displayed an ingenious spirit, having built several engines when but a lad of fourteen years, and while in school his master mind planned many of the most notable inventions of recent date, but he was never financially able to carry out his ideas. In his inventive mind was fostered the plan of wireless telegraphy, and he was one of the first to devise the water fan for pumping water out of the coverdam, while another of his ideas was the pneumatic tire. At the age of twenty-four he married and moved to his present farm, then known as the COFFMAN place, renting fifty acres and purchasing a similar amount. He is a grain farmer. The Republican party receives his co-operation and support, and he has fraternal relations with the fraternal orders of Modern Woodmen of America, of Prairieton, and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Vigo Lodge, No. 476.
On the 4th of March, 1890, Mr. FLESHER married MARY C. LAYBOLD, who was born in Terre Haute, February 6, 1869, a daughter of Fred and Katy (OLZWORTH) LAYBOLD. Their seven children are: Katy C., born April 15, 1891; Mabel, November 19, 1892; Oran, October 25, 1894; Edna, September 24, 1895; Helen, December 24, 1897; Ralph, October 30, 1900, and Ray, April 16, 1904.
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