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family, returned to their former home in St. Joseph county, where
he invested in lands. His father bought a steam saw-mill; in this
business he utterly failed. He then disposed of the remnant of his
property, and in the fall of 1862 he aiid family started for Califor-
nia. The}' spent tlie winter in Iowa, and in the spring Jolin and
his family started for California, and met his father and family at
Council Bluffs, Iowa, where a large train was starting across the
plains. They arrived in California Aug. 5. They returned home
in 1865. on the Union Pacific railroad. Sept. 16, 1870, his mother
died, and the 30th day of the following October his father died, at
the ripe age of 80 years. Our subject was married May 20, 1847,
to Ann E. Petrie, daughter of Wm. and Mary Petrie, natives of
Canada, and they had 11 children, 'f whom 6 are living; viz.:
William, Mary E., now wife of Jacob Rinehart; Joseph A., John 0.



738 HISTORY OF ST. JOSEPH COUNTY.

W., Anna E., now wife of Marion Murray, and Ada J. July 23,
1880, the happiness of Mr. Cripe was marred by the death of his,
wife. In the death of tliis aimable woman a loss was suffered in
that family that can never, never be repaired. She did all in her
power to harmonize the feelings of this little family and to promote
their earthly happiness. She was always clieerful and sociable, and
by tlms doing siie won the love and esteem of all who knew her.
Even the stranger, however depraved he appeared to be, was cared
for and treated with the greatest hospitality. In this sad affair a
family circle is broken, and the neigliborhood has lost a friend whose
equal is seldom found. She was a member of the German Baptist
Church for 18 years, and during that time led a life of perfect con-
sistency.

Tohias Cripe, brother of the preceding, was born in this county
in 1837; lived on a farm in St. Joseph county till 1848, when he
and his parents went to|Oregon Territory. They lived 'mid the
wilds of that uncivilized Territory till 1850, when they went to Cali-
fornia, and in 1852 they returned to St. Joseph county. He followed
farming iiere till the spring of 1863, when he went back to Cali-
fornia; he lived there till 1870, when he returned to this county,
where he has since resided, following farming and stock-raising. His
father was one of the earliest settlers in St. Joseph county; he
broke the land of the first lot in South Bend. In 1862 Mr. Tobias
Cripe was married to Ann R. Hullinger, by whom he has had 4 chil-
dren, viz.: Sarah F., David S., Oliver and Edward. Mr. Cripe
owns a farm of 115 acres, valued at $70 per acre.

William, Cripe was born in 1819 in St. Joseph county; his
parents were John and Eliza Cripe, both natives of Indiana; he
was reared on a farm and has since followed that occupation. He
was married in 186S to Miss Jane Jones, and to them have been
born one child, Ralph W.

Benjamin Eager was born Oct. 25, 1816, in Pennsylvania; his
parents, John and Hester Eager, were also natives of Pennsylvania.
In 1828 he and his parents went to Holmes county, Ohio, and in
1835 to Seneca county. He was married Aug. 22, 1844, to
Elizabeth Bolin, daughter of James and Mary Bolin. This union
was blest with 7 children, 5 of whom are living, viz.: James M.,
John M., Benjamin F., Lee and Lottie, wife of Eleazer Smith. Mr.
E. owns a farm of 156 acres.

Dr. James F. Endly, editor and publisher of the St. Joseph
Republican, Walkerton, Ind., was born in Wayne county, Ohio,
Aug. 22, 1839; his parents were Samuel and Eosanna Endly; when
in early childhood, he was taken by his parents to La Grange,
where he was reared .and educated in the common school. He
began the study of medicine when 18 years of age, and in one year
qiiit it for a time; then resumed it and studied two years, and
commenced practicing in De Kalb county, Ind. In 1866 he went
to Brimfield, Noble county, and in 1868 he attended the Bennett
Medical College at Chicago. At the close of the term he returned




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HISTORY OF ST. JOSEPH COUNTY. 741

to Brimtield and resumed practice. In IS";) he came to Walkerton
and opened a drug store, also continuing practice till Jnlv, 1879,
when he and Dr. Richmond established a paper called The Yan
Guard; ailer publishing this paper about three months, Dr. E. and
his son AVillie A. purchased the pi-inting ofSce and started the
St. Joseph Comity Repuhlican. Dr. E. was married June 22,
18-51, to Miss Cora A. Coomer, a native of La Grange county, and
they have one child, Willie A. Dr. E. still owns a drug store in
"Walkerton, besides other property.

Neely Frame was among the earliest settlers in St. Joseph
county. He was born in Ohio Oct. 29, 1809; his parents were
Jesse and Nancy Frame. In 1821 he came with his parents to
Wayne county, Ind., where he spent the first half of hislife; and in
1830 he came to this county, the southern part of which was then
still an Indian territory. The county was organized the fall prior
to his coming here. He saw the first boat that ever passed up the
St. Joseph river; it was in the spring of 1S31. Mr. Frame moved
into Lincoln tp., where he was elected the first Justice of the Peace.
He was married in June, 1815, to Catharine Leach, daughter of
Daniel and Nancy Leach, natives of Pennsylvania; of their 11 chil-
dren 10 are living, viz.: Nancy, now Mrs. Win. Long; Almira, now
Mrs. Andrew; Eliza A., now Mrs. Lewis VanPelt; Daniel W.,
Horace G., Anson E., Schuyler C. and John N. He owns 140
acres in' sec. 13.

Jacoh C.Fulmer was born in New York Dec. 1, 1827. His par-
ents, Jacob and Polly Fulmer, were natives of New York. He
was reared on a farm and educated in a common country school.
He eame to this county in October, 1853. In 1857 he was inarried
to Miss Eosanna Hayes, by whom he has had 2 children, viz.:
Schuyler C. and Maria E., both school teachers. Mr. F's great-
grandfather, Christian Fulmer, served seven years in the Revolu-
tionary war; first entered as a drummer boy.

Oliver R. Faliner is the 4th child in a family of 6 children,
the others being Mary J., Evart, Alfred, William and Henry, all
of whom are now deceased. Oliver was born in Cuyahoga county,
N. Y., son of Christian Fulmer. He came with his parents to this
county in 1835, and settled in Lincoln tp., being the first family
that had settled here. Here on the frontier the subject of this
sketch was reared to manhood. He was married July 16, 1854, to
Elizabeth Dewitt, by whom he had 2 children, both dead. Mr.
Fulmer again married Dec. 6, 1865, to Catharine Miller, daughter
of Samuel and Elizabeth Miller, natives of Ohio. The}' have had
3 children; Martha A., Dora M. and Mamie Pearl. Mr. Y. followed
farming till the spring of 1860, when he went to California, via the
overland route. He returned in 1862 via Panama. In December,
1863, he enlisted in the army in Co. H, 12tli Cavalry. He partici-
pated in the battles of Stone River, Huntsville, Alabama, and siege
of Mobile, where he was taken sick, which resulted in his being

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742 HISTORY OF ST. JOSEPH COUNTr.

confined for six months in the Columbus hospital; after he recov-
ered he returned home and resumed farming, which he followed till
he moved to Walkerton. Mr. Fulmer is a member of the Masonic
fraternit}'.

Mr. Fulmar's father, Christian Fnlmer, was born Oct. 4, 1799,
and when the war of 1812 opened lie, nothing but a boy of 13
summers, procured a drum and enlisted for the position of drum-
mer. He passed through that war, and when the Mexican war
broke out he went as Drum Major there, and in the late war he
was Drum Major. Thus he had a militar}- life in three wars. He
died Dec. 6, 1S7S, at the ripe age of uearlj' 80 years. He had been
a member of the Baptist Ciiurch for a half a century, and fully that
long a member of the Masonic fraternity.

J. M. B. Giberson, proprietor of the Florence House, Walkerton,
Ind., was born in Wayne county, IS. Y., Dec. 25, 1833; his parents
were Jacob M. and Anna Giberson; he was reared on a farm and
educated in the common schools; when young he learned the
harness-maker's trade, at which he worked in after years. In 1849
he went to Lafayette, Ohio, and in 1850 to Liverpool, O., where he
staid till 1852, when he went to Randolph, Stark county, O. In
1853 he came to Walkerton, where he resided till 1855, when he
returned to his native place and remained till Aug. 22, 1862, when
he enlisted in the army. He served one year in Co. D, 162d Reg.
N. Y. Inf. While in the military service he participated in the
following engagements: Fort Patterson, Algiers and the skirmish
from Brazier City to Fort Patterson, wliicli lasted seven days. He
was discharged Aug. 3, 1SG3, at New Orleans. He then returned
to Walkerton and opened the Walkerton Hotel, which house he
kept till 1875, when he built the Florence House. Mi\ G. was
married May 2, 1853, to Miss Lizzie Smallman, daughter of
Francis and Elizabeth Sniallman, and they have one child, Florence,
now wife of George H. Leslie. To them have been born 2 children,
viz.: Ada Lizzie and Francis Morris.

W. C. Hah, of the iirm of Eeece & Hale, meat merchants, was
born June 20, 1845. He is a son of William and Clarinda Hale,
both natives of Virginia. His father died when he was but two
years old. His mother is still living, at the aire of 60 years.

Win. W. HarnUton, of tlie firm of Hamilton & Thompson, pro-

frietors of the Walkerton Livery Stable, was born in Noble county,
nd., March 31, 1840; his parents, William and Nancy Hamilton,
■were also natives of Ohio; he was reared on a farm, and educated
in the common schools. In July, 1867, he came to Walkerton and
opened a grocery store. He continued in tiiis business a few years
only. He followed buggy and carriage painting about five years. In
September, 1861, he enlisted in the military service in Co. C, 30th
Kegt. Ind. Vol., and participated in the battle of Pittsburg Land-
ing; was wounded and was afterward discharged, having served
nearly one year. He was married July 12, 1871, to Miss Jennie
Whitticar, daughter of Nathaniel and Sarah Whitticar.



HISTORY OF ST. JOSEPH CODNTf. 743

John W. KirUingei\ proprietor of the Empire Ilouse, was born
April 4, 184S, in tiie " Boone State." His parents were Harrison
and Sarah Kirtsins;er. He lived in Kentucky till 18.59, when he
went to Johnson county, Ind. During the years lS62-'(]3 he was in
the employ of the Government, driving a stage-coach from Louis-
ville to Bardstown in Kentucky; he returned to Johnson county
in the early part of ISH-l, and inlS



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