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PAGE. PAGE.

. -v: >he County, Past and Present.. 7 Marion 24

cu'er 12 Perry 26

iint\3n 1-1 Sugar Creek HS

agle* Ifi Union ol

iarris/^n 19 Washington o3



k/son -• 20 Worth.

' iersor 23



■ ^ TOWNS aND CITIE.?.

Lebanon 37 Clarkstovn tU

Tborntown 41 Fryette.. G2

.'■.imestown 45 Ne-v Brunswick 62

Zionsville 49 Millageviiie 63

Whiteslo'.vn 52 Kazelrigg Station 63

Mechaniciburg o3 Warl... 64

E.'^gle Village 54 xV Iranoe ;. f]4

Dover 57 Royal ton oo

N-;,rthfield 6u

COMMUNICATIONS.

From Hon. William B Berch 67 From Thomas P. Miller 101

■' John Lowe 72 " William E Lane.. IC/J

" -Sol. Sering 77 " Geo. B. Richard'-on -.116

.'• Geo. W.Gibson 80 '' Elizabeth Marvin 127

'■' Samuel Evan.^ 96 '' Aiaeiia Zion 128

J" WilHaui H. Mills P7 " Chas. F. S. Neal I;i2'

■; " James A. Kichardson 98 " H. M. La Follette 137

t MISCELLANEOUS.

Boone Co. Agricultural Society.. 147 County Representatives 154

County Poor Farm 150 " Commissioners 154

Probate Court 150 Pro.«ecat:ng Attorney 155

(. ommon Pleas Court 151 Court Hous:-i 155

Circuit Court 151 Attcneys, Pa.st and Present 156

State Senators 152 Secret Orders of the Counlv 157



496



INDEX.






MISCELLANEOUS— Continued.

PAGE.



County Sheriffs 152

" Kecorders 153

" Surveyors 153

" Treasurers 153

•' Coroners 153

" Clerks 154

" Auditors 154



Variety Chapter , 16-

The Press of the County IK?

Early Physicians iT-J

Geology of the County. i7i'

Cemeteries of the County -i'^O

List of Soldiers Ir'.S



CHURCHES.



Eagle Creek Baptist 201

Antioc or Poplar Grove- "'

Dover "

Elizr-.ville "

Mount Tabor "

Mount's Run "

Lebanoa ''

Bethel M.E.

Thorotown "



.Christi?



x>!g bprings

Jamestown "

Lebanon "

Mount Zion M. P.



201
202
203
204
205
206
207
208
209
211
212
213



Zionsville

Ward

Jamestown "

Lebanon Presbyteriim

" .Christian

Eli?,aville Pre-^bycerian

Hopewell "

Salem "

Whitostown Lutheran

Pleasant View Newlight

Old L'nion Christian

Sugar Plain



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443



BIOGRAPHIES.



Airhart, John 227

Airbart, Henry 22b

Brendeil, Frederick 228

Eooher, Benjamin 229

Bali, John M 2.i-3

Beach, Caleb S 234

Bunton, Greeubury 234

Buntin, .John L 235

Beck, Sol. W 235



Bow



eu, Sampson 23G



Bennett, Ilecry 1 237 '

Burns, Andrew 23S

Bums, John M 2oS

Brenton, Hiram 239

Beck, .John 240

Boone, A. J 241

iieck, Anthony 242

Busby, F. M 243



T^ragg. James ...-245

Crtgun. S. N 24"

Crose Family 24'"

Coldweli, David A 24'.*

Cros.", Elijah 24'}

Craven. Oliver 2:"

Chambers, John 2" i

Cain, Ru2l 2^1

Coldweli, Barton 2'/2

Coldweli, David 25 J

ColdwpJI, William 2•■•^

Cohee, Andrew 254

Cory, Nathan - 254

Campbell, >riehael D... 25'

Cunningham, Samuol '-'.''•

Click, Nicholas. « 25''.

Combs, Wm. H ...2'7

Cason Family 444



INDEX.



497



BIOGRAPHIES— CoNTiNTED.



Conrad, Martin 257

Cobb, Wiliiani 451

Davenport, Austin 25S

Dnzau, Mark A 259

Dinsmore, Jacob 259

Duzau, John 2G0

Dye, George, Sr 2G0

Dodson, George, 201

Dukes, W. S 203

Davis, John 2G5

Duiin, John, Sr. 2G5

Dale, James B 2G6

Dickerson, Fleming 271

Daughertv, Joseph F 271

Dovving, James, Sr. ..; 272

Dangherty, L. C 27o

Devol, W.J 274

Daily, A. C 276

Erskio, Michael 278

Emert, Simon 279

Evans, James 2S0

Evan.';, Evan 281

Farlow, George 2S3

P'ordice, Nelson 283

Gregory, Maj. B. M 2S5

Golcisberrv, John J , 2S5

GoodTN'ia, Seth 2S6

Gipson, Ij.aa!; 2S7

Garret te, Xatban B 289

HarJen, Joim 291

Huovc-r, David 292

Hogshire, Wm. K 293

Heath, James,. .294

Harri-jon, Joyiah S 294

Hazelrigg, H. G- 29G

Haa'ii, Robert 297

HoUingsworth, Joseph.. 298

Higgii]s, John 298

Hauser, Lf.<.-i.s 299

Hollicg,;>vurlli, Samuel .300

Hill, William 301

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PACE.

Harris, Matthew. 302

Hiestand, Sunuel .302

Heady, Almond 303

Ploward, John 304

Head, Manaon '....304

Irwin, Jame.s 305

laeiihour, -Jona'h'an 306

Kincaid, John 307

Johns, Jacob, Sr 309

Jackson, Jesse 311

Jones, Jacob, Sr 312

.Jackson, Joseph.... .313

Kincaid, Fred 314

Kersey, Thomas 314

Kise, Col."Wm. C 315

Klingler, John 31G

Ki.se, Gen. Kea!)en C 318

Knottri, Abner - 319

Lo'.ve, Freilerick 320

Lane Family 321

La Follette, H. M 322

Long, Squire 325

Laughner, "Wm. J...- 325

Lucus, Henry 326

La Folletta, Jacob S 327

Lee, S. A 452

Marvin, H. M 327

Murphvj John 331

:\[etcah, T. S 331

Martin. James M 332

Miller, T. P 451

Miller, Wm 455

McDonald, .James A. 333

McLeui', Wm 333

McLoan, Samiiei 334

McLonghlin, Joseph T 453

McCann, James 335

Miller, .\. 453

Neal, Stephen 335

JJicely, William 344

Neilcs, James 344



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IXDEX.



BIOGRAPHIES^CoNTiNUED.



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PAGE.

Neal, C. F. S 456

Pauly, Eenjamin 345

Pitzer, J. D 346

Porter, H. W 346

Powell, Isaac 347

Patton, J. M 348

Phillips, W. W 348

Parr, Jacob 349

Richarflson, Jonaihan 351

Robinson, Dr. Ahijah 351

Robinsoj, Ozias 354

Rose Family 456

Roberts, H. J .354

Reagan, Dr. Je5.se 355

Roberts, \Vm. R '355

Rodefer, Samuel 356

Sanford, ^S''m. R 359

Siiaw,'John 3G0

Starkey, Dr. W. D 360

Shclbnrn, John 362

fctaton, V/iiliatn 45S

Shelburn, Thomas J 362

Strong, S. S 4'S

Stultz Famllj 363

Sullivan, P. H 459

Smith, Wm .304

Smith, Wm. Warren.. 3f>4

Smith, Aaron 366

Sample, James H 3G8

Stephenson, Robert 367



PAGE

Shoemaker, George 338

Slociim, John 368

Sicks, Philip .....369

Scott, G. W.. 370

Smith, Isaac II 371

Stipes, Thomas J 372

Tipton, Jacob 372

Turner, James 376

Tansell, Leland 377

Thornburg, James 378

Titup, Stephen 379

Titus, \Vm 379

Trotter, Anderson 380

Threiikield, Dennis 382

Taylor, W. R 382

Thompson, James A oS3

Thayer, Oel 384

Trout, Wm. W .384

Utter, Abraham 385

"Wilson, Jones H 386

West, Wm 387

Warren, Solomon 387

Wills, James 388

West, Samuel 3S9

Woody, Cynthia Ann 389

Whittaker, Benj. F 459

Wyaong, John 300

Young, Wm 391

Zion, Wm 392



POETRY.



Ey John Ixiwe 143

" Dr. K. T. Cotton 145

" Samuel Harden 146



By R. W. H 437

" S. W. T.~ ....439



From Samuel Hanlen.



LETTERS.



.395



This Work is
Most Respectfully Dedicated

TO THE

Pioneers of B<j«tNE C<)UNtv,
Indiana.



Lebanon, Ind., May 10, 18S7,



PREFACE.



^ The necessity of the following work is our apology for writ-

^ iug the same. Time, in its onward flight, has taken from>
\ among us those who first settled our county. But few of
r' the pioneers now remain to witness its prosperity. One:
v^ of the objects of this work will be to remember those who
v/ with strong hands and brave hearts came to battle with the^
hardships incident to a frontier life. Heretofore we have
\ rushed through life not taking time to inquire who it was
S| who first had the hardihood to settle in Boone County — who
^ it was who first built his cabin in the woods. In the follow-
ing book it will be our aim to show who were the pioneers
and what became of them. The thoughtful mind can not
view the transit from the green woods to the now well-culti-
vated fields without a degree of thankfulness coming up la
his heart, also inquiries arising such as above mentioned.
This book is v/ritteu in part to show the contrast between ihe
past and present. While we desire to give all the first set-
tler's names it will be out of the question to give all, for th.ere-
were some who came to stay but a short time, who soon went
farther west, not staying here long enough to become identi-
fied with the county. Bat those who remained and helped
develop the county we hope to remember. Another feature-
of our work will be comrauuications from well-informed per-
sons throughout the county, who were actors themselves. The-
hands that wrote them helped clear away the logs and brush.
We point with pride to those letters. They will at once be



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€ PREFACE.

recognized as coming from well-informed and intelligent citi-
zens. The publishers do not claim a perfect work. Many
incideuts aod facts will, as a matter of course, be left out, for
sixty years with its many changes have covered up many in-
teresting reminiscences. Mistakes will occur, but none will
regret them more than the publishers. To those who have
oontributed so much to make our labor light, we will kindly
remember, for without such help it would have been out of
the question to have gotten up anything like a respectable
work. And to those who so kindly entertained us^ at their
homes, while we were obtaining material for the " Early Life
and Times in Boone," we will ever hold in kind remembrance.
It will be a pleasure in after life to recall the pleasant homes
we have visited in Boone County. It would be base ingrat-
itude in us not in some way to return our thanks for such
kind treatment received on every hand.

Harden ct Spahr, Publishers.
Lebanan, In'd., May, 1S87.



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EARLY LIFE AND TIMES



-IN-



BOONE COUNTY, INDIANA



BOONE COUNTY— PAST AND PRESENT.

Boone County occupios a central position in the great State
of Indiana. It is bounded on the north by Ciiuion County,
on the east by HamiltoUj on the west by Montgomery and on
the south by Marion and Hendricks Counties. It is twenty-
four miles from east to west and seventeen and a half miles
from north to south. It contains about 268,000 acres, two-
thirds of which is in cultivation. Its central poi:;tiou, excel-
lent soil, water power, and other advantages, natural and
improved, ranks it among the first counties of the state. It is
now nearly sixty-five years since Boone County was settled
by the white man. It is true a remnant of the Miami Indians
occupied the northwest corner of the county by stipulation
from the government till 182S. Here they had lived, hunted
and traded for sixty years previous, but about the year 1834
their fires went out and their songs were heard no more. They
left traces, however, that to-day are visible, i. e., the graves
of their fathers and children. This reserve or territory em-
braced all of Sugarcreek Township, two thirds of V>' ash log ton,
nearlv one-half of .TetftTSon and five sections of Center Town-



8 EARLY LIFE AND TIMES IN

ship, in all about fifty-two tliousand acres. 'Let us go back
sixty-five years and take a glance at the surroundings, What
do we find? An unbroken wilderness, no roads, no mills,
deep-taugled brush and viues, and a good portion of ihe land
covered with water. To this glo'irny-Iooking place a few
hardy pioneers carae in 1823 or 1824. They came principally
from Kentucky, Pennsylvania and North Carolinn. Among
the first settlers were the following: Patri'.'k II. Sullivan^
Jacob and John Sheets, David Hoovor, A. H. Longly, Benj.
Dunn, Austin Davenport, the Harmons, Smiths, Dyes, D'>b-
sons, Bishops, Rays, Emmerts, Dnzans, ^Buntons, MoC'anns,
Evaas, Doyles, Turners, Ri(4iard-ons, Parrs, Thornberrys,
Becks, Slocums, 2IcCoys, Benj. Cox, Hiram McQuid.y, G, V\',
Gibson, Isaac Gibson, Wra. Ziou, John Busby, the Bo^.vens,
Brentons, Wylies, S:imples, Cald wells, Shelleys, Stephen Xtal;
Lanes, Neeses, AVests, Robinsons, Lowes, Shaws, Carrs, Slay-
backs, Samuel Peuey, George and Henry Lucas, David Ray,
Laughners, Iseuhours, Kootzs, John Higgins, Burnhams,
Stephen Titus, Newton Cassady, Rutledges, McDonald-, Jas.
Downing, SVni West, John G'>od, Fleming Dickerson. Jacob
Dinsmore, Edward ^Yooien. Edwards, Leaps, Eii Smith, B. B.
Smith, Nathaniel Scoi t, Holiingsworths, Doolys, Shoemakers,
Dalins, Washington Hutton, Kiinglers, Daniel and H. G-
Larimore, Abner Kootts, John M. Burns, Jos. Hocker, Jacob
Angle, S. S. Strong, Daniel A. Caldwell, "Wm. Smith, Vv^'m.
Hill, Michael D. Campbell, Jas. A, TjH)mpson, Wm. Young,
Claybourne Young, Clayburn Cain, John V. A'oung, W'ni.
Farlow, Airharis, John Porter, W. Ef . Coon?.i)s, John McLean,
Jas. Davis, John Crisraan, J. T. Hiirt, Headys, Wra. Walters,^
Isaah Miller, S. P. Dewses, Resin Garrett, Robt. Stephousou,.
William and Henry I. Bennett, Hiram J. Roberts, Perkinses^
Jas. Chitwood, Jas. S. Dale, Noah Chitwood, Jas. Edwards,-
Geo. Waiters. J. B. Fear, Geo. il. Johnson, W. J I. Crose-
Jos. and Geo. Keeth, Chambcrses, Solomon Warren, Samuel
Reese, David Crose, Samuel Long, John Goldsbury, Jolire
Graham, Robt. Hamil, Jas. Thornbury, Lewis Harris, Ed,



BOONE COUNTY, INDIANA. i>

JacksoD, Jacob Johns, John Wright, John Baird, Jas. Moore,
Robt. Bel], Oliver Cravens, Jos. Bishop, Elias Bishop, "\Vm.
Bishop, Wrn. Powell, Jerry Washburn, Wni, and Jas. Ross,
Peterses, Richard Hull, Xoah Burkett, Daniel Lewis, John
Sargent, Aaron Pbipps, Francis Kincaid, Wu). Kincaid, Jas»
Irwin, Jas. Davi<, McCords, Robt. Thomas, Jas. McCoy,
Jacob Tipton, Jonathan H. Rose, Jas. McLaughlin, Jacob
Kernodle, l^evi Line, W. E Lane, Dr. Simpson, Jesse Daven-
port, Thos, Blake, John Wolfe, George and John Stephenson.
Andrew Harvey, Jesse Essex, George Shirts, the Sedgwicks,
We.-hy Smith, Jolin Imblor, Leilden Denny, Solom'ui Buck,
Thomas Brovv-n, the Kise family, Washington W. Phillips,
Aldridges, Elisha Jackson, V/ni Kenwortby, Beuj. Sweeny,
Jas. \'an Eaton, Archibald Scott, Motlats, Adrian Ball, John
Miller, TVm. Payriel, Robert Clark, Robert Morrison, Wm.
Turner, Samuel Brenton, Joshua Burnham, Elish Riley, Geo.
Osborn, J. G. Pierce, Silas Kenwortby, John Pauly, Phillip
Lucas, Schoolers, Utterbacks, John Peters, Wm. Statun, J. A.
Rudasills, Bohannans, Penningtons, Slagais, G. W\ Lumpkius,
Jesse Turner, Alexander Fortner, Swopes, Anderson Trotter,
Jacob Stouekiug, Letters, Jesse Jackson, Geo. Farlow, Matthew
Harris, Geo. W. Scott, John Shelburn, Jas. G. Stype, Wm.
Xicely, John C. Hill, Wm. and Jas. Marsh, the Peters family
and Hiram Cragen.

The following are the names of tne twelve men who com-
posed the first grand jury in the county : Cornelius Westfail,
David McCoy, Francis Howard, \. H. Phillips, James ^Vil-
liaras, Lewis Dewees, Joshua Foster, John Horrell, Andrew
Houston. Martin Lewis, James Blue, Jacob Sheets, E. P.
Shannon, Frederick Lowe and John Tvoog.

The county at one time was considered low and level, and
in one sense of the word it was true. Yet while it is low and
level it is no less the dividing summit of White River and the
^V abash. The water flows almost in es^ery direction in Boone
County, and it is said the highest point between the lakes and
the Ohio River is between Lebanon and Whitestown near



10 EARLY LIFE AND TIMES IN

Holmes Station. Be this as it ma}-, the coimty is far fioai
being a low, wet country. Since the water ha? been contiueti
to deeper channels and numerous ditches, the laud as a rule
is dry and can be cultivated. Before going farther we per-
haps ought to say something that almost every person already
knows, viz : that our county was named in honor of Daniel
Boone, the noted Kentucky hunter. It was organized in 1S30,
when there were only 622 citizens in the county. Lebanon
was chosen as the name of the county seat. The principal
streams in the county are Sugar Creek, Eel River, Big and
Little Eagle Creeks, Prairie Creek, Brown's Wonder, Mud
Creek, Raccoon, Fishback, Mounts Run, and Spring branch.
Nearly if not all at one time afforded propelling power for
mills, machinery, etc. Since the introduction of steam they
are no longer used for that purpose. The Michigan road,
which was laid out in 1830, passes through the entire county,
entering it at the southeast corner at section one, three- fourths
of a mile south of Eagle Village, running slightly to the west
cf north through the towus of Eagle Village, Clarkstown,
Xorthfield and Slabtown, le iving the county in Marion Town-
ship at section eighteen, near the northwest corner of the
township. The Indianapolis, Cincinnati & Lafayette Railroad
enters the county at the southeast corner south of Zionsville,
passing in a northwest direction through the towns of Zions-
ville, Whitestown. Holmes Station, Lebanon, Hazlerigg Sta-
tion, and Tiiorntown, leaving the county northwest of the last
named place some two miles. Xumber of miles in the county,
twenty-eight. The Indiana, Bloomington & Western 'Rail-
road passes through the southwest corner of the county. It
enters Jackson Township at sect'on eleven a short distance
southeast of Jamestown. Running a little north of west a
distance of three and a half miles it leaves the county at sec-
tion thirty-one where it enters Montgomery County. The
Anderson, Lebanon A: St. Louis Rulroad, nov/ the Mid-
land, passes through the county from east to west. It enters
the county in Union Township at section thirty-sis, passing



! BOOXE COU.NTY, INPIAXA. 11

through the towns of Rosston, Lebanon and Advance, leaving
the county at section thirty, in Jackson Township. The road
is now only finished as far as Lebanon. The last spike was
driven eleven miles east of Lebanon, January 22, 1887, From
Lebanon west the road runs in a southwestern direction. The
distance through the county is nineteen miles. The Indian-
apolis and Lafayette State road passes through the county
in a northwest direction, entering the county on the south line
near Royalton at section seven, passing through Royaiton,
Lebanon and Thorntowu and leaving the county northwest
of Tliorntown some three miles. The Xoblesville and Straw-
town road passes through the county from east to west, enter-
ing it in Marion Township at section thirty-six, passing through
the towns of Elizaville and Thorntown, a distance of twenty-
four miles. The principal road running through the center
of the county and running east and west enters the county in
Union Township on the east at section sixteen, passing through
the towns of Lebanon and Dover, leaving the county at section
thirty-one, three miles west of the latter place, where it enters
Montgomery County.

Having given a short geographical description of the county,
noting the principle streams, roads, etc., we will now intro-
duce some statistics showing the marvelous growth from a
population of 622 persons in 1830. The population in 1840
was 8,121. la 1850 the population was 11,631. In 1860,
16,733. In 1870 the population was 22,593. In 1880 it was
51,778. The taxable property in 1S86 was thirteen million
dollars. The real value can not be less than twenty-five mil-
lion dollars. The number of voters in 1886 was 6,760. The
number of school children in 1885 was 9,788. Value of school
property in 1885 was §158,180.50. Number of school teach-
ers, 165. Number of school houses, 135. Number of bushels
of wheat raised in 1880 was 838,341. Number of bushels of
corn, 1,303, 228. Number of bushels of oats, 87,350. Number
of mules in 1880 wa:? 499. Number of horses, 6,317. Value
of fruit for the year 1880: aj)ples, 238,872 bushels; peaches,



12 EAKLY LIFE AND TIMES IX

2,371 bushels. Number of pounds of wool for the year l->79
was 48,446 ; number of pounds of honey, 14,087 ; number of
pounds of butter, 335,142. Number of acres in clover for the
year 1880, 7,292; number of acres of blue grass in 1830, 27,-
971; number of tous of hay in 1870 was 11,905; numl.-er of
bushels of barley in 1880, 3,792 ; number of bushels of Irish
potatoes in 1880, 76,027; number of pounds of tobacco in
1880, 2,2G3. Number of churches in 1883 was 62; number
of church organizations, 65; number of members, 4,104.
Value of church property in 1883 was $43,850. Number of
school children in 1870 was 8,205 ; number iu 1880^9,358;
number in 1885, 9,788. Number of voters in 1880, 6,362.
The population of the county at this writing (1887) is esti-
mated at 33,800. Number of pensioners, 230. The foregoing
statistics are given in a general way to show the grov> th of
the county for the past sixty years. They must appear satis-
factory to the thinking mind. The growth of the towns have
been in the same ratio with that of the county. Especially da
we point with pride to our county seat. From a little muddy
village we have arrived to a city of no mean proportions.
Under the head of " Sketches of Towns" we will dwell more
at length. As we intend this as only a general survey of the
county we have also given in township sketches some facts
and statistics of considerable length, which will account for
this seeming short article.

CENTER TOWNSHIP.

Center Township occupies a central position iu the county
and contains about sixty-two square miles. It is a very irreg-
ular shape, having in and out corners almost without number.
The principal stream draining it is Prairie Creek, flowing-
from the southeast to the northwest past Lebanon. In former
years this little stream had its own way, especially when it
got on a high. Of late years, however, at a great expense It
has been confined to a channel. Thus improved it affords an



BOONE COUNTY, INDIANA. 13

outlet for countless ditches, drains, etc. The ludianapolis,
Cincinnati & Louisville Railroad |)asses through Center a
distance of about ten miles, running in a northwest direction,
entering at section ten at the southeast and leaving it at section
twenty-one at the northwest. The soil here is on an average
with the other townships and has kept pace in improvements.
We speak now of the township only. Under the head of
*' Sketch of Lebanon " will be found a more detailed account.
It is difficult to speak of one without referring to the other,
especially in regard to the early settlement, so closely are their
histories allied. Xecessarily this sketch of Center must be
short, and under the head referred to above we will speak
more in full of what might seem proper here. It would be
useless to repeat, as we have decided to put it in the "Sketch
of Lebanon," the first settlement having been made there.
The history of Center Township is not unlike the histories of
the other townships. First, a few hardy pioneers settling in
the woods, building their cabins, clearing their patches here
and there, log-roliings. house-raisings, etc. Improvements
caraa gradually. The little fields widened out, the cabin gave
way to hewed log houses and then to frame and brick dwell-
ings. Thus it has been here and in every township in our
now grand county. First the little blazed paths, then the cut
out roads, then the gravel roads in their own good time, and
thousands of like improvementsand advancements have dawned
upon us. A few have lived to see these changes and many
have fallen by the way. It has cost toil and labor untold to
bring aljDUt these improvements. The pioneers underv>ent
privations and liardships that the present generation know
nothing about. Xo citizen can view these changes without a
feeling of pride and satisfaction. The contrasts in many re-
ijpccts are wonderful. Center Township has grown in po]>u-
lation from a few souls in 1<S29 to now near four thousand.
The population in 1S70 \vas 2,856; in 1880 it was 3,826.
Number of voters in 18SG was 1,573; number of school houses,
17; number of school children in 1885 Avas 1,097, not includ-



14 EARLY LIFE AND TIMKS IN

ing Lebanon. The following have served as trustees: A-
Robinson, A. C. Daily, Millroy Lane, J. A. Gardner, Tjos.
H. Martin, R. W. Matthews, and H. L. Bynum, elected April,
1886.

CLINTOX TOWXSHIP.

This township is the east center and in the north tier of
townships adjoining Clinton County. It contains thirty-three
squate miles, six miles from east to west and five and one-half
miles from north to south. Sugar Creek enters it at the north-
west corner, cutting off about one section. Mud Creek and
Brown's "Wonder flow through the town.rship in a north-
western direction and empty into Sugar Creek, the former just
north of the center of the township in the edge of Clintoa
County, and the latter entering near Mechanicsburg in Wash-
ington Township. Tarepin Creek, or branch, also flows in the
same direction. The soil is productive, and rapid improve-
ments are being made in the way of ditching. The streams



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