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to George W. Cassaday, resides in Clinton Township. The
following are the names of the children by the second mar-



320 EARLY LIFE AND TIMES IN

riage : William, John A., Amret L., all living at home. Mr.
Knotts owns a fine farm in the northern part of Clinton Town-
ship, and by industry and economy saved enough to do him
and have some left for his children. He came to this part of
the county when it was in the woods, in 1836, when he entered
his land where he now lives.

FREDERICK LOWE, .

One of the pioneers of Boone County, was born in Gilford
County, North Carolina, October 13, 1786. He was married
to Patience Grist, in Roan County, North Carolina, in the year
1811. Remained there until four children were born. Mrs.
Lowe was born March 17, 1788. The following children were
born in North Carolina: Sarah, married to Jacob Hoover,
deceased, buried in Kansas; she was born January 31, 1812;
John was born March 4, 1813, was married to Elizabeth Van-
devender January 22, 1837, in Boone County, she died July
29, 1839, is buried at the Bethel Cemetery, south of Clarks-
town. Mr. John Lowe was again married to Mrs. Lydia
Jones, June 27, 1841, died July 17, 1885, is buried at the
same cemetery; George, born November 3, 1815, married to
Eliza Davenport, December, 1836, he died in Stockwell, Indi-
ana, February, 1881, is buried at Bethel Cemetery; Celia,
married to Jesse Essex, June, 1834, she died in Pulaski
County, Indiana, is buried at Bethel Cemetery ; Mary, mar-
ried to James W. Blake about the year 1840, resides in Zions-
ville; Charity, married to Hiram Woolf about the year 1838,
resides in Missouri; William G., born November 18, 1822,
married to Melia Jones in the year 1844 ; Nancy, born in
1824, married to Asa Cox, re-ides in Kansas, her husband is
dead, as is Mr. Hiram Woolf; David G., born February 16,
1826, married to Terresa A. Wolf; Benjamin F., born in the
year 1835. Two died in infancy.

Mr. Lowe came to Boone County in the year 1826 and set-
tled on Eagle Creek. He died March 20, 1866. Mrs. Lowe




JAMES M. MARTIN.



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died May 13, 1878, buried at Bethel Cemetery, both members
of the Christian Church. Ho was the county agent and one
of the tirst county commissioners. In person Mr. Lowe was
tall, full six feet one inch high, fair complexion, light hair,
weight 185 pounds. He acquired tlie name of captain that
stayed with him all through life by being captain of the Indi-
ana Militia in 1827. The first meetings were held at their
house. He gave the land on whicli to erect the Eagle Creek
Regular Baptist Church, tlie first church in the county. In
the death of these two pioneers Boone County lost two
valuable citizens, who helped deveIo[) this county from a
wilderness.

THE LANE FAMILY,

Consisted of four brothers, who came to Boone County in
1835. Their names were as follows : Addison E., Josiah C,
Lewis and Levi; all now deceased except Levi, who resides
in Lebanon. They were the sons of William &nd Sarah Lane,
who died in Tennessee. Addison E. was born in Grange
County, Tenn., in the year 1804; was married to Sarah Den-
nis about the year 1824 ; came to Putnam County, Indiana,
1825; bought land near Greencastle. Josiah C. was born
February 11, 1806; was in 1828 married to Minerva Tomlin-
son, in Putnam County, Ind. Lewis was born in Tennessee,
1810; came to Putnam County in 1827; married there to
Emma Jackson. Levi, the only one now living, was born in
Grange County, Tenn., July 9, 1815; he was married to
Pheraby Hayes, September, 1841, in Lebanon, where he came
a short time previous. Mr. Levi Lane was, on his arrival,
installed as deputy clerk under S. S. Brown, and lias served as
deputy and county clerk by election, thirty-nine years — so lonn-
and so well did he serve as to have no equal in that capacitv.
He served three terms as county commissioner to the entire
satisfaction of all the people. The following are the names of
his children : Henry S., Clara L., E. T., druggist in Leba-
21



322 EARLY JAFE AND TIMES IN

non ; married to Ella Dougherty ; J. B. Lane, married to Eliza
Jenks; resides in Oxford, Ind. ; ]Millrod W.; resides at home ;
Albert L., resides at home; married to Mollie Robinson;
Eddie lives at home. Mr. and Mrs. Lane belong to the M.
E. Church. Addison E. and Josiah C. Lane enwa^ed in the
mercantile business in Lebanon for several years. Lewis en-
gaged in farming in 1849. Addison E. and fomily moved to
Texas, and both died there in 1873, in a few hours of each
other. Lewis Lane died near Lebanon, in 1880; his wife
died in 1877 ; but buried at the Brockway Cemetery. Josiah
C. died in Lebanon, May 11, 1885; his wife died in 1883;
all buried at the cemetery in Lebanon. This is a brief sketch
of an early and interesting family, highly esteemed by all.
Long may their memory live. The Lane family mostly were
members of the M. E. Church.

HARVEY MAPvIOX LaFOLLETTE.

The career of Mr. LaFolIette shows a man of pre-eminent
usefulness, holding a prominent place among the men M'hose
industry and ingenuity have illustrated the history of the
west. Few have done more or obtruded themselves less than
himself. His success, like all great successes, has been
achieved against constant disappointments. Perseverance and
indomitable energy have been characteristics of ]Mr. La Fol-
lette's life, which has been one of struggle, self-reliance, bold
efforts, hard won though inadequately required succes. He
was a son of Harvey and Susan C. LaFoIlctte, born in the
state of ^yisconsin, near Madison, September 8, 1858; two
years later removed to Indiana, and made their final home in
Thofntown, Boone County, Indiana, where his father was acci-
dentally killed by putting a new wheel in his flouring mill, in
1865, leaving a widow and "six small children, Harvey being
the fourth.

Young LaFolIette received his early education in the
Thorutown academy, entering school for the first time at the



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age of nine years, passing in five years through the primary
grammar grades, finishing Ray's higher algebra, and studying
geometry and Latin. His summer vacations were spent in
farm work and in the village stave factory. Every dollar
earned was invested in books of histories and travels. Skat-
ing to an excess in severely cold weather brought on hemor-
rhage of the lungs, and at the age of fourteen he was taken out
of school for nearly three years. During these three years he
spent most of his time reading the Thorntown library, it being
at that time one of the most complete libraries in the state.
In 1874 he attended for a time at the Friends' school, at Sugar
Plain. In 1876 he entered the junior year of the classical
course in \Yabash College, at Crawfordsvillo. but had scarcely
begun his term when he was threatened with a relapse of the
disease. He then decided to seek a milder climate, where
he might hope to secure the coveted education without the
certain sacrifice of his health. He determined to go to France,
and in the sunny land of his forefathers seek at once health
and culture.

It was certainly a great undertaking for a boy of eighteen,
with but little money and no acquaintances in Europe, to go
alone among strangers, trusting to make his way by his ov.'n
ability. He embarked from Xcw York, February, 1877. He
.studied two years in Paris at the College of France, the Acad-
emy of Paris and the Ecole des Ponts et Chaussees. At the
last named he took the regular })olytechnic course with the
view of an outdoor life, at the same time keeping up his favorite
studies in metaphysics and the languages, taking the full course
und'jr Laboulaye, Franck and Guillaume Guizot, at the Col-
lege of France.

To assist in maintaining himself he taught at night in the
international school of languages, under the direction of Mons.
At the end of two years, having regained his health, he devoted
his time exclusively to languages, metaphysics and teaching.
Spent some of his time at the university of Gottingen, and



324 EARLY IJFE AND TIMES IN '

passed six mouths in Rome attending lectures at the Collegi(j'
llomano and studying the Latin tongues. He traveled
through Germany, Bohemia, Hungary, Austria, Switzerland.
Italy, the Xetherlands, France and England, sometimes for
weeks on foot, sleeping in peasants' houses and learning by
actual contact the life and speech of the people.

In 1880 he returned to Indiana, having accomplished what
he had planned, and in that and the following years he taugiit
in the Union high schools at Westfield, Hamilton County.
September, 1881, he took charge of the former institution in
Tippecanoe County, was elected county superintendeut in
March; has been re-elected. His work as a teacher and sup-
erintendent has received great praise from those who are ac-
quainted with it. The Indiana School Journal, xVugust, 18S(i,
says of Mr. LaFollette : " He is one of the leading superin-
tendents in the state. He is perhaps the most scholarly man
in the field. He speaks five different languages and studied
several others. He spent some years abroad studying, and
owns one of the best private libraries in the state. He is a
hard v/orker and usually accomplishes what he undertakes."

At the solicitation of many educational men who knew his
eminent qualifications for the position Mr. LaFollete was a
candidate for the Republican nomination for superintendent
of public instruction, was nominated September 2, 188(3, and
after a heated contest was elected on the 2d day of Xovember
following, receiving a handsome majority over his opponent
and led his ticket by above two thousand.

His studies and observations in Europe, his knowledge of
literature and varied work in the different grades of public
schools gives him a breadth of knowledge and personal expe-
rience that especially fits him for the duties of the state super-
intendency. He succeeded the Hon. John V/. Holcombe,
March 15, 1887, Mr. Holcombe and Mr. LaFollette being
the youngest men ever elected to the state superintendency
by the people of Indiana. His friends feel confident that the
educational interests of Indiana will be ablv administered bv



BOONF COUNTY, INDIANA. 325

him. That the efficiency of the office reached under his im-
mediate predecessor will be maintained, and that the public
schools of this great state will continue to be the pride of the
people during his administration, uo one who knows him can
doubt.

SQUIIIE LONG.

It has been a long time since Mr. Long came to Boone
County, and longer yet since he was born. The latter event
occurred April 13, 1802, in Butler County, Ohio. Came to
Boone County in 1835; married to Sarah Piper, in Ohio, De-
cember 24, 1826 ; born July 12, 1807. They settled in Wash-
ington Township, entering a part of his land. Mr. Long died
June IS, 1842, and is buried at Thorntown ; Mrs. Long died
July 9, 1883, and is also buried at Thorntown. The following
are the names of their children : Samuel, married to Caroline
Ball, resides in Washington Township; James C, married to
Mary Busby, resides in Lebanon; Josej^h R., resides in Col-
orado'; Elizabeth E., married to John E. Stuckey, resides in
Washington Township on the old homestead. i\[r. and Mrs.
Long VN-cre both members of the Regular Baptist Church, were
good and useful citizens. They were pioneers indeed. Came
to the new country with strong hands and willing hearts to
brave the hardships incident to a frontier life. ^Iv. Long was
of fine physical form, large, with dark hair and eyes. He was
a Democrat of the old school.



WILLIAM J. LAUGHXER.

Mr; Laughner v.as born in Tennessee and in Green County,
Xovember 18, 1807. Was married to Catherine Hamean, No-
vember 18, 1830. Miss Hamean wa> the daughter of Jacob
Hamean, who w^is also born in Green County, Tcnn. ^Iv.
and ]Mrs. Lauohner were married by Rev. S. E. Hinkle, To
them were born twelve children. Seven are living and five



326 EARLY LIFE AXD TIMES IN

are dead. Those living are as follows: Samuel J., Ambrose
M., Anderson G., Martha E., Jacob H., Henry Y., James D.
Those who are dead are as follows : Mary A., Sallie E., AVill-
iam J., Margaret, Iraneas B. Mr. and Mrs. Laughner moved
from Tennessee to Clinton County, Ind., iu the fall of 1843.
Then to Boone County in 1849, near the town of Whitestown,
when that part of the county was quite new. Mr. Laughiier died
July 25, 1870, and is buried at the Lutheran Cemetery, three
miles cast of Whitestowu. The funeral sermon was preached by
the late E. S. Hinkle. Mrs. Laughner is yet living at the age
of seventy-six years, with her children living ai'ound her.
Both were members of the Lutheran Church, as well as most
of the family.

HENllY LUCUS,

Son of Philip Lucus, was born in Pennsylvania in 1813;
came with his parents to Worth Township in 1836, and con-
ircquently were among th(? early settlers of that part of the
county, lie was in his twenty-thi-d year when he came, just
entering: strong; manhood, rtadv for the btUtle of life ; and it was
a battle, for the outlook at that time in "Worth Towsiship was not
the most flattering, to say the lea-^t. The first few years he helped
develop his father's farm, teachiug school in the winter, and
thus acquiring a fair education that proved a great advantage
to him in after life. Henry Lucus from first to last occupied
a warm place in the hearts of the people with whom he moved
and lived, llepeatedly was he elected as justice of the peace
and township trustee. He served in all about eighteen years,
with general satisfaction. He vv-as a strong partisan, a Jack-
sonian Democrat, and as such he was elected to the offices
referred to above. He was nominated for county recorder in
1874 by the Democratic party, but wa^ defeated by W. F.
Morgan by a few votes less than one liundred. In person Mr.
Lucus was tall, light hair and complexion, a little stooping.
He did not belons; to anv church or societv. He moved to



BOONE COUNTY, INDIANA. 327

Putnam County, Ind., about the year 1881, and died there in
1884 or 1885, highly esteemed there as well as in Boone County,
where lie lived so lono- and was loved so well.



JACOB S. LaFOLLETTE.

Mr. L. was born in Montgomery County, Indiana, Febru-
ary 17, 1832. Son of Robert LaFollette, one of the pioneers
of that county. Jacob S. was married to Sarah E. Young,
September 9, 1856. Miss Young was born in Putnam County,
Indiana, July 8, 1836, the daughter of AVilliam M. Young.
Mr. Jacob S. LaFollette and wife moved to where they now
reside, in the year 1857, on the line dividing Montgomery and
Boone counties, and near Shannondale, on ]\Iuskrat, or Middle
Fork of Sugar Creek, and where they own a fine farm, well
cultivated. Mr. L. is one of the solid men of Boone County
in every respect, and enjoys the confidence of the people to a
great extent. He was in 1886 nominated to represent the
county, but was defeated by a few vot(;s, by J. H. Kelly. The
following are the names of his children : Sarah J., mar-
ried to Alonzo Young, resides in Montgomery County. Mary
F., married to Chester Cory, resides in Jefferson Township.
William R., married to Xancy C. Beck, resides in Jefferson
Township. Charles C. re-ides at home.'

Mr. Jacob S. LaFollette is an uncompromising Democrat,
of the Jacksonian school, yet he accords to othcsrs what he takes
for himself. See his and his wife's portraits in another part
of this work. Mr. LaFollette has served as justice of the
peace in his township four years; also is assessor for the town-
ship Jit this time (1887).



HON. HEXRY M. MARVIX.

Henry Martyn Marvin was born in Putnam County, X'ev>-
York, on the 6th day of Xovember, 1821. His birthplace
was on a farm and dairy, which occupation he followed until



328 EAELY LIFE AND TIMES IN

nineteen years of age, wlien he went to New York City and
engaged in the grocery business for two years, or until he was
twenty-one years of age, and in April, 1843, started for Indi-
ana, the then "far west." At that time the railroad extended
from New York City through Philadelphia to Harrisburg,
Pennsylvania; then packet boat on canal to Holidaysburg ;
thence portage railroad, twelve miles over the xVlleghenies, to
Johnstown; thence by canal packet to Pittsburg; thence by
steamboat to Cincinnatti, Ohio ; thence by stage coach to Con-
nersville, Fayette County, Indiana; thence afoot four miles to
Harrisburg, Fayette County, where he made his home until he
married and moved to Boone County, on the 5th day of Feb-
ruary, 1845. There were no railroads west of Harrisburg,
Pennsylvania, in 1843, and all kinds of travel was of the
slow order. Times financially, when he came to Indiana,
were very hard. Indiana was fifteen millions of dollars in
debt, and could not pay principal nor interest. Almost every-
body was in debt; it was trade and barter, no money. He
worked for thirty-seven and a half cents per day in the month
of June hoeing corn, on the ^Vhite Water Valley, in 1843.
Worked one month in harvest for thirteen dollars, when work
was of the hardest, but very little farm machinery being in
use at that time. Pie tauglit school for six months at ten dol-
lars per month, and boarded around and collected the money
at the end of the term for himself, and received every dollar
of it; not one delinquent. Then he taught nine months for
one hundred and twenty dollars, and boarded among the schol-
ars and collected every dollar. He considered the White
Water Valley at that tin:ie one of the finest countries in the
world. -When he came to Boone County, in 1S45, it was a
new country. If you wanted to look offto any distance, you had
to go out in the Michigan road and look north or south, or
up in the sky. It was woods everywhere — north, south, east,
west. What land was cleared was eighteen, inches and under,
and dead trees were scattered over all the fields, and every
wind tumbled them do\\n, uiakinu- hard work for the farmer



BOONE COUNTY, INDIANA. 329

all the time. He bus cleared one hundred acres of heavy
timber since he came to Boone County; ditched twice over;
fenced ever so many times. Built house and out-houses that
took twenty-four thousand feet of lumber, and hauled the logs
to the mill, and the lumber from the mill. Put out two
orchards, and tried to fix a home comfortable to live in. In
the fall of 1S45 he threshed a load of wheat with horses (for
there were no threshing machines then), loaded up his wagon
and went to Lafayette, twenty-five miles distant. Was gone
three and a half days, slept in wagon, took grub for self and
horses; expenses, not a cent, and got forty-five cents per
bushel fin- wheat, but got a barrel of salt for a dollar and a
quarter. Wildcat money ; no two bills on the same bank.

In the spring of 1850, one morning in April, in going
along the road on his farm, he met John L. Ivoms and his son
Absolom, going to Lebanon. He said : "Ain't you going to
Lebanon?" He asked iiim what was going on at Lebanon.
He said that there was to be a Democratic convention, and
that tliev were ojoinc: to nominate Marvin for the le2;islature
and for him to go and get his horse and go with them. And
sure enough he was nominated and elected by thirty-eight
majority, at a cost of less than five dollars. Those were glorious.
Democratic, honest times. There were twenty-two candidates
for office in Boone County that year, and you would have smiled
to see them all on horseback, Indian file, going through the
wet prairies in Harrison Township, from one grove to another,
where speaking was done by candidates for the constitutional
convention, and for tiie legislature. Mark A. Duzan and
William E. McLane were the Democratic candidates, and
Judge- Cason, Bill Bowers, and Stephen Xeal were the Whig
and Independent candidates for the convention, and John H.
Xelson and Henry M. ]Marvin v.'ere the candidates for the
legislature on the Democratic ticket, and Joseph F. Dougherty
(the best posted man on politics I ever knew), and the Rev.
Keath, were the Whig candidates. Colonel Kise was elected
«'lerk of the Circuit Court by a very small majority that year.



330 KARLY L[FE AND TIMES IX

As Marvin looks back over life's journey of over forty-two
years in Boone County, he has no regrets, no mistakes to rec-
tify, does not want to live one day of his life over again, but
is thankful to God for the many blessings that have bien
bestowed upon him. He has seen the county grow fro-u a
wilderness, with its impa-sable swamps and cros-rail roads
and log cabins, to .one of the finest, riche.-t counties in the
state, with the best gravel roads, comfortable scho(d houses and
fine dwelling houses aud barns ; with good chan;iu's all over
the county, aud good, substantial public buihlings ; with rail-
roads passing through the county east and we>t. north and
south, everything to make man comfortable and happy. And
Marvin flatters himself that he has contributed /t/.s- part in
bringing this all about up to this present period. You talk
about pensioning soldiers for their services to their country,
which is all right and proper, but where is the man more
deserving than the farmer who has cleared up 100 acres of
heavy timber and made it blossom as a rose, who made the
country while they fought to defend it. In Washington Town-
ship, \yayne County, Indiana, on the 1st of December, 1844,
was married Henry M. Marvin to Emma E. Elwell, and they
left the paternal home on her nineteenth birthday for their future
home in Boone County, where a large family of boys and girls
were born to them and where many days of joys and -orrows
have passed and gone. Zelia, the oldest, married Wm. 11.
Dooley, April 4, 1SG6, and died March 6, 18G7, aged twenty-
one years. Laura, the second, died November 14. 1SG4, six-
teen and one-half years of age. Eli, the third, was born
August 9, 1850, and married Jennie Snyder, daughter of John
Snydov. Esq., of Clinton County, Indiana. They have one
son, LeGrand, eleven years of age. Martha Bell was born
December 23, 1852, and died at six and a half years of age.
Joseph Miner was born December 22, 1855, and died Septem-
ber 13, 1S82. Jesse Bright was born April 4,1858, and mar-
ried Anna Spahr, daughter of John Si)ahr, ex-sheriff of Boone
County. Thev have one dauixhter, Helen. Ida June was



KOOXE COUNTY, INDIANA. 331

born July 3, 1861, and died October 18, 1862. Charles Heiiry
was born Novenil)cr 20, 1864, and Cord Emma, the ninth, was
born the 16th of August, 1867. The last two are living with
their parents at the present time. So you see that Marvin has
fulfilled the scriptural injunction to increase and multiply. In
fact, he has tried, in his poor way of doing his duty to God
and his fellowman, and he feels thankful that he cast his lot
among this people, who have always been kind, considerate
and obliging, and he has a pleasant home among themi where
he expects to spend his days with his companion under as
pleasant circumstances as usually fall to the lot of poor human
nature. Thanks to this family for favors.

JOHN MURPHY,

A resident of Union Township, and who owns a fine farm on.
the Michigan road one mile south of Xorthfield, was born in
"Wayne County, Indiana. December 26, 1827; married to
Hulda Elwell September 23, 18-46, in Wayne County, Indiana.
Came to Boone County in 1847, settling on the farm where he
now resides and wht^re he owns one of the best farms in the
county. The following are his children's names: Amelia^
died at the age of seventeen years, is buried at the Ross Cem-
etery, in Union Township; Robert died at the age of eight
years, buried same place; Sarah E. died at the age of seven
years, is al.-o buried at Ross Cemetery; Ollie, married to
Walter Kennedy, is buried at Crown Hill Cemetery ; Emma
died in infancy ; Elmer died at the age of twelve years; Alice
D. lives at home ; Lilly L. also lives at home. Mr. and ]\Irs.
Murphy both belong to the Adventist Church, and have given
liberally of their time and means to build up this society and
church house in Xorthfield. Lonir mav thev live.

THOMAS S. METCALF

Was born in Fayette County, Kentucky, October 16, 1818;
was married to Mary Brown December 22, 1848, in Owen.



332 EARLY LIFE AND TIMES IX *.

County, Kentucky, and came to Boone County, Indiana, in
1849. He located in Lebanon, ^Yhere he worked many years
at blacksmitliing in company with James Wysong. Mr.
Metcalf now resides in AVashington Township near " Pike's
Crossing." The following are his children's names: Alice,
married to Samuel Boyland, died at Lafayette, September 5.
1873; Simon lives at home; Mary, married to Amos Huston,



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