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room is 25x45 feet in size and is constantly
filled with the best grades of home supplies in
this department of trade. The trade of this
house embraces already many of the best
families of both city and surrounding country.
Both members of the firm devote their per-
sonal attention to the interests of their busi-
ness and a prominent characteristic of their
house is the prompt and courteous treatment
received by patrons. Mr. A. A. Mann was
born in this state in 1S52 and his partner, Mr.
D. C. Scott, is also a native of this state and is
at present serving as Town Clerk.

CHAMPE SISTERS,

Millinery and Dress Making, East

Side Walnut Sr.
The leading millinery house in this part of
the county and one which draws a large
patronage from the adjoining counties i* that
conducted by the Champe Sisters, in Ridge-
ville. These ladies commenced their business
here in September, 1SS2, since which time the
completeness of their stock and the neatness
and excellence of their work have contributed
to secure a constantly increasing trade. They
occupy a centrally located room, in which
they carry in season a first class stock of
fashionable millinery goods, hats, bonnets,
flowers, feathers, trimmings, ribbons, etc., and
are careful to secure newest pattern hats and
newest designs and styles of trimming as soon
as they make their appearance in our Eastern
cities. Special attention is paid to neat and
tasteful trimming and every effort made to
meet the desires of their patrons in this re-
spect. They are also prepared to execute
dress and cloak making in newest "styles,
receiving each season the latest reports in
styles, guaranteeing first class work, good fits
and reasonable prices. The long experience
these ladies have enjoved make them thor-
oughly familiar with the business in which
thev are engaged.



A. J. WOOD,

Groceries and Crockery.
Mr. A. J. Wood founded this hou<e 16 years
ago. The business was small at first but at
the present time it is among the most reliable
business houses in Ridgeville, while its trade
and annual business will compare favorably
with that of similar establishments in this sec-
tion. The storeroom occupied is 21x50 feet in
size and the stock carried includes a fine line
of staple and fancy groceries, family provi-
sions, produce, canned goods, etc., always pure
and fresh. The stock of crockery, queens-
ware, etc., to be found here is very full and
complete and this house is the recognised
headquarters for goods in that line. Mr. Wood
is a native of Randolph County, this state, and
was born in 1S42. He is one of our most
enterprising merchants and deserves the suc-
cess with which he has met.



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STATE OF INDIANA.



W. H. WHIPPLE,

Drugs and Medicines, West Side
Main St.

The present business had its origin about iS
years ago with Messrs. Kitselman & Ward,
who sold out some three years later to Messrs.
Fisher & Taylor and they in turn to Mr.
William Cook. The store next came into the
hands of Mr. Olney Whipple, in 1875, who
conducted the business up to 1S79, at which
time Dr. C C. Hiatt controlled the business
up to 1SS2, when Mr. A. S. Hunt assumed the
management for a brief period, subsequently
selling to his son, Mr. Thomas M. Hunt, of
whom the present proprietor purchased, No-
vember 25th, 1SS3. The premises occupied
embrace a general salesroom 16x36 feet in
size, besides a room in the rear 12x16 feet in
dimensions. The main salesroom is stocked
with a full and complete line of pure drugs
and medicines, all popular proprietary medi-
cines, perfumeries and toilet articles, paints-,
oils and varnishes, pure wines and liquors for
medicinal and sacramental purposes, tobaccos
and cigars, notions, etc. A special department
is fitted up in the rear of the salesroom for the
accurate compounding of physicians' prescrip-
tions and family recipes. Mr. Whipple is a
native of this state, where he was born in 1S51.
His early lite was chiefly spent on the farm
up to the time he was 17 years of age. He
was subsequently engaged in school teaching
and previous to coming to this place and
engaging in his present business was for two
years proprietor of a drug store at Hartford,
Minnesota.



GEO. L. GEGNER,

Harness, Saddles, Collars, Bridles,
etc.,

This well known house was opened to the
public fully a quarter of a century ago, by a
Mr. Mills, and is now one of the oldest es-
tablished houses of the kind in the county.
Mr. Mills was succeeded by H. Dungan, and
he by the present proprietor, about 15 years
ago. The premises occupied include a sales-
room 1SX50 feet in size for the display of
finished work, etc., and a shop 18x24 feet in
dimensions for manufacture and repair room.
Fine, light, single and double harness, bridliv,*
collars, hames, blankets, brushes, ro'^s,
whips, harness oils, etc., are kept constantly
in stock, and prices will compare favorably
with any similar house in Eastern Indiana.
The trade of the house, since Mr. Gegner as-
sumed control, has been fully trebled, it now
amounting to about $3,000 annually. He
usually employs one assistant, during the
busy season, and guarantees first-class work-
manship, every article warranted to be as
represented. Geo. L. Gegner is a practical
harness maker, and a native of Germany, but
was brought to America by his parents when
but six months old. He was raised in Cincin-
nati, O., where his parents first located. In
February, 1S61, he enlisted in the first call for



75,000 volunteers, in Co. B, 2d Ohio Vol, Inf.,
serving three months. In February, 1864, he
re-enlisted in the 130th Indiana vol. Inf., in
which he served nearly two years. He par-
ticipated in the memorable Georgia campaign
including Sherman's famous March to the Sea
as far as Atlanta, and after the engagement of
Atlanta his corps was sent to re-enforce Gen.
Thomas, and the battle of Nashville was his
next severe engagement. For honorable and
meritorious conduct he was promoted to first
lieutenant by Gov. Morton, October 15th, 1865,
and was mustered out and honorably dis-
charged December 14, 1865, coming to this
city in 1S69.



S. B PAYNE,

Stoves and Tinware.
In a review of the commercial and business
interests of this county, and State, it is suita-
ble that in many of the smaller towns, and
cities there are "found establishments whose
efficiency and enterprise will compare favora-
bly with their more pretensious contempo-
raries in the larger cities. Mr. Payne
first began business as a dealer in stoves and
tinware 13 years ago, since which time he has
largelv increased his annual transactions and
succeeded in building up a permanent trade,
extending to various sections of this and ad-
joining counties. The premises occupied for
sales room and manufacturing purposes is
1SX50 feet in dimensions, in which he carries
a large and full stock of the best makes and
latest improved Heating and Cooking Stoves,
Hollow ware and house keeping articles. In
addition to the manufacture of tin, copper and
sheet iron ware, this is the only house in this
citv prepared to execute in first class style,
roofing, spouting, guttering etc., and the exe-
cution of all descriptions of job work pertain-
ing to this department of trade. Mr. Payne
was born in Morrow Co., O., in 1S52, but has
been a resident of this state 15 years. He is a
practical tinner as well as a reliable and ener-
getic business man and is justly entitled to
I the full and liberal notice here accorded
I among the progressive merchants of this
j cr anty and state.



/JUNCTION MILLS,

W.J. Baughn & Co., Proprietors.
In the year 1SS2 over 100,000 bushels of
grain, seeds, etc., were handled by this firm,
making their annual business amount to over
$90,000, exclusive of the flour manufactured
in their mills. The Junction Mills were
erected six years ago by Arthur McKew, who,
after two vears of management, was succeeded
bv C. P. Starr. The present proprietors suc-
ceeded Mr. Starr in 1SS1. The building is a
substantial brick structure four stories in
height, 36x80 feet in dimensions, and two
warehouses in close proximity, 20xSo and
26x66 feet in size respectively, with railroad
switches, giving them complete and conven-
ient shipping facilities to all points East or



RIDGEVILLE.



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West, North or South. The mill is trior-
©ughly equipped, contains three run ot stones
and the machinery is propelled by a 40 horse
power engine. Three assistants find employ-
ment and the mill is run to its utmost capacity,
which is about 30 barrels in 24 hours. The
fine grades of flour and feed manufactured
here meet with ready sale throughout this
immediate vicinitv. Mr. Baughn was born In
Ohio in 1S50. fie has resided in this state
since 1877. His business is one that requires
a practical knowledge, coupled with business
capacity and integrity, which are inherited by
him in no ordinary degree. Mr. W. F. Studu-
baker is the Company and has been quite
extensively engaged in the grain business in
this section of country for the past 17 years.
He was born in Wells County in 1842.



H. T. KITSELMAN & CO.,

Dry Goods and Clothing, West Side

Walnut St.
This house, having been established 10
years ago and being the largest and most
popular establishment in this line in Ridge-
ville, is entitled to more than ordinary recog-
nition in our work among the successful
enterprises of the day. The trade of the house
has grown fully 500 per cent, since the date of
its inception and now amounts to fully $40,000
annually. The premises utilized by the firm
are large and commodious, comprising two
floors, each 20x132 feet in size, and is recog-
nized as one of the leading dry goods houses
of the county. These rooms are filled with a
carefully se'ected and tastefully arranged stock
of foreign and American dry goods, silks,
cashmeres, muslins, calicos, ginghams, shawls,
millinery goods, hosiery, notions, etc., while in
the line of clothing their stock comprises a
varied assortment of well made goods, every
article of which is guaranteed to give satisfac-
tion in every particular. H. T. Kitselman,
John W. Smith and James W. McCamish are
the individual members of the firm and are old
residents of this state. They devote their per-
sonal attention to the interests of their busi-
ness and give constant employment to an
additional force of four competent clerks.
Promptness, courtesy and fairness are so
prominently characteristic of the dealings of
thi> house that it has acquired a popularity
second to none enjoyed by any similar estab-
lishment in this section.



tor, Mr. J. H. Blouch, took charge. Mr.
Blouch, who is a native of Pennsylvania, is an
old resident here. He had been engaged in
agricultural pursuits previous to his present
occupation. His house is the leading hotel of
the place. The building is two stories in
height and 140x140 feet in size. It contains
apartments sufficient for the accommodation
of 25 guests and contains all the conveniences
and comforts of home. The dining room is
judiciously looked after by the proprietor and
the table will always be found supplied with
all the substantial as well as delicacies that
are required to constitute a faultless menu.
The sleeping apartments, another important
feature always looked after by guests, are
comfortably made and attractively furnished.



SUMPTION HOUSE,

J. H. Blouch, Proprietor,
This widely known and deservedly popular
house was erected over ^o years ago by Robert
Sumption, who managed the hotel for a num-
ber of years, when he was succeeded by Lem.
Wright. The house next came into the
hands of Samuel B. Houch, then into the
possession of Freeman B. French, and next
passed into the hands of Mr. T. Sumption,
who is at present Treasurer of Randolph
County. In April, 1SS3, the present proprie-



J. W. SEANEY,

Groceries and Provisions, Boots and
Shoes, Cor. Walnut and First Sts.
Long recognized among the most enter-
prising and solid business men of this section
of the state, Mr. Seaney has for a period ot 19
years been identified with its commercial
operations. The room occupied by Mr. Sea-
ney is 25x80 feet in area and contains a full
line of staple and fancy groceries, provisions,
country produce, canned goods, confection-
eries, tobaccos, cigars, notions and all desirable
articles of home supply, while in the line of
gents', ladies', youths', misses' and children's
boots and shoes, his stock comprises the best
and most satisfactory makes from the largest
and best manufacturers and jobbers in the
country. The trade of this hou^e embraces
many of the best families of both town and
country and will compare favorably with any
contemporaneous establishment in this part of
the state. Mr. Seaney is a native of Wayne
County, Ind., and was born in 1S43. His long
experience has given him the fullest advant-
ages in the selection of his stock and the suc-
cess which has attended his operations justly
entitles him to the full and liberal notice here
accorded.



W. C. STAR BUCK,
Restaurant.
This gentleman opened his nicely furnished
and popular restaurant in May, 1SS3, and has
charge of the only exclusive business in this
line in Ridgevil'ie. His trade has grown
largely since and the future prospects of the
house are flattering. The premises occupied
are 40x45 feet in size and one assistant is
employed. Mr. Starbuck, although a young
man but 20 years of age, is fully conversant
with every detail of his business, and no pains
are spared" to make his establishment-worthy
of a liberal public patronage. Lunches are
served at all hours in an approved manner on
short notice, a regular restaurant business be-
ing transacted. Parties visiting his place of
business will always meet with prompt and
courteous attention" Mr. Starbuck Is a native
of this state and was born in 1S63.



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STATE OF INDIANA.



C. D. KINNEY,

Boots and Shoes, Cor. Walnut and
Third Sts.
The popular boot and shoe house of C. D.
Kinney had its origin about three years ago,
coming into the hands of the present proprie.
tor soon after and even at this date he ha s
secured so fully the public confidence as to
promise at an early day to outstrip his older
contemporaries in this county. For this result
he is not only indebted to the energetic and
judicious business policy he has adopted but
also to the superior quality of goods he is care-
ful to secure for his trade. The premises
occupied embrace a business room 20x40 feet
in dimensions, in which he carries a full and
complete line of gents', ladies, youths', misses'
and children's boots and shoes, all of standard
makes, selected with direct reference to the
requirements of both town and country trade
,from the best jobbing houses in the country.
Mr. Kinney, the proprietor of this house, is a
native of Fairfield, Green County, O., where
he was born in 1S60. For many years he had
been engaged in agricultural pursuits prior to
engaging in his present business.

J. C. RETTER,

Carriage and Wagon Works.
Mr. Retter began business in a small way
in 1S79 and by the execution of first clas's
work has built up a liberal trade and patronage
in this and adjoining counties. He occupies
for business purposes a building two stories in
height and containing three departments — the
woodwork, ironing and repository — the dimen-
sions of which are -1x50 and 26x30 feet re-
spectively. Several hands, are employed in the
busy season and about 25 new vehicles turned
out annually. Repairing in all its depart-
ments, both wood and iron, also receives
prompt and satisfactory attention. His vehi-
cles are made from the best seasoned timber
and guaranteed equal to those of any contem-
poraneous establishment in the state in style,
finish and durability, and in terms and prices
he is able to compete with any establishment
where true value is taken into account. Mr.
Retter is a native of Wurtemburg, Germany,
but came to the United States when but two
years of age. He settled in Preble County,
O., for some time and removed to Ridgeville
in 1S79.



several assistants are employed and prompt
attention is given to patrons. A native of
Ohio, Mrs. Wood came here in girlhood, and
is a practical milliner. Her work and goods
will not fail to satisfy the wants of even the
most fastidious.



MRS. A. J. WOOD,

Millinery and Notions.
Mrs. Wood began business in this line here
10 years ago and now owns the oldest and
largest millinery house in Ridgeville. Her
stock includes the latest and most fashionable
goods in her line and during the busy season

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OSCAR COOK,

Livery and Feed Stables, Southeast
Cor. Walnut and Second Sts.

The present enterprise had its origin here
manv vears ago and came into the hands of
the pre'sent proprietor in 1SS3, as successor to*
John E. Collins, who had conducted it as suc-
cessor to L. N. Cook. These stables were
originally constructed for the purpose for
which they are used. The building is one
and a half "stories in height and 40x50 feet in
dimensions and has a capacity of 50 head of
horses at one time. Good carriages and
driving horses are constantly kept for the
accommodation of citizens and others, em-
bracing both single and double buggies and
carriages, which are promptly furnished for
funerals or weddings. Traveling men or
others are conveyed to distant points at
reasonable rates. "Horses are boarded by the
feed, day or week and in every particular
these stables will compare favorably with the
best equipped livery and feed stables in East-
ern Indiana. Mr. Cook is a native of Jay
County, this state, where he was born in 1563,
and has for many years been associated with,
this branch of business.



JOHN WELLINGER,
Meat Market.
Mr. Wellinger has been identified with this
business for a period of 16 years, having
opened his market in 1S67. He disposes of
about 150 head of fat cattle annually and of
small stock, sheep, hogs, calves, etc., in pro-
portion. His market is a model of neatness
and cleanliness and is 15x20 feet in size, with
cooling room attached. His meats are in-
variably pure, fresh and of good quality. Mr.
Wellinger is a native of Wurtemburg, Ger-
many, and emigrated to America in 1S66. He
settled in Pennsylvania, where he resided
until 1S67, when he came to Ridgeville and
began the business in which we still find him
engaged.

Other more important firms here, are: T. A.
Graham, hardware; G. Lemarax, grocer ; W.J.
Shoemaker, drugs; J. F. Ritenour, livery;
M. R. Hiatt, drugs; Kitselman Bros, hardware
X. B. Hiatt, drugs; J. B. Hiller, grocer; Mc-
'.ew & Edger, dry goods; Cunningham &
Boswell, "xocers.



FARMLAND.



This thriving village was originally
laid out about 1830, at which time many
settlements had been formal in this sec-
tion of the county. It is situated 67
miles Northeast of Indianapolis, on the
line of the C. C. & St. L. Railway, and 8
miles west of the county seat. Surrounded
by a fine agricultural district it enjoys a
liberal local trade, embracing the residents
of Monroe and adjacent townships. As
an indication of its prosperity it should
be noted that it is free from debt and may
be ranked among the most progressive in-
land villages of the state. It enjoys the
advantage of a good graded school, an



M. E. Church, a Christian Church and a
Friends meeting house. Many of the
business houses and private residences
would do credit to metropolitan cities,
while the enterprise and business ability
of its merchants and manufacturers (most
of whom are noticed editorially in this
work) are entitled to rank among the
most enterprising and progressive citizens
of the state, both in intelligence and busi-
ness sagacity. The statistics of 1870 give
to this place a population of 532; in 1880,
634, while at the present time it contains
fully 800 inhabitants.



GEORGE B. WATSON.

Groceries, Hats, Caps, Jewelry, No-
tions, Glass and Qleensware and
Bakery, etc.
Mr. Watson began business in 1871 in a
•small way but has so augmented his trade that
it now amounts to fully $15,000 annually. He
utilizes a salesroom 23XS0 feet in area, and the
baking department, in the rear of the sales-
room, is 23x22 feet in size. The building is
owned by Mr. Watson, and imrmdiately over
the salesroom and of the same dimensions is a
conveniently arranged room known as "Wat-
son's Hall,""used for entertainments and public
gatherings. His stock is valued at from $4,000
to $5,000 and includes a lull line of groceries
and provisions for home and table supplies,
hats, caps, notions, jewelry, glass and queens
ware, etc. The advantages he enjoys in
securing his supplies from importers, jobbers
and producers enables him to compete suc-
cessfully with any similar establishment in
Eastern Indiana. The baking department
receives special attention and his products in
this line never fail to give satisfaction. Three
thousand pounds of flour are consumed
monthly in the production of choice family
bread, cake*, pies, etc. Mr. Watson was born
in Miami County, O., but has been a resident
of Indiana for 44 years. He has served in the
capacity of Postmaster of Farmland since 1S71.
In 1S76 he lost all his property and means by
tire, but went to work with little delay and
erected the building he at present occupies,
which is one of the finest structures in Farm-
land. He is a selfmade man in every respect
and occupies the front rank among the repre-
sentative business men of Eastern Indiana.



The Watson Hotel, at this place, is the only
hotel in the town and affords ample and satis-
factory accommodations to the traveling public.



JOHN L. REEVES,

Drlgs, Medicines, Groceries, etc.;
(T. W. Keasby, Agent.)
This house had its inception in 1S79 Dut b- as
been in the hands of its present proprietor
since October, 1SS1, who has by energv atid
business application built up a large "trade.
The salesroom occupied is 20x63 feet in size,
while a large wareroom in the rear is also
used. A fine assortment of pure and fresh
drugs', medicines, druggists' sundries, grocer-
ies, both staple and fancy, paints, oils, cigars
and tobaccos of the best brands, etc., will
always be found on hand, and Mr. T. W.
Keasby, under whose able management the
I house is meeting with such flattering success,
I will always be found ready to give prompt
i attention 'to the wants of parties visiting the
i establishment. He is a native of Muncie,
j Delaware County, Ind , but was lately a resi-
| dent of Xenia, Miami County, Ind.

j W. W. WILSON,

Carriage Mancfactcrer.
Among the carnage manufacturers of Indi-
j ana we rind W. W. Wilson, of Farmland,

prominently engaged in manufacturing goods
i in this line. He pursued custom blacksmith-
j ing for a period of 15 years and began the
I manufacture of carriages in 1SS3. His shop 1s

1SX36 feet in size and two stories in height and

the blacksmith department is 30x40 feet in area.

Four skilled assistants are regularly employed



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STATE OF INDIANA.



and every article leaving the establishment is
guaranteed to give entire satisfaction. About
15 new rigs are turned out annually and the
Iron work on about 25 new farm wagons is
done at the same time. Mr. Wilson is a native
of Wayne County, Ind., but has resided here
since 1S66. During the war he enlisted in the
69th O. V. I. for three years and afterwards
re-enlisted for the same length of time. An
honorable discharge was given him in July,
1S65, after having participated in 23 heated
engagements. He was at Stone River and
with Sherman at Atlanta and through the
entire Georgia campaign, marching all the
way around to Washington at its close. Al-
though twice wounded, he was never in a
hospital and never rode a mile in an ambu-
lance. He is one of Farmland's most respected
citizens and an enterprising and practical busi-
ness man.



BLY & THORN BURG,

Drugs, Books, Staionery, Paints,

Oils, etc.
This house was founded about 20 years ago
by Dr. Hennings. In 1SS1,' after having been
connected with the house for some time as
clerk, Mr. Bly purchased an interest therein
and. the firm name became Gahle & Bly. In
1SS2 Mr. Thornburg became Mr. Gable's suc-
cessor and the firm assumed its present name
and style. These gentlemen occupy a taste-
fully arranged salesroom 24x65 feet in size and
carry a full lme of pure and fresh drugs, stand-
ard proprietary and patent medicines, school,
blank and miscellaneous books, stationery,
druggists' sundries, paints, oils, window glass,
etc. Keeping only No. 1 goods, selling at
uniformly low and satisfactory prices and



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