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Cc 977.201 R89s v. 2
Gary, Abraham Lincoln, 1868-
Centennial history of Rush
County, Indiana



C entennial History

of

Rush County. Indiana



Edited t>g

A. L Gary and E. B. Thomas

Rushville, Ind.

In Two Volumes
Illustrated

VOLUME II



1921

HISTORICAL PUBLISHING COMPANY

INDIANAPOLIS



Biography is the only true history. — Emerson.



A people that take no pride in the achievements of remote an-
cestors will never achieve anything worthy to be remembered with
pride by remote generations. — Macaulay.



1435530



BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX



Abernathy, Richard E 420

Addison, Charles T 36

Addison, Henry F 197

Addison, Mrs. Elizabeth C 218

Addison, Thomas J 218

Adkins, Edward 315

Aiken, Edson L 374

Alexander, Elmer E 345

Allen, Lawrence L 257

Amos, Joseph J 40

Amos, J. M 40

Amos, Willard H 92

Anderson, Lyle H 279

Anderson, James W 264

Anderson, John W 53

Anderson, Samuel B 387

Apple, McClelland 290

Applegate, Oscar 52

Arbuckle, James W 59

Archey, Clyde 469

Archey, Hugh C 327

Archey, James P 160

Archey, Mrs. Elizabeth H 161

Armstrong, Anderson 260

Arnold, Dr. John 456

Arnold, Harvey M 451

Arnold, James 291

Arnold, John 456

Arnold, William 410

Austen. Jacob D 49:1



Ball, D. D 254

Ball, Ephraim W 307

Ball, Jonathan 440

Ball, Merrill S 118

Barber, D. D 299

Barnard, David E 175

Barnes, Allen S 421

Barnes, Shelton M 428

Barton, Mrs. Viroqua S 192

Barton, William W 192

Beale Bros 482

Beale, Fred R 482

Beale, John S 482

Beall. Harold 406

Beaver, Birney 278

Beaver, Charles 507

Beaver, John M 75

Beaver, Samuel 495

Beaver, Thomas 364

Bebout, Clata L 124



Beher, Dr. Carl Frederick 159

Beher, T. L 3J0

Bell, Fred B 380

Bell. George H 239

Bell, W. C '_[[ 380

Benning, Charles 44

Benning, John C 437

Berry, Rush 215

Bever, James Madison 282

Bever, John W 266

Billings, George F 500

Billings, W. A 322

Bishop, Josiah 98

Bitner, Leroy 293

Bitner, Walter .." 114

Ulacklidge, Amos H 190

Blacklidge, Mrs. Leonora A. 190

Blount, Raymond L 245

Bosley, William M 22

Bowen, Dr. Joseph F 224

Bowles, William 26S

Bowles, John T 187

Bowling, John 347

Boys, Charles 439

Braden, Arthur 209

Branam, Albert 455

Branam, James W 362

Brodie, George Walter 316

Brooks, Mrs. Alice A 168

Brooks, Don C 244

Brooks, Horrie 42

Brooks, James M 279

Brooks, Jesse C 46S

Brooks. Melvin 168

Brooks, William M 395

Brown, Harvev F 503

Brown, H. R 373

Brown, James A 121

Brown, Jacob R 4S4

Brown, John H 333

Brown, Leslie B 468

Brown, Ollie N 398

Brown, William J 94

Brown, Wilbur C 330

Brownell, Mrs. Augusta L 513

Budd, Rush G 403

Bussell, Guy 415

Bussell, John T 155



Caldwell, Frederick
Caldwell, James E.
Callahan, John \V.



Cameron, George E 439

Cameron, W. A 294

Carmony, D. Ezra 154

Carney, Charles G 70

Caron, Charles J 247

Carr, Goldia 99

Carr, William McCoy 414

Casadv, E. R 196

Catt, Fred E - 95

Catt, Wesley S 255

Chambers, Edward J - 448

Chappell, Herbert W 274

Clark, Lewis M 258

Clifton, James D 331

Coffin, Mrs. Ella J 112

Coffin, Frank M - 112

Collins, John H 349

Colter, Willard 460

Colter, W. Riley 486

Conaway, Henry G - 246

Cook, R. B 391

Cook, Oliver J 200

Coon, Jasper N 491

Cowan, Samuel E 119

Cox, Miles S 485

Cox, Robert Stewart 484

Cox, Robert W 484

Crane, Claude R 147

Crane, William B 463

Creed, Jesse E 23

Cross, Chase G 24

Cross, Chester F 32

Cross, James M 130

Cross, John F 77

Culbertson, William C 167

Custer, Charles F... 492

D

Darnell, Mrs. Ella B 252

Darnell, George W 252

Darnell, Samuel 153

Daubenspeck, H. E 62

Daubenspeck, Paul L 91

Daubenspeck, Philip S S9

Davis, Charley 39

Davis, Larkin 256

Davis, James Henry 163

Davis, John S 314

Davis, Robert Simpson 27

Davison, Elbert C 378

Dean, Dr. Donald H 84

Dearinger, David M 365

Dearinger, Herbert M 357

Dearinger, John R 375

Dillon, Mrs. Cora Wright 505

Dillon, Dr. Otto Parvin 504

Dolan, Edward 204

Downey, Jacob F 72

Downey, John P 352

Downey, T. J 510

Draper, James 122

Draper, Osro M 329



Draper, Waldo 110

Dyer, L. E 56

E

Eakins, Delbert W 487

Ellison, Alonzo P 168

Ellison, Elmer E 243

Ellison, James M 136

English, John L 370

Ertel, Charles W 398

Ertel, J. B 385

Ertel, Thomas H 379

F

Fair, William C .'. 361

Fancher, Mrs. Hettie A 134

Fancher, Johnson A 131

Farlow, Joseph M 427

Farlow, Richard M 479

Farthing, Birney D 516

Farthing, Edward A 272

Finlaw, Dr. Fred H 150

Fisher, James 107

Fisher, William 328

Fey, Joseph 212

Fleener, John D 36

Foster, Charles 363

Foster, Glen E 317

Foster, Paul 471

Foust, Charles H 210

Frazee. Charles A 43

Frazee, William 269

Frazier, John J 442

Fry, W. H 180

Fulton, John 423

G

Gahimer, August 68

Garris, Edd 300

Gartin, William R 197

Gary, Abraham Lincoln 440

Gary, Rev. Thomas B 440

Geise, William Curtis 48

Glendenning, William H 47

George, Arthur H 443

George, C. M 185

George, E. 332

Gilson, Peter 115

Gloshen, Monroe 194

Goddard, Fred 284

Gosnell, Perry 437

Gowdy, John Kennedy 17

Gray, George W 495

Gray, James 334

Gray, John A 511

Gray, Jesse G 23

Gray, Morton P 491

Gray, William H 368

Green, Dr. Charles S 21

Green, Dr. Frank H 21

Green, Dr. J. W 20

Green. Joseph 304



Green, Dr. Lowell M 61

Green, Thomas M 61

Gross, Fred 83

Gross, Henry 10

Gruell, Charles M 222

Gruell, Newton 1 312

Guffin, Henry E 351

Guffin, Lincoln 38

Guffln, Mrs. Minnie G. 352

Gunning, James O... 135

Gwinnup, Sylvester 148

H

Hackleman, Dr. Frank G. 408

Hackleman, Oliver C 408

Hackleman, Pleasant A 408

Hagen, Dewey 116

Hall, James B 434

Hall, Oliver A. J 370

Hall, William A 97

Hammond, John G 55

Harcourt, Lewis Edgar 34

Hardesty, George W 338

Hardin. Joseph E 88

Harrison, John E..._ 292

Harton, Charles H 71

Harton, Orpheus M 387

Heaton, John 270

Heaton, Thomas 29

Heeb, John H 37

Henley, Howard E 376

Henley, Jesse 263

Henley, Milton 237

Henley, Mrs. Orah Dill 141

Henley, Reuben B 294

Henley, Robert B 376

Henley, Thomas Benton 141

Henley, William J 49

Henley, William P 376

Herkless, William L 177

Hill, Amos L 226

Hill, Hon. Rowland H 81

Hilligoss, Cyrus 389

Hilligoss, Dora A 28

Hinchman, A. Burl 494

Hinchman, Earl 478

Hinchman, Marshall 513

Hinchman, O. P. Morton 388

Hinchman, Roland Leslie 508

Hite, Albert M 288

Hite, Birney E 236

Hite, David Fisher 336

Hite, Ira B 465

Hite, Jacob Winfield 267

Hite, Lewis E 273

Holden, Herbert 258

Holden, Theodore F 208

Holmam, Edward 104

Hood, Van 297

Hooten, Henry 466

Hooten, Mrs. Jennie S 467

Hougland, Dr. Charles S 170



Howard, John H

Howell, William A..

Huber, Frank

Hufferd, William T...



320
176

21 53



Hugo, Charles


64


Humes, O. E


146


Humphrey, Theodore


251


Hungerford, Dayton


162


Hungerford, Ira


343


Hungerford, John


475


Hunt, Claude B


182


Hunt, Geston P


502


Hunt, S. L


505


Hurst, Alba


149


Hutchinson, Elmer


113


Hutchinson, Robert


113


Innis, Alexander


424


Innis, Perry T


33


Innis, Robert A


424


Innis, William W


33, 424


Inlow, Cyrus E


165


Inlow, Dr. John J


165


J

Jackman, Allen


105


Jackman, Dora


460


Jackman, John


202


Jackson, Edward V


374


Johnson, Charles


155


Johnson, Lafayette


500


Jones, Benjamin F


163


Jones, Ezekiel M


244


Jones, Harrie


13


Jones, Hubert R


465


Jones, Robert


226


Jones, Samuel D


132


Jones, William G


195


Junken, Alvah T


326



K

Katsaros, George

Katsaros, Michael

Keisling, George T

Keisling, Leo W

Kellam, Elmer

Kelso, Charles H

Kennedy, Robert

Kennedy, Dr. R. O

Kenner, Charles B

Kerrick, Rev. N'imrod

Kessler, Edward

Kessler, Frederick

Kincaid, Charles E

King, Ted C

King, William P

Kinsinger, Dr. Joseph B.

Kirkpatrick, Elijah A

Kirkpatrick, John E

Kiser, Corydon E

Kiser, Donald V



239
181
480
361



164
102
230
277
490
■189



Kaey, Jacob H


71


Medd, Thomas Edward


....... 232


Kney, Michael


. 142


Megee, John D


139


Kramer, Harry A


151


Mercer, James W


305


Krug, John F


296


Metcalf, Dr. Henry P


241


Kuhn, George M


377


Meyer, George H


372


Kuan, Walter H


373


Miles, Franklin D


430


Kuntz, George W


.... 89


Miller, Angus C


512


Kuntz, Peter


95


Miller, Dwight


300




Miller, Grant


355


L


174


Miller, Harry T


283


Lampton, Dr. W. T


Miller, Henry J


292


Lee, Thomas R


1S4


Miller, Jesse F

Miller. Leslie


86


Lee, William Rush


213


473


Lefforge, Jesse I


223


Miller, Melvin


467


Lefforge, Mrs. Luella M


223


Miller, Otis L


477


Lefforge, Philander


444


Miller, Pleasant A


142


Lefforge, Roscoe


470


Miner, Flovd H


46


Leisure, Jesse A


45


Mitchell, Mrs. Irma W


246


Lightfoot. Fred W


452


Mitchell. William C


246


Lindale, John W., Sr


428


Moore, Earl B


447


Lines, Leroy


454


Moore, Edd


461


Linville, Roscoe


451


Moore, Frank C


262


Logan, Edgar E


191


Moore, George B., Sr


53


Logan, Dr. Henry V


Ill


Moore, Glenn E


303


Logan, Jesse


131


Moore, Xoah O


96


Logan, John W


295


Moore, William


302


Logan, Jonas W


461


Moore, William T


172


Logan, Mrs. Sarah I


462

449


Moran, Mrs. Jane


265


Logan, Thomas Ora


Moran, Patrick

Morgan* Frank


265


Logan, Thomas ^V


101

499


44?.


Looney, J. Arthur


Morgan, Wallace G


31


Lord, Dr. J. Levi


285

235

340


Morris, Dr. C. E


450


Lord, William A


Morris, Douglas


131


Lower, Ora T


Morris, John B


436


Lower, Thomas W


47S


Mull. Cyrus


401






Mull Family, The


400


M




Mull, Jacob


401


Macy, Lloyd M


319


Mull, Omer P


173


Macy, Orlando C


56


Mull, Thomas K


402


Maffett, U. S


445


Mull. William A

Murphy. Charles


341


Manche, Maurice W




12.-,


Mansfield, Robert E


17


Murphy, George


157


Mansfield. Walter S


103


Murphy, Jesse


206


Mahin, Adolphus T


287


Myers. William


473


Mapes. John F


407






Martin. Loren


123


Mc




Martin. Benjamin Franklin...


514


McBride, Frank


199


Martin, Eli E


426


McCann Bros


447


Martin. Thomas J.


323


McCann, Israel


446


Martin, William B


224


McCarty, Mrs. John B


431


Martin, W. D


..... 230


McDaniel, Leon C


91


Martin, William R


280


McCorkle, Frank


73


Matlock, Mrs. Martha E


..... 159


McCorkle, John H


'".'.'.'... 80


Matlock, Noah


159


McCoy. Francis H


203


Matney. Edward


186


McCoy, Joseph G


27


Mauzy, Abram Gooding


416


McCoy, John


149


Mauzy, Charles A


416


McCoy, Thomas E


12


Mauzy, Chase P


333


McCrory, Mrs. Fannie H


346


Mauzy, Greeley P


169


McCrory. Perry


345


Mauzy, Henry Louis


... . 417


McCrory, William S


109


Mauzy, Hugh E


417


McFatridge, Harry F


60


Mauzy. James \V


325


McKee, John F


15



McKee, William S 199

MeMichael, Albert 431

McMichael, Albert N 225

McMillin, Harry A 488

McMillin, John T 57

McMillin, William H 57

N

Nash, Homer M 497

Neeb, George 379

Nelson, Mrs. Elizabeth A 157

Nelson, William H 156

Newhouse, Alva 212

Newhouse, Lewis J 353

Newhouse, Pleasant A 100

Newhouse, Samuel R 12

Newsom, Alva E 201

Newsom, Samuel L 313

Nickel, Peter 383

Nixon, Robert W 238

Norris, James W 415

Norris, W. A 217

O

Offutt, Frank 143

Offutt, O. M 135

O'Keefe, Daniel 453

Oldham, Charles R 249

Oneal, Sherman 426

Orme, Arnold 79

Orme, William M 459

Osborn, Berton T 450

Osborn, Lucien B 275

Osborn, Milton W 207

Owen, Benjamin 411

Owen, Benjamin L 354

Owen, Charles 411

P

Parson, Harmoney L 140

Parsons, Dr. Charles H 30

Patterson, Darius 228

Patterson, Normal V 202

Patton, C. 454

Patton, Walter E 286

Payne, Edwin 9

Payne, Earl H 9

Perkins, A. .1 110

Peters, Jesse W 434

Phillips, Robert E 396

Pierson, Omer 472

Pike. Joseph H 324

Poe, Jesse M 198

Poe, William B 198

Posey, Frederick W 481

Poston, Mrs. Mary E 13S

Poston, Sanford M 137

Posz, Conrad D 90

Power, Emory J 240

Power, John H 420

Power, Ray 476

Price, Elihu 82



Price, Nathan 1 242

Price, Noah E 60

Priest, Earl F 214

Prine, William H 439

R

Redenbaugh, Elbert M 348

Reed, Albert 386

Reed, John T 214

Rees, Justus 481

Rees, Oscar H 474

Reeve, Ben F 309

Reeve, Elder Benjamin F 309

Reeves, Al A 179

Renegar, Luther G 269

Retherford, Edward D 301

Retherford, Levi R 298

William F 227

W. Riley 271

Rider, George 359

Rich, Mrs. Hettie P 153

Rich, Joseph H 152

Richey, Adam A 366

Richey, Weston C 126

Ricketts, John 12S

Riggs, A. L 412

Rigsbee, Albert W 24

Rigsbee, Marshall B 127

Robinson, Albert M 35

Rotan, Ira 367

Ruby, Edgar V 219

Ruff, Earl W 506

Ruff, Russell 429

Ryman, Philip S 377

Ryon, S. L 311



Saxon, Mrs. Emma Kirkpatr


ick.. 362




.... 362


Scholl, Joseph H


389


Schrader, Henry W


311


Schrichte, Anthony H


146


Scott, Joseph E


339


Scull, Clarence


321




303


Sefton, Charles M


368


Sefton, Monet O


84


Sexton, Dr. Horatio G


25


Sexton, Dr. John Chase


25


Sexton, Dr. Marshall


26


Sexton, Dr. Marshall C


26


Sharp, Fred C


384


Shauck, Dr. Albert G


360


Shauck, John L


360


Shelton, J. A


193


Shropshire, Micajah S


106


Siler, John


349


Siler, Oliver M


229


Smelser, W. H


77


Smith, Ben L.


144


Smith, Mrs. Bessie J


158


Smith, Donald L.


144



Smith, George 486

Smith, James M 496

Smith, Oliver W 158

Smith. Ora V 30S

Smith, Walter E. 394

Smith, William P 184

Smullen, Dr. Charles L 464

Somerville, Ira A 221

Spencer, Charles V 270

Spilman, George N 220

Stager, Harry E 250

Stevens, Ben 14

Stewart, David S. 356

Stewart, M. L 98

Stewart, Mrs. Missouri R 356

Stiers, John K 501

Stiers, Joseph 509

Stiers, Wilbur 206

Stoten, John W 266

Sullivan, Thomas 7S

Sutton, Luther 261

Swain, Capt. Franklin F 192

T

Tarplee, Firman B 318

Tarplee, William Edwin 234

Tevis, Clarence L. 357

Thomas, Edgar 11

Thomas, Ernest B 432

Thomas, Grant 462

Thomas, Dr. Samuel C 432

Thrall, James T 382

Titsworth, Ernest R 503

Todd, Jacob D 178

Todd, Joseph W 322

Tompkins, C. H 104

Tompkins. Rush W 211

Trabue, Samuel L 233

Trowbridge, Charles M 255

Tweedy, Earl M 205

V

Vandament. Joseph S 457

Vandament, Dr. Walter T 313

VanDeventer, Emory 404

VanOsdol. Dr. Dawson D 117

Vansickle, W. R 268

Vernon, John H 422

Vickrey, Erban B 438

W

Waggener, Roy 4S

Wagoner, Argus D 319

Wagoner, Billy W 369

Wagoner, Franklin P 371



Wagoner, W. E 136

Walker. William L 306

Wallace. George M 475

Wallace, John C 475

Walther, Dr. J. E 397

Wamsley, Orin P 66

Ward, John R 92

Ward, Scott 417

Webb, Alva 471

Webster, David H 337

Webster, William B 106

Weeks, Mrs. Martha M 65

Weeks, Hon. Nathan 65

Weingarth, George 329

Weir, John R 289

Whisman, George 129

White, William P 341

Whiteman, Horace G 413

Whiteman, Jacob 413

Whiteman, William Seward 50

Whitinger, Frank 418

Whitinger, James 422

Wikoff, Garrett D 125

Wikoff, Harley 331

Wilk, Phil 171

Wilkison, Mrs. Ethel P 344

Wilkison, Willard 344

Wilkinson, Augustus William 282

Williams, Augustus N* 216

Williams, Floyd M 179

Williams, John 93

Williams, William 231

Wilson, Charles B 189

Wilson, Charles F 498

Wilson, Hiram B 405

Wilson. James F 259

Wilson, J. Frank 189

Wilson, William H 188

Winkler, Jesse 54

Winship. Albert Locke 392

Winship, Cliff N 395

Winship, Earl B 509

Winship, Mrs. Gertrude H 85

Winship. Joseph S 85

Winship, Lewis Erwin 393

Wissing, Jacob, Sr 108

Wissing. Jacob A., Jr 402

Wissing, John M. 120

Y
Young, George W 399

Z
Zorne, Rolla E 458



BIOGRAPHY



EDWIN PAYNE, who died at his home in Rushville in the
spring of 1907, was for many years recognized as one of the fore-
most figures in commercial circles in this part of Indiana. Enter-
ing upon his career as a banker in 1S70, Mr. Payne became identi-
fied with the banking business of the county just at the period
which began to mark the general commercial expansion of the state
and so continued for many years an influential factor in that devel-
opment. As the founder of the Peoples National Bank of Rushville
he left an enduring memorial in the community in which he had
resided since the days of his young manhood and his will long be a
continuing influence in the commercial life of the city in which he
elected to make his home. Born on November 1, 1840, in New
Trenton, Franklin county, Indiana, the son of William J. and Lou-
isa (Sloan) Payne, Edwin Payne located at Rushville When he
was twenty-six years of age, and immediately began to make his
presence felt in his new home. He was appointed a deputy under
E. H. M. Berry, county treasurer, not long after taking up his resi-
dence in Rushville and later served in the same capacity under Ben-
jamin F. Johnson, the county auditor. He then for a short time
was connected with the A. G. Mauzy department store, and in 1870
entered upon the banking career in which he eventually attained
such prominence. In that year (1870) Mr. Payne was elected
cashier of the Rushville National Bank. For twenty-seven years
thereafter he fulfilled his duties with that institution with accuracy
and ability. In 1897 he retired, but a life of inactivity was not to
his liking, and on October 10, 1900, he opened the doors of the
Peoples Bank, which he founded as a private bank. Almost from
the first day his bank prospered under his watchful eye, operating
under its original charter until September 1, 1904, when it was
nationalized under the name of the Peoples National Bank. How-
ever, long years of unremitting application to the arduous duties
entailed in his chosen field of endeavor caused Mr. Payne's health
to fail, and he presently retired from active participation in the
affairs of the institution, leaving his two sons to control the des-
tiny of the bank. On March 29, 1907, he bowed his head to the
inevitable and died mourned by all who knew him. On May 12,
1870, Edwin Payne was united in marriage to Mary Frances Mauzy,
daughter of Abram G. and Emily (Jameson) Mauzy, and to that
union were born two sons, Earl II. and Ralph, the former of whom



10 HISTORY OF RUSH COUNTY

is president of the Peoples National Bank and the latter, president
of the Peoples Loan and Trust Company. These two institutions
have been enlarged in the scope of their activities by the efforts of
the sons of the founder, and in memory of their father they have
erected a modern and well-arranged building on the northwest cor-
ner of Main and Second streets at Rushville. Ralph Payne was
married on June 13; ]898, to Jennie Wallace, and they have four
children: William Wallace, Lawrence Wesley, Frances Evelyn and
Virginia. Fraternally, he is a member of all Masonic bodies save
the Thirty-third degree, and in politics holds to the principles of
the Republican party.

HENRY 0. GROSS, cashier of the Manilla Bank, and one of
the prominent men in Rush county's financial circles, is a native of
of the county, having been born at Manilla, January 22, 1878, the
son of John and Katherine (Ottman) Gross, both natives of Germany.
Realizing that there were greater opportunities for advancement in
America, John Gross came to this country in his early manhood prior
to his marriage, while his wife came with her father when she was
yet a girl. His first occupation in this country was in the capacity
of a wagon maker and cabinet worker, being an expert in all lines
of wood working. He later founded the general store in Manilla
which is now operated by his son Fred, although it still retains the
name of the founder. To him and his wife were born eight children,
seven of whom are now living: Katherine, Emma, Jacob. Caroline,
George W., Fred, Henry O.. and Charles F., who died at the age of
about twenty-four .years, and is buried at Shelbyville, this state.
Henry 0. Gross received his education in the common schools and
the high school at Manilla, which he attended for two years, and a
short term at the Nelson Business College some time later. After
leaving high school, he and his brother, Fred, took charge of their
father's store, the duty devolving upon them at their father's death,
and together they conducted the business for two yeai - s. At the
end of that time, Fred joined the army, and for the succeeding two
years, Henry managed the affairs of the establishment by himself.
On his brother's return from the army, he turned over the business
to him and went to Cincinnati, where he took his short business
course. Following this he went to Indianapolis and worked in the
wholesale grocery establishment of the Indianapolis Fancy Grocery
Company for a short time, and then, having been offered a position
with the Mauzy & Denning Company, moved to Rushville, where he
remained for four months. He was then, April 1. 1901, made cashier
of the Manilla Bank, the responsibilities of which office he has
since discharged with credit to himself and with profit to the bank.
On September 26, 1005, Mr. Gross was united in marriage with Miss
Clara Fox. the daughter of Jacob G. and Amy E. (Blackford) Fox.
both natives of Shelby county, Indiana, lie being a miller by trade
and now employed by she Mull Grain Company at Manilla. Mrs.
Gross was born in Shelby county, and was educated in the schools
there and at Morristown. hid. To Mr. and Airs. Fox three children
have been born, all of rhom ire now living, Blanche, Ralph, and



HISTORY OF RUSH COUNTY 11

Clara. Mr. Gross is a popular member of the Masonic fraternity,
being affiliated with Manilla Lodge, No. 34, and in addition is well
known as a member of the Modern Woodmen. In his political
beliefs, he is counted among the supporters of the Democratic party,
but he has never sought political office at the hands of his fellow
citizens.

EDGAR THOMAS, president of the First National Bank of
Milroy, this county, and for years recognized as one of the leading
business men of that part of the county, has been a resident of Rush
county all his life and has ever had a hearty interest in the develop-
ment of the commercial and industrial activities of his home com-
munity. He was born on a farm in Anderson township on August
28, 1866, son of William and Ann E. (Wood) Thomas, both of whom
also were born in Rush county, members of old families here, and
who spent all their lives here, the latter dying in May, 1893, and the
former in June, 1899. William Thomas was born on a pioneer farm
in Anderson township, the son of Amos Thomas, who had come up
into Indiana with his father, a "local" Methodist minister, from
Bourbon county, Kentucky, about the year 1821, the year in which
Rush county was organized as a separate civic unit among the coun-
ties of the Hoosier state, the family settling on a farm of "Congress
land'' in Anderson township. On that pioneer farm Amos Thomas
grew to manhood and in time established his home in the same neigh-
borhood, and in his turn William Thomas also established his home
there after his marriage to Ann E. Wood, who was born in Orange
township and whose parents also were of pioneer stock. William
Thomas remained on the farm until about 1894, when he moved into
Milroy, where he spent the remainder of his life, his death occurring,
as noted above, in 1899. He and his wife were the parents of four
children, those besides the subject of this sketch being Nettie, wife of
John H. Parker; Elgie, of Rushville, and Bertha, wife of Morton E.
Riehey. Reared on the home farm in Anderson township, Edgar
Thomas supplemented the schooling he received in the local school-*
by a course in a business college at Danville, this state, and was then
engaged, until he was twenty-six years of age, in carrying on the
operations of the home farm. On his father's removal to Milroy he
accompanied him and was there engaged in the buggy business and
later for a couple of years in the general hardware business, after
which he resumed farming; that is, overseeing farms in which he was
interested, and is still the owner of a fine little farm of forty acres
in Anderson township. From the time he was eighteen years of age



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