Clinton County Biographies
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STAFFORD, Joseph E.
Joseph E. Stafford was born in Clarke County, Ohio, February 7, 1825, where he spent his early manhood and received his education. He was a millwright by trade, and followed his occupation while he remained in Ohio; but after coming to this county he abandoned his trade except to repair his own mill. He settled in this county in 1854, and jointly with his brother-in-law, Cyrus Pence, purchased the farm and mill of John W. Blair. In 1856 they divided the property, Mr. Stafford taking the farm, and Mr. Pence the mill. When he purchased the place there was a clearing of thirty acres, but no house. Mr. Stafford built a house, but as it was located on the mill property, it went with the mill. He built another house, as fine a one as there was in that part of the county. He was married May 25, 1856, to Mary J. Pence, daughter of Abner C. Pence and Anna J. (Bonnor) Pence. Her father was born in Rockingham County, Virginia, June 28, 1808, and when he was twenty-five years old he moved to Clarke County, Ohio, where he remained two years, then came to Clinton County, Indiana, and settled in Killmore, where he is still living at a ripe old age. The town of Killmore is situated on a portion of his farm. He was a millwright by trade, and followed it in Virginia, but not extensively after coming to this county. He had a general stock of dry-goods in Killmore for a short time. He resides with his son on the farm he first purchased. Mrs. Stafford's mother was born in Alabama, February 11, 1809. She moved to Ohio when a widow, having been married only six months when her first husband died. She married Mr. Pence in Clarke County, Ohio, and came with him to this county, where she died July 29, 1845. There were four children in the Pence family-Lucinda, born March 7, 1836, wife of Andrew Charles, and living in Jackson County Kansas;  Mary J., born July 31, 1838, wife of our subject; Cyrus B., born April 15, 1841, is married and living in Killmore; and Martha A., born March 21, 1844. Mr. and Mrs. Stafford have had five children-Willis, born August 15, 1857, was married November 25, 1883, to Sarah H. Shanabarger; George S., born March 15, 1862, is unmarried; Joseph E., born February 4; 1864, married Emma Davidson in 1884; Pence, born May 10, 1866; all were born on the old homestead. Mr. Stafford died March 31, 1874, and was buried in Jefferson Cemetery. He was a great Republican worker, but did not seek public office. He came to this county with about $700, and left an estate worth $15,000. The Pences are of German ancestry. Mrs. Stafford's maternal grandmother's name was Christina Croburger.
Source: History of Clinton County, Indiana, 1878

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Dick Leibenguth


STARKEY, Benjamin F.   
BENJAMIN F. STARKEY, one of the enterprising business men of Mulberry, Clinton county, Ind., and one of the stockholders and the manager of the Jay Grain company, claims Ohio as the state of his nativity.  He was born in Ashland county,  December 9,   1845, and is a son of Thomas G. and Sarah (HOLSINGER) STARKEY.  The father was a native of Pennsylvania, and of Scotch-Irish descent.  The mother was born in Virginia, and was of German lineage.  The paternal grandfather, Thomas G. Starkey, was born January 22, 1809, and in 1837 removed to Ohio, where he followed farming.  Ten years later he became a resident of La Grange county, Ind., and there purchased and cultivated a farm.  His death occurred in that county May, 28, 1884, and his wife passed away in March, 1891.
    Benjamin Starkey is one of a family of thirteen children, viz: William, who was killed in the late war;   Sarah Jane;  Benjamin F.;   Susan;   Adelia,   wife of Robert FINLEY;   Adeline,   wife of Charles BARTLETT;   Ida, wife of Eugene EMMINGER; Leticle, wife of John STURGIS;    Alice, wife of John MYERS;   Rhoda, wife of Martin LOVETT; and Daniel B.   In the usual manner of farmer lads.  Mr. Starkey of this sketch spent the davs of his boyhood and youth, being reared on his father's farm in Milford township,  La Grange county, Ind.  His educational privileges were those afforded by the public schools, and he became a well informed man by general reading, and observation.  In 1864, at the age of nineteen years, he came to Clinton county, where for a while he engaged in farming.  He then turned his attention to other pursuits, establishing a  grist-mill at Mulberry. Since that time, in some capacity or other, he has been connected with the grain business.  He afterward sold his mill to the Jay Grain company of Ohio, of which he is now a stockholder and is manager of the company's business at this place.  They buy and ship all kinds of grain and flour, and under the able supervision of Mr. Starkey the business has constantly increased at this place.  He previously carried on a tile factory for about three years in Owen township, and he also owns eighty acres of well improved land in that township.  Mr. Starkey was married February 20, 1873, to Frances LOVETT, daughter of Thomas G. and Catherine LOVETT.  Her father is still living in La Grange county, but her mother died in 1893.  Mr. and Mrs. Starkey have one son, Thomas W., born in April, 1875.  Our subject holds membership with the Methodist Episcopal church and with the Masonic fraternity of Mulberry.  He votes with the prohibitionist party, and for two terms served as trustee of Owen township.  He may truly be called a self-made man, for his success is due to his own efforts, being the reward of earnest application, industry and perseverance.  p. 872 Source I
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STARKEY, Daniel   
Daniel STARKEY, Feb 12, 1878, Daniel Starkey of this personal mention came into Montgomery County and settled in West Cherry Township. At the end of a half dozen years he purchased a quarter section of land in Sec 22, Twp 31, Rg 16 and personally conducted it till 1898 when he moved to Wilson County where he yet residesleaving the conduct of the old homestead to his son Harvey. LaGrange County, Indiana was the native place of Daniel Starkey and his birth occurred March 1, 1848. HIs father was Thomas Starkey of Juniata Co, PA an dhis mother's maiden name was Sarah Holsinger. The father was a son of Benjamin Starkey who married into the Francis family and was the father of 9 children. Thomas Starkey was a colonel of militia in Ohio was born in PA and descended from PA ancestry. He was a justice of the peace for a 1/4 of a century in Indiana was a well-known auctioneer. HIs wife was a daughter of William Holsinger and bore him 13 children. These mentioned here are William, who died of wounds received on Sherman's march to the sea; Mrs. Jane Case of LaGrange County, Indiana; Mrs. Susan Quinn of California; Benjamin, of CLINTON COUNTY INDIANA; Priscilla wife of R. Finley; Daniel our subject, Adaline who married Charley Bartlett of Indiana; Mrs. Ida Eminger of Indiana; Mrs. Ada Shamblin of Michigan; Mrs. Lettie Sturge of Indiana; Mrs. Bessie Coleman of California; Mrs. Alice Myers of Indiana; and Mrs. Rhoda Lovitt of Illinois. Mr. Starkey of this notice took for his wife Abbie Brown who was born in Erie Co NY Dec 25, 1854. Her parents were Irving and Jane (Mann) Brown people of NY birth. Two sons constitute the issue of Mr. and Mrs. Starkey viz: Harvey a Montgomery County farmer, whose wife was Miss Ella Hull born in Nodaway Co MO and a daughter of Elezaer and Emma Hull, natives of NJ. An only child, Marcus M, is the issue of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Starkey. Charles Starkey is the younger child of our subject and he married Ella McKinney. Their family has one child, Ernest. Mr. Starkey was one of the prominent and active members of the Farmers' Alliance years ago holds to Populist principles in politics has served on various committees and a number of terms on the school board.
Source: History of Montgomery County, Kansas unknown: L.W. Duncan, 1903, p. 268.
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STECKEL, Joseph H.
JOSEPH H. STECKEL
All credit is due a man who wins success in spite of obstacles and by persistency and energy gains a competence and a position of honor as a man and citizen.  The record of Joseph H. Steckel, now living in retirement in the town of Mulberry, Clinton county, is of such a man.  He grew up amid rather discouraging environments, but it was during the formative period of this country and he was quick to see opportunities, and, managing well and working persistently, he worked his way to definite success and independence.
     Mr. Steckel was born in a log cabin in Tippecanoe county, February 7, 1852. He is a son of Joseph Steckel, who became one of the most extensive farmers in what was formerly Ross and later Madison township, Clinton county. He was born in Lehigh county, Penn., January 22, 1824, in a house built in 1756, in which there is a table set in the wall, made of plaster, which bears the following inscription, "God protect this home front all danger. Our Lord and Savior. (Selah)”   The home was built by John Peter DREXEL and Mary Magdalena Drexel.  Its size is forty by fifty feet.  It is the opinion of Joseph Steckel that this property was purchased by his grandfather Steckel of Mr. Drexel, the builder.  The paternal great grandfather of Joseph Steckel was brought to America from Switzerland when only two years old.  The Steckels all settled in Lehigh county, Penn. At one time a reunion of this family was held there at which seven hundred Steckels were present. John Peter Steckel, grandfather of the subject of this sketch, was born in Lehigh county, in 1785, and there spent his life, dying in 1866. His wife, Elizabeth BIERY, born in that county in 1795, died in 1840. 
The Bierys were of German descent.  Joseph Steckel had an uncle, Solomon by name, who served in the war of 1812. On February 26, 1846, Joseph Steckel married Anna Maria Ludwig, daughter of David and Lydia (FATZINGER) LUDWIG, natives of Pennsylvania. The father was born in 1803 and the mother in 1804.
     Joseph Steckel , father of our subject remained with his parents until he was twenty-six years old, then moved to Sheffield township, Tippecanoe county, Ind., where he lived four years. In 1853 he moved to Clinton county and located on the county line, about two miles west of Mulberry until March, 1885, when he built a beautiful brick residence in Mulberry.  He was known to be an honest, reliable man, friendly to both rich and poor.  He held the office of supervisor for four years.  He was a member of the Reformed church, while his wife held membership in the Lutheran church.  They were the parents of twelve children, an equal number of sons and daughters: Lydia, Oliver, David (deceased), Phaon, living in Mulberry; Mrs. Mary E. BEAR (deceased), Deborah (deceased), Joseph H. of this sketch; Mrs. A. BURKHOLDER (deceased), Mrs. Ellen J. ELLIOTT (deceased), Mrs. Matilda COMBS (deceased), Methusaleh, living in California; Martin, living on a farm near Mulberry.
     Joseph H. Steckel grew up on the home farm and received a common school education.  On February 2, 1873 he marreid (sic) at Rossville, Clinton county, Maria M. Gable, who was born in Northampton county, Penn., January 26, 1851, a daughter of Tobias and Hannah (LEIBENGUTH) GABLE, both natives of the same county in which Mrs. Steckel was born.  The mother is living with our subject and has reached the advanced age of eighty-seven years.  The father died at the age of sixty-seven years in Ross township.  They were the parents of five children: William, Francis, John J., Maria M., married to Mr. Steckel, and Robert W.  The father of these children was a carpenter by trade.  Politically, he was a Democrat.
     Joseph H. Steckel lived in Tippecanoe county two years, then came to Mulberry Clinton county, where he has since resided, and where he has been successfully engaged in the grocery, meat and livestock business during the past twenty-three years.  He has a reputation for industry and honesty.
     The following children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Steckel: Emma F. at home with her parents; Rev. Lloyd W., a prominent minister in the Lutheran church, and now located at Plattville, Wisconsin, was educated at the Lutheran College of Greenville, Penn., and at the Lutheran Seminary of Chicago; one child who died in infancy; Pearl B. the wife of C. BURNS, of Madison township; Malinda wife of Lawrence CLENDENNING, of Madison township.
     Politically, Mr. Steckel is a Republican and has been a frequent delegate to various conventions of his party.  He owns a modern well--furnished nine-roomed house in Mulberry, which is a frequent gathering place for the many friends of the family. Pages 792 – 793 Source II
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STECKEL, Phaon
     There could be no more comprehensive history written of a community or county or even of a state and its people than that which deals with the life work of those who, by their own endeavor and indomitable energy, have placed themselves where they well deserve the title of “progressive.”  In this sketch will be found the record of one who has outstripped the less active and less able plodders on the highway of life, one who has been consistent in his life work and never permitted the “grass to grow under his feet,”  one who, while advancing his individual interests, has not neglected his full duties to the general public, at the same time upholding an honored family name.
     Phaon Steckel, for many years a prominent farmer and surveyor, now living in retirement in Mulberry, Clinton county, was born near Ellentown, Lehigh county, Pennsylvania.  September 21, 1846.  He is a son of Joseph STECKEL, also a native of that county and state, his birth having occurred in 1811.  He was a son of Peter STECKEL, also born there.  This was a sterling old Pennsylvania German family.  Joseph Steckel grew to manhood in his native community and married Ann Maria LUDWIG, who was born in his own county in September 28, 1827.  In 1849 they left Pennsylvania with their two children and came in wagons to Tippecanoe county, Indiana.  Their first home there was a log cabin.  They worked hard and became well established, buying land which they sold for a profit after improving.  The two children mentioned above were Phaon, our subject, and Mrs. Mary E. BEAR.  To Joseph Steckel and wife twelve children in all were born, an equal number of sons and daughters, namely: Lydia, Oliver, David, all died young; Phaon, Mrs. Mary E. Bear, Deborah (deceased); Joseph H., Mrs. A. BURKHALTER (deceased); Matilda, married to John E. COMBS (deceased), Methusaleh, living in California, and Martin, living on a farm near Mulberry.
     Joseph Steckel was a successful man in his life work and was prominent in church work, being an elder and deacon in the church.
     Phaon  Steckel was reared on the home farm and was educated in the common schools.  He took up farming when a boy, and this has been his life work.  He engaged in general farming near Mulberry, and when a young man he took up surveying at which he became quite expert.  His services were in great demand, and he became one of the best known surveyors in this section of the state.  He has surveyed much land in Clinton county.
     Mr. Steckel was married at Anamosa, Jones county, Iowa, to Frances TUEL, who was born in Dubuque, Ia., and was there reared and educated.  She is a daughter of John TUEL, who was a soldier in the Civil war, in which he saw much service.  His wife, Martha Ellen (KLINE) TUEL, is still living, being now eighty-four years old.  John Tuel and wife were the parents of twelve children, six boys and six girls, namely: Frances Virginia, wife of our subject; George William, Laura Ann, died in childhood; John Gilbert, Andrew Warren, Abraham Douglas, Charles, Benjamin Rupert, Susan Catherine, Clara Viola, Mattie Jane, Ida May.
     Mr. and Mrs. Steckel are the parents of six children: Laura Ann, Mrs. Ida O. KLEINSMITH, Clara B., married to David RUCH, of Clinton county; Christy Moleva, died young; Josephine May, married George HACKER, of this county; Thomas Emanuel, a teacher in the University of Indiana, and Laura Ann, married to Preston KURTZ, and living at Treichlers, Pa.
     Politically, Mr. Steckel is a Republican.  His wife belongs to the Methodist Episcopal church.  Mr. Steckel is a member of the Lutheran church.
pp. 488-489 Source II
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STEWART, Frank Reed
      Prominent in the affairs of Clinton county and distinguished as a capable citizen whose kindly influence was felt far beyond the confines of the community in which he lived, the subject of this sketch inspires an easy and pleasant task for the biographer.  His magnanimity his energetic and honest business methods live after him, for it is true that his bodily presence has disappeared.  Men with large souls and willing hands are the elements that keep up civilization in the face of immorality, degradation, and dishonesty.  Such a man was Frank Reed Stewart, of Frankfort, Ind., and his name has been engraved in the halls of Clinton county as one of her noblest citizens.
      Mr. STEWART was born in Clinton county September 9, 1866, being the son of Henry and Nancy Ann STEWART.  His father was a native of Montgomery county, and spent the days of his life in farming and stock raising.  His mother was born in Clinton county.  Henry Stewart was a great worker in the Antioch church during his younger days. At one time he owned all of the land where the little town of Antioch now stands, but he sold it to be plotted and made into town lots. Mr. Stewart led the singing in the church, and in those days that insured him the foremost place in the social affairs of the community, a position which he filled admirably.
       Frank Stewart was educated on the farm and in the very meager schools of that period.  When twenty years of age, Mr. Stewart engaged in the furniture business, remaining for some time at that occupation.  Subsequently, the livestock trade appealed to him more strongly and he entered upon that calling, and continued until his death on February 16, 1911.
      In his endeavors in his chosen field of work, Mr. Stewart covered large territory, making trips to all the cities in the country, and he had a personal acquaintance with most of the leading stockmen of the United States.  It was his custom to buy cattle and sheep in the West and ship them East to be sold on the market.  Frequently, he made large shipments, approximating at times five thousand dollars.  For a number of years, Mr.  Stewart lived in the town of Darlington, Montgomery county, and his efforts were greatly responsible for the building up of that town.  He was councilman for a few years.
      Mr. Stewart, on December 28, 1892, was married to Emrna E. MILLER, the daughter of Samuel and Harriet C. MILLER.  The father was of good Scotch-Irish blood and was a native of the Blue Grass state.  Her mother came from a stock of Indiana farmers, and is able to trace her ancestry back to a very interesting period. She lost her mother when she was but a child, and then she helped keep house for her family until the day she married Frank Stewart.  Her great grandfather fought in the Revolutionary War and her Grandfather participated in the second conflict with Great Britain in 1812, and also was the squire of Franklin, Ind., for a long time in those early days.  Her Grandmother on her father's side bore the name of ROSS, and was descended from one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, thus Mrs. STEWART is eligible to be a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, a privilege which she never sought.  An interesting little story of a great uncle, Thomas MILLER, is to the effect that, in 1795, he was hunting in Kentucky and came upon five buffalos, one of which he wounded, when the herd attacked him furiously and drove him into a tree.  He had to kill all of them before he could come down.  A spoon made from a horn of one of these buffalos has been handed down in the family as an heirloom.  Mrs. Stewart's father lived for fifty-two years on a farm given to him as a wedding present.  He belonged, from an early day, to the Horsethief Association of his county.  Mrs. STEWART has one uncle living, and he is in the ministry at Waynetown, Montgomery county the Rev. John L. MILLER of the Baptist church.  Her sisters and brothers living are: Will and Otto, farmers near Darlington, Montgomery county; Homer, in the hardware business in above town; John W., in fruit business in Washington state; Rue C., making home in San Francisco, Cal., and Mrs. Onelia HOPPER, living near Lebanon, Boone county.  Two brothers are dead.
      Mr. and Mrs. Stewart have three chidren, Reid M., Noble F. and Esther RUE, all of whom are now living.
      Mr. Stewart was a very public-spirited and generous man, and a great lover of his family and home.  Rather inclined to a quiet disposition, he hesitated to hold public offices, but took an interest in politics.  He was a Republican in politics and belong to the Methodist church and to the lodges of Free and Accepted Masons, Knights of Pythias, and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Pages 704 – 706. Source II
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STRANGE, Seth
SETH STRANGE, a prominent farmer and stock raiser of Jackson township, is a native of Clinton county, Ind., born April 8, 1836, the son of Hezekiah and Nancy (COOK) STRANGE.  Hezekiah Strange was born in Montgomery county, Ky., in 1801, and was the son of Stephen Strange, who came to the United States, in an early day, from England.  In company with Stephen Strange came his two brothers, one of whom penetrated the wilds of Kentucky to locate land, and was never heard of afterward; the other died in that state In an early day, and his widow subsequently went to Ohio, where her death occurred many years ago.  Hezekiah Strange located in Hendricks county, Ind., in 1827, and two years later moved to the county of Clinton and entered a tract of government land, which he subsequently developed into a fine farm.  He died January 19, 1883, at the age of eighty-two years, and his wife was laid to her final rest on the thirteenth of March, 1885.  Hezekiah and Nancy Strange were the parents of eight children, namely: Stephen, who owns a part of the land which his father purchased from the government; William, a well known physician of Frankfort; Jesse, Seth, Mary E., wife of Marion F. Cook, deceased; James, deceased; Henry and Dicy, also deceased.
      Seth Strange, the immediate subject of this mention, remained with his father on the farm until becoming of age, when he purchased forty acres of land in Jackson township and engaged in the pursuit of agriculture upon his own responsibility.  He has added to the area of his farm, made valuable improvements on the same, and for a number of years has given considerable attention to the raising of' live stock, in which he has been quite successful, making a specialty of Poland China hogs.  He is also engaged in breeding full-blooded short horned Durham cattle, and his flock of Shropshire sheep is among the best in Clinton county.  As a farmer and stock raiser. Mr. Strange takes high rank, and as a citizen is popular in the neighborhood where he resides, enjoying the confidence and respect of all with whom he comes in contact in business or other relations.
      Mr. STRANGE was married December 11, 1856, to Emarine COOK, of Shelby county, Ky., daughter of Abraham and Sarah Cook, both parents natives of that state and of English descent.  Abraham Cook was born November 1, 1809; and died March 20, 1893; his wife was born December 1, 1800, and died at a ripe old age on the tenth day of June, 1890. They were the parents of nine children, namely:  Edmund, J., Israel, Henry B., Emarine, Squire B.,  Warren A., James C., Isaac L., and an infant, deceased.   Mr. and Mrs. Strange have never been blessed with any children of their own.  They are both active members of the Christian church, and he has filled the office of trustee in his home congregation for a number of years.  In politics Mr. Strange affiliates with the democratic party, and fraternally belongs to the I. 0. 0.  F., being an active worker in the local lodge. Pages 871- 872 Source I
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STOMS,  Isaac H.
     So long as there is a historic will men and women love to read of their forefathers who braved the untracked forests of the West, so that homes might be built, and the resources of a new country opened up.  Their mission was a heroic one; they were not driven from the East by religious oppression, political strife, or any other thing such as our ancestors across the sea have had to experience: instead, they traveled over the mountains and struck this territory because there they believed awaited greater prosperity and, in consequence, better homes for their children.  Their names are written in letters of gold, and will ever be perpetuated in the annals of the country.  One of the sturdy, God-fearing men was Isaac H.  Stoms, a native of New Jersey.  He came to Clinton county before there were any railroads, roads, bridges, and just a few settlements far apart, with homes scattered in the forest, surrounded by the native inhabitants, in the shape of animals and Indians.  He was an honorable, courteous and sympathetic man, an indefatigable worker, and a man who held the esteem of every one who knew him.
     Isaac H. Stoms was born on August 16, 1825, in New Jersey, the son of William and Phoebe (HUGHES) STOMS.  These parents were natives of New Jersey, and the father died when our subject was a small child.  The mother died in 1878.  The father was a farmer all of his life, and an active supporter of the Republican party.  Five children were born to these parents: Mary Jane, Isaac, Martha, Jacob and William, all deceased.
     In his youth our subject received a common school education.  He moved from his native state, New Jersey, to Dearborn county.  Indiana, and then to Clinton county in the early forties.  He entered the agricultural profession and continued in it during his entire life.  He was very prosperous in this location, and being a good trader, he possessed at the time of his death, on August 16, 1887,  over eight hundred acres of excellent and tillable land.  Mr. Stoms saw a little service in the Civil war, enlisting in 1864 at one of the last calls for volunteers, in Company F, Fifty-first Indiana Volunteer Infantry.  During the short time he was permitted to serve, however, he performed well every duty which was assigned to him, and was, in every respect, a gallant soldier.
     On July 20, 1871, Mr. Stoms was married to Jemima Kingery, who was born in Union county, Indiana, on February 17, 1844, the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (MORRIER) KINGERY.  Her father was a native of the Old Dominion and died in August, 1863.  Her mother came from the state of Pennsylvania, and she passed from this life in 1881.  Both parents lived and worked on a farm all of their lives.  The father was a hardy specimen of the American farmer, and was a stanch Republican all of his life.  Two children were born to the union of our subject - and wife: Dora May, born May 24, 1874, died October, 1911, wife of John HALE; and Perry, born September 1, 1878, married Bertha McALRATH, and lives in Middlefork.
     Mrs.  Stoms was twice married.  Her first husband was William Stoms, a brother of Isaac Stoms, our subject.  William Stoms was born on August 30, 1833, and was married to Jemima Kingery on March 4, 1860.  He was a soldier in the Civil war, enlisting in 1864 for a short term of service.  His death occurred soon after the close of that conflict.  Mrs. Stoms now lives in Middlefork, where she has a home and about three hundred and seventy acres of excellent farm land, all tillable but about sixty acres.  The land is well tiled, fenced and improved in various other ways.  Mrs. Stoms rents the whole of the land.
     Mrs. Stoms has been for forty fears a member of the Middlefork Baptist church. Pages 654 – 655 Source II
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STOMS, Perry E.
     Perry E. Stoms is one of the later generations of farmers and stock raisers of Clinton county, native and to the manner born, who form an important element in the maintenance of the prosperity of the county and are helping greatly to extend its wealth. He is the son of an early pioneer of this part of Indiana who played an important part in developing the agricultural resources of this famous region. He is a man who keeps himself thoroughly posted upon leading political, religious, business and scientific, and is a man of decided views, adhering to his convictions with the natural strength of his character.
     Perry E. Stoms was born on September 1, 1878, in Warren township, Clinton county, and is the son of Isaac H. Stoms and Jemima A. (KINGERY) STOMS.  Isaac H. Stoms is accorded a lengthy review on another page of this work, but it is fitting that a synopsis of his useful career should be written at this time.  Isaac H. Stoms was born on the 16th of August, 1825, in New Jersey, the son of William and Phoebe (HUGHES) STOMS.  The parents were natives of New Jersey, and the father was a farmer all of his life, and a Republican.  Isaac H. Stoms was one of five children: Mary Jane, Isaac, Martha, Jacob and William, all deceased.  After a common school education, Isaac H.  Stoms moved from New Jersey to Dearborn county, Indiana, and then to Clinton county in the early forties. He died on August 16, 1887, after an unusually prosperous life as a farmer.  He served in Company F. Fifty-first Indiana volunteer Infantry, during the Civil war.  His marriage to Jemima KINGERY occurred on July 20, 1871, and to the union two children were born - Dora May born May 24, 1874, died in October, 1911, the wife of John Hale, and Perry E., our subject.
     Perry E. Stoms had the advantage of an education in the common schools of his home county, and having learned the agricultural art from his honored father, he embarked soon after leaving school in the occupation of farming and stock raising.  He is, at present, farming in Warren township, this county, and owns two hundred acres of excellent farm land, all tillable with the exception of thirty acres.  The land is well ditched and otherwise improved according, to the dictates of the twentieth century.  Good fences surround and subdivide the estate.  Mr. Stoms owns his own home in Middlefork, and it is a commodious and substantial dwelling.  Besides general farming Mr. Stoms specializes in the raising of fine Jersey cows, a general breed of hogs and draft and general purpose horses.  Mr. Stoms is proud of his stock, and is a frequent exhibitor.
     On December 24, 1900, Mr. Stoms was united in marriage with Bertha McALRATH, whao (sic) was born in Howard county, Indiana, on June 26, 1883, and was the daughter of Henry and Florence (MORRIS) McALRATH.  Her parents are natives of Indiana, and are both living at this writing.  Mrs. Stoms received a common school education, also high school training at Russiaville, Howard county, Indiana.  There has been no issue to the union of Mr. and Mrs. Stoms.
     Mr. Stoms takes a large interest in the political life of the county, and has ever been a supporter of the Republican ticket. Pages 652 – 654. Source II
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STORMS, James 
     The career of James Storms, one of the most substantial and successful agriculturists of Clinton county, has ever been such as to warrant the trust and confidence of the business world, for he has conducted his transactions on the strictest principles of honesty and integrity.  His co-operation with his fellow men has been unfaltering, being the result of sincere interest and regard for the interests of his county.  Such men as he is what the world needs for the rapid and sure economic development.
     James Storms was born on July 6, 1860, in Decatur county, Indiana, and was the son of John W. and Nellie (BYRAM) STORMS.  John Storms was born in Ripley county, this state, and died here in 1903; the mother was a native of Decatur county.  Both parents had a common school education, and the father was a preacher of the Baptist church and a farmer.  He was a Republican.  Seven children were born to the couple: Izara, Sarah (deceased), Rachel, James, Scott, Lavona and John.
     After the usual common school education our subject began farming, and he has followed this successfully until the present.  He owns ninety-three and one-half acres of tillable, well tiled and fenced land in this county, and has added thereto all of the latest improvements incident to agricultural science. Besides general farming Mr. Storms raises Jersey cattle and a common breed of hogs. Before moving to Johnson township, Mr. Storms had lived in Tipton county and in Sugar Creek township, this county.
     Mr. STORMS was united in marriage to Mary E. COX in April, 1883.  She was born in Sugar Creek township, Clinton county, in March, 1865, and was the daughter of Amberson and Millie (ALEXANDER) COX, who were natives of the Blue Grass state.  Four children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Storms: Stella, July 7, 1885; Alta, July 8, 1887: Roy, July 6, 1889, now studying for the medical profession; and Given, June 1, 1896.
     Fraternally, Mr. Storms is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, NO. 482, at Kempton, Ind.  Religiously, he is a Baptist, and politically is a Republican. Pages 575 - 576
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STRONG, Bert
     The subject of this review has spent practically all of his life in Clinton county, and has ever commanded the esteem and confidence of the people with whom he has been associated. His name has been prominently identified with the agricultural interests, as well as with divers (sic) other enterprises which he has been interested in and played a conspicuous part. Mr. Strong is just in the prime of life, and the accomplishments of the past are but a promise for larger and better ones in the future.
     Bert STRONG came into this world on October 26, 1871, in Benton county, Iowa, and was brought by his parents to Clinton county, this state, when he was one year old. He was the son of William and Margaret (SCHOOLEY) STRONG. William STRONG was born January 15, 1832, in Boone county, Indiana, moved to Iowa after his marriage, lived there about three years, then moved to Prairie Center, Clinton county, locating on a farm, where he lived until his death, on March 4, 1876. He was a farmer and a Democrat. The mother was born June 8, 1829, in the state of Delaware, and came to Boone county when she was twelve years old. She is still living. Both parents had a good common school education. Eight children were born to them, namely: James W., Mary A., Tirzah (deceased); John K., Allen, Lewis, Libbie Gold and Bert.
     Bert Strong received his early education in Perry township, graduating from the eighth grade. Since then he has farmed practically all the time, with the exception of three years, when he lived in Frankfort and ran a livery and feed barn in partnership with his brother. In 1895 he moved to the farm. In March, 1909, our subject sold the farm, which consisted of ninety-one acres. He then purchased an estate comprising fifty-two acres, all tillable, well tiled, fenced and with the latest improvements, which he sold in October, 1913. Mr. Strong is at present carrying on general farming, also raises Jersey cows, Poland China hogs and Shire horses.
     Mr. STRONG has been married twice: the first time on October 25, 1895, to Anna BOYER. who was born in Tipton county, Indiana, in 1874, and died November 20, 1906. She was the daughter of Jacob Boyer. Three children were born to this first union, namely: Almeda, William Floyd and Helen G.
     Mr. STRONG's second marriage was to Artie E. RUDE on April 17, 1908. She was born in Clinton county August 1, 1887, and was the daughter of Richard and Mary A. Rude, native of this state, and both now being deceased. One child has been born to Mr. and Mrs. Strong --- Beulah A., born January 15, 1911.
     Fraternally, Mr. Strong is a member of the Improved Order of Red Men at Michigantown, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles at Frankfort. Religiously, he is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church near Cyclone. Politically, he is a Democrat. He was a member of the advisory board of Michigan township, and was overseer of the new school house for about six months. Pages 564 – 565 Source II     
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STROUP, Jacob
JACOB STROUP a prominent farmer of Johnson township, Clinton county, Ind., was born in Madison county, Ohio, January 9, 1839.  John Stroup, his grandfather, was born in Germany, came to America before the Revolution, and was at that time a single man.  He served eight years in the patriot army, and at Charleston, S. C., during the siege, while dipping loose powder to load a cannon, the magazine expoded and blew him a distrance of one hundred yards.  He was badly mangIed, but finally recovered.  He was an early settler of Ross county, Ohio, and a farmer.  Jacob Stroup, father of our subject, was born in Ross county, Ohio, was married there and thence moved to Madison county, Ohio, remained there a number of years, and then came to Indiana and settled in Clinton county, in 1848, one the farm where his son John now resides, and which comprised 240 acres.  He and wife were members of the first Methodist church organized in the neighborbood, of which he was a charter member and class leader.  In politics he was a democrat, and held the office of township trustee.  He married Naomi DEBINGTON, daughter of Patrick and Catherine DEBINGTON, who were of Scotch-Irish descent, and to this union were  born the following children:  Sarah A.,  Reuben,  Levina,  Mary,   Lemuel H.,  Naomi,   Jacob, Catherine, John, Nancy and Elizabeth, all of whom lived to marry and have families.     
     Jacob Stroup, the subject proper of this sketch, received as good an education as the schools of his neighborhood afforded, and this he has supplemented with self-culture and a wide range of historical reading.  He has a model farm of 320 acres, with modern residence and substantial outbuilding, and here makes a specialty of thoroughbred sheep.  Mr. Stroup enlisted, February 14, 1864, in company C, Fifty-eighth Indiana volunteer infantry,  and was assigned to the army of the Cumberland.  He was in the campaigns of Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia; was in the battle of Kingston, N. C., in the famous march to the sea, and on detached service in repairing railways in North and South Carolina, skirmishing every day; he was also in the battles of Bentonville, Smithville and Raleigh.  At one time, when sent out with 125 men to forage, the little party was surrounded by a superior force and nearly captured, and here a bullet passed through a small tree behind which he was standing and filled his eyes with bits of bark.  He received  an honorable discharge July 25, 1865, and now draws a pension of eight dollars monthly.   He is senior vice-command of Joe Hooker post, NO. 97, G. A. R., and is universally esteemed.  Mr. Stroup married Miss Elizabeth BURGET, daughter of William and Lydia (KEEFER) BURGET, and the union was made happy by the birth of one child,   Margaret.  Mrs. Stroup died July, 1863, a member of the Methodist church; seven years later Mr. Stroup married Margaret DEFORD, of French descent, and daughter of Edgar and Julia (RANSIPHER) DEFORD, and to this union have been born the following children: Oliver,  Alta,  Ora,  Bertha, Orpha B., James C.,  John,  Zonie and  Chloe.  Mr. Stroup is a republican, and he and family are highly respected in the neighborhood and throughout the township. Pages 872 - 873. Source I
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STROUP, Jacob
     One of the owners of extensive farming interests in Clinton county is the gentleman whose name initiates this sketch. His valuable property has been acquired through persistent effort and directness of purpose and the prosperity which is the inevitable result of such methods is today his. In his daily life he manifests a kind regard for his fellows and a tendency to aid in any undertaking which will benefit the community of which he is an honored members. Mr. Stroup is a pioneer of the best type, and as such his life record will go down on these pages in order that future generations may be familiar with the records of their forefathers.
     Jacob Stroup was born January 9, 1839, in Madison county, Ohio, and was the son of Jacob and Naoma (DEBINGTON) STROUP. The worthy father lived a very useful life. He was a Republican in politics and had the honor of holding a friendship with Abraham Lincoln.
     Jacob Stroup had the advantage of a common school education in his youth in the schools of his native county. Tipton county, Indiana, was the scene of his next location and he lived there for a period of five years. Then he removed to Johnson township, Clinton county, and lived prosperously and happily in this place until March, 1913, when he retired and with his family moved to Kempton, Indiana, in preparation to spend the rest of his days in peace and quiet.
     In the Civil War Mr. Stroup bore a part, although he did not enlist until February, 1865. The end of the war at that time was very near, but the country did not see it; hostilities appeared to be reaching a crisis instead of the surrender of Lee at Appomattox, and fresh enlistments were being sent to the front from all the Union states. Mr. Stroup was a member of one of these. He recruited in Company C. Fifty-eighth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, under Captain Milburn. Mr. Stroup participated in several skirmishes during his service, many of them in and around Bentonville, North Carolina. He was mustered out on July 25, 1865, but not discharged until August 5 of that year. According to his comrades, Mr. Stroup ever proved a valiant and faithful soldier.
     On September 19, 1869, Mr. Stroup was married to Margaret J. EFORD, who was born in Clinton county, the daughter of Edward and Julia (RANCIPHER) EFORD, natives of Ohio. Her father was a farmer and later in life was a merchant and stock shipper. Twelve children were born to our subject and wife, namely: Margaret, Oliver, Mrs. Oltie BOULDEN, Mrs. Ora LONG, Mrs. Bertha GOODNIGHT, Mrs. Orphie BELL Eaton, James B., John B., and married Rachel WHITE; Zona, born June 10, 1887; Mrs. Chloe Orr, A. J., and Garnett.
     All of his life Mr. Stroup has followed farming. He owns three hundred and sixty acres here in Clinton county, all of which is tillable with the exception of about twenty-five acres. The land is well tiled and fenced. Once Mr. Stroup raised Short Horn cattle, and Poland China and Chester White hogs, he now devotes his time to the Duroc brand of swine. Mr. Stroup owns a fine home in the little town of Kempton, where he is now living.
     Naturally, Mr. Stroup is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic and he takes an active part in the running of the same. Politically, he is a Progressive. Pages 929 – 930. Source II  
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SUHRE, Edward F., M. D.
The name of Dr. Edward F. Suhre certainly needs no introduction by the biographer to the people of Forest township and Clinton county, where he has proven himself to be a leading citizen in every respect as well as one of the successful and trustworthy physicians of this section of the Hosier state.  Considering the excellent family from which he sprang and the earnest methodical methods which he has ever followed in his chief life work neither
     Dr. Suhre was born on February 23, 1869, in Indianapolis, Indiana.  He is a son of Henry C. and Margaret (MENDEN) SUHRE.  The father was born in Germany in the year 1848, but the major part of his life has been spent in the United States, whither he was brought by his parents when eight years old.  The family located in Indianapolis and there he grew to manhood and received his education.  The first settled in Cincinnati, Ohio, later moving to Hendricks county, this state, and finally to Indianapolis, where their permanent home was established and where Henry C. Suhre is still residing.  He received a farily good education, partly in German.  He learned the carpenter's trade when a boy and this has continued to be his life work, or, more properly, contracting, for during the past forty years he has been engaged successfully in building, being now in partnership with his son, Frank H. He is regarded as a very skilled and honorable workman and a far-sighted business mail of honorable principles.
     The doctor's mother was also a native of Germany and was brought to America by her parents when three years old.  Her parents died when she was four years old.  She is still living, having proved to be a faithful mother and helpmeet.
     Of the union of Henry C. Suhre and wife eight children were born: Dr. Edward W., our subject: Frank H., Gertrude, Anna, Edith, Arthur; Walter (deceased), and one who died in infancy.
     Dr. Suhre grew to manhood in Indianapolis and there received a good literary education in the common and high schools.  Early in life he decided upon a medical career and with this end in view he attended the Indiana Medical College, in his native city for a period of four years, later attending the Central College of Physicians and Surgeons, where he made an excellent record and from which institution he was graduated with the class of 1897.  Seeking a location he, later in the year of his graduation, came to Forest township, Clinton county, where he has since remained successfully engaged in the general practice, having built up a lucrative and ever growing patronage.  He has been very successful and has kept fully abreast of the times in every rsepect, being always a student, notwithstanding the fact that he is a very busy man.
     Dr. Suhre was married in April, 1896, to Gertrude ISAACS, who was born in Indianapolis in the year 1869, where she grew to womanhood and received her education.  She was a daughter of Alfred and Sarah (WEBB) ISAACS, the father a native of Kentucky.
     The death of Dr. Suhre's wife occurred on January 18, 1901.  She was a lady of many estimable characteristics and a favorite with a wide circle of friends.  The union of the doctor and wife was without issue.
     Politically, Dr. Suhre votes independently.  Fraternally, he belongs to the Masonic Order at Forest and the Commandery at Frankfort; also to the Knights of Pythias and the Improved Order of Red Men. Pages 562 – 563 Source II
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SWACKHAMMER,  Edgar K.
     Among the men of influence in Clinton county who have interest of their locality at heart and who have led consistent lives, thereby gaining definite success along their chosen lines, is the subject of this sketch, Mr. SWACKHAMMER being regarded as one of the leading farmers of Perry township, owning an excellent farm in section 15, his highly productive landed estate being managed with that care and discretion that stamps him as a twentieth century. agriculturist of the highest order, his place being known as Grand View Farm, which he has owned since coming, here from the state of Iowa a number of years ago.  He was born in Athens county, Ohio, near the town of Nelsonville, January 8, 1853.  He is a of  Elijah and Caroline (BATES) SWACKHAMMER, who removed to Clinton county in an early day and spent the balance of their lives here, becoming well established and well known.  The father, who was a native of Muskinguim county, Ohio, died at the advanced age of seventy-five years.  The mother, who as a native of Athens county, Ohio, is still living, making her home at Frankfort, Indiana, having attained the ripe old age of eighty-one years.  Six sons were born to this couple: Edgar, of this review; Clarence, Frank, living in Elwood, Indiana; George Morris, living in Jackson township, this county; and Charles.
      The subject of this sketch was reared on the home farm and there he worked hard when a boy, and during the winter months he attended the neighboring schools.  When twenty-one years of age he went to western Iowa, locating near the Missouri river in Harrison county, near the town of Woodbine, that section then being a new county.  There he engaged in farming and soon had a good start, and there he married in 1879 Mary BARNUM, a woman who proved to be an excellent helpmeet.  She was born near Woodbine, reared and educated there, and was a daughter of David BARNUM and wife, pioneers in Western Iowa, her mother having been known in her maidenhood as Lovina PALMER.  Both these parents died at Woodbine.  Our subject and wife continued to live in that vicinity until 1903, having the meanwhile developed one of the finest farms in that locality, when he sold out and came to Perry township, Clinton county, where he purchased an excellent farm of one hundred and sixty acres, which is well improved and well kept, and on which stands a comfortable residence and good outbuildings, surrounded by large shade trees, his place being well located two miles east of Colfax.
      Seven children have been born to our subject and wife: Mrs. Caroline COPELAND, of Vernon county, Missouri; Charles, now at home; Daisy married to a Mr. ROBINSON, now living at Woobine, Iowa, a teacher in the public schools before her marriage; Jessie, living in Frankfort, Indiana; Ruby, engaged in teaching; Lovina, at home; and Birdina.  These children all received good educational advantages.
Politically, our subject is a Republican, and he and his wife are members of the Christian church of Colfax.  Fraternally he belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.  He is a strong advocate of education, religion and temperance.  He is a man whose word is as good as his bond.  He is hospitable, neighborly, and above criticism in all his relations with his fellow men. Pages 499 & 500. Source II
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Source I: A Portrait And Biographical Record of Boone and Clinton Counties, Ind., ... Containing Biographical Sketches of Many Prominent and Representative Citizens, Together with Biographies and Portraits of all the Presidents of the United States, and Biographies of the Governors of Indiana. Published 1895 by A.W. Bowen & Co. in Chicago.   

Source II : History of Clinton County, Indiana …. With Historical Sketches of Representative Citizens and Genealogical Records of Many of the Old Families. By Hon. Joseph Claybaugh. Published 1913 by A. W. Bowen & Company – Indianapolis, Indiana


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