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Among the influential and well-to-do farmers of Wabash Twp is Mr. Baldwin, who, 5 years ago, became the owner of a farm comprising 80 acres on Sec 13 for which he paid $5,000. The farm is all under good cultivation, and yields the owner an abundant incomei n return for the care bestowed upon it. Very early in life he began to carve out his own fortune, working as a farm hand at 75 cents per day and the second year receiving $12.50 a month. The last year of his hiring out to farmrers he received $18 a month. In 1877 he rented a farm which he carried on in connection with others for a number o yfears or until 1888, when as previously stated, he became the owner of his present farm. Mr. Baldwin was born near Montezuma, Parke COunty Dec 10, 1858 and is a son of John and Sarah A. CLARK Baldwin. Grandafther Baldwin emigrated from England in the colonial days and followed the trade of a wgaon maker. In the pioneer days, when Indiana was still a territory he came here from Ohio, dying in the village of New Harmony when at an advanced age. His wife passed away at Grayville, Illinois after having attained an advanced age. They reared a family of 8 children: John; Abram; Edwin; William; Charles; Harriet wife of Hiram Dunning; Ester wife of Mr. Ferguson and Fanny, Mrs. Charles Russell. Our subject's father was born in Gibson Co and also followed the trade of a wagon maker. Aobut 1845 he removed to Montezuma where he carriedon his trade until shortly before his death in 1871, at age 45, his wife surviving about 8 years and dying in January 1878. She was the mother of 5: Jane, Mrs. FM Jacks of Custer County, Nebraska, William who died at age 24, leaving a son Edward; Frederick who died at age 31; James also a resident of Custer Co Neb and Robert. Our subject's mother was born near Rockville, parke County and was a daughter of Mr. Clark, who emigrated from England to the US. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Robert Baldwin was reared in montezuma and educated in the public schools. He was only 11 when he left home to make his own living. On April 4, 1883, he married Miss Mary, daughte rof James and Sarah Tucker Brockway. Three children came to bless this home: Chauncey B; James F. and Ora M. The devoted wife and mother was called from the bosom of her family by the death angel Dec 10, 1889. She was an amiable and very lovable woman, an active member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. On Oct 23, 1892, Mr. Baldwin and MIss Maggie FREEMAN were united in wedlock. Mrs. Baldwin was born in Montgomery County, Indiana. Mr. Baldwin is a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and is always found on the side of all movements tending to uplift or promote the welfare of his fellow citizens and the community at large.
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