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David C. CAMPBELL

Source: History of Montgomery County, Indiana. Indianapolis: AW Bowen, 1913, p. 982


One of the large land owners and progressive citizens of Sugar Creek Twp, Montgomery County is David C. CAMPBELL, a man who is a believer in modern methods of agriculture so far as they are applicable to local conditions for he believe sin getting out of the old ruts and forging ahead with the times. But it is to be expected that a man who has traveled and observed and read as much as he would be an advocate of whatever is new and at the same time utilitarian. Such men make for the general advancement of any community. Mr. Campbell was born on June 4, 1855 in Buchanan County, Iowa. He is a son Martin and Emiline Cameron Campbell. The father was born Jan 22, 1830 having enjoyed the distinction of being the first white child born in Sugar Creek Township, Montgomery County, Indiana, his parents having moved here Oct 30, 1829 and established their home in the wilderness, beginning life here in true pioneer fashion, and here amid the rugged scenes of the first settlers the father of our subject grew to manhood, working hard in assisting his parents to establisht he family home in the wilderness and here he received a meager schooling in the early log cabin school houses of the day. He has devoted his life to general farming and has been successful. He is now living quietly at his home at Clark's Hill, being attained the advanced age of 83.His wife was born in 1835 Clinton County, Indiana and her death occurred November 8, 1903. 10 children were born to Martin Campbel and wife: John, deceased; David C of the review; W.S. physician in California; Abner B; Mrs. Rose B. Harter; Nancy J, deceased; Mrs. Susan Dell; R. N., a physician and chairman of the board of health; and Minerva. David C. Campbell grew to manhood on the home farm and there he assisted with the general work when a boy, and he received a common school education. On Feb 14, 1876, he was married to Margaret OGLEYBAY, who was born in Tippecanoe County, Indiana March 17, 1856, a daughter of James and Rebecca Conrow Oglebay. The father was from Maryland and mother hailed from Ohio. Mrs. Campbell received a common school education. Eleven children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Campbell: Eva Belle, born Dec 28, 1877; Jessie, born Feb 10, 1879; John W, born Aug 1, 1881; James M, born Dec 31, 1883; Edith Eleanor born March 8, 1886; Bessie E, born Jan 12, 1888; Letha Rose, born Feb 5, 1891; Ester Fay, born Sept 4, 1896; Benjamin Floyd, born March 24, 1900 is in school; the other two children are deceased. Mr. Campbell began farming early in life and this has continued to be his chief line of endeavor; however, he has beena minister in the Brethren Church for 32 years during which time he has traveled extensively and appeared in many pulpits, doing a great work in this denomination, being regarded everywhere as an earnest worker and forceful and persuasive as well as an entertaining speaker and he is popular with a vast acquaintance. He also traveled for several railroad companies for seven of eight years, giving entire satisfaction in this connection, and he is at his writing in the employ of the Union Pacific & Oregon Short Line. The finely improved place on which Mr. Campbell lives consists of 97 and 1/2 acres which is well tiled and all tillable all the excellent improvements having been made by our subject himself. He is also owner of a fine and productive farm of 456 acres SW of Crawfordsville. Personally Mr. Campbell is a man of scrupulous honesty and charitably inclined. He is neighborly, genial and kind and numbers his friends only by the limits of his acquaintance.


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