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A. W. Bowen History of Montgomery County (Indianapolis: AW Bowen, 1913) p 589) -
One of the business men of Montgomery County who has succeeded in his life work, or rather works, for he has turned his hand to a number of different things is Jesse W. Canine, now a well known real estate and insurance man of Crawfordsville. He gives close attention to his business affairs and is amassing a sufficient amount of this world's goods to make his later years comfortable and free from embarrassment. He possesses tact and discriminating judgment, and is always ready to assist others, when necessary, for the spirit of altruism has been a dominating element in his nature. His home life is all that good taste and kindness can make it and his social and family relations are of the most pleasant and agreeable character (sic). Mr. Canine was born on November 25, 1871 in Brown township, Montgomery County, Indiana. He is a son of James R. and Sarah S. (PROCTOR) Canine. The father was born on July 16, 1832 in Brown Township, this County, and there he grew to manhood, received his education and, in fact, spent all his life there, dying on January 18, 1896. The mother of our subject was born on March 5, 1829 also in Brown township, Montgomery County, and there was reared and educated. Her death occurred on March 28, 1908. The paternal grandparents of our subject were John and Hulda (LONG) Canine, He was born November 21, 1811, in Shelby County, Kentucky, and at the age of fourteen moved with his parents, Ralph and Margaret Canine, in 1826, to Brown township. His death occurred in 1875. His wife was also born in Kentucky and in 1822 moved to Parke County, Indiana, with her parents, James and Nancy Long, and her death occurred on March 18, 1875. Thus we see that the Canine family was one of the very earliest in this section of Indiana. When they first came here, the County was in the hands of the Indians, who were very numerous and all this County was an almost impenetrable wilderness. During the past century this family has played a conspicuous part in the affairs of the County. Jams R. Canine spent his life as a farmer and stock raiser. Politically, he was a Democrat but was not a public man. His family consisted of five children, only two of whom are now living; they were named Frances, deceased, Harvey, Hulda, deceased, Elizabeth, deceased, and Jesse W., of this review, who was the youngest. Jesse W. Canine grew to manhood on the old home place and there he assisted with the general work and attended the common schools. On November 10, 1892 he was married to Lelia B. HANNA, who died June 24, 1900. She was a daughter of William G. and Jennie Hannah (sic both HANNA & HANNAH). On December 20, 1905 he was married to Florence M. CLEMENTS, who was born August 2, 1880 in Boone County, Indiana. She is a daughter of Andrew S. and Caroline (REECE) Clements. Her father was reared in Boone County. Mrs. Canine grew to womanhood in Crawfordsville and there received her education. Two children have been born to our subject and wife, namely: Jessie Caroline, born September 20, 1906; and Frances Mac, born December 3, 1909. Mr. Canine made his start on his father's farm where he remained until he was twenty-one years of age. After that he engaged in several different occupations. In 1904 he was elected city treasurer in which office he served two years in an eminently satisfactory manner, after which he engaged in the real estate business, which he has continued to the present time with ever increasing success. He also handles insurance. He owns a good home in Crawfordsville. Politically, he is a Democrat. He belongs to the Methodist Episcopal Church, and fraternally he is a member of the Masonic Order, the Tribe of Ben-Hur, the Improved Order of Red Men, the Modern Woodsmen and the Patriotic Order Sons of America.