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Samuel W. GALEY

A. W. Bowen History of Montgomery County, Indiana (Indianapolis; AW Bowen, 1913) p 1240

It is always pleasant and profitable to contemplate the career of a man who has won a definite goal in life, whose career has been such as to command the honor and respect of his fellow citizens. Such, in brief, is the record of the well known agriculturist whose name heads this sketch than whom a more whole-souled or popular man it would be difficult to find among the farmers of Union Twp, where he has long maintained his home, and where he has labored not only for his own individual advancement and that of his immediate family, but also for the improvements of the entire community whose interests he has ever had at heart. Mr. GALEY was born on March 3, 1850, in the township and County where he still resides. He is a son of Samuel Smith Galey and Eliza Galey. The father was born in Ky. in 1810 and the mother's birth occurred in that state in 1811. There they grew to maturity, were educated and married and in an early day left their native country and established their permanent home in Montgomery County, Indiana and here developed a good farm. The death of the father occurred on Feb 16, 1893 at the advanced age of 83 years, having survived his wife 32 years her death having occurred in 1861 when she was in the prime of life. To Samuel S. Galey and wife 10 children were born all now deceased but 3. The father was not much of a public man, preferring to remain at home as much as possible. He was at first a Whig, later voting independently. The subject of this sketch received a common school education, and when a boy he assisted his father with the general work about the home farm.

On Sept 18, 1872, he marr. Mary C. BENNETT, who was born in Ky. on March 20, 1851. She is a daughter of John and Sarah Bennett. Mrs. Galey received a common school education. Her death occurred on Dec 16, 1909. She was a strong character, a devout member of the Presbyterian Church. Four children were born to Samuel W. Galey and wife, namely: Eliza b. Aug 28, 1874, marr. John HARRIS, and they live in Union Twp; Warner B, b. March 20, 1878, marr. Myrtle GALLOWAY and they are engaged in farming in Union Twp; John S. b. April 28, 1882 marr. Clara b. HALL and they make their home in Crawfordsville; William Otis, b. Dec 24, 1892 is assisting his father with the work on the home farm. Mr. Galey has always followed general farming and stock raising and his efforts have been successful all along the line. He is the owner of a well improved and productive farm of 160 acres of valuable land in Union Twp, all of which is tillable but 30 acres, which is in timber. From time to time he has added an improvement here and there as they were needed until the advancing years has found his place one of the most desirable from every standpoint i the locality. He carries on general farming and stock raising, paying particular attention to the latter and he formerly raised black cattle. Politically, Mr. G. is a Republican, but he has never taken a very active interest in public affairs. He is an influential member of the Presbyterian Church, and a deacon in the same.

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