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History of Montgomery County, Indiana. Indianapolis: AW Bowen, 1913 p 991.
Among the most enterprising citizens of Ripley Township, Montgomery County is William S. HAM, of the village of Alamo, a man of known skill as a painter and of modern methods as an agriculturist. Thus he keeps very busy for his fine farm claims a great deal of attention and being one of the most careful and skilled painters in this part of the county his services are in great demand. T he reason he has the confidence of th epeople of this locality is because he has ever dealt honestly with them and has done his work well and conscientiously. Mr. Ham was born in Fountain County, Indiana Aug 7, 1870, son of Rhoden and Mandy J. WILLIS Ham. The father was born Jan 16, 1839 in Montgomery County, Indiana and spent his life in his native state, devoting his manhood years to agricultural pursuits. HIs death occurred July 1907. His wife, Mandy J. WILLIS was born July 15, 1843 in Montgomery County and there she grew to womanhood and received her education in the old time district schools. She is living, making her home with her son, William S. of this review. To Rhoden Ham and wife were born four children: Albert, deceased; William S of this sketch; Fred, deceased and Lewis, the youngest of the family. William S. Ham grew to manhood on the home farm and there assisted with general work when a boy. He received a commn school education. He began life's serious work as a farmer and this he has continued to follow with success. He also learned th epainter's trade when a young man and this he has followed in connection with farming for many years, but general farming and stock raising has claimed the major portion of his attention. He owns a finely improved and well cultivated farm of 130 acres in Ripley Twp, nearly all tillable but about 10 or 12 acres, and his fields are well tiled, fenced and free from rock. Mr. Ham maintains his residence in the town of Alamo where he is owner of a cozy home. He is also the owner of several valuable lots in Alamo. Mr. Ham has remained unmarried. Politically, he is a Progressive and is much interested in the new movement for government. In religious affairs, he is a member of the Christian Church and fraternally belongs to the Masonic Lodge at Alamo.
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