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DAVID HICKS HOSTETTER
Source: 1913 AW Bowen History of Montgomery County, Indiana p 1003
The two most strongly marked characteristics of both the East and the West are combined in the residents of Montgomery County, Indiana. The enthusiastic enterprise which overleaps all obstacles and makes possible almost any undertaking in the comparatively new and vigorous states of the MIddle West is here tempered by the stable and more careful policy that we have borrowed from our eastern neighbors, and the combination is one of peculiar force and power. It has been the means of placing this section of the country on a par with the older East, at the same time producing a reliability and certainty in business affairs which is frequently lacking in the West. This happy combination of characteristics was possessed to a notable degree by the late David Hicks Hostetter, for many years one of the leading agriculturists and stock men of the vicinity of Ladoga. Equally noted as a citizen whose career conferred credit on the locality and whose marked abilities and sterling qualities won for him more than local repute, he held for a number of decades distinctive precedence as one of hte most enterprising and progressive men of his section of the county. Strong mental powers, invincible courage and a determined purpose that hestitated at no opposition had so entered into his composition as to render him a dominant factor in local affairs. He was a man of sound judgment, keen discernment, far seeing in what he undertook. His success in life was the legitimate fruitage of consecutive effort, directed and controlled by good judgment and correct principles. David H. Hostetter was a s/o David and Mary (HICKS) Hostetter. He was born near Circleville, in Pickaway Co, Ohio, Sept 27, 1822 and his death occurred July 1, 1910, when almost 88 years of age. He was the youngest of a family of 7 children, naely: Sherman, Beniah, Mrs. Mary DAVIDSON, Mrs. Jane HICKATHORN, Mrs. Zerelda MARTIN and Mahala Hostetter who died in infancy. The mother of these children died when David H. was about two years old, and he lived several years with his sister, Mrs. Hickathorn. His father married again and together the family came to Indiana, when our subject as 9 years old. Two children were born to the second union, Lewis who d. when 19; and Lucky W, who d. about 1897 at Wellsville, Ks. There were 3 stepsisters, Mrs. Margaret ASHBY, Mrs. Catherine HEDGES, Mrs. Elizabeth CARLYLE, and one step brother, John BOYER. Our subject was reared with these children and the strongest ties of affection always existed between them. The family made the journey to Indiana in wagons. Some idea of the bad conditions of the roads may be gained from the fact that it required a week to travel from Indianapolis to Montgomery County, a distance of 40 miles. The country was then practically a wilderness and sparsely settled. The obstacles encountered during that journey can hardly be imagined by those who now make the trip in two hours. The town of Ladoga was laid out 5 years after the family located here. The site at that time was a partly cleared farm. From the date of his arrival here David H. Hostetter spent the rest of his life within a mile and a half of the farm where his father first settled, until he moved into Ladoga about 1907. The family first located in the So. half of Sec 22, Scott Twp, which land the father had entered from the government, and there was only a small piece of ground cleared about the little cabin he had built. Here our subject grew to manhood and assisted with the hard work of clearing and developing the farm, and he received such education as the early day schools afforded. On Nov. 15, 1874, David H. Hostetter was married to Amanda J. GRAYBILL, daughter of Samuel and Lydia (ARNOLD) Graybill. She was born and reared in Scott Twp. in which he rparents settled in 1836. Her father was b. in Pa. and was a s/o Solomon and Mary (CLINE) Graybill. He went to Roanoke, Va, where he and Lydia Arnold were marr. She was a d/o David Arnold and wife. The Graybill family settled in the wilderness and cleared their land and lived among the other pioneers. The children born to David H. Hostetter and wife were thre ein number, namely: Lydia, Samuel Sherman and Emma Jane. Mr. Hostetter became the owner of over 300 acres of valuable and productive land and was a prosperous farmer. He did not purchase his success at the cost of the higher things of life, for he was a man of exemplary habits and fine character, and he was admired and esteemed by all who knew him. He believed thoroughly in the justice and wisdom of God and that true happiness came through obedience to divine principles. He obeyed the command "Love thy neighbor as thyself." This, and his great honesty, clean habits and solicitude for his loved ones and faith in his Savior was his religion. His honestly, industry and temperate habits were rewarded by a long life and all the comforts of old age. His life has left many precious memories to his family and his many friends and those who in distress sought the aid and advice, which to the worthy, was never denied. Mr. H. was a member of the INdependent Order of Odd Fellows. He had two brothers in the Indiana Legislature, SHerman and Beniah, also one, Lucky, who became a member of the Kansas Legislature. Of the children of our subject, Emma Jane is the wife of Dr. H.K. WALTERHOUSE, and they live at Oakville, Delaware County, this state and are the parents of one son, David Kemper Walterhouse; Samuel Sherman Hostetter lives in Ladoga, married Lola RONK and he is farming the old home place in Scott Twp; Lydia makes her home in Ladoga with her mother. David H. Hostetter took an active part in the development of this section of the state and he was an intersted spectator of the transformation from the wild woods to the highly improved farms of a later day. He often related how he and other pioneers drove their livestock to Lafayette, in Tippecanoe County, where they sold them and with the money purchased groceries and other household supplies which they brought back on the return trip.
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