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William J. INLOW
William J. INLOW, farmer, New Ross, was born December 6, 1833, in Montgomery County, Indiana, near Ladoga. His parents, Abraham and Susan (SPARKS) Inlow, were natives of Kentucky, and came to Montgomery County in the fall of 1828, and settled on 160 acres of land two miles northeast of the present site of Ladoga. The land is now owned by G. G. MYERS. On that farm they toiled to change it to productive soil, and there they listened to the howl of the wolf. November 23, 1857, Mrs. Inlow closed her toils on earth, and was buried on the farm. April 16, 1860, Mr. Inlow passed away, and was buried near his wife. They were both members of the Christian Church. He had been a Whig, but in his last days he was a strong Republican. When war threatened, he was called away, and among his last words when talking to his boys, were "Boys, be true to your country." His father was in the war of 1812. William J. Inlow spent his life on the farm till the spring of 1866. March 15, 1866, he was married to Miss Emarine Sparks, daughter of William and Catharine Sparks, of Kentucky. She was born November 2, 1833. Her parents were leading farmers of Nicholas County, Kentucky. April 1, 1866, Mr. Inlow settled in Valley City, now New Ross, when there were seven cabins and no store. Mr. Inlow bought a small stock of goods, and first used a woodshed as a store, then in the following spring moved into his new store building. Mr. Inlow's improvements to the town are fully mentioned in the general history of the town. He has continued to live here, and for some years has resided in the suburbs on his pleasant farm. When the Anderson, Lebanon & St. Louis railroad was projected, Mr. Inlow was appointed solicitor for stock and right-of-way for Montgomery and Boone counties. He was also school trustee. Mr. and Mrs. Inlow have but one child, Eddie, born December 18, 1866, in New Ross. Mrs. Inlow is a member of the Christian Church. Mr. Inlow is a Republican. He now oversees his farm, not being strong enough to do much work. He has seen rapid changes in New Ross and surrounding country since 1866.