Randolph County, Indiana
Emory L. Ashcraft
enterprising, wide-awake and public-spirited newspaper men of Randolph county,
who is a potent factor in molding local public opinion is Emory L. Ashcraft,
editor and publisher of The Review, of Parker. He has worked hard to
advance himself in his chosen calling for which he evidently has considerable
natural talent, else he would not have succeeded at all, for anyone who knows
anything about the publishing business knows that it takes something else
besides hard and persistent work to win in this uncertain, precarious field.
was born at Fort Recovery, Ohio, October 18, 1872. He is a son of Emanuel
and Susan (Campbell) Ashcraft, whose family consisted of five children,
namely Emory L., of this sketch; Jesse, who is farming near Tippecanoe
City, Ohio, married Lulu Sutton and they have one child, Myrtle; Belle
who lives at Fort Recovery, married Burl Graves, and they have one
child, Madge; William F., who is employed at the Marion Glass
Works, married Effie McKibben and they have three children; Harvey
is a barber at Fort Recovery. The father of the above named children was born
in Jay county, Indiana, and is still living. His father was a farmer and was a
native of Muskingum county, Ohio. The paternal great grand- father of our
subject was a native of Virginia. Both he and the paternal grandfather of our
subject entered their farms from the government and were typical pioneers. The
great-grandfather was a soldier in the Mexican war. The mother of Emory L.
Ashcraft was of Scotch-Irish descent. Her father came from Vermont, and his
family consisted of six children. He lived on a farm near Fort Recovery.
Emory L. Ashcraft received his education in the common schools of
Fort Recovery, and was graduated from the high school there. When a boy he
learned the printer's trade in the office of The Fort Recovery Journal, where
he worked three years, after which, in 1896, he came to Redkey, Indiana, where
he was foreman of The Times, three and one-half years, then, in 1899, he
came to Parker and established The Review, which was successful from the
first, and it now ranks with leading country newspapers of this part of the
state, being all that could be desired from a mechanical standpoint, and its
columns teem with the latest and best news and much advertising matter. Its
circulation is rapidly increasing.
Mr. Ashcraft was married October 27, 1893, to Bertha Hall,
of Redkey, a daughter of Amos and Elizabeth Hall, a highly respected
family, now living retired. She is one of five children. Mrs. Ashcraft
grew to womanhood and was educated and graduated from the schools of that city.
To our subject and wife two children have been born, namely: Myron,
born April 6, 1895, was graduated from the Selma high school, class of 1913,
and specialized in the manual training department of the University of Chicago,
and Martah, born September 10, 1902. This family are members of the
Past and Present of Randolph County, Indiana, 1914.
Contributed by Gina Richardson
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