Randolph County, Indiana
John Columbus Bunch
in agriculture does not come to the indolent or careless, but to those who plan
well and are persistent in the execution of their tasks; neither can large
returns be expected in a short time, it takes years to do big things in any
line, and one cannot develop a modern farm in a few months. Realizing that it
meant hard and consecutive endeavor to become successful as a husbandman, John
Columbus Bunch, of Greensfork township, Randolph county, sought to utilize every
moment and every opportunity in his chosen vocation of farming and has
Mr. Bunch was born on the farm where he resides at this writing,
January 17, 1868. He is a son of Richard G. and Mary J. (Bowen) Bunch.
The father was born February 6, 1831, near Whitewater, Wayne county, Indiana,
and was a son of Richard and Ann (Pierson) Bunch. Richard
Bunch, Sr., was a native of South Carolina, where he spent his boyhood, but
in a very early day emigrated overland to Indiana and settled in Wayne county,
where he developed a farm from the forest. There his son, Richard G. Bunch,
grew up amid pioneer environment and worked hard on the farm when a boy,
receiving a meager education the meanwhile in the rural schools, and there he
remained until 1854, when he came to Randolph county and purchased the forty
acres, where the present Bunch home stands. He subsequently added to his
original purchase until he became owner of one hundred and twenty acres in this
county, besides land in Ohio. He devoted his entire life to farming and was
successful. His death occurred May 15, 1900. He ran a sorghum molasses mill for
about forty years and his products were eagerly sought after owing to their
superior quality. He was one of the first to engage in that line of business in
this locality. Politically he was a Republican, and religiously belonged to the
Methodist church, and was licensed to exhort in the same. He was an active
worker in the church. He belonged to the Masonic order. He and Mary J. Bowen
were married May 13, 1852. She was born September 15, 1830, and was a daughter
of Squire Bowen and wife, a well-known pioneer family of this county,
mention of whom is made elsewhere in these pages. Seven children were born to Richard
G. Bunch and wife, four of whom are still living, namely: Angeline M.
is the wife of W. T. Hart, a farmer of Greensfork township; Florence
A. is the wife of Foster A. Tillson, a farmer of Wayne county,
Indiana; Nancy C. is the wife of Thomas Donahue, a farmer of'
Greensfork township, this county, and John C., of this review. The death
of Mrs. Mary J. Bunch occurred August 15, 1905.
John C. Bunch grew to manhood on the home farm where he worked hard
when a boy, and he received his education in the common schools, with four
terms in the Danville Normal School. He began farming when a young man and this
has continued to be his vocation until the present time. He has prospered
through close application and good management until he is now owner of two
hundred acres in Randolph county and twelve acres in Ohio. He carries on
general farming and stock raising on an extensive scale, feeding large numbers
of various kinds of stock for the market. He has kept his land well improved
and well cultivated and he has a pleasant home and good outbuildings for his
stock, grains and machinery.
Politically, Mr. Bunch is a Republican and he was elected township
trustee in 1908 and is still incumbent of this office, the duties of which he
is discharging satisfactorily. Religiously he belongs to the Methodist church.
He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of which he is past
grand, also belongs to the Encampment, of which he is past chief patriarch. He
is a member of the National Horse Thief Detective Association.
Mr. Bunch was married, first, to Anna Dempsey, November 18,
1892. She was born in Preble county, Ohio, and her death occurred in November, 1895.
On January 16, 1904, he married his second wife, Della J. Kinsey, a daughter
of William Kinsey and wife, a highly respected family of this county, a
complete sketch of whom appears on another page of this volume. Mrs. Bunch
grew to womanhood in Randolph county and received a common school education.
Mr. Bunch is the father of three children, named as follows: Mary
A., born August, 1895, died November 3,1903; John K., born November 17,
1908; and Bernice C., born June 25, 1910.
Past and Present of Randolph County, Indiana, 1914.
Contributed by Gina Richardson
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