Washington Cortner, a successful farmer and stock raiser, of Monroe township, Randolph county, Ind., comes from the Buckeye state, having been born in Darke county, January 31, 1839. He was reared on his father's farm and remained at home until his marriage, April 4, 1860, to Huldah, daughter of William and Mary A. (Dungan) Bradrick, who were married February 28, 1836, and had born to them a family of ten children, named as follows: Elizabeth, William R., Catherine, Huldah, Benjamin F., Amanda A., Mary, Mahlon, Sylvester M. and John W. The mother of these bade farewell to earth March 2, 1887, and her mortal remains lie interred in the Macksville cemetery. The aged father survives, and, as did his deceased wife, enjoys the consolation of an abiding faith in the tenets of the Methodist church.
After his marriage, Washington Cortner resided on a farm in Darke county, Ohio, for three years, and then came to Monroe township, where he owned an eighty-acre farm, all wooded. Here he built his cabin, cleared off the timber, and wrought out from the wilderness a model farm, and after a residence of ten years in the original and primitive cabin erected a fine frame dwelling and added to his farm 110 acres, and added again, until he now owns 430 acres, all well improved, and all the result of his industry and enterprise, he having had only $500 on the start. His education in early life was somewhat limited, but he was quick to learn and was enabled, in his early days, to teach two terms of school, and this disciplinarian process has given him great aid in attaining his present comfortable condition. In addition to his farming, he largely handles live stock, making a specialty of thoroughbred cattle. He also is a stockholder in the Elkhorn Gas & Oil company. He has been munificent in his contributions to school and church enterprises, having contributed $100 to the Meriom college, and equally large sums to the various church edifices of his township and to the pikes. The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Cortner were named as follows: Noah F., deceased; Ezra L.; Alice Jane, wife of Henry Courtner; William H.; Rosella, wife of Wm. Bosworth; Jesse and Herbert.
A Portrait & Biographical Record of Delaware and Randolph Counties, Indiana, A.W. Bowen & Co., 1894, page 1097.
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