Randolph County, Indiana
Calvin S. Engle
with Lowell, at the outset of his career that, "New occasions teach new
duties, time making ancient good uncouth, and we must up and onward," Calvin
S. Engle, one of Randolph county’s old and honored citizens, sought to keep
fully abreast of the times in all that pertained to his special field of
endeavor, and so he has prospered; and no doubt much of his material success
has been due to the fact that he has been an advocate of progress in all lines,
material, civic and moral, playing well his part as a citizen in this locality
for more than a half century during which he has noted vast changes in every
way. He represents one of our worthy pioneer families, the name Engle
having been familiar throughout this county since pioneer times.
Mr. Engle was born September 9, 1844, on a farm in Washington township,
Randolph county, and he now owns the farm on which he was born. He is a son of William
and Letitia (Cabe) Engle, and a brother of Judge James S. Engle, a
sketch of whom appears in another part of this work.
Our subject was reared on the home
farm and he attended the country schools. On December 8, 1863 he left school,
and enlisted in Company C, Second Regiment, Indiana Cavalry, in which he served
nineteen months, lacking nine days. The regiment was in the army of the
Tennessee and was with Sherman in the Atlanta campaign, and on May 9, 1864, he
was captured while in advance of Sherman's army at Varnell Station, Georgia.
Our subject was taken to Andersonville prison and tasted the horrors of that
place for four months, when he was transferred to Charleston, South Carolina
where he was a prisoner for a month, then sent to Florence, that state, for
four months, later to Wilmington, North Carolina, and there paroled on February
28, 1865. He with other Union soldiers came north to Columbus, Ohio, where Mr.
Engle was furloughed, after which he came back to Randolph county. He was
so emaciated by his long imprisonment that his home folks hardly knew him, and
his recovery was very slow. He was not able to return to his regiment until the
war was over. His furlough was extended from time to time, and he was finally
mustered out July 31, 1865, when his regiment returned to Indianapolis, after
it had seen much hard service in many important campaigns.
For a year after the
war Mr. Engle remained on the home farm, and in the spring of 1866 he
went to Rice county, Minnesota and bought a farm where he soon had a good
foothold and there he remained for a period of seventeen years.
He was married on
December 12, 1867 to Ellen Greeley, a distant relative of Horace
Greeley, the famous editor and politician. She was a daughter of James
and Sarah Jane (Rand) Greeley. To our subject and wife six children were
born, namely: Sarah Letitia died when one and one-half years of age; Lillian
married Omar Van Landingham, a farmer of White River township; Ella
died when seven years old; Price died when five years of age; Alice
who married J. O. Batchelor of Winchester, is also deceased; Jennie
is the wife of Samuel Staudt, of Darke county, Ohio.
returned from the North to Randolph county, Indiana in 1883 and rented his
father's farm, the old homestead for one year, and a year later he returned to
the old place where he was born. After the death of the father he bought the
interests of some of the heirs and he still owns one hundred and sixty acres of
the old homestead, including the old buildings there. Here he continued to
reside and carry on general farming successfully until he removed to Winchester
in the fall of 1898, having been elected county auditor, and he assumed office
on November 17th of that year. He served in this capacity four years and during
a term extension until January 1st. He has always been a Republican and always
more or less active in party affairs. After his term of office expired he
remained in Winchester. He owns besides the old home place seventy-six acres in
White River township all good and well-improved land. The last mentioned land
lies southeast of the county-seat. He lives retired but looks after his farms
in a general way.
first wife died on August 20, 1908, and on September 7, 1911 he married Mrs.
Martha E. Johnson, daughter of Philip and Mary (Owens) Snoderly. She
was born on a farm near Gordon, Darke county, Ohio. At the time of her marriage
she lived in Miamisburg, Ohio. Mrs. Engle's father was a native of North
Carolina, and the mother was a native of Tennessee.
years ago Mr. Engle published his experiences in Andersonville in a
series of well-written and interesting articles which ran several weeks in the
Winchester Journal. Other Southern prisons were also included and they attracted
Engle's first husband was Jacob H. Johnson, who was also a soldier
in the Federal army, serving three years as a member of the Thirteenth Ohio Cavalry
under the famous Phil Sheridan. Mr. Engle is a member of the
Nelson Trusler Post, No. 60, Grand Army of the Republic. He was formerly a
member of the Jake Jackson Post, Grand Army of the Republic, and he filled all
the chairs of the same before coming to Winchester. At one time he belonged to
Williamsburg Post, of this organization. Fraternally, he belongs to the
Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and he and his wife are members of the
Rebekahs. He holds membership with Carlos City Lodge, No.643, in Carlos City
and has passed through all the chairs of the same. He and his wife belong to
the Methodist Episcopal church, in which he was for many years a member of the
hoard of stewards, and he has always been active in church and Sunday school
Past and Present of Randolph County, Indiana, 1914.
Contributed by Gina Richardson
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