Randolph County, Indiana
of the notable institutions of Randolph county is the James Moorman Orphans'
Home, situated two miles west of Winchester in the midst of a beautiful
tract of 174 acres. The institution was endowed by James Moorman
October 8, 1888, and is in charge of Allen R. Hiatt, of Winchester. No
better choice, it seems, could have been made of a superintendent, for under
the fostering care of Mr. and Mrs. Hiatt the home has become
everything that such a home should be. The children are healthy and happy, and
that is the best evidence of the ability and devotion of the superintendent and
his wife. The little orphans under their charge are treated as carefully and
tenderly as they ever treated their own children. The home has become famous
throughout the state, and that which has given it its reputation is the
character of the children taken from it. The labors of Mr. and Mrs.
Hiatt here proceed equally from the head and heart, and that is why they
are so eminently successful.
Allen R. Hiatt, the son of Amos and Martha (Robertson)
Hiatt, was born in Randolph county, April 30, 1860, and is therefore
fifty-four years of age, just in the prime of his mature manhood. He is one of
a family of seven children, the names of whom are Hannah C., the wife of
William T. Roszell, a Randolph county farmer; James C., a builder
of Winchester, who married Lizzie Ferman; Charles, a Minnesota
farmer, who married Mary Cox; Rosa Elmeda, the wife of Nelson
Culbertson, of Albany; Mary Elizabeth, who died at the age of eight
years; our subject, Allen R.; and Ella, who died at thirty-seven.
The latter was the wife of James Reitnour and left three children.
The ancestors of the Hiatt family in Indiana were the Van
Hiatts of Wales. Four brothers came together to this country and from these
the present family sprang. In the course of time the Van was dropped,
the name assuming the simple form of Hiatt. The name is now quite common
in the nomenclature of American cognomens. Amos Hiatt, the father of the
subject of this review, was born on a farm in Guilford county, North Carolina,
and has been a farmer all his life. He was married twice, and by his first
wife, nee Bales, he had five children-John Wesley, who died in
the army; Samuel Martin, Louisa, Melissa and Evaline.
February 10, 1883, Allen R. Hiatt was married to Emma E.
Trueblood, daughter of Jonathan Trueblood, a farmer of Blackford
county. Six children were born to them, only two of whom are living. The
eldest, Edith May, married Ottis Hoskinson, an Adams county
farmer, and has one child, Helen Louise, born May 16, 1913; the
son, Lawrence Douglas, born in October, 1892, is with his father
on the farm. The other children died in infancy.
Mr. Hiatt took up the business of farming equipped with a liberal
education of the local schools, and this he has enlarged by application in
various branches of information. Anything pertaining to the advancement or more
scientific treatment of his business he is especially interested in. It is by
adopting the methods of such advanced farmers as Mr. Hiatt that farming
has been brought up to its present great productive capacity. He believes in
the application of scientific methods, making of farming a more intellectual
occupation. To him it is something of an ideal, presenting equal advantages for
both mental and physical culture. Mr. Hiatt is a member of the Christian
church and is a Progressive in politics. And in both church and political
matters he takes a deep interest. All beneficent and charitable enterprises of
the church receive his hearty approval and assistance. He is not one of those
confirmed pessimists who believe that the church has lost its spirituality and
has declined into a mere practical and material organization, but that it has
all the vigor of its palmy days and is growing in potentiality. The Progressive
movement, Mr. Hiatt considers essential to the development of political
and social conditions.
Past and Present of Randolph County, Indiana, 1914.
Contributed by Gina Richardson
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