Randolph County, Indiana
Henry C. Hull
The able and
popular superintendent of the Randolph County Infirmary, Henry C. Hull,
has been distinctively the architect of his own fortunes, has been true and
loyal in all the relations of life and stands as a type of that sterling manhood
which ever commands respect and honor. He is a man who would have won his way
in any locality fate might have placed him, for he has sound judgment, coupled
with great energy and business tact, together with upright principles, all of
which make for success wherever they are rightly and persistently applied. By
reason of these principles he has won and retained a wide circle of friends
throughout this, his native county.
Mr. Hall was
born on November 16, 1857, in White River township, Randolph county, and here
he has spent his life. He is a son of Joseph and Lucy (Haynes) Hull. The
father was born in New Jersey and the mother in the state of New York, and both
came to Randolph county as children with their parents, who came as early pioneers,
making the long journey from the East in wagons across the rugged Alleghenies.
All was woods here and game was abundant. Grandfather Johile Hull
settled on land about two miles south of Winchester and there built his
log cabin home in the heavy timber, and began clearing and developing his land.
Grandfather Stephen Haynes settled with his family near what is now Huntsville
in West River township, and there cleared and developed a farm. They were both
carpenters and worked considerably at their trade. They became large land
owners and were prominent men in the early affairs of the county.
also engaged successfully in farming in this vicinity. He was also a brick
maker and a builder. Many of the substantial brick houses over the country were
built by him and still stand as monuments of his skill and honesty as a builder.
Many of them are in Winchester. His family consisted of four sons and four
daughters, all now deceased but three, namely Laura, wife of George
Mace of Hancock county; James F., who is farming in White River
township; and Henry C., of this review. The death of Joseph Hull
occurred on June 1, 1905, his wife having preceded him to the grave eighteen years,
dying February 14, 1887, in Tangerine, Florida. The father died in Winchester.
Henry C. Hull was reared on the home farm where he worked hard
when a boy. He received his education in the common schools, however his education
was limited to about three months each winter for only a few years. But he has
read extensively in later years and is a well informed man.
Mr. Hull was married August 27, 1885, to Minnie Lock, a
daughter of William F. and Mary (Robbins) Lock, of Randolph county.
The father was born in New Jersey and the mother was a native of Kentucky. They
came to Randolph county as young people. Our subject and wife have one
daughter, Mabel C. Hull, who has been well educated in the Winchester
After his marriage Mr. Hull located on a farm, two and one-half
miles northwest of Winchester where he farmed for two years. He then moved to
his father's old home farm two miles south of Winchester, where he remained
three years, then moved to a farm near Mt. Zion, where he spent three years, and
from there moved to his own small farm one mile south of Winchester, adjoining
the home farm. Here he lived twelve years. On September 1, 1905, he moved to
the County Infirmary home and took charge of the farm and property as
superintendent. This fine farm of over three hundred acres he has managed in a
most commendable manner, keeping it well-improved and under a high state of
cultivation, and all interested, agree that he is one of the most skilful and
conscientious men who has ever been in charge of the county farm. He carries on
general farming and keeps large herds of cattle and hogs, feeding large numbers
of a good grade of livestock annually. The soil was formerly thin, but is now
rich and productive. Nearly everything that is consumed at the institute is
raised on the farm. He has made this one of the model farms of the county. He
not only conducts the farm here most successfully and satisfactorily, but he
and his estimable wife look well to the comfort and welfare of more than fifty
inmates of the institution. All buildings are kept in perfect order, sanitary,
neat and comfortable.
Politically Mr. Hull has always been a Republican, and has long
been active in local party affairs, however, he has never been an office seeker
and never held office. Fraternally he is a member of the Masonic Order and
seems to carry its sublime precepts into his every-day relations with his fellow-men.
Past and Present of Randolph County, Indiana, 1914.
Contributed by Gina Richardson
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