present day business men of Winchester are better known or more highly esteemed
than Volney H. Huston, for he seems to be the possessor of that peculiar
combination of attributes which results in the attainment of much that is worth
while in this world. He has ever aimed to be progressive in what he does, is
always in sympathy with enterprises having for their object the common good,
and his influence is invariably exerted on the right side of every moral issue
Like all men of positive character and independence of mind, he is outspoken in
what he considers right, and his convictions are such that those who have come
into close contact with him know well his position on all questions. His
private life has always been exemplary, and his genial and obliging nature
makes him popular with all classes.|
Mr. Huston was born May 2, 1857, in White River township, Randolph county, on a farm, two and one-half miles southwest of Winchester. He is a son of David M. and Rebecca (Miller) Huston. The father was born in Preble county, Ohio, where he remained until about 1840, when he was seventeen years old, when he came with his father, John Huston, and the rest of the family to Randolph county and settled in the woods on the farm where the subject of this sketch was born. There they erected a log cabin, cleared and developed a farm like the rest of the pioneers. David M. Huston devoted his life to general farming in this county and became an influential man in his neighborhood. He left the farm in 1874 and moved to Winchester, where he engaged in small fruit growing and gardening, later establishing the first coal and wood yard in Winchester, which he operated for several years and was succeeded by Stephen Clevenger. He spent the rest of his life in retirement. Politically, he was a Republican and was active in public affairs as affecting the community in which he lived. He and his wife were members of the United Brethren church. His death occurred January 31, 1896, at the age of seventy-three years, his widow surviving until April, 1901. They were the parents of eight children, of whom Volney H. is next to the youngest. One of the children is deceased.
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