Randolph County, Indiana
William Julian Losch
Some men speak
loudest by talking volubly and frequently, while others speak loudest by their
actions. It has been said that we should never form our opinions of men on what
they say, but only on what they do. Talking, dreaming, planning amount to but
little; it is what a man does that counts. Realizing this early in life William
Julian Losch, farmer of Randolph county wisely decided to “saw wood but say
nothing,” and thus by the habit of keeping his well-laid plans and schemes to
himself and keeping industriously engaged he has forged to the front in his
vocation and at the same time has established a reputation for good
Mr. Losch was born in Jay
county, Indiana, March 31, 1862. He is a son of Frederick Charles and Eliza
(Stick) Losch, and is one of two children; his brother John lives in
Bond county, Illinois, on a farm, he married Spicy Brown and they have
Frederick C. Losch, father of
our subject, was four years old when he was brought from Germany, where he was
born, to the United States. The family settled in New Madison, Ohio, where they
remained some time, then came on to Jay county, Indiana, where the paternal
grandfather of our subject spent the rest of his life, dying at the age of
sixty-nine years. He entered a farm from the government of four hundred and
eighty acres, which he cleared and developed and became one of the leading farmers
of his locality. The parents of the subject of this sketch were married in Jay
county and there established their home.
William J. Losch grew to
manhood in Jay county and worked on the farm when a boy. He received a common
school education, and on December 24, 1884, he married Emma S. Iliff, a
daughter of William T. Iliff, a farmer of Ward township, Randolph
county, where she was born and grew to womanhood and she received her education
in the public schools there. Mrs. Losch is one of ten children.
To Mr. and Mrs. Losch
seven children have been born, namely: Hettie married Frederick
Toumey, a farmer of Jay county, and they have three children, Mary
Esther, Harriet Elizabeth and Frederick Losch; Lloyd M.
died in infancy; Carrie L. married Chauncy V. Lindley, professor
in a business college at Piqua, Ohio, and they have two children, Byron
and Loren Lee; Rosa died when ten years of age; Gertie,
born January 19, 1894; Mary, born December 1, 1897, is preparing herself
for teaching; George Raymond, born January 5, 1900.
Mr. Losch is owner of a fine
farm of one hundred acres, on which stand substantial and convenient buildings.
He makes a feature of fruit growing and is one of the best informed men on
horticulture in the county. He is deserving of a great deal of credit for what
he has accomplished, having to start out empty-handed and forge to the front,
entirely on his own account. He was two years old when his father died, his
death having occurred from the effects of a disease contracted during the Civil
war, while chasing Morgan the invader. Our subject was bound out
when he was only six years of age to Henry Stick, with whom he remained
until he was twenty years of age. After he regained his freedom he worked out
seven years, and with the aid of a small legacy left him by his Grandfather
Losch and what he had saved by economy he was enabled to begin farming for
himself. He was to receive a horse, saddle and bridle at the termination of the
period during which he was bound out, but he received only a colt of small
Mr. Losch is a Republican in
politics. He belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Red Men and
the Modern Woodmen of America.
Past and Present of Randolph County, Indiana, 1914.
Contributed by Gina Richardson
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