Randolph County, Indiana
Thomas Clarence Love
One of the native
young men of Randolph county who has been wise in deciding to spend his life in
his own locality is Thomas Clarence Love, now engaged in the feed
business in the town of Lynn. He seems to be the possessor of those
characteristics that make a definite degree of success wherever found, for he
is not only industrious, believing in keeping his shoulder to the wheel, but is
broad-minded and honorable, knowing that while one may beat his fellow men
successfully for a time, in the end it does not pay and he is sure to be found
out, thus ruining his reputation among his acquaintances which prevents to a
large extent the successful carrying on of any large business, especially in a
small town where everybody knows intimately every body else.
Mr. Love was
born in Greensfork township, Randolph county, October 8, 1886. He is a son of Thomas
A. Love, who was born in 1860, and is a son of Lindsey and Mary Love.
Thomas A. Love received a fairly good education and he grew to manhood
on the home farm and worked there until his marriage, in 1881, when he espoused
Clara Moody, who died in 1886, after which he went to Kansas and engaged
in farming until 1896, when he left the Sunflower state and returned to
Randolph county and resumed farming, which he continued with success until his
death, in 1907. Politically, he was a Republican, but was never an office
seeker, preferring to lead a quiet life on his farm He was a member of the
Friends church, and fraternally he belonged to the Knights of Pythias.
The mother of Thomas
C. Love died when he was two weeks old, and he was reared by his
grandparents, the Moodys. He worked on the farm of Grandfather Moody
when a boy during the summer months and in the winter time attended the common
schools of Lynn, graduating from the grade schools in 1904, after which he
continued to work on his grandfather’s farm until 1913, when he left the farm
and took up well drilling until August 21st of that year, when he
purchased the feed exchange in Lynn, which he is now successfully conducting,
and is building up a large and lucrative trade. He handles all kinds of feed,
and has a modern grist mill, where he grinds feed in any manner desired. He
handles the following brands of flour, both in wholesale and retail
lots: "Gold Medal," "Richmond Fancy," "Carpenter,"
and "I-Am-Boss." He handles all kinds of coal and has quite a large
trade in coal as well as feed and flour. He keeps at all times Oats, grasses,
salt and stock foods. He also has an automobile agency.
Love is a Progressive, and religiously, he belongs to the Friends church.
Mr. Love was
married December 25, 1907, to Edna May Chenoweth, who was born in
Randolph county, December 20, 1889. She is a daughter of Benjamin F. and
Hannah Chenoweth, a well-known family of this county. She grew to womanhood
and was educated in her native community.
To our subject and
wife two children have been born, namely: Alice E., born February 12,
1909; and Idris L., born May 8, 1911.
Past and Present of Randolph County, Indiana, 1914.
Contributed by Gina Richardson
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