Randolph County, Indiana
one farms with the care and discretion, the persistence and the application
which has characterized Wert McAllister, one of the leading farmers and
stockmen of White River township, Randolph county, one is bound to succeed in
any community much less in that of our own, which has been so signally favored
by mother Nature; for he is a man who has used his mind as well as his muscle,
ever keeping up with the advance of the science of husbandry. At the same time
he has tried to be a good citizen in the broadest sense of the term, always
advocating measures that were calculated to make for the general uplift of the
county whose interests he has ever had so much at heart.
Mr. McAllister was born June 7, 1867, in Perry township, Delaware
county, Indiana. He is a son of Joseph and Sarah A. (Hiatt) McAllister.
The father was also a native of Delaware county, Indiana, and spent his boyhood
in the same township in which our subject was reared. The mother was a native
of Montgomery county, Ohio, her birth having occurred near the city of Dayton.
Her parents came to Delaware county when she was but six years of age, and the
parents of our subject were married in Delaware county, and there they spent
the active years of their lives on a farm, on which the father died on November
3, 1890. The mother is still living, at an advanced age, making her home in the
town of Windsor.
Twelve children, all of whom grew to maturity, and married, were born to Joseph
McAllister and wife, namely: Emily A., now the wife of John Hawk,
of Stoney Creek township, Randolph county; Marcus A., of West River
township; Francis and Franklin, twins; the former lives in
Delaware county, this state, and the latter in Union township, this county; Ella
is the wife of Lynn Thornburg, of Stoney Creek township; Henry is
deceased; Wert, of this review; Lillie Belle, now deceased, was
the wife of Sumner Swingley; Cora, deceased, was the wife of
Reese; Nora is the wife of Edward Gable, of White River
township; Edward lives in Liberty township, Delaware county; Alma
is the wife of George Dill, also of Liberty township, Delaware county.
In 1877 Joseph McAllister and wife moved from Perry township,
Delaware county, to Stoney Creek township, Randolph county, where the family
home has since remained. The father was a Democrat politically, but was never
an office seeker.
was reared on the home farm and worked there when growing to manhood. He
received his education in the district schools of his community remaining at
home until his marriage, which took place on June 4, 1892, when
he espoused Eva McGuire, a daughter of John H. and Sarah A. (Pursley)
McGuire. The death of the mother occurred on October 4, 1900, but
the father is living, making his home in the town of Farmland, Randolph county.
He was formerly an extensive farmer and stock man. Politically he is a
Republican, and at one time was elected county commissioner. He is also a
veteran, of the Civil war.
To our subject and
wife have been born one son and one daughter, Chase, born November 3,
1894; and Letha May, born July 5, 1899. The son was graduated
from the Lincoln high school in 1910, and the daughter is at present a
student in the high school, and when she entered the high school from the
eighth grade she had the highest grades of any pupil in the county. Mrs.
McAllister received a good education herself and taught school for one
After his marriage Mr.
McAllister first settled in Perry township, Delaware county, Indiana, where
he farmed two years, then moved to Maxville, Randolph county, and was
superintendent of the cemetery for three years. He then moved to a farm of his
father-in-law in Monroe township where he farmed for two years. He then moved
to the farm of John Clayton, in White River township, and operated that
for four years, then moved to a two hundred acre farm, also belonging to John
Clayton, in White River township where he farmed four years. He then
purchased eighty-eight acres in Monroe township, which he continued to own and
manage for four years, then he rented his farm and moved to another of John
Clayton's farms in White River township, of two hundred acres, and expanded
his farming operations. He sold his own farm in 1912 and purchased his present
farm of one hundred and ten acres in White River township, four miles west of
Winchester on the Muncie road, known as the old Sample farm. He is
bringing his place up to an excellent state of improvement and cultivation and
he raises an excellent grade of live stock and is one of the most successful
general farmers in the township.
McAllister is a Democrat, but he has never been an office seeker. He is a
member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of Farmland. His wife belongs
to the Methodist Episcopal church, of which the family are regular attendants
and liberal supporters.
Past and Present of Randolph County, Indiana, 1914.
Contributed by Gina Richardson
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