Rush County, Indiana
Genealogy and History
a small part of the INGENWEB and USGENWEB Projects
Transcribed by: Lora Radiches
ELMER Scarlett is a well known citizen of Orange County, a former sheriff, and in business he has kept pretty closely to the line of work which he learned when a young man, the grain trade. He does an extensive business as a grain dealer, with headquarters at West Baden. Mr. Scarlett was born in Orange County, August 8, 1875. His father, Bedford A. Scarlett, was also a native of Orange County and served eighteen months under General Sheridan in the Civil war, being a member of the Seventeenth Indiana Volunteers. His life after the war was devoted to farming, and he died in January, 1915. He married Jane Smith, who was born in Martin County, Indiana. The eight children of these parents were named Alvis, Otha, Winnie, Elmer, Stella, James, Zoria and Floyd. Elmer Scarlett was reared on a farm, attended country schools, and as a young man worked for several elevator and grain companies. He was called from business to public office when elected sheriff of Orange County. He was reelected in 1914 and devoted four years to the administration of his official duties. In connection with the grain business, he has an establishment at West Baden, where in addition to grain he handles feed, binding twine, coal and flour, and also conducts a branch of his business at French Lick. Besides these business interests he is a real estate owner. Mr. Scarlett married, October 23, 1899, Miss Jennie Conell, of Orange County. She passed away July 23, 1919, leaving two daughters, Eva and Maria. Eva is the wife of Rex Bond, of West Baden, and has one child, Jimmy. Maria, the second daughter, is attending school. Mr. Scarlett is a Republican in politics.