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Rush County, Indiana
Genealogy and History

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Centennial history of Rush
County, Indiana
Edited by A. L Gary and E. B. Thomas
Rushville, Ind.
In Two Volumes

JOHN W. CALLAHAN, for many years an industrious farmer in Walker township, was born in Fleming county, Kentucky, August 22, 1856, a son of Edward and Percell Callahan, and died on his farm in Walker township, December 17, 1900, his burial being in East Hill cemetery. After his school days were over Mr. Callahan left Kentucky and came to Indiana, locating in Rush county, where he found work as a farm hand and made many friends through his honest and pleasant manner. After his marriage in 1881 he began farming on his own account. When his father-in-law died his wife inherited 100 acres of land which he operated very successfully for many years. A few years later he bought a tract of sixty-one acres adjoining Mrs. Callahan's property, and this 161 acres comprises the family estate. February 17, 1881, Mr. Callahan married Madaline Mull, born in Walker township. Rush county, daughter of William and Elizabeth (Jones) Mull. Five children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Callahan : Mazy A., Dossie M., Vernie E., William H. and Daisy N. Mazy A. married Clem Gardner, a farmer in Walker township, and they have three children: Von, Ruth and Ruby. Dossie M., who is a farmer in Walker township, married Bertha Hiner and they have three children, Hubert, Harold and Lowene. Hubert now attending school at Homer. Vernie E. died at the age of thirty-four years. He married Gertrude Ilolzyder and they had five children, four living: Lowell. Norma J., Iris M. and Mauetta. William H., a farmer in Walker township, married Bertha Lower and they have two children : Doletta and Estel. Daisy N. married Noah Webb, a farmer in Rushville township, and they had two children, Mary and Rita, the latter of whom died at the age of three years and six months. Mr. Callahan had many friends and acquaintances at Homer, where he belonged to the order of Odd Fellows and had passed the chairs in the lodge. He was always interested in the welfare of his neighborhood and the country and was a sturdy Republican in his political life.