John L. Anspaugh
Source: History of Northeast Indiana (1920) V.2, p.169
It is a good and honest record of farmers and capable citizens that
bring the Anspaugh family frequently into the annals of Steuben
County. Several of the name have been given good accounts of
themselves, including Mr. John L. Anspaugh, who grew up in Steuben
County and for a number of years has been one of the chief farmers in
the Crooked Lake district of Pleasant Township.
He was born in Williams County, Ohio, September 5, 1860. His
grandparents Jacob and Barbarba Anspaugh were natives of Pennsylvania
and settled in Stark County, Ohio, in 1808 and moved to Williams County
in 1844, where Jacob Anspaugh died in October 1857, and his wife in
1874. John Anspaugh, father of John L., was born in Stark Co.,
Ohio and married Sarah Ann Cain, who was born in Harrison County, Ohio,
in 1830. John Anspaugh lived for several years in Williams
County, Ohio and in March, 1870, settled in section 5 of Richland
Township, Steuben County, where he acquired a good farm and where he
did his duties as a private citizen and a worthy member of the
community for many years.
John L. Anspaugh, who was 10 years old when the family came to Steuben
County, finished his education in the district schools of Richland
Township, and began farming in the township when a young man. In
1880, he moved to pleasant Township and in 1892 became superintendent
of the Steuben County Farm. He held that office until he had
rounded out a term of 20 years and 6 months and had made a record of
administration entitled to the highest praise and commendation.
He left the county farm in 1912 and has since been identified with his
own business interests in Pleasant Township. In 1915, he built
the home where he now lives on the banks of Crooked Lake. For
about 10 years, he owned seven cottages at Pebble Beach on Crooked
Lake, and they were in regular demand during the summer seasons by
resorters. He sold this property March 15, 1919. Mr.
Anspaugh now owns about 100 acres in Pleasant Township, in section 8,
on the north branch of Crooked Lake. That is his home farm and he
also has 160 acres in Section 31 of Millgrove Township.
All the property represents the steady accumulation of years of hard
work, thrifty management and successful farming.
September 5, 1885, he married Cora B. Richardson, daughter of Henry
Richardson, a well-known family of Pleasant Township spoken of more in
detail on other pages. Mr. and Mrs. Anspaugh have one son, Glen
E., who is a graduate of the Tri-State Normal College at Angola and is
now looking after one of his father’s farms.