book "The 1955 History of Steuben County, Indiana" by Harvey W. Morley
has mention of Montie E. Dewire on p. 557
"The family of Monterville Dewire came from Allen County,
Kansas, in 1882, to Edon, Ohio, and in 1886 moved to a farm in Richland
Township, Steuben County, Ind.
Montie E. Dewire was born on December 4, 1891, on this farm,
which is now owned and occupied by his son Van. He was the only childe
of Willard C. and Myrta (Robinett) Dewire. Willard Dewire was born in
Allen County, Kansas, the son of Monterville Dewire. Myrta Dewire was
the daughter of Thomas Robinett, a pioneer farmer of Richland Township.
When Montie was four years old his parents purchased a farm in
the southeast part of Richalnd Township, and here he spent his entire
life. He received his elementary school education in the nearby Bethel
school, and attended High School at Edon, Ohio, where he graduated in
1909. He also attended Wisconsin and Purdue Universities for short term
winter courses in agriculture.
On December 20, 1912, he married Ethel Ingram, daughter of
Sherman and Laura (Gonser) Ingram of Edon, Ohio. His parents moved to
Edon, Ohio, and he took over the management of the farming operations,
including feeding and shipping of livestock, which his father had
established, and they worked in partnership as W.C. Dewire and Son
until his father's death in 1938. They were associated with the Edon
Hoop and Lumber Company, and were directors of the Farmer's National
Bank of Edon. After his father's death, his son Van became his partner
and they worked as M.E. Dewire and Son.
Montie was fond of sports and played football both in High
School and, later, on a town team. In 1915 he took up trapshooting and
achieved an enviable national reputation as one of the best. In 1915 he
tied for the National Championship at the Grand American Handicap Shoot
in Chicago, and in 1932 he won the most coveted Championship of North
America at Vandalia, Ohio. Through the years he won the Indiana State
Championship eight different times.
He was very fond of hunting and took advantage of every
opportunity to indulge in this sport, choice of which was a week or two
each October hunting Ruffed Grouse in Michigan.
Montie was a member of the Christian Church and the Masonic
Lodge in Edon, Ohio.
Montie passed away on September 3, 1948, and is survived by his
wife Ethel, and their six children. Myra married Arthur J. Fear and
they live in Norwalk, California, with two children; Marie married
Carleton rockey, they have two children and live in Wauseon, Ohio; Van
married Milfred Scott, they live on the homestead in Richland Township,
and they have four children; Mildred married Waldo Johnson, they have
four children and live in Williams County, Ohio; Marian married Howard
Nesbitt, land they live in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with their two
children; Connie married Sue Gearhart, he is in Military service at
Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas. Upon discharge, he will return to the farm
in Richland Township, now occupied by his mother, and go into
partnership with his brother, Van. These are two separate farms, the
one near Alvarado where Van resides, and where Monterville Dewire
settled with his family in 1886; the other two miles south, where
Connie will live on his return."
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