From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana

page 742


Abraham Diffinbaugh, general merchant, Hudson, Ind., was born in Lancaster County, Pa., in 1817.  He served an apprenticeship at the miller's trade in his native county, at which he has worked the greater part of his life.  When twenty-one years of age he moved to Dayton, Ohio, and in 1858 came to Indiana and located in Wabash County, where he superintended the flouring mill of E. N. Marvin, and from there went to Kosciusko County, where he enlisted in the spring of 1862, in the Thirtieth Indiana Infantry, and served three years as wagon-master. After the war he returned to Kosciusko County, and was employed in the mill of J. D. Thayer & Co.  He subsequently went to Wabash County and again took charge of the mill of E. N. Marvin; thence to Roanoke, Huntington County, where he superintended the mill of William W. Meach, and from there to Fort Wayne, where he remained several years.  He subsequently went to Hutchinson, Reno Co., Kas., where he engaged in milling and farming.  In 1881 he returned to Huntington County, and in February, 1883, came to Hudson and rented the Hudson flouring mill, which he ran till May, 1884, when he embarked in the general mercantile business.  Mr. Diffinbaugh has been twice married-- first in Delphos, Ohio, to L. Stephens, who died in Kansas in 1881, leaving six children-- Mary Ann, Henry T., Frances Cordilia, Edmond, Charles and Mina.  His present wife was Miss Alice C. Christie, of Huntington County.


Submitted by Kim Davoli