Silas H. Van Houten,
merchant, Patriot, born in that village in 1854, is a son of
James and Temperance
(James) Van Houten, both of early families of this and Ohio Counties.
His father was
born in New York, came to Rising Sun with his parents when a child,
grew up there and married.
He subsequently dealt in produce and traded on the river, and in this
manner continued most
of his life, in which he made and lost a considerable fortune. He died
in 1867. Mrs. Van Houten
is still living, in her sixty-fourth year. They reared a family of six
children to maturity, five still living: Polly (wife of James Stevenson),
Laura (wife of Silas B. McHuron), Minnie, Carrie and Silas H. Our subject grew to
maturity in Patriot, and was educated in its schools; began clerking with James Stevenson when quite
young and continued with him till 1876, when he began business for himself in the
grocery and provision trade. He was married, in 1880, to Louella Harrison, daughter of Rev.
William Harrison, of the Southeastern Indiana Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and
they have one child, N. Grace.