The Winning Ticket
An Article From the Lafayette Daily Courier
Thursday, October 11, 1888

The Courier
is privileged to present it readers today with the portraits and brief biographical sketches of the gentlemen who have been selected by the Republicans of Tippecanoe County as candidates for the several local offices to be filled at the election to be held on the 6th day of November next.

The ticket offered by the Republicans, individually and collectively, is a good one, and a full vote will elect each and every one of them by a handsome majority.

JAMES CARTER - Candidate for Commissioner, was born in Franklin County, Indiana, April 20, 1838, his parents being descendants of the Quakers. He enlisted in the war of the Rebellion April 21, 1861, in the three month's service in the Twentieth Ohio Infantry, and re-enlisted in Company I, Eleventh Indiana Infantry in August of the same year, until the close of the war. He was a brave soldier and saw service in the battles of Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Champion Hills, Vicksburg, Jackson, Miss., and Cedar Creek. Although not severely wounded in battle, Mr. Carter returned home from the army much impaired in health, and has never entirely recovered. In 1866 he removed from Franklin County to Carroll County, and in 1882 came to this county, purchasing a farm near Buck Creek, where he now resides. He was elected township trustee in 1884 and re-elected in 1886, and discharged the duties of the office in a manner highly satisfactory to his constituents. The efficiency with which he looked after all the details connected with the same, is assurance that the greater duties connected with the office of Commissioner will be well administered. In politics Mr. Carter is an ardent Republican, and votes as he shot. His neighbors, who know him best, Republicans and Democrats alike, are enthusiastic over his candidacy, and he will receive a large complimentary vote outside his party.

JOHN M. CASON - Candidate for Commissioner, was born January 16, 1843, near Thorntown, Boone county, Indiana, and remained there until 1863, when he went to Rossville, Clinton county, and engaged in the dry goods business, in which he continued until 1868, when he removed to Lafayette, and went into the hardware trade under the firm name of Campbell, Cason & Co., buying out Falley & Beach, on the north side of the Square, where the Perrin Hardware Co. is now located. He continued there until about 10 years ago when he sold his business, and traded the house where Thomas Coleman's family now lives for a farm on the west side of the river, where he has since resided. Mr. Cason is eminently qualified for the office for which he is nominated. he is a clear headed, careful, sagacious business man, honest, honorable and straightforward, a man of convictions and firm for what he holds as right. The office of Commissioner is probably the most important that the citizens of the county will have to fill, and they are to congratulated that a man of Mr. Cason's integrity is named for the place.

THOMAS A. FLORER - the candidate for County Treasurer, was born in Waynesville, Ohio, July 18th, 1832. One year later his parents moved to this State, settling in Lafayette. When 12 years old he commenced in life for himself. His first position in the dry goods business was in 1852 with C. E. Crary, in McCormick's block. The following fall they occupied the first room that was finished on the south side of the square after it had been built up. A few years later the firm changed to Burt & Crary, the latter a brother of C. E. Crary, Mr. Florer remaining with them a short time, when he formed a partnership with A. Wise and W. T. Shaffner, the firm name being Wise, Shaffner & Co., Mr. Florer being the company. The firm remained together for several years, but finally sold out to W. H. Dresser & Co., and he took a position with them. July, 4, 1859, Mr. Florer took a position with a well-known Bee Hive dry goods store, then Berry & Co., proprietors. Mr. Florer was head salesman and window dresser, and at that time was called the artist of the day in that line. Several years later Berry & Co. sold out to John S. Groenendyke & Co., Mr. Florer still remaining with this firm in the same position. Several years later one of this firm died and the stock was sold. Mr. Florer formed a partnership with Mr. Warwick who then was in the same firm, and bought the stock, and there he has remained ever since. He had remained single until five years ago, when he was married to Melvena E. Beal. There is a streak of humanity in "Tom" Florer that wins the affectionate regard of every woman who takes hold of his hand and feels that there is a heart in it. If he ever did a mean or dishonest act in his life, he has been very successful at concealing it from the public, and it would be a difficult task to try to convince any man in Tippecanoe County that there is the least trace of trickery or deceit in his entire composition. He is a sincere Republican, a man of Spartan honesty, prudent, universally and deservedly popular, and if his majority falls below 1,500 a good many Republican an Democratic friends will be sadly disappointed in their calculations.

GEORGE P. HAYWOOD - Candidate for Prosecuting Attorney was born in Jackson Township, Tippecanoe County, Indiana, and lived on a farm the greater part of his minority. He taught school first in Iroquois County, Ill., several terms in Tippecanoe County, and afterwards attended the Northern Indiana Normal school at Valparaiso, taking the scientific course and graduating in the class of '76. He commenced reading law in the office of Bartholomew & Smith at Valparaiso, in the fall of 1876, in the office of Capt. A.A. Rice in 1879, and was two years in the office of G.O. & A. O. Behm. He was admitted to the bar in 1880, and formed a partnership with W. F. Bechtel, of this place in 1882 which was dissolved in 1885. Mr. Haywood was a candidate for the nomination for Prosecuting Attorney before the Republican nominating convention in 1884 at which time he was defeated, and a successful candidate for the nomination in 1886, and was elected by a majority of 1,372. Mr. Haywood assumed the duties of his office last November, and during the past year has displayed his eminent qualifications for the position. A number of important cases that have come under his charge during that time have been looked after with decided ability. He is studious and industrious and not content with doing well, devotes all his extra time to still further advancing himself in his chosen profession. Mr. Haywood is an earnest and enthusiastic Republican, his father an old citizen of the county having been a Harrison voter of 1836 and 1840.

BYRON WILLIAM LANGDON - Hon. Byron W. Langdon, the Republican candidate for Judge of Tippecanoe Circuit Court, was born in New York, August 1, 1838. His great grandfather was a soldier of the Revolutionary War, and served seven years as such. His grandfather was a clergyman, and his father a businessman. The subject of this sketch graduated at Union College, New York, in June, 1861, and came to Lafayette in November of that year, beginning a study of law with Judge Andrew Ingram, whose daughter, Elizabeth, Mr. Langdon married in the month of August, 1862. In 1863 he was admitted to the practice of law and has since continuously engaged in that profession. In July, 1863, he enlisted in the One Hundred and Eighth Regiment, Indiana Volunteers, and was Sergeant Major of the regiment. In 1876 he was elected by the Republicans of Tippecanoe County to the Lower House of the General Assembly of Indiana, and in 1878 he was elected State Senator for a term of four years. In 1882 Mr. Langdon was a candidate for the Republican nomination for Congressman for the Ninth District, but was defeated by Major Charles T. Doxey. Mr. Langdon, nevertheless, entered into the campaign in earnest in behalf of his successful opponent, and his voice and influence for the major's election. At the county convention in August last, he was nominated for Judge of the Circuit Court, the position to which he now aspires, and the decision of which is left to the qualified voters of the county to express on the 6th day of November next. Mr. Langdon is now in the very prime of life, vigorous in body and mind, and thoroughly equipped for the judicial position for which he has been nominated. He has been a close student and a keen observer and his long experience and acquirements, added to natural ability of high order, serve to complete a man well-fitted for the bench. During his six-years service in the legislature he won distinction as a member quick to comprehend and analyze a situation, and his readiness and vigor as a debater gave him prominence as one of the leading Republicans of the House and he was no less useful and influential after his promotion to the Senate. Mr. Langdon has always been a consistent, straightforward Republican. He is a gentleman of character and ability, and if elected to the office for which he has been nominated, as he doubtless will be an honest, impartial administration of the trust reposed in him may be safely assured in advance.

THOMAS G. McKEE -Candidate for Sheriff, is a native of Indiana, born in Rush county, August 24, 1828, came with his parents to Lauramie township, in Tippecanoe county when four years of age, and has resided there ever since. His youth was spent in assisting with the work on the farm and attending the early schools of the county. After his marriage in 1851, he engaged in farming on his own account and in 1872 began the buying and shipping of stock to which he has since paid considerable attention. In August, 1886, he was nominated for sheriff, and was triumphantly elected after one of the most bitter contests ever made. It may truthfully be said that the office of sheriff has never been more carefully attended to and its duties more efficiently discharged than under Mr. McKee's management. He has looked after all its details, minor affairs receiving the same attention as those of greater importance. No work was too much, no labor too great so long as it was to fully fill his office and discharge the duties which it brought. By all who know him, and what citizen of the county does not, he is regarded as the very soul of honor, the upright citizen and the straightforward businessman. The vote of November will show him reelected by an increased majority and speak more forcibly than words, "Well done, good and faithful servant."

DR. GEO. K. THROCKMORTON - Candidate for Coroner, is the third son of Edmund Throckmorton, an old and well known resident of the county. Mr. T. was born in Randolph Township, near Romney, in April, 1862. His early school days were spent in the district schools of the township, and after leaving there he entered Purdue University, from which institution he graduated in June, 1883, with high honors. Ambitious and energetic, Mr. Throckmorton at once entered Rush Medical College at Chicago, and applying himself diligently for four years graduated in February, 1887, one of the first of a large class. Soon after he began the practice of medicine in this city, and in a short time took a place among the leading young physicians of the city. Mr. Throckmorton is devoted to his profession and will make a model officer.

EVERETT B. VAWTER - Candidate for Surveyor, was born in Jennings County, Indiana, August 23, 1859, and with his parents removed to Lafayette in 1864, and has resided here since. His father, P. C. Vawter, was a practical surveyor and civil engineer, and young Vawter devoted all his time out of school hours to learning his profession, and under the careful guidance of his father, at the age of nineteen, had grown to be a practical surveyor and civil engineer. In 1882 the senior Vawter was defeated by S. K. Richards for surveyor, and young Vawter was thrown temporarily out of employment. He turned his attention to contracting for the next two years, not giving up the idea of pursuing his chosen profession. He was associated with J. W. Newton, a prominent contractor, and in this business acquired a knowledge of the cost of labor and material that was of great practical value in this branch of the engineering profession. In the summer of 1884 the Republicans in need of a candidate, (his father having been appointed the city engineer of Lafayette), young Vawter was nominated as against worthy competition, Thomas Cory, and pitted against his father's old opponent, S. K. Richards. In this campaign, as well as in 1886 (at which time he was nominated by acclamation), he was elected by handsome majorities, the last time over 1,100. During the time he has been in office he has shown his high ability for the discharge of its duties. He is withal a clever, genial and accommodating gentleman. Mr. Vawter is unmarried, and the Courier wants to say to the young ladies if they allow him to slip through their hands they will miss a prize in the matrimonial lottery.

ASBURY F. WELLS - Mr. Asbury F. Wells, who has been honored by the Republicans of Tippecanoe County for the office of Representative, is native born and bred, he having first saw the light of day near Wyandotte, Sheffield Township, August 14, 1844. His parents, Henry and Sarah Ann Wells, are among the pioneers of Tippecanoe County and both are yet living at Stockwell, where they are the center of a devoted family and a large circle of acquaintances and friends. Mr. Wells was raised on a farm, but took advantage of every opportunity to add to his store of knowledge and education. After taking an academic course at the Thorntown Academy, at that period an institution of high standing and reputation, Mr. Wells began teaching school, devoting the summer season to farming, and continued in this line for several years. His moral training from early youth was of the most orthodox character, and at the age of fifteen years he united with the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which he continues to remain an active and influential member. For twelve years past he has been superintendent of the M. E. Sunday school at Stockwell, and is an ardent supporter of every cause intended for the advancement of Christianity and the betterment of humanity. Two years after his marriage to Miss Ruth E. Steel, a highly respected young lady of Stockwell, Mr. Wells removed to the city and engaged in the grocery business with his brother, Wesley E. Wells, their store then being at the corner of Ninth and Union streets. The following year, however, he returned to the farm, and in 1870 he was elected a Justice of the Peace for Sheffield Township. He subsequently engaged in the drug business at Stockwell, in co-partnership with his brother, Dr. A. A. Wells, now a resident of this city. The drug business, however, was hardly suited to his active nature, and he became interested in the grain and lumber business and the buying and shipping of cattle. For a man of his years and the active part he has taken in affairs, he is a remarkably well-preserved man, a fact that is in a great measure due, no doubt, to the strictly temperate habits he has always observed. Mr. Wells' friends do not claim for him the distinction of being a statesman, but they do claim that he possesses the ability and inclination to discharge the duties of Representative with credit to himself and to his constituents, and wherever he is known the faith will be expressed that his course as a legislator will be upright and honorable, and that the interest of the people of the county and State may safely be entrusted to his keeping.

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