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LOUGHRY FAMILY.-Among those who have become very actively engaged in the manufacturing interests Of Monticello during the past few years, are members of the family whose name forms the subject of this sketch. N. B. Loughry, father of the - brothers who so successfully operate the Monticello Mills, is a native of Indiana County, Penn., as were also his parents, Joseph and Sarah N. (Howard) Loughry; but his grandfather, William Loughry, was born in Northern Ireland, and, in about 1780,- emigrated to the United States and settled in Indiana County, Penn., then a part of Westmoreland County. Joseph Loughry made farming and merchandising his principal occupation through- life, but by an election on the Anti-Masonic ticket to the office of County Sheriff in his native county, served in that capacity three years. N. B. Loughry was born February 13,.1815, and is the only issue of his parents' marriage. At the age of twelve years, he moved with his parents to Blairsville, where he received the greater part of his education, and at the age of fourteen years was sent alone to Philadelphia to purchase a stock of goods, which he did, displaying rare business qualities in one so young. November 13, 1838, he married Miss Rachel Wright, who was born in what is now Juniata County, Penn., July 21, 1816, and to them have been born a family of six children Sarah L. (deceased), Joseph E., Clara, Mrs. Rev. Edwards, Albert W., Amy and Cloid. Succeeding his marriage for a number of years, Mr. Loughry was engaged in merchandising, at the same time taking an active part in all public matters, especially politics. He cast his first vote with the Whig Party in 1836, but on the organization of the Republican party joined its ranks, and has since been identified as one of its members. While a resident of Blairsville, he was elected to the office of County Prothonotary and served in that position three years. In 1855, he and family emigrated to LaFayette, Ind.. and from there moved to White County four years later. The family resided in Monon Township until 1872, engaged in different pursuits, then removed to Monticello and engaged in milling, having traded their farm as part payment on the Monticello Mills. - The mill at that time only had a capacity of about seventy-five barrels per day, and needed many improvements to make it first class. Being strangers in the place, without credit, and with a -heavy debt overshadowing their efforts, the Loughrys began work under adverse circumstances. By their united efforts, the father-managing the financial part, together with the practical experience of J. E. Loughry as a Miller, and the invaluable assistance of the other two sons, A. W. and Cloid, they have produced a wonderful change. The mill is a three-story and basement frame structure 40 x 60 feet, is operated by water-power, runs both night and day, and gives employment to thirteen hands, including three experienced millers, and is what is known as a fixed mill, operating both stone and rolls. It is one of the best equipped mills in Northern Indiana, possessing all the latest and best improvements known to the business, and has a capacity of 150 barrels per day. They convert into flour about i25,000 bushels of wheat per annum and, besides supplying home demand with their product, which is not excelled in quality by any mill in the State, they ship large quantities to Great Britain. Their head miller, Frank P. Berkey, began work shortly after they obtained possession, and by honesty and a faithful performance of his duties has advanced step by step to his present position, which he fills with entire satisfaction. In addition to their milling interests, the Loughrys own and operate a furniture factory directly opposite their mill, and also a furniture store up town.' For the past ten years, these gentlemen have done far the largest business of any firm in either White or Pulaski County, and to their enterprise and sagacity the town of Monticello is largely indebted for the greater part of her manufacturing interests. N.B. Loughry and wife are members of the Presbyterian Church. A. W. Loughry was born in Indiana County, Penn., June 9, 1847; came with his parents to Indiana; received the ordinary education in his earlier years, and, by his intimate connection with the mill, is among its best workers. May 3, 1881, he married Miss Sally Kendall, daughter of Charles W. Kendall, deceased, and their union is blessed with one son @Howard. A. W. Loughry is a Republican and a member of both Masonic and K. of P. fraternities, and Mrs. Loughry is a member of the Presbyterian Church. A Standard History of White County Indiana, W.H. Hamelle, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1915, page 565. Albert W. Loughry. Mention has been made on other pages of this history of the firm of Loughry Brothers, millers and grain merchants at Monticello. This is one of the oldest and at the same time ,one of the most prosperous institutions in a commercial sense in White -County. One member of the firm who for many years has contributed his resources and energy to the up building of the business, and who has at the same time been a valuable citizen in his relations toward the cominunity, is Albert W. Loughry. Albert W. Loughry was born in Saltsburg, Indiana County, Pennsylvania, June 9, 1847. His parents were Nelson B. and Rachel (Wright) Loughry, and his grandparents were Joseph and Sarah (Howard,) Loughry, members of both these generations being referred to more at length in a sketch of Joseph E. Loughry on other pages. Albert W. Loughry grew up in Pennsylvania, acquired a common school education, and spent several years of his early manhood as a farm worker. He learned the milling business in the establishment of which for forty-three ,years he has been a part owner. Mr. Loughry is a charter member of the local lodge of the Knights -of Pythias and a Blue Lodge Mason. His wife is a member of the Presbyterian Church. On May 3, 1881, he married Sallie Kendall, a -daughter of Charles W. and Mary E. (Spencer) Kendall, and through her mother a granddaughter of George A. and Sarah (Reynolds) Spencer. The Speneers as told elsewhere were among the county's earliest and most prominent settlers. George A. Spencer and wife came to the county about 1833, settling in Big Creek Township, where he developed a farm and followed agriculture for many years. George A. .Spencer was a squire or justice of the peace, took a great interest in public affairs, and though a democrat, was not a seeker for office beyond his position as justice of the-peace. There wore seven children in the Spencer family, all of them now deceased and at rest in Monticello. Charles W. Kendall, the father of Mrs. Loughry, was born in Pennsylvania and came to Indiana when a young man, joining the pioneers who were already settled in the county. For many years he was a dry goods merchant in Monticello, was married in that town, and he and his wife had six children, three of whom are still living. He was a man whose -name was identified with many local concerns during the last century, he was interested in all movements for local betterment, -was president and stockholder in the first local bank, and was postmaster in Monticello during the Civil war. His death occurred in 1875, and his wife passed -away in 1901. Mr. Kendall was an elder in the Presbyterian Church and -a member of the Masonic fraternity in Monticello. To Mr. and Mrs. Albert W. Loughry three children have been born, namely,: Howard Kendall, born March 21, 1882, and a graduate of the West Point Military Academy; Maynard, born April 17, 1889, and a bookkeeper in his father's mill, and Chester, born October 28, 1893, now pursuing a course of studies in the University of Indiana.

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