Page 712/3 “History of Huntington County, Indiana” (Brant & Fuller: Chicago) 1887. Lancaster Township
ISAAC N. HILDEBRAND, merchant, Mt. Edna, is a native of Huntington Co., IN, born in Lancaster Township on the 28th day of April, 1854. His parents Henry and Elizabeth (Rhodes) Hildebrand, were natives of VA and OH, respectively, and among the early settlers in the southern part of Huntington County, moving her as long ago as 1839, and locating at Charleston, a short distance east of Mt. Etna, where the father was for some time engaged in the mercantile business. The immediate subject of this sketch received a limited education in the common schools and at the age of fifteen began life for himself as a farm laborer, in which capacity he continued for a period of about nine years. In 1880, he was awarded the contract for carrying the mail between Huntington and Mt. Etna, and from that time until 1883, performed the duty in a manner highly satisfactory to all concerned. Possessed with a desire to do something more in the world than to drive a mail hack, and with a determination to succeed, he in the month of April, 1883, with a cash capital of about $130, opened a small general store, out of which has since grown, his large and successful mercantile establishment. He handles all kinds of goods demanded by the general trade, and by strict attention to business and fair dealing has succeeded in building up one of the best business houses in the southern part of Huntington County. He was appointed Postmaster at Mt. Etna by Postmaster General Gresham, and is the present incumbent of the office. On the 6th day of March, 1883, he was united in marriage to Miss Malinda Mitchell, of Huntington County, a union blessed with two children-infant, deceased, and Leland L., born November 28, 1885. Mr. Hildebrand is a Republican in politics, and in religion, belongs to the Methodist Episcopal Church.