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Edwin L. Harvey

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Edwin L. Harvey

Posted: 9 Dec 2001 1:39PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Harvey, Cooper, Foster, Stewart, Harris, King, Long, Little
From Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County, 1901, page 715

Edwin L. Harvey, the genial proprietor of a general store of merchandise at Pleasant Plain, Huntington county, Indiana, has prospered through insistence and perspicuity of perception where many another man has failed. He is a son of James and Polly A. (Cooper) Harvey, and was born in Rush county, Indiana, December 25, 1853. His father was a native of West Virginia, who moved from there to this state and located in Rush county, and where he was joined in marriage to Polly A. Cooper. Her father, Dr. Cooper, was a native of Rush county, a successful practicing physician for over forty years. When our subject was about four years of age his parents moved to Wabash county, where they purchased eighty acres of land and carried on farming operations. Eight children, four sons and four daughters, were born to them. Those surviving are: Margaret, who married Nicholas Foster and resides in Huntington; Mary, wife of James Stewart, who lives in Rock Creek township; Henry, who is married and lives at Simpson, this county; and Edwin, the subject of these memoirs.

Edwin L. Harvey was put out to work in early boyhood, his wage being board, clothes and schooling. He remained with this master until he had reached man's estate, picking up many valuable lessons and adding to the wisdom of a naturally strong mind. On the farm where his duties employed him, he learned industry and self-reliance, and gained a knowledge of men and things which has well prepared him for the successful business life he chose to follow. He selected as the companion of his life Miss Margaret Harris, who was born December 15, 1855, a daughter of O. E. Harris. Four children have been the offspring of this union, namely: Daisy B., wife of Benjamin King, of Wabash county; Estella, who resides in Warren, the widow of Jesse Long; Charles F., who married Ora Little, resides at La Fontaine, Indiana; and Gus A., who is unmarried, resides at home with his parents.

Mr. Harvey is nicely located in Pleasant Plain and carries a complete line of general merchandise, such as meets the requirement of his trade, and his courteous and uniformly obliging treatment has won him an enviable reputation and brought him an ever increasing patronage which it is his constant endeavor to merit. In politics he is a Republican, and served as trustee of Jefferson township.

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