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Henry Harvey

Posted: 9 Dec 2001 1:41PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Harvey, Case, Friel, Richardson, Trammel
From Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County, 1901, pages 667-668

Henry Harvey, farmer and manufacturer of drain tiling, was born in Rush county, Indiana, near the city of Rushville on the 29th of August, 1852. When seven years of age he was taken by his father, James Harvey, to the county of Wabash, where he grew to manhood, attending the district schools and obtaining a fair English education. When fourteen he started out to make his own fortune, beginning as a farm hand, and continuing in that capacity for a period of seven years. Having carefully husbanded his earnings he found himself, at the expiration of that time, in a situation to maintain a domestic establishment of his own. Accordingly he chose a wife in the person of Miss Mary Case and engaged in farming on land leased for the purpose.

Mr. Harvey continued farming in Wabash county until 1882 at which time he effected a co-partnership in the manufacture of drain tiling with John Darrow, at the town of Kelso, Huntington county, Indiana. The firm thus constituted continued two years, when the subject sold his interest in the concern and purchased of George Bailey, Esq., the large tile plant in Union township which he has since operated. Shortly after taking possession of this factory he greatly enlarged its capacity in order to supply the constantly increasing demand for its product, and now has one of the largest and most complete plants of the kind in this part of the state. He has done a large and lucrative business, his patronage extending over a goodly part of Huntington and other counties; in addition to his manufacturing interest he also carried on farming, owning a beautiful place of one hundred and seventeen acres in the township of Union.

Mr. Harvey has met with success commensurate with the energy displayed in all his undertakings, and is now surrounded with many of the things that make life enjoyable. He lives in a large and commodious brick dwelling, supplied with all modern conveniences, and his home is noted for a genuine open-hearted hospitality which he understands how to dispense to his numerous friends and neighbors.

Mr. Harvey has been married three times. By his first wife, whose name is mentioned in a preceding paragraph, he had four children: Ida M., deceased; James O.; Joseph K. and William S., deceased. His second marriage was solemnized with Lula Friel, who bore him one child, Lula; this child died at the age of two years. His second wife died May 21, 1888, and on May 14, 1893, he married his present companion, Mrs. Ida (Richardson) Trammel, widow of the late Thomas Trammel, of Huntington county.

Mr. Harvey is essentially a self-made man, and as such deserves great credit for the success which has attended him thus far in life. With prudent foresight for the interest of his family, he has accumulated a valuable property, all of which represents the labor of his own hands; he began life for himself with no capital and but few friends to encourage him with words of cheer, but, actuated by a determined purpose he overcame unfavorable environments, removed the many obstacles by which his early pathway was beset and carried to successful issue the enterprises to which his time and attention have been devoted. He possesses strong powers of mind and a character that has always been honorable, and his high standing as a neighbor and citizen mark him the peer of any man in the community where he resides.

Fraternally he is an Odd Fellow, holding membership with LaFontaine Lodge, No. 2, Huntington. In his political views he is a Republican, but has never aspired to the honors of office, having been too busy a man during his life to devote any time to anything except to his business. His friends, however, in 1886, prevailed on him to accept the nomination for trustee of Union township, and though defeated in the election, the township being largely Democratic, he ran considerably ahead of his ticket, and cut the majority down from about one hundred and ten to eighty.

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