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Samuel V. Hite

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Samuel V. Hite

Posted: 9 Feb 2002 10:00PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 10 Feb 2002 11:45AM GMT
Surnames: HITE, GEIGER, BROYLES
"History of Huntington County, Indiana"1914 By Frank S. Bash pg. 462-63

Samuel V. Hite, who has attained distinction by a successful business career and has been accorded public honors in recognition of his helpful and public-spirited citizenship, has been a resident of Huntington county for comparatively but a few years, but during this time has demonstrated his ability in several lines of endeavor. In the office of county surveyor of Huntington county, he is continuing to render capable service to his adopted community and has made friends among the men of all political parties.

Mr. Hite is a native of Ohio, having been born near the town of Pleasantville, Fairfield county, August 16, 1866, the eldest son of John A. and Charity (Geiger) Hite. His grandfather, Samuel Hite, was born in Virginia, but in young manhood moved to Fairfield county, Ohio, and in 1804 settled on a farm in Walnut township, on which he carried on operations during the remainder of his life. There both he and his wife Catherine passed away. Mr. Hite was a soldier in the American service during the War of 1812. John A. Hite was born in Fairfield county, Ohio, May 17, 1838, was educated in the public schools, and early adopted the calling of an agriculturalist, to which he devoted the active years of his life and passed away on his farm. He achieved a satisfactory measure of success and was a man who gained the respect and esteem of those with whom he came into contact. Mr. Hite married Charity Geiger, who was born at Pleasantville, Ohio, and she still survives and makes her home in the city of Akron. To them there were born eight children, of whom seven are still living, four in Ohio and three in Huntington county, Indiana.

The early education of Samuel V. Hite was secured in the common schools of Fairfield county, which he attended during the winter months, giving the remainder of the year to assisting his father in the work of the homestead place. This primary training was supplemented by attendance at the Union Academy, and following this he went to Lebanon, Ohio, where he entered the National Normal University, and continued his studies for some time. In 1889 Mr. Hite came to Indiana, first locating near Markle, Huntington county, where he followed farming and stock-raising until 1896. His next location was Wells county, Indiana, where he was identified with the oil business, his operations in this line later taking him to Grant county. After dealing in oil there for several years he came to Huntington county, and, locating in Rock Creek township, purchased forty-eight acres of land. For some years Mr. Hite has been actively interested in democratic politics. In 1912 he became his party's candidate for the office of county surveyor, was elected at the polls, and took office in May, 1913, for the term of two years. His administration of affairs has been eminently successful and satisfactory and has placed him in a very favorable light before the public. He is a member of the Knights of Pythias, and his genial and pleasing personality has made him popular with his fellow-members in the local lodge.

In 1890 Mr. Hite was married to Miss Ella Broyles, of Huntington county, daughter of John M. Broyles, formerly of Fairfield county, Ohio, and to this union there have been born five children: Hazel D., Harry B., who is a deputy in his father's office, John L., Augusta and Margaret.

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