"History of Huntington County, Indiana"1914 By Frank S. Bash pg. 570-71
John W. Minton. The relationship of John W. Minton to Huntington county has been of a broad and varied and uniformly successful character. Mr. Minton for many years was a man who had pleasant associations with the people of Lancaster township and built up a reputation which still follows him thorough integrity, fair and square dealing, and a judgement which led him to continued advancement in prosperity. Mr. Minton is now best known as a farmer and stock raiser in Jefferson township. He has demonstrated a peculiar fitness for farming and stock enterprise, and it was his dealings as a poultry merchant in earlier years which proved the principal source of his present capital and successful reputation in business affairs.
John W. Minton is a native of Lancaster township, Huntington county, where he was born on October 14, 1868, a son of Henry S. and Mary C. (Winebrenner) Minton. His father after a long and worthy career as an agriculturist and good citizen passed away in 1911, and the mother is still living. They were the parents of six children, of whom John W. is first to be mentioned, and the others are as follows: Frank, of Huntington; Elmer, of Lancaster township; Nathan, of Lancaster township; Lizzie, wife of Charles Buzzard; and Tillie, wife of Wilber McCrum.
It was on a farm in Lancaster township that John W. Minton had his first associations with the world, and grew up with other boys in that locality during the seventies and early eighties. A district school supplied him with the fundamentals of book knowledge, and when he left school at the age of eighteen he was fairly well equipped for successful performance on his own account. By close attention to business and guided always by principles of honesty, he has gone from one success to another and there are few people in that part of Huntington county who do not recognize his name as one associated with thorough ability and well-won prosperity.
Mr. Minton married Stella Zell of Lancaster township. To their union was born one son, Morris, on March 10, 1905. Mrs. Minton passed away om May 17, 1912. On June 14, 1914, he married Gertrude (Canady) Slagel. She was born in Lancaster township.
It was in 1893 that Mr. Minton first engaged in a mercantile business at Lancaster and was actively identified with merchandise in that vicinity for twenty years, until 1913, when he sold out to excellent advantage and has since devoted all his time to stock raising and farming. A young man of twenty-five, he began business as a merchant with very little actual capital, but with the confidence of his creditors, and not only met his bills promptly as they came due, but was continually increasing the scope of his enterprise, so that when he sold out his stock invoiced at six thousand dollars. In 1911 Mr. Minton had bought the old Wire farm in Jefferson township. That homestead comprises 102.32 acres, and its improvements represent some of the highest class in that part of Huntington county. It is as a breeder and raiser of high grade hogs that Mr. Minton is making his chief success, and he sends them to the market every year by the carload. Among other interests which identify him prominently with the community he is a stockholder in the Huntington Trust Company. As already stated, it was in the handling of poultry along with his other business that he made most of his capital while a merchant, and his profits in that connection are invested in his farm and other holdings. His political affiliation has always been with the republican party, but in the campaign of 1912 he supported the new progressive party.