"History of Huntington County, Indiana"1914 By Frank S. Bash pg. 640-41
Adam E. Mattern. North Dallas Farm is the very appropriate title that Adam E. Mattern gives to his place of eighty acres in Dallas township, lying some two miles north of Andrews and three-quarters of a mile west of that place, on the German Road. Here Mr. Mattern carries on an extensive farming enterprise that has long since placed him in the class of prosperous farmers of the township, and in consideration of his standing in his community and the nature of his accomplishments in his chosen enterprise, it is fitting and proper that some mention be made of him and his work in a publication of the nature and purpose of this one.
Adam E. Mattern was born in the city of Wabash on August 22, 1864, and is a son of Valentine and Catherine (Schwartz) Mattern, a sketch being dedicated to the father in the other pages of this work. Both parents were natives of Germany but in view of the extended consideration that is accorded to them elsewhere in these pages, further details in that regard will not be required at this point. It will suffice to say that they located in Wabash county in 1848, after their marriage, and after some time settled in the city of Wabash, where the father died.
Adam E. Mattern is one of nine children of his parents, eight of whom are still living. The others are Peter, V. A., John, Anna, Elizabeth, Helena, and Carolina, concerning whom further mention will be found in the sketch dedicated to the father.
Adam E. Mattern was reared on a farm, for the most part, and had his education, which was somewhat limited in its nature, in the public schools of Wabash county. He remained an inmate of his parents' home until he reached his majority, at which age he rented a farm and began its operation. On December 13, 1888, Mr. Mattern married Elizabeth Fleck, who was born in Dallas township, and who had her education in the schools of her native community. She was a women of German ancestry, her parents having been born there. In 1894 Mr. and Mrs. Mattern took up their residence in Dallas township, and there Mr. Mattern has a fine farm, with a modern and comfortable dwelling, and suitable buildings to meet the other needs of the place. Besides this place of eighty acres he has another farm of forty acres just south of the original place, and the two yield the family a comfortable income, as a result of the careful and efficient management to which they are subjected.
Three children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Mattern. Herman, the eldest, was graduated from the Andrews high school and for two years taught the home school. He is now a student in the State Normal. Louis is also a high school graduate and is now attending Purdue University. Clara, the youngest, is attending the Andrews high school, and will doubtless continue with a training, also.
Mr. Mattern and his family are members of the St. Paul's Evangelical church, and Mr. Mattern is fraternally identified by his membership in the K.O.T.M, Andrews Tent. Politically he is a Democrat, and takes an active part in the politics of the county. He was superintendent of the gravel roads in this section of the county, and has done much to raise the standard of the roads in the district covered by his jurisdiction. At the present time he is a candidate for the office of trustee. Aside from his farming interests, Mr. Mattern is a stockholder in the State Bank of Andrews, and has in other ways identified himself with the leading enterprises of the town.