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William Buzzard

Posted: 21 Feb 2002 12:36AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Buzzard,Couch,Tumbleson,Myers,Mast
"History of Huntington County, Indiana"1914 By Frank S. Bash pg.658-59

William Buzzard. The dignity of labor raises the farmer to a level of importance corresponding to that occupied by any class of producers. To labor long and faithfully, giving the best of one's ability and talents along any line of endeavor, is to fulfill the destiny of mankind and to make possible a happy, contented old age. William Buzzard, one of the substantial farmers and highly esteemed citizens of Salamonie township, is a man whose life has been one of constant industry and honorable labor, but who although always busy, has never failed to find time to make friends or to contribute to the welfare and advancement of his community.

Mr. Buzzard was born in Jefferson township, Huntington county, Indiana, November 26, 1859, and is a son of Jesse and Jane (Couch) Buzzard. The parents were early settlers of Wayne township, in this county, but after their marriage removed to Jefferson township, and there spent the remainder of their lives on a farm, the father dying July 7, 1896, and the mother November 27, 1913. They were the parents of seven children, of whom four survive: Henry, whose home is in Ohio; William, of this review; Lucinda; and Luella, who is the wife of Leander Tumbleson. William Buzzard was reared on a farm in Jefferson township, and there secured a good educational advantages. It was customary for farmers' sons of his day to spend the greater part of their time in the fields, and their literary training therefore was confined to such opportunities as offered themselves during the short winter terms in an adjacent district school. Mr. Buzzard was a studious lad, with a retentive mind, and he was able to acquire a much better education than many who had greater advantages. He was reared to agricultural work, and when it came time for him to make a choice of vocations he decided upon becoming a farmer, a decision which he has never had reason to regret. He continued to work on the home farm until 1886, having charge thereof from the time he reached his majority, but finally determined to establish a home of his own and accordingly left the parental roof. Mr. Buzzard secured his present farm by purchase in August, 1899, a tract of seventy-five acres located two miles northeast of Warren, on the M. B. & E. Traction line, an excellent location. Mr. Buzzard has one of the valuable farms of its size in Salamonie township, and takes a pride in making it pay in full measure for all labor expended upon it. He has brought the land to a high state of development through scientific treatment of the soil, has a set of handsome, substantial buildings, and his machinery and equipment are of the latest manufacture. In business circles he is known as a man of the strictest integrity, alert to grasp each opportunity, yet thoroughly respecting the rights of others. In political matters he is a democrat, but he has never been a politician.

On February 7, 1885, Mr. Buzzard was married to Miss Minerva Myers, was born and reared in Jefferson township, a daughter of Irwin C. and Elizabeth ( Mast) Myers, of Fairfield county, Ohio. They came to Huntington county, and were early settlers here. Mr. and Mrs. Buzzard have numerous friends throughout this locality.

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