From Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County, 1901, pages 383-384
Ora Plummer, the popular assessor of Jefferson township, Huntington county, Indiana, is one of the rising young men of the county who has before him a future bright with promise. He was born September 7, 1874, in Rush county, this state, his parents being J. R. and E. J. (Logan) Plummer, who came to Huntington county in 1879. J. R. Plummer was one of nine children, three sons and six daughters, but of this number but four are living, two sisters who still reside in Rush county, and J. R. and one brother, both of this county. When J. R. Plummer was a boy he lived on a farm and attended the country school which was held a short time each winter and was kept up by subscription, each scholar paying so much for the privilege of attending. As the family was in poor circumstances and large in numbers, the term of schooling was necessarily limited. When he reached his majority he went out in the world to do for himself, but as he was fond of having a good time he spent the greater part of his earnings on present pleasures, never thinking of the necessity of laying by his money for future emergencies. After a time he purchased a farm where he now resides, and as he was always industrious he soon had it in splendid shape.
Ora Plummer is the only survivor of a family of three children, and, although he is a cripple he is able to accomplish a surprisingly large amount of work. He has given his attention to farm work and at the same time attended the common schools of Jefferson township, where he secured an education which enabled him to teach school. This training was supplemented by a course at the Normal school of Marion, Indiana, where he was the better prepared for the work in which he proposed to engage. He then accepted the school at Pleasant Plain, conducting it in a most satisfactory and acceptable manner. He is a capable and efficient young man, and his energy is bound to compel success in whatever enterprise he engages. The past two years he has spent on the farm assisting his father in the cultivation of the land, and here, as in school and elsewhere, is displayed the same industry and adaptability to the work in hand. He possesses the qualifications for making an able educator, and should he determine on making the profession of pedagogy his life work there is no doubt he will become one of the leading educators of the state of Indiana. While attending the normal he also took a complete business course, therefore he starts in life well equipped to look after the business which may be intrusted (sic) to him, and take charge of it in a methodical and business-like manner.
Mr. Plummer is one of the leading Democrats of Jefferson township and took an active part in campaign work before reaching his majority. He is cautious in forming his opinions but quick to grasp the strong point of a question, and, seizing it, will wield the same as a club against his opponents. He is widely acquainted throughout the county and has made many friends, even among his political opponents, by his courteous treatment, while by those of his own party he is considered little less than an oracle. In 1900, when the Democratic convention was seeking for a worthy gentleman upon whom to confer the honor of a nomination for township assessor, Ora Plummer was selected as the person most likely to fill the office to the greatest satisfaction. At that time Mr. Plummer was in Michigan on a visit, and the nomination was to him a pleasant surprise. After his return home he worked for a successful outcome of the election, and his popularity in the township was clearly demonstrated when the returns were counted, as his majority was fifteen votes in a township that had always gone Republican by at least twenty-three votes. Since taking the office of assessor he has gone to work with a will to discharge his duties in an honorable and conscientious manner, and will serve the township to the best of his ability and to the advantage of his constituents.