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Emery H. Slusser

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Emery H. Slusser

Posted: 21 Mar 2002 2:22PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 23 Mar 2002 12:50AM GMT
Surnames: Slusser, Howenstine, Sickafoose
From Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County, 1901, pages 550-551

Conspicuous among the leading farmers and stockmen of Warren township is E. H. Slusser, who was born June 12, 1848, in Stark county, Ohio. His parents, Eli and Rosa M. (Howenstine) Slusser, were also of Ohio birth, the former a son of Jacob Slusser, who moved to the Buckeye state from Pennsylvania and settled many years ago in the county of Stark. In 1857 Jacob immigrated to Huntington county, Indiana, and entered a half-section of land in Warren township. Eli and Rosa M. Slusser were married in Ohio about the year 1843, later became residents of the county of Huntington and reared a family of ten children, viz: Henrietta, Clara, Emery H., Cordelia, Lewis, Ellen, Albert, William I., Sherley and Minnie. Of these, the following survive: Cordelia, Clara, Ellen, Sherley, Minnie and Emery H.

Emery H. Slusser's youthful experience embraced the usual routine of farm work, and until the age of fourteen he attended, as opportunity would admit, the district schools, where he obtained but a limited knowledge of such branches of learning as were there taught. In his twenty-first year he began working for himself, earning his first money as a thresher of wheat, hiring to a man who operated a threshing machine in his and adjacent neighborhoods. After working in this way for several years, and saving his earnings, he purchased a separator of his own, which he operated with good success until about six years since, devoting a part of the year, when not engaged in threshing, to tilling the soil.

Mr. Slusser was united in marriage, January 2, 1875, to Miss Alice Sickafoose, a native of Whitley county, Indiana, and of German descent. Mrs. Slusser is an intelligent lady, with a large circle of friends in the community where she resides.. She is the mother of four children: Maud, born November 18, 1877, still making the parental roof her home, is a cultured lady with a good musical education, and is now teaching that art; Alvin and Alma, twins, were born November 12, 1880, the former one of Huntington county's successful teachers, and the latter is preparing to become an expert in the millinery business; the youngest member of the family, Clarence E., born September 27, 1885, is still with his father on the home farm.

At the time of their marriage Mr. Slusser was blessed with but little of this world's goods, and from a financial point of view his future prospects appeared anything but encouraging. However, with a strong constitution and vigorous health, coupled with great industry and fugality, he looked beyond his discouraging environment and saw in the future the promise of ultimate success attending his efforts. Laboring with this end in view, it was not long until he had a substantial start, and subsequently investing his earnings became the owner of a farm in Warren township, which, under his able management, has become one of the best improved and most successfully cultivated places in that section of the county. Mr. Slusser is a man of energy and determination, and his great industry has long been a subject of comment in his neighborhood. The soundness of his judgment on matters of business is seldom at fault, in consequence of which nearly all of his transactions have been attended by beneficial results, and his standing among the most successful farmers of the township became assured several years ago. In connection with general farming he is also largely interested in breeding short-horn cattle, and he now has on his place some of the finest stock of the kind in the county. As a buyer and seller his profits have been large, forming indeed the greater part of his annual income.

In religion Mr. Slusser is a member of the United Brethren church; in politics a Prohibitionist. He is a liberal contributor to the support of the gospel, having done as much as any other toward the erection of the present temple of worship, in which his congregation meets. None stand higher than he in the estimation of his fellow citizens of Warren township, and it is with pleasure that this brief tribute to his worth is presented in this connection.

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