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Emanuel Wildermuth

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Emanuel Wildermuth

Posted: 27 Mar 2002 1:56PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 1 Apr 2002 11:27AM GMT
"History of Huntington County, Indiana"1914 By Frank S. Bash pg. 826-827

Emanuel Wildermuth. One of the primary objects of this historical compilation is to leave perpetual record concerning those citizens who are worthily representing the best industrial, business and civic interests of Huntington county, and it is especially gratifying to be able to give definite consideration to those who are prominent and progressive exponents of the great basic industries of agriculture and stock raising. One well worthy of such recognition is Mr. Wildermuth, who is the owner of "Golddust Farm," which comprises two hundred and forty acres and is considered to be one of the model places of this section of the state. This admirably improved and well managed landed estate is situated ten miles north of Marion, the judicial center of Grant county, and fifteen miles southwest of Huntington, the county seat of Huntington county. It is in section 24 of Wayne township, and finer land is not to be found in the state of Indiana, so that the owner may well be satisfied with the conditions and environments that compass him and lend to his prestige as one of the influential and honored citizens of Huntington county.

Mr. Wildermuth traces his ancestry to sterling German origin, and the family was early founded in America. He was born in Fairfield county, Ohio, on the 25th of June, 1859, a son of John and Sarah (Bouer) Wildermuth, the former of whom was likewise born in Fairfield county, and a member of one of its pioneer families, and the latter of whom was born in Harrisburg, the capital of Pennsylvania. John Wildermuth continued to be engaged in farming in his native state until 1880, in April of which year he came with his family to Huntington county, Indiana, and located on a farm in section 25, Wayne township. He became one of the representative agriculturists of the county, commanded the unqualified esteem of all who knew him, and both he and his wife remained on their homestead until death, he having passed away in 1909, and his devoted wife having been summoned to eternal rest in 1911. Of their six children Emanuel was the last born, and three others of the number are now living. Emma J., the wife of William H. Smith, of Wayne township; Isaiah, who wedded Miss Samantha Daugherty, and they likewise reside in Wayne township; and Phietta is the wife of Henry Diffenbaugh, of Ringgold, Iowa.

Emanuel Wildermuth was reared to maturity in his native county, and his entire active career has been one of close and effective identification with farming. He was afforded the advantages of the public schools of Fairfield county, Ohio, and there, immediately after he had attained to his legal majority, in June, 1881, was solemnized his marriage to Miss Isabelle Groff, who was likewise born and reared in that county, a daughter of George W. and Mary (Young) Groff. Her mother contracted a second marriage after the death of Mr. Groff and is now the wife of John Ruggles.

In the year of their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Wildermuth came to Indiana and settled on their present fine farm. In 1893 Mr. Wildermuth erected his present modern residence, his large and well arranged barn having been built by him in 1886. Other excellent improvements have been made by him, and he is to be credited with the development of one of the splendid farm properties of Huntington county, his youthful ambition and energy having failed to wane with the passing years, so that he is to-day one of the most progressive and substantial farmers of the county.

In politics Mr. Wildermuth is found aligned as a stalwart supporter of the cause of the republican party, but he has been essentially a busy man and has had no inclination to enter the arena od so-called practical politics. He is, however, most liberal and public-spirited and ever ready to lend his aid in the promotion of enterprises advanced for the general good of the community. It should be specially noted that on his farm he has for the past eighteen years made a successful enterprise of raising the Golddust wheat, which gives title to his place, and his product in this line yields from twenty-one to forty bushels to the acre. He also raises live stock of the best grades, and he maintains a close supervision of all details of his farm enterprise, a fact that implies that much of his success has come from the source. He and his wife are zealous members of the United Brethren church at Mount Gilead, and he is affiliated with the lodge of Independent Order of Odd Fellows at Marion. He and his wife have taken great satisfaction in extending in their attractive home hospitable and cordial welcome to their many friends, and it is a center of much of the social activity in the community. Mr. and Mrs. Wildermuth have but one child, Ina S., who was born November 10, 1883, was graduated from the high school of Marion and is now the wife of Clay L. Evison, a popular and progressive young agriculturists of Wayne township. Mr. and Mrs. Evison have the following children: Adonis, Louise, Mary, Elsie and Isabelle.

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