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Samuel W. Rarick

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Samuel W. Rarick

Posted: 3 Apr 2002 9:54AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Rarick,Cupp,Taggart,Webb
"History of Huntington County, Indiana"1914 By Frank S. Bash pg. 744-45

Samuel W. Rarick. The proprietor of the Cloverdale Farm, in Rock Creek township, is a man so well known in Huntington county as to require no introduction. A successful farmer, he combines the practical experience of the old time agriculturist with the knowledge and science of the twentieth century, and in every way has been a progressive worker for the improvement of country life conditions and the increase of soil production in his part of the state. Mr. Rarick is prominent in civic and several movements of a public nature, and is devoted to the work of his church.

Samuel W. Rarick was born in Perry county, Ohio, October 7, 1852, a son of John and Anna M. (Cupp) Rarick. The parents were likewise natives of Perry county, Ohio, where they were reared, educated and married. In the fall of 1864 they brought their little family to Huntington county, Indiana, locating on the Wild Cat Reserve, near the forks of Rock Creek. That was the vicinity in which they spent the rest of their lives, and the father passed away in 1910 and the mother in 1890. Of their eight children four are still living: S. W. Rarick; Theophilus Rarick; Sarah, wife of Emmet Cheesam, of Markle, and John H. Rarick, also of Markle.

Samuel W. Rarick was between twelve and thirteen years of age when the family came to Huntington, Indiana. He had previously attended school in Ohio, and after coming to Rock Creek township had opportunities in an educational way to only a very limited extent. He remained at home with his afther, and with his grandfather for several years, and at the time of his marriage in 1875 he had only a horse and saddle in property or capital. His wife, who thus began with him in the career of making a home and winning a comfortable competence, was Cornelia Taggart. She was born in Perry county, Ohio, and she likewise received somewhat limited educational advantages. After the death of his grandfather, Mr. Rarick bought two-thirds of the farm of one hundred and seventy-three acres which had comprised the old homestead, and has since been steadily prosperous and improving his farm. He has a comfortable brick house which was erected in 1896, and a large frame barn was built in 1911. Mr. Rarick is an active worker in the Farmers' Institute. He has taken courses in agriculture at the Purdue University, and when his striking success as a producer of crops and manager of farming resources was referred to, he credited most of his success in that line to the help he has from the university and from the fund of experience and knowledge which his ready mind has been able to draw from in associations with other farmers and by the reading of books and pamphlets and by regular attendance at lectures. However, Mr. Rarick is no "book farmer," and he constantly tests every new theory by the rule of practical efficiency. Mr. Rarick is the original alfalfa grower in this part of Huntington county, and has made the cultivation of this typically western crop very profitable in his farm operations. Among other business interests he is a stockholder in the Farmers & Traders Bank of Markle.

Mr. and Mrs. Rarick have one living child, Dr. J. E. Rarick, a practicing physician at Wolcottville, Indiana. He was born on the old farm in Rock Creek township, was educated in the Markle public schools and the high school, graduated from the former at the age of thirteen and the latter at seventeen, studied at Heidelberg College, at Tiffin, Ohio, for two and a half years, and from there entered Fort Wayne Medical College, where he was graduated M. D. Dr. Rarick married Mabel Webb of Chicago.

Mr. Rarick takes much part in civic and fraternal affairs. He affiliates with Markle Lodge, No. 423, of the Knights of Pythias, and is a past chancellor and member of the Grand Lodge. He took probably the leading part of the organization of the Sparks Cemetery Association, which is incorporated under the laws of Indiana, and fifteen hundred dollars has been raised to endow the association and enable it to keep up its grounds. Mr. Rarick is president of the association, Will Wilt is vice president, and Elmer Levell is secretary and teasurer. Mr. Rarick is also a stockholder in the Majenica Telephone Company. In politics he is a prohibitionist.

For the past thirty-two years Mr. Rarick has been one of the most influential members of the Emanuel Church in Rock Creek township of Wells county, and has served in the capacity of deacon and elder, and is secretary of the joint consistory of the Emanuels at Bluffton. He has contributed liberally both time and money to the church. Mr. Rarick is known as a man of mature judgement, and when he once embarks upon any enterprise other people have confidence in the success of that undertaking, largely owing to his individual efficiency and their knowledge that he never goes into anything without determination to carry it out in a satisfactory manner.

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