"History of Huntington County, Indiana"1914 By Frank S. Bash pg.707-08
Edward F. Haines. The farming and business community of Jackson township has one of its strongest and ablest men of affairs in Edward F. Haines, who is proprietor of the Beaver Dam farm in that township. Mr. Haines has had much success as a stock raiser and general farmer, and at the same time has interested himself in several of the concerns which are central points in the business activity of his locality.
Edward F. Haines was born in Jackson township on a farm, December 11, 1868. His parents were Abraham and Malinda (Longsdorf) Haines. Both parents came from Ohio, and were still young when their respective parents moved into Jackson township of Huntington county, where they grew up and were married. They lived in Huntington county until 1896, when they moved to Elkhart, where the father died and the mother still lives. There were six children, four of whom are yet living as follows: Edward F.; William; Clarence; Minnie, the wife of Mr. Baker of Elkhart.
It was on the old farm in Jackson township that Edward F. Haines was reared, and his schooling was supplied by the local schools, and subsequently a course in the Classical Seminary at Roanoke. Farming has been his vocation since the close of school days, and he has been well prospered in that vocation. He lived at home until his marriage in August, 1891, to Laura A. Christian. Mrs. Haines is a daughter of Samuel Christian, who came from Montgomery, Ohio, and was one of the pioneers and best known citizens of Huntington county. Mrs. Haines was born on the farm where she and her husband now reside. Her education was supplied by the district schools. Mr. and Mrs. Haines have four children: Roy, a graduate of the Roanoke high school; Clark, a student in the high school; and Gladys and Mamie. The family worship in the United Brethren church at Mount Pleasant, and fraternally Mr. Haines is affiliated with the Huntington Lodge No. 93, of the Knights of Pythias. As an active Democrat he consented to allow his name to go on the ticket of the party for the office of county treasurer.
The Beaver Dam farm is one of the best country estates in Huntington county. It comprises one hundred and twenty acres of land, situated three miles west of Roanoke on the Roanoke and Christian Gravel Roads. Mr. Haines gives much of his attention to the raising of thoroughbred stock, and has some excellent specimens of cattle and hogs on his farm. Beyond his immediate farm, his interest extends to the holding of stock in the State Bank of Roanoke, and he is also a stock holder and for some time was manager of the Roanoke Creamery Company.