"History of Huntington County, Indiana"1914 By Frank S. Bash pg.434-35
John F. Maurer, Jr. One of the admirably improved landed estates that lend to the attractions and industrial prestige of Huntington county is the fine Greenwood Stock & Poultry Farm, of which the progressive and enterprising proprietor is Mr. Maurer - a citizen of distinctive loyalty and public spirit and one who stands representative of the best element in the community life. He is a substantial and prominent exponent of the live-stock and poultry industries in this part of the state and is well entitled to consideration in this history. His splendid farm is most eligibly situated, as it is but three miles distant from the county court house, in the city of Huntington, and is located on the well improved Mount Etna turnpike road, recognized as one of the model thoroughfares of this section of the state.
Mr. Maurer takes a due measure of pride and satisfaction in reverting to the fine old Hoosier State as the place of his nativity, and here he has found ample opportunity for the achieving of definite independence and prosperity. He was born in Wabash county, Indiana, on the 13th of October, 1863, and is a son of John F. and Mary E. (Clupper) Maurer, the former a native of Ohio and the latter of Pennsylvania and both of staunch German lineage. The parents of the subject of this review were young at the time when the respective families were founded in Indiana, and their marriage was solemnized in Wabash county, this state, where they still maintain their home, sterling and honored citizens who are well known throughout the county that has long been their home and in which John F. Maurer, Sr., who is now living virtually retired, is a substantial and influential citizen. Of the four children, John F., Jr., of this sketch, is the eldest; George G. is a prosperous farmer in Wabash county, as is also William L.; and Charles C. is now a resident of Portland, Oregon.
He whose name introduces this article was reared on the old homestead farm of his parents, in Wabash county, and he continued to attend the district schools until he was sixteen years of age, the foundation thus laid having proved an adequate basis for the substantial superstructure of broad information and mature judgment that represent his intellectuality at the present time. He continued to assist his father in the work and management of the home farm until he was twenty-four years of age, but soon after attaining to his legal majority he had initiated independent operations in connection with the important line of industry under the influence of which he had been reared. For several years he farmed on rented land in his native county and finally he became the owner of eighty acres of land in Miami county. Industry and energy brought their rewards, and increasing prosperity attended the ordered endeavors of Mr. Maurer. He finally disposed of his property in Miami county, and on the 13th of October, 1904, he came to Huntington county, where he purchased his present fine farm, which comprises 120 acres and which was formerly owned by Francis B. Fulton. He has made many improvements on the place, especially in equipping the same with the most modern facilities requisite in connection with the raising of high-grade live stock, to which branch of farm industry he gives special attention, as does he also the raising of fine poultry. He is one of the leading exponents of these important lines of enterprise in Huntington county and as a man and a progressive and public-spirited citizen he has inviolable place in popular confidence and esteem.
The basic principles of the Republican party have always received the stanch support of Mr. Maurer, and while he has not been imbued with any aspiration for official preferment he is distinctively broadminded and progressive in his civic attitude. Both he and his wife are zealous members of the Methodist Episcopal church in the Greenwood neighborhood and in the same he is specially active in the work of the Sunday school, of which he is serving as treasurer at the time of this writing, in 1913.
In connection with the activities of his farm it may be stated that Mr. Maurer has been specially prominent and successful in the breeding of registered Chester White swine, and on the place he has at all times specimens of the highest grade. He finds ready demand for his hogs on the part of other breeders, and has conducted a number of public sales of his fine stock in this line. He has likewise been successful in the breeding of fine poultry and is one of the leading exponents of this line of enterprise in his home county, raising Barred Plymouths and Buff Orpingtons.
On March 22, 1888, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Maurer to Miss Mary E. McClain, who was born and reared in Miami county, this state, and who is the gracious and popular chatelaine of their attractive and hospitable home. They have three children, all of whom remain at the parental home. Clara and Hazel are graduates of the graded schools, and Floyd, the only son, was born June 9, 1902, and is now in the fifth grade of the public schools. The pretty home of Mr. Maurer is known as "The Greenwood Stock & Poultry Farm."