"History of Huntington County, Indiana"1914 By Frank S. Bash pg. 728
James W. McClurg. A citizen of Rock Creek township who has lived in that vicinity for more than sixty years and has always borne a name and reputation for upright conduct and substantial prosperity is James W. McClurg, whose home is a well improved farm estate of one hundred and seven acres. Mr. McClurg represents one of the early families which were established in Huntington county soon after the era of pioneer settlement.
He was born in Rock Creek, July 18, 1851, a son of John and Nellie (Randall) McClurg. His father was a native of Pennsylvania, and Grandfather McClurg came from Ireland. Nellie Randall was born in Ohio. The family located in Rock Creek township when the country was still new, and the parents lived there all the rest of their lives as farmers. There were five children, four of whom are still living: Eliza, wife of Nelson Sharp; James W.; Mary A., wife of Isaac Duncan; and George W. McClurg, of Salamonie township.
James W. McClurg was reared on a farm, educated in the district schools, and after advantages which were very modest in the way of schooling, he started out to earn his own way and make a home and prosperity by the vocation of farming. Mr. McClurg married Lizzie Sharp, who died September 14, 1881, leaving one child. This child is Dorsey McClurg, who married Ethel Jarvin, daughter of Emmet and Alice Jarvin. Dorsey McClurg and wife had four children, Gerald, Helen, Emmett, and Howard. The family worship with the Church of the Brethren at Loon Creek. In politics Mr. McClurg is a Prohibitionist, and is a citizen who supports and can be depended upon to further the moral and intellectual welfare of his community. As a farmer he has gained considerable reputation and success by breeding Jersey cattle, and also shorthorns and Duroc hogs.