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David Funderburgh

Posted: 23 Feb 2003 11:22PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 1 Mar 2003 10:34AM GMT
Surnames: Funderburgh
“History of Huntington County, Indiana”1914 By Frank S. Bash pg.450-51

David Funderburgh. As one of the substantial agriculturists and representative citizens of Huntington township, where he is the owner of a well improved landed estate, David Funderburgh has made earnest and well directed industry the foundation of the worthy success which he has achieved as one of the world’s productive workers, and his high standing in the community eminently justified the specific recognition here accorded him in the history of the county that has ever been his home and in which he is a scion of a sterling pioneer family.

David Funderburgh was born in Lancaster township, Huntington county, Indiana, on the 19th of March, 1849, and he was a child at the time of his parents’ removal to Union township, where he was reared to adult age on the home farm. He is a son of David and Anna (Ream) Funderburgh, the former of whom was born in Springfield, Ohio, and the latter in Virginia, the respective families having settled in the old Buckeye state in the pioneer epoch of its history. The marriage of David Funderburgh and Anna Ream was solemnized at Carlisle, Warren county, Ohio, and within a comparatively short period after this important event in their lives the young couple came to Huntington county, Indiana. They were numbered among the early settlers of the county, and in Union township David Funderburgh, Sr., reclaimed from the wilderness a productive farm. He was a man of indefatigable industry and of inflexible integrity of character, so that he merited and received the unqualified confidence and esteem of his fellow men. He contributed his quota to the development and upbuilding of the county along both civic and industrial lines, and the names of both him and his wife merit high place on the roster of the worthy pioneers of this favored section of the Hoosier state. They continued to reside in Union township until their death and there reared their children to lives of usefulness and honor.

David Funderburgh, Jr., who figures as the immediate subject of this review, passed his childhood and youth under the conditions and influences of the pioneer farm, in the work of which he early began to lend his assistance. In the primitive log school house of the pioneer days he gained a good common school education, and the same has been amplified most effectively through the lessons since acquired under the direction of that wisest of all headmasters, experience. He continued to be associated in the work and management of the home farm until he had attained to his legal majority, and thereafter his independent career was marked for some time by the arduous labors involved in splitting rails, digging wells, assisting in saw mills, etc. He carefully saved his earnings and prior to his marriage, which occurred in 1876, he had been able to purchase a small tract of land, his financial resources having been limited to the returns from his own exertions. That he has won definite and worthy success against the opposing obstacles of time and place is emphatically shown by the fact that he is now the owner of a fine landed estate of five hundred acres, in association with his wife, who has been his devoted companion and helpmeet, sharing with him the joys and sorrows that fall to all human beings, and showing the most loyal interest in his ambitious purposes, so that they have literally worked side by side to gain the independence and prosperity that are now their gracious portion. They have given to their children the best of educational advantages and in all the relations of life have proved true and steadfast, so that they have the sincere regard and unqualified confidence of all who know them.

In politics Mr. Funderburgh has been a staunch supporter of the cause of the republican party, and he is liberal and public-spirited as a citizen, though he has had no predilection for the honors or emoluments of public office. Both he and his wife are earnest and zealous members of the German Baptist church, which has many sterling representatives in this section of the state. He has realized the responsibilities and duties which success involves and has done his part in the furtherance of those objects which tend to promote the general welfare of the community, besides which he found special satisfaction in being able to render financial assistance to his children as they initiated their independent careers, each of them having been presented with $2,000.

In the Centennial year, on April 27, 1876, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Funderburgh to Miss Anna D. Summers, and of their ten children the following are living, the while each of the number has honored the family name. Frank Willis, who was educated in the common schools and has a six months teacher’s certificate, is working in Washington, D.C., for the United States Government; Elnora is the wife of Wesley Johnson, of this county; Clifford, who was graduated in the University of Indiana, is a man of fine intellectual attainments and marked administrative ability, has been specially successful as a representative of the pedagogic profession and is now the able and popular incumbent of the office of county superintendent of schools in Huntington county; Elsie is the wife of Daniel Gesaman, of this county; Bertha is the wife of Herman Clark and they likewise maintain their home in Huntington county; and Ray is associated with his father in the management of the fine old homestead farm. Mrs. Funderburgh is a native of Fayette county, Indiana, born August 25, 1858, s daughter of Galvin and Sarah J. (Tinsler) Summers. There were nine children in the family, six sons and three daughters, all living. Mr. Summers is yet living, aged eighty-five, but his wife died in August, 1909. Mr. Summers is an agriculturist and a democrat. Mrs. Summers was of the old school Baptists.

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