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Samuel C. Scott

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Samuel C. Scott

Posted: 15 Oct 2003 11:38PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Scott, Pilgrim & Gesaman
“History of Huntington County, Indiana”1914 By Frank S. Bash pg. 789-90

Samuel C. Scott. In the farming district of Rock Creek are many prosperous and progressive men who believe that the happiest life, as well as the most independent one, is to be lived on the farm. Prominent among these men is Samuel C. Scott. For a number of years he has lived in this community and is known as an excellent farmer, and a man who can be depended upon in all matters of local concern. Mr. Scott is proprietor of what is known as the Old Scott Farm, comprising three hundred and twenty-three acres in section eighteen, seven miles southeast of Huntington.

Though his home has been in Huntington county, since he was three years of age, Samuel C. Scott was born in Grand River township of Osage county, Missouri, April 11, 1858, a son of Samuel W. and Catherine (Pilgrim) Scott. The mother was born in Brown county, Indiana, and the father was a native of Allegheny county, Pennsylvania. In 1848 the father went west to the goldfields of California, where he spent two years and was more fortunate than the majority of those who sought wealth on the coast during those years. He finally settled in the central Mississippi Valley, first in Iowa, where he was married, they then moved to Kansas, finally to Missouri, and in 1861 located in Indiana on a farm in Huntington county where his son now lives. The father was a substantial and well to do citizen, a democrat in politics, and a member of the Presbyterian church. He was the father of ten children, six of whom are still living. Samuel C. Scott was three years old when the family came to Rock Creek township, was reared in this locality, attended the common schools, and after some early experiences on his own account established a home of his own by his marriage to Mary Gesaman, a daughter of John Gesaman. Of their six children four are still living: John W., and William C., who are unmarried and live on the farm with their father; Sarah, wife of Ervin Grossman; and Frank, who married Elsie Sparks; Charles W. and Nina P. are deceased.

When Samuel C. Scott was a boy, he traded for a calf, raised that animal, and with the proceeds bought two or three calves. That was the beginning of an endless chain of accomplishment. Fortunately few links were broken, and he gradually progressed to what should be considered a very happy fortune for a young man. Thus when he was ready to get married he had seven hundred dollars in cash, and all of it could be traced back to his first venture with the single calf. Since becoming the proprietor of his present estate he has prospered as a general farmer and stock raiser, and is regarded as one of the most successful in his line in Huntington county. He and his family are members of the Christian church at Majenica, and he is affiliated with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and the Loyal Order of Moose, being a trustee in the latter. He is a stockholder in the Huntington Trust Company Bank.

For one who started in life with practically no capital, Mr. Scott represents a high degree of successful accomplishment. He has made sufficient for all his needs, and at the same time has been generous in his contributions to philanthropy and church, and has given each of his children a start in life. As a farmer he takes pride in his industry, keeps his improvements up to the very latest point of efficiency, and has been very successful in the raising of high class stock. He is especially proud of his thoroughbred cattle and hogs. Mr. Scott knows how to enjoy his prosperity, having frequently traveled in various parts of the United States and he shows kindly interest in every public enterprise. Mrs. Scott has proved a loyal and capable helper to him in all his career, and besides her part in the home and as a mother, she has been a factor in the society of her township.

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