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William H. Surfus

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William H. Surfus

Posted: 15 Oct 2003 11:39PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Surfus, Fowner & Dobbins
“History of Huntington County, Indiana”1914 By Frank S. Bash pg. 603-04

William Howard Surfus. Ranking high among the prosperous and progressive agriculturists of Huntington county is William Howard Surfus, one of the large landholders of Jefferson township, and the proprietor of Sugar Grove Stock Farm, a valuable estate situated ten miles south of Huntington. A son of Adam Surfus, he was born in Allen county, Indiana, May 10, 1855.

Born in Ohio, Adam Surfus removed to Allen county, Indiana, in early manhood, and there married Experience Fowner, who was born in Virginia. He subsequently removed to Noble county, Indiana, with his family, and there both he and his wife spent their remaining years. Of the twelve children born of their union, the following named were living in 1914; Rebecca, of Kimball, Indiana; Sarah, wife of Albert B. Marker, of Noble county; Emma, widow of Adam Dent, of Chicago, Illinois; John W., engaged in farming in Noble county; and William Howard, the special subject of this brief sketch.

Remaining beneath the parental rooftree until attaining his majority, William Howard Surfus was educated in the rural schools of Allen and Noble counties. As a boy and youth he assisted in the care of the home farm, gaining a knowledge and experience of agricultural pursuits that has since been of inestimable value to him in his chosen occupation. Thrifty and industrious, he accumulated considerable money while farming in Noble county, and in 1900 came to Huntington county to invest a part of it in land. Locating in Jefferson township, Mr. Surfus bought the Sugar Grove Stock Farm, which contains two hundred and seventy acres of choice land, and he has since purchased eighty acres, the east half, northeast quarter of section 8, Jefferson township, now having title to three hundred and fifty acres. He has a fine sugar orchard of sixty-nine acres, containing about three thousand trees, from which he makes a goodly profit, selling all of the sugar in Huntington.

On March 24, 1881, Mr. Surfus married Emma Dobbins, who was born in Ohio, January 29, 1859, and as a child came to Noble county, Indiana, with her parents. Six children have been born into the household thus established, namely: William C., engaged in farming in Jefferson township, married Dottie Colvin, who was formerly a school teacher; Ray, living at home; Curtis, a high school graduate, and also a graduate of the Marion Normal College; Maria, Forest, and Hazel. Politically Mr. Surfus is an active and earnest worker in the republican party. A pleasant and whole-souled man, he is deservedly popular with all classes of people, having hosts of friends.

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