William M. Irwin, of the firm of J. Irwin & Son, dealers in groceries and queensware, Warren, Ind., is a native of Preble County, Ohio, where he was born November 17, 1838. His parents were Jonathan and Asenath Irwin, whose biographies appear in this volume. He came with his parents to Huntington County in 1840, and has remained here ever since. By attending the district schools he received a fair education. At the age of fourteen he began to learn the carpenterâ€™s trade under the instruction of his father, with whom he remained until he was twenty-one years of age, after which he engaged in carpentering for himself. On July 24, 1862, he answered his countryâ€™s call by enlisting in Company E, Seventy-Fifth Regiment, Indiana Volunteers, under command of Capt. David H. Wall. Company E. was ordered to join the Army of the Tennessee, and participated in the following noted battles: Hooverâ€™s Gap, Chickamauga, Mission Ridge. He also took part in the Atlanta Campaign, and left Atlanta with Gen. Sherman, November 16, 1863, and remained with him through thick and thin until the Grand Review in Washington. Strange to say, during his entire enlistment he never received a scratch, which is remarkable, owing to the fact that he was in some of the hottest contested battles of the war. After receiving an honorable discharge he returned to Warren and resumed his trade. On November 22, 1866, he chose for his life companion, Miss Mary M. Minnich, daughter of Jacob and Christena Minnich, old and respected residents of Wells County, Ind. This union was blessed with two children, Amelia and Nellie, both of whom are living. Mr. Irwin is a member of Monroe Laymon Post, No. 211, G.A.R., and upholds the principles of the Republican party. Since he engaged in the mercantile business he has succeeded well, and is building up a good trade. He is one of the live business men of Warren, and is highly esteemed by all his associates.
History of Huntington County, Indiana. (Brant & Fuller: Chicago) 1887. Biographical Sketches of Salamonie Township, pages 817 and 818.