From Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County, 1901, pages 479-480
Silas W. Jackson, son of Thomas and Hannah Jackson, was born in Clear Creek township, Huntington county, Indiana, March 6, 1848. His educational training embraced such studies as were taught in the district schools during the days of his youth and early manhood, and lately by coming in contact with the world in various business capacities has laid broad and well a foundation upon which a very busy and successful life has been constructed.
When twenty years of age Mr. Jackson began working at blacksmithing in a shop near his home, purchased by him for the purpose of learning the trade. He received his first instructions in mechanical work from his hired man, an expert iron worker, and after becoming familiar with the use of tools, he added to his establishment a department for wagon making and general repairing. After conducting a remunerative business for four years, he purchased the farm in Clear Creek township where he now resides, and for two years thereafter devoted his time principally to clearing and otherwise improving the same. This accomplished, he again engaged in blacksmithing and wagon making in a new shop which he built on his farm, and during the fourteen years following carried on a very lucrative business, devoting a part of his time meanwhile to the pursuit of agriculture. At the expiration of the period referred to he discontinued his mechanical work and has since been quite extensively engaged in farming and stock raising, meeting with most encouraging results in both enterprises and winning the reputation of one of the most prosperous and progressive men of his class in the township of Clear Creek.
Mr. Jackson was united in marriage, November 17, 1872, to Miss Elmina Haley, of Holmes county, Ohio, who has borne him six children: Carrie A., wife of A. H. Goshorn; Izora, who died in infancy; Silas A.; Otto D.; Von E.; anc Carl B.
At the present time Mr. Jackson owns a fine farm of one hundred and sixty acres of fertile land, with one hundred and thirty in cultivation. He is a scientific agriculturist, keeping abreast of the times in all matters pertaining to his calling, and by judicious cultivation succeeds in obtaining the largest results from the labor expended. He has already acquired a comfortable competency and ranks with the well-to-do farmers of the county. Devoting himself assidiously to his business interests, he has never exhibited any desire or ambition for official preferment, but is public spirited and ever ready and willing to encourage or aid every good and laudable enterprise. He comes of sturdy and wholesome ancestry, and inherits in a marked degree many of the sterling attributes for which they were noted.
His earnestness of purpose and intense desire to live in accord with his highest ideal of right, has had no little influence in moulding the lives and character of those with whom he was associated, and his career as a busy and successful man of affairs is absolutely blameless in the community where he has so long lived and acted his part. As a citizen he commands great esteem, and it is a tribute well deserved to class him with the representative men of Huntington county. Being at the very meridian of life, with vigorous physical powers and mental attributes of no mean order, he bids fair to reach the advanced age of his father and to continue to be in the future as he has been in the past--a power for good in the community.