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Amos S. Slane

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Amos S. Slane

Posted: 1111699857000
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Slane, Sands

From Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County, 1901, pages 682-683

A successful farmer and raiser of live stock, Amos S. Slane was born in Hocking county, Ohio, near the town of Logan, on the 12th day of February, 1842. His parents were Hugh and Susanna Slane, who came from Ohio to Indiana about the year 1847, settling first in Huntington county, and subsequently came to the county of Wells and entered eighty acres of land in Union township. On this place Amos S. grew to years of maturity, and after his father's death, in 1854, looked after his mother's intrests (sic) until the breaking out of the great Rebellion. His early school experiences embraced the studies constituting the common-school course of the times, and while not a learned man as far as books are concerned, he has by wide reading and an active business life become the possessor of a store of practical knowledge such as educational institutions do not always impart.

In October, 1862, Mr. Slane responded to the country's call for volunteers by enlisting in Company D, Thirty-fourth Indiana Infantry, and he received his first baptism of fire at Yazoo Pass, Mississippi, where he was wounded by a musket ball just below the right knee. The serious nature of this wound necessitated his retention for six weeks in the hospital, but as soon as sufficiently recovered he rejoined his command and was soon thereafter engaged in the battles of Port Gibson, Champion Hills, Black River Bridge, and later took part in the operations around Vicksburg. Soon after the fall of that city he was detailed for hospital guard, and later did guard duty for a period of six months at New Orleans. His military career ended in October, 1865, receiving his discharge at Brownsville, Texas, and returning home immediately thereafter engaged in farm labor by the month, continuing thus until the latter part of 1866.

On the 2d day of December, 1886, Mr. Slane was united in marriage to Miss Harriet Sands, and shortly thereafter began farming on rented land in Union township, Huntington county. Two years later he purchased a farm of fifty-three acres in section nineteen, Wells county, which he only held a short time, and then purchased and settled on the farmon (sic) which he now resides in the same section. He has a fine and well-improved farm of one hundred acres, with good and commodious residence and barns which go to make life in the rural districts truly desirable. His farm, consisting of one hundred acres, has ninety-three acres tillable, and in addition to general agriculture devotes some attention to the raising of live stock, which adds very materially to his annual income. Early in life Mr. Slane was obliged to rely largely upon his own resources. With little assistance worth mentioning he has won success from circumstances not always encouraging, and by industry, economy and superior management has succeeded in accumulating ample means to render the remainder of his life comfortable, besides providing well for his children. In all that constitutes good citizenship he is a valuable factor in the community, and in a quiet way he materially assisted in the promotion of all enterprises for the public good.

In politics he is a Republican; his opinions when given are the outgrowth of strong convictions, and has never aspired to official honors. In religion he is a devout member of the German Baptist church, but believes in the good work of all ecclesiastical bodies and recognizes the true Christian by whatsoever name designated.

Mr. Slane is popular with the people of his neighborhood, and has always sustained a reputation in harmony with his high ideals of true nobility and upright manhood. The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Slane has been blessed with the following children: Almedia, John E., Hattie, Mary, Silas B., Amos and James A.

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