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Olney L. Lieurance

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Olney L. Lieurance

Posted: 15 Aug 2006 11:21PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Lieurance, Murphy, Fults & Gardner
"History of Huntington County, Indiana"1914 By Frank S. Bash pg. 684-85

Olney L. Lieurance. The community of Salamonie township has in Olney L. Lieurance a substantial farmer and reliable citizen, who may be depended upon to act wisely in movements where the welfare of his section is concerned. A son of the soil and reared amid agricultural surroundings, he has devoted his activities to farming, and the success which has rewarded his efforts testifies eloquently to the fact that he made no mistake when he chose his career. Mr. Lieurance was born in Clinton county, Ohio, October 28, 1861, and is a son of James and Rebecca J. (Murphy) Lieurance. His parents were born, reared and educated in Clinton county, and were there married, and in 1862 came to Huntington county, locating in the southeastern part of Salamonie township. There the mother passed away in 1875, and the father was again married. His death occurred in 1895. By his first union he had four children: Z. P., a resident of Liberty township, Wells county; Ida, who is the wife of Dan Fisher, of Liberty Center; J. W., who is living in Salamonie township; and Olney L.

Mr. Lieurance was reared on his father’s farm in Salamonie township, and attended the Salem district school during the winter terms, the summer months being passed in assisting his father with the duties of the homestead. At the age of twenty-one years he left home, and for one year worked in the mill at Buckeye, Indiana, following which he went to Kansas and spent three years at various occupations. Upon his return to Huntington county he settled upon his present property, a tract of forty acres, lying three and one-half miles north of Warren, Indiana. Here Mr. Lieurance has continued to successfully pursue general agricultural operations, and his land is now under a high state of cultivation, due to his scientific treatment of the soil. He has a set of substantial buildings, good equipment and livestock, and his machinery is of the latest improved character. A man of practical ideas, alive to all the advancements being made in his calling, he is achieving success through earnest and untiring effort. Mr. Lieurance bears the reputation of being reliable in his business transactions, and his associates have every reason to place confidence in his ability. Mr. Lieurance is a democrat and while he has taken no particularly active part in politics is interested in all that affects his community, and has done all in his power to further its advancement. His fraternal connection is with Mount Zion Lodge No. 684, Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

On November 1, 1899, Mr. Lieurance was married to Miss Bessie M. Fults, who was born in Marion county, Indiana, November 2, 1880, a daughter of John W. and Mary E. (Gardner) Fults. Mr. Fults served as a soldier in the Union army during the Civil war, and was in the service four years, participating in a number of fierce engagements. He died in 1901, while the mother is still living. Mrs. Lieurance was educated in the graded school at Traders Point. Three children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Lieurance: Lloyd C., born September 13, 1900; Edith M., born October 16, 1901, and died August 23, 1902; and Glenn I., born May 25, 1903. The family worships at the Christian church at Plum Tree.

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