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Biographical sketch of J. W. Andrew, (b. 8 Mar 1847)

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Biographical sketch of J. W. Andrew, (b. 8 Mar 1847)

Posted: 10 Nov 2006 10:35PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Andrew Hiltebrand Irwin Whitson
J. W. Andrew, a prominent grocer of Warren, Indiana, is a native of Clinton County, Ohio, born March 8, 1847. His parents were Calvin and Susan (Shields) Andrew. The former a native of North Carolina, leaving that State with his parents, James and Elizabeth Andrew, when quite young, and emigrating to Clinton County, Ohio, where he learned the blacksmith’s trade which he followed for a number of years. The latter was born in Clinton County, Ohio, March 12, 1822, and died in Salamonie Township, August 11, 1875. Our subject accompanied them to this county in 1854. He aided them in developing their farm here and remained at home until the age of 21. By attending the district schools, he received a fair education. Shortly after he began to do for himself, he engaged with Whitson Bros., of Warren, to learn the harness and saddling trade, and remained with this firm two years, when owing to ill health, he was compelled to abandon his trade, and turn his attention to something else. He engaged as a clerk in J. M. Hiltebrand & Co’s. general merchandise store, and followed this occupation until 1875, when he formed a partnership with J. Irwin, in the grocery business,, which lasted until 1881, when he disposed of his interest to Mr. Irwin, and immediately purchased the “Shafer” stock of groceries and queensware, and opened up business on his own responsibility. On September 17, 1871, he was united in marriage with Miss Sarah E. Irwin, daughter of Jonathan and Asenath Irwin, old and respected residents of this township. This union was blessed with four children, namely, Rosa, Frank F., Cora and Grace, all of whom are living at this writing. Mr. and Mrs. Andrew are members of the Christian Church. Mr. Andrew is an active working in the I.O.O.F., and F. & A. M. orders, and has always upheld the principles of the Republican party, in which he has always worked for the success of its standard bears. When he began working by the day in “Warren” first at the harness business and afterward as a clerk, he was penniless, but by carefully saving his earnings, was enabled in a few years to engage in business for himself. By his fair dealing he has built up a lucrative trade, which is increasing yearly. On October 31st 1878, he was appointed by the American Express Company as their agent at Warren, which position he holds to-day.
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HuntingtonV 11 Nov 2006 5:35AM GMT 
HuntingtonV 11 Nov 2006 5:37AM GMT 
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