James P. Wire, trustee of Jefferson Twp, was born on the farm where he now resides, feb. 22, 1844. His parents were Peter and Nancy (Blount) Wire, the former a native of Kentucky, where he was born September 15, 1805. At the age of twelve yrs. he moved to Ohio, locating in Prebble County, where he married to nancy Blount. She was born in Ohio in 1816. They were married about 1832 and in 1835 came to Jefferson Twp, and entered 193 acres in section 3. This was then a wild country, and it seemed a hopeless task to clear up a home in what was then a dense forest. He built a rude log cabin, moved into it and went to work with a will. He was assisted by a loving wife and family and his labors were crowned with success. He was blessed with nine children: Newton Sr., Milo F., Lavina, Angeline, Jane, Emanuel D., James P., Andrews B., and Milton of whom lavina, Emanuel and Milton are deceased. Emmanuel dying while in defense of his country at Knoxville, TN. Mrs. Wire, the mother died February 21, 1864. She was a kind lady and esteemed by all who knew of her sterling qualities. On October 1, 1882, she was followed by Mr. Wire. This ended the lives of two of the pioneers of Jefferson Twp. Mr. James P. Wire was a public spirited man, and took an active interest in the affairs of the twp and county. He held the office of County Commissioner and was at one time Assessor of Jefferson Twp. He did a great deal toward building the Wabash & Lancaster Gavel road and the general development of the country. James P. spent his early life amid the scenes of pioneer days and was reared on the farm, therefore he has adopted farming as a life profession, and today can be classes among the successful farmers of his vicinity. On aug 28, 1861 he enlisted in Co. D., 34th regiment, Indiana Volunteers and was placed in the western department under the general command at different times of Nelson, Pope, Grant, and Banks. He took part in the Battle of Vicksburg. During his second battle at Jackson, Miss. he received a slight wound and was honorably discharged. He returned to home to farm. On March 5, 1868, he married Catharine Shideler, daughter of Jonas and Fanny (Berg) Shideler. Catherine was born in Wayne County, In. on dec 2, 1849, but moved to Huntington Co. when she was about six months old. Their union was blessed with six children: Della, Nancy, Charlie, Dessie, Dona and James Blaine, of whom Della and Nancy are deceased. Politically Mr. Wire is a stauch Republican and firmly believes in the principles of his party. In april 1884 he was elected twp trustee and handled the affairs of the twp. with such credit that in april 1886 he was re-elected. He takes a great interest in the affairs of the twp, especially the schools. He employs good teachers, and the shools prospered. As a public servant he has done his duty and is one of the rising young men of Huntington Co. Our subject had three brothers in the war, Emanuel, Newton S. and Andrew. James P. our subject was engaged for some time in the grocery business in Huntington. Both Catherine and James P. Wire are buried in the lancaster cemetery, Huntington Co., In. Their son Charles R. Wire lies alongside of them 1873-1911.
This article appeared in the History Of Huntington Co., In. pg. 688-689.