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Jacob E. Shafer

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Jacob E. Shafer

Mark Mann (View posts)
Posted: 927720000000
Classification: Biography
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From the "History of Huntington County, Indiana 1914"


Three miles northeast of Warren -at stop No. 18 on the Marion, Bluffton and Eastern Traction Company, is the situation of the country home of Jacob E. Shafer and family. As a farm it represents the highest standards of cultivation and productivity, and not only for its commercial value but for its long associations with the Shafer name is it prized by its present owner. Mr. Shafer was an infant when brought to this farm by his parents over fifty years ago, has grown up and spent all his life in one community, and in all that time his neighbors have never known anything but good of him and his relations with business, church, social and the moral interests of the community. He is a fine class of Huntington county citizen.

Born in Butler county, Ohio, March 18, 1862, Jacob E. Shafer is one of the six children of George E. and Margaret (Wolfe) Shafer. He was the youngest in the family, and was one year of age when George Shafer brought the family to Huntington county in 1863. The father paid a thousand dollars for a quarter section of heavily timbered land in Salamonie township, and it is a portion of that old homestead which is now owned and occupied by Jacob E. Shafer. The woodlands and the cultivated fields of the old farm provided a stimulating environment for the youth of Jacob Shafer, and when not otherwise employed by the duties of home he attended district school No. 6 of that township. His education was finished at the age of eighteen, and thenceforward he was a practical worker and more than paid his way both as a youth and as a man. When he was twenty he started out for himself, and practically ever since has farmed the same land. His homestead comprises sixty acres of the original one hundred and sixty bought by his father in 1863.

On October 1, 1887, Mr. Shafer married Anna E. Poling. She was born in Rock Creek township of Huntington county February 3, 1866, a daughter of Silas and Margaret (Goss) Poling. Her early years were spent on a farm in Wells county. When she was nine she lost her mother, and thereafter made her home with Almeda Irick, and previous to her marriage earned her own way by working at a weekly wage. Her education was acquired in the common schools of Wells county. In politics, Mr. Shafer is one of the ardent republicans, and has taken much interest and has been influential in both township and county politics.

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