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Joseph P. Huber

Mark Mann (View posts)
Posted: 18 Jun 1999 6:00AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 23 Jun 2001 9:50AM GMT
Surnames: HUBER, GRIM, SPITZER, TROUT, TAYLOR
From the "History of Huntington County Indiana 1914"

Joseph P. Huber

Agricultural conditions in Huntington county have changed to such an extent during the past several decades that the enterprising farmer, to keep abreast of the trend of the times, has been compelled to change to a large degree his methods of treating and cultivating the soil. New discoveries have been made, powerful machinery has been invented, and new innovations introduced, and he who would reap the most beneficial results from his toil must keep himself thoroughly conversant with the rapid changes of the day. Prominent among the farmers of Huntington county who has succeeded in his ventures because of his progressive spirit and modern business methods is Joseph P. Huber, of Jefferson township. Mr. Huber is a self-made man, for he started upon his business career at the age of thirteen years, without capital or influential friends, and has worked his way steadily to the forefront, now being the owner of a handsome property one mile west of Warren. He was born at Owensburg, Indiana, May 6, 1873, and is a son of John and Mary (Grim) Huber.

John Huber was born in Franklin county, Indiana, the son of German parents who emigrated to this country at an early day. He early adopted the vocation of farming, and in 1874 came to Huntington county and located on a farm on section 14, Jefferson township, but a short time later moved to Salamonie township, where he died in 1882. Mrs. Huber, who was also born in Franklin county of German parentage, subsequently remarried a man named Bayless, and they made their home on a farm in Jefferson township. John and Mary Huber were the parents of eight children, of whom five are living in 1914, namely: Minnie, who is the wife of John Spitzer, of Celina, Mercer county, Ohio; John, who is married and lives at Marion, Indiana; George, who is married and lives in Jennings county, Indiana; Joseph P., of this review; and Henrv C., who is married and is now serving in the capacity of deputy auditor of Huntington county.

Joseph P. Huber was reared in the rural communities of Huntington, Wells and Grant counties, Indiana, where his father and stepfather owned properties. His education was secured in the district schools of these several communities, but his boyhood was largely filled with hard work, for his parents were in modest circumstances and he was supposed to do his part in the support of the family. He was only thirteen years of age when he laid aside his books to face the world as a worker, and being industrious, hard-working and energetic found no trouble in securing and retaining employment among the farmers of his locality. At all times he carefully saved his wages, a part of which were contributed to his mother, and he was twenty-four years of age when he finally considered himself "even with the world," and ready to embark on a career of his own. He finally secured enough capital to invest in a small property, and from that time to the present his career has been a successful one. He now owns and operates a tract of forty acres in Jefferson township, one mile west of Warren, where he is conducting general farming and stock raising ventures. He has shown his ability as an agriculturist, and his management has been such that his property is considered one of the most desirable of its size in this section. He has good buildings, substantial and well equipped, his stock is of a fine quality, fat and contented, and his machinery is of the latest manufacture. Altogether, the property gives evidence of the presence of excellent management.

Mr. Huber was married May 23, 1900, to Miss Viola Trout, who was born in Jefferson township, Huntington county, Indiana, February 11, 1878, daughter of James A. and Sarah M. (Taylor) Trout. Mrs. Huber was reared on a farm in Jefferson township, received a public school education, and has been a great help to her husband, being thoroughly familiar with the work of the farm. They have one son, a bright, manly youth, Guy B., who was born June 3, 1901. Mr. and Mrs. Huber are consistent members of the Christian church, which they attend at Warren. They have numerous friends, and are numbered among the solid, reliable people of the community. In political matters Mr. Huber supports the principles of the democratic party, but has never aspired to public office.

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