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Andrew Wiley

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Posted: 14 Nov 1999 5:00AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 23 Jun 2001 9:50AM GMT
Surnames: WILEY, LAYMAN, HARE, STOCKSDALE, GOFF
From the “History of Huntington County, Indiana 1914”

ANDREW WILEY. One of the fine country homes of Jefferson township is that of Andrew Wiley, who was born on the old Wiley homestead, and his present estate is a portion of that old farm which was developed under the enterprise and management of his father and which increased the area of tillable and productive soil in this part of the county. As a farmer and stock man Andrew Wiley has a fine record and is one of the substantial men upon whom the prosperity and civic progress of Huntington county depends.

It was on the north end of the old Wiley farm in Jefferson township that Andrew Wiley was born March 15, 1871. His parents were William and Nancy (Layman) Wiley. His father, who was born in Darke county, Ohio, came to Jefferson township of Huntington county at an early day, and secured one hundred and two acres direct from the government. After clearing up and making a home, he was not content to enjoy ordinary prosperity, but continued to accumulate until his possessions totaled three hundred and seventy acres in Huntington county. He was regarded as a hustler, and made money in practically every venture to which he turned his attention. Thus he was able to leave his children well provided, and each of them began life with something more than education and home training. Of ten children the five now living in 1914 are: Henry, of Lancaster township; Joseph L., of Jefferson township; Harriet, wife of D. D. Hare of Jefferson township; Andrew; and William of Huntington.

Andrew Wiley grew up on the old farm in Jefferson township, and when a little past six years of age was sent away to attend his first term of district school. From that time forward until he was about twenty years of age he attended school whenever opportunity offered and his services were not required on the home place, and benefited by the instruction of the school room as well as by the discipline of the farm, and when he started life on his own account at the age of twenty-two he possessed sufficient self-confidence and a capital of integrity and proficiency which have been constantly increased in successive years.

In August, 1894, Mr. Wiley married Miss Grace Stocksdale, of Jefferson township. Mrs. Wiley was born in Rock Creek township of Huntington county. She has proved a most capable helpmate to her husband, and the prosperity which stands to their credit is due to her good judgment and advice as well as to the industry and management of her husband. To their marriage have been born two children: Sarah June, who is nineteen years of age, was graduated from the Huntington high school in 1913 and is now the wife of Cecil Goff of Grant county; Howard R. A., who is twelve years of age and still in school. The family worship in the Methodist Episcopal church at Lancaster, and Mr. Wiley is one of the trustees of the church. As a republican he has for a number of years taken an active part in local and county politics and believed in doing his civic duties as well as heaping up a full measure of individual prosperity. Mr. Wiley is the owner of a hundred acres, comprising a well situated and well handled farm estate, a mile and a half south of Lancaster and eleven miles south of Huntington on Section 3 of Jefferson township. His enterprise has been largely of a general nature, he has had much of his success in the raising of hogs. His neighbors say that he usually makes money out of everything he turns his hand to, and his place in the community has been assured by many years of hard work and beneficent influence.

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