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Omer Summers

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Posted: 5 Feb 2000 5:00AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 23 Jun 2001 9:50AM GMT
Surnames: SUMMERS, TRESSLER, MEYER, ARMSTRONG
From the “History of Huntington County Indiana 1914”

One of the highly esteemed citizens and prosperous agriculturists of Rock Creek township is Omer Summers, proprietor of the West Fairview Farm, where he resides, and the White Gables Farm, a tract adjoining consisting of 180 acres. Mr. Summers has devoted his entire career to the tilling of the soil, and has won success as a farmer through steady application and earnest effort. He has the distinction of being a native son of Huntington county, having been born in Union township, on a farm, April 13, 1868, and is a son of Golven and Sarah (Tressler) Summers.

The seventh child of his parents, Omer Summers was reared on the old home place and was trained to agricultural pursuits in the summer months while attending the district schools in the winters. He completed the common school course, and in 1887, at the age of nineteen years, took and passed an examination for the position of teacher. Upon receiving his certificate he began to teach in the schools of Huntington township, but after one year found that the confinement of the schoolroom did not agree with him, and accordingly he returned to farming on his father's land. On August 16, 1890, Mr. Summers was united in marriage with Miss Elizabeth Armstrong, who was born in Huntington county, Indiana, daughter of Fred P. and Angeline Armstrong, of Union township. She was reared in that township and received a good common school education, which was supplemented by attendance at Roanoke Classical College. After his marriage Mr. Summers settled on a farm of 100 acres, located in Rock Creek township, and there continued to carry on operations for five years, and then, in the fall of the year 1896 moved to West Fairview Farm, which has continued to be his home. Mr. Summers is accounted one of the progressive and enterprising farmers of his community, and has always been known as a breeder of high grade stock, making a specialty of Angus cattle. He uses modern methods and appliances in his work, gets good results from his land by reason of intelligent cultivation of the soil, and takes a pride in making his property one of the finest in the township. He has been very active in the farmers' institutes, has served during the past eight years as president of the Huntington County Farmers' Institute, and, with other prominent agriculturists, was active in securing the short course in 1910. With his family be attends the Baptist church, and during the past thirteen years has served a deacon of the White church. Mr. Summers is a democrat politically and has served in county, congressional and state conventions, and on one occasion was his party's candidate for representative of his district, but met with defeat because of political conditions at the time. Mr. Summers has one of the finest country residences in the county. This home, built in 1911, of quartered oak all taken from. the farm, has sixteen rooms and is fitted with every modern convenience.

Two children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Summers: C. W., a graduate of the Rock Creek High school, was a student at Valparaiso, and the Marion Normal College, married Opal Meyer, a daughter of Charles W. Meyer; and Muriel A., a graduate of the Rock Creek High school and now a student in the Bradley Polytechnic College, at Peoria, Illinois, where she is taking a course in domestic science.

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