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David D. Sult

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David D. Sult

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Posted: 23 Mar 2000 5:00AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 23 Jun 2001 9:50AM GMT
Surnames: SULT, JOHNSON, TEAGARDEN, KUNCE, HOUGH
From the “History of Huntington County Indiana – 1914”, pg 772

For forty years David D. Sult has been active in public and business affairs as a contractor and builder. In this time he has enjoyed a reputation for reliable and thorough workmanship, has always stood back of his contracts in every way, has employed skilled workers and the best of material according to the specifications, and has a large amount of building work to his credit. He is one of the influential citizens of Huntington county.

David D. Sult was born in Pickaway county, Ohio, March 15, 1851, being the third in a family of four children, born to Peter and Mary (Johnson) Sult. Grandfather David Sult was one of the early pioneers of Huntington county. He was an active member of the Baptist religious faith, and his death occurred in this county. He married Barbara Teagarden. Peter Sult, the father, who was born in Fairfield county, Ohio, near Lancaster, died, July 19, 1910, in his ninety-sixth year. He followed the vocation of farming for many years, raised large quantities of stock, and did quite a business as a shipper. His wife, who was born in Licking county, Ohio, died May 16, 1898.

David D. Sult was reared on a farm, and as a boy attended district schools. He was three years old, when the family in 1854 came to Huntington county, and settled on a farm in Warren township. That old homestead was the place where the father spent his last years. On leaving the district schools he continued to work on the farm until his eighteenth year, and then sought a different vocation from farming. He was employed by John Grabill, and William S. Dillman, until 1873, and while with them learned the carpenter's trade. After that he started out on his own account as a builder and contractor, and being a skilled mechanic himself, a thorough judge as to building specifications and necessities, he has seldom lost money on any contract, and at the same time has lived up to both the spirit and the latter of every agreement. He has constructed a great many private residences and other buildings in Huntington and the surrounding country.

On January 24, 1878, Mr. Sult married Miss Samantha E. Kunce of Huntington county, daughter of Andrew Kunce, an old resident of this vicinity. Of the children born to Mr. and Mrs. Sult three are now living, namely: Mary O., wife of Claude Hough; Frank P., a student in the high school; and Julia M. at home. The two now deceased are Homer A., and Buna V. Mr. Sult is well known outside of his business activities. He served as deputy sheriff of Huntington county two years, under S. Wintrode, and two years under P. McCarty. He is a democrat, and takes a lively interest in politics, and the election of his friends. Fraternally he is affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Knights of the Maccabees, and the Court of Honor. His home is an attractive place on Salamonie Avenue.

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