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H. J. Hite

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H. J. Hite

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Posted: 25 Aug 2000 6:00AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 23 Jun 2001 9:50AM GMT
Surnames: Hite, Hempy, Fulton, Lucas, Summers
From Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County, 1901, pages 717 and 718

H. J. Hite is too well known in Huntington county, Indiana, to need eulogy in these pages, as he is prominent in agricultural and social life, highly esteemed, and one of the most popular and influential men in the entire county. He was born in Fairfield county, Ohio, September 13, 1856, and is a son of John and Elizabeth (Hempy) Hite, both of whom were natives of the same county as our subject. John Hite was a farmer in Ohio until 1866, when he moved to Huntington county and located in Rock Creek township, purchasing seventy-five acres of land at what is known as Brown's Corners. This property had been partly cleared of timber, but the real improvements were all placed there by Mr. Hite, and at the time of his death, November 6, 1895, he had seventy acres under cultivation. His death occurred in his sixty-eighth year, being born June 21, 1826. He was a Democrat, but loved his home far too well to leave it for the caucus or convention. Himself and wife were prominent in church circles, being members of the Baptist church. His widow survives him and resides on the homestead. She was twice married, her first husband being a Mr. Kemp.

H. J. Hite is one of five children. He was married October 8, 1878, in Union township, to Miss Eliza Jane Fulton, whose parents, Alexander and Laura Jane (Lucas) Fulton, came to this county in 1847 from Clearfield, Center county, Pennsylvania. The father died in 1886 and the mother in November, 1894. Their children are John, of Salamonie township; James B., deceased; Eliza J., wife of Mr. Hite; Andrew, a farmer of Lancaster township; Hester, of Union township; Susan, wife of Joseph Summers, of this township; and Irvin, proprietor of a livery barn at Bluffton, Indiana. Seven children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Hite, namely: Omer Ora, born March 17, 1881; Tamson E., born May 19, 1883; Iva Iona, born December 20, 1884, died January 6, 1889; Ethel May, born June 30, 1889; Troy Leroy, born November 24, 1891; and Augustus E., born May 12, 1893. Mr. Hite farmed the homestead for three years and then moved to Huntington township, where he farmed one summer, coming then to the Daniels farm in Rock Creek township, where he remained eighteen months; then to Brown's Corners, where he remained until May, 1887, when he purchased eighty acres of the Levi Souers farm, his present home. This land was partly improved, and Mr. Hite has seventy-five acres of it under cultivation and in the best possible condition. He has been industrious, and richly deserves the success which has been his. He is one of the leading Democrats of the county and served as supervisor from 1896 to 1898, giving his township the best service they had enjoyed for many years. They are members of the Baptist church and take an active interest in all church work, contributing liberally, both of time and money, to the cause of religion.

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