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William M. Howenstine

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William M. Howenstine

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Posted: 21 Sep 2000 6:00AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 23 Jun 2001 9:50AM GMT
Surnames: Howenstine, Slutz
From Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County, 1901, pages 588-589

This successful farmer and stock-raiser, like many of the substantial and progressive men of the county of Huntington, is a native of Ohio, where his birth occurred on the 14th day of March, 1833. Reared to agricultural pursuits he spent his early years on his father's farm, dividing his time with the work thereon and in obtaining an education, by no means thorough, in the district schools, but has served as the foundation of a very satisfactory and successful business career.

He remained with his parents until reaching manhood's estate, and then turning his attention to carpentering, which he followed in his native county for a period of three years. During the succeeding years he worked in a saw-mill at remunerative wages, which, with his former savings, enabled him to establish himself in life as a married man in 1859. On January 13, of that year, he was united in the bonds of wedlock to Miss Sarah A. Slutz, an early acquaintance of his, and from that time until 1861 he was variously engaged in the vicinity of his old home in the county of Stark.

In the spring of 1861 Mr. Howenstine became a resident of Huntington county, Indiana, temporarily locating in the township of Huntington where, for one summer, he farmed on land leased for the purpose. He then purchased eighty acres in Whitley township, a part of which was improved, and made the place his home for four years, selling the farm at the end of that time and purchasing his present place in the township of Clear Creek, the deed bearing the date of 1865. As first purchased, this place consisted of only eighty acres; but he afterward bought other lands, until at one time he owned two hundred and forty acres, all of which was fertile and very valuable.

Mr. Howenstine carries on general farming, and his success in this vocation has long since been assured. He is a good judge of live-stock, and for some years past has dealt quite extensively in the same, meeting with success in this as in other enterprises.

The family of Mr. Howenstine consists of six children, whose names are as follows: Calvin C., Jacob W., Maggie R., Mahlon E., Cora L., and Jennie Z., all living in this county except one, Jennie Z., who resides in Whitley county.

Mr. Howenstine is a Republican in politics, and in religion subscribes to the creed of the United Brethren church, a religious body of which his wife is also a member. He has rendered valuable service to the Republican party as a worker during the progress of campaigns; but not infrequently he will vote for the man instead of blindly adhering to partisan platforms. As a citizen and neighbor he is thoughtful and considerate, and the people of his community have great confidence in the rectitude of his intentions on all matters with which he has any relation. His honesty is proverbial; and his impulses, always earnest, are in the right direction. Beginning life with but little of the advantages or influences of education, and with no capital save industry and integrity, he has met with well merited success in point of worldly wealth having a sufficiency to make the remainder of his life comfortable and far above want. He has always manifested a commendable desire to aid in the building up of his community and to this extent may be classed with the public spirited men of the township. Such is the brief record of this plain, substantial farmer, who has won for himself an honorable place among his fellow citizens which the sterling elements of his life will enable him to maintain. He is truly the builder of his own success, and his career is well worthy of emulation.

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