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Samuel McVicker

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Posted: 24 Oct 2000 6:00AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 23 Jun 2001 9:50AM GMT
Surnames: McVicker, Jonas, Wilson, O'Neal, Ridenour, Jackson, Macy, Owen, Badger
From Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County, 1901, pages 591-592

Samuel McVicker is an enterprising and successful farmer of Wayne township, Huntington county, Indiana, his whole life having been closely associated with hard work. He was born August 8, 1853, in Lagro township, Wabash county, Indiana, where his parents, David and Margaret I. (Jonas) McVicker, rented and cultivated land. He was one of seven children, five sons and two daughters, namely: John, who still resides in Wabash county and was twice married, first to Miss Wilson and then to Mary O'Neal; Samuel, subject of this review; Daniel, who married Jennie Ridenour, a farmer of Wabash county; Tillie, who married John Willard Jackson, of Delaware county, and David, now living in Wabash county.

Samuel McVicker was but a lad of ten years when he left home and began working for twenty-five cents a day for the support of his mother, carrying his money proudly to her as soon as it was received from his employer. When other boys of his age were in school or at play, he was working away to add to the small sum he was enabled to earn each week, and if he sometimes longed for the freedom of the playroom and the sports of boyhood, a complaint was never allowed to escape his lips. By the time he was eighteen years old he was able to earn twenty dollars a month and when he was twenty-two he had saved two hundred dollars and was the owner of a good team of horses. It was not until 1880, that Mr. McVicker purchased the eight acres which forms his present home. Most of this land was covered with a thick growth of timber and brush, and much of it was swale or low land, but it has been cleared, ditched and converted into an ideal farm by its owner, ranking among the most productive and valuable in the township. He has engaged extensively in stock raising and is one of the progressive farmers of the county. He spends much care and thought upon his work, and the results certainly repay him for the time and pains expended. He is one of the farmers of this section not afraid to strike out into new channels, and takes the lead rather than follow in the old ruts. His farm is well improved and attractive in appearance, while his stockpens are a pleasure to the lovers of fine animals.

He was married March 13, 1875, to Miss Anna, daughter of John and Phoebe (Macy) Owen. Her parents moved from Wabash to Huntington county about 1840, purchasing a farm of eighty acres where Mrs. McVicker was reared to womanhood. She attended school during the winter, obtaining an average education. Of the five children who are surviving, she is the only one residing in Huntington county. Seven children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. McVicker, viz: Homer, born July 12, 1877, owns a farm in this township, upon which he lives with his wife, formerly Miss Elzora Badger; Viola, the second child, died in infancy; David, born October 20, 1879, was a student in the district school, where he received a practical education to fit him for the sterner duties of life; Clara B., born February 8, 1881, resides at home; Pearl, born June 20, 1883, is a student; Jennie, born March 18, 1886, attends the district school; Vonnie, born November 13, 1891, was called home in his infancy; Florence M., born December 21, 1896; and Ruth, born September 8, 1898. Mr. and Mrs. McVicker are both members of the United Brethren church, of which he is steward and was formerly superintendent of the Sunday-school. He is an honored member of Landess Lodge, No. 665, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, at Landess, Grant county, Indiana, and Mrs. McVicker holds membership in Rebekah Lodge at Mount Etna. Mr. McVicker is a member of the township council, and has been called a number of times to represent the Republicans at their county conventions.

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