From Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County, 1901, pages 297-299
A representative farmer of Dallas township and ex-sheriff of the county of Huntington, Samuel Wintrode is a native of Ohio, and son of Henry and Elizabeth (Shively) Wintrode. Paternally he is of German descent, and on the mother's side is of French lineage.
The Wintrodes and Shivelys were early settlers of Ohio, and there the subject's parents were married. In 1839 Henry Wintrode with his family came to Huntington county, Indiana, making the journey in the face of many difficulties, as the country at the time was new and roads but mere blazed paths through the dense forests. The mother made the trip on an old mare, carrying in her arms a child eighteen months old, while the rest of the family rode in a wagon drawn by a yoke of oxen, which made slow and exceedingly laborious progress. The first winter was spent under most trying circumstances in a little hovel on a prairie east of the town of Huntington, now Union township, and the following spring a home was located in the present township of Dallas, Mr. Wintrode entering one hundred and twenty acres of government land. He was the first permanent settler in that township, and during the first few years the family experienced all the hardships and vicissitudes of life in a new and undeveloped country. In time, however, better fortune smiled upon the family, and as the years went by Mr. Wintrode cleared and otherwise improved his place, and became fairly well situated in point of worldly prosperity. He was the father of a very large family, thirteen children in all, but one of whom is living at the present time.
Samuel Wintrode first saw the light of day at the old family home in Preble county, Ohio, August 2, 1837, and was about two years old when the family came to Indiana. His youth covered an interesting period in the history of Dallas township, as he grew up amid the stirring scenes of pioneer development and early learned by practical experience the true meaning of hard work in its various phases. The little log school house, supplied with backless benches, was where he obtained his first insight into the mysteries of learning; and considering the indifferent schools of the times, he became quite proficient in the branches taught therein. Selecting the farmer's vocation for his life work, he has always followed the same and has lived the greater part of his time in the township where his people originally settled.
In the year 1860, October 14, he was united in marriage to Miss Clarissa J. Stevenson, whose parents, among the earliest settlers of Wabash county, were of Irish descent. At the time of setting up a domestic establishment of his own Mr. Wintrode was the fortunate possessor of household goods valued at the munificent sum of four and one-half dollars, but rich in good health, strong arms and a determined will, he boldly faced the future, and with the help of his estimable wife made substantial headway, and in due time found himself upon the road to much better circumstances. He has always been a hard worker, and the legitimate fruit of his toil is a good home and a property placing him in a very comfortable position. For four years he served as justice of the peace in Polk tonwship, and in 1890 was the Democratic choice for sheriff of Huntington county, to which office he was elected by a handsome majority in the fall of that year.
With such ability did Mr. Wintrode discharge his official functions, and that, too, under most trying circumstances, that at the next election he was unanimously renominated by his party and re-elected by an overwhelming majority. It was during his incumbency that the noted railroad strike occurred, and upon him devolved the painful duty of suppressing riots at different times, which he did fearlessly and effectually, winning praise from all law-abiding citizens for the wisdom and strength of character displayed in contending with a most dangerous condition of affairs. At the expiration of his term he left the office with the good will of all, and, returning to his farm in Dallas township, has since devoted his time and attention to the peaceful pursuits of agriculture.
Mr. Wintrode is a successful farmer, and in every respect a most trustworthy and reliable citizen. He numbers his friends by the hundreds throughout the county, and possesses a faculty of making strong personal attachments.
He is the father of twelve children, of whom seven are now living, their names being as follows: Daniel O., Sarah L., David N., Minnie A., Albert and Ezra A. (twins), Maude, Jacob, Samuel M., Lodilla and Florella (twins) and Henry E., all of whom are well educated and reflect credit upon their parents.
Additional to his civil and official career, Mr. Wintrode also has a military record, having served in the late Civil war as private in Company G, One Hundred and Fifty-third Indiana Infantry, Captain J. S. Ford. He enlisted in December, 1864, and served nine months, during which time he was inflicted with disabilities, for which he is now drawing a pension of twenty-four dollars per quarter.
The Methodist church represents his religious creed, and of that body his wife is also a worthy member. They are both active workers in the local congregation to which they belong, and have done much for the cause of religion and morality in their neighborhood.