Biographical Record and Portrait Album of Tippecanoe County, Indiana, pg. 422
Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois, 1888
JOHN T. MUG, secretary, treasurer and manager of the Lafayette Hominy Mill Company, is a native of Holland, born in the year 1836, a son of JOHN and MARGARET (POST) MUG. His father was a merchant tailor by occupation, and followed his trade in the town of Leens, province of Groningen, Holland, until 1853, when he immigrated with his family to America, and immediately settled in Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Indiana. The voyage was made on a sailing vessel and the family were 101 days in coming from their home in Leens, via Rotterdam, to this city. The father was taken sick upon arrival in this country, and died in Lafayette, October 3, 1853, aged fifty-four years. His widow, the mother of our subject, survived her husband until August 9, 1868, dying at the age of fifty-eight years.
JOHN T. MUG, whose name heads this sketch came to Lafayette with his father's family in 1853, and has since been a resident of this place, and by his industrious habits, and quiet, unassuming manners he has gained the confidence and respect of all who know him. He was engaged in clerking for about nine years after coming to Lafayette, when he became associated with MR. FRANK GAVAN, in the clothing and merchant tailoring business, which partnership continued one year under the firm of Gavan & Mug. September 1, 1865, the firm of Mug & Zinn was established, a wholesale and retail millinery and dry-goods business, which continued successfully until January 1, 1880, MR. MUG then retiring on account of ill health. After a year's rest he formed a stock company, known as the Lafayette Hominy Mill Company which has proven a success, under his careful management.
MR. MUG was married in Logansport, October 3, 1859, to MISS ELLEN PHILLIPS, a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and a daughter of WILLIAM and MARY PHILLIPS, of whom her father is deceased. Her mother is now living in Lafayette. MR. MUG and wife enjoy the happiness of eight children, five sons and three daughters, all living. He was a candidate for county treasurer on the Democratic ticket in 1880. He was a member of the first American Pilgrimage to Lourdes, France, and Rome, Italy, in 1874. After visiting the principal countries of Europe and his native home in Holland, returned to his much loved adopted country.