From: Biographical Memoirs of Wells County, Indiana (1903), pp. 254-256.
P. S. GREEN
The history of the Hoosier state is not an ancient one. It is the record of the steady growth of a community planted in the wilderness in the last century and reaching its magnitude of today without other aids than those of continued industry. Each county has its share in the story, and every county can lay claim to some incident or transaction which goes to make up the history of the commonwealth. After all, the history of a state is but a record of the doings of its people, among whom the pioneers and the sturdy descendants occupy places of no secondary importance. The story of the plain common people who constitute the moral bone and sinew of the state should ever attract the attention and prove of interest to all true lovers of their kind. In the life story of the subject of this sketch there are no striking chapters or startling incidents, but it is merely the record of a life true to its highest ideals and fraught with much that should stimulate the youth just starting in the world as an independent factor.
P. S. Green is a native of Wells county and a descendant of one of its old and highly respected pioneers. The American branch of the family appears to have had its origin in New York many years ago, and from there representatives moved westward, settling in Ohio. In the latter state was born James Green, who in young manhood married Rebecca Koon, the couple about 1842, moving to Wells county, Indiana, and settling in the township of Nottingham. James Green cleared and developed a farm from the dense woods in which he originally built his cabin home, and in due time became one of the leading citizens of his community. After tilling the soil for some years he turned his attention to merchandising, opening a general store in Nottingham township, which was highly prized by the people in that part of the county. For a while he prospered and made money, but later met with reverses which seriously crippled his business and caused the loss of the greater portion of his earnings. A man of much energy, he refused to become discouraged and by successful management eventually rallied from his disaster and again succeeded in accumulating a comfortable competence, including a good farm of one hundred and sixty acres on which he lived for a number of years. Subsequently he took up his residence in Bluffton, where he spent the remainder of his days, honored and respected by all who knew him.
James and Rebecca Green were the parents of ten children, namely: Mary A., Andrew, Amelia, James, Peter S., Charlotte, Rebecca, Charles, Benjamin and Nancy E. Six of these children are still living, three being well known residents of Wells county.
Peter S. Green, of this review, was born March 25, 1851, in Nottingham township, and grew to young manhood on his father's farm. He attended the public schools of winter seasons until about the age of nineteen and then began working in a flouring mill with the object in view of learning the miller's trade. He followed the business for five years in his native county and then went to Michigan, where he spent two years similarly engaged, returning to Bluffton at the end of this time and entering the employ of John Van Horn. Later Mr. Green worked for John P. Clayton, with whom he remained about one year, and in 1880 went to work in a saw-mill for Jacob North, where he remained until about 1884. Severing his connection with his employer, he next turned his attention to carpentry and after following this trade two years, again engaged with Mr. North, in whose employ he continued for some time to his financial advantage. Later Mr. Green bought grain for Studebaker, Sale & Co. at Markle for three or four years, also spending a year or more at Warren buying grain. In addition to the above brief outline of his active business career, he spent some time in the employ of M. D. Brown and in 1896 purchased the flouring-mill at Bluffton which he now owns and which he so successfully operates. Mr. Green has been a very busy man, and in the main success has crowned his efforts as miller. Since moving to Bluffton he has thoroughly remodeled his mill, supplying it with machinery for the manufacture of his White Rose brand of flour. He is familiar with every detail of milling and by giving his customers a superior article has not only built up an extensive business, but has placed himself in independent circumstances financially.
Mr. Green has been twice married, the first time in 1878 to Miss Hattie Bennett, daughter of R. C. Bennett, a union terminated by the death of the wife in 1885. Subsequently he entered into the marriage relation with Emma Estabrook, who has presented him one child, Howard Dale Green, whose birth occurred on the 10th of May, 1890. Politically, Mr. Green is a Republican, but not an active party worker, having no taste in that direction; nevertheless he has pronounced convictions and keeps well posted on matters of state and national legislation, also reads much concerning the great political and industrial questions in which the people are interested at the present time. In every relation of life Mr. Green is known as an honest, incorruptible man, who has ever tried to do his duty as he sees and understands it, and whose word wherever he is known has all the sanctity of a written obligation. In the most liberal sense of the term, he is an optimist, and believes in getting out of life all the enjoyment and sunshine possible to be had. Social to an eminent degree and popular with all classes, he numbers his warm personal friends by the score and all who come within the range of his influence pronounce him the soul of honor and a prince of good fellowship. He has made the world brighter and better by his presence and when the time comes for him to cease life's labors and join the great majority, he will be sadly missed by those whose burdens he lightened, and into whose pathway he cast so many garlands of love and joy.