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Title: W. H. Ford
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There are few who can more justly claim the proud American title of self-made man than W. H. Ford, farmer and stock raiser of Prairie township, Warren county, Indiana, for early in life he started out for himself and when quite young learned to depend upon himself. His educational privileges were comparatively limited and no special advantages fitted him for the cares and responsibilites of life, but he was industrious, determined, ambitious and resoute, and these qualities stood him instead of fortuen, enabling him to overcome the difficulties and obstacles in his path and work his way steadily upward to the place where success places the laurel upon the victor's brow.

The subject of this sketch is a native of the state of Illinois, having been born in Vermilion county on the 2d of August, 1862. His parents were Benjamin and Abigail (Fleming) Ford, the father a native of Ohio and the mother of Warren county, Indiana. The strenuous labors of the frontier farm compelled the subject of this sketch to remain with his father until he was about twenty-three years old.

On April 16, 1885, Mr. Ford married Mettie Pugh, a native of Warren county, Indiana, and the daughter of George and Sarah (Botter) Pugh, pioneers of the county. Mr. and Mrs. Ford set up their household goods in Illinois, removing to Warren county, Indiana, in the spring of 1887, and so well satisfied was he with his location that he has remained there to the present. They commenced here in a very modest way necessarily, but as time passed they were, by careful management and persistent industry, enabled to add to their possessions until today they own as fine a farm as can be found in their locality.

Mr. and Mrs. Ford have become the parents of eight children, seven of whom are living. Three of these are married and four are at home.

Politically, Mr. Ford has all his life supported the Republican party, believing firmly in the principles as declared in the party platforms. Though intelligently interested in public affairs, he has never craved public office, being content to cast his ballot in accordance with the dictates of his conscience. Personally, his success in life has not spoiled him in the least. He is affable and approachable, of pleasing personality and popular with all who meet him, either socially or in business.

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Date: 1/1/1913
Origin: Past and Present of Fountain and Warren Counties Indiana
Author: Thomas A. Clifton, Editor
Record ID: 00001006
Type: Book
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Entered By: Leslie J. Rice

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