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Title: William Cooper
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One of the leading farmers and stock raisers of Warren township is the gentleman whose name heads this sketch. He is a native of Hamilton county, Ohio, and was born near the city of Cincinnati on the 14th day of November, 1846. His father, John Cooper, who immigrated from England to the United States a number of years ago, was the first of the family to come to this country, and his mother, prior to her marriage, bore the name of Ruth Darling. In his young manhood John Cooper learned carpentry in New York, which trade he followed in that state until his removal to Cincinnati, thence


to Indianapolis where he became foreman in a large livery and sales stable. Subsequently he transferred his residence to Lawrenceburg, Indiana, where he spent the remainder of his days, dying some years ago and leaving to his family the memory of a useful life and an honorable name.

John and Ruth Cooper were the parents of the following children: William, Thomas, James, John, David (deceased), Matthew, Edward, Harry, Sarah and Louisa.

William Cooper attended in his childhood and early youth the schools of his native county and the different places in Indiana where his family lived, and during the spring and summer months he devoted his time to farm labor. Later he bought live stock, which he shipped to the western markets and in this way made considerable money, which he judiciously invested in real estate. He became a resident of Fountain county when about eighteen years of age and has made this part of the state his home ever since, in the meantime forging to the front as a farmer and stock raiser and taking high rank as an enterprising man of affairs.

Mr. Cooper has achieved more than a local reputation as a breeder and raiser of fine horses and for a number of years has been shipping the finer grade of animals to England, where they command exceedingly fancy prices. He owns a valuable farm of one hundred acres in Hendricks county, besides renting about two hundred acres two miles north of Rainsville, in Fountain county, where he now lives and where he has achieved marked success as a tiller of the soil and earned honorable repute as an intelligent and progressive citizen who spares no reasonable efforts to promote the welfare of the community.

Mr. Cooper is a married man and the head of a family of four children, the mother of whom, previous to taking the name which she now honorably bears, was Isabella McMullen. The following are the names of the children born to them: Clara, wife of C. A. Deming; H. W. who married Nattie Dingan; Laura and Pauline, the last two still with their parents. In his religious belief Mr. Cooper is a methodist, to which church his family also belongs. Aside from voting his principles and defending the soundness of his convictions, he takes little part in public matters, being essentially a farmer and stock raiser, making every other consideration subordinate to his interests as such. Personally, he enjoys a large degree of popularity in his neighborhood where he is held in much esteem for his many estimable qualities of mind and heart, and where his influence is ever exerted in behalf of law and order and a high standard of manhood and citizenship.

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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: 00001013
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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