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Title: F. R. Pence
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Success as an agriculturist does not come to the indolent and the careless, but to those who plan well and are persistent in the execution of their tasks, neither can large returns be expected in a short time-it takes years to do big things in any line, and one cannot develop a modern farm in a few months. Realizing that it meant hard and consecutive endeavor to become successful as a husbandman, F. R. Pence has sought to utilize every moment and every opportunity in his chosen vocation of farming and has therefore succeeded.

F. R. Pence is a native son of Warren county, having been born here on September 16, 1868. He is the son of Gabriel and Louisa A. (Mehaffey) Pence, the father born in Warren county, Indiana, on June 19, 1845, and the mother, a native of Ohio. The subject's paternal grandfather, George Pence, was born in Shenandoah county, Virginia, on March 29, 1804, and in early youth accompanied his parents on their removal to Ohio. In 1820 he came to Bartholomew county, Indiana, and in 1827 to Warren county. Here the Pence family have always followed the vocation of farming, in which they have been successful and have been numbered among the community's best citizens. The subject's father died on May 15, 1885, and his mother passed away on June 17, 1905. They were the parents of five children, Frank R., Zara E., George A., Albert R. and Abner W., deceased. Gabriel Pence was a Republican in political belief.

Frank R. Pence received his education in the common schools and was reared to the life of a farmer. His first employment was as a farm hand and then for ten years he operated a farm on his own account. In 1898 he went to Williamsport and engaged in the grain business, but a short time later came to Pence and promoted the branch of the Chicago & Eastern Illinois Railroad. Following this he laid out and promoted the upbuilding of the town of Pence, which was named after his family. He sold a large number of town lots and in many ways advanced the interests of the place. He is the owner of forty acres of land in the town and one hundred and sixty acres of excellent farming land adjoining the town, which he operates with gratifying success. He is practical and up-to-date in his methods and has gained an excellent reputation in the community as a man of high business qualifications and unimpeachable character, his dealings being always characterized by justice and fair dealing.

On March 29, 1891, Mr. Pence was married to Delia M. McCandless, the daughter of James A. and Susan (Hunt) McCandless, both now deceased, but who during their active years were well known farming folk of Jordan township. Mr. and Mrs. Pence are the parents of one child, Harold M., born April 9, 1894.

Politically, Mr. Pence was a life-long Republican up to the organization of the Progressive party in 1912, since which time he has been stanchly aligned with the "Bull Moosers." Fraternally, he is a membber of the lodge of Free and Accepted Masons at Hedrick and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows at the same place. In every relation of life he has been true to every trust and in the community where he has spent his life no man stands higher in public esteem than he, a position he has gained through right motives and correct actions.

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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: 00001019
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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