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Title: Augustus Clem
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In the daily laborious struggle for an honorable competency and a solid career of most individuals there is little to attract the casual reader in search of a sensational chapter; but to a mind thoroughly awake to the reality and meaning of human existence there are noble and imperishable lessons in the career of one who, without other means than a clear head, strong arm and true heart, directed and controlled by correct principles and unerring judgment, conquers adverse conditions and wins success. Among the successful and enterprising farmers of Warren county, Indiana, the subject of this sketch occupies an enviable position, because of his sterling qualities of character and genuine worth.

Augustus Clem is the son of Peter and Phoebe (Kitchen) Clem, and the grandson of Zachariah Clem, who spent most of his life in Warren county. The father of the subject always farmed and at the time of his death, in 1905, he owned forty acres of land. His widow, who is still living, was born in 1846, and they were married on February 1, 1866. They were the parents of nine children.

Augustus Clem first saw the light of day on October 11, 1869, and his youth was spent on the homestead farm, in the labors of which he took a part as soon as old enough. His education was received in the common schools, but his book learning has been supplemented during the subsequent years by much reading and habits of close observation. He was employed at farm labor for some years and then took up the carpenter trade, and, going to Danville, Illinois, was employed at his trade there for nine years. Subsequently he decided to return to husbandry and, locating on his present farm, he has devoted himself assiduously to that calling. He is practical in his methods and unremitting in his industry, so it would be strange if success did not crown his efforts. He and his wife are the owners of two hundred and twenty acres of good land, about one hundred and seventy of which are in cultivation, the remainder being in second growth timber.

On August 3, 1890, Mr. Clem was united in the holy bonds of wedlock with Lloyd ("Sam") Cunningham, who was born at the old Cunningham homestead in this township on December 9, 1865, the daughter of Cyrus and Mary T. (Oliphant) Cunningham. Her father, who died on July 4, 1903, was reared in Vermilion county, this state, but the latter part of his life was spent in Warren county, where he became very prosperous as a farmer, possessing at the time of his death fifteen hundred acres of good land. Mary T. Oliphant, to whom he was married on December 17, 1855, was born January 2, 1835, the daughter of Thomas and Rhodie Oliphant. Mrs. Cunningham is now making her home with her son, C. V. Cunningham, in Mound township. to Mr. and Mrs. Clem has been born one child, Marguerite, who married William Fox and is living at home with her parents, her husband engaged in farming.

In politics Mr. Clem gives his support to the Democratic party, while, fraternally, he is affiliated with the Modern Woodmen of America at Foster and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows at Covington. He is a man of excellent parts and by a life of right acts, backed by proper motives, he has earned the respect of all who know him.

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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: 00001023
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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