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The occupation of farming, to which the major part of the business life of W. W. Thomas, one of the well known and popular citizens of Prairie township, Warren county, Indiana, has been devoted, is the oldest pursuit for a livelihood of mankind and the one in which he will ever be the most independent. His name has long been inseparably connected with the general growth of Warren county, where he has spent most of his life. While primarily attending to his own interests, he has at the same time taken an intelligent interest in public affairs and has always been found on the right side of every question.

Mr. Thomas was born August 31, 1844, in Franklin county, Ohio, and was brought by his parents to Warren county in 1850. His father, John Thomas, was born in 1809 in Wales, and emigrated to the United States, locating in Ohio in 1823. There he followed day labor on farms until his marriage, when he began farming for himself. He assisted in clearing away the native forests where the city of Columbus, Ohio, now stands and also assisted in building the National road out of Columbus, afterwards serving as a gate keeper at one of the tool stations west of Columbus. Some member of this family served as a keeper at this station until the toll gates were abolished. John Thomas was married to Clarissa Hunter, the daughter of James and Sarah Hunter, who were of Scotch-Irish and English parentage respectively. She was born in 1820 in Franklin county, Ohio, receiving her educational training in the schools of that locality. To John and Clarissa Thomas were born eight children, of whom the subject of this sketch is the second in order of birth. The parents continued to reside in Warren county, Indiana, until their deaths.

W. W. Thomas was reared under the parental roof and secured his education in the common schools. He was an apt pupil and became qualified as a school teacher, which profession he followed in Warren county for eleven years, the interims between school terms being spent in work on the home farm. In 1874 Mr. Thomas married Martha Doty, a native of Warren county, whose death occurred about a year later in childbirth. In 1877 Mr. Thomas married Sue Stump, the daughter of Lemuel and Agnes Stump. Mrs. Thomas was born in Liberty township, Warren county, her father being a native of Wayne county, Indiana, and her mother of Ohio. Mrs. Thomas was born on January 29, 1855, and received a common-school education. To this union were born five children, Clay, Clarissa, Martha, Charles and James, all living but James, who died in infancy in 1885.

By the united industry and judicious management of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas, they have succeeded in acquiring a valuable property in Prairie township, where Mr. Thomas carried on general farming operations, in connection with which he raises some live stock. He is practical and systematic in his work and is numbered among the progressive and enterprising farmers of the township. He has always stood for the advancement of the community and was a strong advocate of the building of township and county gravel roads, county ditches and other public improvements and gave largely of his time and energy in circulating petitions for such. He stood for and fought through eight years of court proceedings the only dredged ditch in Prairie township. He has seen wonderful changes wrought in the conditions of things since he first came here. When he first came to his farm it contained innumerable ponds, containing fine fish, one pond, about ninety rods across, standing in front of his home. The prairies abounded in wile game, such as prairie chickens, wolves and deer, and Mr. Thomas has many days of fine hunting. He is very optimistic in regard to the future of Warren county, believing that land improvements will be greater and the increase in land values larger with the increase of crop yields, as the direct results of the efforts of beeter educated farmers.

Mr. Thomas gives his political support to the Republican party, believing that its precepts stand for the greatest progress of all the people. Mrs. Thomas is a member of the Locust Grove Methodist Episcopal church and is rearing the children in that faith. Personally, Mr. Thomas is greatly esteemed by his neighbors and his name stands for upright conduct 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: 00001035
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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