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Title: Robert Leak
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The subject of this review is a representative farmer and stock grower of Prairie township, Warren county, Indiana, and he is known as one of the alert, progressive and successful agriculturists of this favored section of the Hoosier state. In his labros he has not permitted himself to follow in the rut in a blind, apathetic way, but has studied and experimented and thus secured the maximum returns from his enterprising efforts, while he has so ordered his course at all times as to command the confidence and regard of the people of the community in which he lives, being a man of honorable business methods and advocating whatever tends to promote the public welfare in any way.

Robert Leak was born on February 16, 1862, in Jordan township, Warren county, Indiana, and is the son of Robert and Zelair (Brant) Leak. The father was a native of England and died in 1863, while the mother, who was born in Kentucky, passed away in 1910. During his boyhood Mr. Leak was given the advantage of attendance in the common schools of his neighborhood and also had two years in the public schools at Hoopeston, Illinois. His summers were devoted to work on the farm of his brother, Gideon Leak, with whom he made his home, having been but two years old when his father died. During this time he learned the lessons of industry, patience and perseverance which have contributed so largely to the success which has attended his later efforts. He had inherited from his father's estate fifteen hundred dollars, and with this time he learned the lessons of industry, patience and perseverance which have contributed so largely to the success which has attended his later efforts. He had inherited from his father's estate fifteen hundred dollars, and with this time he learned the lessons of industry, patience and perseverance which have contributed so largely to the success which has attended his later efforts. He had inherited from his father's estate fifteen hundred dollars, and with this as a nucleus he has been enabled to buy land and add to it from time to time until now he is the owner of as good a farm as can be found in the township. His first land was bought in 1882, for which he paid twenty-three and a third dollars an acre, and under his skillful management and cultivation this land has so increased in value as to be now worth several times that figure. When he bought the land there were no improvements in the way of drainage, very poor fences and inferior buildings, but today the improvements are such as reflect credit on the taste and good judgment of the owner. Mr. Leak and his family resided on this farm until March, 1912, when they moved to Ambia, where they now reside, the farm being under the management of their sons, Ray and Thomas.

On June 28, 1887, Mr. Leak married Clara M. Stump, who was born in this county on July 4, 1863, the daughter of Philander and Elizabeth (Van Reed) Stump. Her father died in October, 1911, and is survived by his widow. To Mr. and Mrs. Leak have been born the following children: R. Ray, born June 5, 1888; Milton Thomas, and Clara, who is a teacher in the public schools of Warren county. On March 20, 1912, Ray married Olive Torpey, the daughter of Hugh Torpey. She was born on September 20, 1890, in Prairie township, this county, and is a graduate of the Ambia high school. Milton T. was married October 10, 1911, to Laura Bowman of Vermilion county, Illinois.

Politically, Mr. Leak gives his support to the Republican party, while, fraternally, he is a member of Rosewood Camp, Woodmen of the World, at Ambia, Indiana. The family are affiliated with the Methodist Episcopal church and are earnest and liberal in their support of the same. Genial in manner, yet unassuming, Mr. Leak wins friends easily and always retains their regard.


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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: 00001037
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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