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Title: John Wesley Grames
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As proprietor and manager of Sunny Side Stock Farm and one among the leading live stock men of Warren county, John W. Grames has achieved success such as few attain and is worthy of especial notice in a work devoted to the representative citizens of the part of the country honored by his residence. Mr. Grames is a native of Warren county, born on the old family homestead, two miles southeast of Rainsville, October 6, 1866, being the son of James and Mary (Brown) Grames (see sketch of James on another page of this work). In common with the majority of boys reared in the rural districts, young Grames spent his childhood and youth in close touch with nature and while growing up developed a strong and vigorous physique, which, with a determined purpose and inflexible will, made him to a considerable extent a leader among his companions and playmates and enabled him to lay plans for his future course of action long ere reaching the years of maturity. Reared under the influence of excellent parentage and imbibing when quite yound the principles of honor and rectitude, he early gave promise of becoming something more than a mere spectator in worldly affairs; accordingly on arriving at manhood's estate he was well fitted for the duties before him and from that time on his course has been upright, his conduct above reproach and his influence such as to win the confidence and good will of all with whom he has been brought into contact, in business or other capacities.

Mr. Grames received his elementary education in the district schools of Pine township, which training, supplemented by a knowledge of the higher branches in the Rainsville graded school and a business course in the normal college at Danville, has made him a well informed man, besides being of material assistance in the active and successful business life which he has since led. After the death of his father he took his portion of the estate, which, with the realty that came to him by his wife, enabled him to embark in farming and stock raising upon quite an extensive scale, an enterprise which proved successful from the beginning. Since the time indicated, he has increased his holdings at intervals until he now owns nearly one thousand acres in one body, of which he devotes a part to live stock purposes and which, under the name of Sunny Side Stock Farm, is one of the largest and best improved places in the county, besides being known far and wide throughout the state. In the management of this extensive farm Mr. Grames displays mature judgment, rare foresight and exceptional ability and tact, while as a stock man, familiar with every phase of the business, he stands among the average in his own county similarly engaged. He studies his stock from a scientific basis and understands how to breed and raise all kinds of domestic animals to advantage. He and his two sons are taking quite an interest in breeding and raising the draft horse, such as the Shire and Belgium and are contemplating in the near future to enter into the business more extensively.

Mr. Grames is public spirited and has not been unmindful of the duties of citizenship or of the claims which every community has upon its representative men. He encourages every enterprise for the material advancement and moral uplift of his township and county, stands for the strict enforcement of the laws and lends his influence to whatever makes for the general welfare of his fellow men. A believer in religion, he belongs to the Methodist Episcopal church and has long been an active worker in the local congregation with which identified, being superintendent of the Sunday school and alive to all measures under the auspices of his denomination, both local and general. In politics he is a Democrat and a zealous advocate of the principles and honors and emoluments of office. He stands high in the Masonic fraternity, belonging to the blue lodge and chapter, Indianapolis Consistory of Scottishrite Masons, and the Mystic Shrine, in all of which he is an influential factor, besides at various times having been honored with important official positions in the brotherhood.

Mr. Grames, in the year 1891, entered the marriage relation with Cora Rhode, daughter of John W. and Fanny (Jones Rhode, a union to which two children have been born, Glenn and Russell, aged twenty and eighteen years respectively. both are exceedingly bright and intelligent young men and in them their parents have centered many fond hopes for the future. The former is now pursuing his studies at Purdue Unversity with the object in view of fitting himself for an honorable and useful career; the younger is a senior in the Pine Village high school, where he has earned a creditable record as a diligent and capable student.

[Page 868-870.]

Date: 1/1/1913
Origin: Past and Present of Fountain and Warren Counties Indiana
Author: Thomas A. Clifton, Editor
Record ID: 00001038
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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