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Title: John Mankey
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Although perhaps no section in the Hoosier state is richer in opportunities or offers greater advantages to its citizens than does the locality embraced by Warren and Fountain counties, success is not here to be obtained through desire along, but it is to be persistently worked for. Coming here a number of decades ago, John Mankey, one of our leading farmers, owner of a model farm near the village of Carbondale, realized the fact that here existed great opportunities for the diligent worker, so he bent every energy to advance himself in farming with the result that he is rated today among the leading agriculturists and stock raisers of this section and he has not only worked his way to success and prosperity, but has so ordered his course in all the relations of life as to success and prosperity, but has so ordered his course in all the relations of life as to command the confidence and esteem of his fellow men.

Mr. Mankey was born on July 31, 1845, in Greene county, Pennsylvania, and is the son of John and Elizabeth (Kinney) Mankey. The father of the subject was a miller by trade, and he was born, reared and spent his life in Pennsylvania, never leaving his native state. He is now deceased, as is also his wife. They both represented very old families of the Keystone state.

John Mankey, of this sketch, grew to manhood in Pennsylvania and there he received his education in the common schools. He was twenty-one years of age when he came West and located in Warren county, Indiana, arriving here without capital, and, in order to get a start, he worked out for old Mose Fowler. He worked hard and was economical, saving enough money to purchase one hundred and sixty acres of land, and here he started life for himself, soon developing his land into a good farm, and, being persistent and managing well, he added to his original purchase until he is now the owner of a well improved and well cultivated farm, consisting of four hundred and fifty acres of as valuable land as the county can boast, lying near Carbondale. He carries on general farming and stock raising in a manner that stamps him as one of the most up-to-date and substantioal agriculturists of this section, and he has a splendid home and large, convenient outbuildings. A good grade of live stock, of all varieties, is to be found in his fields.

Mr. Mankey was married in Warren county in 1869 to Margaret E. Butler, a native of this county, where she grew to womanhood and received her education in the public schools. To this union five children have been born, namely: William A., who married Lillian Filbert, lives in Chicago; James is at home; Warren married Ollie Grubaugh, and they have one child, Glaudine; Anna is the wife of Charles Keys; Alma married Carl L. Smith, now deceased; to them two children were born, Robert and Helen.

The Mankey family attend the Methodist Episcopal church. Politically, Mr. Mankey is a Democrat and a leader in local affairs. He was at one time turstee of his township, filling the office to the satisfaction of all concerned. He is a self-made man and is deserving of the large success which has been his, for he has led an industrious, public-spirited and honest life.


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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: 00001039
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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