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Title: Benjamin F. Bonebrake
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Man is the noblest work of God, and a truly noble man but fulfills the plan of the Creator. The life of man describes a circle. The cycles of existence of different lives form concentric circles, for some are given but a quarter of a century wherein to complete the appointed work, while the span of others varies to the allotted three score and ten. But how true and comforting that life is measure, not by years alone, but rather by a purpose achieved and by noble deeds accredited to it. How often are we confronted when a loved friend answers the summons, with the question, Why must he go when he can so illy be spared? But the grim messenger heeds not and we are left to mourn and to accept submissively. These thoughts are prompted by a review of the life of the late Benjamin F. Bonebrake, of State Line, Warren county, Indiana, a man who, amid all the vicissitudes of life, stood four square to every wind that blows and who, because of the high character he bore, enjoyed to a remarkable degree the respect and esteem of the entire community.

Benjamin F. Bonebrake was born in the state of Ohio on March 22, 1839, and his death occurred at his home in State Line on June 28, 1900, he being thus sixty-one years old at the time of his death. He was indebted to the common schools for such educational advantages as he enjoyed, but he was possessed of great mental ability and was a wide reader and intelligent thinker, holding positive opinions on all the great questions of the day. He was reared to the life of a farmer and to that honorable pursuit he applied manager, so that he was abundantly prospered in his labors, being at the time of his death the owner of seven hundred and sixteen acres of good farming land located in Warren county, Indiana, and Vermilion and Douglas counties, Illinois. Practically all of this land was under cultivation and was maintained at the highest standard of agricultural excellence. The groups of farm buildings on these tracts were kept in good shape and everything was done well that was attempted. Mr. Bonebrake did not specialize in his work, but carried on a diversified system of farming, raising all the common crops and giving due attention to the raising of live stock, which is such a valuable and profitable adjunct to the farm.

On the 4th of April, 1866, Mr. Bonebrake was united in marriage with Mary M. Lindsey, who was born in Illinois, about two miles from the bonebrake farm home, on April 2, 1843. Mr. and Mrs. Bonebrake became the parents of five children, of which number the only one living is Arent E. Bonebrake, who is now successfully and ably carrying forward the work so auspiciously inaugurated by his father. Arent Bonebrake was born on July 6, 1884, and on April 15, 1905, he was married to Mellie G. Sidders, who was born February 28, 1888. They have three children.

Mr. Bonebrake was a stanch Republican in his political proclivities and had an intelligent interest in current public affairs, though his private affairs precluded his acceptance of any public office. He was a fervent and earnest member of the Christian church, to which the family now belongs. He was a man of strong convictions on moral, educational, ethical and other questions, and his influence was always cast on the side of every movement which had for its object the advancement of the best interests of the community. Mr. Bonebrake never shirked his duty in any walk of life and, owing to his public spirit, his integrity, kindness, generosity and genteel demeanor, he was popular with all classes.

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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: 00001044
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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