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Title: William R. Grames
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William R. Grames, a prominent farmer residing in Liberty township about three and one-half miles southeast of Rainsville, is a native of Warren county, Indiana, and the son of James and Mary (Brown) Grames, who were among the early settlers of Pine township. The following are the names of the other members of the family: Malissa and Addie, both deceased; John W.; Emma E., deceased; James F., deceased; Bertha A., deceased; Minnie M. and Edwin E. the subject being the sixth in order of birth. The father of this family was a native of county Tyrone, Ireland, but came to America when quite young and settled originally in Hamilton county, Ohio, removing thence to Warren county, Indiana, many years ago and settling in Pine township, of which he was one of the pioneers. A tiller of the soil by occupation and a man of great industry and frugality, he cleared and developed a good farm and in due time accumulated a comfortable competency and became one of the leading citizens of his community.

William R. Grames, whose name heads this article, was born November 11, 1871, and grew to mature years on the family homestead in Pine township, the meantime assisting his father with the labors of the farm and attending the public schools during the winter months. He remained with his parents until attaining his majority, when he began the struggle of life for himself, choosing agriculture for a vocation and addressing himself to the same with a well-defined purpose to succeed. Having by industry and economy saved considerable money, he invested his means in a tract of land in Liberty township and has since added to his original purchase until he now owns a splendid farm of one hundred seventy-five acres adjoining the range line and Rainsville turnpike, which he has brought to a high state of cultivation and otherwise improved. Mr. Grames has made a careful study of the science of agriculture and cultivates his land according to the most approved modern methods. He uses the best of implements and machinery, believes in the dignity of his vocation and as a successful farmer holds worthy prestige among the most enterprising men of his calling in Warren county. He is still a young man, with the greater part of his life before him, and, judging from his achievements in the past, it is safe to predict for him a long and useful career in the future. In his political affiliations he is a Democrat and an influential party worker. In recognition of his services, as well as by reason of his fitness for the office, he was nominated in 1912 for the Legislature, but the Republican majority being so great in his district he was defeated by a very small plurality. He has served as trustee of Pine township and proved a judicious and popular official, as his efforts in behalf of his jurisdiction abundantly attest.

Mr. Grames is a married man, but has no children. The lady who now bears his name and presides with grace and dignity over his home was formerly Esta Christina Hughes, whose father, L. M. Hughes, came to this county from Ohio a number of years ago and settled in Pine township. The Hughes family was very prominent in Ohio and the different members have been held in high esteem since becoming residents of Warren county.

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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: 00001046
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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