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Title: Frank B. Ogborn
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There is no positive rule for achieving success, and yet in the life of the successful man there are always lessons which might well be followed. The man who gains prosperity is he who can see and utilize the opportunity that came in his path. The essential conditions of human life are ever the same, the surroundings of individuals differ but slightly, and when one man passes another on the highway of life it is because he has the power to use advantages which probably encompass the whole human race. Today among the prominent citizens and successful business men of Pine Village, Warren county, Indiana, stands Frank Ogborn. The qualities of persistent industry and sound judgment enter very largely into his make-up and have been contributing elements to the material success which has come to him.

Frank B. Ogborn was born on March 9, 1864, near Pine Village, Warren county, Indiana, and during his youth he received the benefit of a common school education, supplementing this by two years' attendance at the Central Normal College, Danville, Indiana. He then engaged in teaching school and was so occupied during the ensuing five terms. He then engaged in the general merchandise business at Pine Village and in this enterprise he has met with a very gratifying degree of success. His is the only store of the kind at Pine Village and he controls the trade over a wide community. He is courteous and obliging in his relations with his customers and makes friends of all who have dealings with him.

On September 26, 1885, Mr. Ogborn was united in marriage with Anna Ambler, who was born near Pine Village on June 16, 1864. To this union were born two children, namely: Edith, who is the wife of George Dove, who lives at Coal City, Illinois, where he is train dispatcher for the Frisco lines; Clifford Vernon is the store with his father. Mrs. Anna Ogborn died in 1905 and on November 3, 1907, Mr. Ogborn married Mary Stetzell.

Politically, Mr. Ogborn is a Republican, and has taken a live interest in the success of the party. He is now serving his second term as a member of the board of county commissioners, in which capacity he is giving the people an efficient administration. His religious membership is with the Methodist Episcopal church. Fraternally, he is a member of the Free and Accepted Masons at Oxford, the Knights of Pythias at Pine Village, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks at Lafayette, the Modern Woodmen of America at Pine Village and the Tribe of Ben Hur at Pine Village.

Mr. Ogborn is a hustler in business matters and is achieving a noteworthy success. He owns the home in which he lives at Pine Village and the brick building in which the store is located. Besides the general merchandise business, he is also successful as a fire insurance salesman, it being worthy of note that for the year 1911 he stood seventh best among the salesmen for his company in the state of Indiana. Starting out twenty-five years ago with a capital of buy two hundred and fifty dollars, he has, by perseverance and industry, gained a high standing among the successful business men 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: 00001058
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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