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Title: Joseph L. Chavers
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In such men as Joseph L. Chavers, one of the progressive farmers of Steuben township, Warren county, Indiana, there is peculiar satisfaction in offering their life histories as justificaton for the compilation of works of this character-not that their lives have been such as to gain them particularly wide notoriety or the admiring plaudits of men, but that they have been true to the trusts reposed in them, have shown such attributes of character as entitle them to the regard of all. He is a man who believes in doing well whatever is worth doing at all and is no doubt a contributing cause to his large material success early in life.

Mr. Chavers was born in the township and county where he now resides, on August 5, 1878, and is a son of Joseph C. and Nancy A. (Nelson) Chavers. The father was born in Putnam county, Indiana, in 1836, and when six years old his parents moved with him to Boone county, this state, where they remained until 1852 when he removed to Warren county, settling near Walnut Grove, and still later moved on the farm now owned by the subject of this sketch. The father following farming all his life. Politically, he was a Democrat, but never held office. Fraternally, he belonged to the Free and Accepted Masons. In his religious relations he was a Dunkard. His family consisted of five children, namely: Mary A. married John Poulter, of Alvin, Illinois; Eva married John N. Cunningham and they live at Lebanon, Indiana; Adelia married Harvey Poulter, deceased; William H. lives at Lane, South Dakota; Joseph L., of this sketch. There were two step-children, namely: John L. Brinegar, of West Lebanon, Indiana, and Mary Brinegar Galloway, of Marshfield, Indiana.

Joseph L. Chavers grew to manhood on the home farm and he received a practical education in the common schools. On March 18, 1903, he married Grace D. Garrison, daughter of James K. and Lucy Ann (Aldrich) Garrison, who moved to Warren county from Vermilion county, Indiana, in 1892. Two children have been born to the subject and wife, namely: Delmar H. and Wilmer W., both at home.

Mr. Chavers have been a farmer all his life, and he has persevered until he is the owner of one of the choice and well improved farms of his township, consisting of one hundred acres of productive land, on which he carries on general farming and always keeps some good live stock. He has a pleasant home and convenient outbuildings. He has some Jersey cattle of a superior quality and he is well known in this part of the county as a breeder. His farm is well located about eight miles west of West Lebanon, Indiana. He is a quiet, hard-working home man who takes little interest in political affairs and has never aspired to office, though he is always ready to support any movement looking to the betterment of his community and county in any way, and is a good citizen in every respect, according to his neighbors.

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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: 00001064
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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