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Title: Lewis B. Waggoner
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It is not an easy task to describe adequately a man who has led an eminently active and busy life and who has attained a position of relative distinction in the community with which his interests are allied. But biography finds its most perfect justification, nevertheless, in the tracing and recording of such a life history. Owing to his connection with the business and civic affairs of Fountain county for many years, the name of Lewis B. Waggoner needs no formal introduction to the readers of this history. In a straightforward, conservative manner he has sought to perform the duties of a progressive citizen and his support has always been depended upon in the furtherance of any laudable movement having for its object the welfare of the general public.

Lewis B. Waggoner was born in Warren county, Indiana, on April 2, 1857, and is the son of John I. and Thirza (Evans) Waggoner, natives, respectively, of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. John I. Waggoner came to Warren county, Indiana, in 1856 and located in Liberty township, where he followed the vocations of stone mason and plasterer during the remainder of his active life. His death occurred in Kansas in 1906, at the age of seventy-five years. He was married three times, his first wife, the mother of the subject, having died in Warren county, Indiana, during the Civil war. For his second wife he married Elizabeth Flint, in Warren county, and his third wife was Minerva Watt, who bore him one child, Winfield. By his first wife he had three children, namely: Mary, who died young; Hettie, who became the wife of Thomas Hudson, and Lewis B., the immediate subject of this review. On the outbreak of the great Southern rebellion, John I. Waggoner enlisted for service, becoming a member of Company D, Eighty-sixth Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry, with which he served three and a half years, receiving an honorable discharge at the close of the struggle. Politically, he was a stanch supporter of the Democratic party.

Lewis B. Waggoner received his education in the common schools at Rob Roy, his father having moved to Veedersburg after the Civil war. After completing his education he was variously employed, doing much carpenter work, and also engaging as a miller, at which vocation he was employed for eleven years. He has always been a busy man and in whatever way engaged he has always done his best, so that his record is replete with duty faithfully performed. So favorably were his fellow citizens impressed with his capabilities that he was retained for five years in the office of assessor of Shawnee township, was trustee of the same township four years, giving entire satisfaction to his fellow citizens, and in 1908 he was, by the suffrage of the voters of the county, promoted to the responsible position of county commissioner, in which capacity he is now serving. Of splendid business ability, sound judgement and absolute integrity, he has so administered the affairs of the county that he has won the commendation of all who are familiar with his record. His strong social qualities have gained for him many friends and he is highly esteemed throughout the county.

On December 31, 1887, Mr. Waggoner was married to Sarah Marquess, the daughter of Isaac and Mary Marquess, of this county, and to them have been born the following children: Madge, Ethel (the wife of Henry Murphy, of Danville, Illinois), and Ruth and Oleander, twins.

Politically, Mr. Waggoner gives his support to the Democratic party and has taken an active part in the local campaigns. Fraternally, he is a member of the Knights of Pythias and the Modern Woodmen of America, in the work of which bodies he is deeply interested.

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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: 00001070
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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