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Title: John H. Stump
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Agriculture has been an honored vocation from the earliest ages and as a usual thing men of honorable and humane impulses, as well as those of energy and thrift, have been patrons of husbandry. The free out-of-door life known to the tiller of the soil has a decided tendency to foster and develop that independence of mind and self-reliance which characterizes true manhood, and no truer blessing can befall a boy than to be reared in close touch with nature in the healthful, life-inspiring labor of the fields. It has always been the fruitful soil from which have sprung the moral bone and sinew of the country, and the majority of our nation's great warriors, renowned statesmen and distinguishedmen of letters were born on the farm and were indebted largely to its early influence for the distinction which they attainced. Of the honored and representative families of Warren county is that of which John H. Stump, one of Liberty township's most progressive agriculturists, is a worthy member.

John H. Stump was born on February 10, 1880, on his father's farm, about one and a quarter miles north of Carbondale, Warren county, Indiana. His parents were Philander and Mary E. Stump, natives of Indiana, the father having come to this county in young manhood with his father, Joseph Stump, who was a farmer. He attended the common schools in his boyhood and when old enough assisted in the labors of the farm. After completing the common school course, Mr. Stump went to school in Williamsport, and then took a course in the Gem City Business College, at Quincy, Illinois. He then went to Chicago and during the following two years he was engaged in the insurance business. Then he returned to the farm for a year, following which he was employed for a period of one year as recorder and writer of policies and assistant cashier of the Mutual Protective League of Litchfield, Illinoisl. Since then he has applied himself continuously to the operation of his fine farm, in which he has met with a very fair degree of success. He is a man of splendid habits and devotes himself assiduously to his work, allowing nothing to divert him therefrom. The farm lies in one of the most productive agricultural sections of the county and is admirably adapted to general farming and stock raising. The buildings are substantial and up-to-date, the fencing is of best quality, and the excellent condition of the soil, together with the general appearance of thrift which pervades the farm throughout, bear testimony to the enterprise of the owner and indicates to the passerby a modern American home, in which thrift, content and hospitality abound.

Mr. Stump was married, on August 20, 1902, to Edna E. Johnson, the daughter of Willis A. and Mariah Johnson, and to this union have been born three children, Eleanor and Marie, who are now living, and a baby girl, who died in infancy.

Politically, Mr. Stump has always given a hearty support to the Republican party, while religiously, he affiliates with the Methodist Episcopal church.

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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: 00001082
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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