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Title: Alexander McGahan
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Practical industry, wisely and vigorously applied, never fails of success. It carries a man onward and upward, brings out his individual character and acts as a powerful stimulus to the efforts of others. The greatest results in life are often obtained by simple means and the exercise of the ordinary qualities of common sense and perseverance. The everyday life, with its cares, necessities and duties, affords ample opportunities for acquiring experience of the best kind and its most beaten paths provide a true worker with abundant scope for effort and self-improvement. Among the hard-working and successful farmers of Warren county, Indiana, the subject of this sketch occupies a leading position.

Alexander McGahan is a son of Thomas and Melvina (Gard) McGahan, and his birh occurred on the 25th of September, 1849. He was not permitted to attend school as much as he desired, but by subsequent reading and close observation he has acquired a broad fund of information. His parents are both deceased. In the early days his father had been a steamboatman on the Mississippi river, but later came to Warren county, Indiana, and took up land, for which he paid the government one dollar and a quarter per acre, receiving in return a sheep-skin deed. He also bought some other land from private owners, for which he paid a higher price. Here he applied himself to the creation of a pioneer farm and its subsequent cultivation, for which purpose he used oxen for draft purposes. To him and his wife were born five children, all of whom are living.

Alexander McGahan has always applied himself to farming and has been a hard working man. From his youth he has worked indefatigably and his efforts have been crowned with a degree of success commensurate with the efforts put forth. He is now the owner of a fine farm of two hundred and thirty-five acres, located in Medina township, Warren county, all of which is capable of cultivation excepting about twelve acres, which is in second-growth timber and used for pasturage purposes. The land is well drained. Mr. McGahan having laid about twelve hundreds rods of tile. He has always carried on a diversified system of farming, raising all the crops common to this locality, and he has also given due attention to the raising of live stock. The farm is well improved and its general appearance is highly creditable to the owner.

On May 15, 1878, Mr. McGahan was married to Medy Dawson, who was born in 1856, and to them have been born four children, namely:Thomas, who is a farmer in Warren county, married Emma Rail; Fred is at home; Daisy A. is the wife of Harley Downey, a farmer at Battle Ground, Indiana; Cora is deceased.

Politically, Mr. McGahan has taken his conscience as a guide to action and is earnestly espousing the cause of the Progressive party, believing that it is time the citizens of this country should shake off the dominating power of the political rings which have dictated the policies and controlled the administration of the public affairs for so many years. He is a man of keen discernment and gives his support to every movement which has for its object the advancement of the best interests of the community. He enjoys a wide acquaintance and has a host of warm friends.

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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: 00001084
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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