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Title: Joseph W. St. John
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Specific mention is made of many of the worthy citizens of Warren county within the pages of this work, citizens who have figured in the growth and development of this favored locality and whose interests have been identified with its progress, each contributing in his sphere of action to the wellbeing of the community in which he resides and to the advancement of its normal and legitimate growth. Among this number is he whose name appears above, peculiar interest attaching to his career from the fact that his entire life has been spent within the borders of this county.

Joseph W. St. John comes of an old pioneer family of Warren county. His paternal grandfather, John St. John, was born in New York of February


2, 1750, and in 1798 moved to Ohio, locating near Ft. Ancient, in Warren county, where he died. The subject's father, Seth St. John, was a native of the state of New York, born on September 23, 1792, came from Ohio to Warren county, Indiana, in 1830, residing here until his death, which occurred on August 21, 1874. The subject's mother, whose maiden name was Ruth A. Richards, was born in Pennsylvania on April 12, 1808, and she passed away on January 1, 1859. These parents were blessed with nineteen children, of which number three are still living, the subject of this sketch being the youngest. Seth St. John received a common school education in his youth and he always tilled the soil as a means of livelihood. He was a veteran of two wars, the second war with England in 1812 and the Mexican war of 1847. During his early days he had taught school to some extent. He was a man of strong mentality and left his impress on the community in which he lived.

Joseph W. St. John was born on June 26, 1852, and received a common school education. He was reared on a farm and as soon as old enough he applied himself to agricultural work, along which line of endeavor he achieved a gratifying degree of success, so that about ten years ago he was able to relinquish the active work of the farm and is now enjoying a well-earned respite from the strenuous labor which characterized his active years. He was a hard-working man, neglecting no detail of his farm work, and was eminently regarded by his fellow agriculturists. He is the owner of one hundred and twenty acres of land, about half of which is under cultivation, the balance being devoted to pasture.

On April 1, 1872, Mr. St. John was married to Harriett C. Kiger, who was born in Benton county, Indiana, on November 25, 1854, the daughter of Jacob Kiger. To Mr. and Mrs. St. John have been born four children, namely: Seth, who married Lily Shaffer, is living about two miles from Pine Village; Anna Irene is the wife of John C. Fetzer, a mechanic, and they reside in Illinois; Jacob Warren, who is a farmer near Pine Village, married Pearl Milligan; his farm has been owned by the St. John family continuously since 1830; Virga C. is the wife of Otto Shaffer, a farmer near Pine Village.

Politically, Mr. St. John has always been an uncompromising supporter of the Republican party, but has never been a seeker after the honors of emoluments of public office. Fraternally, he is a member of the Improved Order of Red Men and the Daughters of Pocahontas at Pine Village. A man of pleasing personality, Mr. St. John has won and retains the friendship of all who know him.

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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: 00001091
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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