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Title: James Bodine
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In all that constituted good citizenship and true manhood the late James Bodine, for many years one of the substantial agriculturists of Fountain county, was a notable example and none stood higher than he in the esteem and confidence of the community. His career was characterized by duty faithfully done and by industry, thrift and wisely directed efforts he acquired a liberal share of this world's goods, besides earning a reputation which has never been clouded by the commission of a single unworthy act. He was a man of good judgment and pronounced views and while he kept himself well informed upon current events and taking a lively interest in all public affairs of his township and county, he never had any desire to change the quiet and contented life on the cozy farm for the distractions and cares which usually come to the man who fills official station. He was a man of courage and exemplary habits and his pleasant home was known to his many friends as a place of old-time hospitality and his kindness to all was most pronounced.

James Bodine was born in Warren county, Ohio, April 12, 1825, and he spent his boyhood years on the farm where he helped with the general work, and he received such education as the common schools of that time afforded. Early in life he began farming and this continued his chief life work. He came to Fountain county, Indiana, arriving here on June 8, 1830, and in due course of time had an excellent farm which he managed in a manner that yielded a very comfortable annual income. As a general farmer and stock raiser he had no superiors in Wabash township. He built several sets of improvements on his farm, and his son, Robert, is now living on part of the old homestead. The subject believed in progressive methods in agriculture and he skillfully rotated his crops and manipulated the soil of his valuable farm so that it retained its original fertility. He always handled a good grade of live stock.

Mr. Bodine was married in 1859 to Mary Campbell, daughter of Joseph Campbell, a native of Ohio, whose death occurred at the age of seventy-four years. The following children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Bodine: Flora, Robert, Jennie, Tom, Florence O., Edward, and one who died in infancy.

Mrs. Bodine is the owner of four hundred and fifty acres in Van Buren township, a finely improved and valuable place which she leases to renters, it being one of the desirable farms of that vicinity. She lives on the old home place in Wabash township.

Politically, Mr. Bodine was a Democrat, but he was never very actice in public affairs, and held no political offices. His death occurred on August 27, 1908, at the advanced age of eighty-three years, after a useful and successful life.

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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: 00001140
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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