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Title: Elmer E. McKinzie
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The blood of the Scotch Highlanders has made one of the strongest and most enduring strains in the life of the American people. Where you find the Scotch name you may find that sterling integrity which always passes without question, together with a kindliness and justice that endears itself to those who fall under its influence. One of the best known names in Warren county is McKinzie, and Elmer E. McKinzie, who has given it such prominence there, stands, not only for the name of his Scotch ancestors, but exemplifies their candor, honesty and justice.

Mr. McKinzie was born in Warren township, Warren county, Indiana, on June 17, 1873, the son of John T. and Josephine (Banes) McKinzie. John T. McKinzie was a native of Ohio, and came to Indiana in 1850 with his father, Andrew Jackson McKinzie. They settled on a farm in Adams township, Warren county, where they both lived all their lives. Both Elmer E. McKinzie's father and grandfather were farmers, coming here when the


country was just being opened up and claining the land for agriculture from the forest. Andrew Jackson McKinzie's father, the great-grandfather of Elmer E. McKinzie, was a full-blooded Scotchman. Elmer E. McKinzie's paternal grandmother was Sallie Ann Wallace, of Delaware; she and her husband both died at the age of seventy-two, he in 1895 and she in 1904. John T. McKinzie still lives on the farm in Warren township, with his wife, who was Josephine Banes. They were the parents of eight children: Hiram W. was born in 1875 and died in 1880; William F. was born in Warren township February 6, 1877; Addie, who was born September 24, 1880, is the wife of Charles B. McAdams and lives near her parents in Warren township; John Alva, who is the deputy postmaster at Williamsport, was born January 21, 1882; Anna, who is the wife of James Stacker, a merchant of Independence, Indiana, was born November 17, 1884; Laura was born September 18, 1888, and married Earl Stacker of Independence, Indiana, of the firm of Stacker Bro.; Bertha, who was born May 4, 1893, is the wife of Thomas Crane, of Warren township; Elmer E. McKinzie is the oldest son. His mother was a daughter of Watson Banes, a native of Ohio, who came to Indiana about the time that the McKinzie family moved to Warren county, and they settled in Pine township, near Rainsville, which was then the leading town in the county.

Elmer E. McKinzie received a good common school education, and afterwards attended the State Normal School at Terre Haute, Indiana, for three months. He lived on the farm until he was twenty years old, and then went to Winthrop, Indiana, and, after clerking in a general store for two years, went into business for himself. He kept this general store for three years, and then sold out and moved to Williamsport in 1895. Here he clerked in a store for about two years, and again went into business for himself, buying a partnership in a grocery store with Roy Judy. After staying here two years, he sold out to his partner and commenced clerking again. He soon went to Attica, Indiana, and became the agent for the Standard Oil Company, which position he retained for about a year and a half. Mr. McKinzie then returned to Williamsport, and after clerking in a hardware store there for two years, became assistant postmaster at that place. Beginning in January, 1905, he held this office for five years, and served the public so well during that time that he was appointed postmaster January 20, 1910, by President Taft.

On November 15, 1892, Elmer E. McKinzie married Emma Laura Dove, daughter of Christopher and Mary Ann (McKinney) Dove, who was born in 1870. Christopher Dove was a native of Fountain county, Indiana, where he was very prominent. He was a farmer and a school teacher, and a member of the Christian church. He was a veteran of the Civil war, and died in 1893. Mary Ann Dove was also born in Fountain county, and is still living, making her home with Elmer E. McKinzie and her daughter. She was also the mother of Jasper N. and James H. Dove. Jasper lives in Liberty township, Warren county, and James lives in Grant county, near Marion, Indiana.

Elmer E. and Mary Ann McKinzie have two boys: Lawrence D. was born August 7, 1894, and will graduate from high school in the class of 1913; Lloyd A. was born October 8, 1898, and is also a student in high school.

Mr. McKinzie is a Mason, being a member of the blue lodge at Williamsport. He is also a member of the Knights of Pythias. He is a Republican. His mother's people were Quakers, and Mr. McKinzie has inherited the high moral standards of that sect. Mr. McKinzie is highly regarded by all who know him, and respected by the entire community. His word is as good as a bond among his neighbors and friends, and his daily life exemplifies the highest moral precepts.

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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: 00001149
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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