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Title: Lewis E. French
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No better farmer could be found in Davis and surrounding townships, Fountain county, than Lewis E. French. He is one of those men who, early in life, realized the fact that success never smiles upon the idler or dreamer and he has accordingly followed such an aphorism all the years of his active manhood, devoting his life to ardent toil along lines that cannot but insure success. The prosperity which he enjoys has been the result of energy rightly applied and has been won by commendable qualities. He has been a busy and careful worker in his chosen life and has never allowed the "grass to grow under his feet."

Mr. French was born in Warren county, Indiana, July 20, 1851, and is the son of Samuel and Mary E. (Bowlus) French. The father was born in Parke county, Indiana, in 1828, of which county David French, the paternal grandfather of the subject, was a very early settler, having come from Ohio. The mother of the subject came to this section of Indiana when she was twelve years old, with her parents, who located in Warren county, two and one-half miles southwest of Williamsport. Three children were born to Samuel French and wife: Cleantha, who married Rum Robb, and they live in Warren county; Henry died in 1900; and Lewis E., of this sketch, who was second in order of birth. The father of the above named children settled in Warren county, where he spent the rest of his life engaged in agricultural pursuits. He was a Democrat, but he never held office.

Lewis E. French grew up on the home farm and was educated in the common schools. In 1884 he was united in marriage with Bridget Reradon, daughter of John and Hannah Reradon, natives of Ireland, where they spent their earlier years, coming to America and locating in Warren county, Indiana, when that county was comparatively new and contained few settlers. They were thrifty and courageous, and possessed other characteristic traits of the Irish, so they soon found themselves in possession of a good home and farm. Mr. Reradon worked on the construstion of the Wabash railroad when it was built into Warren county. Mrs. French was born in that county and there she grew to womanhood and received her education.

Two children, Nina, who died at three years of age, and Clara, who lives at home, have been born to the subject and wife.

Politically, Mr. French is a Democrat, has been more or less active in local party affairs, and is now successfully and satisfactorily discharging the duties of county supervisor; he is also a member of the advisory board of Davis township.

Mr. French is the owner of one of the most desirable farms in this part of the county, owning the old Odell farm, which consists of two hundred and twenty acres of as valuable and well improved land as Davis township can boast of. Here he carries on general farming and stock raising on an extensive scale and has accumulated a comfortable competency through his good management and close application. He has one of the finest homes in the county. It is a commodious, beautifully decorated and convenient residence, in the midst of a fine grove and well kept lawn.

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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: 00001172
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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