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Title: John Held
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Descended from honored ancestry and himself numbered among the leading citizens of Warren county, Indiana, the subject of this review is entitled to specific recognition in a work of this character. A life-long residence in this county has but strengthened his hold on the hearts of the people with whom he has been associated and today no one here enjoys a larger circle of qualities of character and his business ability.

John Held is a native son of Warren county, having been born at Williamsport on October 18th, 1875. His father, Henry Held, was born in 1832 and died in 1892. He was of German parentage and was one of the early settlers of Warren county. The subject's mother, whose maiden name was Helen Koehler, was born in Germany, emigrating to America in girlhood and locating in Warren county. To Henry and Helen Held were born six children, four boys and two girls.

The subject of this sketch received his education in the public schools of Williamsport, graduating from the high school with the class of 1892. He then entered the office of the Warren Review, where he ws employed a year, at the end of which time he entered the harness business of his father's estate, of which his brother was manager, holding this position until 1899. He then went into the dry-goods business in partnership with his brother Edward, this arrangement continuing until 1904, when he sold his interests to his brother, who is still conducting the business. Mr. Held then entered the agency of the Prudential Insurance Company, and shortly afterwards was promoted to the position of assistant superintendent of the Logansport district, necessitating his removal to Logansport. Subsequently he resigned his connection with the Prudential company and, returning to Williamsport, he formed a partnership with his father-in-law, D. C. Boggs, buying the abstracting business of James C. Odle in May, 1910. On July 1, 1911, Mr. Held bought his partner's interest and has since conducted the same alone, having met with very gratifying success from the start. He is considered a thoroughly reliable and accurate abstracter and has one of the best sets of abstract books in the county. He is accommodating and obliging and he makes friends of all who have business dealings with him. In examining the records of the county, Mr. Held has discovered many very interesting facts, some of real historical importance, concerning the early history of Warren county, especially regarding early land titles, pioneer settlers and former land values. Mr. Held contemplates taking up the practice of law and to this end he is devoting his spare time to the study of law.

On the 30th of August, 1898, Mr. Held was united in marriage to Belle Boggs, of Williamsport, who was born on September 21, 1876. She is the daughter of D. C. and Mary C. (Schlosser) Boggs, both of whom were born and reared in Warren county. To Mr. and Mrs. Held have been born two children, Lowell C. and John Earl.

Mr. Held is deeply interested in public affairs and in politics he is aligned with the Progressive party. Religiously he is a member of the Presbyterian church. His fraternal relations are with Falls Lodge No. 202, Knights of Pythias, of which he has been keeper of records and seal since 1907. He and his wife are members of Lincoln Temple No. 213, Pythian Sisters, of which Mrs. Held is past chief. They are both popular members of the best social circles of Williamsport and their home is a popular meeting place for their friends. Mr. Held possesses business ability and because of the high standard of his business dealing he has earned the warm regard 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: 00001181
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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