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Title: Robert C. Hottenstein
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The history of a county or state, as well as that of a nation, is chiefly a chronicle of the lives and deeds of those who have conferred honor and dignity upon society. The world judges the character of a community by those of its representative citizens and yields its tributes of admiration and respect to those whose works and actions constitute the record of a state's prosperity and pride. Among the prominent citizens of Prairie township, Warren county, Indiana, who are well known because of their successful whose name appears above.

Robert C. Hottenstein is a native son of the old Keystone state, having been born at Coatstown, Berks county, Pennsylvania, on September 19, 1854. His father, Charles Hottenstein, a native of Berks county and the son of pioneers of that locality, was born on May 11, 1816, and died on March 22, 1903. The subject's mother, whose maiden name was Mary Sawyer, was born November 2, 1816, and died on December 31, 1897. they were married in Berks county and of their three children, two, Robert and Edward, are living. These parents removed to Warren county, Indiana, on March 9, 1855, and during his first year here he rented the farm of John High. Subsequently he bought the farm where the subject of this sketch now lives, for which he paid ten dollars an acre, the land being devoid of any improvement. There the subject's early boyhood was spent, going to school in the neighborhood and, when old enough, doing his share of the work of the farm. He has always like agriculture and has been eminently successful in the same. He has also for twenty-three years given some attention to pump and well work, in which he is an expert, and he has done a vast amount of work along this line. He is industrious and energetic and is widely known as a man of stanch integrity and right principles.

On April 19, 1889, Mr. Hottenstein was married to Mary Donovan, the daughter of Clark and Swank Donovan, of Fountain county, Indiana. The father, who was born in 1832, is now making his home with his daughter, Mr.s Hottenstein, the mother having died in August, 1880. To Mr. and Mrs. Hottenstein one child, Charles Clark, was born, on May 12, 1893. Charles is a splendid young man and is a graduate of the public schools of Prairie township.

Mr. Hottenstein has been an active participant in the development and improvement of the locality in which he lives. He has helped to dig ditches, put up fences, construct roads and erect farm buildings innumerable, and has seen the value of the land rise from six and ten dollars an acre to from one hundred and fifty to two hundred and twenty-five dollars an acre. He has been quick to give his support to all forward movements for the betterment of the people and is numbered among the real leaders of his township. Politically, he has been a lifelong Democrat. Because of his genuine worth, which everybody recognizes, his public spirit, and integrity and loyalty to all high ideals and principles, he is one of the best known and likeable men of his locality.

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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: 00000980
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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