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Title: R. W. Alexander
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In compiling this volume of representative citizens of Fountain and Warren counties, Indiana, occasion has been afforded to give the records of men in many walks of life; here will be found appropriate mention of worthy citizens of all vocations, and at this juncture we are permitted to offer a resume of the career of one of the enterprising agriculturists of Pine township, where he has spent practically his entire life and where he has attained a high degree of success in his chosen field of labor and enterprise.

R. W. Alexander was born on March 9, 1860, in Prairie township, Warren county, Indiana, and is the son of Joseph and Frances (Hanks) Alexander, who, when the subject was five years old, moved to the farm in Pine township, where he now lives. The father and mother of the subject came with their respective parents from Chillicothe, Ohio, and their marriage occurred in Warren county, Indiana. In the early forties they came to Warren county, selecting the Pine creek neighborhood because of its advantages for stock raising. Here they continued to reside until their deaths, which occurred in 1897.

The boyhood life of R. W. Alexander was passed much as was that of other boys of his period, going to school during the winter months and working on the farm during the summer. Buying, selling and exchanging cattle and horses was one of the activities of Mr. Alexander in his boyhood and he still follows that as well as farming on his fine farm which has never exchanged hands but once. He is thoroughly practical and up-to-date in his methods and is numbered among the enterprising farmers and successful business men of his locality.

On October 11, 1882, Mr. Alexander was married to Florence A. Logan, of this county. She was born in the state of Illinois, but removed to Kansas in her infancy. Her father died as a soldier during the Civil war, and the mother reared her family in Indiana, passing from this life in 1910 at Danville, Illinois. Mrs. Alexander attended the common schools and a normal school and became a successful teacher in Warren county. To Mr. and Mrs. Alexander were born four children, namely: Joe A., born April 15, 1884; Earl L., born January 18, 1891; Ray H., born August 4, 1892; and Frances American, born October 12, 1896. all are now with their father excepting Joe, who was married on January 19, 1910, to Myrtle D. Rader, of Lafayette, Indiana, and now lives on the Prairie township farm of his father. These children all received common and high school training, with the privilege of a college course if they so desired.

Religiously, Mr. and Mrs. Alexander are members of the College Corner Methodist Episcopal church and have reared their children in the same faith. Fraternally, Mr. Alexander is a member of Boswell Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, at Boswell and he and his wife are members of the Order of the Eastern Star. Politically, he has been a life-long Republican and from 1905 to 1911 he served as a member of the board of county commissioners. During his incumbency the old court house was burned, necessitating the erection of the new building, and also the building of many gravel roads under the provisions of the new three-mile gravel road law was commenced during his administration. He was always wide-awake as to the best interests of the whole county and his official incumbency was highly creditable to himself. Still in the prime of life, he may reasonably look forward to many years of happiness, surrounded by his family and all the comforts and many of the luxuries that make living enjoyable.

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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: 00000992
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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