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Title: John G. McCord
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The two most strongly marked characteristics of both the East and the West are combined in the residents of the section of country of which this work treats. The enthusiastic enterprise which overleaps all obstacles and makes possible almost any undertaking in the comparatively new and vigorous western states is here tempered by the stable and more careful policy that we have borrowed from our eastern neighbors, and the combination is one of peculiar force and power. It has been the means of placing this section of the country on a par with the older East, at the same time producing a reliability and certainty in business affairs which is frequently lacking in the West. This happy combination of characteristics is possessed by the subject of this brief sketch, John G. McCord, who has spent practically his entire life in the county of his nativity.

John G. McCord was born in Liberty township, Warren county, Indiana, on July 25, 1859, and is the son of James and Esther (Little) McCord, both of whom also were natives of this county. The paternal grandfather, James McCord, who was a native of Pennsylvania, came to Warren county, Indiana, from Ohio, in 1828, and settled in Liberty township. To the subject's parents were born four children, namely: Mary L., who married a Mr. Allen and lives in Adams township; John G., the subject of this sketch; Charity Z., Mrs. Atchinson, of Adams township, and Elizabeth, deceased. James McCord followed farming all his active years and was fairly successful. He was a man of marked strength of character and at all times possessed the respect and confidence of those who knew him.

John G. McCord received his elementary education in the public schools of Adams township, supplementing this by study at Purdue University. He then engaged in teaching school and in farming between times until 1883, when he engaged in the mercantile business at Pine Village. He continued in this line until 1889, when he resumed teaching for three years. He then engaged in the hardware business at Frankfort and Williamsport, Indiana, continuing thus until 1895. Mr. McCord was then elected to the office of county clerk and for eight and a half years he discharged the duties of this responsible position, his re-election to the office standing in evidence of the satisfactory character of his services. Upon his retirement from office, Mr. McCord accepted the position of cashier of the Bank of Pine village, which was organized in 1905 as a private bank, with a capital stock of ten thousand dollars. The officers of this bank are James C. Jones, president; Clement H. Jones, vice-president, and John G. McCord, cashier. This bank has been very successful from the date of its organization and has been a direct stimulus to the business and commercial interests of the community.

On December 25, 1883, Mr. McCord was married to Martha F. Rhode, the daughter of Jacob M. and Mary J. Rhode, who were natives of Warren county. Mrs. McCord died in January, 1906, and subsequently Mr. McCord was married to Elizabeth Schoonover, to which union have been born two children, Esther Elizabeth and Mary Catherine.

Fraternally, Mr. McCord is a member of Lodge No. 34, Free and Accepted Masons, at Williamsport, and to Lodge No. 200, Knights of Pythias, at Pine Village. He very ably and faithfully discharges his public duties and has long been regarded as one of the influential and public spirited men of his community. Personally, he is known to be a man of scrupulously honest principles, generous and kind-in short, a gentleman whom to know is to respect and admire, for with all his commendable attributes he is entirely unassuming.


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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: 00000994
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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