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Title: Aaron Larch
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In referring to the lives and deeds of those who carried on the onerous work of developing the virgin land of Warren county, Indiana, and thus laying the foundation for that prosperity and precedence which now characterize this favored section of the state, it is imperative that recognition be had of the Larch family, who have been identified with the history of the county for many decades and whose members have invariably maintained the highest standard of integrity and honor, commanding unequivocal respect and esteem. The subject of this sketch, whose life work was ended by the hand of the grim reaper on October 3, 1906, had during his residence here of many years so ordered his actions as to merit the unbounded confidence here of many years so ordered his actions as to merit the unbounded confidence and friendship of all who knew him, and his death was deemed an irreparable loss to the community.

Aaron Larch was born on April 20, 1839, near Reading, Berks county, Pennsylvania, and there he secured the rudiments of an education in the common schools. At the age of eighteen years he came to Warren county, Indiana, and went to work as a farm laborer. He worked hard and saved his money and at the time of his marriage he had about two hundred dollars. His wife was to him a helpmate in the largest sense of the word and together they labored, planned and saved until at length they had accumulated a splendid farm, which at the time of Mr. Larch's death comprised one hundred and eighty acres of as good land as can be found in Prairie township, being valued at one hundred and seventy-five dollars an acre, the same being well stocked with as fine animals as could be found in the state, and six thousand dollars on interest. This achievement speaks volumes for the energy, ability and good judgment of Mr. and Mrs. Larch. Their early life here was one of hardships and privations, as was the common lot of the early settlers, but the pioneer days were full of interesting experiences, some of them thrilling to the extreme. Wild animals were numberous, such as deer and wolves, and at one time two strange animals of the wolf or cat species, though foreign to this section of the country, made their appearance and killed colts, calves, pigs, and other domestic animals, so that the people were frightened to the extent that many would not send their children to school. The roads followed the high ground, skirting ponds and other low places, and seldom did a run follow a straight line for any considerable distance.

Mr. Larch was an industrious and energetic man and performed well his allotted task in the development of Warren county. He was enterprising and progressive in his ideas and his poinions were held in high esteem by his dealings were always characterized by fairness and justice as between man and man. Mr. Larch was possessed of marked musical talent, being especially fond of the violin, and almost every evening at the conclusion of his day's work, he could be heard producing his favorite melodies on this instrument.

On December 23, 1865, Mr. Larch married Elizabeth Crabb, who was born near Chillicothe, Ohio, on February 19, 1846. Mrs. Larch's father, Vintson Crabb, was a native of Ohio, as was his wife, whose maiden name was Hannah Round. In 1847 they came to Benton county, Indiana, with their eight children, two children being born after their arrival here. In 1852 they removed to Warren county and was thereafter identified with its interests until his death, which occurred on Auguest 11, 186 7. Mrs. Larch was bereft of a mother's care by death at the age of eight years, and during the following three years she lived with a sister. When her father remarried she returned to him and remained there about two years, attending the common schools during that time, afterwards engaging in house work among the neighbors. As attesting to her fine character and earnestness in her work, it may be noted that she had worked in one family for five years prior to her marriage. With the exception of the first five years, Mrs. Larch has spent her entire married life on the famr where she now lives. To Mr. and Mrs. Larch were born six children, two dying in infancy, and Walter H. dying on April 20, 1909, at the age of thirty-nine years nine months and twelve days; two daughters, Mrs. Arminta C. Sibbitt, of Pence, Indiana, and Mrs. Elsie E. Ferling, who is now living with her mother, and Perry E., who lives about one mile west of his mother.

Mrs. Larch is a lifelong member of the Methodist Episcopal church and has reared her family in the Christian faith. She has bravely carried on the work laid down by her husband and she enjoys the respect and confidence of all who know her.


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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: 00000999
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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