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Hanna - Andrew B.

Source: Weik, Jesse William. Weik's history of Putnam County, Indiana.  Indianapolis, Ind.: B.F. Bowen & Co., 1910 p. 505.

One of the representative business men of Putnam County and a man whose sound discretion and business judgment is universally recognized is Andrew B. Hanna, the well-known furniture and undertake of Greencastle. Mr. Hanna's ancestry is that of people of the most sterling worth, men and women who delighted in keeping untarnished the good records of the earliest members of both branches of the family. In tracing this genealogy we find that Mr. Hanna's grandafther, William Hanna was a Kentuckian, in which state he was born, reared and received some schooling in the primitive schools of the early days. He came to this section of Indiana at a very early date, being a hardy pioneer and he established his home here in the midst of the forest, and from him sprang the later generations that have made this a familiar name in all circles in Putnam and adjoining counties. One of the best representatives of the family is Andrew B. HANNA, who was born in Warren Township, this county May 31, 1865 son of Adam Hanna now living retired in Greencastle at the advanced age of 77. He was born in Brown Township, Montgomery County, Indiana where he grew to maturity on the old Hanna homestead. He moved to Putnam county in 1862 and located on a farm in Warren Township, devoting his life to farming and stock raising also bought large numbers of live stock from time to time, being very successful in both lines of endeavor. He shipped more stock to the markets from Putnam County than any other man up to those days. He was always well known as a stock man and he was a good farmer, laying by an ample competency for his old age. In 1869 he moved to Greencastle where he has since resided. He engaged in the stock and livery business here for many years and from 1875 to 1882 he was in the furniture and undertaking business. Adam Hanna married Amelia BLACK who was born in Mt. Sterling, Montgomery County, Kentucky. She was an excellent, whole-souled woman, and she passed to her rest in Feb 1909 at age 66. They became the parents of only one child, Andrew B. of this review. Andrew B. Hanna was 4 when his parents moved to Greencastle. He spent his youth much in the same manner as other lads of his days in town, attending the public and high schools, later DePauw University, where he made an excelelnt record and from which institution he was graduated in 1885. He soon afterwards turned his attention to farming but in 1890 went into the futniture and undertaking business, opening an establishment alone in October of that year on the east side of the public square. He prospered from the first and had built up an excellent patronage when, in 1897, he sold out and bought in his present place, the firm name being Black & Black and in 1900 Mr. Hanna bought the entire stock. He is now erecting one of the finest business blocks in Greencastle at the corner of Indiana and Walnut streets. It is modern in every detail and will be elegant in all its appointments. He will have an up-to-date and well equipped office in the same and will carry a large and carefully selected stock. Mr. Hanna belongs to the Masons, having attained the 32nd degree ; he also belongs to Knights of Pythias and Red Men, also the Woodmen and the Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He is a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. Politically he is Republican. He is usually too busily engaged with his individual affairs to take much itnerest in politics; however, his support may always be depended upon when movements are promulgated looking to the betterment of the county politically, socially or materially. He is regarded by all as upright and honest in all his business relations and he has the confidence and respect of a wide circle of acquaintances and friends throughout the county. -typed by kbz
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