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Harper - Richard C.

Source: History of Montgomery County, Indiana. Indianapolis: AW Bowen, 1913 p 966

Few men of a past generation in Sugar Creek Township  Montgomery County sought any harder to advance the general good  of his locality than the late Richard C. Harper, a man whom to  know was to admire and respect for he was the possessor of that  peculiar combination of attributes which results in the  attainment of much that is worth while in this world. He aimed to  be progressive in what he did, was always in sympathy with  enterprises having for their object the common good and his  influence was invariably exerted on the right side of every moral  issue. Like all men of positive character and independence of  mind, he was outspoken in what he considered right and his  convictions were such that his neighbors and fellow citizens knew  well his position on all questions of a political, moral and  religious nature. His private life was exemplary and his amiable  character and many virtues made him popular with all who knew  him, and his passing away was regretted by all. Mr. Harper was  born on June 19, 1849 in Hamilton County, Ohio but most of his  life was spent in Montgomery County, Indiana whither he was  brought from the old Buckeye state, when 6 months old, by his  parents, Silas and Mary Jane (Allen) Harper. They were both  natives of Ohio, the father born in Hamilton County and there  grew to manhood and when the CIvil War came on was a soldier for  the union, and died while in the service. He had devoted his life  to farming. The subject's parents had 4 children: only one of  whom is now living, they were Elizabeth and Mary both deceased;  Angeline, living and Richard C, subject of this memoir.

Richard C. Harper grew to manhood on the home place in this  county and there he made himself generally useful during his  boyhood days. He received a common school education. On Oct 21,  1875, he married Mahala Holloway. She was born in Clinton County,  Indiana August 8, 1857. She is a daughter of Thomas and Sarah  (Treuett) Holloway. The father was born in this county, and he  died in 1896. The mother was born in Clinton County and her death  occurred in Clinton County in 1855. Mrs. Harper grew to womanhood  in her native community and received a common school education.  Seven children, five of whom are living, were born to Mr. and  Mrs. Harper, namely: Charles, born September 10, 1876, died Feb  7, 1902; Florence born August 28, 1878 married Charles Hall and  they live in Urbana, Illinois; Clifford, born November 21, 1881,  died Oct 18, 1900; Clella born April 20, 1883, married Francis  Hutchings and they live in Champaign Illinois; Wallac,e born  December 19, 1885, married Edna Hunt and they live in  Indianapolis; Lester B. born July 9, 1887 is attending Wabash  College in Crawfordsville; Harry born March 19, 1889 lives on the  home farm. Richard C. Harper began farming for himself early in  life and that continued to be his vocation until his death,  carrying on general farming and stock raising on his finely  improved and productive farm of 140 acres all tillable but about  20 acres of woods and pasture. Since his death, which occurred on  October 29, 1905, Mrs. Harper has been operating the farm in a  manner that has brought gratifying results, successfully carrying  out the plans her husband had inaugurated and keeping up with the  excellent improvements which he made. Mr. Harper was contented to  spend his life at home, looking after his family and farm, and  thus he never took much part in public affairs, merely being a  consistent voter of the Republic ticket. Fraternally, he belonged  to the Knights of Pythias at Darlington. He served the people of  Sugar Creek Township very faithfully as justice of the peace for  a period of 12 years. His decisions were known for their fairness  to all parties, and he ever sought to do the right as he saw and  understood it in the light of duty. He was an earnest Church  worker; in fact, was a pillar in the in the local Methodist  Episcopal congregation, of which he was long a member, a trustee  and class leader. Neither his sincerity nor his honesty were ever  assailed, and he merited in every way the high esteem that was  accorded him by al who knew him. - typed by kbz
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