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Harwood - John Thomas

Source: History of Montgomery County, Indiana.  Indianapolis: AW  Bowen, 1913, p 783

Few dealers in live stock in Montgomery County and western  Indiana have ever been so widely known or done a more extensive  business than John Thomas Harwood, of Crawfordsville, one of the  enterprising, progressive and at the same time genial and  obliging gentlemen who is deservedly popular with a very wide  acquaintance.  Mr. Harwood was born in Brown Township, Montgomery  County, Indiana, April 23, 1862, and he is a son of Jackson and  Carolina Harrell Harwood.  The father was a native of Ohio and  came to Brown township in an early day and became the owner of 80  acres, and here farmed until the winter of 1861 when he enlisted  in Co, C 40th Indiana Volunteer Infantry and served faithfully  for six months when he was sent hom eon account of sickness.  His  death occurred here in August 1862.  He left a widow and 7 small  children, the oldest under 14.  the mother of our subject was  also a native of Ohio.  She was a woman of courage and fortitude  and by a hard struggle managed to rear her family in comfort and  respectability, and she departed this life ont he home farm in  1881.  John T. Harwood remained on the home place until he was  19, assisting with the general work and attending the common  schools during the winter months, then came to Crawfordsville and  began working for a stock buyer, which he continued for a period  of 10 years, giving his employer entire satisfaction, then,  having learned the ins and outs of the business he branched out  for himself, and has continued to the present day with ever  increasing success.  He operates in Montgomery and adjoining  counties, and his total average business by months runs over  20,000 dollars.  He is one of the best known stock men in Western  Indiana and it would be difficult to find a more excelletn judge  of all grades of livestock.  If all the stock purchased by him  and shipped to the various markets during his business career  were to be placed in one train it would reach over 800 miles.  He  has won the confidence and good will of all farmers because of  his honest dealings with them, and is regarded by all as a man of  unquestioned integrity and honesty of purpose. He makes trips  with live stock to Chicago, Indianapolis and E. Buffalo, NY.  Politically, Mr. Harwood is a progressive Republican. He is a  member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and belongs to  the United Brethren Church. Mr. Harwood was married in April 1892  to Alice Wright, a native of Tennessee. - typed by kbz
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