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Hester - Elmer

Source: History of Montgomery County, Indiana (Indianapolis; AW Bowen,  1913) p 1144

It is a pleasure to any one, whether a farmer or not, to look  over a well improved and finely kept landed estate like that of  Elmer HESTER of Scott Twp, Montgomery Co, for like his honored  father he is a man who believes in keeping abreast of the times,  in adopting, so far practicable, the most approved 20th century  methods in general farming and stock raising. As a result of his  careful study and investigation he has, while yet young in years,  about solved the question of scientific farming as we know and  understand it today. However, where agriculture has gained, the  educational element in this locality has lost, for Mr. H. was  formerly regarded as one of the leading public school teachers in  this section of the state. He has always stood for  progressiveness, not only in material and educational matters,  but in political, moral and civic conditions, and he is an ardent  advocate of wholesome living and honesty in public life, and  while laboring for his individual advancement he has never been  found neglectful of his duties to his neighbors and the general  public.

Mr. Hester was born in Brown Township, this County in 1880. He  is a son of James and Lucy (EADS) Hester, a complete sketch of  whom appears on other pages in this volume. It was on the home  place, north of the village of Parkersburg, that Elmer Hester  grew to Manhood, and when a boy, did his share of the work during  crop seasons, and there he continued to reside until his  marriage. He attended the district schools and later the Ladoga  HS, from which he graduated with the class of 1901. Having long  entertained an ambition to enter the profession as teacher and  desiring to properly equip himself for the same, he entered the  State Normal School at Terre Haute, where he made an excellent  record. Thus well equipped for his vocation he began teaching,  which he followed for a period of 7 years, beginning in Walnut  Twp, his native County. He taught 5 years in Scott Twp. His  services were in great demand, for he was soon recognized as an  instructor of exceptional ability, one who spared no pains in  giving his pupils the best and latest according to advanced  methods of instruction. During this period he farmed during the  summer months. Finally, tiring of the close confinement of the  school room, he turned his attention exclusively to general  farming and stock raising. He has enjoyed to the full the freedom  of the country and has prospered through his close application  and good management. He is the owner of a fine improved and  productive farm of 184 acres in theSW part of Sec 3, Scott Twp  all under a fine state of cultivation and is one of the choice  farms in the southern part of the County. He has a good set of  building on the place, and in connection with general farming he  raises a good grade of live stock from year to year.

In 1906 Mr. Hester married Salome KESLER, daughter of Nathan  Kesler, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this volume. Mrs.  H. grew to womanhood and received her education in her native  community. To Mr. & Mrs. Hester was born one son, Donald.  Politically, Mr. Hester is a Republican, but he has never been  active in public affairs, preferring to devote his attention to  his individual affairs and to his family. He and his wife being  pleasant, agreeable and neighborly have made a host of friends  since settling on the farm in Scott Twp. - typed by kbz
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