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Hostetter - David Hicks

Source: 1913 AW Bowen History of Montgomery County, Indiana p 1003

The                  two most strongly marked characteristics of both the East and                  the West are combined in the residents of Montgomery County,                  Indiana. The enthusiastic enterprise which overleaps all obstacles                  and makes possible almost any undertaking in the comparatively                  new and vigorous states of the MIddle West is here tempered                  by the stable and more careful policy that we have borrowed                  from our eastern neighbors, and the combination is one of peculiar                  force and power. It has been the means of placing this section                  of the country on a par with the older East, at the same time                  producing a reliability and certainty in business affairs which                  is frequently lacking in the West. This happy combination of                  characteristics was possessed to a notable degree by the late                  David Hicks Hostetter, for many years one of the leading agriculturists                  and stock men of the vicinity of Ladoga. Equally noted as a                  citizen whose career conferred credit on the locality and whose                  marked abilities and sterling qualities won for him more than                  local repute, he held for a number of decades distinctive precedence                  as one of hte most enterprising and progressive men of his section                  of the county. Strong mental powers, invincible courage and                  a determined purpose that hestitated at no opposition had so                  entered into his composition as to render him a dominant factor                  in local affairs. He was a man of sound judgment, keen discernment,                  far seeing in what he undertook. His success in life was the                  legitimate fruitage of consecutive effort, directed and controlled                  by good judgment and correct principles.

David H. Hostetter                  was a son of David and Mary (HICKS) Hostetter. He was born near                  Circleville, in Pickaway Co, Ohio, Sept 27, 1822 and his death                  occurred July 1, 1910, when almost 88 years of age. He was the                  youngest of a family of 7 children, naely: Sherman, Beniah,                  Mrs. Mary DAVIDSON, Mrs. Jane HICKATHORN, Mrs. Zerelda MARTIN                  and Mahala Hostetter who died in infancy. The mother of these                  children died when David H. was about two years old, and he                  lived several years with his sister, Mrs. Hickathorn. His father                  married again and together the family came to Indiana, when                  our subject as 9 years old. Two children were born to the second                  union, Lewis who d. when 19; and Lucky W, who d. about 1897                  at Wellsville, Ks. There were 3 stepsisters, Mrs. Margaret ASHBY,                  Mrs. Catherine HEDGES, Mrs. Elizabeth CARLYLE, and one step                  brother, John BOYER. Our subject was reared with these children                  and the strongest ties of affection always existed between them.                  The family made the journey to Indiana in wagons. Some idea                  of the bad conditions of the roads may be gained from the fact                  that it required a week to travel from Indianapolis to Montgomery                  County, a distance of 40 miles.

The country was then practically                  a wilderness and sparsely settled. The obstacles encountered                  during that journey can hardly be imagined by those who now                  make the trip in two hours. The town of Ladoga was laid out                  5 years after the family located here. The site at that time                  was a partly cleared farm. From the date of his arrival here                  David H. Hostetter spent the rest of his life within a mile                  and a half of the farm where his father first settled, until                  he moved into Ladoga about 1907. The family first located in                  the So. half of Sec 22, Scott Twp, which land the father had                  entered from the government, and there was only a small piece                  of ground cleared about the little cabin he had built. Here                  our subject grew to manhood and assisted with the hard work                  of clearing and developing the farm, and he received such education                  as the early day schools afforded. On Nov. 15, 1874, David H.                  Hostetter was married to Amanda J. GRAYBILL, daughter of Samuel                  and Lydia (ARNOLD) Graybill. She was born and reared in Scott                  Twp. in which he rparents settled in 1836. Her father was b.                  in Pa. and was a s/o Solomon and Mary (CLINE) Graybill. He went                  to Roanoke, Va, where he and Lydia Arnold were marr. She was                  a d/o David Arnold and wife. The Graybill family settled in                  the wilderness and cleared their land and lived among the other                  pioneers.

The children born to David H. Hostetter and wife were                  three in number, namely: Lydia, Samuel Sherman and Emma Jane.                  Mr. Hostetter became the owner of over 300 acres of valuable                  and productive land and was a prosperous farmer. He did not                  purchase his success at the cost of the higher things of life,                  for he was a man of exemplary habits and fine character, and                  he was admired and esteemed by all who knew him. He believed                  thoroughly in the justice and wisdom of God and that true happiness                  came through obedience to divine principles. He obeyed the command                  "Love thy neighbor as thyself." This, and his great honesty,                  clean habits and solicitude for his loved ones and faith in                  his Savior was his religion. His honestly, industry and temperate                  habits were rewarded by a long life and all the comforts of                  old age. His life has left many precious memories to his family                  and his many friends and those who in distress sought the aid                  and advice, which to the worthy, was never denied. Mr. Hostetter was                  a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He had two                  brothers in the Indiana Legislature, SHerman and Beniah, also                  one, Lucky, who became a member of the Kansas Legislature. Of                  the children of our subject, Emma Jane is the wife of Dr. H.K.                  WALTERHOUSE, and they live at Oakville, Delaware County, this                  state and are the parents of one son, David Kemper Walterhouse;                  Samuel Sherman Hostetter lives in Ladoga, married Lola RONK                  and he is farming the old home place in Scott Twp; Lydia makes                  her home in Ladoga with her mother. David H. Hostetter took                  an active part in the development of this section of the state                  and he was an intersted spectator of the transformation from                  the wild woods to the highly improved farms of a later day.                  He often related how he and other pioneers drove their livestock                  to Lafayette, in Tippecanoe County, where they sold them and                  with the money purchased groceries and other household supplies                  which they brought back on the return trip.  -- typed by kbz
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