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Widener - Clarence

Source: Taken from: History of Montgomery County, Indiana  (Indianapolis: AW Bowen, 1913) p 738

Life is pleasant to live when you know how to make the most of  it. Some people start in life as if they had weights on their  souls or were afraid to make the necessary effort to live up to  the high standards. Others, by not making the proper study of the  conditions of existence, or by not having that blessed trainer, a  good and intelligent mother, are side tracked at the outset and  never seem thereafter to be able to get back again on the main  track. Much depends on the start, just as it does in a race. The  horse that gets the best start all other things being equal, will  almost invariably win the race. So in the race of life; if you  are properly started with suitable groom, such as good  educational and splendid home training, you will lead in the race  in after years and enjoy every minute of your existence. Such  home influences were thrown around Clarence WIDENER, one of the  leading farmers in Montgomery County in his early years. Both  father and mother are people of unusual intelligence, and both  have ever led lives of singular wholesomeness. Mr. Widener was  born Aug 8, 1871 in Fountain County, Indiana. He is a son of  George and Alice QUICK Widener. The father was born August 30,  1845 in this county and here the mother also saw the light of day  Oct. 31, 1848. Here they grew to maturity, received their  educations in the common schools and were married; they are now  living in a pleasant home in Crawfordsville. They have spent  their active lives on a farm, but having accumulated sufficient  of this world's goods to insure their declining years free from  want, they are now living retired. They moved from this county to  Fountain County in 1870, where they lived 5 or 6 years, then  returned to Montgomery County. Two children were born to them,  Clarence, of this sketch; and Guy born July 3, 1874; he married  Minnie COWAN and they live in Michigan. Clarence Widener grew to  manhood on the farm and when a boy did his full share of the  general work about the place. He received a good common school  education. On September 6, 1896, he married Mrs. Dora FLOREY, who  was born in Fountain County, Nov 8, 1878 and is a daughter of  Joseph and Mary C. MELOTT Florey, her parents being natives of  Indiana and they became very comfortably established in Fountain  County through their industry. Five children have been born to  the subject and wife: Leslie, born Oct 1, 1898 is attending high  school; Bernice, born June 7, 1900; Lester born Oct 14, 1904;  Katheryn, born June 2, 1909; and Josephine born March 26, 1910.  Mr. Widener has worked his way up from a modest beginning to the  front rank of agriculturists and stock raisers having worked hard  and managed well and at the same time dealt fairly with his  neighbors, whose respect he has ever had. Mr. Widener has always  followed farming, and each succeeding year has found him further  advanced. His attractive, well kept and desirable farm in Union  Township known as Mt. View Farm, is one of the show places of  this section of the county. It contains 240 acres, nearly all  tillable, 45 acres being in pasture and woods. It is well  improved in every respect and on it is to be seen a large, well  arranged dwelling and good outbuildings. On a large scale general  farming is carried on. Mr. Widener now making a specialty of  raising Jersey cows, and he formerly bred cattle of a high grade.  Politically, he is a Progressive and has been very much  interested in the new movement. Fraternally, he belongs to the  Knights of Pythias, Crawfordsville and in a religious way he  holds membership with the Methodist Episcopal Church. - transcribed by kbz
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