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Wilson - James D.

Source: History of Montgomery County, Indiana.  Indianapolis: A W  Bowen, 1913, P. 1134

The agricultural districts of the great commonwealth of  Indiana are the homes of worthy men whose lives have been spent  in such a manner as to win the respect of those with whom they  associate, while their well-directed efforts have resulted in  comfortable homes and many enjoyments.  In Montgomery County  frequent representatives of this class may be found, and one of  them is he whose life history is briefly outlined in these  paragraphs.  James D. Wilson's home is located in Coal Creek  Township where he has a thoroughly tilled farm, whereon may be  found such buildings as are made necessary to the extent of his  work, or such as will increase the comfort of his home life.  He  owes his present prosperity solely to his own industry, and in  his career he has shown himself possessed of those faculties that  are requisite to success--sagacity, far-reaching forethought and  a practical tenacity of purpose.
Mr. Wilson was born in Montgomery County on October 30, 1854,  and here he has been content to spend his life, believing that  near his own home exist opportunities as good if not better than  exist for him elsewhere.  He is a son of W. W. and Sophia  (McGinnis) Wilson.  These parents were both natives of the state  of Ohio, however, they both came to Indiana when six years old  with their parents who settled in Montgomery County, the McGinnis  family locating in Crawfordsville in a very early day.  The  parents of our subject grew to maturity in this county, were  educated and married here, and here they spent their lives on a  farm, becoming well established through their industry.  Eight  children were born to them, named as follows;  Albert M. who was  the eldest; James D., of this sketch; Theodore E., Evelyn,  Harriet M., William H., Etta Alice and Lafayette D.
James D. Wilson grew to manhood in his native community and  received his education in the common schools, later entering  Stockwell Academy.  He applied himself assiduously to his  text-books and made an excellent record.  After leaving school he  began life for himself by teaching, which vocation he followed  successfully for a period of seven years, giving eminent  satisfaction to both pupils and patrons, and his services were in  great demand.  He did much to improve the educational conditions  in the public schools of the county and became well known locally  in this field of endeavor.  But finally tiring of this line of  work he turned his attention to farming and is still active.  He  has been very successful as a general farmer and stock raiser and  has become well established.
Mr. Wilson was married in 1879 to Mary J. McClamrock, daughter  of James and Hannah (Breaks) McClamrock.  Her father was a native  of Hamilton County, Ohio, and the mother was born in Montgomery  County, Indiana, her parents having been very early settlers in  this locality.  Mrs. Wilson was reared to womanhood and educated  in her native community.
Three children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Wilson, namely;  Ethel, married Frank Chadwick, and they live in Coal Creek  Township; Stelia lives at home; Ralph, who was killed on October  23, 1910 in a football game in St. Louis, in a game between a St.  Louis team and the Wabash College team of Crawfordsville,  Indiana.  He was considered one of the fastest and most capable  half-backs in the state at the time of his death.  He was a young  man of much promise and was popular.
Mr. Wilson has long been active in local public affairs, and  he is at present trustee of Coal Creek Township, and he was  formerly County Commissioner for two terms.  As a public servant  he gives eminent satisfaction to all concerned, being faithful  and honest in the discharge of his duty.  Fraternally, he belongs  to the Knights of Pythias, in which he is active and influential.   In  In religious matters he belongs to the Methodist Episcopal  church and is at present a trustee in the same.
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