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Wren - James

Source: Portrait & Biographical record of Montgomery, Parke &  Fountain Counties, Indiana p 302

James F. Wren is a resident of Whitesville and a well-known  citizen of Montgomery County, who is identified with its  agricultural interests, owning and supervising a well-appointed  farm on Sec. 35, South Union Township.  He is a native of  Cincinnati, born in that city Sept 13, 1853 and is a son of  Martin and Bridget Green Wren, who were natives of Ireland, and  were married before coming to this country.  They came to these  shores in 1842, and first located in New York, where Mr. Wren  worked at his trade of making shoes.  A year later they went to  Cincinnati, where he opened a shoe store and also continued to  make shoes.  At the expiration of four years the Wrens removed to  Kalomowo, Wis where he bought land and turned his attention to  agricultural pursuits, residing at that point 9 years.  He then  purchased a farm at CLifton, Ind on which he settled and lived 7  years.  Form there he went to Connersville, and engaged in the  boot and shoe business until he resumed farming, locating at  Greencastle where he died in the spring of 1871. His widow  survived him 20 years, dying in Indianapolis March 17, 1891.   They had a family of six children, all of whom are living: Mary,  Indianapolis; Julia wife of Michael Maley, Indianapolis; Kate,  Indianapolis; Saide, widow of Thomas McGlan also a resident of  Indianapolis; Thomas, a resident of Indianapolis and James F  (sketch).  The father was a devout member of the Catholic Church  and his family was reared in that faith, to which they remain  true.  Our subject received an excellent education in the public  schools of Cincinnati.  At the age of 16 he commenced to learn  the trade of blacksmith at Indianapolis and worked at it there a  year and a half.  At the expiration of that time he went to  Lafayette where he engaged as a blacksmith one year.  His next  move was to St. Paul, Minn where he remained 18 months.   Returning then to Indaianpolis, he stayed there two years spent  the following two years at Westfield and then we find him again  at the Hoosier Capital.  In 1870, he again changed his residence  and for awhile lived at Waynetown, whence he went to  Crawfordsville.  A year passed away ere he retraced his steps to  Indianapolis, where he dwelt until the spring of 1874, when he  came to Whitesville, which has been his home ever since. He is  interested in farming and has a farm of 90 acres outside of the  village which is under his supervision and its well-tilled fields  and substantial improvements make it a valuable property.  Mr.  Wren was married in 1875 to Miss Emma Elizabeth Layman who is a  most estimable lady, presides graciously over their cheery,  hospitable home and is a true wife and devoted mother.  Mrs. Wren  is the daughter of Samuel Layman, a merchant of Whitesville, and  also engaged in the poultry business.  The marriage of Mr. and  Mrs. Wren has been blessed by the birth of 3 children: Edith; Edna Cecelia and James Edmund.  Our subject is well endowed  mentally, possesses sound business qualitications, and has all  the elements of good citizenship.  He is highly esteemed in his  community and has many friends throughout the county.  He is a  firm supporter of the policy pursued by the Democratic party, and  has recently been honored by nomination for the office of County  recorder at the Democratic County Convention.  In his religious  views he is a Catholic and a valued member of that church.   Socially, he is connected with the order of Knights of  Pythias. - transcribed by kz
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