Randolph County, Indiana
Albert L. Boots
The large success
that has attended the efforts of Albert L. Boots, one of Parker's
wide-awake and progressive business men, who is conducting one of the largest
hardware stores in Randolph county, has been well deserved, for he has worked
earnestly, persistently and honestly, not depending upon others or stooping to
any paltry tricks, so common in present-day commercialism. As a result of his
fair dealing with his fellow men, his uniform courtesy to his hundreds of
regular customers and his acknowledged public spirit, Mr. Boots enjoys
the confidence and good will of all who know him and is deserving to rank among
our leading citizens.
Mr. Boots was
born in Randolph county, April 14, 1862. He is a son of Morgan and
Elizabeth J. (Manor) Boots, and is one of a family of three
children, he being the eldest, the other two are Rosel E., who was a
farmer in Monroe township, died at the age of thirty-one years, and Lillie,
who married Frank E. Keefer, a farmer of Monroe township, has the
following children: One having died in infancy, the living are Bessie,
Lloyd, Inez, Albert and Harold.
mentioned in the preceding paragraph, was born in Ohio, near the city of Xenia.
He left that state when a boy, coming to Indiana, where he engaged in farming
until his death which occurred in the prime of life. Martin Boots, the
grandfather; was born in Virginia, from which state he came to Ohio when eleven
years old, there grew to manhood and followed farming until fifty years of age,
when he moved to Indiana, locating near Fairview, where he died at the age of
seventy-three years. The death of the grandmother occurred at the unusual age
of ninety-six years. The maternal grandparents of our subject came from West
Virginia, having resided in Berkley county, from which they removed to Indiana
when our subject's mother was a child.
Albert L. Boots
grew to manhood on the home farm and he received his education in the common
schools. On June 10, 1883, he married Emma Manor, daughter of David
Manor, and she was one of a large family-sixteen children, eleven of whom
grew to maturity. Mr. Manor was a farmer and merchant in Jay county.
Mr. Boots now
owns the splendid farm near Redkey, which was formerly the property of his
father-in-law. On August 5, 1912, Mr. Boots and George Murphy
bought out E. E. Deal's hardware store in Parker City, which they are
now conducting most successfully, enjoying a large and rapidly growing trade.
It is one of the largest hardware, implement and general supply concerns in
Randolph county. They carry a large, up-to-date and carefully selected stock of
everything in the hardware and implement line used by the farmer, and their
prices are always right, according to their customers.
Boots is a Prohibitionist. Fraternally, he belongs to the Independent Order
of Odd Fellows, Lodge No.134, at Fairview. He attends the Methodist Episcopal
church, and contributes liberally to the support of same.
Past and Present of Randolph County, Indiana, 1914.
Contributed by Gina Richardson
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