Randolph County, Indiana
was born August 20, 1853 in Switzerland county, Indiana. He is a son of William
and Mahala (Pretzman) Courtney. The father was born December 3, 1814 in
Harrison county, Kentucky, and he came to Switzerland county when twenty years
old. The mother was born on March 25, 1820, in Switzerland county. William
Courtney was a prosperous farmer. He moved to Randolph county in 1872 and
settled on a farm in Greensfork township, which farm is now owned by his son, Cyrus
B., of this sketch. The death of the father occurred on June 14, 1897, his
widow surviving until May 2, 1912. Robert Courtney, paternal grandfather
of our subject, came from New York state with his family to Harrison county,
Kentucky, as a young married man, and later moved to Switzerland county,
Indiana. The Pretzmans, the maternal side of our subject's family came
from New Jersey with the early pioneers. The father of our subject helped build
the first railroad in Indiana, having had a contract to build six miles of the
grading. He was always a man active in public affairs. In the early days it was
his custom to frequently take produce down the Ohio river and the Mississippi
river to New Orleans on flat boats. This he followed for a number of years with
Cyrus B. Courtney
was reared on the home farm and he assisted with the general work there when a
boy. He received a common school education. He continued farming until 1891
when he moved to Winchester and engaged in the real estate and loan business,
handling both farm and town properties, having an excellent knowledge of both,
and he has built up a large and ever-growing business through his foresight,
and honest and courteous dealings with his fellow men. He also owns the old
home farm which he supervises.
was married on June 16, 1901 to Eva Roberts, daughter of George and
Osia (Stutson) Roberts, of Williamsburg, Indiana. The father was
born in the last named city and always lived there, with the exception of three
years service in the Civil war, as a member of the Sixty-ninth Indiana
Volunteer Infantry. Both her parents are now deceased.
To our subject and
wife one son has been born, George William Courtney.
Courtney is a Republican, but he has never sought to be a public man. He is
a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, having joined in 1890,
Spartanburg Lodge, also belongs to the Encampment. His wife is a member of the
Methodist Episcopal church and is active in church work.
Past and Present of Randolph County, Indiana, 1914.
Contributed by Gina Richardson
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