Randolph  County,  Indiana

Elmer  E. Franklin

            Elmer E. Franklin, is one of Randolph county's prosperous farmers who has become so by close application and the exercise of sound judgment, rather than by inheritance and by depending upon others to do what he deemed best for him to do with his own hands and brain. While each succeeding year has found him further advanced in a business way it also has found him a better and more public-spirited citizen, for he takes an abiding interest in the general progress of Winchester and Randolph county.
             Mr. Franklin was born December 6, 1862, on a farm two and one-half miles south of Sulphur Springs, Henry county, Indiana. He is a son of John M. and Elizabeth (Denny) Franklin, both parents having been natives of Henry county, this state. They grew to maturity there, were educated and married, and there the father became a well-known miller, and also farmed some. It was in 1868 that the family removed to Richland county, Illinois, where the father followed his trade of miller, with the exception of the first year, which he devoted to farming. The family remained in the Prairie state for about fifteen years, when they returned to Indiana, locating at Newcastle, Henry county, in which city John M. Franklin soon devoted himself to milling, and there the family continued to reside. The death of his wife occurred in the spring of 1882. He then removed to Montpelier, Blackford county, Indiana, where he continued his trade for three years, then followed it two years in Pennville. We next find him in Yorktown, Delaware county, where he built a mill, then in partnership with a Mr. Maloney, continuing to engage in the milling business there until his death in July, 1906.
             Elmer E. Franklin left home when ten years old and came to Randolph county, making his home with his half-brother, William H. Snyder. During his boyhood he attended the public schools in the various localities, where the family lived. After coming to this county he attended school during the winters, for two or three years. During this time he was employed at farm work, continuing thus until he was married, July 29, 1887, to Ada Ruble daughter of Walter and Catherine (Harmon) Ruble, of this county. Mr. Ruble was born in Randolph county, Indiana, but his wife was a native of Ohio. To our subject and wife was born one daughter, Lola, a graduate of the Winchester high school with the class of 1909; she also attended the State Normal at Terre Haute, completing the training course preparatory to teaching; however, desiring to further equip herself she then went to the Valparaiso University for five months. She has since been a successful teacher in the primary grade at the Lincoln school in White River township. She attended the summer school at Winona, Indiana, in 1913.
             After his marriage Mr. Franklin settled on the Steven Moorman farm, just south of where he now lives, remaining there four years, during which time he got a good start; then he moved to a farm near Maxville cemetery, where he lived for four years. In 1895 the family moved to their present fine farm, four miles west of Winchester, on the Muncie road, the place consisting of sixty acres. On it stands one of the most modern country homes in the county. It is equipped with electric lights, telephone, etc., and an interurban line is at the door, a stop being just in front of the house. Mr. Franklin has always followed farming, with the exception of two years, being engaged in the farm implement business in 1909 and 1910, in Winchester. He returned to the farm in 1911, preferring the country life to that of town, although he was making a success as a merchant. At present he is not as active as formerly, gradually retiring from active life. His farm is well improved and he keeps a good grade of livestock.
             Mr. Franklin has always been a Republican and he says he always will be, and he has been deeply interested in public matters. He takes an especial interest in educational affairs. He is a well read man, familiar with the world's best literature in all branches having a large and well selected library, where he spends a great deal of time. He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Encampment and his wife and daughter belong to the Rebeccas; the two latter also are members of the Economics Club, an organization of White River township for the study of economic questions. The family are members of the Methodist Episcopal church and are prominent in the social life of the community.
Past and Present of Randolph County, Indiana, 1914.
Contributed by Gina Richardson

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