Randolph  County,  Indiana

Jesse  W. Jackson

            White River township, Randolph county, has an able exponent in twentieth century farming in Jesse W. Jackson, whose excellent farm, three miles west of the city of Winchester, is being rapidly brought to a state of perfection. Our subject has not long resided in this vicinity, but he has been here long enough to prove that he is a persistent and intelligent worker and a good citizen in every respect.
             Mr. Jackson was born on October 27, 1870, on a farm in Stony Creek township, this county. He is a son of  Isom and Susan J. (Moore) Jackson, a highly respected old couple of this locality. A complete sketch of them appears in another part of this work. These parents are still living in Stony Creek township.
            Jesse W. Jackson grew to manhood on the home farm in his native township and county, and he attended the country district schools, and helped with the general farm work. He remained with his parents on the home farm until he was married, September 5, 1891, having selected for his life-companion Millie B. Pursley, a daughter of James M. and Mary E. (Addington) Pursley, a well-known family of Randolph county.
            Four children have been born to the union of our subject and wife, named in order of birth as follows:   Norval W., born February 9, 1894; Rolland W., born April 22, 1898; Miltie O., born May 6, 1900; Edith Olive, born August 19, 1903.
            Our subject first settled on a farm two and one-half miles southeast of Farmland, where he carried on general farming for a period of twenty years with ever increasing success. In the spring of 1912 he removed to his present place three miles west of the county-seat and here he is meeting with his usual success as a general agriculturist and stock raiser, ranking with the best in White River township. This move was made because he wanted a larger farm as his boys had grown to young manhood and he wanted to give them an opportunity at home, to teach them farming by his own methods. He devotes much attention to stock raising and feeding, being regarded as one of the best hog raisers in Randolph county, and a goodly share of his annual income is derived in this manner. In both breeding and feeding he has been very successful.
            Mr. Jackson has always been a Republican in politics and he has long been active and deeply interested in public affairs, however has never been an office seeker, not caring to neglect his farming. He and his family are members of the Friends church and are active supporters of the church and Sunday school. They stand well in this community as they did in their old one.
Past and Present of Randolph County, Indiana, 1914.
Contributed by Gina Richardson

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