Randolph  County,  Indiana

William  Julian  Losch

            Some men speak loudest by talking volubly and frequently, while others speak loudest by their actions. It has been said that we should never form our opinions of men on what they say, but only on what they do. Talking, dreaming, planning amount to but little; it is what a man does that counts. Realizing this early in life William Julian Losch, farmer of Randolph county wisely decided to “saw wood but say nothing,” and thus by the habit of keeping his well-laid plans and schemes to himself and keeping industriously engaged he has forged to the front in his vocation and at the same time has established a reputation for good citizenship.
            Mr. Losch was born in Jay county, Indiana, March 31, 1862. He is a son of Frederick Charles and Eliza (Stick) Losch, and is one of two children; his brother John lives in Bond county, Illinois, on a farm, he married Spicy Brown and they have six children.
            Frederick C. Losch, father of our subject, was four years old when he was brought from Germany, where he was born, to the United States. The family settled in New Madison, Ohio, where they remained some time, then came on to Jay county, Indiana, where the paternal grandfather of our subject spent the rest of his life, dying at the age of sixty-nine years. He entered a farm from the government of four hundred and eighty acres, which he cleared and developed and became one of the leading farmers of his locality. The parents of the subject of this sketch were married in Jay county and there established their home.
            William J. Losch grew to manhood in Jay county and worked on the farm when a boy. He received a common school education, and on December 24, 1884, he married Emma S. Iliff, a daughter of William T. Iliff, a farmer of Ward township, Randolph county, where she was born and grew to womanhood and she received her education in the public schools there. Mrs. Losch is one of ten children.
            To Mr. and Mrs. Losch seven children have been born, namely: Hettie married Frederick Toumey, a farmer of Jay county, and they have three children, Mary Esther, Harriet Elizabeth and Frederick Losch; Lloyd M. died in infancy; Carrie L. married Chauncy V. Lindley, professor in a business college at Piqua, Ohio, and they have two children, Byron and Loren Lee; Rosa died when ten years of age; Gertie, born January 19, 1894; Mary, born December 1, 1897, is preparing herself for teaching; George Raymond, born January 5, 1900.
            Mr. Losch is owner of a fine farm of one hundred acres, on which stand substantial and convenient buildings. He makes a feature of fruit growing and is one of the best informed men on horticulture in the county. He is deserving of a great deal of credit for what he has accomplished, having to start out empty-handed and forge to the front, entirely on his own account. He was two years old when his father died, his death having occurred from the effects of a disease contracted during the Civil war, while chasing Morgan the invader. Our subject was bound out when he was only six years of age to Henry Stick, with whom he remained until he was twenty years of age. After he regained his freedom he worked out seven years, and with the aid of a small legacy left him by his Grandfather Losch and what he had saved by economy he was enabled to begin farming for himself. He was to receive a horse, saddle and bridle at the termination of the period during which he was bound out, but he received only a colt of small value.
            Mr. Losch is a Republican in politics. He belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Red Men and the Modern Woodmen of America.
Past and Present of Randolph County, Indiana, 1914.
Contributed by Gina Richardson

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