Randolph  County,  Indiana

Thomas  Clarence  Love

            One of the native young men of Randolph county who has been wise in deciding to spend his life in his own locality is Thomas Clarence Love, now engaged in the feed business in the town of Lynn. He seems to be the possessor of those characteristics that make a definite degree of success wherever found, for he is not only industrious, believing in keeping his shoulder to the wheel, but is broad-minded and honorable, knowing that while one may beat his fellow men successfully for a time, in the end it does not pay and he is sure to be found out, thus ruining his reputation among his acquaintances which prevents to a large extent the successful carrying on of any large business, especially in a small town where everybody knows intimately every body else.
            Mr. Love was born in Greensfork township, Randolph county, October 8, 1886. He is a son of Thomas A. Love, who was born in 1860, and is a son of Lindsey and Mary Love. Thomas A. Love received a fairly good education and he grew to manhood on the home farm and worked there until his marriage, in 1881, when he espoused Clara Moody, who died in 1886, after which he went to Kansas and engaged in farming until 1896, when he left the Sunflower state and returned to Randolph county and resumed farming, which he continued with success until his death, in 1907. Politically, he was a Republican, but was never an office seeker, preferring to lead a quiet life on his farm He was a member of the Friends church, and fraternally he belonged to the Knights of Pythias.
            The mother of Thomas C. Love died when he was two weeks old, and he was reared by his grandparents, the Moodys. He worked on the farm of Grandfather Moody when a boy during the summer months and in the winter time attended the common schools of Lynn, graduating from the grade schools in 1904, after which he continued to work on his grandfather’s farm until 1913, when he left the farm and took up well drilling until August 21st of that year, when he purchased the feed exchange in Lynn, which he is now successfully conducting, and is building up a large and lucrative trade. He handles all kinds of feed, and has a modern grist mill, where he grinds feed in any manner desired. He handles the following brands of flour, both in wholesale and retail lots: "Gold Medal," "Richmond Fancy," "Carpenter," and "I-Am-Boss." He handles all kinds of coal and has quite a large trade in coal as well as feed and flour. He keeps at all times Oats, grasses, salt and stock foods. He also has an automobile agency.
            Politically, Mr. Love is a Progressive, and religiously, he belongs to the Friends church.
            Mr. Love was married December 25, 1907, to Edna May Chenoweth, who was born in Randolph county, December 20, 1889. She is a daughter of Benjamin F. and Hannah Chenoweth, a well-known family of this county. She grew to womanhood and was educated in her native community.
            To our subject and wife two children have been born, namely: Alice E., born February 12, 1909; and Idris L., born May 8, 1911.
Past and Present of Randolph County, Indiana, 1914.
Contributed by Gina Richardson

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