Randolph County, Indiana
William H. Mote
William H. Mote,
the present popular and efficient postmaster at Union City was born June 7,
1869, in Wayne township, Randolph county. He is a son of Rufus G. and Elmira
(Turner) Mote. The father was born in Darke county, Ohio, and is still
living. The mother was born near Winchester, Indiana, and is also still living.
Rufus G. Mote was a soldier in Company H, One Hundred and Twenty-fourth
Indiana Volunteer Infantry, under Captain Neff, having enlisted in 1863,
from Randolph county, serving until the close of the war in a most creditable
manner. He was with Sherman in the Atlanta campaign and was with Thomas
at Nashville. He thus took part in many important battles and campaigns. He has
devoted his active life to general farming but is now living retired in Union
City. His family consisted of only two children, William H., of this
sketch, and Olive V., now deceased.
people who constitute the bone and sinew of this country are certainly not
those who are unsettled and unstable; who change from one occupation to
another; who take no interest in public affairs, never assist in establishing
schools, churches and in encouraging the enforcement of laws. The backbone of
this country is made up of the families who have made their homes; who are
alive to the best interests of the community in which they reside; who are so
honest that it is no trouble for their neighbors to know it; who attend to
their own business and are too busy to attend to that of others; who work on
steadily from day to day, taking the sunshine with the storm and who rear a
family to a comfortable home and an honest life. Such people are always welcome
in any community. They are wealth producers. Randolph county has been blessed
with a goodly number of such, among whom is the subject of this sketch.|
William H. Mote
grew to manhood on the home farm where he worked hard when a boy and received a
good education in the common schools, later was graduated from the Eastern
Indiana Normal at Portland, also was graduated from Valparaiso College. He was
clerk in the county treasurerís office under Turner and Harland Ruby.
He then returned to the farm and successfully engaged in tilling the soil in
this county until 1899, in which year he organized a business at Bartonia, now
known as the Farm Supply Company, dealing in farm implements, hardware and a
number of things used by all farmers. He got a very good start, but
discontinued the business there in 1901, and moved the same to Union City. Mr.
Mote was at that time head of the concern and his energy, sound judgment
and honest dealings made it a pronounced success and it has steadily grown to
the present time. He is now a stockholder in the same.
Mr. Mote has
ever taken an abiding interest in public affairs. He served four years in the
common council of Union City to which he was elected in 1906, his term expiring
in 1910, and during that period he did much for the permanent good of the city.
He is a loyal Republican and has been influential in local political affairs
for some time. He was appointed postmaster at Union City February 16, 1911,
under President Taft. His term expires in February, 1915. He is
discharging the duties of the same in a highly acceptable manner to the people
and the administration. He owns a pleasant home in Union City. Fraternally, he
belongs to the Knights of the Golden Eagle at Bartonia, also is a member of the
Masonic Order at Union City. He is a member of the Christian church and is
chairman of the official board of the same.
Mr. Mote was
married October 12, 1892, to Florence E. Woodbury, who was
born south of Union City in Randolph county, June 18, 1874. She is a daughter
of Samuel C. and Alice (Galloway) Woodbury, the father a native
of Indiana and the mother of Ohio. Mrs. Mote received a common school
education, was also graduated from the high school at Union City (on the Ohio
side). She taught one term of school before her marriage.
Two children have
been born to Mr. and Mrs. Mote, namely: Harriet A., born
September 8, 1893, is now a student in Northwestern University; she is a
talented musician and is studying both vocal and instrumental music. Seibert
W., the son, was born July 1, 1898, and is now attending high school in
Past and Present of Randolph County, Indiana, 1914.
Contributed by Gina Richardson
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