Randolph  County,  Indiana

Charles  D. Wysong
            It is a great privilege to be able to spend our lives on the old home place. "The roof that heard our earliest cry," in the language of the poet Tennyson, has a charm and fascination for us which we can not find elsewhere, and no matter where on earth our restless footsteps may wander we ever long to be back under the old roof-tree of our parents. However, this is not always the privilege of man. For many reasons, often through necessity, we leave our childhood home and seek our fortune in other countries, and seldom revisit the hearthstone around which we played as a child. So those who, like Charles D. Wysong, one of Randolph county's most successful and extensive farmers, are fortunate enough to spend, if not all, the major portion of their lives at their birthplace, are to be envied, and, no doubt, being a fair-minded man, he fully appreciated the privilege and he has labored hard to keep the old place well tilled and well improved, so that it has retained, rather than lost, its original strength of soil, and the home has been carefully looked after and tastily kept.
            Mr. Wysong was born May 27, 1875, on a farm three miles south of Winchester, where he now lives. He is a scion of one of our worthiest and most prominent pioneer families, being a son of Harvey and Mary (Summers) Wysong. The mother died when our subject was only five days old and he was reared by relatives, being taken by an uncle when fifteen months old. He grew up, therefore, in the home of John D. Summers and wife, remaining with them until he was about eighteen years of age, assisting Mr. Summers on his garden farm, his uncle having been a gardener. During that period our subject attended the Winchester public schools. The death of his father occurred on September 6, 1893, and, he being the only heir to the homestead and his father's entire estate, moved to the home farm, which consisted of three hundred and ninety acres. He went to work with a will and prospered with the advancing years, adding to his original holding until he is now owner of five hundred and twenty acres in one tract, and also one hundred and forty acres in West River township. His land ranks with the best in Randolph county, and he has placed it under modern improvements and a high state of cultivation. It is nearly all tillable. It is all well fenced and well drained. He carries on general farming and stock raising on an extensive scale, and was formerly one of our best known fancy stock breeders, but has abandoned that department. He is one of the most substantial farmers of his township and one of the best posted on farming and livestock.
            Mr. Wysong was married October 12, 1898, to Margaret T. Anderson, a daughter of Edmund L. and Lydia (Paxson) Anderson, who lived at Union City, Indiana, at the time of our subject's marriage. They are now residents of Anderson, this state. Four children have been born to our subject and wife, namely: Mary Lydia, born December 17, 1900; John Harvey, born August 12, 1902; James Edmund, born February 21, 1907; Robert Anderson, born June 21, 1909.
            Politically, Mr. Wysong is a Democrat and he has always given his support to such measures as make for the public weal. He belongs to the Masonic Order, including the Blue Lodge, No.638, Chapter No.35, Council No.20, Commandery, also belongs to the Knights of Pythias No.91. Mrs. Wysong is a member of the Eastern Star. He and his family are members of the Main Street Church of Christ. The family is prominent in the social life of the community, and the picturesque Wysong home is frequently the gathering place for their many friends, the best people of the county.
Past and Present of Randolph County, Indiana, 1914.
Contributed by Gina Richardson
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