"It is not what you earn, but what you save that makes you rich," so the old saying goes, but the
gentleman whose name introduces the following sketch has both earned and saved, the result of which is centered
in his present successful business at Burrows, which he has followed for nine years, after having tried various
other vocations before finally making up his mind in which direction his qualifications pointed.
Harley Porter, proprietor of a general store at Burrows, Indiana, was born, June to, 1880, in Jefferson township,
Cass county, and is a son of Madison and Eliza (Miller) Porter. He lived at home and attended the public schools
until he was seventeen years of age, when he left the paternal roof and engaged in the railroad business, which
he followed for nine years, first with the Pennsylvania, then with the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy, and his
last employment in railroad work was with the Vandalia line. Giving up this vocation, Mr. Porter moved his family
to Burrows, where he followed the carpenter's trade for quite a length of time after which he became interested
in his present successful business. Politically, Mr. Porter has always voted the Republican ticket, while, religiously,
he belongs to the Christian church. He is a member of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, No. 109, at Logansport,
and in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows he belongs to Burrows Lodge No. 495, and Rockfield Encampment No. 163,
being a past noble grand in the subordinate lodge.
Madison Porter, father of the subject, was born in Clinton township. Cass county, Indiana, and is a son of Joshua
Porter. His wife was Eliza (Miller) Porter, daughter of Martin Miller. She also is a native of Clinton township,
Cass county. To Mr. and Mrs. Porter were born three sons: Harley; Cloyed, who lives at Logansport, and Norbert,
who lives at home with his parents. Madison and Eliza Porter still reside on their farm in Clinton township, Cass
Joshua Porter, the paternal grandfather. was an early pioneer in Ohio, coming to Clinton township, Cass county,
not long afterward, and made that location his permanent home, spending the remainder of his life there. Martin
Miller, the maternal grandfather, was of German lineage. He came from Pennsylvania and settled in Clinton township,
Cass county, where he spent a number of years, and whence he moved to the old Thomas Dillard place, where he lived
until his death.
Harley Porter was united in marriage. February 9, 1903, with Josephine Dodds, daughter of Andrew Dodds, of Clinton
township, Cass county. To Mr. and Mrs. Porter have been born four children: Mildred, deceased; Madeline, a student
at school; Gale and William Wayne, who are both at home. Mr. Porter carries with him the spirit of optimism and
encouragement and is always equal to any emergency of an ordinary character.
History of Carroll County, Indiana
Its People, Industries and Institutions
By: John C. Odell
B. F. Bowen & Company
Carroll County, IN
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