Wielding a force beyond the average in his community, the Hon. Perry Rule occupies a position of prominence,
recognized beyond the county in which he resides. Having been elected to the Legislature. he represented Carroll,
Howard and Miami counties, serving in the session of 1915. Mr. Rule is a man of more than ordinary ability, and
one in whom his constituents have the utmost confidence, believing their interests well looked after in every case
coming under his jurisdiction.
Perry Rule was born on January 21, 1873, in Elkhart county, Indiana, and is a son of Harrison and Rebecca (Dumire)
Rule. He was reared as a Dunkard, the faith of his farther, who was blind for twenty years prior to his death.
Mr. Rule cared for his father during his years of blindness, and educated himself by reading to him. At the age
of twenty one, March 4, 1894, he located in Deer Creek township, Carroll county, remaining there three years, when
he came to Camden, this county, in 1897. When he began farming for himself he had sixty acres of land given to
him and has since acquired and cleared one hundred and twenty acres, necessitating a great deal of hard labor.
He now has a total of over three hundred acres. Politically, Mr. Rule has always been an ardent supporter of Democratic
principles and has taken an active interest in politics. In the fall of 1907 he was elected trustee of Jackson
township, and served until January 1, 1915, when he was elected to the Legislature from Carroll, Howard and Miami
counties, Indiana. Religiously, although reared in the Dunkard faith, he has broken away from that belief, and
has allied his membership with the Church of the Brethren.
Harrison Rule, father of the subject of this sketch, was born in Seneca county, Ohio, and his wife, Rebecca (Dumire)
Rule, was born in Darke county, Ohio. They were united in marriage in Seneca, county, Ohio, and moved to Elkhart,
Indiana, some time between 1840 and 1850, residing there for a number of years, and in 188o removed to Clinton
country, where they spent the remainder of their lives. Mr. Rule died in 1894, and his wife died in 1875. They
were the parents of eleven children, only five of whom are now living: Sarah, who was married to Christ Miller,
of Clinton county, Indiana; Lena, who became the wife of Daniel Miller, of Carroll county; Thomas, of Goshen, Indiana;
Perry; and Mary, who became the wife of Alfred Culp, of Elkhart county. Harrison Rule was married a second time,
to which union two children were born, Rebecca, married Stephen Metzger; and Harrison.
Perry Rule was united in marriage on March 4, 1894, with Anna Wise, daughter of Isaac and Susan (Metzger) Wise.
She was born in Deer Creek township, where she spent her girlhood days and attended the district schools. To this
union have been born seven children; all but one of whom are living in 1915: Monroe, who was graduated from the
Camden high school; Alpha, who was graduated from the public school, and is in her third year at high school; Mabel;
James, Whitcomb and Riley, two sons and a daughter, all of whom were born on November 4, 1907, and of whom Mr.
Rule is duly proud. Mr. Rule is a citizen in whom his fellowmen may well take pride. He possesses a wonderful amount
of foresight, and represents sound principles and straightforward methods.
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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