It is the progressive, wide awake young man who makes the real history of a community: His influence as a potential
factor in the community of his residence is hard to estimate. The examples successful young men furnish of patient
purpose and steadfast integrity illustrate what every young man may accomplish. There is always a full measure
of satisfaction in referring even in a casual way to the achievements of successful men, because they give strength
and solidity to the institutions which reflect the prosperity of a community. Such a young man is Russell D. Voorhees,
one of the proprietors of the Voorhees Lumber Company, of Flora, Indiana.
Mr. Voorhees, who is a young man of far more than average ability, has enjoyed rather exceptional educational advantages.
He was born on January 19, 1892, in Flora, and is the son of Charles and Addie (Roach) Voorhees. The late Charles
Voorhees, who died on July 4, 1913, was a native of Monroe township, born in 1865. He was educated in the district
schools and, at the age of nineteen, became interested in the lumber business and, for some time, was a partner
in the firm of Voorhees Brothers. In 1893 he sold his interest and engaged in the livery business at Flora for
a short time. He then moved to a farm in Monroe township, but, after living there for eighteen months, sold out
and established a lumber yard at Monon, Indiana, in 1899. After selling the lumber yard at Monon, he purchased
a yard at Gaston, Indiana. in 1901, but left Gaston to return to Flora, where, with his brother. R. D. Voorhees.
he started the Voorhees Lumber Company. In 1907 he organized the Flora Saw Mill Company and three years later engaged
in the automobile business, with which he was connected at the time of his deaths.
In 1886 Charles Voorhees was married to Addie Roach, who was a native of Young America. Cass county, Indiana, and
who died on August 18, 1915. To them were born two children. Mabel, who attended the high school in Monon and is
the wife of Roy Good, of Flora, Indiana; and Russell D., the subject of this sketch.
Russell D. Voorhees has spent all of his life in Flora, with the exception of two years. when he was a student
at Indiana University at Bloomington. Previously, he had received a good common school education and was graduated
from the Flora high school. Mr. Voorhees was one of the most popular students at the state university during the
period of his studentship. He was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity at the university and, since leaving school,
has taken a great interest in the affairs of this fraternity and generally is to be found at the fraternity banquets.
In 1912 Russell D. Voorhees engaged in the lumber business with his father. About one year later, on April 2, 1913,
he was married to Pauline V. Wood. who was educated in the public schools of Montpelier, Indiana.
Mr. and Mrs. Voorhees are members of the Christian church and Mr. Voorhees is a trustee in the church. Among his
other interests. Mr. Voorhees is the organist in the Flora Christian church and he is also otherwise active in
church affairs. Fraternally, Russell D. Voorhees is a member of Flora Lodge No. 605, Free and Accepted Masons.
He is also a member of the thirty second degree Scottish Rite Masons and a member of Murat Temple, Nobles of the
Mystic Shrine, at Indianapolis. He is senior deacon in the Masonic lodge. Mr. Voorhees also belongs to Fountain
City Lodge No. 28o, Knights of Pythias. Although nominally identified with the Democratic party, he has never taken
a great interest in politics. He is energetic in business, personally cordial in his manners, respected and admired
in the town where he resides.
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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