Biography of Orion M. Wagoner
Carroll County, IN Biographies





ORION M. WAGONER.

Among the many successful men who have won the respect and sincere regard of their fellow citizens, few are held in greater esteem than Orion M. Wagoner, farmer and stock raiser of Carrollton township. His ability in his chosen vocation has proven his worth to the community beyond a question of doubt. A descendant of those sturdy hearted pioneers who, by their sterling qualities, have made all things possible, he has inherited the moral courage necessary to his achievement and has made full use of these powers.

Orion M. Wagoner was born on January 3, 1869, in Jackson township, Carroll county, and is the son of Isaac and Sarah C. (Bone) Wagoner. Isaac Wagoner was the son of Martin Wagoner, who came to Carroll county in the early days from Pennsylvania, and began the cultivation of land, spending the rest of his life in the county of his adoption. Isaac Wagoner, through his marriage to Sarah Bone, became the father of these children: Orion M., and Zulema, wife of James Bridge and living on the Michigan road. Sarah (Bone) Wagoner was the daughter of Adam Bone, who was one of the early settlers of Carroll county. Adam Bone traveled from Ohio to Indiana with an ox team, and upon his arrival settled on the section of land which now comprises the farms of David Black and William Wingard. Shortly after their marriage, Isaac Wagoner and his wife settled in Carrollton township and later removed to Jackson, but soon returned to Carrollton township, where they spent the rest of their lives. Sarah (Bone) Wagoner passed away on March 22. 1909, and since her death Isaac Wagoner has resided with his daughter. whose home is located on the Michigan road, in Carrollton township.

Orion M. Wagoner was reared on the home place and received his education in the district schools of his native county. Until his marriage to Louanna Eikenberry, on March 2, 1892, he assisted with the work on the home place, but, after his marriage, began operations for himself. Louanna Eikenberry was the daughter of Henry D. and Susan (Smoyer) Eikenberry. Henry D. Eikenberry was born in Monroe township, Carroll county. The Enkenherry family came from College Corner, Union county, Indiana, and most of them are living at Flora, Indiana. Henry D. Eikenberry and his wife were the parents of five children: Mettie, wife of George Allabaugh; Louanna, wife of Orion M. Wagoner; Rosella, wife of Jacob Kingery; Effie, wife of Newton Landes, and Fannie, wife of Dr. C. W. Reiff, of Idaville, Indiana.

Orion M. Wagoner and his wife were the parents of three children, two of whom are deceased. The names of the children follow : Lee Ellis, born on February 15, 1897, and died on December 18, 1910; Roy Newton, born on April 26, 1900, and died on October 16, 1912; Laurel H., born on August 7, 1903, and now in school.

Orion M. Wagoner has always been a hard working man, but his many duties on the farm have not prevented him from taking active interest in other matters. He is a member of Fountain City Lodge No. 280, Knights of Pythias, at Flora, and a member of the Presbyterian church at Wheeling, in which he is an active deacon. In political faith he is a Democrat and a stanch supporter of the party principles. His farm of eighty acres bears witness to his industry as a farmer and his life to his qualifies as a man.

From:
History of Carroll County, Indiana
Its People, Industries and Institutions
By: John C. Odell
B. F. Bowen & Company
Indianapolis 1916


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