Biography of O. V. Darby
Howard County, IN Biographies





O. V. DARBY, merchant, has a complete line of dry goods and carpets, doing a good business of $45,000 to $50,000 per year, and is now one among the leading merchants of Kokomo. E. V. Darby was born in Jackson Township, Howard County, January 3, 1853, and assisted his father upon the farm until he was sixteen years of age, when his father died. Soon after, he entered Wabash College at Crawfordville, Ind., for one year. He then returned home and assisted his elder brother, J. K., on the farm for one year. Mr. Darby then entered a dry goods store in Logansport as a clerk, at a salary of $3 per week. This was shortly increased to $10. In eighteen months, he changed to the Beehive Store, where he remained four years. He then took charge of a stock of goods owned by William Dolan, of Logansport, for three years. Mr. Dolan then began business in Kokomo with a branch stock with Mr. Darby in charge. Three months later, Mr. Darby and his brother, J. K., purchased this stock of dry goods and groceries, occupying two rooms on Main street, where they did an extensive business under the firm name of O. V. Darby & Brother, until August 1, 1882, when J. K. Darby retired and O. V. Darby became successor to the firm, and is now conducting a large and successful dry goods and carpet trade. Mr. Darby started in life a poor boy, being left an orphan when but seventeen years of age, but by being industrious and economical, starting on $3 per week, he has accumulated a fair competency and is now receiving a good income. He was married, in 1879, to Miss Eveline Vinnedge, of Kokomo. One daughter, Anna E., blesses this union. Mrs. Darby is member of the Congregational Church. Mr. Darby is a member of the I. O. O. F. and one of the enterprising public spirited business men of Kokomo.

From:
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Chicago 1883.


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