Biography of R. T. Groves
Howard County, IN Biographies





R. T. GROVES is the son of James A. Groves, a native of Kentucky, and Mary (McCarty) Groves, born in Maryland. His parents came to Indiana in an early day and settled at Indianapolis. Mr. Groves was a brick and stone mason by trade, and built the old State House at Indianapolis, and the Madison Depot, the first in that city. He was a pioneer at La Fayette, and helped clear the ground that the public square now occupies. He made and laid the first brick in the city of Crawfordsville, Ind., and contracted and made the Government improvements for the Godfrey tribe of Indians in Miami County. He took an active part in developing the early railroads centering into Indianapolis, and took large contracts in many of the internal improvements of this State. After a long and useful life, he quietly passed away on April 12, 1876, aged seventy seven years. Robert T. Groves, was born in La Fayette, Ind., January 24, 1833, and six years later removed with his parents to Rushville, Ind., and in a short time was taken to Noblesville, where he received the benefits of the schools until seventeen years of age. He then removed with his parents to Lebanon, Ind., where he finished his education, after which he was employed by his father on the Indianapolis & Cincinnati Railroad. Later, he engaged in the livestock trade, after which he followed pork packing five years at Cincinnati, and one year at La Fayette. In 1874, he came to Kokomo, where he has since been engaged in the livery and sale stable business. He was married in Kokomo in July, 1878, to Miss Rebecca Luillin, of Kentucky. By this union they have two children - Franklin E. and William D. Mr. Groves is one of Kokomo's leading citizens; he has served as City Councilman, and is an active member of the Republican party.

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


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