Biography of Norman Hurd
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NORMAN HURD was born October 30, 1820, in New Hampshire. He is the son of Stephen and Naby (Wilcox) Hurd, both natives of New Hampshire, and of English descent: In 1837, this family moved into Western New York, where they lived until 1843, when they moved west into Peoria County, Ill., and four years later into Marshall County, where the parents lived during the remainder of their lives. Norman lived at home, going to school until he was thirteen years old, and working on the farm. His education was limited, but by his own efforts he has acquired a good practical education. In the fall of 1864, he enlisted in Company F, Forty second Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and was honorably discharged June 15, 1865. He participated in the battles of Spring Hill, Franklin and Nashville. He was fortunately not wounded, but when he returned to his father's farm in Marshall County, Ohio, he was broken down in health from exposure and over exertion. In 1867, he was compelled to leave the farm, so he located at Walton, Cass Co., Ind., where he engaged in the lumber business. He engaged in this business seven years, when he returned to Marshall County, Ill., where he improved a farm and tilled it for three years. In the spring of 1877, he came to Kokomo and engaged in the manufacture of hardwood lumber, car, bridge and wagon timber. He is doing a good business of $40,000 per annum, employing thirty five hands. He located his mill and lumber yard near the Junction. Mr. Hurd started in life a poor boy, but through his own effort, with economy, he has accumulated good property. He is a Republican in politics. July 12, 1843, Mr. Hurd was married to Miss L. D. Hurd, who was born in New Hampshire, April 19, 1821. She was the daughter of Permenius and Sophia (Dean) Hurd, both natives of New Hampshire, of English descent. Three children have been born - Oliver S., Dexter N., of the firm of Hurd & Co., and Mariam A. Mr. and Mrs. Hurd are members of the Congregational Church, and are active workers and liberal supporters of their church.

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


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