Biography of Samuel Stratton
Howard County, IN Biographies





SAMUEL STRATTON, son of Jonathan D. and Prudence Stratton, was born in Wayne County, near Richmond, in 1833; he removed with his parents to Rush County, where he lived until 1848, when his father purchased a farm in Harrison Township, Howard County. Our subject received a limited education, and early evinced a love for mechanics. At sixteen, he became a millwright, and erected a small mill on the creek, and at seventeen he repaired the corn crackers and wheat mills at New London and Alto; he subsequently constructed the Stratton Mill on the Wild Cat, near West Middleton, and successfully operated this mill for fifteen years. For some years, he was senior partner of the Anderson Machine Works. In 1867, he was elected to fill the unexpired term of Mr. Kirkpatrick as County Commissioner, and was reelected to the same office in 1868. During his term, he superintended the building of the court house in Kokomo. and has always taken an active interest in public improvements. For several years, he has been a director on the Kokomo & New London gravel road, and is now one of the owners and operators of the West Middleton Flouring Mills. Mr. Stratton was married, April 10, 1852, to Sarah J. Hollingsworth; he was reared in the Friends' faith, but having married outside of the denomination, was disowned by them. Mrs. Stratton died, and in July, 1868, he married Esther A. Stratton. This marriage was blessed with two children, both deceased. Mr. Stratton has been a strong believer in Spiritualism for thirty years. He is a Republican, and his father before him was a strong anti slavery Friend.

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


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