OSCAR APPLEGATE, a well known farmer and stock raiser of Noble township, is numbered among the substantial citizens
of his section of the county. Mr. Applegate was born on November 27, 1852, on the farm where he now lives, and
he is a son of John and Ann (Kerr) Applegate, the former a native of Ohio and the latter of Fayette county, Indiana.
John Applegate was brought by his parents to Fayette county, Indiana, in his boyhood and there he remained until
1845, when he came to Rush county, locating on the farm now occupied by the subject of this sketch. Here, in addition
to farming the land, he followed his trade, that of a wagon, buggy and carriage maker, in which he won considerable
renown for the high quality of his work. In 1855 he won a silver cup at Louisville, Ky., for building the finest
carriage that was exhibited there that year. He died in 1870 and was survived many years by his widow, whose death
occurred in 1894. They were the parents of two children, Oscar and Rhoda. Oscar Applegate received his education
in the common schools of Noble township, and after completing his studies he remained on his father's farm and,
after the death of the latter, he acquired title to the place and has continued to reside there to the present
time. The farm comprises 227 acres, all in one body. and here Mr. Applegate has been engaged in general farming
and stock raising. He puts about forty acres to corn, the same amount to small grains and also gives some of the
land over to pasturage, keeping a herd of fifty sheep the year round He also feeds from fifty to sixty head of
sheep annually. In 1882 Mr. Applegate was married to Nan Blacklidge, the daughter of Martin and Augusta Blacklidge,
and they have become the parents of four children. namely: Arnest, who married Hazel Murphy; Rhoda, who became
the wife of Clarence Kinner and they have one child, Marcellus Arthur and Charles are deceased. Politieally, Mr.
Applegate gives earnest support to the Republican party. Personally, he is a man of many splendid qualities of
character and is deservedly popular in his community.
Centennian History of Rush County, Indiana
Edited by: A. L. Gary and E. B. Thomas
Historical Publishing Company
Rush County, IN
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