Biography of James W. Arbuclke
Rush County, IN Biographies





JAMES W. ARBUCKLE, one of the leading business men of Homer, this county, where he is engaged in the manufacture of tile, has spent practically his entire life in this community where he stands high in the confidence of the residents. He was born in Orange township, Rush county, February 23, 1867, a son of Nathan and Martha (Lawrence) Arbuckle, natives of Rush county, where the father followed farming and tile making all of his life. There were three children born to the parents, all of whom survive: Fred, Ida and James W James W. Arbuckle obtained his early education in the public schools of Walker township, following which he took a preparatory course in a school connected with DePauw University. He next attended the university, and graduated therefrom in 1892. Mr. Arbuckle not only made a good record as a student, but was prominently known in college athletics, being a member of the football and baseball varsity teams in 1891 and 1892. On leaving college he came to Homer and was employed by his father for several months, following which he went to Windfall, Ind., and becames superintendent of a drain tile factory of that place. After one year he returned to Homer and began teaching school, and after one year was made principal, a position which he retained two years more. He then rejoined his father in the manufacture of drain tile at Homer, which has a capacity of one carload of tile per day, in the production of which four kilns are used and employment is given to twelve persons. In 1908 Mr. Arbuckle and his father built a tile factory at Williamstown, on the southern border of the county, which is operated under the same management. The business is now a flourishing one, and Mr. Arbuckle is numbered among the substantial men of his community, being likewise known as a man of sound business judgment and keen foresight. He is a member of the Masonic lodge at Manilla, a thirty second degree Mason and Shriner, and holds membership also in the lodges of the Improved Order of Red Men and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, at Homer; and Elks Lodge, No. 1307, of Rushville. With his family, he belongs to the Homer Baptist church. His political support is given to the Democratic party. On April 7, 1892, Mr. Arbuckle was united in marriage to Julia Robertson, who was born and educated at Homer, daughter of James T. and Delilah (Cassady) Robertson. Mr. and Mrs. Arbuckle have one daughter : Ruth, born in March, 1894, a graduate of Shortridge high school, Indianapolis, now the wife of Harry M. Carr, of Indianapolis, with two children, Virginia R and William H.

From:
Centennian History of Rush County, Indiana
Edited by: A. L. Gary and E. B. Thomas
Historical Publishing Company
Indianapolis 1921


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