JOHN F. CROSS is one of the extensive landowners of Rush county and his home farm of 120 acres in Rushville
township is under his own supervision, and is conducted according to modern methods. He was born in Jackson township,
this county, November 2, 1855, a son of Jacob and Jane (Harter) Cross, natives of Greene county, Pennsylvania,
and Kentucky, respectively Both were brought to Indiana at an early day by their parents and were reared and educated
in Rush county. With the exception of a year spent in Iowa, Jacob Cross spent his life in Rush county, and devoted
himself to agricultural pursuits. He and his wife had eight children, six of whom survive, namely: Polly A., Elizabeth,
Malinda, John F., Laura, and Harvina T. John F. Cross attended the schools of Jackson township and was a student
of the Downey school. After the completion of his schooldays he was engaged in farming with his father, with whom
he remained until his marriage, at that time moving to his own farm of ninety acres which his father had given
him when he reached his majority. Here he continued to live until 1902 and then moved to Rushville; but in 1910
resumed his agricultural operations, locating on his present farm of 120 acres in Rushville township. He also owns
his father's homestead of 500 acres which he rents to his sons, Chester F. and Chase G. Cross. On his own homestead
Mr. Cross is doing general farming and raises about 200 head of hogs annually. Mr. Cross has been twice married.
On January 17, 1878, he was united in marriage to Olive Powell, daughter of John M. and Mary E. (Porter) Powell,
natives of Kentucky and Rush county, Indiana, respectively, the former of whom was a farmer. Mr. and Mrs. Powell
had three children, but only one, Homer, survives. Mrs. Olive Cross was born in Jackson township, this county,
and was here educated. She died on May 10, 1900, and her remains were laid to rest in East Hill cemetery. She bore
her husband three children, of whom two survive: Chester F. and Chase G., Nora having died at the age of ten years.
On February 20, 1910, Mr. Cross married Lula Smith, daughter of William P. and Frances E. (Porter) Smith, and who
died on May 8, 1921. Mr. Smith was a machinist of Jackson township, where his daughter was born. Mr. and Mrs. Smith
had eight children, of whom five are now living, Laura, Mila A., Charles, Cassius, and Hazel M. Mr. Cross is a
Democrat. The two sons of Mr. Cross are married. Chester F. Cross married Carrie Northam and has one child, Tracy.
Chase G. Cross married Jennie Osborn and has three children, Olive, Mary E. and Annabelle. These young men are
numbered among the alert young farmers of Jackson township and are very successful in their work of conducting
the old Cross homestead in that neighborhood.
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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