Biography of H. E. Daubenspeck
Rush County, IN Biographies





H. E. DAUBENSPECK, one of those farmers of Rush county whose success is directly attributable to astute and careful management, conducts large farming operations in Union township from his home in Rushville. He was born on September 20, 1858, in Union township, the son of Harvey and Margaret (Hinchman) Daubenspeck, the former a native of Kentucky, the latter of Rush county. Haney Daubenspeck came to this county on September 12, 1827, when two years of age, with his father Jacob, who entered and bought land in Union township, farming and trading throughout his entire life. He was an intensely religious man, was a preacher in the Christian church, and was one of the founders of Ben Davis Creek Church. At one time during his life he owned about 700 acres in this county and died full of honor and years at the advanced age of ninety seven. Harvey Daubenspeck received his education in the public schools of the township, and grew to manhood on his father's farm. He then rented land from his father and began farming for himself, and in 1849 he bought 160 acres in Union township where he lived until 1865. At that time he bought an additional 160 acres in the same section, to which he moved. Here he continued successfully, acquiring in all 510 acres, all in Union township, before death called him in 1918 at the age of ninety two years. He was one of the most extensive stock raisers of the county, feeding out all his own grain and buying other, feeding out as an approximate average 200 head of hogs and from fifty to seventy five of cattle. He and his wife were the parents of eleven children, nine of whom are now living, those besides the subject of this sketch being Emely, widow of O. M. Smith, who lives at the corner of Ninth and Harrison streets Ain Rushville; Elizabeth, now Mrs. Anthony Kline; Rebecca, now Mrs. James M. Smith, of Union township, this county; Jacob C., who lives in Idaho; Effie, now Mrs. A. C. Haskett, of Union township; Philip S., who is farming the home place in Union township; Iva, who is making her home with Mrs. A C. Haskett, and Miles of Fayette county. H. E. Daubenspeck was educated in the schools at Glenwood and upon leaving school he farmed with his father until he was able to buy eighty acres from him. Since then he has steadily added to his possessions until he now owns 605 acres, all in Union township. He has done a general farming and stock raising business, and on the home place of 255 acres, which he has greatly improved by the addition of modern buildings and equipment, he would feed out about 600 head of hogs and thirty of cattle. On February 21, 1883, he was married to Jessie Blackledge, a daughter of Clinton and America (Amos) Blackledge, and their union has been blessed with four children: Clarence, Paul, Ruby, and Wayne. Clarence married Laura Ging and has two children, Veril and Mary Ella. Paul married Hazel Hinchman and has two children, Robert and Marion. Ruby married Ernest Staida and has two children, June and Edgar Neal. Wayne is unmarried and lives at home with his parents. Mr. Daubenspeck has been one of the most earnest workers in the cause of the Christian church, and has held nearly all the lay offices, being now an elder. He is an ardent fraternalist, being a thirty second degree Mason and a member of the Shrine, Murat Temple, Indianapolis, a Knight of Pythias and a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. The principles of the Republican party coincide most nearly with his own political views, and he is consequently counted among its supporters, taking an active interest in all questions both local and national.

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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