Biography of Lincoln Guffin
Rush County, IN Biographies





LINCOLN GUFFIN, proprietor of the Guff in Dry aoods Corn. pany's store at Rushville, and one of that city's popular and progressive business men, is a native of Rush county, having been born in Noble township, September 23, 1864, a son of Andrew and Clara (Brooks) Guffin, both of Rush county. Andrew Guffin spent his entire life in the county, owning 300 acres of land in Noble township, and was recognized as one of the shrewd and able agriculturists of the community until the time of his death in 1903. He and his wife reared a family of nine children: Alice, who married Dr. W. T. Cooper; O. F., Lincoln, Nellie, who married O. J. Myers; Lucy, who married Alouzo Keisling; Andrew, Claude, Maude, who married John K. Stiers, and Theodosia. who married Claude B. Hunt. Lincoln Guffin was educated in the common schools of the county and at Little Flat Rock Seminary. from which he was graduated in 1884. Thereafter he taught school, and assisted his father about the farm. teaching for three years at the Hinchman school and then at New Salem. He then gave up the profession of educator in favor of farming, continuing on the land until the spring of 1893, when he removed to Rushville, being first employed as a clerk by William Bliss; After one year in . this position, he clerked for six years for Frank Wilson, leaving him th go into partnership in the clothing business with W. G. Mulno. He continued successfully in this business for eleven years and then sold out his interests to Mr. Mulno to open up his present dry goods establishment with his sister in law as his able assistant. Mr. Guffin says that the present volume of his business is largely due to her ability as a business woman and dry goods specialist. Mr. Guffin was married on November 20, 1890, to Nettie Myers, a daughter of John S. and Mary (Holman) Myers, and it was after her death in March, 1893, that he moved to Rushville. He was married to Leora Trusler on November 29, 1896. Both Mr. and Mrs. Guffin are devout members of the Christian church, in which Mr. Guffin was at one time a deacon and also an elder, as well as chairman of the official board. Mr. Guffin has the distinction of being the first president of the Rush County Chautauqua, which ranks second only to that at Winona. Fraternally he is Mason and a Knight of Pythias, and in his political views, holds to the principles of the Republican party.

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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