Biography of Jesse A. Leisure
Rush County, IN Biographies





JESSE A. LEISURE, who occupied a prominent place in the esteem of the people of his section of the county, not only because of his business success, but because of his sterling qualities of character, is a worthy representative of one of the excellent old families of the county, members of which have figured more or less prominently in the affairs of the community, and this review of his career in connection with other representative citizens of Rush county therefore is timely. Jesse A. Leisure is a native son of Rush county, having been born in Ripley township on December 29, 1858. He is the son of John and Jane (Green) Leisure, both of whom also were born and reared in Rush county, the father in Posey township and the mother in Ripley township. John Leisure followed farming throughout his active life and was successful in his business affairs, becoming the owner of 1,120 acres of land in Ripley township. To him and his wife were born four children, of whom three are living, namely, Sarah L., Cora A. and Jesse A. The subject received his educational training in the Ernest school in Ripley township, and after finishing his studies he went to work for his father on the home farm. Two years later he was married and then began farming on his own account. Going to Jackson township, he bought 160 aeres of land, which he operated for four years, and then sold that and moved to his present location in that same township, buying 330 acres. Persistent industry and good management characterized his efforts and as he prospered he increased his land holdings until he became the owner of 1,400 acres of excellent farm land. However, he has since given 460 acres of land to his two sons, so that his present holdings amount to 940 acres. Mr. Leisure cultivates practically the entire place, carrying on a general line of farming, and in connection he raises considerable live stock, marketing about 500 head of hogs and about 100 head of cattle each year. The improvements on his farm are all of a permanent, substantial and attractive character, the general appearance of the place indicating the owner to be a man of good taste and sound judgment. On October 20, 1881, Jesse A. Leisure was married to Hannah J. Gilson, a native of Center township, Rush County, and the daughter of John M. and. Sophrona (Fry) Gilson, both of whom also were born and reared in Rush county, Mr. Gilsom having been a successful farmer in Center township. Mr. and Mrs. Leisure have two children, Harry R. and Orville G. Harry R. Leisure, who is engaged in farming in Ripley township, married Effie Linville and to them have been born six children, of whom four are living, Mabel M., George, Harry, Jr., and Eugene. Orville G. Leisure, who farms in Jackson township, married Mabel Linville, and of the three children born to them, two are living, Jesse S. and Edith L. Politically, Mr. Leisure has always been a stanch supporter of the Democratic party and has taken a keen and intelligent interest in public affairs, especially as relating to his own county and community, invariably giving his earnest support to every movement for the advancement of the general welfare. He is an active member of the Church of Christ at Little Blue River and has been an elder in this church for twenty five years. He is counted one of the leaders in thought and action in his community and enjoys to a marked degree the confidence and respect of all who know him.

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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