Biography of Frank McCorkle
Rush County, IN Biographies





FRANK McCORKLE, trustee of Anderson township, a substantial landowner of this county and the local agent for the sale of the Ford automobiles at Milroy, at which place he has made his home since retiring from the active labors of the farm about ten years ago, is recognized as one of the "live wires" of that section of Rush county and during the period of his incumbency as township trustee has been able to do much in the way of advancing public improvements thereabout. Mr. McCorkle is a native son of Anderson township and has lived there all his life. He was born on a farm in the vicinity of Milroy on October 22, 1877, son of John H. and Mary (Young) McCorkle, both of whom also were born in this county, members of pioneer families, and who for the past three or four years have been living retired at Milroy. John H. McCorkle is a son of John and Jane (Howe) McCorkle, both of whom were born in Fleming county, Kentucky, who located on a farm in Anderson township, this county, shortly after their marriage and here spent the remainder of their days, John McCorkle dying on January 16, 1850. His widow survived him for years and continued to maintain the farm home, directing the operations of the farm with skill and energy. John McCorkle was the son of Joseph and Bannah (Scott) McCorkle, both natives of Kentucky, the former of whom was the son of James McCorkle, a native of Scotland, who had come to this country in colonial days and upon the outbreak of the Revolutionary war had joined his forces with those of the colonists and while serving as a soldier of the Revolution was seriously wounded at the battle of Cowpens. Upon the creation of the republic he accepted a land grant in what then was Kentucky county, Virginia, and settled on the same, thus becoming one of the real pioneers of the commonwealth of Kentucky. John McCorkle, the grandson of this Revolutionary hero and the grandfather of the subject of this sketch, settled on a quarter of a section of land in Anderson township upon coming up here from Kentucky and that tract is now one of the most valuable thereabout. He and his wife were the parents of three children, John H. McCorkle having two sisters, Sallie and America. John B. McCorkle completed his schooling at the old Richland Academy. His father having died when he was but a boy and he being the only son, he was from the days of his boyhood a mainstay of his mother in the operations of the home farm and after his marriage continued farming and was so engaged until his retirement from the active labors of the farm in January, 1918, and removed to Milroy, where he and his wife are now living and where they are very comfortably situated. He has a good farm of 250 acres and is regarded as one of the substantial citizens of the Milroy neighborhood. His wife, who was Mary H. Young, also is a member of one of the old families of Rush county. They have three children, the subject of this sketch having two sisters, Jessie, who married Cash Redmon, and Maude, wife of Bugh Cowan. Frank McCorkle was reared on the farm and received his schooling at Milroy and at the Richland high school. From the days of his boyhood he was trained to the ways of the farm and after his marriage at the age of twenty-three became engaged in farming on his own account, renting a tract of 640 acres, which he continued to operate for twelve years and on which in addition to his general farming, he gave considerable attention to the raising of live stock, feeding six or eight car loads of hogs a year and also going in quite extensively to the breeding of fine horses. In 1912 Mr. McCorkle retired from the farm and moved to Milroy, on the edge of which village he bought a tract of ninety-five acres, which he later increased to 185 acres, and platted twenty acres of this to town lots, the same being known as the New Addition. Upon moving to Milroy Mr. McCorkle secured the local agency for the sale of Ford automobiles, his territory covering Orange, Anderson, Richland, the south half of Noble and the south half of Rushville townships, and has been highly successful in the distribution of this popular car. In 1914 Mr. McCorkle was elected trustee of Anderson township and so highly appreciated were his services during the first term of his incumbency that he was re-elected and is now serving his second term. During this period of service Mr. McCorkle has done much toward the general consolidation of the schools of Anderson township and in other ways has demonstrated his interest in the betterment and development of public conditions, long having been recognized by the people of that township as "the right man in the right place." It was in the year 1900 that Frank McCorkle was united in marriage to Inez M. Cowan, who also was born in this county, daughter of John A. Cowan, and to this union two children have been born: Gertrude Louise and Charles Wilbur. Mr. and Mrs. McCorkle are members of the United Presbyterian church and take an active interest in the work of the church as well as in all local good works. Politically, Mr. McCorkle is a Republican and has long been recognized as among the leaders of that party in his section of the county. Be is a thirty-second degree Mason, affiliated with the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Indianapolis, and is a noble of the Ancient Arabic Order, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, affiliated with Murat Temple, Indianapolis, as well as a member of the local lodge of the Knights of Pythias at Milroy and of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks at Rushville, in the affairs of all of which fraternal organizations he takes an earnest interest.

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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