Biography of Elihu Price
Rush County, IN Biographies





ELIHU PRICE, a venerable and honored citizen of Arlington, now living in retirement after a long and busy life, spending his later years in quiet and in plenty as a result of his earlier years of strenuous endeavor, has been a life long resident of the county. having been born in Posey township on October 5, 1843. He is the son of John and Mary (Cotney) Price, both of whom were born and reared in Kentucky, whence they came to Rush county in about 1830. Here John Price devoted himself to agricultural pursuits. mostly in Posey township, and that he was successful is evidenced by the fact that he became the owner of 500 acres of land in Rush county. John Price was married twice and became the father of sixteen children by the two unions. Four of these children are now living, namely: Sarah, Elihu, Nathan and Jane. Elihu Price received his elementary education in the common schools of Posey township and then completed his studies in the normal school at Lebanon. Ind., where he attended two years. During the following eight years Mr. Price was engaged in teaching school, seven years in Rush county and one year in Jasper county, Illinois. He then turned his attention to farming in Posey township and devoted himself indefatigably until 1909, when he relinquished the active duties of the farm and removed to Arlington, where he now resides. His first efforts as an independent farmer were on rented land, but he later bought 160 acres, which was eventually increased to 230 acres. Since his retirement from the active management of the farm, it is being operated by his son Noah. The place is well improved. Here Mr. Price carried on general farming and stock raising and as a farmer has always been held in high repute. On August 17, 1871, Mr. Price was married to Mary Reddick, who was born in Ripley township, this county, the daughter of John and Catherine (Ruby) Reddick, both of whom were natives of the state of Ohio. Mr. Reddick was a farmer by vocation and was the father of ten children, of whom the following survive: Lewis, Mary, Amanda, Elizabeth, Noah, Frank and Jesse. To Mr. and Mrs. Price have been born six children, all of whom are living, namely: John J., Mary C., Amanda, Jesse F., Sarah J. and Noah. John J., who is a farmer in Posey township, married Flora Jamison, who died on August 11, 1908. Mary C. became the wife of Jesse Nelson, a farmer of Shelby county, Indiana, and they have three children, Bessie married Rowland Earnest, a farmer of Posey township, and they have four children: Howard, Dallas, Katheryn and Robert; Braynard, farmer in Shelby county, married Alta Pitts and they have one child, Margarie, and Warren, a farmer of Shelby county, married Lillian Jordan. Amanda became the wife of Hugh Birt, a farmer of Posey township. Jesse F., who also is a farmer in Posey township, married Lillian Green and they have two children: Everett C. and Charles E. Sarah J. became the wife of Earl Mull, a farmer in Walker township, and they have one child, Leoto, who married and is the mother of one child, Geonie. Noah, who lives on the home farm, married Laura Abercrombie, and they have one child, Donald. Politically, Mr. Price has been a lifelong supporter of the Democratic party and has held several public offices, having served four years as trustee of Posey township and eight years as justice of the peace. He and his wife are members of the Christian church at Arlington and, fraternally, he is a member of Beech Grove Lodge, No. 399, Independent Order of Odd Fellows; at Arlington.

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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