Biography of W. H. Smelser
Rush County, IN Biographies





W. H. SMELSER, one of the favorably known and representative citizens of Rush county, in which he has spent his life, has a fine farm in Noble township He was born in Jackson township, this county, on May 3, 1851, the son of Boone D. and Malissa (Morris) Smelser, the former a native of Union county, Indiana, and the latter of Rushville township, this county. Boone DeHaven Smelser, grandfather on his mother's side, was a relative of the DeHaven that loaned George Washington $50,000 at Valley Forge to carry on the Revolutionary war. The Smelser family comes of sterling old Kentucky stock. The subject's grandfather, John Smelser, came in an early day to Union county, Indiana. Sometime later he came to Rush county and bought a large tract of land in Jackson township. His son, Boone D. Smelser, was but three weeks old when the family came to Rush county and he was reared to manhood on the Jackson township farm, securing his education in the schools of that neighborhood. After his marriage, he devoted his attention to farming, which he followed during the remainder of his life. He was successful and at one time was the owner of 600 acres of land in Jackson township. Selling that land, he bought 720 acres of land in Montgomery county, which he operated for four years. He then went to Alabama, but a short time later he came back to Rush county and bought 160 acres in Union township, where he was engaged in farming up to the time of his retirement. He carried on general farming operations, giving special attention to the raising of wheat, and also raised considerable live stock. He and his wife are both deceased, his death occurring in 1914 and that of his wife in 1895. They were the parents of eleven children, of whom seven are now living, namely: W. H., Fannie, John, Laura, Edward, Bert and Mattie. W. H. Smelser received his education in the common schools of Jackson township, and after completing his studies he worked for his father on the home farm up to the time of his marriage. He then started farming for himself in Union township, renting land for a number of years, and then, in 1900, he bought the place on which he is now living in Noble township, comprising 110 acres. He has placed all of the improvements on this place, has always maintained it in the best possible condition and has met with excellent success in his operations. Besides carrying on a general line of farming, he feeds from fifty to sixty hogs a year, giving special preference to the Poland China breed. In 1875 Mr. Smelser was married to Sarah Hinchman, the daughter of Andrew and Mary Henchman, and they have become the parents of five children: Cora, Charles, Albert. Chester and Chase. Cora became the wife of O. D. Green and they have seven children: Marie, Maude, Anna, Florence, Frank, Earl and Harvey. Albert married Opal Sims and they have one child, Maxine. Chester married Bessie Smith and they have one child, Josephine. Politically, Mr. Smeller gives his support to the Democratic 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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