Biography of John O. Behymer
Tipton County, IN Biographies





JOHN O. BEHYMER was born in Rush County, Ind., April 9. 1855, and in 1861 removed with his parents to Grant County, where he resided until 1874. During the first. few years of his life, he did not have the advantage of schooling, and at the age of ten summers could not read. He entered the public schools at the age of eleven, and before he was of age had a good common school education. He passed his first examinatiori in 1875, and obtained a first class license as a teacher in the common schools. He came to Tipton County in the fall of 1876, and secured the school at the Burket Schoolhouse in Madison Township, which he taught with much success. He purchased an interest in the News office at Windfall in 1877, and while he was one of the proprietors he continued teaching until February, 1880. He was married to Anna E. O'Banion, of Tipton, March 11, 1880, and purchased one half interest in the Tipton Weekly Times during the same month. He remained one of the proprietors of the Times until February, 1881, when he disposed of his interest. He established the Tipton Saturday Express March 19, 1881, which paper he conducted successfully until he sold it March 24, 1883. During his career as editor of the Express, he spoke his sentiments fearlessly on any and all subjects, advocating that which he thought was right, and denouncing that which he believed to be wrong. During the political contest of 1882, the Express, under Mr. Behymer's management, was renowned for its true Democracy, and was ever found battling for the success of the Democratic ticket. The Express had a large circulation in the county, and was doing its share of the legal printing when it was sold. It is needless to say that Mr. Behymer was an uncompromising Democrat. He has recently purchased the Winamac Democrat, the party organ of Pulaski County, and will shortly remove thither.

From:
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Chicago 1883.


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