W. J. MINER, one of the representative and leading men of Windfall, was born in Hendricks County, Ind., August
4, 1837, and is the oldest son of Richard and Lynda Mira (Jackson) Miner, both natives of Indiana. Richard Miner
was a farmer, but ultimately practiced law. He served as Probate Judge, also as Justice of the Peace for several
years. He was a local minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church. He died February 9, 1875, aged sixty two years.
W. J. Miner spent his youth on a farm, and received a common school education. At the age of sixteen, he began
an apprenticeship at the wagon maker's trade and worked one and a half years. He then worked one year as a journeyman,
after which he conducted a shop of hiso wn in Elwood until 1861. He enlisted, November, 1861, in Company E, Thirty
fourth Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry, as a private. He was soon promoted to Orderly Sergeant, later to Second
Lieutenant, and in 1863, at Vicksburg, to First Lieutenant. He was in battle at Port Gibson, Island No. 10, Chaplin
Hills, New Madrid, Point Pleasant, siege of Vicksburg and siege of Jackson. At the close of the war, he returned
to Madison County, where he engaged in the hardware business, and subsequently handled dry goods for a few years.
After this, he again entered the hardware business, and in February, 1875, located in Windfall and purchased a
half interest of A. W. Gould's stock. In October, 1877, Mr. Miner became successor to the firm of Gould & Miner,
and has since conducted the business, handling a full stock of hardware, building material and agricultural implements.
He is an active politician in the Democratic ranks, and was elected Township Trustee April 15, 1882. Mr. Miner
was married, April 24, 1866, to Miss Elizabeth Guisinger, of Anderson, Ind., and daughter of Dr. J. S. Guisinger.
They have three children - Orpha, Gertrude and Paul. Mr. Miner is a member of the Masonic fraternitiy and I. O.
O. F., and is one of the most successful business men of the village. His maternal grandparents were of Irish extraction.
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Tipton County, IN
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