Biography of R. B. Huston



Berrien County

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Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]

was born in Indiana, Nov. 15, 1829, and was the eldest son of Wm. Huston, a native of Ohio, but who removed to Michigan in 1835, being one of the first settlers in Galien township. His death occurred March 22, 1844; leaving behind a widow and five children, the widow still living. After the death of his father, R. B. Huston remained at home with his mother, assisting her in the management of the farm and care of the family until he was twenty-six years of age. May 4, 1856, he married Miss Martha A., daughter of Henry and Nancy Waterhouse. Ten children have been added to their family circle and two taken away again. Names and ages as follows: Rhoda L., born Oct. 18, 1858. Loretta A., born Sept. 13, 1860; died Dec. 26, 1878. George E., born March 7, 1862. Mary, born Aug. 11, 1864. Nancy, born April 12, 1866. John W., born May 30, 1869. Sylva A., born Feb. 7, 1871; died Aug. 2, 1872. Minerva M., born Feb. 11, 1874. Wm. J., born Jan. 10, 1876. Grace M., born May 5, 1877. After his marriage he remained at the old homestead for two years, then moved to his present home, a farm of one hundred and twenty acres; he also owns another farm of eighty acres one mile west of his residence. In the early settlement of the county the opportunities for securing an education were very limited; he attended a few terms of the district school, where he received his only education.

Mrs. Huston's father and mother were natives of Vermont, where she was born March 25, 1839; was the youngest of six children. Her parents removed to Ohio when she was four years old, and from there to Galien, Mich., when she was thirteen years old, where she has since resided.

In 1852, Mr. Huston and a brother of Mrs. Huston owned and ran the first grain separator ever used in Galien township. Also owned the first reaper and put up the first windmill. He has been engaged for several years in thrashing. At this time he is owning and running a steam thrasher.

History of Berrien and Van Buren Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.

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