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Transcribed biography of Ezra F. Brody

EZRA F. BRODY. One of the best known and most highly respected citizens of Westchester township, Porter county, Indiana, is Mr. Ezra F. Brody, notary public, member of the county council and president of the board of trustees of Porter, Indiana. His prominence as a leader in the Republican party in this community and the nature of his various business activities have combined to give him a wide acquaintance throughout this section.

Mr. Brody is a native of Porter county and Porter township, his birth having occurred here on January 21, 1859. His father was Allen Brody and his mother, a native of Pennsylvania and who is still living, was before her marriage Elizabeth Nelson. A family of eleven children were born to them and six of them are residents of this community or nearby cities. James and Morgan have homes in Michigan City; Emma is the wife of Thomas Draigh, of Chicago; Maude married August Michaels, a resident of Chicago; and Della, wife of Albert Brown, lives with her husband at Porter. Ezra F., the son whose life we are briefly reviewing here, acquired his education in the country schools of this vicinity, and at the early age of sixteen years began to be self supporting. For three years he worked diligently as a farm hand employed by the month. Subsequently he sought and secured a position in the brick yards, working in various capacities there and was finally promoted to the position of shipping clerk at that place. Mr. Brody was always a man of thrift and industry, who judiciously invested his surplus money and now has among his possessions two fine properties in Porter.

While not neglecting his private affairs or business activities, he has at all times taken a great interest and been an influential factor in official and political circles. It was in 1902 that he was elected first to public office, in that year being made assessor for Westchester township, and serving in that capacity for four years. In 1904 he was elected to membership in the county council, and so efficiently did he discharge his duties in that office that he was re-elected three times, holding membership on the board at the present time.

In 1885 Mr. Brody was married to Miss Mary M. Caskey. Three of the five children born of this union are now living: Anna, wife of Theodore Green; Dora, who is married to Howard Wallace, and Grace, who presides over her father's home, the mother's demise having occurred on November 25, 1894.

Mr. Brody is fraternally affiliated with the Independent Order of Foresters and has held the office of chief ranger, which is the highest in the gift of the order. He is a man of exemplary habits, of a high order of business abilities and unquestioned personal integrity and has the confidence and good will of a host of friends and acquaintances throughout the county.

Source: Lewis Publishing Company. 1912. History of Porter County, Indiana: A Narrative Account of its Historical Progress, its People and its Principal Interests. Chicago, Illinois: Lewis Publishing Company. 881 p.
Page(s) in Source: 854-855

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Biography transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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