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Transcribed biography of Clarence Albert Garriott


Clarence Albert Garriott was born at Crothersville, Jackson Co. in southern Indiana on Oct. 3, 1890. He moved with his parents, Emery and Mary Ellen Jones Garriott and family when quite young to Jasper Co. Indiana where he later married Addie Fern Casey, daughter of George W. and Frances Ellen (Keener) Casey.

Clarence and his wife moved in the year 1918 to Porter Co. in Washington Twp. On a farm owned by W. E. Pinney who was also president of the First State Bank of Valparaiso. All of the buildings were new when they moved on the farm.

The following year Clarence, Ferne and family moved to Morgan Township on a 240 acre farm owned by John Mayotte of Watseka, Illinois. While living here they had Jersey cows and sold cream to Home Ice Co.; now Brown's Dairy and also Clarence was the owner of beautiful Black Percheron horses which he raised and sold. He exhibited his Percherons at the Crown Point Fair and our local Porter County Fair, winning Grand Champion and champion ribbons and honors. They rented this farm until 1935 and that year they moved on an adjoining farm which they had purchased. This farm was formerly known as the Henry Stoner farm, also a 240 acre farm. Henry Stoner was the father of Dr. G. H. Stoner, a Valparaiso doctor for many years.

The farm was nearly enclosed with hedge and Clarence, his son Delos, and hired help pulled all the hedge and straight wood was saved and used for fence posts to soon fence the farm and many improvements were made. New farm buildings were built, it was a dairy farm for several years and Black Angus and Hereford cattle were fed. The original large frame house was destroyed by fire in February 1958 and with the help of good neighbors the debris was soon removed. A new brick ranch type house was erected that spring on the identical spot the other house was.

Clarence and Ferne were the parents of three children, Virginia Ellen, now Mrs. John W. Ludington of Valparaiso, Clarence Delos, who passed away Dec. 20, 1964, and Doris Kathryn Courtney of Chicago.

Clarence is a past 50 year member of Porter Co. Farm Bureau. His wife, Ferne, passed away Nov. 2, 1969. She was a member of Christian Church, Prairie Country Club and Neighborhood Club. They were one of the fortunate couples who could celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary.

Ferne was also a member of the Homemakers Club of Morgan Township.

Source: American Revolution Bicentennial Committee of Porter County. 1976. A Biographical History of Porter County, Indiana. Valparaiso, Indiana: American Revolution Bicentennial Committee of Porter County, Inc. 180 p.
Page(s) in Source: 110-111

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Biography transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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