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Transcribed biography of Bessie E. (Horner) Horner


Mrs. Garfield S. Horner (Bessie E.) has been a resident of Whispering Pines Home for Senior Citizens since March 1966, after maintaining her own home until the age of 85. She was born in 1882 in the Col. Suman homestead in Jackson Township to Edward T. Nulf and Mary Margaret (Gray) Nulf. Her father and mother had come to Porter County from Noble County, Indiana and after farming in Jackson Township, purchased land and farmed and planted a peach orchard on U. S. 6. They built a brick home there in 1904 (now known as Brenn produce farm).

Mr. and Mrs. Nulf were the parents of eight children: Alpha (Biggs); William; Vance; Bessie; Edward; Dora (Lute); Emma (Crisman) and Clarence. All of the family are deceased except Mrs. Horner. The families are buried in the Chesterton Cemetery.

Bessie Nulf was married to Garfield S. Horner who was born in Center Township, the son of Samuel and Hannah (Henry) Horner. Mr. and Mrs. Horner were florists and opened the first downtown floral shop in Valparaiso, first on Washington St. and later where Lemster's Valparaiso Floral now operates. They were the parents of three children, a daughter who died in infancy; Hannah Mary, a graduate of Univ. of Ill. with a Masters in Library Science, and Margaret Faye, who married Wayne B. Horney, a veteran of WWII. Mary Horner taught in local township schools and for years was librarian in the Gary school system. She has been deceased since 1952 and her father died in 1958.

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.
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Biography transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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