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Transcribed biography of Ovid Oaks

OVID OAKS, a pioneer of Porter County, was born in Allegany County, N. Y., February 9, 1821; he is the eldest of five children born to David and Mary (Howe) Oaks; all are living - four in this county, the other in California; his father was a native of New York and his mother in Massachusetts. They came to this county in 1835, and here lived until the decease of both in 1874. Our subject came to this county with his parents, and received a liberal education by attending the common schools, and afterward the State of University about four years; he kept a hotel for two years, and taught school for some time; he then moved to Missouri, where he bought land, and followed farming and school teaching for eight years. Returning to Valparaiso, he kept a grocery about five years, and returned to farming in 1875, having now 130 acres, sixty of which are unimproved. He was married, May 31, 1849, to Phebe Rhorer a native of Kentucky, but a resident of Monroe County, Ind.; she was born April 17, 1824. Their family consists of four children - Omar M., Emma J. (wife of M. Kimerer, of Valparaiso), Eva (wife of H. Taggart, of South Bend), and Lucian R. Mr. Oaks is a Republican of the liberal school. Mrs. Oaks is a member of the Christian Church.

Source: Goodspeed, Weston A., and Charles Blanchard. 1882. Counties of Porter and Lake, Indiana: Historical and Biographical, Illustrated. Chicago, Illinois: F. A. Battey & Company. 771 p.
Page(s) in Source: 336-337

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Biography transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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