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Transcribed biography of Edgar D. Sargent

EDGAR D. SARGENT is well classed among the leading farmers of Porter county, whose labors have contributed to the material advancement and general welfare of the community. His life has been a busy and useful one, and is an example of honorable dealing, steadfast purpose, fidelity to principle and sterling citizenship. As one of the representative farmers of section 1, Portage township, he well deserves the esteem which is universally accorded him. Mr. Sargent was born in La Grange county, Indiana, April 16, 1853, and is a son of J. B. and Mary (Crummell) Sargent.

J. B. Sargent was born in the state of New Hampshire, and there partially reared and educated. In his fourteenth year he accompanied his uncle to La Grange county, and there completed his schooling while assisting his uncle to clear his farm. In that county he was married to Mary F. Crummell, a native of Ohio, who moved to Steuben county, Indiana, in girlhood, and about 1856 they moved to Portage township, Porter county, where Mr. Sargent was engaged in farming throughout the remainder of his life. He served in an Indiana regiment during the Civil war, and was a public-spirited citizen and well known agriculturist. His wife died in South Dakota, while on a visit. They were the parents of seven children, as follows: Edgar D.; Shepherd, who is deceased; Nettie, the widow of Lyman Ritter, living in Muncie, Indiana; Cora, the wife of Eugene Chatfield; Della, the wife of Henry Zweifel, of Tennessee; Rena, widow of William Reich, living in Portage township; and Albert C., who married Dora Brown and is also a resident of this township.

Edgar D. Sargent was still a small lad when he accompanied his parents to Portage township, his education being secured in the common schools here and in Valparaiso. He was reared to farming, and when he reached his twenty-first birthday started out op. his own account. His operations have been so successful that he now owns a fine farm of one hundred and forty acres in section 1, Portage township, which shows the discriminating care bestowed and the progressive methods brought to bear by the owner. In politics he gives his support to the principles and policies of the Democratic party, maintains a lively interest in all measures that will promote public prosperity and the best interests of the community, but has never been an aspirant for official preferment. General farming has been given the greater part of Mr. Sargent's time and attention, but he also engages in dairying and sells his butter and milk to parties in Gary and Chicago. He has been very successful, building up a large and continually expanding business with a patronage which he has bound to him by his strict integrity, and he is held in high esteem for his sterling worth and genuine devotion to the welfare of the community.

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: 750-751

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Biography transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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