Heber Stoddard, BiographyPorter County biographical sketches . . . .

Transcribed biography of Heber Stoddard


Among those of our citizens who have developed a high order of ability in connection with the material interests of Porter County, and whose rare personal and social qualities have given them a deserved and added prominence, Mr. Stoddard is conspicuous. He is a native of this county, born in Morgan Township, January 9, 1849, and as a consequence all his interests are centered here. His parents, William and Ann (Rinker) Stoddard, were natives of Canada and Pennsylvania, respectively. They came to Porter County, Indiana, about the year 1837, when the same was almost a wilderness, and settled on land where Mr. Stoddard has resided ever since. He is a prominent and influential citizen of the county, and was County Commissioner in 1862. All his life he has tilled the soil and has met with substantial results, as his fine farm testifies. His marriage resulted in the birth of eleven children, six sons and five daughters. In this family two of the sons have been Sheriff and one Recorder of the county. The mother passed away in the year 1892. Our subject grew to mature years in his native county, and divided his time in youth in attending the district school and in assisting his father on the farm. In 1864, when but a boy, he enlisted in Company C, One Hundred and Thirty-eighth Indiana, for one hundred-days' service. At the end of that time he came home sick and was not able to re-enlist. In 1874 he was married to Miss Cytheria Comer, of this county, and five living children have blessed this union: William L., Katie A., Olive, Henry S., and Samuel. They had another child, F. B., who is now deceased. After his marriage Mr. Stoddard moved to the north end of Morgan Township, where he still owns a fine farm, and in 1890 was elected to the office of Trustee of the Township. This position he resigned after being elected Sheriff December, 1892. Mr. Stoddard has made a most capable public official and is fearless in the discharge of his duties. He is a successful business man, too, and one who has won many warm friends by his upright, honorable career. In politics he affiliates with the Republican party, and socially he is a G. A. R. He and Mrs. Stoddard are members of the Christian Church.

Source: Goodspeed Brothers. 1894. Pictorial and Biographical Record of La Porte, Porter, Lake and Starke Counties, Indiana. Chicago, Illinois: Goodspeed Brothers. 569 p.
Page(s) in Source: 372-373

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