June 25, 2012

Who's Who in Whitley County

My grandmother, LeNore Hoard Enz, was the keeper of her family flame.  She entrusted many family treasures to me.  The treasures have been waiting for me -- for time to sort, to savor and to share.

I found a scrapbook page which contained an article that is most likely from either the Columbia City Post or Commercial Mail.  I estimate the date to be early in 1929, based upon information in the article about Kellis' age and his father-in-law's age.

Henry Kellis Hoard was my great-grandfather. (The article refers to him as Kellis H. Hoard, but that is incorrect.  His given name was Henry Kellis Hoard.)  This picture was taped next to the clipping, which is shown at the bottom, but is of a much younger man.

Who's Who in Whitley County

Washington Township, R.F.D. 2

Mr. and Mrs. Kellis H. Hoard reside on their farm 3/4 of a mile north of Tunker where they have lived for the past thirty years. Their home is of the bungalow type and is situated about two hundred feet from the road. A well kept lawn extends from the house to the roadway which makes it a very attractive country home.

Howeve the home is not the only feature that is attractive but the farm itself is attractive to anyone who admires good farm land. It lies in the heart of one of the most fertile regions in this part of the state and Kellis is one of those farmers who believes in keeping his land up to a high state of cultivation.

In addition to operating his own farm he is farming the Washington Long place which joins on the north. Mr. Hoard was born in a log cabin that stood on the land just west of the south Park Cemetery south of Columbia City and which was torn down years ago.

When a young boy he lived with Squire James Grant of Lorane and remained there until he was twenty-one years old. Thirty-eight years ago he went to Cleveland Township and worked for Jonas Kinsey and states that he went to work on the 1st day of April and it rained every day during the month. Oats was sowed in May and corn in June, but a matured crop was harvested that fall.

 Mr. Hoard has always been very active in all community affairs, and willing to do more than his part. He was President of the Whitley County Fair association for two years and was the main factor in making it a success. He was also instrumental in building the Community Building at Washington Center. He is devoting his attention in general to general farming and raising hogs and sheep.

Mrs. Hoard is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Washington Long who were among the pioneers of Washington Township. Her mother is dead but her father is still living at the age of 84 years, and is making his home with her.

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