DAVID CHARLES VANIMAN. A well cultivated farm of one hundred and seventy-five acres in Girard township annually nets a very comfortable income to the owner, David Charles Vaniman, who has been engaged in its cultivation for twenty-eight years. Montgomery county, Ohio, was the scene of the birth of Mr. Vaniman, his natal day being the 3d of January, 1857, and his parents were David and Elizabeth (Bowser) Vaniman, the father being a native of Pennsylvania and the mother of Ohio. In 1863 together with his wife and family David Vaniman came to Illinois, purchasing a farm in the western part of Virden township. He cultivated this property for some years then bought another place nearer to Virden to which he removed, continuing to reside there until his death in 1898.
David Charles Vaniman was a little lad of only six years when the family located in Virden township, to whose district schools he is indebted for his education. From his early boyhood he devoted much time to assisting his father with the farm work and the care of the stock, his responsibilities increasing with the development of his strength and ability. He remained under the parental roof until he was twenty-two years old, during the last four years of that time being associated with his father in operating the home farm. In 1879, he began farming independently upon the old homestead, west of Virden, his father having moved to his place near Virden. In the course of four years, having acquired sufficient capital to buy a farm, he invested in his present place in Girard township, and here he has ever since resided. In connection with the operation of his fields Mr. Vaniman has for many years run a threshing machine with most excellent financial success. A man of progressive, practical ideas, keen judgment and foresight his efforts have always been substantially rewarded and he owns, in addition to his farm, stock in various enterprises, among them being the Farmers' Mutual Telephone Co., and the Virden Grain Co., of which he is also a director.
In Girard township on the 31st of December, 1879, was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Vaniman and Miss Elizabeth Brubaker, a native of Ohio. Mrs. Vanimans parents were Jonathan and Susan (Frantz) Brubaker, the father a native of Virginia and the mother of Ohio. The paternal grandfather, Jonathan Brubaker, was also a native of Virginia. Five children were born of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Vaniman: Alva T., a resident of Girard, who has one daughter; Pearl J., the wife of J. E. Bowman of Girard township, who also has one daughter; Ada May, the wife of E. S. Snell of Virden township and the mother of one daughter; and Arthur E. and Iva E., both of whom are still at home with their parents.
The family affiliate with the Church of the Brethren of which Mr. Vaniman has been a deacon for twenty years, and he is also a director and trustee of the Brethren Home of Girard. In matters politic he is ever loyal to republican principles in all state and national issues, but casts an independent ballot for county and township offices, giving his support to the men he deems best qualified to serve the people generally. He never takes a prominent part in local governmental affairs but has served for several terms as a school director. Mr. Vaniman is a man of high principles and strict integrity and is always found willing to support any movement that promises a higher standard either morally or intellectually in the community.