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Mrs. Marium E. Campbell. It was in 1847 that the early members of the Campbell and Childs families came to DeKalb County, Indiana. They have been quiet, thrifty people and always identified with the development of the county in a worthy way. The late Edward Campbell was long one of the county's honored and representative citizens.

Edward Campbell was born in Stark County, Ohio, in 1841, hence was six years old when he accompanied his parents, Abel and Jane (Taylor) Campbell, in May, 1847, to Indiana and settled in Smithfield Township, DeKalb County. They had six sons and two daughters. Abel Campbell died on an historic day of the nation's history, the same on which Abraham Lincoln was first elected President of the United States. Edward Campbell remained on the home farm and looked after the comfort of his widowed mother and subsequently became the owner of the farm and continued its operation for many years. His death occurred there on March 7, 1914, and by loving friends and with Masonic rites, he was laid to rest in the family plot in the Waterloo cemetery.

On May 4, 1865, Edward Campbell was united in marriage to Marium E. Childs, whose parents, Bleeker E. and Jane A. (Wood) Childs, came from Wayne County, New York, to DeKalb County, Indiana, settling in Fairfield Township, the family consisting of three sons and five daughters, Mrs. Campbell at this time, September, 1847, being three years old. She grew up in Fairfield Township, attended school diligently and fitted herself for teaching and later taught schools in Fairfield, Smithfield and Waterloo, and has always been a lady whose intellectual acquirements have been recognized in the family and in society. Five children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Campbell on the pleasant old farm in Smithfield Township, namely: Frank, Elnora, Albertus, Clark and Thomas. Frank married Almira Buchanan, and they have one son, Robert Leander. Elnora, who is deceased, was the wife of Oliver Hinman, and is survived by one daughter, Willo Hinman. Albertus married Laura Walker, and they have two sons, Edward and Jeremiah E. Clark married Mrs. Dora (Walker) Kelley. Thomas resides with his mother at Waterloo, to which city Mrs. Campbell removed shortly after Mr. Campbell's death, although she still retains the ownership of the old Smithfield homestead of 200 acres. Mrs. Campbell is a member of the United Brethren Church at Waterloo and takes an interested part in its many avenues of useful beneficence.

The early members of the Campbell and Childs families considered politics not only a necessary part of good citizenship, but the male voters of those days were apt to be emphatic partisans. In both families the whig element prevailed, but when the republican party was organized, its principles proved more acceptable. At the present time Albertus Campbell is serving as a member of the Board of County Commissioners of DeKalb, being one of the few republicans in this county so honored.

The late Edward Campbell joined the Masonic Lodge at Auburn and ever afterward he was a member in good standing. He was faithful in all observances and for years never missed a lodge meeting, traveling the seven miles to Auburn on every occasion no matter what might be the condition of the weather. By transfer he later became a charter member of Waterloo lodge. On the fiftieth anniversary of his becoming a Mason, brethren of the Auburn and Waterloo lodges celebrated the event and because of Mr. Campbell's feeble health at the time, went in a body to his farm, where, with appropriate and beautiful ceremony, they presented him with a Masonic emblem that signifies great and special honor. During the remaining year of his life Mr. Campbell prized this mark of appreciation and friendship as one of his dearest treasures, and it is equally prized by his eldest son, Frank, also a Mason, upon whom his mother bestowed it. Mrs. Campbell has a wide acquaintance in the county and at Waterloo, and is held in the highest esteem everywhere.

("History of Northeast Indiana: LaGrange, Steuben, Noble and DeKalb Counties," Lewis Publishing Co., Chicago, 1920)

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