Jesse W. Camp, one of the active and pushing men in the community of Smithfield Township, DeKalb County, has spent his active career as a farmer, is prominent in fraternal work, and has been honored by his fellow citizens with the office of trustee of Smithfield Township, of which he is the incumbent today.

He was born on the farm where he now lives near Ashley, May 10, 1877, a son of Aaron W. and Amanda E. (Husselman) Camp. His father was born in Stark County, Ohio, May 17, 1847. His mother was born in Fairfield Township of DeKalb County and is still living, an active member of the Methodist Church. Aaron W. Camp was an active member and at one time chancellor of the Knights of Pythias Lodge and was its chancellor when his son took the preliminary work. He was a democrat and was serving as a member of the county council when he died. He and his wife had five children: Jesse W. ; Maude B., wife of Frank Duncan, living near Olivet, Michigan; Eva H., wife of Forest Miller of Ashley; Mabel C, who married H. T. Judson of Auburn, Indiana; and Ethel V., wife of Boyd Kirkland of Kenton, Ohio.

Jesse W. Camp, only son of his parents, grew up on the home farm, and since early manhood has been operating it. He has acquired other business interests and is a stockholder and director of the Commercial Bank of Ashley.

Mr. Camp married for his first wife Edna Hartman. After her death he married Catherine Donovan on September 30, 1917. She was born in Wabash County, Indiana, December 24, 1874, and her first husband was Thomas W. Millard. Mrs. Camp has a son, Warren J., who was born September 17, 1898, and is a graduate of the common schools. During the war he was in the aviation repair department at Dallas, Texas, and at this writing is still a Government employe. Mrs. Camp is an active member of the Church of Christ. Mr. Camp is past chancellor of Ashley Lodge No. 394, Knights of Pythias, and he and his wife are members of the Pythian Sisters. Mrs. Camp is a past worthy matron of the Eastern Star and also a past noble grand of the Rebekah's. Mr. Camp is a democrat in politics and on that ticket was elected to his present office as township trustee.

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



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