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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