Timothy H. Dirrim, a resident of Hamilton, where he is practically retired, has enjoyed a life of unusual effort and experience. He has been a farmer, merchant, hotel proprietor, and when well past middle life he went to the Northwest and took up a homestead claim and developed it.

Mr. Dirrim, who represents one of the old and prominent families of DeKalb County, was born in Franklin Township of that county. May 23, 1857. His grandparents were Richard and Hannah (Wyckoff) Dirrim, the former a native of Delaware. Richard Dirrim died in 1875, at the age of ninety years. He was a soldier in the War of 1812. At the time of his death his descendants numbered 142. Richard Dirrim moved to Wayne County, Ohio, in 1833. His children were Zachariah, Hannah, James, Isaac, William H. and Eleanor.

William H. Dirrim, father of Timothy, was born in Carroll County, Ohio, July 8, 1820, and grew up in Ohio. September 12, 1839, he married Christiana Haughey. who was born in Eastern Ohio, near Wheeling, Virginia, in 1820. daughter of Robert and Hannah (Wyckoff) Haughey. William H. Dirrim was educated in Ohio and in 1844 came to DeKalb County, Indiana, and the following fall settled on 160 acres of wild land in section 11 of Franklin Township. The land was covered with heavy timber and the first winter he lived in a rude house without glass in the windows and with the openings covered with muslin cloth. The door was pinned and bolted together without the use of a single nail. His wife at that time spun all the wool for the clothing, and William H, Dirrim made the shoes for the family. For a term or two he and his wife both taught school in the neighborhood. The first wheat crop he raised brought him only 48 cents a bushel at Fort Wayne. It had to be hauled to Fort Wayne and in the absence of a team and wagon he paid one shilling a bushel for that service. Gradually the area of clearing grew until he had 100 acres under cultivation and had a good residence and other farm buildings. He served as assessor of Franklin Township two terms, was also township trustee, and he was a very prominent Methodist. For twenty years he served as district steward of the Methodist Church and had the ministry of the District Conference covering a period of fifty years. He and his wife had nine children: Hannah J.; Robert R.; William Samuel; Mary E.. who died at the age of eight years; Mary Elizabeth; Christiana; Francis A., who died at the age of four years; Caroline, and Timothy.

Timothy H. Dirrim acquired his education in the public schools of Franklin Township and one term at Butler, Indiana, and one term at Hamilton, As a young man he farmed with his father on the shares, and in the spring of 1888 he moved to Hamilton and for about four years was clerk in a drug store. In 1892 he bought a furniture and undertaking business at Hamilton, and was one of the successful merchants of that place until he sold out in 1904. He then built the Fish Lake Hotel and was its landlord for five years. The hotel property he traded for a farm of eighty acres m Otsego Township, and has since sold thirteen acres and owns the rest. In December. 1913. Mr. Dirrim went to Montana and filed on a homestead in Blaine County and spent four summers improving it.

Mr. Dirrim served as a notary public for sixteen years. He is a member of the Church of Christ.

In 1895 he married Miss Lulu Garver, daughter of Isaac and Emeline (Cummings) Garver. Her father was a farmer in Defiance County, Ohio, served as justice of the peace there for twenty-eight years, and during that time married over 200 couples. He was also a commissioner of Defiance County one term. The children of Isaac Garver were: Adella, Dora, Lula and Owen. Mr. and Mrs. Dirrim have two adopted children, Pauline and Harry.

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



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