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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