James M. Furnish. One of the farms in Jackson Township of DeKalb County longest in the possession of one family is that owned by James M. Furnish on the bounty line between Allen and De- Kalb counties. Mr. Furnish himself has gathered crops from that land for over forty years, and his father before him developed and farmed it.

James M. Furnish was born in Ashland County, Ohio, January 26, 1849, a son of David and Mary C. (Davis) Furnish. His father was born in Suffolk, England, in 1805, and came to the United States when about twenty-eight or thirty years of age. He lived in Boston for several years, married in that city, and then moved to Ashland County, Ohio. His home was in Ashland County for seventeen years. He supported his family by common labor and also by farming. After selling his twenty-five acres of land in Ashland County he moved to DeKalb County and bought eighty acres where his son James now lives. He remained there the rest of his life and owing to an injury spent several years almost helpless. James M. Furnish carefully looked after his parents in their declining years and was their main-stay and support during their last years. Both were active in the Lutheran Church and his father was a republican. Of their family of eleven children only four are now living: Abraham, of Fort Wayne, Indiana; Margaret J., wife of David Hollabaugh; James M,; and Martha.

James M. Furnish grew up on the home farm and wa educated in the common schools. He worked for his father and took charge of the farm for a number of years and after his father's death he bought the old homestead. He does general farming. Mr. Furnish is a republican in politics and a member of the Lutheran Church.

May 13, 1880, he married Ida Steward. She was a native of DeKalb County and was educated in the common schools. They have three children: Ralph, a farmer living with his father; Sudia, wife of Melvin Howey of DeKalb County; David, who is married and lives at Detroit, Michigan, where he is working with the Ford Automobile Works.

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



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