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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