George F. Praul. One of the most complete and
modern farms in DeKalb County is the Maple Lawn
Farm, a mile and a half north of Butler in Franklin
Township. Its proprietor is George F. Praul, and
on the land which he cultivates today he was born
November 19, 1869.
He is a son of Edwin A. and Sarah A. (Firestone)
Praul, both of whom were also natives of Franklin
Township, the father born December 15, 1848, and the
mother September 13, 1851. The paternal grandparents were Edward and Lucy (Thompson) Praul,
the former a native of Pennsylvania while the latter
was born in Greene County, New York, March 16,
1817. They were married in New York, moved from
there to Pennsylvania and then to Indiana in 1845,
locating in Wilmington Township and later in Franklin Township, where they spent the rest of their
lives. Lucy Praul died March 13, 1885, while he died
July 4, 1863, his death being the result of a rattlesnake bite. Of their twelve children five are still
living, named Lucinda, wife of Nick Bucher, of
Cincinnati; Nancy, widow of Benjamin Walton, of
Garrett; Hattie, wife of Charles Thompson; Minnie, widow of Watson Halabaugh ; and Rachel,
widow of Henry Workman.
Edwin Praul grew up in DeKalb County in a locality and under circumstances which prevented him
from getting a good education. On July 3, 1868,
he married Sarah A. Firestone, who was one of thirteen children, five of whom are still living.
George F. Praul was the only child of his parents
and he has spent practically all his life on the
home farm. As a boy there he attended the common
schools. On December 27, 1893, he married Margaret A.
McClintock. She was born in Troy Township, DeKalb County,
February 18, 1873, a daughter
of Jeremiah and Mary (Scott) McClintock. Her
father was a native of Perry County, Pennsylvania,
and her mother of Crawford County, Ohio. They
were married in Ohio and in 1867 came to Indiana.
Jeremiah McClintock was a Union soldier, having
served three years in Company K of the Ninth Ohio
Cavalry. In later years he was active in the Grand
Army of the Republic and was an influential member of the republican party. In the McClintock family were four children, three of whom are still living:
Elias, of Auburn ; Margaret and Mattie, wife of
Vernon L. Kepler, of Troy Township. Mrs. Praul
received her education in the common schools of
After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Praul lived
on a rented farm two and a half years, then spent
six years at Butler, and with that exception they
have lived on the old homestead. Mr. Praul has
sixty acres of good farm land and he is also one
of the directors of the Butler Farmers Elevator
Company and a stockholder in the Arctic Cooperative
Livestock Association. He has been active in the
republican party and he and his wife are members
of the Wilmington Grange. Both are affiliated with
the Pythian Sisters, Mrs. Praul being past chief
and a member of the Grand Lodge. His membership
is with Butler Lodge No, 158, Knights of Pythias.
Mrs. Praul is a Methodist.
They have three children: Sherley E. is a graduate of high school, also took advanced training at
Winona and Angola, and for three years was a
teacher. She is now the wife of Clarence T. Carson, and lives in Chicago. Bessie G. is a high school
graduate, wife of D. A. Baker, of Butler. Russell
E., the youngest, is still at home and attending school.
("History of Northeast Indiana: LaGrange, Steuben, Noble and DeKalb Counties," Lewis Publishing Co., Chicago, 1920)
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