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 Troy Township.

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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