DR. LUTHER PAINE is a native of Montgomery County, Ohio, born in the town of Miamisburg, on the 29th day of November, 1824. His parents were henry and Allettah (Lane) Paine, the father at one time a leading school teacher of the above county, where he also held the position of major in the state militia service. Dr. Paine's first experience in life was on his father's farm, and his early educational training embraced the limited course appertaining to the indifferent schools of that day. While still young he learned in Warren County, Ohio, that blacksmith's trade, which was his work for forty-one years. He followed his calling several years in Warren, Montgomery and Preble counties, Ohio, and in 1852, came to Johnson County, Ind., locating at Edinburg, where he carried on his business continuously until 1882. Dr. Paine was always a great reader, and in his hours of leisure turned this taste to his advantage by studying the standard works on medicine, for which profession he early manifested a decided preference. This course of study embraced the leading authorities of the Eclectic system, and so thoroughly did he read them that in 1882, he abandoned his trade and began to practice in Edinburg. He afterward entered the American Eclectic College, at Cincinnati, Ohio, in which he completed the prescribed course, graduating in the class of 1883. Prior to his entering upon the active practice of the profession, the Doctor had treated various diseases by the magnetic method, but since 1882, he has given his attention to the practice of both methods. The Doctor was married April 16, 1845, to Miss Rebecca Vanderveer, daughter of Benjamin and Jane Vanderveer, of Ohio, by whom he has had six children, namely: George, Laura, Mary J. (deceased), Luther E., Margaret E. and Benjamin V. The Doctor is a republican in politics and an active member of the I.O.O.F. and Masonic fraternities.
Transcribed by Cheryl Zufall Parker
Banta, D.D. History of Johnson County, Indiana. Chicago, IL: Brant & Fuller, 1888.