G. B. Runkle, a prominent farmer and stock-raiser of Blue River Township, was born in Bartholomew County, Ind., December 7, 1834, and is the son of Lewis and Ruth (Barlow) Runkle, natives respectively of Virginia and Kentucky. Mr. Runkle’s parents came to Johnson County quite early, and settled upon a farm. Our subject was raised a farmer, and at the age of sixteen went to Shelby County, where he remained until attaining his majority. He then went to Clinton County, where on the 13th day of December, 1855, he married Miss Mahala Anderson, daughter of William and Rebecca Anderson. Shortly after his marriage Mr. Runkle returned to the old homestead in Johnson County, where he still resides, and which he owns. He is a successful farmer, an energetic citizen, and as a man is widely and favorably known for his many excellent traits of character. Of the five children born to Mr. and Mrs. Runkle, three are living, namely: William J., Lydia and Mamie, wife of Harry Furnas, Esq.

Transcribed by Cheryl Zufall Parker

Banta, D. D. History of Johnson County, Indiana. Chicago, IL: Brant & Fuller, 1888, page 439.