J. C. Valentine, Jr., son of J. C. Valentine, was born in the town of Mt. Sterling, Switzerland Co., Ind., on the 18th day of June, 1859. He was raised in Johnson County, and through industry gained a fair education, which, supplemented, by a practical business experience, has made him an intelligent and well-informed man. In early life he began clerking in his father’s grocery store, where he obtained his first knowledge of business, and later, accepted a clerical position in the Edinburg Starch Works, his duties being that of bookkeeper and correspondent for the firm. He afterward became a partner in the establishment, and is at this time a member of the well-known firm of S. Cutsinger & Co., the largest starch manufacturers in Indiana. Mr. Valentine has successfully brought himself to a leading place among the active young business men of this county, and is a gentleman in whom the citizens of Edinburg have unlimited confidence. He was united in marriage to Miss Ella W. Cutsinger, daughter of Samuel Cutsinger, Esq., in the year 1880, a union blessed with the birth of two children: Lucy Blish and Irwin Scholler Valentine. Mrs. Valentine is a lady of culture and refinement, and occupies a prominent position in the social circles of Edinburg.