A. B. LAGRANGE, the subject of this sketch, is a dentist and grocery dealer of Franklin, Johnson County, Ind. And was born in Johnson County, on August 18, 1841. He is the son of Aaron and Catherine (Banta) Lagrange. The father was born in Kentucky, and came to Johnson County, when but eighteen years of age, with his parents, who were among the pioneers of the county. He was a farmer by occupation, and was in the Black Hawk War. He is now a citizen of Franklin; is a Presbyterian in religion. The mother died in 1847. Her father was Peter Banta, an early settler of Johnson County, Ind. To the parents of our subject, four children were born, of whom he is the second, and the oldest of three boys (one sister), all survive. He was reared on the farm, and attended the schools at Hopewell. Later he attended Franklin College. He entered the Federal Army in 1863, joining Company G, of the One Hundred and Thirty-second Indiana Regiment of Volunteers, and served until his discharge in the fall of same year (ninety days’ enlistment). He taught school in Kansas for several years after the close of the war, and, in 1870, entered the medical department, of Ann Arbor (Mich.) University, where he graduated in 1872. He then returned to Franklin, and engaged in the dental profession, and has continued up to the present. He was connected with the grocery business in 1883, doing good business. He was married in 1872, to Fanny Butler, of Johnson County, who was born in Ohio, and is the daughter of Eli Butler. To this union is one son, George, who was born in 1877. Mr. Lagrange is a member of the I. O. O. F., and he and wife are members of the Presbyterian Church; he is also a member of the Wadsworth post, No. 127, G. A. R.
Transcribed by Cheryl Zufall Parker
Banta, D. D. History of Johnson County, Indiana. Chicago, IL: Brant & Fuller, 1888, page 626.