W. O. SPRINGER
Specific mention is made of many of the worthy citizens of Johnson county within the pages of this book, citizens who have figured in the growth and development of this favored locality and whose interests are identified with its every phase of progress, each contributing in his sphere of action to the well-being of the community in which he resides and to the advancement of its normal and legitimate growth. Among this number is he whose name appears above, peculiar interest attaching to his career from the fact that his entire useful and busy life has been spent within the borders of this county.
W. O. Springer, who is a native son of Johnson county, was born on January 25, 1870, and is a son of A. D. and Sarah Bell (Smithey) Springer. The father, who is now deceased, was also a native of Johnson county, having been born in the city of Franklin, and was by vocation a stationary engineer. His death occurred in Franklin in 1910, and he is survived by his widow. To them were born the following children: Florence, W. O., one who died in infancy and Nellie. In politics, Mr. Springer was a Republican, but not an office seeker. Fraternally, he was a member of the Knights of Pythias at Madison, Indiana, in the early, days, and was a member of the old and well known Whiteland Band, and a singing-school teacher of considerable prominence. The subject of this sketch received his education in the common schools of this county and engaged in farming during the early years of his life. In February, 1912, he came to Greenwood and engaged in the implement business, in which he is meeting with splendid success. He carries not only a full line of farming implements of all kinds, but a large stock of seed, and harness, buggies, wagons and such other lines as are usually to be found in a store of this character. Because of his splendid business ability and well known integrity he enjoys a large patronage throughout the community and is numbered among the leading business men of his city.
In 1894 Mr. Springer married Nora L. Branigin, of Franklin, a sister of Elba L. Branigin, the editor of the historical portion of this work. Fraternally, Mr. Springer is a member of the Knights of Pythias at Franklin, taking much interest in this lodge and endeavoring to live up to its worthy teachings in its daily life, which has always been above reproach, standing as he does for honesty in business, politics and private life, which has gained for him the universal respect and esteem of a host of friends and acquaintances.
Branigin, Elba L. History of Johnson County. Indianapolis, IN: B. F. Bowen & Co., Inc., 1913. pp 567-568
Transcribed by Lois Johnson