The name of John W. Calvin is one familiar to the residents of Nineveh township, Johnson county. Indiana, as that of a hard-working, energetic, neighborly and accommodating farmer, whose time and toil spent in the cultivation of his fertile farm have brought to him prosperity and a competency. He was born in Brown county, Indiana, on March 16, 1852, and is the son of John and Sarah (Connor) Calvin. His father, also a native of Brown county, came to Ohio and later to Lick Spring, Johnson county, and the subject’s paternal grandfather, Luther Calvin, was a settler at the latter place, where he followed farming and stock raising. John Calvin was a soldier in the Mexican war and also a veteran of the Civil war, having enlisted in March, 1861, in Company I, Eighty-second Indiana Volunteer Infantry, in which he rose to the rank of first lieutenant. After his return from the war he again resumed farming, which he followed until his death. He was the father of nine children.

The subject of this sketch received his education in the common schools of Brown county, completing his studies in the high school in Nineveh township. He was reared to the life of a farmer, a vocation to which he has devoted his active attention during his life. His present farm of one hundred and forty-four acres in Nineveh township is called Edgewood, and is widely known as one of the best cultivated and most up-to-date farms in Johnson county. Mr. Calvin has given intelligent direction to all his efforts, and his labors have been rewarded with very gratifying returns. He raises all the crops common to this locality, and among his fellow agriculturists he enjoys a good reputation because of his sound judgment and wise discrimination in his affairs.

On February 22, 1881, the subject of this sketch was united in marriage to Alice M. Mullendore, whose death occurred on March 9, 1883. They became the parents of two children. Omar and Ida Blanche, who is deceased. In 1886 Mr. Calvin married Mary J. Hungate, the daughter of Turner B. and Harriet (Whiteneck) Hungate, both of old families of Johnson county. To subject’s second union was born a son, George, who died of typhoid fever at Ira Pueto, Old Mexico.

Politically a Democrat, Mr. Calvin has long taken an active interest in the public affairs of Johnson county and served efficiently as a member of the board of county commissioners and also as a member of the county council. In a purely local capacity he served as trustee of Nineveh township for four years, and in all the official positions he has filled he gave eminent satisfaction to his fellow citizens. Fraternally, he is a member of the Masonic and Pythian orders and has endeavored in his daily life to exemplify the sublime principles of these organizations. Religiously, he is a member of the Christian church and gives earnest attention to the spiritual verities of life, contributing liberally of his means to the support of all religious and benevolent movements. In fact, his support can be counted on in behalf of everything that tends to the upbuilding of his fellow citizens, educationally, morally or socially, and because of his unassuming disposition, genial manners and genuine worth he receives the unreserved confidence and good will of all who know him.

Branigin, Elba L. History of Johnson County. Indianapolis, IN: B. F. Bowen & Co., Inc., 1913. pp 632-633

Transcribed by Lois Johnson