Although not an old man in years, the gentleman whose lifeá record is herein outlined has stamped his individuality upon the locality where he resides in no uncertain manner, being an excellent representative of that type of the much heralded American businessman--the type that does things--Mr. Beatty being a worthy descendant of a long line of honorable and influentialancestors.
J. J. Beatty, one of the enterprising and progressive business men and influential citizens Greenwood, Johnson county. Indiana, was born in Shelby county, this state, on the 22nd day of August, 1870. He is the son of George and Amanda (Tolin) Beatty, the former a native of Kentucky and the latter of Marion county, Indiana. The subject has lived in Johnson county since he was thirteen years old and has been a prominent figure in the civic life of the community. He has for a number of years been successfully engaged in the mercantile business here, and because of his high business principles, his staunch integrity and good qualities as a man and citizen, he has not only enjoyed a large and constantly increasing patronage, but has gained the confidence and good will of the entire community. He has made two races for county sheriff, being unsuccessful in each instance, was once elected assessor of White River township, and is now a candidate for county clerk on the Democratic ticket. He is deserving of success in his aspirations, for he is not only a man of acknowledged ability, but he is of that character that lends honor and dignity to a community.
Mr. Beatty married Maggie Fishback, a daughter of Thomas and Rachel (Paskins) Fishback, both of whom are now deceased, the father having been a farmer and a well known and highly respected citizen. The Paskin family was an old and well known family this county, having been early settlers of the community. To the subject and wife have been born five children, all of whom are at home, namely: Floy, Elsie, Oral, Fawn, and Fern. Fraternally, Mr. Beatty is a member of the Knights of Pythias and the order of Freemasons, in the workings of both of which he takes a deep and intelligent interest. In every avenue of life's activities in which he has engaged he has been true to every trust and he is eminently deserving of the high position which he holds in the esteem of all who know him. Genial and unassuming in manner, he readily makes friends and he and his wife both move in the best social circles of the community, their home being a favorite stopping place for their friends. In the public life of the community Mr. Beatty has taken a deep interest, giving his support to every movement which will conserve the best interests of his fellow citizens.
Branigin, Elba L. History of Johnson County. Indianapolis, IN: B. F. Bowen & Co., Inc., 1913. pp 735-736
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