Samuel E. Brewer, a prominent citizen of Whiteland, was born on a farm near that place June 28, 1842, and was the son of John D. and Fannie (Webb) Brewer, the former of whom was born in Mercer County, Ky., May 20, 1807, and died at his home in Pleasant Township, August 18, 1881. His mother was born in Henry County, Ky., January 28, 1821, and now resides in Whiteland. Our subject was reared on the old Brewer homestead, working on the farm in summer, and attending public school in winter. At the age of twenty he entered Hopewell Academy, where he pursued his studies three years. He then took up the vocation of a teacher. This furnished his winter’s employment for a period of five years, his labors as a teacher all being performed in Pleasant Township. In 1871 he turned his whole attention to saw-milling, in which pursuit he was exclusively engaged until the fall of 1887. In September, 1883, his mill was burned. In the meantime his residence near Whiteland was burned, in May, 1881. Mr. Brewer then became a resident of Whiteland, where he now occupies a very handsome residence, that was erected by him in 1883. In 1884, he rebuilt his sawmill in Whiteland, and operated it until the fall of 1887. His entire attention is now given to the business of the Whiteland Fruit Packing Company, of which institution he is secretary and bookkeeper, and in which he is a heavy stockholder. He was married March 21, 1867, to Melissa A. Springer. She was born in Franklin, this county, January 28, 1844, and was the daughter of Cordnan and Orphia (Webb) Sprinter, the former of whom was born in Botetourt County, Va., in 1812, and the latter was born in Kentucky, December 4, 1810. He died in Whiteland in December, 1876, and his widow still resides in Whiteland. The father of Mrs. Brewer was a cousin of the late Reuben Springer, of Cincinnati. The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Brewer has resulted in the birth of four children: Annie L., born March 13, 1868; Fannie E., May 2, 1871; Edward M., June 30, 1874, and Leona E., November 19, 1887, all of whom are living. The wife of Mr. Brewer is a member of the Presbyterian Church. In politics, Mr. Brewer is independent. He was elected to the office of justice of the peace in 1886. Mr. Brewer owns a well-improved farm in Pleasant Township, most of which is under cultivation. Mr. Brewer organized the Whiteland Band, and taught it for two years. He is yet one of its members, and probably entitled to more credit for its success than any one else.

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Banta, D. D. History of Johnson County, Indiana. Chicago, IL: Brant & Fuller, 1888, page 773.