Daniel J. Helm, farmer and stock-trader, was born in Johnson County, Ind., December 15, 1852, and is the son of John and Nancy (Clark) Helm. His father and mother were called away in death when he was but a small child. He was taken by an uncle to be fostered; but the time he remained with this uncle was short. He came to the Hopewell neighborhood when fourteen years old, and has lived here ever since. For twelve years he worked on a farm. With his earnings, he educated himself. He attended Hanover College for three months, but ill-health compelled him to quit school. He taught school one term; but agriculturing has been his chosen occupation. He now owns and cultivates a well-improved farm of forty acres, and enjoys the esteem of his neighbors, who regard him as a self-made and honest man. April 25, 1872, he was united in marriage with Rachel C. Carnine. She was born in this county, August 17, 1850, and by the above marriage has become the mother of the following children: Nannie J., Collie Roscoe, Claud A., and Annie M. Mr. and Mrs. Helm are members of the church; he of the Christian Church and she of the Presbyterian Church. He is a member of Franklin Lodge, I. O. O. F.