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470 - History of Vermillion County Biographical and Historical Record of
Vermillion County, Indiana

He has never married, and has no relatives near him. His parents left Massachusetts in 1854, and settled in Rosendale, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin, where he occasionally visited them before their death. In politics he is a Republican, and has ever taken an active interest in the public affairs of the county. He is a comrade of Owen Post, No. 329, G. A. R.



ADDISON L. WHITCOMB was born in Clinton, Vermillion County, Indiana, in the year 1839, and died at his birthplace October 7, 1886. His father, John R. Whitcomb, was one of the pioneers of the county, settling at Clinton in 1831, where he became one of the leading business men. The subject of this sketch was educated in the schools of Clinton, where he made the most of his educational advantages. Soon after reaching his majority he began to show that capacity for business which later made him one of the most successful merchants in Western Indiana. He began his business career as clerk in his father's mercantile establishment. Eventually he engaged in business for himself, never halting in his successful course, and at the time of his death was the head of the firm of A. L. Whitcomb & Co., the leading establishment of the kind in Vermillion County. He was the architect of his own fortunes, having commenced life a poor boy, but through persevering energy and good management he became wealthy, having at the time of his death four farms in Clinton Township, real estate in the city of Clinton, and personal property exceeding in value $75,000. Mr. Whitcomb was united in marriage, December 25, 1861, to Miss Emeline A. Greene, a daughter of James M. and Julia (Halstead) Greene. She was born in Erie County, New York, May 12, 1841, coming to Clinton with her parents, where her mother died July 5, 1875. Her father was at one time a business partner of Mr. Whitcomb. After the death of his wife he returned to his old home in Erie County, New York. Mrs. Whitcomb was their only child. She still makes her home in Clinton, where her husband died. Both Mr. and Mrs. Whitcomb united with the Christian church, of which she is still a member. He was a member of no secret societies. In politics he always affiliated with the Republican party, and although he never aspired for official honors, he was not lacking in interest in public affairs. He was a highly respected citizen, and his death was mourned by a large circle of friends and acquaintenances.



JACOB C. PETERS, general merchant, Cayuga, was born in Circleville, Ohio, the date of his birth being December 8, 1856. He is a son of Newton and Margaret (Harren) Peters, of Circleville, both being natives of Ohio, the father born in Stoutsville, Fairfield County, and the mother born in Delhi, Hamilton County. Jacob C. was reared in Circleville, receiving his education in the schools of that place. He learned the carriage painter's trade, which he followed four years before coming to this county. In 1875 he came to Eugene, and for ten years following was employed as clerk in the store of his brother, H. O. Peters, after which he was associated with his brother as partner for two years, and in September, 1887, he bought his brother's interest. The brothers had established their business in Cayuga in 1885, since which time it has steadily increased until it has become one of the leading mercantile establishments in Eu-


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Addison L. Whitcomb