Edward P. Maxwell, BiographyPorter County biographical sketches . . . .
Transcribed biography of Edward P. Maxwell
EDWARD P. MAXWELL. It is truthfully said that "An honest man is the noblest work of God." Mr. Maxwell, the subject of this sketch, can well be classed in the galaxy of noble, honest men, as he has been reared in old Porter county and during all his life never has there been a word of reproach entered against him as a gentleman. His life has been as an open volume to the people.
He was born December 1, 1876, being the eighth in a family of ten children, four sons and six daughters, born to Arthur and Mary Jane (Baum) Maxwell. There are six of the children yet living, as follows: John, a resident of Morgan township, an agriculturist and educated in the public schools; Diett, the wife of Ernest Gregg, who is a resident of Lowell, Indiana, and a teacher; Mollie who was educated in the public schools and resides at the old home in Morgan township; Pearl, wife of Cornelius Hermance, who is a farmer of Morgan township, Porter county; Helen, wife of William Deltefs; a stockbuyer of Center township, and Mr. Maxwell is next.
Father Maxwell traced his lineage to the "Emerald Isle." He was an agriculturist and came to Porter county in an early day. Politically, he was a Republican, and he was a resident of Morgan township. He was a successful man and had accumulated one hundred and sixty acres of good land and made all the improvements on it. Fraternally he was a member of the Royal Arcanum. Mother Maxwell is yet living, in Morgan township.
Mr. Maxwell, the subject of this sketch, was educated in the public schools and is a self-made man. He has always been noted for his thrift and industry. He remained with his parents till the age of twenty-seven, giving them his labor and care. He wedded Miss Lena May Bowers on March 31, 1903, and three children grace this marriage. All these are living: Marion, Gladys and Hazel. Mrs. Maxwell was born in White county, Indiana, November 5, 1880, and she is the eldest in a family of four children, three sons and a daughter, born to Robert and Emma (Courtright) Bowers; all are living. After Mrs. Maxwell, the eldest, came Roy, a resident of Brook, Indiana, an agriculturist, and married; Ivan is also a resident of Brook Indiana, and an agriculturist; Wilbur is the youngest. Both of Mrs. Maxwell's parents are yet living and are residents of Brook, Indiana. Father Bowers is a native of Ohio and Mother Bowers, of Indiana. The former is an agriculturist. Mrs. Bowers is a member of the Christian church. Mrs. Maxwell was reared and educated in her native county.
Mr. Maxwell is a Republican and cast his first vote for Theodore Roosevelt. He and his wife are both friends of the public schools and are advocates of any measure which elevates the social and educational status of their community. It is their wish to be permitted to give their children good, practical educations, fitting them for the duties of life.
In 1906 Mr. and Mrs. Maxwell took charge of the Peter Horn estate, about two miles southeast of the city of Valparaiso, which is one of the elegant estates of the township. He was a model tenant, as well as an honorable gentleman, and his proprietor well knew this fact. Recently Mr. and Mrs. Maxwell have purchased two hundred acres of land in Morgan township, the Jesse Baum estate. He is a strictly up-to-date farmer and stock man and is making his record in every sense of the word.
Mr. and Mrs. Maxwell are young people who command the universal respect of all who know them, and their hospitable home is ever open to receive their many friends with a cordialty of manner peculiar to them.
Source: Lewis Publishing Company. 1912. History of Porter County, Indiana: A Narrative Account of its Historical Progress, its People and its Principal Interests. Chicago, Illinois: Lewis Publishing Company. 881 p.
Page(s) in Source: 616-618
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Biography transcribed by Steven R. Shook