Aime William Giroud was born in Indianapolis on August 8, 1858, and died on November 23, 1909. He was the son of Ferdinand and Lucy Giroud. Ferdinand Giroud was a native of Switzerland, while his wife was a native of France. He came to America and was married and moved to Indianapolis. They both came across the ocean in the same boat. He was a soldier in two wars in Switzerland and survived them both without injury. He served in the Civil Ear for two years. He owned a farm of one hundred and sixty acres at Five Points, seven miles out of Indianapolis. He was the father of the following children: Aime William, who is the subject of this sketch; Julia, Minnie, Julius and Ninnie, who died aged seventeen years.
Aime William Giroud was educated in the common schools. He had a farm of one hundred and ten acres and he built on this a fine house in 1899 and in 1907 he built a barn. He was married on May 4, 1887, to Mattie Shimer, of Hillsboro, Illinois, who was born on July 6, 1860. She was the daughter of Caleb D. and Ellen (Bingham) Shimer. Caleb D. Shimer was born in Ohio on May 21, 1823, and came to Indian when he was eight years old. He was the father of the following children: Emerich, who was born on December 8, 1861; James, September 24, 1863; Kate, July 6, 1866, and Mattie, who married Mr. Giroud. Mrs. Giroud's father died on March 19, 1916, at the age of ninety-two years, ten months and nineteen days.
Aime William and Mattie (Shimer) Giroud were the parents of the following children: Donald E., who lives at Irvington, Indiana, and who married Flossie Jones; Hervey, who lives on the home place and who married Edna Watson; James J. and Eva N., who is deceased
The grandfather of Mrs. Giroud, Elias M. Shimer, was born in Pennsylvania on December 6, 1798. He married Mahala Dunn, who was born in New Jersey on June 7, 1802. He farmed in Ohio for awhile and then came to Indiana and entered a farm of three hundred and sixty acres, where Irvington, Indianapolis, is now situated. He was a very prominent man in the political affairs of Indianapolis, and was at one time a congressman. He belonged to the Baptist church. He was the father of the following children; Caleb, who was the father of the wife of the subject of this sketch; William R., who was born on December 8, 1825; Isaac H., February 20, 1829; Asa U., August 12, 1832; C.R., May 20, 1838 and James U., July 5, 1835.
Transcribed from History of Hancock County, Indiana, Its People, Industries and Institutions by George J. Richman, B. L., Federal Publishing Co., Indianapolis, Indiana, 1916. Page 932-33.
Submitted by Sylvia (Rose) Duda, Laingsburg, MI October 9, 2001.
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