David Oren Record was born in Hancock county, near Eden, Indiana, on January 9, 1877. He was the son of David and Mary (Jackson) Record, who were the parents of eight children, only two of whom are living, David Oren, who is the subject of this sketch, and Charles C., who is working with his brother in the hardware business.
David Record, Sr., was born in Hancock county on February 18,1833, where he lived until his death in 1899. He had to walk a great distance to the common schools where he received a fair education. He was engaged all his life in general farm work. He was a Democrat in politics. He was married to Mary Jackson, in Hancock county. She was born in Hancock county on April 9, 1838, and was educated in the district schools of that county. She is still living with her sons in Willow Branch, Indiana. She is a member of the United Brethren church.
David Oren Record, the subject of this sketch, secured his early education in the district schools of Hancock county and later took up general farming in which occupation he remained until in 1900. At that time he went into the livery business in which he was very successful. In connection with this livery business, Mr. Record entered into the general merchandise business with Mr. Welborn at Willow Branch. This proved to be a successful partnership which lasted for over three years, at the end of which time Mr. Record took over the hardware and implement department. In this he has specialized and has been very successful He has the only hardware store in Willow Branch.
David Oren Record married Lora E. Bridges, who was born near Warrington, Indiana, on January 27, 1880. She was the daughter of Franklin M. and Hannah (Beaver) Bridges, who are the parents of five children and who are still living on the same farm near Warrington, Indiana. To David Oren and Lora E. (Bridges) Record were born the following children: Ruth, who is eleven years old; Naomi, who is seven years old, and Fern, who is five years old. Mr. Record is a Democrat in politics and is a member of the Knights of Pythias lodge, and has passed through the different chairs in that lodge. Both he and his wife are members of the Christian church at Nameless Creek.
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 1096-1097.
Submitted by Sylvia (Rose) Duda, Laingsburg, MI November 17, 2001.
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