Tilghman H. Scudder

Tilghman H. Scudder was born on March 28, 1863. He was a son of Stephen and Emmaline (Whitehead) Scudder. Stephen Scudder was born in Ohio in 1833 and died in 1883. Emmaline (Whitehead) Scudder was born in Ohio on August 17, 1830, and is still living in Tipton county in good health. They were the parents of the following children: Philander, Stephen and Tilghman H., who is the subject of this sketch.

Stephen Scudder came to this county soon after his marriage and in 1845 rented some land and when he left the county he had twenty acres of land near Mt. Lebanon and all his children were educated. Tilghman H. Scudder went to the common schools of the county and his first teacher was John Q. White. He was in school only about three months of the year. All his brothers had been school teachers; Philander, who is now fifty-three years old, is a banker at Windfall. He was trustee at Tipton and taught school there for a number of years. He taught school in Brandywine township for about ten years. Stephen, who is in Tipton, taught school for ten or fifteen years. Benjamin commenced teaching in Tipton and is now in Phoenix, Arizona, teaching. He is a graduate of the State Normal at Terre Haute and of Indiana University and has done work in the University of Chicago He spent a year in Leland Stanford University, taking post-graduate work. He headed departments of colleges in Arizona and is one of the leading educators of the West.

Tilghman H. Scudder remained on the farm all of his life in Hancock County. He has been a very successful farmer. He was married on April 9, 1893, to Mary A. Rush, of Marion county, who was the daughter of John Rush. To this union have been born the following children: Audrey Naomi, who was born June 16, 1894, and who is living at home, and Hilda, who was born on August 2, 1895, also living at home. The subject's first wife died April 30, 1902, and was buried at Mt. Lebanon. She was a member of the Mt. Lebanon Methodist Protestant church. On January 1, 1907, Tilghman H. Scuddder was married, secondly, to Rosena Jeffries, who was the daughter of E. J. and Jane (Johnson) Jeffries, of Hamilton county. They were early settlers of Hamilton county. Through this marriage the following children were born: Tilghman Howard, Jr., born on October 9, 1911, and Hubert Woodrow, born on April 6, 1914.

Tilghman H. Scudder is a farmer and he has a tract of one hundred and twenty acres of land. He has earned this by hard labor. He is a director of the Fountaintown Bank. He is a Democrat in politics and has been township trustee of his township. He was elected in 1904, and served for six years. During this time he built a number of cement bridges. He has been an active political worker in he Democratic party. He is a member of the Masonic lodge and the Knights of Pythias at Greenfield. He is a member of the Methodist Protestant church at Mt. Lebanon and his wife is a member of the Friends church at Greenfield. Mr. Scudder is one of the Hancock county's best citizens and effective in her community life. He is a man whose honesty and integrity are beyond question.

Transcribed from History of Hancock County, Indiana, Its People, Industries and Institutions by George J. Richman, B. L., Federal Publishing Co., Indianapolis, Indiana, 1916. Pages 854-855.

Submitted by Sylvia (Rose) Duda, Laingsburg, MI September 12, 2001.

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