Harry W. Umbenhower, son of Abner and Frances (Brown) Umbenhower, was born in Madison County, Indiana, in 1882. His father was a native of Miamisburg, Ohio, his mother was born in Madison County, Indiana. His paternal grandparents were Thomas and Lydia (Kuntz) Umbenhower, both born in Pennsylvania, but removed to Indiana in early times and was one of the pioneer settlers in Green township, Hancock County. The maternal grandfather was Simeon Brown, of Madison County, Indiana, and followed the trade of a carpenter. Abner Umbenhower was edcuated in Hancock County and was living at Anderson, working at his trade as a machinist, at the time of his death. He was a member of the Improved Order of Red Men, and also a member of the Knights of Opythias. His children were: Burt, Harry W., Ethel and Otto.
Harry W. Umbenhower was educated in the public schools of Green township, and worked on the farm during his boyhood years. In 1907 he engaged in the mercantile business in Eden, Hancock County, in partnership with Odd Fuqua, under the firm name of Fuqua & Umbenhower. This partnership continued until February, 1915; since that time Mr. Umbenhower has continued the business in his own name.
On December 22, 1901, Harry W. Umbenhower was married to Mary Fuqua, daughter of Joseph Fuqua, of Vernon township, Hancock County, Indiana. They have one child, Floyd, and are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
Mr. Umbenhower is a member of the Free and Accepted Masons and of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Mr. Umbenhower is a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Daughters of Rebekah.
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 872-873.
Submitted by Sylvia (Rose) Duda, Laingsburg, MI September 20, 2001.
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