Sunday, September 9, 2007

69 of His Birthdays Passed in Whitley County (1905)

Columbia City Commercial Mail ~ Friday, August 25, 1905

C. H. Creager, one of the first settlers of Whitley county, celebrates his 84th birthday today, the day before the Old Settlers meeting. He was born in Montgomery county, Ohio, Aug. 16, 1821, and came to this county with his parents in 1836, when the roads were Indian trails and almost impassible from mud. On their way to this point the Creagers were obliged to abandon one wagon in the north part of Huntington county and our subject, in seeking for help lost his way in the woods and spent his first night in this county in open air, without even a fire and with two inches of snow on the ground. Mr. Creager first settled in Cleveland township and for fifteen years worked out and then bought a farm for himself, which he worked and ran a saw mill at the same time. In 1860 he was elected county commissioner and re-elected in 1863, being the only candidate elected on the democratic ticket. Mr. Creager has been a continuous resident of Whitley county for sixty-nine years and may be present at the Old Settlers meeting tomorrow.

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