William E. / Edwin W. Hand
7 William E. / Edwin W. Hand b. 29 Sep 1852 Greene twp., Marshall, Indiana d. 3 Dec 1924 buried Maple Grove
Cemetery near Argos, Marshall, In.
Vol 2 Pg.469-470 HISTORY OF MARSHALL COUNTY. Mc Donald 1908
WILLIAM E. HAND. Both by marriage and direct association, different members of the Hand family have had a
strong influence upon the progress of the Culver Military Academy, and in this connection the name of William
E. Hand is to be especially noted.
A prominent merchant of Culver , he is a native of Green township, Marshall county, and all his useful life has
been passed as a resident within the borders of the county, faithfully devoted to the furtherance of her best
interests. He was born in the township named on the 29th of September 1852, and is the fifth child in the
family of which William J. Hand was the father.
The elder Mr. Hand was a native of Canandaigua, New York, leaving his home in the East for Green Township, in
1843. For many years he resided on a farm adjoining that of Thomas McDonald, the father of Daniel McDonald,
the editor of this work. There he raised his family, and was actively concerned in progressive movements,
whether they related to agriculture or civic matters. His standing as a farmer was indicated by his service for
some time as president of the Marshall County Agricultural Society; his Republicanism was both stanch and
liberal, and his death in his ninetieth year was a real loss to the community. His marriage to Sabrina Chapman,
a New York lady, occurred in Cleveland, Ohio, and resulted in the birth of the following children: Parmelia,
formerly Mrs. John W. Cleveland, of Plymouth, Indiana, now deceased; Emila Jane, who married H. H. Culver ,
founder of the Culver Military Academy, a sketch of whom is published on other pages of this work; Henry N.,
deceased, who was a soldier of the Civil war; Mary, who married Alfred Allen, and died at the age of
twenty-four years; Elmer, who also passed away at the age of twenty-four, and William E. Hand, of this
After attending the public schools of Green Township, Marshall county, Mr. Hand completed the reg ular course at
the high school of Plymouth, Indiana, and about five years on his father's estate and then for twenty-one
years was associated with the development and management of the Culver farm, following which he removed to
Culver and entered the grocery business, which he has continued to the present.
Mr. Hand is a lifelong Republican, a member of the Culver lodge of the Knights of Pythias, and is identified
with the Christian church; of which he has been a deacon for many years.
His marriage occurred December 25, 1872, to Lucy Brown, daughter of Charles and Lucy (Connor) Brown, who came
from the Empire state as early settlers of Marshall County. Mrs. Hand was born in Walnut Township, that
county, and has been a lifelong resident of the same. Mr. and Mrs. Hand are the parents of the following
children: Walter M., business manager of the Culver Military Academy, and Maude M., wife of William E. Cook, at
present manager of the grocery business conducted by his father-in-law.
His death was found recorded Culver Citizen - 3 Dec. 1924
W. E Hand, Age, 73, Died this morning
To Be buried here
- - to Flordia Where he was Struck by a car two weeks ago
W. E. Hand, age 73, _ _ injuries he received when he was knocked down, dragged and run over by an automobile
in that city. Local arrangement have not been completed but the body will be brought to Culver for services
Mr. and Mrs Hand left for Flordia last fall after they sold the grocery store. He has bee in ill health all
year and until the accident -. Mr. and Mrs. hand started to cross one of the main streets of the southern city.
They waited at the __ until a large car passed but stepped in front of another ar which _ did not see. Mr.
Hand was able to push Mrs. Hand from the track_ the car but her was struck. He - picked up in an unconscious
condition and rushed to a hospital were he has remained until his death. At one time, he was thought to be
improving, but his age has made an almost losing fight from the start.
Mr. Hand was a well was a well known figure in Marshall county, having lived here his life time of
seventy-three years. He was a native of Green Township, Marshall county, and - his usef ul life had been passed
as a resident within the borders of this county, fathf ully devoted to the furtherance of her best interest. He
was born in Union Township, September 29, 1852, and is the - child in the family in which William J. Hand was
the father. The Hand family came here from New York to Green Township in 1843. He was the brother of Mrs. H.
H. Culver whose husband was the founder of the Culver Military Academy.
After attending the public school of Green Township, Mr. Hand graduated from the Plymouth High School, and for
twenty-one years was associated with the development of the Culver farm, following which he moved to Culver
and entered into the grocery business.
Mr. Hand was a like long Republican, a member of the Culver lodge of Knights of Pythias, and a member of the
Reformed church of Culver . He was twice married. He is survived by his widow and his son, Walter M.,
quartermaster of the Culver Military Academy, and Mrs. Wm. E. Cook of South bend.
Mr Hand has a host of friend in the community who will mourn his departure. He was lover by all who knew him
m. 25 Dec 1872 Lucy Brown b. 17 Nov 1850 d: Walnut twp., Marshall, Indiana buried: Maple Grove Cemetery, near Argos,
Children of William E./Edwin W. Hand and Lucy Brown:
+19 Walter Melvin Hand Sr. b 5 Feb 1874
d. 14 Jul 1947; m. Emma Blanche Barber
20 Viola S. Hand b. 6 Mar. 1876 d. Oct 10, 1876, aet 7m 4d buried Maple Grove Cemetery near Argos,Marshall, In.
21 Maude M. Hand b. Jun 1879; m, 5 Apr 1903 William E. Cook
21a Donald Barber Hand Birth: 14 Jul 1908 Culver, Marshall,
Indiana Death:15 Jun 1977 Culver, Marshall, Indiana creamated married 25 Oct 1935 - Culver, Marshall, Indiana Lois Bess
Morris Birth: 22 Mar 1913 - Culver, Marshall, Indiana, Death: 07 Feb 1991 - Culver, Marshall, Indiana daughter of Arthur
Morris and Josephine Overman