Lake Maxinkuckee Its Intrigue History & Genealogy Culver, Marshall, Indiana

John Osborn  

A Twentieth Century History of Marshall County, Indiana, Chicago,
The Lewis Publishing Co., 1908. Page 640.

John Osborn was born in North Bend township, Stark [Starke] county, Indiana, five miles northwest of Culver , January 8, 1859, and throughout his entire business life he has benn more or less prominently identified with the interests of Culver and its vicinity. His father, William Osborn, is also a resident of this city, but he was born in Delaware county, Ohio, and from there moved to Stark [Starke] county, Indiana, in 1840, and was identified with its agric ultural pursuits until his removal to Culver . He survives his wife, Louisa J. Owens, who died at the age of seventy-six years. She was born in Bartholomew county, Indiana, and by her marriage to William Osborn became the mother of six children, all yet living.

John Osborn, the third son and third child in the family, spent his early life on his father's farm in Stark county, but in 1879 he left his boyhood's home for Union township, Marshall county, and was engaged in farming and stock raising there until 1892. In that year he sold his farm and opened a bank at Culver , the Marmont Exchange Bank, which he conducted six years and then closed the business by paying his depositors in f ull. Leaving Culver he went to Logansport, Indiana, to engage in the restaurant business, but after a year and eight months there he returned to Culver and established and conducted a provision store here for four years. The business was then sold to the Stahl brothers, and Mr. Osborn turned his attention to contracting and building, a field in which he has met with eminent success. He continues his building operations during the summer months and conducts a real estate business in the winters. He owns at the present time five of the best business buildings in the town, besides other real estate and two farms, one in Wells county and the other in Marshall county, and at this writing he is erecting a post office and bank building for Mr. Shilling in Culver and a fifty-room hotel furnished with all modern conveniences, a house in which the citizens of this community may well feel a just and commendable pride.

Mr. Osborn married, in 1884, Ora Morris, who at her death left two children -- William O. and Bessie. Mr. Osborn married, secondly, Jennie Shoemaker, of Wells county, Indiana. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, belonging to the Blue Lodge of Culver , and is a Democrat politically and has served his fellow citizens as a member of the school board.

Monday, June 30, 1952
Rochester Sentinel

Services for John OSBORN, 93, well known Culver business man, and father of William O. OSBORN, Culver bank president, were held at 2:30 this (Monday) afternoon at the Easterday funeral home with the Rev. Harry CAMPBELL, pastor of the Culver Methodist church, officiating. Burial was in Culver cemetery.

Death came to Mr. Osborn at Starke County Memorial Hospital Saturday morning. He had been in failing health for eight months, and a patient at the hospital about one week.

A native of Starke county, Mr. Osborn was active in the construction and development of several Culver business buildings. In 1907 he erected the Culver hotel, and for several years operated a theater and grocery market in Culver . He formerly had extensive farm interests near Bad Axe, Mich.

He was married in 1883 to Miss Ora L. MORRIS, who died in 1902. Children by this marriage were William O. OSBORN, of Culver , president of the State Exchange bank of Culver and Argos, and president of the Farmers State bank of Lapaz; Mrs. Pearl ROCKHILL, of St. Petersburg, Fla., and one son who died in infancy. In 1925 Mr. Osborn married Miss Helen ROOT. Besides the widow, son and daughter, he is survived by one sister, Mrs. Della OVERMYER, of Culver .

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