Biography of George H. Linebarger copied from the old book, History of Parke and Vermillion Counties Indiana, 1913 B.F. Bowen & Co.
p. 631 GEORGE H. LINEBARGER Among the native-born residents of Reserve township, Parke county, Indiana, who have reached a well merited success we must certainly include the name of George H. Linebarger. He is now at the threshold of his seven- ty-seventh year and his long life here has been fraught with much good, he having been prosperous in his agricultural calling. Few men are better known in this township and county than he, for here his long and active life has been spent and he has lived to see many wondrous changes take place in his home community, and has been no idle spectator either, having assisted in the gen- eral improvement of the same from his earlier years to the present time. Honesty and fair dealing have been his watchwords, and these twin virtues have been personified in his active life. Mr. Linebarger was born in Reserve township, Parke county. Indiana. December 20, 1836. He is the son of Andrew and Elizabeth (Burton) Linebarger, the father a native of Lincoln county, North Carolina, from which place he came with his parents to Parke county, Indiana, when a boy p. 632 PARKE AND VERMILLION COUNTIES, INDIANA and here spent the rest of his life, becoming a successful farmer and citizen. The mother of the subject was a native of Reserve township, Parke county. For a fuller account of the Linebarger family the reader is directed to the sketch of Levi J. Linebarger, appearing on another page of this work. George H. Linebarger was reared to manhood in his native township and here he has been content to spend his life. He attended the public schools in his native community, and when of proper age took up general farming and stock raising, which he has continued until recently, Mr. Linebarger was married, first to Mary Wright, a native of Parke county, this state, and a daughter of Prior Wright and wife. By this first union one daughter, Julia Linebarger, was born, who became the wife of Conrad Farner. The wife and mother passed away in 1867, and the sub- ject was subsequently married, in 1872, to Bettiec Hocker, a native of Parke county. Indiana, and a daughter of Uriah Hocker and wife. To this last union have been born the following children: Mary was the eldest; Prof. John A., of Rockville. Indiana; Walter died when seventeen years of age; Ivah married Arthur Scott, and she is a missionary in South America; Mel- vina was next in order of birth; Alma died when thirteen years old. Mr. Linebarger is an active member of the Methodist Episcopal church and a liberal supporter of the same, and was licensed to preach in 1869. He has done a great deal of good by his church work in this locality and his ef- forts in every way have been duly appreciated. He has also taken no small amount of interest in public affairs and has twice been a candidate for the Legislature on the Democratic ticket, but was defeated. He has long been interested in educational affairs, and his township is indebted to him for his praiseworthy efforts in this line. as well as in many others.