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    ISAAC DUNRIDER, township trustee and representative citizen of Bethel Township, where he manages a farm of eighty acres for his mother, was born in Bethel Township, Miami County, Ohio, January 12, 1855, and is a son of John and Sarah (Karns) Dunrider.

    John Dunrider was born in Germany and died in Bethel Township, Miami County, June 21, 1885. When he emigrated to America he landed in Maryland and from there made his way to Dayton, Ohio, and shortly afterward accompanied Abraham Studebaker to Bethel Township, Miami County. He worked as a farm hand for one year with Mr. Studebaker and for two years with the latter's brother, Michael. After his marriage he settled first in Bethel Township, and then moved to near Tippecanoe City, remaining on that farm for five years. He then moved to a farm near Casstown for five years more, after which he bought a farm of 160 acres situated in Section 15, just north of the one now owned by his widow. It was on that farm that he died and his burial was in the Hickory Grove Cemetery. He was a highly respected man and was a worthy member of the Brethren Church. His widow survives, after the death of her husband, purchasing her present well improved farm in Bethel Township, from G. Heltzer.

    John Dunrider was married April 2, 1854, to Miss Sarah Karns, a daughter of John Karns, and they had the following children: Isaac, Catherine, who married Korah Shafford; Lydia, who married George E. Beathley; an infant, with Samuel and Mary, all three deceased; John, who married Clara Arnold; G.W., who resides in Bethel Township; Sarah, who married P.P. Peters, of California; and Emma M., who married I. J. Boone.

    Isaac Dunrider in his boyhood attended the district schools, which were situated near Tippecanoe City, at Casstown and at Hickory Grove, after which he took up the duties on the farm and gave his father assistance as long as the latter lived. Since then he has done the same for his mother, cultivating and improving her land and attending to all business matters for her. The present buildings were standing when she took possession, but he has remodeled them and under his management the whole place presents a fine appearance. Mr. Dunrider is a Democrat in politics and he takes some interest in township affairs and for eleven years has served as township trustee.

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