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    ALBA LLOYD HARSHBARGER, secretary of the Tipp Whip Company, manufacturers of buggy whips, has been a continuous resident of Tippecanoe City throughout the entire course of his business life, with the exception of two years. He was born November 21, 1859, in Bethel Township, Miami County, Ohio, and is a son of Isaac D. and Hannah R. (Kable) Harshbarger.

    The grandparents of Mr.Harshbarger on both sides, were natives of Virginia. Henry Harshbarger was an early settler in Miami County and died in Monroe Township. James Kable settled first in Greene County, not far from Osborn and later moved to Bethel Township, Miami County and from there in 1867, to Illinois. He died while on a visit at Tippecanoe City.

    Isaac D. Harshbarger was born in Bethel Township, Miami County, later resided at New Carlisle and still later at Tippecanoe City, where he died in 1874, aged thirty-seven years. His widow survives and has passed her seventy-first birthday. They were the parents of the following children: Harry J., who is a member of the Tipp Whip Company, and married Mary Hogendobler, of this city; Mrs. F. G. Davis, who resides at Tippecanoe City; Mrs. H. S. Hutchins, who resides at Toledo, where her husband is principal of one of the public schools; Mrs. H. J.Collins, who is the wife of a Minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, who is stationed at New Milford, Illinois; and Alba Lloyd.

    Alba Lloyd Harshbarger attended school at New Carlisle and the common and high schools of Tippecanoe City, after which he took a commercial course at Dayton. His first business situation was that of a bookkeeper for a business firm at Hamilton, Ohio, in which he remained for two years and then returned to Tippecanoe City and here entered into the drug business, with which he continued to be identified for eight years. In 1889 he began to manufacture whips, organizing with others the Tipp Whip Company in that year. The industry is in a prosperous condition and employment is afforded thirty-five workmen.

    In 1895 Mr. Harshbarger was married to Miss Kittie Staley, a daughter of Samuel C. Staley. Mr. and Mrs. Harshbarger are members of the Lutheran Church. Fraternally he is a charter member of the Modern Woodmen of Tippecanoe City, belongs to the Royal Arcanum, and is a member of Tippecanoe Lodge No. 174 F.& A.M., Franklin Chapter No. 24, of Troy, and Reed Commandery No.6, of Dayton. In politics he is identified with the Republican party and he has been an active and useful citizen and at present is serving as a member of the School Board.

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