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    WILBUR DEBOIS UPDIKE, who farms the DeWeese farm of eighty acres in Concord Township, Miami County, Ohio, was born on a farm in Warren County, Ohio, September 26, 1875. He is a son of Gideon G. and Louisa (Carson) Updike, and a grandson of Jacob Updike. Jacob Updike was born and reared in New Jersey, and there cast his first presidential vote for William Henry Harrison in 1840. Upon his removal to Ohio, he located in Warren County, but the last days of his life were spent in Miami County, on a farm north of Troy. He and his wife both lived to advanced age. They were parents of two children: Gideon Gray; and Addie, who is the wife of Frank Vandeveer.

    Gideon Gray Updike was born in New Jersey, on Christmas Day, 1848, and was reared to manhood in that state. As a young man he came west to Warren County, Ohio, and worked at carpentering a few years. One year after his arrival be returned to New Jersey and was married to Miss Louisa Carson, whom he brought back to his new home. They lived in Warren County a short time, then moved to Miami County and rented the Culberson farm north of Troy. After renting for a few years be purchased a farm in Elizabeth Township, near the Children's Home, where they have since lived. He has raised tobacco quite extensively and has done well in a business way. He and his wife became parents of two children: Wilbur D.; and Ada, deceased wife of Larkin Hole.

    Wilbur D. Updike was about four year, of age at the time of his parent's removal to Miami County, where he received his schooling and grew to maturity. As a boy he worked in a nursery and when seventeen years old began farming, continuing on the home place until his marriage. Since 1906 he has farmed the place of his wife's mother, located about three miles southwest of Troy, in Concord Township, and has made good business progress. He confines his activity to general farming.

    In October, 1902, Mr. Updike was united in marriage with Miss Ora J. DeWeese, a daughter of Alexander and Sarah (Sayers) DeWeese. Mr. DeWeese died in 1903 and is survived by his widow. The subject of this record and his wife have one son, Robert F., who was born in September, 1904. Religiously, they are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He is a Republican in politics. He is a member of Troy Lodge No. 43, I. O. O. F.; and Concord Encampment No. 23; I. O. O. F.

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