FRED M RECOBS
The office of biography is not to give voice to a man's modest estimate of himself and his accomplishments, but rather to leave upon the record the verdict establishing his character by the consensus of opinion on the part of his neighbors and fellow citizens. The life of the honorable subject of this review has been such as to elicit just praise from those who know him best, owing to the fact that he has always been loyal to trusts imposed upon him and has been upright in his dealing with his fellow men, at the same time lending his support to the advancement of any cause looking to the welfare of the community at large.
Fred M Recobs is a native of the county now honored by his citizenship, having been born about a mile and a half southeast of Tipton on July 19, 1874. He is descended from sterling ancestors, his paternal grandfather, Fredericks Recobs, having started from Ohio to Indiana in the early days, but dying on the way. His wife completed the journey and established her home in Tipton, where she died when past eighty-four years of age. She was a pensioner of the war of 1812, and among their children were Joseph, William and James. The subject's maternal grandparents, who bore the family name of Burnett, were natives of Virginia. The subject's parents were James and Lydia C (Burnett) Recobs, both of whom were born and reared in Ohio, and there their marriage occorred on October 30, 1848. Mr. Recobs was a veteran of the Mexican War, having enlisted in his native state, and at the end of that brief struggle returned to Ohio. In 1849 he said his wife came to Indiana, and stopped at Strawtown a short time and then came to Tipton, where they remained continuous residents up to the time of their deaths. Mr. Recobs worked at the blacksmith trade with his brother-in-law, Isaac Houser, about thirteen years, and then engaged in farming, owning several tracts of land in different places in the county, and at one time owning the land now occupied by the county poor farm. He died on November 22, 1911 at the age of eighty-three years and several months, his widow dying on February 21, 1910, aged seventy-seven years. Religiously, Mr Recobs was a member of the Christian church and his wife a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. He was a mason and was the first man raised by the Tipton lodge. To him and his wife were born thirteen children, eight of whom grew to maturity, namely; Jennie, the wife of M. Recobs, of Tipton; Mary, the wife of E. E. Van Buskirk, of Tipton; Verrell F., the wife of J. E Forkner, of Kempton, Indiana; Dr Robert M, of Tipton; Frederick M., of Tipton; Samuel T.,also of this city; Harry, deceased, and Gay, a daughter who died single.
Fred M Recobs was raised on his father's farm until the age of twenty-four years, and during his youth he attended the districk school, receiving a good practical education. In 1899 he quit the farm and went to Colorado, where he was employed as a stationary engineer. After remaining in the west about four and a half years, he returned to TIpton county, where he has resided continuously since. He lived with his parents until they died and then married. Prior to the latter event he was elected sheriff and is now the incumbent of that office. From 1909 until 1911 he had served as deputy sheriff under Frederick W Beck, and had thus received good practical experience in the affairs of that office. He has proved to be eminently qualified for this resposible position, and is discharging his duties to the entire satisfaction of the county.
On December 24, 1912, Mr Recobs married Mrs. Emma Wagstaff, daughter of George Epperson. By her former marriage Mrs Recobs was the mother of two children, Verne E and Charles Dudley Wagstaff, both students of Indiana University.
Politically a Democrat, Mr Recobs has always been actively intersted in the success of this party, being a prominent figure in its councils and being considered a man of sound judgment in the management of campaigns. Mr and Mrs Recobs are members of the West Street Christian Church at Tipton. Fraternally, he is a member of the Masonic order, belonging to Austin Lodge No 128; Tipton Chapter No. 114, Royal Arch Masons; Tipton Council, Royal and Select Masters, and Tipton Commandery No 52, Knights Templar. He is also a member of the Improved Order of Red Men. He and his wife are members of the Order of the Eastern Star, she being a past worthy matron of botht the Elwood and Tipton chapters. Mr Recobs is a man of splendid personality and because of his exemplary habits and persistent energy he has attained definite success in life and enjoys the esteem and respect of the community in which he resides.
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