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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. 757
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PRESTON RIDER, of Crothersville, Ind., is another example
of what persevering integrity will bring to a man. He was born
on a farm in Greene County, Ind., December 13, 1837; the second
child of W. H. and Sarah H. (Westmorland) Rider, who came to
Indiana in 1820 from North Carolina. He received but a limited
education, such as the primitive schools of his day afforded. In
early life he worked for a time as engineer in a saw-mill, and then
became clerk in the store of Joseph Lockmiller, at Martinsburg,
where he remained until twenty years of age. During all this
time his father had drawn his wages, but he was then informed
that he could have his own time. He then rented a saw-mill near
Scottsville, Ind., which he ran for two years. He married Miss
Mary Elenor Hiestand, of Martinsburg. They have but one child
living, a daughter named Lennie, about twenty years of age. From
Scottsville, he went to Clark County, and operated a water saw-
mill for three years, working for 75 cents per day. In partner-
ship with John C. Brewer, he was engaged in the milling business
at Martinsburg for two years. At the end of that time, Mr. Rider
induced his father to buy out Brewer, which he did for $6,500.
In four years more they sold it for $14,500. From there he moved
to Sellersburg and engaged in general merchandising for two
years. He bought the Bondrant Flouring-mills at Jeffersonville,
which burned in about two months. In July, 1870, he formed a
partnership with John J. Hyatt, under the firm name of Rider &
Hyatt, for the purpose of manufacturing slack barrel staves and
heading. After prospecting at several points, they located at
Crothersville. From that time to this their business has been one
of the most prosperous in the county, and more profitable even
than they expected. In addition to this he owns a fine stock farm,
near Crothersville, of 520 acres well supplied with good stock, in
which he takes great pride. Socially Mr. Rider is pleasant and
courteous, and he belongs to the I. O. O. F. and K.of P. fra-
ternities.

JONAS D. WATERS, deceased, was a native of New York.
He was born July 25, 1838, being a son of Harmon and Catherine
Waters. At about the age of three years Jonas, with his parents,
came to Indiana and located in Jennings County. He resided in
Jennings County till 1864, when he located on a farm in Vernon


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