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A Centennial Couple

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[Trom the Indianapolis Journal.] In Bipley township, Montgomery county, aud about niae miles from Crawfordsville, there lives an old man named George Fruit s, whoni every evidence goes to prove has passed the 113th niiie-stone. He was born in ïialtimore, Md., in the early part of Jannary, 1763. His parents were Germans, being emigrants from tho Fatherland to America. They were poor and rather illiterate. The boyhood of Blr. Fruits was principally spent in Maryland, where he tfas engaged as a laborer. His eduoation was negleeted, and as a consequence Le can neither read nor write. He says he don't believe he ever attended school to exceed a month in his life. He is the last one left of a family of twelve children, eight girls and four bsys. Lea ríng Maryland aceompanied by his i'riends, Mr. Fruits went to Pennsylvania, -whojp he remained a short time. When Kentucky was opened to settlers he went there, where he took an active part in the Indian wars. His comrades were Daniel Boone and other well-known characters in the colonial history of Kentucky. He spent much of his time in the erection of block-houses and other means of defense for the settlers, and was well-hnown as a daring scout. He took part in all of the principal battles of the Indians, and now carries in one of his legs a ball which was shot there a,t the time of the battle of Blue Licks, on Licking creek, abouty eighty years since. Af ter tke settlcments in Kentucky were perfected, Mr. Fruits removed t Ohio, remaining there during the first years of the present century, He was married near Hamiiton, Butler county, O., on tne 4th of October, 1806, to Miss Catherine Stonebraker, who still survives. When Indiana was admitted into the Union in 1816, he entered the farm which is his present home, and bringing with him his family, removed to Indiana. He showed me the deed for his farm, which was given several years alter the purchase. It bore the name of John Quincy Adams as President. In his better days Mr. Fruits was six f eet three inches high, and weighed about 325 pounds. He was rather slender for one of that weight, his flesh being very compact. His arms were long and supported by powerful muscles. He had the reputation of being one of the strongest and most athletic men in his neighborhood. His hair was rather light in his palmier days, but is now a dark gray. The top of his head, a few years since, was entirely bald, but is now covered with a very fine coat of hair, similar to that of an infant, His eyes are of a light blue. Whilo the lid on the left has fallen, completely closing it from view, the sight of the other is good, and he can readily distinguish objects with it. AH of the permanent set of his teeth are out, with the exception of one, the eye-tooth on the left side of the jaw, but in their place a new set, the third, are making their appearance. The most of them are through cutting, and he tested their strength sufficiently to satisfy me by biting myñnger when I was feeíing of them. His forehead is high. and his other fea tures quite regular, and he was considered quite a good looking man. One rather strange feature about his feet is his toe-nails. They will at times almost disappaar, and then suddenly put forth into a thick, spongy growth. He has met with several accidents during his life, at one time breaking several of his ribs, and at another mashing his ankle, besides being wounded at the battle of Blue Licks. But, everything considered, he is as well preserved generally as most persons that reach the age of eighty. His habits have been good, generally, and especially since his settlement in Indiana. He has always been an early riser, and regular in his eating. He used tobáceo a good many years, and whisky occasionally, but never to an excess. With the exception of tho time he was a soldier, and four years as a tanner, and six as a distiller, he has been a farmer. Mr. and Mrs. Fruits together constitute the oldest couple in the State, perhaps, and probably in the nation. Their combined ages amount to over 202 years. They are the last persons living of two large families, and are outliving the flfth generation. They are the parents of thirteen children, twelve of whom are living, and are the grand and greatgrandparents of over eighty children.


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