T. K. MINNIEAR
who is a representative of one of the old pioneer families of Shelby county, now lives somewhat retired, having four acres of land surrounding his comfortable residence at Plattsville, still continues to oversee, however, the operating of his two farms, both situated in Green township. He was born in Orange township, Shelby county, in 1851, and is a son of Thomas and Lydia (Johns) Minniear.
Thomas Minniear was born in Miami county, O., and came very early in his life to Orange township, Shelby county, securing several heavily timbered, well watered tracts and at the time of death, when aged eighty-four years, owned about 100 acres of cultivated land. He married Lydia Johns, who died when aged eighty-one years. They had the following children: William, Mrs. Nisha Glasford, Mrs. Maggie Seibert, Mrs. Mary Francis, two babes that died in infancy, and T. K., the only survivors being the last named and his sister, Mrs. Glasford, who lives near Sidney, O.
T. K. Minniear attended school in his boyhood in a school house on one of his father's farms and afterward erected additions to the same and lived on that place for fifty-one years, his children attending the same school. For thirty-six years after marriage he lived in the old school house. He owns two farms, one of eighty acres and the other of forty-two acres and general farming, stock raising and fruit growing have been the industries which have mainly taken up his attention. While his heavier responsibilities have been shifted to younger shoulders, Mr. Minniear still continues to be interested and in caring for the small tract around his village home, finds pleasant recreation.
Mr. Minniear married Miss Katie Atkinson and ten children have been born to them, namely: Mrs. Macy Miller; Mrs. Grace Middleton; Lee, a resident of Dayton; Joseph, who lives in Platteville; Mrs. Maggie White, of Green township; David, who lives at Sidney; Stanly, who is a resident of Plattsville; Charles, who lives in Green township; Hannah, who remains with her parents, and Harry, who died at eleven months of age. The family belongs to the Methodist Episcopal church. In politics Mr. Minniear has always been a republican and is known as an earnest and reliable citizen. He has served in local offices and has been township trustee.