Benjamin Lloyd Mugg (1850 – )


    Although no section of the Hoosier state is richer in opportunities or
offers greater advantages to its citizens than does Howard county, success is
not here to be obtained through desire alone, but is to be persistently worked
for. The subject of this review may be reckoned among the sterling pioneers of
this county, having lived here his entire life, nearly three score years to the
time of this writing (1908), having preferred to remain on his native hills and
he has here worked his way to success and prosperity, while he has so ordered
his course in all the relations of life as to command the confidence and esteem
of his fellow men.

    Benjamin Llody Mugg was born in Howard county February 4, 1850, the son of
William and Jemima E. (Cummings) Mugg. Grandfather Mugg was born in Kentucky,
while grandfather Cummings hailed from Massachusetts. The former came to Owen
county, Indiana, in an early day, owning a farm there where he made his home and
reared his children, about eight in number. He is supposed to have been a
soldier in the War of 1812. He reached a good old age. Grandfather Cummings also
came to Owen county in an early day, fanned there and raised a large family,
dying at an advanced age. He was recognized by everyone who knew him as being a
high grade farmer even for that early time. The subject's grandparents were
devout church people.

    The father of the subject received his early education in Owen county, where
he afterward taught school for a time. He remained with his father on the farm
until he married, when he came to Howard county as one of its pioneers of about
1845, entered land and built a log cabin, later going back to Owen county. He
and his family cleared most of the one hundred and sixty acres before his death,
also draining the land and in many ways improving it until it was a first class
farm in every respect. This family consisted of four children., three of whom
grew to maturity. The subject's parents were strict Baptists and the father was
a Democrat before the war and afterward a Republican. He died at the age of
seventy-three. The age reached by the subject's mother was seventy-five years,
who survived her husband a few years.

    Benjamin Lloyd Mugg attended the district schools in Howard county and
worked on the old home farm where he was raised and has lived there ever since,
a part of which he inherited and the balance of his present farm he has since
purchased, the place now consisting of one hundred and ten acres. He and his
wife formerly owned an adjoining farm on which they built a beautiful frame
house which is now owned by his son-in-law.

    The subject's farm is well fenced with wood and wire and the soil is in a
high state of productiveness, having always been well cultivated. Clover is at
present largely raised. He has never raised either timothy or oats, believing
that both are detrimental to the soil, and he claims that clover hay is both
superior for both horses and cattle.

    No better buildings are to be seen on any farm than on that of our subject,
all of which he erected himself, in fact, the stranger will see by a most
cursory glance at Mr. Mugg's place that a man of thrift, energy and sound
judgment manages it, for no more up-to-date farm is to be found in Howard county.

    Mr. Mugg was united in marriage September 3, 1871, to Sophia Ware, daughter
of Jesse and Phoebe (Moore) Ware. She is a native of Howard county, this family
having consisted of three girls. Her father recently passed away at an advanced
age, having been known as a high class farmer and an upright gentleman.

    Five children have been born to the subject and wife, three of whom died in
infancy. Iona is the widow of B. G. Armstrong and the mother of two sons, all of
whom make their home with Mr. and Mrs. Mugg; Iza is the wife of William L.
Wilcox, who lives on the farm formerly owned by our subject and wife. They have
three children.

    The year our subject was eighteen his father allowed him to plow ten acres
of land and raise his first crop of corn which measured one hundred twenty-three
and one-half bushels to the acre and received the first premium at the Howard
county fair for corn raised by a boy., receiving twenty dollars cash as a
premium. He has been raising Poland China hogs for thirty-eight years. He always
attended the local fairs, exhibiting his hogs, until after the Chicago World's
Fair. He received fourteen premiums at the World's Fair and won two grand
champion premiums on that breed of hogs. He still keeps his registered hogs,
which are as fine as can be found anywhere. He has not been exhibiting at fairs
for several years but he is always a judge of hogs at fairs. He does not feed
hog-s, but raises and sells them for breeders.

    Our subject likes to tell of the early days of his parents, which were spent
without any of the conveniences of the present time. They neither had cook stove
nor utensils and their beds were straw, spread on poles, one end of which was
driven into an augur hole in the logs of the house and the other end fastened to
an upright pole. The furnishings were of the most primitive sort and the days
when they were raising their family were spent in what we of today would call
poverty, being without conveniences and many of the real necessities of life.
But here the subject received valuable lessons of fortitude and courageous
persistence that have enabled him to surmount all obstacles in his later life,
having worked his way up to a position of prominence in his community and
comparative affluence, having ever maintained a high order of living and dealt
fairly and honestly with his fellow men until no man in Howard county today
stands higher in general public esteem. While he has never sought public office
he has always been a loyal Republican and ever assisted in furthering the
interests of his community whether in a political, moral or social way, and no
more praise-worthy citizen is to be found in Howard county."

Source: USGenWeb Archives by: Joy Fisher April 21, 2006

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