|AARON MARKS, a prosperous farmer and stock-raiser of Tippecanoe County, was born on the farm where he now lives, section 2, Jackson Township, February 2, 1840, his father, Thomas Marks, who is now deceased, being one of the pioneer settlers of the county. Aaron Marks was reared amid the wild surrounding of pioneer life, and has grown up with his native county, witnessing the many changes which have trasformed the wilderness into a well settled community. He remembers when wolves and deer roamed through the unbroken forest, and at one time a wolf was caught in his father's woodpile.|
He received such education as the schools of his day afforded, which were then taught in rude log cabins, built with puncheon floor and clapboard roof. He has always followed agricultural pursuits in which he has met with excellent success, and is now the owner of 450 acres of choice land. He now devotes his attention to raising and dealing in stock, in connection with his general farming.
He was united in marriage August 14, 1861, to Miss Ellen Van Meter, a native of Fountain County, Indiana, and is the youngest in a family of nine children born to William Van Meter. Her father was one of the early settlers of this county. He is now deceased.
To Mr. and Mrs. Marks have been born eight children, seven of whom are yet living--William T., Franklin H., John L, Carrie, Lee, Jacob D. and James A. Garfield. William, who is a resident of Fountain County, married Rosa Clark, and they have one child, named Ella Belle. John L. is at present attending the Normal College at Danville, Indiana, where he is very proficient in his studies. He makes a specialty of map drawing, and at the fall examination of 1886 he was on of six in a class of sixty-six to receive the grade of 100.
Mr. Marks is strongly attached to his home and family, and although he takes an active interest in the welfare of his township and county, he never seeks official honors.
Biographical Record and Portrait Album of Tippecanoe County, Indiana, 1888, pg 719.
Added: Aug. 13, 2004