Franklin La Rue
FRANKLIN LA RUE, farmer and stockraiser; P. O. Poplar; is the eldest of a family of seven children, and was born in Seneca Co., Ohio, July 22, 1842. His father, Jonathan D. La Rue, was born Sept. 25, 1816, in Steuben Co., N. Y., and was there married to a lady named Jane Gray. He taught school there, in early life, and, in June, 1841, he moved to Ohio, and settled in Seneca Co., where he resided four years. He then came to Crawford Co., and, securing a partly developed farm in Lykens Township, created a handsome property. "Maj. La Rue," as he was familiarly called, was a man of extended acquaintance, and was respected by all as a man of good judgment, and the embodiment of honor and integrity. He died Sept. 5, 1880,
after a brief illness, and for many years had been a member of the Free-Will Baptist Church. His children were named respectively-Franklin, Charles, Comfort W., Levi G., George, Jeannette and Albertus.
The two eldest sons enlisted in Company K, 45th O. V. I., and Charles, being captured, died in that horrid prison pen at Andersonville. Comfort W. and Levi G. are residing at Le Mars,
Iowa, engaged in the hardware and agricultural implement business. George and Jeannette died when young, and the youngest is now studying medicine. The subject of this sketch was married Feb. 20, 1868, to Ardella, daughter of L. M. Waller, of this township, in which she was born in 1848. Their union has produced six children-Charles, Lysander W., Arletta C., Ralph W., Guy E. and Harry G. He has devoted special attention to the breeding of sheep of the
Spanish merino variety, and, as a result, possesses flocks that take rank among the best in the county. He has always been a Republican. His wife is a member of the Free-Will Baptist Church.
From Biographical Sketches, :Lykens Township, Crawford County.
According to the roster, Franklin La Rue enlisted as a Corporal on July 10, 1862, at the age of 20. He mustered into Company K on August 19 and was promoted to Sergeant on November 11, 1864. He was also detailed as a Postmaster to the 1st Division, Cavalry Corps. He mustered out at Camp Harker, Tennessee on June 12, 1865. He and his wife
had three more addition to the six mentionined in his biography: Edna, Frank Ernest, and Gertrude. Franklin LaRue died in November of 1918. He was buried in Oaklawn Cemetery in Bucyrus, Ohio.
Thank to Russell LaRue <Rustyrut@willard-oh.com>, the son of Frank Ernest LaRue, for this additional information.