Shelby  County  Indiana
Biographical  Sketches

John  C.  Eagle


          John C. Eagle, A. M. The gentleman whose name introduces this biography, was born March 23, 1845, in Montgomery County, Ohio, and is a son of  David B. and  Ann Eagle,  whose maiden name was  Mason.  The family here treated, is of German descent on the one side, and Scotch-Irish on the other.  The father of  Prof. Eagle was a native of Ohio, born in Montgomery County in 1806, and died in that State in 1S76.  By occupation he was a farmer and contractor.  The mother of Prof. Eagle was born in Montgomery County, Ohio, in 181 3, and died in Illinois in 1871.  Our subject is one of four children now living and was raised on the farm.  His first, or primary education, was acquired at the country schools of his native county.  At fourteen years of age, he began for himself, a self-education at his Ohio home.  So thoroughly had he prepared himself, that upon an examination in 1866, he was permitted to enter the senior class of Denison University at Granville, Ohio, and from which he graduated in 1867.  In 1868, he went to Clay County, Illinois and for two years, was Superintendent of the Lewisville Schools.  He then returned to Ohio and for some time, was engaged in the life insurance business.  From 1873 to 1879, he wasSuperintendent of the Union City Schools and from 1879 to 1887, had charge of the Edinburgh Schools.  In June, 1887, he was elected Superintendent of the Public Schools of Shelbyville.  His success as an educator, at Union City and at Edinburgh was of the highest order and as a school man in every sense, he is a pronounced success and Shelbyville is very fortunate in gaining his services. Prof. Eagle removed to Shelbyville in July, 1887.  His marriage occurred in 1S70, to  Miss Maggie Grant,  a native of Kentucky and born in 1852.  They have one child, viz.:  Mable .  Mr. Eagle is a Mason and a member of the G. A. R.  He enlisted in 1862, in Company G, Sixty-ninth Ohio Volunteer Infantry and was honorably discharged after one 3-year's service, at Nashville, Tenn.  Prof. Eagle is a most pleasant and refined gentleman and a true friend of the public schools, and extended education.
History of Shelby County, Indiana, Brant & Fuller, 1887, "Shelbyville Sketches,"  page 481.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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