Shelby County, Indiana
James O. Parrish
James O. Parrish, successful business man, and Ex-County Treasurer, is a native of Shelby County, Indiana, and dates his birth from the 24th day of January, 1840. His parents were Lee and Mary (Pullam) Parrish, the former born 1798, in North Carolina, and the latter in 1809, in Virginia. Their respective deaths occurred in the years 1880 and 1817. James O. Parrish is the fourth of a family of nine children, five of whom are at this time living. He was reared on a farm, and in the common schools, obtained a good English education which, with his subsequent business training, has developed into a fund of valuable practical knowledge. He continued agricultural pursuits until 1863, at which time he abandoned the farm and embarked in the mercantile business at the town of Brookfield, which he carried on with success and financial profit for a period of six years. In 1871, he was appointed Deputy Treasurer of Shelby County, and three years later
History of Shelby County, Indiana, "Shelbyville Sketches," page 521-22, Chicago: Brant & Fuller, 1887.
was elected Treasurer, the duties of which responsible position he discharged in a highly creditable manner until 1879, having been re-elected in 1876. At the expiration of his official term he engaged in the lumber and coal business in Shelbyville in which he still continues under the firm name of McConnell & Parrish, being at this time the most extensive dealers in the city. Politically Mr. Parrish is an ardent supporter of the Democratic party and as such has been a potent factor in local politics, taking an active part in the elections of this county. He takes a lively interest in the welfare of the city, and all enterprises of public nature, having for their object the public good, find in him a ready and willing assistance, being at this time a member of the City School Board. He married, December 10, 1865, Miss Adelia F. Joyce of this county, a union blessed with the birth of two children, viz.: Minnie L. and Myrtle V. Mr. and Mrs. Parrish are members of the Baptist Church, with which they have been identified for a number of years.
J. O. Parrish
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming
Pictures from Boetcker's Picturesque Shelbyville, 1909
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