Harry  C.  Ray

          Harry C. Ray, Deputy Auditor, is a native of Shelby County, Indiana, born July 11, 1846, the eldest son of  Hon. Martin M. and Susan (Cross) Ray.  He received his early educational training in the schools of Shelbyville, and subsequently entered the North Western Christian University at Indianapolis, in which institution he took a thorough literary course, graduating in 1868.  Soon after completing his education, he accepted a position in the Treasury Department at Washington, and was thus engaged until the following year, when he returned to Indiana.  In 1870, he began reading law in Danville, and, in connection with his legal studies, wrote for the press until 1873,  which time he came to Shelbyville and engaged in the practice of his profession. He abandoned the legal business in 1875, and for four years thereafter was Deputy Treasurer, retiring from that position in 1879, and accepting his present place as Deputy County Auditor.  Mr. Ray is a courteous gentleman, an accomplished business man, and enjoys the confidence and esteem of a large number of friends in the city and county.  He is a member of the I.O.O.F., and has represented Shelby Lodge No. 39, in the Grand Lodge of Indiana.  In 1883, he was elected as a member of City Council for a term of two years.    

Photographs from Boetcker's Picturesque Shelbyville, 1909

  In 1887, he was again honored, this time with an election to the position of City Clerk.  He is also a member of the K. of P., having joined that order February, 1887.  Politically, he is identified with the Democratic party, and cast his first presidential vote for  Horace Greely.  February 22, 1872, he solemnized his marriage with  Sarah E., daughter of  William H. and Mary Blake, of Danville, Hendricks County, Ind.  Mrs. Ray was born on the 6th day of January, 1852.  In the spring of 1886, he was a prominent candidate for the office of County Auditor, but unfortunately, owing to a division of his party, he was defeated by a small majority in the primary.
History of Shelby County, Indiana,  "Shelbyville Sketches," page 519-20, Chicago: Brant & Fuller, 1887.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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