Franklin  Talbert

           Franklin Talbert (deceased), was born in Union Township, Shelby County, March 3, 1842, and was a son of  Paris C. and Nancy A. Talbert.  His youth was spent upon the farm owned by his parents.  When the War of the Rebellion broke out, he enlisted (August 8, 1862), in the Third Indiana Battery, continuing through the war, until 1865.  He came back July 24, of that year, with an honorable discharge.  On the third day of December, 1864, his father died.  In September, 1867, the subject of our biography was married to  Mary A. Wright.  To them was born three children,  William,  Lulu  and  Verhn.  On April 14, 1874, the wife died.  In 1869, Mr. Talbert, in company with his brothers,  Sylvanus and  William, and his brother-in-law,  Jacob Bower,  started a saw mill.  In time, the subject of our sketch bought out the entire mill, and in 1879, moved all of the machinery to Shelbyville, locating on East Hendricks Street, at the intersection of the J., M. & I., and " Big Four " Railroads.  The mill was started in a small way but the business grew rapidly and he soon erected manufacturing establishments of various kinds in connection with it.  He began manufacturing wagons in 1881, and it was not long until the "Talbert wagon " was famous everywhere.  Next the planing mill was added, and in July, of the next year, another saw mill was built.  Mr. Talbert did an extensive business and employed a large number of hands.  On the 14th day of September, 1877, he was again married, this time to  Angeline Westerfield,  of Union Township, from which marriage there were three children born, two of whom are dead.  Mr. Talbert was for several years a member of the City Council of Shelbyville.  He was a member of Shelby Lodge No. 39, I. O. O. F.  He was also a member of the G. A. R.  He was struck by a falling beam while at his mill, and a few days thereafter, October 22, 1886, died, leaving a whole community to mourn his loss.  Frank Talbert, had, during his brief residence in Shelbyville, contributed more to increase the population, and build up the manufacturing interests of the city, than anyone else.  He was public spirited in a high degree, and was always ready to help on popular enterprises.
History of Shelby County, Indiana ,  "Shelbyville Sketches."  Chicago: Brant & Fuller, 1887, page 539-540.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

Biography Index       Main Page