|Arthur J. Thurston was born in Hendricks Township, Shelby County, April 11, 1849, and is the son of David and Laurinde (Lang) Thurston, and is of Scotch-Irish extraction. The family came to Indiana in 1842, and settled first in Johnson County, and afterward removed to Shelby County. The father of the subject of this sketch still resides upon the old home place in Hendricks Township. Arthur is the second child of a family of seven children. He was brought up on a farm, where he remained until nineteen years old. In 1868, he entered Franklin College at Franklin, Ind., and spent two years at hard study. He then engaged in teaching school and while in the profession was considered one of the most progressive members in Shelby County. He spent seven years in the school room, and then in 1877, came to Shelbyville, and invested his savings in an establishment handling agricultural implements and other machinery.|
|He has since added a carriage and
buggy department to his business. He has been very successful
and is now a man of considerable property, owning several farms,
a great deal of town property, and his own business house. Mr.
Thurston was married to Miss Mary J. Hackney, of this county,
May 9, 1875. They have two children living, Frederick Neal and
William Eden. In politics our subject is a strong Democrat. He
is a member of Shelby Lodge No, 39, I. O, O. F., and is a Knight
of Pythias since 1886. His wife and he are members of the First
Baptist Church of this city, and are faithful in attendance thereat. Mr. Thurston is one of the most prominent business men in
Shelbyville, and his standing as a citizen is above reproach.|
History of Shelby County, Indiana , "Shelbyville Sketches." Chicago: Brant & Fuller, 1887, page 539-540.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming