H.  Henry  Torline

          H. Henry Torline, successful farmer and stock-raiser, and ex-County Commissioner, is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, and son ofy B. H. and Adelheit (Grimmps) Torline, parents born in Germany.  The family in 1840, came to Indiana and settled in Franklin County, where the mother subsequently died, and where the father is still living.  The subject of this sketch was born on the 17th day of December, 1837, and at the age of three years was brought to Indiana, of which State he has since been a resident.  He was reared a farmer, and in the common schools received an English education, which supplemented by an experienced business training in subsequent years has enabled him to successfully discharge the duties of a very active life.  In 1863, he came to Shelby County and settled near Fairland, where he resided until purchasing his present beautiful place near Shelbyville in 1885.  As a successful farmer, Mr. Torline has few, if any, superiors in the county, and as an intelligent and public-spirited citizen, fully alive to all that interest or benefits of the public, he occupies a conspicuous place.  He is a Republican in politics, arid as such has rendered valuable service to his party in this county.  In 1882, he was elected a member of the Board of County Commissioners, a fact which attests his great personal popularity in a county overwhelmingly Democratic.  He was married June 9, 1859, to  Miss Mary Bohman, of Cincinnati, Ohio.  Mr. and Mrs. Torline are members of the Catholic Church, and among Shelby County's most estimable and highly esteemed citizens.  In 1882, after repeated and urgent solicitation upon the part of his friends, both of the Democratic and Republican parties, he was induced to accept the nomination on the ticket of the latter party for County Commissioner, to which position he was elected.  Prior to that time he had been identified with the Democratic party but since that time has affiliated with the Republican party, but in no case does he allow party prejudice to control him in voting for local officials.  Mr. Torline's portrait can be seen on another page of this volume.
History of Shelby County, Indiana, Chicago: Brant & Fuller, 1887, "Shelbyville Sketches", pages 541-542.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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