John J. Wingate
John J. Wingate, Business Manager of the
Republican, and one of the contracting
stockholders, was born in Shelby County, Indiana, July 1, 1839. He is the son of
Smith and Catherine (Titus) Wingate, who came to this county from Owen County, Kentucky. The latter remained a resident of
this county until her death, but the former married again, and moved to Taylorsville in Bartholomew, where he died
in 1882. In 1856, our immediate subject engaged to learn the printer's trade with Solomon Alter, who was then
the publisher of the Independent
Banner, with whom he continued until
the election of Mr. Lincoln, as President. Mr. Alter receiving an appointment under the new administration, went
to Washington, leaving the Banner in charge of young Wingate. The latter soon suspended
publication of his paper, and accepted the position of foreman in the Volunteer Office where he continued until
1863. From this time until 1865, he was engaged in the grocery business. In January, 1866, the Shelby Republican was founded by Mr. James Cumback, as editor. The subject of our sketch accepted a position
on that paper then, and has been ever since in different capacities with the exception of eighteen months, during
which time he filled an appointment in the mail service. In 1872, the proprietorship of the Republican passed
over to S.J. Thompson. In 1884, Mr. Thompson sold his paper to the Shelby Printing Company. This was a Stock
Company, and chose Charles X. Mathews, Editor, and John J. Wingate, Business Manager. Mr. Wingate now owns a large
number of shares of stock in this company. September 3, 1861, Mr. Wingate was married to Miss Lucy A. Lacy, at Edinburg, Indiana. They have one child, William L.
Both Mr. Wingate and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, of this city. The former is also
a charter member of Chillon Lodge No. 129, Knights of Pythias. Mr. Wingate has always been an ardent Republican.
He is a first rate business man, sociable and friendly, and consequently is very popular among many in both parties.
History of Shelby County, Indiana, "Shelbyville
Sketches," Chicago: Brant & Fuller, 1887, "Shelbyville
Sketches", pp 548-9
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming.