Erastus W. McDaniel
Erastus W. McDaniel, who has been a
practicing lawyer for over thirty-seven years, is a resident of Shelbyville, a
former member of the law firm McDaniel & Myers, and there are other
relationships and activities that distinguish his name among the citizens of
He was born in Jasper County, Illinois, February 28, 1863.
John McDaniel, was a native of Kentucky. He was reared by some Indians, who
afterwards told him that his parents had died of the cholera before his earliest
recollection. He lived with Indians in the Kentucky backwoods, and became
proficient in all the arts and woodcraft of the Red Men. He was quite a good
sized boy when the War of 1812 broke out and he acted as a hostler in Gen.
William Henry Harrison's army. He was present at the battle of the Thames, near
Detroit, when the great ally of the British, Tecumseh, was killed. After the war
he returned to Kentucky and lived among white people. He married Hannah
of a distinguished Southern family.
Andrew J. McDaniel, father of the Shelbyville attorney, was born in Decatur
County, Indiana, and about 1856 moved to Illinois. In October, 1867, he returned
to Indiana and bought a farm in Liberty Township of Shelby County. On this farm
he lived out his life, and the land is still owned by his children, of whom
there were four in number. Andrew J. McDaniel married Emaline
Erastus W. McDaniel was four years of age when his parents located in Shelby
County. He grew up on the home farm, attended the local schools, and during his
youth and early manhood was associated with his father in the operation of the
farm, part of which he now owns. He attended the Central Normal College at
Danville, and was teacher of schools in Rush and Shelby counties. In the
meantime he was studying law, pursuing his reading with the firm of Hord &
Adams, and in 1892 was admitted to the bar, since which date the law has
commanded his utmost attention. He also has farming interests. Mr. McDaniel was
appointed county attorney and served in that office from 1900 to 1905, and from
1913 to 1917 was assistant reporter of the Supreme Court under Phillip
Zoercher. From 1918 to 1922 he was city attorney of Shelbyville.
He has filled all the
chairs in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, is a member of the Indiana State
and Shelby County Bar Associations, and has been quite active as a Democrat,
serving on party committees.
Mr. McDaniel married
Eva L. Bidinger, of Rush County. Her father, Jefferson Lantz, was a son of
John Lantz, a pioneer who came from Kentucky to Indiana in
1820 and became one of the largest land owners in Shelby County. He was a man of
great public spirit and was an important character in the pioneer history of the
county. Mr. and Mrs. McDaniel have one son, Frank L., a farmer by occupation.
married Ida Niehaus, of Cincinnati, and the three grandchildren of Mr. and Mrs.
McDaniel are Jack, Marilyn and Bobbie.
During the World war Mr. McDaniel helped in all the war drives, selling
Liberty Bonds, War Stamps and raising funds for the Red Cross, and was chief of
the American Protective League, one of the valuable agencies cooperating with
the Department of Justice.
INDIANA ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY YEARS OF AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT,
Vol. 3, By Charles Roll, A.M., The Lewis Publishing Company, 1931
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming