John E. LAYTON, * City Wood Measurer and Infirmary Director, Springfield. Mr. Layton is one of Clark County's oldest and most worthy landmarks, having been for many years identified with the interests; born 10th of August, 1822, seven miles west of Springfield, in Bethel Township; at 18 he commenced farming on his own account, having lost his father at the age of 8 years; he abandoned farming for the Shrievalty of Clark County, which was tendered him by his friends in 1856, which office he held until Jan. 1, 1861; he then, with two associates, established a nursery business, under the name of Miller, Swan & Layton, in which he continued until 1864, serving in the meantime 100 days in the Union army, in Company E, of the 153d O.V. I.; from 1864 to 1868 he farmed again, when he sold his farm and came to Springfield, where he has for twelve years held the offices of City Wood Measurer, County Infirmary Di-rector, and for awhile Township Trustee. Mr. Layton married Miss Mary Ann Swinhart, of this city, in 1844; they had a son and daughter. The son is a widower with one child, and the daughter, Mrs. Latta, has one child and lives in Noble Co., Ind. Mr. Layton is a member in good standing of Reed Commandery of Knights Templar, of Dayton, Clark Lodge A. F. & M., No.101, of Springfield, and Springfield "Chapter" and "Council." Mr. Layton has vivid recollections of Jo Smith and his band of Mormons, when they came through this section of the country in 1835, and camped for several days near his home. Being a boy of 13, he was in their camp every day, and says his impressions of them were most favorable. Their thrift, cleanliness and unity was, he says, especially noticeable. Mr. Layton is getting to look venerable, his long iron gray beard and benign features, and no one can be found who will say anything against John Layton. He comes down from honest times and has not forgotten his early principles.
*Since writing this biography Mr. Layton has died.