1997 Lee Flora


Lee was born on 8/15/1911 in Rock Creek Township in Carroll County. He attended Rockfield High School and graduated in 1929. After working on the family farm and driving trucks building gravel and cement roads in Carroll and Cass Counties, Lee enrolled in the International College in Fort Wayne. He graduated in 1934 and found out that no business’s were hiring C.P.A.’s in the mid 30’s.

During the spring of 1935, Lee rented a sixty acre farm close to his parents north of Flora, married Helen Jones of Jackson Township (2-23-35) and together they started farming. Lee and Helen enjoyed farming very much, and their main livestock enterprises were jersey cows, hogs, and broilers. They have three children; Carol, Phyllis Shoff, and Tom. Tom presently lives on their home farm.

Lee has spent a great deal of his life serving the public. He has been an active member of the Delphi Presbyterian Church for over 50 years and has served on all it’s boards. He served as President of the State Farm Management Association in 1950, and was a charter member of the Carroll County Community Development study Committee.

Lee served on the Carroll County Extension Board and the 4-H Fairboard. He was chairman of the building committee when the showring was built at the fairgrounds. Lee was elected to the board of Carroll County Commissioners in 1964. During his term the courthouse was rewired to enable it to handle the new and larger equipment being used. They built the cement retaining wall around the courthouse lawn, baited and fenced the roadside dumps and established the county Landfill.

Lee was very active in United Fund and served as it’s 1st secretary. He was one of the 1st people in Carroll County to give 5 gallons of blood through the Red Cross. Lee and Helen enjoyed spending nineteen winters in Apacha Jet, Arizona, which is just east of Phoenix. In 1994 due to impending health problems, they sold their mobile home in Arizona and moved from the farm to Westminster Retirement Village in West Lafayette.

February 11, 2010

Comments RSS

Leave a Comment

Only Carroll County Agriculture Association members are allowed to leave comments.
If you are a member, please enter your username and password in the log in box to the left.