Source: Clarkson W. Weesner, History of Wabash County Indiana (1914), Vol. II, pp. 781-782.
JACOB SINGER. The late Jacob Singer, for many years a resident of Chester township, was of Ohio nativity, Preble county being the region of his birth. He was a man who had enjoyed only the meagrest educational advantages, learning in his teens the trade of a mill wright, which he followed for a good many years. It was some time before the outbreak of the Civil war that he came to Wabash county, and here he married Lucinda Jenks, daughter of Stephen Jenks, and to them were born children as follows: Joseph Warren, who died young; William, also deceased; John; Sarah, who married Thomas Hanley, of Chester township; Edwin J. mentioned at greater length in following paragraphs; and Anna, who married Franklin Kester. The wife and mother died, and the father in later years married Fanny Jenks, who became the mother of two sons, Ulysses Grant and James Monroe Singer.
Edwin Singer, trustee of Chester township and one of the foremost men of the community, was born on the old homestead, in Chester township, on March 14, 1860. He attended the district schools, and also had some training at Valparaiso and Oberlin colleges, after which he engaged in school teaching. For the following quarter century he was occupied in the work, later turning his attention to farming and stock raising. He was known for a successful and progressive educator, even in those years, and to his farming enterprise he has brought an industry and activity that have resulted in pleasurable exhibitions of success.
Mr. Singer is a Republican in politics and is greatly interested in the affairs of his community at all times. He was elected township trustee in 1908 and has since held the same office. During his service the roads of the township have improved very perceptibly, and the local high school has come to be regarded as one of the finest in the section, having lately installed departments of manual training and household science. He received the nomination of the republican party to the office of County Clerk, the election to be held in the fall of 1914. Progress is the keynote to all his activities, either of a public or a private nature, and his connection with affairs relating to the community life can only result in good to all concerned.
Mr. Singer was married to Mrs. Emma Spacy, a widow, and the daughter of Scott Rice. They have one son,--Victor Hugo.
Mr. Singer is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Knights of Pythias and the Royal Order of Moose and he and his wife have membership in the Methodist Episcopal church.