About Charles F. Risk
From Lewis A. (Lewis Albert) Harding's History of Decatur County, Indiana : its people, industries and institutions (Volume 2):
CHARLES F. RISK.
Instances are very rare in which men who have been trained to a trade in the city become successful farmers, yet Charles F. Risk, a young farmer of Sand Creek township, Decatur county, Indiana, at the time of his marriage abandoned carriage trimming, a trade which he had followed in Greensburg and in Indianapolis, and having removed to the farm has become one of the successful agriculturists of the county.
Charles F. Risk was born on August 5, 1874, in Marion township, Decatur county, Indiana, the son of John A. and Eliza (Flemming) Risk, the former of whom was born in 1852 in Kentucky, came to Decatur county in 1872, and now lives in Greensburg, where he moved in 1903 and where he is a well-known and successful business man. The latter was born in 1844 in Ohio. All of the six children, born to James A. and Eliza (Flemming) Risk, are still living, and are as follow: Mrs. Libbie M. Weaver, Crawfordsville; Charles F., the subject of this sketch; Mrs. Carrie Glass, of Marion township; Eva; Frank M., of Chicago, and Delia.
In 1902 Charles F. Risk was married to Melissa Sparks, who was born in 1874 in Montgomery county, Indiana, the daughter of William O. and Lucy P. (McCracken) Sparks, natives of Kentucky and Indiana, respectively, the former of whom was born, October 27, 1844, and died, December 10, 1879, when Melissa was five years old, and the latter of whom was born, January 27, 1844, in Clinton township, the daughter of Hugh McCracken, an early settler of Decatur county, and died, September 29, 1884. William and Lucy P. (McCracken) Sparks were married in Decatur county, but immediately removed to Montgomery county, and there spent the remainder of their lives. They were the parents of five children, two of whom are now deceased. Of the deceased children, Alvin was born September 30, 1870, and John, the youngest, born March 5, 1878, died in 1879. The three living children are as follow: Hugh, born February 15, 1872, lives in Rush county; Melissa, born March 29, 1874 and married Charles F. Risk; and Ellen, born December 4, 1875, lives in Ft. Wayne.
After the death of her parents Mrs. Risk came to Sand Creek township, and made her home with Silas White and Margaret Susan (McCracken) Garrison, her uncle and aunt. The former was a son of Mary Fugit, a daughter of Judge John Fugit, one of the early settlers of Decatur county, who came to Fugit township in 1818, settling one mile east of Clarksburg. John Fugit (actually, Silas) was born, October 5, 1832, and died, December 21, 1900. Silas White Garrison, a native of Decatur county, born in Clay township, was the son of David and Mary (Fugit) Garrison. His wife, who before her marriage was Susan McCracken, was born, January 29, 1839, in Clinton township, and died May 12, 1914. .Silas White Garrison was a soldier in the Union army during the Civil War, and served one hundred days in the One Hundred and Thirty-seventh Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry. (Actually, 134th Regiment, Company D)
The farm of a 137 acres in Sand Creek township, on which Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Risk live, was the Garrison home place, bequeathed to Mr. Risk and his wife by her uncle and aunt. They moved to this farm immediately after their marriage at which time Mr. Risk abandoned his trade and engaged in farming. He also owns 80 acres of land in Marion township. On the home place there is an attractive farm house situated on a graveled road and well shaded with magnificent trees. The farm also has good barns and other out-buildings. Mr. Risk ordinarily raises 100 head of hogs annually, and breeds a cross between Duroc-Jerseys and Poland Chinas. He has been very successful as a farmer.
Mr. and Mrs. Risk have one child, Geneva, who was born on December 13, 1910. They are members of the Methodist Episcopal church. Mr. Risk is a progressive Republican. He is a member of the Knights of Pythias lodge at Letts. Although Mr. Risk has lived in Sand Creek township a comparatively short time, he has made a host of friends since coming here and is a man who during his comparatively brief residence has won the confidence and esteem of his neighbors.' Mr. and Mrs. Risk are both well liked in the community where they live.