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Past and Present of Livingston County
Volume 2. Biographies
by Major A. J. Roof. 1913
Since beginning his independent career in 1890 Orelious C. Bushong has cultivated his present farm, of one hundred acres on section 9, range 22, Medicine township, and his industry, ability and success have made him through the years a force in local agricultural development. He has lived in Livingston county since 1865 but is a native of Indiana, born August 21, 1861, a son of Samuel and Mary A. (Fulwider) Bushong, natives of Virginia, both of whom have passed away. The father died December 11, 1903, and was survived by his wife only four days.
Orelious C. Bushong acquired his education in the public schools of Medicine township and laid aside his books at the age twenty-one in order to assist his father with the work of the farm. After two years he began his independent career, and in 1890 bought one hundred acres on section 9, range 22, Medicine township, upon which he has now resided for twenty-three years. He has made all the improvements upon this farm, erecting a fine residence, barns and outbuildings, and upon it is carrying on mixed farming, specializing in the raising of stock, of which he keeps eight horses, about twenty-five head of cattle and seventy-five swine. In all of his business affairs he is alert and enterprising and has met with that degree of success which always rewards earnest, persistent and well directed labor.
Mr. Bushong married, in Grundy county, February 15, 1883, Miss Frances M. Pridemore, a daughter of Andrew J. and Malinda (Eaststep) Pridemore, both of whom have passed away and are buried in Oklahoma. Mr. Bushong is independent in his political beliefs and has never been active as an office seeker, preferring to concentrate his attention upon the development of his farm. Well known in the county, where he has resided from early boyhood days, he has a wide acquaintance here and has won uniform trust and good-will by reason of a life which in all of its phases has been straightforward and honorable.