Famous Fairfielders

Once upon a time, being from Fairfield was a big deal. People from Brookville would probably never notice.

Ida Husted Harper

The Husteds were influential, probably pretty affluent for the time. Ida became significant. Women’s issues in her time were quite divisive – and in more ways than one. Families often broke apart over the right to vote. It would be well into the 20th century before women could actually vote, and many years later before “equal rights” were actually addressed on a common forum. Husted is a pioneer. You only get that from water from the East Fork.






The Cory family

Not exactly your Mayberry fiddle band, but I’d guess these folks could conjure up some classics. If Cora, Norie and C.A., don’t work, just say it’s the Cory Story. This house was on the south side on Main Street. C.R. Cory, the patriarch, served in a number of education leadership roles as well as the state General Assembly. Cory family owned a lot of land around Fairfield. True aristocrats.






George Loper

Lopers abound across Franklin County and the thread is consuming. Loper and his sons did indeed build carriages in Fairfield for about 15 years in the 1870s-onward. George was buried in Brier Cemetery and his grave moved to New Fairfield cemetery during the reservoir construction phase. Wife’s name was Susana and his origins are apparently New Jersey. She was a Hoosier. You need to do Ancestry.com if you want all the details. Carriages made in Fairfield were reportedly of fine quality. Several harness makers were in business as well. Damned automobile!






James Maurice (Morris) Mat Madison Thompson

Or can we just call him “Butch”? Thompson was born in Fairfield and there isn’t much evidence he stayed very long. We know where he lived and what he wrote. This link gives some other interesting insight into the man who wrote “Alice” not long before he died, evidently very depressed about something – maybe the advent of the automobile.