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A History of Kentucky and Kentuckians, The Leaders and Representative Men in Commerce, Industry and Modern Activities. By E. Polk Johnson, Volume III. Illustrated. Publishers: The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago-New York, 1912.
HUMMER ELI ORNDORFF is a native son of Logan county, Kentucky, and he is a scion of a family whose various representatives have figured prominently in public affairs in the Blue Grass state. His great-grandfather was the first flour miller in southern Kentucky. His name was Christian Orndorff and he was a native of Virginia, whence he came to Kentucky in 17__. Mr. Orndorff, of this review, was born on the 5th of December, 1865, in Logan county, a son of Benjamin Franklin Orndorff, who was long identified with the great basic industry of agriculture in this county. In addition to farming the father manufactured woolen goods and flour and he was a loyal and public-spirited citizen, ardently devoted to the interests of his home county and state. The maiden name of his wife was Drusilla Hummer and she is still living, her honored husband having passed away in 1871.
Hummer Eli Orndorff was the third in order of birth in a family of four children and he secured his education in the district schools of Logan county. He resides on his finely improved farm of three hundred and twenty-five acres, which includes the house, farm and mill first owned by his great-grandfather and eligibly located four miles west of Adairville. He and his sister jointly own the farm northeast of Adairville, first bought and settled on by their great-great-grandfather and which has been owned only by the family. Mr. Orndorff is president of the First National Bank, of Adairville, which he helped organize in 1907. This substantial monetary institution is incorporated under the laws of the United States with a capital stock of twenty-five thousand dollars and its officers are: H. E. Orndorff, president; G. A. Smith, vice-president; and L. S. Evans, cashier. The bank is rapidly gaining prestige as one of the best in the county and it is located in a fine new building in Adairville. Mr. Orndorff owns and operates the Red River mill, which was constructed at an early date by his forefathers. In politics he accords a stalwart allegiance to the cause of the Democratic party and he has done much to further the general welfare of the community. He is a strong advocate of good roads, and he was on the building committee of the school house at Pleasant Grove. In a fraternal way he is affiliated with the Knights of Pythias and in connection with his banking interests he is a valued and appreciative member of the Kentucky Banker’s Association. He and his wife are devout members of the Methodist Episcopal church at Pleasant Grove and they are both deeply interested in church work, he being superintendent of the Sunday School.
In 1895 was recorded the marriage of Mr. Orndorff to Miss Jessie Bailey, a native of Logan county, and a daughter of Asbury I. Bailey, a representative of an old pioneer Kentucky family. Four children have been born of this union – Victoria Druscilla, Margaret Elizabeth, Mary Eleanor, and Franklin Irwin. On other pages of this work will be found further data concerning the Orndorff family in Kentucky, in the sketch dedicated to John G. Orndorff.