From the book "HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY, COUNTIES OF WHITE AND PULASKI INDIANA. Historical and Biographical. Illustrated. Chicago; F. A. Battey & CO., Publishers. 1883." page 336, Jackson Township, White County, Indiana
"JOHN W. WIMER, merchant, at Logansport, and formerly of Burnettsville, was born in Orange County, New York, February 7, 1829, and is the third of the five children of MICHAEL and HANNAH (BELCHER) WIMER, both natives of the Empire State. The family moved to Carroll County, Indiana, about 1841, and there JOHN W. attended school and kept his father's accounts, studied surveying and trigonometry, German and Latin. At the age of twenty-one, he took a position in J. B. GORDON's mercantile house in Georgetown, where he remained eight years; then began trade on his own account at Lockport, and was appointed Postmaster by President Buchanan. Three years later he moved to Delphi, where he engaged in trade until 1845, and then moved to Burnettsville, where he did business under the firm name of J. W. WIMER & CO. until 1865, when he succeeded the firm and carried on trade individually until 1868, when he sold a half interest to J. M. LOVE, and under the firm name of J. M. WIMER & LOVE continued till 1882. MR. WIMER then withdrew, and shortly after removed to Logansport, where he is now largely engaged in the dry goods trade. MR. WIMER is an active Republican. In 1864, he was appointed Postmaster at Burnettsville, which office he resigned six years later. The same fall he was elected Representative from White and Benton Counties, and in 1876 was a Presidential Elector from Indiana; in 1880, he was a Delegate to the National Convention at Chicago, and was one of the first to vote for James A. Garfield. MR. WIMER has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church for twenty-seven years; he is a well-known contibutor to the county press, and is a gentleman of considerable literary ability and poetical tastes."