JOHN LAREVA, farmer, section 33, Denver Township, was born in Clinton Co., N.Y., May 8, 1843. He is a son of Joseph and Jane (Gilfillan) Lareva, who were natives of Ontario Can., and of French and Scotch ancestry. The former died in New York, in 1851, and the latter is still living. He attended district school and worked on a farm until he was 24 years of age, and in the spring of 1867 came to this county and settled in Denver Township. He purchased 80 acres of timbered land, and has since spent his time in improving and beautifying his home. He has also added 60 acres of partly improved land, and now owns one of the finest farms in the country. Aug. 10, 1873, he was married, at Aetna, this county, to Miss Jennie, daughter of John and Lucinda (Tucker) Showalter, of German ancestry, and natives of Pennsylvania and Ohio resectively; she was born in Whitley Co., Ind., Feb. 20, 1858; received a fair education, and at the age of 15 came with her sister to Denver Township.
Mr. and Mrs. Lareva have had three children: BUrt, born Dec. 30, 1877; Bernice V., June 1, 1882; Lena M., born July 21, 1874, died May 31, 1882. Mr. L. has held various school offices, and in politics is a Republican. Both are active members of the First-Advent Church.