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C.W. Cleon Wade Mount
Born in 1880, C. W. Mount was the son of Walter and Mary
C. W. Mount graduated from High School in 1896 at the age
C.W. Mount ran away from home at the age of 16 to join the
army where he fought in the Spanish American War. He achieved
the rank of Sergeant.
He attended Butler University and later received his law
degree from the Indianapolis School of Law, now Indiana University
School of Law.
During World War I he organized Company 1 of the Indiana
National Guard which was activated into the US army. He achieved
the rank of Colonel.
C.W. Mount was instrumental in securing the National Guard
Armory in Tipton and in the formulation of the Charles Sturdevant
Post 46 of the American Legion. He was the first Commander
of Post 46.
C.W. Mount is the only man to serve two non-consecutive terms
as Circuit Court Judge. (1925-1931 & 1947-1953) He is
also one of the only father-son team to serve as Judge. His
father Walter W. Mount was Judge from 1896-1902.
He had various business interests and at the time of his
death in 1954, he was president of the Farmers Loan and Trust
Company and the Tipton Telephone Company.
In 1950 the judge wrote a will establishing the funding for
the existing facility. He placed telephone stock, 300 acres
of farmland and a small amount of cash into a trust with the
income going to his wife Neva and daughter. Upon their death
the proceeds shall be used for,
“the securing of a site and the erection of a building
thereon as and for a Community Building for the County and
the City of Tipton. Said building shall be erected not more
than two blocks from the Courthouse square and shall provide
a place for public meetings, teen age canteens, likewise
for adults, and such other uses as are normal for Community
Buildings. If either the County or City declines this bequest,
the same shall go to the one not declining, if both decline,
then said proceeds shall become a permanent endowment fund
to the said Farmers Loan & Trust Company, Trustee, to
be kept invested in safe interest bearing securities, the
income therefrom, after paying costs of trusteeship to be
expended in assisting worthy students from the City of Tipton
and Prairie Township in securing a college education or
business school training.”
In December, 2001, the current facility, now known as, “C.W.
Mount Community Center”, was opened for business. The
building houses the Boys & Girls Club, the Tipton County
Senior Center, Lifetime Fitness Center of Tipton Co. Memorial
Hospital, as well as provides banquet & meeting facilities
for the general public.