in the 1900 US Federal Census for Franklin, Johnson, Indiana, 44-year-old Indiana-born farmer Joseph H and his 41-year-old Indiana-born wife Sarah E [Mitchell] Mullendore have been married 22 years and have had seven children, five are living. These five Indiana-born children are 18-year-old Elzora E, 15-year-old Gracie E, 11-year-old Ida May, 8-year-old Bessie M and 6-year-old Lella A. Also in this household is a hired man, 20-year-old Indiana-born William F Rueff. Ida and Bessie have attended school seven months of the past year, while Lella has attended school only five months. Joseph owns the land he is farming, free of mortgage. Everyone except Bessie and Lella can read, write and speak English. Joseph's father was born in Ohio and his mother in Indiana. Everyone else's parents were born in Indiana.