A Pioneer in the Fullest Sense chronicles the life and times of John Ade, the father of George Ade, one of America's greatest playwrights and humorists. Written largely by John himself with contributions from his son George and also editor and great-great-grandson William C. Ade, this volume offers a rare and entertaining glimpse into life on the Indiana prairie in the 1800s: everything from busting the sod upon which to build a new town to establishing a county government to sending local sons o ff to fight in the Civil War to surviving the brutality of winter on the frontier; these and many more stories are told through the eyes of John Ade, an immigrant, a patriarch, a community leader . . . a true self-made man whose wit and wisdom will serve as an inspiration to anyone wishing to understand what it was like to settle the Indiana prairie and build not just a new town, but a uniquely American life.