One of the most fascinating and important individuals in the history of La Porte County was Gen. Joseph Orr.
He was born at Mount Rock in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, on July 28, 1794. In 1799, at the age of 5, he moved with his family to Cincinnati in the Northwest Territory. When he was 18, the War of 1812 had begun, and he volunteered his service. However, after being examined, he was considered too slim and was rejected.