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Donald McCorkindale, Jr.

“As Time Goes By: Odebolt, Iowa Centennial 1877-1977”
Printed by The Odebolt Chronicle, 1977, Page 51-52

Donald McCorkindale (Jr.), born 1842, in Killean Parish, Argyleshire, Scotland, son of Donald, Sr. and Jeanette (McNevin) McCorkindale.  His father was a farmer and emigrated to America in 1865 with his family, settling in Clinton County, Iowa.  In 1870 they moved to Illinois.  In 1875 they came to Richland township, Sac County, Iowa, due to the fact that nearly all their children lived here.  Their children were Donald; Neil; Malcolm; Mrs. Richard Shileto; Mrs. Catharine Stuart; *Angus; and John.

Donald McCorkindale (Jr.) was twenty three when he came to America in 1865.  In the spring of 1874, he came to Sac County, Iowa and bought three hundred and twenty acres of land in Clinton Township for four dollars and fifty cents an acre.  As early as 1885 Donald began breeding fine draft horses, having been at the time of his death, the largest livestock breeder in the county.  He imported Clydesdale stallions, which cost in the thousands of dollars to import.  He exhibited his horses at county fairs.  He was also a breeder of purebred Aberdeen Angus cattle.

Donald McCorkindale was married in 1876 to Mary Bremmer, also a native of Scotland, daughter of James and Margaret (Kennard) Bremmer, who came to America in 1866. 

Children of Donald and Mary were Jennie (Mrs. John Morton): Daniel, married Anna Story; Margaret (Mrs.Will McQuiston); Mary (Mrs. Alexander Nickolson): James, married Helen Graham; Isabelle (Mrs. George Mattes); William, married Vinta Clark; and Hannah.

Mr. and Mrs. Daniel McCorkindale were parents of Francis, married Margaret Hix, and Mary (Mrs. Byron Swain).

Mr. and Mrs. William McCorkindale were parents of Robert and Virginia.

*Angus McCorkindale married Florence Maloney, daughter of J.S. and Frances Maloney.

*Children of Mr. and Mrs. Angus McCorkindale:  Kate, married Dr. H.C. Pelton; Jessie; J. Donald, married Vera McCracken; Florence (Mrs. Robert Miller); William, married Lucy Foard; Dorothy (Mrs. Clark Tilden); Kenneth; and John.


Donald McCorkindale

Source: Source:  Sac County, Iowa, by William H. Hart
B.F. Bowen and Co., Inc, Indianapolis, IN, 1914, p. 658

In Donald McCorkindale, of Clinton Township, we had a true representative of the empire builders and one who accomplished more than the ordinary man since he came into the county nearly forty years ago and purchased a tract of unbroken prairie land.  His herds of cattle and droves of horses now feed over thousands of acres of Sac County land where at first it was necessary for him to be content with a few hundred acres purchased on a time contract similar to that of the other settlers in his neighborhood.  He was known far and wide as one of the largest land owners and one of the ablest financiers of the section in a decade – yet, he was just a plain farmer, shrewd and intelligent, a son of Scotland who naturally inherited the excellent traits peculiar to his forbears.

Mr. McCorkindale was born on the 14th day of the month of March 1842, in Killean parish, Argyleshire, Scotland, the son of Donald and Jeanette (McNevin) McCorkindale.  His father was a farmer in the old country who emigrated to America in the year 1865 with his family and settled in Clinton County, Iowa.  Here Donald, Jr., worked in a sawmill for a period of five years and in 1870 Donald, Sr., removed to White County, Illinois, and purchased a farm.  He resided in White County for five years and then moved to Odebolt, Sac County, in 1875.  He was doubtless influenced to make this move because of the fact that nearly all of his children were settled in Sac County near Odebolt and he wished to be near them in his remaining days.  The father died in 1895.  He reared five sons and two daughters, namely:  Donald; Neil, deceased; Malcolm, now a resident of Nebraska; Mrs. Richard Shileto, of Alberta, Canada; Mrs. Catharine Stuart of wall Lake, Iowa; *Angus, who died in Clinton Township in June, 1912; John a rancher in Alberta, Canada, deceased in the spring of 1914.

Donald McCorkindale was twenty-three years of age when he came to America, landing in New York City in the month of June 1865.  He came west and was employed in the saw mills at Clinton, Iowa, for a period of five years.  He went to Illinois in 1870 and spent two years there engaged in farming in White County.  In the spring of 1874 he came to Sac County and invested his savings in three hundred and twenty acres of land in Clinton Township at four dollars and fifty cents an acre.  During the first two years of his residence here he boarded and then married.  Several years after marriage he made his next purchase of land and continued making additions to his holdings until he had over two thousand eight hundred acres in all.  His most recent purchase was a portion of the Cook ranch, which he bought in 1909, and consisting of five hundred and sixty acres at prices ranging from one hundred and twenty-five to one hundred and thirty-five dollars an acre.  As early as 1885 he began breeding fine draft horses and met with wonderful success in this venture, having been at the time of his death the largest live stock breeder in the county.  On his farm are two imported Clydesdale stallions, which cost in the thousands of dollars to import; thirty-five head of fine thoroughbred draft animals which have been exhibited at the county fairs and have carried off ribbons on several occasions.  He was also a breeder of Aberdeen Angus cattle and had over three hundred and fifty head of pure breds on his home far.  In addition he was an extensive feeder and shipper of live stock, handling from three to five carloads annually. 

Mr. McCorkindale was the owner of a total of two thousand seven hundred acres of farm lands, two thousand five hundred acres of which is in Sac county and two hundred acres in Crawford County.  This land is now being farmed entirely by the sons of Mr. McCorkindale.  Practically all of the land is being devoted to the live stock breeding and now is rented out except the Cook and Wall Lake lands.  It is the second largest farm in the county which has been cultivated almost entirely by the owner and is at the present time the second largest farm in Sac County in the number of acres devoted to exclusive farming and live stock raising.

Mr. McCorkindale was married in October, 1876, to *Mary Bremner, also a native of Scotland, born December 10, 1856, a daughter of James and Margaret (Kennard) Bremner, who emigrated to America from Scotland in 1866 and settled in Cedar County for seven years and then came to Crawford County in 1873, where both lie buried. 

The following children have been born to Mr. And Mrs. McCorkindale:  Mrs. Jennie Morton, of Alberta, Canada; Daniel, on one of the home farms; Mrs. Margaret McQuistin, of Nebraska; Mrs. Mary Nicholson, of Jefferson, Dakota; James, at home; Isabel, William and Anna, at home with their parents.

Mr. McCorkindale was an independent in politics and had definite and pronounced views on matters affecting the government of the people.  He usually voted for the man who seemed best fitted for the office than for the representative of any political party.  He and the members of his family have naturally espoused the religion of their forbears and were members of the Presbyterian church of Odebolt.  His devoted and competent wife, who has been a wise and careful mother to her children, is still hale, hearty and intelligent, despite her advanced age.  It might well be said of them that they were not old excepting in years.  The home is a comfortable and hospitable one and, despite the tendency of the times for the farmer to retire to a life of ease and comfort in the towns, they preferred to remain on the farm, Donald desiring to be near the farm work and his fine live stock, and the mother desiring to care for and look after the welfare of her sons.

Donald McCorkindale passed away Monday night, May 18, 1914, at about ten-thirty o’clock before medical aid could be summoned.  On the Sunday preceding he had attended church, as was his custom, and had appeared to be in the best of health.  The funeral services were held on the Thursday following, May 21st, from the Odebolt Presbyterian Church in the presence of a large concourse of relatives and friends.  Rev. Robert McInturff officiated at the ceremony.  Burial followed in the Odebolt cemetery.  Rendition of the services with song and discourse was beautiful and impressive and in keeping with the character of the deceased.
*LDS records show a birth of Mary Bremner, Botriphnie, Banff, Scotland, 
on 9 December, 1856, the daughter of  James BREMNER and Margaret KINNAIRD


*Angus McCorkindale

Source: Source:  Sac County, Iowa, by William H. Hart
B.F. Bowen and Co., Inc, Indianapolis, IN, 1914, p. 866

The late Angus McCorkindale was born September 15, 1850, in Argyle, Argyleshire, Scotland, and died in Sac County, Iowa, on June 10, 1912.  He came to America with his parents, four brothers and two sisters in July 1865, and settled in Clinton County, Iowa.  In 1878, the family moved to Sac County and located a farm in Richland Township.

Mr. McCorkindale received his elementary education in the public schools of Scotland and on coming to this country assisted on the home farm until his marriage.  He was married on September 21, 1882, to Florence A. Maloney, of Mt. Carroll, Illinois.  She was born in Carroll County, Illinois, April 17, 1862, and is the daughter of J. S. and Frances Maloney, natives of Delaware and Canada, respectively.  To Mr. and Mrs. McCorkindale were born nine children.   Mrs. Kate Pelton, the widow of Dr. H. C. Pelton, who died January 1, 1912, is now living with her mother and has one son, Robert A.  The other children of Mr. and Mrs. McCorkindale are Jessie, Donald, Florence, William, Dorothy, Kenneth and two who are deceased, Florence Grace and John Howard.  Jessie is now in the University of Wisconsin, attending the school of domestic science.

Mr. McCorkindale was a member of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and the Knights of Pythias.  Religiously, he was a life-long member of the Presbyterian Church and was earnest in the faith as exemplified by that denomination.  He was a man whom to know was to admire and because of his many good qualities of head and heart he had a host of friends throughout the community where he spent so many years of his life.  In addition to his widow and the children, he was survived by one brother and two sisters:  Malcolm, of Wakefield, Nebraska; Mrs. Catherine Stuart, of Wall Lake, (Iowa), and Mrs. Richard Shilleto, of Canada.  Mr. McCorkindale was a plain, simple and dignified man, his devotion to every duty was intense, while his perfection of truth and worth made him a man who was esteemed by everyone.  Always calm and straightforward, his life was a steady effort for the worth of Christian doctrine, the purity and grandeur of Christian principles and the duty and elevation of Christian character.

(transcribed by B. Horak 2/1/02)


Angus McCorkindale Dies Suddenly

Following serious illness of only a week and just at a time when his family had reason to believe he was improved and would recover, Angus McCorkindale, a Sac county resident since 1878 and one of the most widely known, respected and beloved men of this section of the country, was called by death at the old family home in Clinton township last Monday afternoon. He had not been in good health for some weeks, but his condition did not take a serious turn until a week before his death. He then took to his bed and remained there until the end. Monday he appeared to be improved and his family, which had been worried over his condition, was hopeful of recovery. He slept at times throughout the day and was resting peacefully. About the middle of the afternoon he roused from a nap, breathed heavily for a second as though gasping for breath and sank back upon his pillow, dead. The family at once sent for a doctor, but the big-hearted husband and father was beyond earthly relief. When the news of his death was phoned to town it astounded everybody and they could not believe their friend had been thus suddenly taken away. Never has the death of anyone in this community caused more profound sorrow than his. Death was due to heart trouble, superinduced by acute indigestion.

It was in Krutye [Kintyre], Argylshire, Scotland, that the deceased was born on September 15, 1850. In July, 1865, in company with his parents, four brothers and two sisters, he came to America and the family eventually located in Clinton county. In 1878 he took up his home in Sac county and here he lived until removed by death. September 21, 1882, he was united in marriage with Miss Florence A. Maloney of Mt. Carroll, Illinois, and he at once brought his bride here to live. Nine children in all were born to them, seven of whom are living, as follows: Jessie, Donald, Florence, William, Dorothy, and Kenneth, all living at home, and Mrs. Kate Pelton of Des Moines. Florence Grace and John Howard passed away in early life. In addition he is survived by the widow and three brothers and two sisters. The brothers are Donald of Odebolt, Malcolm of Wakefield, Nebraska, and John of Bassano, Alberta, Canada. The sisters are Mrs. Catherine Stuart of Wall Lake and Mrs. Richard Shiletto, who also lives in Canada, not far from the home of her brother, John.

From the earliest period of his residence in this community Mr. McCorkindale assumed a commanding place in the friendship and esteem of his fellows. He came from that sturdy Scotch stock to whom honor and right living are the first essentials in life. These precepts he put into action and lived true to the mark during all of his life. He prospered in a material way and constantly found a warmer spot in the hearts of his friends because of his honesty, manliness and general nobility of character. Twice he was elected to membership on the county board of supervisors and served with credit to himself and with satisfaction to the county. He was honored by election to membership in the Masonic and Odd Fellow fraternities; was active in the business, social and political life of the community, and because of his reserve and consideration of others was universally esteemed. It is a great tribute to be said of him that he was every man's friend and we have yet to hear an ill word spoken of him.

Wednesday afternoon his friends gathered at the Presbyterian church at 2:30 to pay the final respects. The church was packed to the vestibule with the friends, both from here and from elsewhere; the casket containing his remains and the rostrum beside him were piled high with the floral offerings, and the general tribute was such as would best show the regard his associates and neighbors for years felt for him. Rev. Robert McInturff conducted the church service. The pall bearers were old friends of the deceased and were M. D. Fox, Jos. Mattes, Wm. Drewry, John Currie, W. N. Oursler and W. F. Bay. Following the church service the remains were taken in charge by the Masons and burial was in the local cemetery following the conduct of the usual Masonic service.

Out-of-town relatives present were Mrs. Katherine Stuart of Wall Lake, a sister; Will Maloney and wife of Eustis, Nebraska, brother and sister-in-law of the widow; Malcolm McCorkindale and wife of Wakefield, Nebraska, brother and sister-in-law of the deceased; Governor and Mrs. Chas. Deneen, of Illinois, brother-in-law and sister of the widow; Miss Daisy Pelton of Des Moines, sister-in-law to Mrs. Kate Pelton, daughter of Mrs. and Mrs. McCorkindale. The brother and sister living in Canada were unable to be present.

The bereaved widow of the deceased, the children and the rest of kin have the sympathy of hundreds of friends in their affliction. Although they have lost a noble husband and father his memory is secure in the hearts and minds of our people.


Coincident with the death of the esteemed Angus McCorkindale came the news of the death at Bassano, Alberta, Canada, of the eldest son of John McCorkindale, brother to Angus, living near that place. Meager details of his death only have been received, but it appears that he was killed when the fly wheel on a traction engine exploded and a large section of the heavy iron crashed into him. The body was laid to rest Tuesday. Local friends were shocked over the news and extend tenderest condolences to the bereaved parents and family.

The Chronicle excerpts transcribed by B. Ekse, May 2006

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