M. R. Zellar

M. R. Zellar is one of the native sons of DeKalb township, having been born on the 22nd of September, 1880, upon the farm which is now his place of residence.   He is the son of E. R. Zellar, who lives in the village of Malta and who is mentioned on another page of this work.

M. R. Zellar was reared in his father’s home and pursued his education in the common schools, in the high school of Malta and in the State Normal School at DeKalb, there completing his course.   When he sought a companion and helpmate for his life’s journal he chose Miss Adelia Butler, who was born in Malta township on the 4th of September, 1880.   Her father Sewell Butler, was a native of DuPage, Illinois, whence he removed to DeKalb county, where he spent his remaining days, his death occurring in 1898.   He is still survived by his wife, who is a resident of Malta.    In their home Mrs. Zellar remained in her girlhood and was well trained in the duties of the household, so that she was qualified to take charge of a home of her own at the time of her marriage on the 6th of November, 1902.  This union has been blessed with one son, Edwin Sewell, whose birth occurred October 13, 1903.

Following their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Zellar located on his father’s farm in DeKalb township where they still live, and in its cultivation he displays a knowledge of the best methods of farming, practicing the rotation of crops, using the latest    improved machinery to facilitate the work of the fields and keeping everything about the farm in a   state of good   repair.    He possesses the diligence and determination which are necessary to success and which are winning for him a goodly measure of prosperity.   The young couple attend the Methodist Episcopal church of Malta and Mr. Zellar’s support can be counted upon by the Republican party, for he has always voted its ticket and labored for its success.   He is classed with the enterprising young farmers of DeKalb township and as such deserves mention in this volume.

Source: Past and Present of DeKalb County     (Page 393 & 394)
Past and Present was done by Prof. Lewis Gross.  The date is 1907.  There are 2 volumes.  He was assisted by  H.W. Fay, G.E. Congdon, F.W. Lowman and Judge C.A. Bishop.