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Published by Brink, McDonough & Co., Philadelphia 1879

Page 121

MARK CROWDER the present city marshal of Carlinville, was born in Breckrenridge county, Kentucky, February 24th 1826. Mark Crowder, his father, was a native of Virginia; he came to Kentucky, and settled near Lexington in 1809. He married Rosanna Phillips; she was a native of Washington county, Kentucky. Fifteen children were born to them, eleven of whom have survived the parents. Mr. Crowder came to Madison county, Illinois, and settled near Alton, in 1829, where he remained until 1854, when he came to Macoupin county, and died here Oct. 18th, 1868. His wife died in July, 1866. The subject of our sketch spent his boyhood days at work upon the farm and attending school in the winter season. At the age of nineteen years he practically started in life for himself. He then went to school for the purpose of improving his education, after which he entered Shurtleff College at Upper Alton, where he remained nearly four years. He maintained himself at school by working at the cooper trade during vacations. By this means he succeeded in getting a good education. After this he commenced teaching in the old school house where he had been a pupil. This was in 1849. In 1850 he came to Macoupin county and taught school on Bear Creek, after which he returned to Madison county, and taught school in his old home. The next year he taught in the Forks of Woodriver, after which he removed to Alton to finish his education at Shurleff College, but an opportunity offered to teach in an academy, and he accepted the situation. During that time his wife died. As soon as his school closed he came back to Carlinville, where he followed the profession of teaching until 1854, when he rode deputy under assessor Snow, and canvassed eighteen townships out of twenty-four. In the fall he became the candidate to fill the vacancy of assessor occasioned by the resignation of Mr. Snow, but was defeated, owing to there being four candidates in the field. In the fall of 1855 he was a candidate for the regular term, and was elected; he served two years. He was a candidate for re-election, but was defeated. He then resumed teaching, at which he continued until 1862, when he enlisted in Company "A", 122d regiment, Illinois Vols. He entered as a private, but was subsequently promoted sergeant. At the battle of Parker's Cross Roads he was wounded in the thigh, and was disabled for further duty, and was therefore discharged February 3d, 1864. He returned home and engaged in mercantile business, in which he remained one year. Was then elected city marshal, and remained in office two terms, after which he again taught school. He was elected city collector in 1879; since that time he has been engaged in teaching and farming, until 1879, when he was appointed city marshal, and at the present time holds that office. On the 29th of January, 1851, he married Miss Martha Walker, by whom he had two children, one of whom is living. His wife died March 3d, 1853. On the 5th of April, 1854, he married Parthena C. Clark, who is a native of North Carolina, but was a resident of Macoupin county at the date of her marriage. Four children have been born to them, two of whom are living. In politics Mr. Crowder is a republican. He joined the Christian Church in 1843, and subsequently he attached himself to the Baptist organization.

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