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Chicago: O.L. Baskin & Co., Historical Publishers
186 Dearborn Street

Page 730

M. M. ENGLE, merchant, Greenview; among the prominent merchants and influential citizens of Menard Co. is Mr. M. M. Engle, whose father, William Engle, was one of the first settlers of Sugar Grove, having come there in 1823. His wife's maiden name was Elizabeth Alkire, sister of Leonard Alkire, the well-known pioneer. Mr. Engle, in his lifetime, was a prominent and influential man, and probably did as much to build up the interests and morals of the county as any other man of his time; he was the father of twelve children, of whom our subject is the youngest but three. He passed his youth at the old homestead in the village of Sweetwater, assisting his father on the farm and helping his mother indoors, as there were no girls sufficiently large to help her in the care of this large family. Mr. Engle, Sr., was born in 1801 and departed this life in 1870; his wife survives him and resides with her son, John, near Sweetwater. M. M. Engle received such education in early life as the schools of that day afforded; at the age of 17, he was sent to Eureka College, where he remained a year; he then attended Berean College, at Jacksonville, two years, at the expiration of which time he came home, and, together with his father, bought out the Alkire Bros. in Sweetwater; this was his introduction to mercantile business; he and his father kept the store some time, and then sold out. Soon after this, April 17, 1860, he was united in marriage with Annie M. Marbold, a native of Hanover, Germany, born May 6, 1841; from this union there were six children, five of whom are now living - Milem M., Elizabeth, Henry S., Charles L. and Lewis F. W.; the name of the one deceased was Harmon W. Mr. Engle is at this time engaged in the mercantile business in the village of Greenview; he has a good trade and is a thorough business man.

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