ALEXANDER DONALDSON, a representative of one of the old and valued families of Menard county, was born in this county, on the 18th of April, 1871, his parents being Walker Richard and Rebecca (Sowers) Donaldson. The father was a native of Bath county, Kentucky, born on the 16th of July, 1824, and died on the 10th of January, 1892. The mother, who was born in Ohio, died February 10, 1898, at the age of fifty-seven years, seven months and eight days. R. W. Donaldson came to Menard county when twenty-one years of age and was married here by R. D. Miller. Here he successfully carried on agricultural pursuits for many years and reared his family upon the home farm.
Alexander Donaldson spent the days of his boyhood and youth in the usual manner of farmer lads of the present day period. He has resided continuously upon the old homestead where he now carries on general farming and stock-raising and in his work he manifests good business ability, careful management and unfaltering purpose.
On the 14th of February, 1899, occurred the marriage of Mr. Donaldson and Miss Lizzie Allison. Her parents, James and Ann (Montgomery) Allison, were natives of Ireland, the former born in September, 1835, and the latter in May of the same year. They came to the United States in 1858, locating in Delaware, where they resided for some time. In 1864 they arrived in Petersburg, Illinois, and remained residents of Menard county until 1902, Mr. Allison carrying on the occupation of farming. In 1902, however, he removed to Logan county, where he now makes his home. He had visited America when fifteen years of age but had afterward returned to Ireland, and subsequent to his marriage again came to the United States, believing that he would have better business opportunities in the new world. In this hope he was not mistaken, for he found the opportunities he sought and by diligence and persistent energy he has worked his way steadily upward from a humble financial position to one of affluence. Unto him and his wife were born seven children: Martha, James, William, Elizabeth, Sarah, John and Alexander. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Donaldson has been born a daughter, Dorothy F., whose birth occurred September 18, 1900.Mr. Donaldson, whose worth and ability are recognized by his fellow townsmen, has been called to serve as school director, having occupied the position for two years. He votes with the Democracy and is interested in the growth and upbuilding of the party, keeping well informed on the questions and issues of the day. His wife is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian church and they are respected young people of the community, having many warm friends in Menard county.