CATLIN, MALCOLM, a general farmer and stock raiser of Section 20, Gardner Township, was born in St. Louis, Mo., April 8, 1871, a son of Ephraim Catlin and his wife Metella who bore the same name and was a distant relative. The father still resides in St. Louis. For a number of years he was a druggist, and then began gaining control of the Catlin Tobacco Co., funded by his father Daniel Catlin. For years, he was the leading actor in its large operations, and still retains a heavy block of its stock. He was prominent in financial circles for a long period, and is still active in some lines. Losing his first wife about 1872, he married again his second wife being Camila Kayser, by whom he had two children: Ephraim and Emilie, both married, the latter to Arthur Sheppley of St. Louis.
Malcolm Catlin was the only child of his father's first marriage and was but a year old when he lost his mother, so his grandmother took charge of him and he was brought to Gardner Township and reared among healthy country surroundings, attending the district school. Later, he went to the Western Military Academy at Alton, Ill., and after a six years' course, came back and for two years assisted in caring for the farm. On October 21, 1896, he was married to Laura Cressell, born in Loami Township, December 16, 1869, daughter of John C. and Mary A. (Gibson) Cresswell. David C. Gibson was one of the first settlers of that part of the county. John C. Cresswell was born near Carlinville, Ill., and at an early day moved to the vicinity of Loami. He came of Scotch ancestry. His death occurred about 1876, while his widow survived him until 1891, both dying on their farm. They had five children: Catherine, died in infancy; Alice married James L. Buckley of Arms Pass, Tex., issue, - Blanch, Daimer and Norman; David E., married, issue, - Bertha L.; Lizzie, married Eugene Champlain of Chicago, issue - Alfred H., Percy C. and Bessie E.; and Mrs. Catlin.On their wedding day Mr. and Mrs. Catlin came direct to their present beautiful home on Section 20, Gardner Township, comprising eighty-two acres of well cultivated land. Mr. Catlin is a practical farmer and makes a specialty of experimenting with new varieties of seeds, believing that no seed is too good or too high priced for his purposes. His abundant crops testify to the wisdom of his methods. Mr. and Mrs. Catlin have two children: Malcolm, born February 3, 1898; Carmella Marie, born May 28, 1903. Mr. and Mrs. Catlin have affiliated with the Presbyterian Church of Farmingdale, Ill. A stanch Republican, he has served his party for a number of years as School Director. The people of his district owe him a heavy debt for his endeavors to secure the best teachers for the children, for he believes in giving to them every educational advantage that lies within the province of the Board. Such men as he makeup the great backbone of the nation and his influence for good is widespread.