Lake Maxinkuckee Its Intrigue History & Genealogy Culver, Marshall, Indiana

Daniel McDonald

Daniel Mc Donald born Fayette County, Indiana, near Connersville, May 6, 1833 Death Jan 9 1916 Chicago, Cook county, Illinois burial Jan 12 , 1916 Oak Hill Cemetery Plymouth Marshall county, Indiana son of Thomas McDonald and Elizabeth Dickson

married Dec 31, 1857 Sterling, Ill. Lydia C. Armstrong Birth 27 Apr 1833 Benton, Yates county, New York Death Sept 22 1991 Plymouth Marshall coumty Indiana Burial Oak Hill Cemetery Plymouth Marshall county, Indiana daughter of John F. Armstrong and Charlotte Gaylord

, Their Children (3),
    Edgar McDOnald Birth 16 Sept 1862 Omdoama Death Aug 23 1866 Plymouth Marshall coumty Indiana Burial Oak Hill Cemetery Plymouth Marshall county, Indiana

    Louis McDOnald Birth Feb 4 1865 Indiana Death May 17 1964 Seal Beach Orange coutny Californaia; married 19 Oct 1891 Marshall county Indiana Bertha K. Reynolds

    Donald McDOnald Born Feb 13, 1874 Indiana Death Sept 1874 Plymouth Marshall coumty Indiana Burial Oak Hill Cemetery Plymouth Marshall county, Indiana

married 2nd June 30, 1887 Fulton county Indiana Lillie "Eliza" Maria Brackett Birth Sept 4 1853 Rock Island, Illinois Death Mar 11 1916 Chicago Cook county, Illinois Burial Mar 14 1916 ROck Island, Illinois daughter of James WOlfe Brackett and Sarah Ann Brown

Their child:
    son died infancy

McDonald's History 1908 - Daniel McDonald, the author of this history, has lived in Marshall county as a child, an observant boy, and as a man of varied activity in business lines, in the management of a newspaper, and in official capacities. These experiences make him the best qualified of all citizens of the county to write a history from pioneer times to the present. It seems but justice to the author that these qualifications should be stated, and in that connection the publishers insert the following brief sketch of his career:
    Mr. McDonald was born in Fayette County, Indiana, near Connersville, May 6, 1833, and came to Marshall County with his parents, Thomas and Elizabeth (Dickson) McDonald, locating in a log cabin in the wilderness near Lake Maxinkuckee. His school education was confined to a few terms in the log schoolhouses of the pioneer days, besides such education as he has received by experience. Early in his career he was telegraph operator and station agent, then was a bank cashier, and as a practical printer entered the newspaper field ad for thirty years editor and publisher of the Plymouth Democrat. For over eight years he was clerk of the Marshall circuit court, three times a member of the Plymouth School Board, and a member of the Indiana legislature during the reg ular and special sessions of 1869 and the reg ular sessions of 1905 and 1907. He was Democratic candidate for Congress from the Thirteenth district in 1880, a delegate to the Democratic national convention at St. Louis in 1876 and Chicago in 1884; and for several years member of the Democratic State Committee and chairman of the District Committee.

    Mr. McDonald wrote the first history of Marshall County in 1881, and the present history in 1908; also wrote a history of Lake Maxinkuckee; a history of the removal of the Pottawatomie Indians from Northern Indiana, and the only history of Free Masonry in Indiana ever published. He is prominent in secret circles, having been grand master of Masons in Indiana, grand high priest of Royal Arch Masons, and Royal and Select Masters. He is a Knight Templar and thirty second degree Ancient and Scottish Rite Mason and past grand patron of the order of Eastern Star. He was also great sachem of the Improved Order of Red Men in 1872.

    Mr. McDonald married Lydia C. Armstrong at Sterling, Illinois, December 31, 1857. Four children were born, one girl and three boys, all deceased except Louis, who married Miss Bertha K. Reynolds, November 19, 1891, and resides in Chicago. His oldest son, Edgar, was accidentally killed by falling from a wagon at Bourbon, Indiana. His wife Lydia died September 22, 1882. On June 30, 1887, Mr. McDonald married Lillie M. Brackett, at Rochester, Indiana. Mrs. McDonald is a native of Rock Island, Illinois. Their one child, James Brackett McDonald was born September 20, 1889, died in infancy. Mrs. McDonald’s parents were Dr. James W. and Sarah (Brown) Brackett, of Rock Island.

Dan M'Donlad Died Sunday
    In Chicago. Funeral Held at Plymouth Yesterday.

    In Masonic Temple

    Deceased was AMong the Earliest Settlers of This County and One of Its Oldest Residents in Point of Years of Continued Resdence

    Daniel McDOnald, for more than thirty years publisher of the Plymouth Democrat, a resident of Marshall county for seventy-eight years and one of the best known and most influential men withing its borders, died in Chicago, where he had made his home for the past two yeara, Sunday evening

    Funeral services were held at Plymouth yesterda afternoon in the Masonic Temple, in charge of the order of which he had been an honored, prominent and active member for many years.

    They were largely attended by Masons from numerous surrounding towns.

    Mr. McDOnald was born near Connersville, Ind., in Fayetter county, May 6, 1838, and came with his parents, thomas and ELizabeth McDOnald, to this county by ox team when only three years old, landing in the woods east of Maxinkuckee lake July 26, 1836.

    As that time there were more INdians than whites in the county.

    From that time untill two years ago, when he and Mrs. McDOnald vobed to Chicago, to be near Louis McDonald, this county was his home, and from the time he reached his majority untill he sold the Plymouth Democrat in 1902 and retired from active work he exerted a positive, virle influence upon the affairs of Plymouth and Marshall coounty.

    The paper he so long published was founded by his father, Thomas McDOnald in 1855.

    As a young man Daniel McDonald was a telegraph operator, in the old days when operators read messages by dots and dashes in a strop of paper instead of by sound.

    He worked for a time as a bank cashier, later working for his father on the newspaper which he finally bought, after it had passed through the hands of a number of oweners, and published it for a third of a century.

    For eight years Mr. McDonald was clerk of the Marshall circuit court. Three times he served as a member of the Plymouth School board. He served twice as a member of the state legislature, in 1869 and again 1905-7.

    He was the democratic candidate for congress in 1880 and a delegate to th democratic national convention in St. Louis in 1876 and in Chicago in 1884. For several years he was a member of the democratic state central committee.

    In n1881 Mr. McDaniel wrote a history of Marshall count and another in 1908. In there he was assisted as to affairs in this part of the county by the late Christian Seiler of Bremen.

    Mr. McDOanld wrote a history of the Lake Maxinkuckee region, one of the removal of the Pattawatomir Indians from northern Indiana, and then the only history of Masonary in Indiana ever published.

    He was a devoted member of the Masonice order, was prior to his death the oldest living past grand master of the thirty-second

    Dec 31, 1857, Mr. McDoanld was united in marriage with Miss Lydia C. Armstrong at Sterling, Ill. There were three chidren born to them the only one now living being Louis McDonald of Chicago. His wife having died in 1882, Mr. McDoanld was again married June 30, 1887, to Miss Lillie M. Brackett of ROchester, who survives him but who is seriously ill from nursing her husband. One son born to them died in infancy.

    The body was brought to Plymouth from Chicago Tuesday evening and taken to the Masonic Lodge room, where it lay in state until 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon, when impressive funeral services were conducted, in cherge of the blue lodge.

    It is probably that no citizen of Marshall county was more popular, admired, respected and loved by more people, than was genieal Dan McDonald in the long period of years in which he was a leader and enthusiastic worker in every enterprise with which he was connected. - Bremen Enquire (Indiana) Jan 13 1916