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

Daniel Mc Donald - "The Pottowatomie Wigwam"  

1880 - Thos. Mc Daniel
1898 - Thos. Mc Daniel

1908 - D. [Daniel] McDonald - Wigwam

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.

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