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Title: Malcolm A. McDonald
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The well known subject of this sketch is one of the leading farmers and stock raisers of Warren county and that county is proud is proud to number him among her most worthy and exemplary citizens. A native of Indiana, the birth of Malcolm A. McDonald, son of United States Senator Joseph E. McDonald, occurred at the city of Crawfordsville, Montgomery county, on April 28, 1848. He came to Indianapolis with his parents in 1859. Mr. McDonald received hisearly education in the public schools of that city and the Northwestern Christian University, and later took a course in the State University at Bloomington. Then he turned his attention to railroading. Commencing as flagman in the engineering department of the Indianapolis & St. Louis Railroad, now a division of the Big Four, he rose to the position of division engineer and at the completion of the roadwent to Minnesota and secured a position on the Northern Pacific Railroad under General Rosser as division engineer, with headquarters at Brainard, Minnesota. When Jay Cook failed, Mr. McDonald returned to Indiana and accepted a position with the Indianapolis, Bloomington & Western Railroad (now the Peoria division of the Big Four), as traveling auditor, which position he occupied several years. While a boy he ran as train boy on the Indianapolis & Lafayette Railroad and often helped wood up the old wood burners that were in use in those days. They tood wood and water four times between Lafayette and Indianapolis. The I. B. & W. extension from Champaign, Illinois, to Havana and Decatur was released from the I. B. & W. proper and Mr. McDonald became the auditor of it. When the Wabash Railroad absorded it the subject went to Texas and took a position on the Texas Pacific Railroad as route agent. After one year in Texas he returned to Peru, Indiana, as traveling auditor of the eastern division of the Wabash railroad. Then the Wabash combination broke up he was made general manager of the Champaign & Havana railroad with headquarters at Urbana, Illinois. Three years later the Illinois Central bought the road and Mr. McDonald was transfered to the Cairo, Vincennes & Chicago Railroad as general manager, with headquarters at Cairo, Illinois. Upon this line becoming absorbed by the Big Four as its Cairo division, he went to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and took charge of the Pittsburg & Western Railroad, where he remainged until that road was bought by the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, when he retired from railroading, having given great satisfaction in every position that he ever held in his long and eventful career as a railroad man. He returned to Indianapolis and resided there a year or two, when he moved to his farm in Warren county May 24, 1894, and has since devoted his attention to general agriculture, paying especial attention to stock raising, handling a fine grade of Jersey cattle and greatly admired. He is an excellent judge of live stock, especially horses, and understands well their care and training. He often officiates as judge at the Indiana state fair, Illinois state fair and many other fairs and horse shows.

The first marriage of Mr. McDonald occurred at Ashland, Nebraska, March 31, 1874, Jessie Scott being his bride. She died on January 6, 1879, leaving two sons, Malcolm Scott and Frank W., both of whom are engaged in railroading. The lady who now bears the name of the subject was in her girlhood, Miriam Noble, of Lawrence, Kansas. She was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, August 29, 1860, her father being Col. George Noble, a man of large railroad experience as superintendent on the Kansas Pacific and also general manager of the Texas Pacific Railroad. He was a nephew of Col. Thomas A. Scott, of national reputation as a railroad man. Three children born to Mr. and Mrs. McDonald died in early years, namely: George Noble, Lawrence Buell and Ruth Miriam, and four children remain to bless their home, Clarence N., Alice N., Thomas R. and Joseph E. It is useless to say Mr. McDonald follows in his illustrious father's footsteps in the matter of politics and the Democracy of his county hail hime as their county chairman. Fraternally, he is a Mason and has the thirty-second degree as well as the shrine.


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Date: 1/1/1913
Origin: Past and Present of Fountain and Warren Counties Indiana
Author: Thomas A. Clifton, Editor
Record ID: 00001061
Type: Book
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Entered By: Leslie J. Rice

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