BIOGRAPHY - Edwin S. McClure

REV. EDWIN S. McCLURE, Pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Piper City, was born in Des Moines County, Iowa, February 6, 1861, and is of Scotch descent. The great-grandfather of our subject, the founder of the family in America, was a native of Scotland. The grandfather, William McClure, removed from Ohio to Iowa in 1850, and there engaged in farming until his death, which occurred during the war.

John McClure, the father of our subject, was born in Illinois but reared in Iowa as a farmer. He graduated from the Yellow Springs College, of Kossuth, Iowa. In 1859, near Sparta, Ill., he married Miss Jane Campbell, a lady of Scotch descent. In 1861, at the first call for three-year men, he enlisted in October as a member of the Fourteenth Iowa Infantry, and participated in the battles of Ft. Henry, Ft. Donelson and Shiloh. He was in the thickest of the fight on that memorable Sunday afternoon and was taken prisoner and for three months confined at Macon, Ga., where the prisoners were almost starved. On his release, he rejoined his regiment at St. Louis and participated in the siege of Vicksburg, the Red River campaign and the campaigns under Gens. Grant and Sherman. He was in the service for three years and one month. On his return home, he continued to engage in farming in Iowa for a few years, and then accepted a professorship in the Deaf and Dumb Institute of Omaha, Neb., where he remained for fifteen years. He then resigned on account of failing eyesight, resulting from his army experience. He is now living on a fine farm near Sioux City, Iowa. In politics, he is a stanch Republican and is a member of the Grand Army Post. Himself and wife are both active members of the Presbyterian Church and are highly respected people.

The McClure family numbered eight children, two of whom are deceased. Our subject is the eldest; Addie, who has been a teacher in deaf and dumb institutes both in Kansas and Minnesota, is now at home; William is engaged in merchandising in Omaha, Neb.; D. F. is a professor in a deaf and dumb asylum in Faribault, Minn.; Lillie died in 1887, at the age of fourteen years; Bertha and Grace are at home.

The Rev. Mr. McClure was educated at Parsons' College, of Fairfield, Iowa, Lake Forest University and the Seminary of the Northwest, now called the McCormick Theological School. He spent three years in that school, studying for the ministry, and after his graduation at the age of twenty-five, became Pastor of a Presbyterian Church in Lenox, Iowa, where he remained for two years. During that time he was united in marriage, on the 27th of June, 1888, to Sarah M. Gordon, a native of the Hawkeye State. Their union has been blessed with one daughter, Edna Lucile, who was born July 27, 1889, and died March 20, 1892.

On leaving Lenox, Mr. McClure accepted a call from the church in Red Oak, Iowa, where he remained for two years, when he engaged in mission work in Omaha, Neb., spending one year in that city. On the 1st of April, 1891, he came to Piper City, and has since been Pastor of the Presbyterian Church at this place. His labors have been very successful. During the past year he had sixty-one additions. He is held in the highest regard, not only by the members of his own congregation but by all who know him, his upright life and courteous manner winning him high esteem. He is a man of great energy and perseverance and his church is now in a flourishing condition. In politics, he is a stanch Republican, having supported that party since he attained his majority.

Extracted 31 Jul 2020 by Norma Hass from Portrait and Biographical Record of Ford County, Illinois, published in 1892, pages 297-298.

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