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John McDonald
Born October 1, 1850
JOHN McDONALD, farmer, Madison Twp., Sec. 8; P.O. Center Junction; he was born in Perthshire, Scotland; on October 1, 1850, he came to Cincinnati, Ohio, and at once was appointed Superintendent of the building of the Cincinnati & Dayton Railroad; the following year he removed to St. Louis, and superintended laying the first railroad track west of the Mississippi, running from St. Louis to Franklin; distance about thirty-five miles; in 1852, he came to Galena, Ill., and was engaged in building that portion of the Illinois Central Railroad running east and west of Galena; in the fall of 1854, he came to Jones Co. and entered 360 acres of land, and now owns about 480 acres, nearly all of which he has improved; his parents came to Jones Co. in 1855, and have always made their home here. His father was born in 1789, and his mother in 1791, both in Perthshire, Scotland.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1879, page 617.


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