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S. F. McDonald
Born 1838
S. F. McDONALD, proprietor of Oxford Mills, Oxford Mills; born in Ireland in 1838; came to America in 1856, and settled near Monmouth, Ill.; was employed as miller until 1862, when he enlisted in Co. A, 93d Ill. V.I., at Rock Island, as Second Lieutenant; was promoted to First Lieutenant and mustered out at Washington, D.C., in 1865. At the close of the war, he returned to Biggsville, Ill., where he bought the mill known as the Biggsville Mills and remained until 1874, when he sold out and went to California, for one year, when he returned and bought the Oxford Mills for $16,000, of Samuel Blair, and has made improvements of the most substantial kind, until the mill stands second to none in Iowa. At a large expense, he built one mile levee to make the adjoining land arable and have full use of the water; also built a new dam. His wife, Miss Catherine Carson, was born August 27, 1845, in Indiana; married at Rock Island in 1865. In politics, Republican; liberal in religion.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1879, page 594.


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