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David S. McIntyre

Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record - Published 1894 by Excelsior Publishing Co., Chicago" Pages 596 - 597

David S. McIntyre, one of the honored pioneers of this county, residing in Waldo, Lyndon Township, has made his home in this community since 1845. He was born in the town of New Berlin, Chenango County, N. Y., May 20, 1819, and is the youngest of six sons and six daughters, whose parents were Nathan and Margaret (Sears) McIntyre. Both grandfathers were Revolutionary soldiers, and were present at the surrender of Gen. Burgoyne. The father of our subject was born in the Green Mountain State, and the mother in the old Granite State, their last days being spent in New York.

When David was four years old, his parents removed to Cayuga County. He was there educated, and at the age of fourteen he began to earn his own livelihood,.working as a teamster at $8 per month. He also cut wood and split rails, drove a stage, and followed any pursuit whereby he could earn an honest living. About 1843 he went to Pennsylvania, and worked for two years as a lumberman in the pine woods, for $26 per month.

On the 17th of March, 1845, Mr. McIntyre married Paulina Stewart, who was born in New York, March 13, 1817. They became the parents of four children. Josephine, born March 10, 1846, is the wife of Desalvo Harmon, residing near Peterson, O'Brien County, Iowa. Eugene is a grain dealer and lumber merchant of Waldo, where he has carried on business for twenty-one years. He taught school at Plymouth at the age of sixteen, then studied law with John Bentley, of Sheboygan, and was admitted to the Bar. To some extent he practiced his profession, but now devotes his time to other business interests. He married Clara Rosabelle, daughter of Norman C. and Clara Harmon, in 1871, and they have five children: Alice; Nina and Harmon, twins; Laverne and Frank. Eugene is a stalwart Republican and was Chairman of the Township Board of Supervisors for six years, holding the office without opposition. He is a popular and genial gentleman, one of the leading citizens of Waldo, and has the high regard of all. David, the next younger, was born December 12, 1849, has always followed farming, and resides on the old homestead. He married Julia Hatch, who was born in Fond du Lac County, and they have five children: Myrtie, Orion, Josephine, Georgie, and Aleston, who is now deceased. David has been a Republican since casting his first vote for Gen. Grant. Amelia is the wife of Joseph Peck, a prominent resident of Waldo.

Soon after their marriage, Mr. McIntyre and his bride started for the Territory of Wisconsin, and he began working for William Farnsworth at $1.50 per day. After a few months, he purchased a claim of eighty acres of unbroken land at $1.25 per acre, and in true pioneer style he and his wife began life in the West. He afterwards removed to a forty-acre farm on section 21, and began the development of the land. Indians were far more numerous than the white settlers and often visited his home. The hardships and trials of frontier life were experienced, but as the years passed the comforts of civilization were introduced, and Mr. McIntyre became owner of a pleasant home and good farm. He has aided in erecting three schoolhouses, and his name is inseparably connected with many points of interest concerning the early history of the county. He has watched its wonderful development, and has aided in placing it in the front rank in this great commonwealth.

Mr. McIntyre cast his first vote for Martin Van Buren, but since the organization of the Republican party has upheld its banner. He has been called upon to mourn the loss of his faithful wife, with whom he traveled life's journey for almost half a century. She had been to him a true helpmate, and her loss is one which can never be forgotten. She had led an exemplary life and was beloved by all who knew her. Her remains were interred in Lyndon Cemetery, where a beautiful monument of Scotch granite marks her last resting-place. Mr. McIntyre is living a retired life in Waldo, and owns one of the valuable and desirable places of the community. In this vicinity he expects to spend his remaining days. His life has been a busy and useful one, well and worthily passed, and his many friends throughout the community hold him in the highest regard.


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