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 Finla Lawrence McClure

Finla Lawrence McClure

Birth
Bath, Steuben County, New York, USA
Death 20 May 1900 (aged 76)
Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA
Burial Elgin, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Plot Section 7, Lot 12
Memorial ID 98628597 · View Source
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FINLA L. MCCLURE This gentleman was born in Bath, Steuben Co., New York, November 17, 1823. He is the son of Finla and Hannah (Carpenter) McClure, who were married at Elmira, NY in 1808. His father Finla McClure, was born in Londonderry, Ireland, and came to America in 1793. Belonging to the race of Scotch Irish, so especially noted among the early settlers of America, he possessed the sterling qualities of mind and heart which enabled him to become one of the leading spirits in all enterprises of progress and reform in his locality. A deacon in the Presbyterian Church for nearly half a century; a prosperous farmer, with a heart susceptible to the keenest appreciation of the joys and responsibilities of domestic life, he left to his family the richest legacy of earth - a pure, noble, helpful life.

Hannah (Carpenter) McClure was born at West Point, NY in 1788. Her ancestry were among the first permanent settlers of New York, sturdy sons of the church, who fled to this haven of refuge for the persecuted for conscience sake. her father, Matthew Carpenter, was a general in the War of 1812, and one of the founders of Elmira, NY.

Mr. McClure's paternal grandfather, Finla McClure, Sr., was born in Londonderry, Ireland in 1739, and his paternal grandmother was born in 1741. the former died in New York in 1812, and his widow followed him in 1818.

In 1846 Finla L. McClure removed with his father's family to the then "far West," and settled in the little village of Elgin, where he still resides. In 1849 he was united in marriage with Levantia, daughter of R.W. Padelford, Esq., and of this union were bon two sons: Charles V, and Frederick, the latter of whom died in infancy. The wife was stricken by the hand of the "pale messenger" when barely upon the threshold of middle life. His second marriage was, in 1861, with Miss Fannie K. Wilder, by whom is one child - Bertha B. Mrs. Fannie K. McClure is a daughter of Samuel and Mercy (Davis) Wilder, the father a native of New York, and the mother of Massachusetts. They were married in New York, and came to Illinois in 1845, making a long overland journey, and finally locating in Dundee Township, Kane County; he died in 1864, and his widow in 1887 at the advanced age of eighty-eight years. Mrs. McClure's ancestors on the mother's side were direct descendants from the Puritan stock, and were men and women of sterling qualities, honest, industrious, cultured, righteous and God-fearing people. her grandfather was a prominent man in the Revolutionary War, shouldering his musket at the first call for minute men. Her father, who was of English descent, was a soldier in the War of 1812.

Elgin has long since taken its place among the cities of the West, and for over forty years Mr. McClure has been closely connected with many of its business interest. He built and tilled the first icehouse, from which ice was either shipped or delivered about town, and continued in the business both retail and wholesale, until the past tow years. He caused to be made the first eight-gallon milk can ever used in Elgin, and kept up a route in the city, also shipped milk to Chicago for years. He has lived to see both these industries increase from the above mentioned insignificant beginnings to their present enormous proportions. The ice business now uses a large amount of capital, furnishes employment to thousands, and provides an unlimited amount of ice for shipping purposes. The dairy interests of the Fox River Valley now take the lead of all agricultural pursuits, and the best milk and butter known in the markets are produced. The prices of their products on the Elgin Board of Trade each week are consulted in all parts of the commercial world.

When the Elgin Packing Company was reorganized, Mr. McClure was one of the active and efficient promoters of the scheme for saving this to the other industries of Elgin, and from that time to the present he has been its business manager. The Elgin Packing Company has become one of the prosperous industries of Elgin, furnishing employment for many, and a ready market for various kinds of products.

in connection with his other business interests Mr. McClure has for years carried on his farm, and may justly be classes with the successful agriculturists as well as with the business men of Elgin. He has served the people in the aldermanie councils of the city, and has for years been town trustee. Having no ambition for public emoluments, he has repeatedly refused to allow his name to be proposed for public office. he enjoys the esteem and confidence of the community, and is considered by many of the laboring class as a public benefactor, having in his business enterprises aimed, as far as practicable, to follow those industries which would furnish employment to the greater number. Mr. McClure and family are members of the Congregational Church.
Exerpt from "Commemorative portrait and biographical record of Kane and Kendall counties, Ill." published: Chicago : Beers, Leggett, 1888.


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  • Created by: BobH
  • Added: 10 Oct 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 98628597
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Finla Lawrence McClure (17 Nov 1823–20 May 1900), Find A Grave Memorial no. 98628597, citing Bluff City Cemetery, Elgin, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by BobH (contributor 47539390) .