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Mack Craig

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Posted: 942580800000
Classification: Biography
Edited: 993311417000
From the “History of Huntington County, Indiana 1914”

MACK CRAIG. When Mack Craig was twenty-one years old he entered the employ of his father on the home farm, and for three years he labored for a regular monthly wage, just as would a hired "hand." At the end of that time he established himself on a rented farm, and here he lives today, though he has long since owned the place. It is an eighty acre farm, well improved, lying six miles southwest of Huntington, on the fine pike road known as the Huntington and Warren pike. Mr. Craig has improved his place from a state of comparative mediocrity, as farms go, until it is now one of the finest in the township, and reflects genuine credit upon its owner.

Born in Henry county, Indiana, on September 30, 1863, Mack Craig is the son of Levi and Lenora (Smith) Craig, both of them now residents of Huntington county. They reared a family of five children. Mack Craig of this review is the eldest; James W. is next; Etta is the wife of George Tucker; Lena and Elenor are unmarried and live in Huntington township.

The family moved from Henry county to Huntington county when Mack Craig was seven years of age, in the year 1870, where the boy attended the district schools in the winter seasons, his summers being devoted to the arduous labors of the farm. He continued with that regime until he was about nineteen, gaining a fair education in the common branches, and continuing as his father's helper on the farm until he was twenty-one.

It was then that he began to look ahead for himself, and his arrangement to work for his father began, continuing for three years, so that when he was twenty-four years old he rented a place in Lancaster township, continuing as a renter for nine years, after which he bought out the owner. Here he carries on general farming activities and is regarded his one of the most successful and prosperous farmers of the township.

Mr. Craig was married to Miss Hattie Wooster, and of their two children, one is living, Lilian E., a graduate of the Lancaster high school and now the wife of Delmer Allen, of Rock Creek township. In 1898 Mrs. Craig passed away, and he later married Miss Emma Smith, the marriage taking place on November 1, 1900. She was born in Brown county, Ohio, in 1871, and is a daughter of Samuel Q. and Mary (Howard) Smith. Two children have been born of this later marriage, Ruth A., born on January 8, 1903, and Georgia M., born July 7, 1905.

The family have membership in the Methodist Episcopal church at Majenica, Indiana, and he is a member of the board of trustees of the church. Politically Mr. Craig is a republican, and he has been more or less active in the work of the party, performing every duty of citizenship conscientiously and taking his place among the solid and substantial men of the community. A man of sound judgment, upright in his dealings with men, he has the unbounded confidence and esteem of those who come into contact with him, either in business or purely social relations, and he stands well among his fellowman wherever he is known.

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