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Martin H. Crider, farmer and stock raiser, was born Nov. 17, 1836, in Franklin County, Pa., a son of Martin
C. and Margaret (Hopple) Crider. They were also natives of Franklin County, Pa., where they were married and reared
a family of six children— Elizabeth, wife of John Wingert; Martin H., Christian C., Solomon H., John and Rebecca.
The mother died in 1847, and the father was again married, his second wife being Mary J. Reside, of Cumberland
County, Pa., by whom he had two children—Anna and an infant, deceased. Mr. Crider died in Franklin County, Pa.,
in 1878. He was an active member of the United Brethren church. In politics he was formerly a Whig, but later affiliated
with the Republican party. Martin H., whose name heads this sketch, was reared on a farm, receiving a liberal education,
and when a young man taught school for several years. He left home in 1858 and first located at Iowa City, and
in 1859 he came to La Salle County, III., and purchased his present home. In August, 1862, he enlisted in Company
F, One Hundred and Fourth Illinois Infantry, and was captured at the battle of Hartsville, Tenn. He was sent to
parole camp at Columbus, and then to Chicago, where he was exchanged. In January, 1863, ordered to the front at
Nashville. He was laid up with sore eyes at Stevenson. At the time of the engagement at Lookout Mountain he received
orders from General Thomas to report at Nashville, and soon after he was commissioned by Abraham Lincoln as Second
Lieutenant. in 1864 he was sent to Chattanooga, Tenn., where he was on guard duty, and while there was promoted
to First Lieutenant, and was assigned to Company G. May 31, 1866, he was discharged, having been retained on guard
duty about one year after the close of the war. In 1867 he came to the farm where he has since resided, and has
360 acres of valuable land all under cultivation. He is at present Postmaster of Otter postoffice, and was the
originator of its name. He has held the offices of Supervisor, Highway Commissioner and School Trustee, and takes
an active interest in education. In politics he is a staunch Republican. Mr. and Mrs. Crider have three’ children
— Emma Z., Minnie May and Edwin M. S.
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