Biography of Martin H. Crinder
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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.


FROM:
History of La Salle County, Illinois
Inter-State Publishing Co.
Chicago 1886