EDWARD M. McCRACKEN,* who is one of the representative citizens and substantial business men of Ferguson township,
where he is a justice of the peace and the owner of a farm and a saw mill, has lived in this township since he
was four months old. He was born January 19, 1872, in Jefferson county, Pa., a son of Frederick S. and Mary (Michaels)
Frederick S. McCracken was born also in Jefferson county and moved from there to Ferguson township, Clearfield
county, in April, 1872, and has resided on his farm which is situated two and one half miles west of Kerrmoor,
ever since. Farming and lumbering have been his occupations together with attending to the duties of the numerous
public offices to which he has been elected. He is a Democrat and on the Democratic ticket was twice elected assessor
of Ferguson township, nine years tax collector and a number of times road supervisor. He married Mary Michaels,
who also survives, and they have two children: Edward M. and Ida, the latter of whom is the wife of Samuel Bear,
of Glen Hope, Pa. They are members of the Baptist church.
Edward M. McCracken obtained his education in the schools of Ferguson township. He went into the woods to work
after he left school and through his industry accumulated enough money to purchase twenty six acres of land, which
he subsequently sold and then purchased the Allen W. Moore farm, of sixtyfive acres, on which he has made many
improvements including the building of his farm house. He continues to be interested in lumbering and owns a saw
mill and gives employment to ten men in that industry.
On May 30, 1890, Mr. McCracken was married to Miss Minta Bailor, who was born in Boggs township, September 16,
1876, a daughter of Daniel and Phebe (Thurston) Bailor, and they have had eight children: Enloe, David, Margaret,
Frederick, John, Levi, Harriet and Ada, all of whom survive except John, who died when only two days old. After
purchasing his farm, Mr. McCracken served eight years as foreman of a gang in the lumber regions. At present he
is operating on 450 acres of timber land and has just finished cutting the last remaining tract of white pine timber
left in Ferguson township. He is a charter member and one of the stockholders in the Farmers and Traders Bank of
In politics Mr. McCracken is a Democrat and in 1908 was elected justice of the peace. The first township office
he ever held was that of road supervisor, then served two terms as auditor, two terms as township clerk and one
term as supervisor under the new law. He is a member of Susquehanna Grange, No. 1145, at Curwensville, and belongs
to the Odd Fellows at Lumber City.
Note - Sketches unrevised by subscribers are distinguished by a small astrict (*).
Twentieth Century History of
Clearfield County, Pennsylvania
and Representative Citizens.
BY: Roland D. Swoope, Jr.
Richmond-Arnold Publishing Co,
Chicago, Ill. 1911
Clearfield County Pennsylvania Biographies
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