Marshall County


Mac M. MALLARY, county superintendent of schools of Marshall county, Illinois, was born in Greenfield, Iowa, April 29, 1865, and came with his parents, E. N. and Mary (HAMILTON) MALLARY, to Illinois, the family locating in Peoria county. His father is a native of New York and his mother of Ohio. They now reside in La Prairie township, Marshall county. Previous to locating in Iowa, the father had resided in Marshall county, to which place he came at the age of twenty with this father, Sylvanus K. MALLARY. They located here about 1845, settling in Whitefield township, near Henry. There Sylvanus K. MALLARY died at the age of seventy-five years.

After locating in Marshall county the father of our subject learned the cabinet maker’s trade, which he followed a short time and at the age of about twenty-three years married Mary HAMILTON, who resided near the village of Henry. Soon after their marriage they went to Iowa, where Mac M. was born. From Peoria county they removed to Stark county, where our subject resided until twenty years old. Until sixteen years of age he attended the country schools, after which he entered the Wyoming high school. Later he was a student in the Northwestern Normal school at Geneseo, Illinois, from which he graduated with the class of 1882. Prior to entering the last named institution, he taught school for one years, and also taught while pursuing the course which usually required four years.

When but sixteen years of age, Mr. MALLARY decided to make teaching his profession, and after graduating was for five years a teacher in the Lacon graded schools. In the fall of 1894 he was nominated on the Republican ticket for the office of county superintendent of schools and was the only one of that party elected that year in Marshall county. For more than two years he has now served as superintendent and it is but justice to him to say that the schools of the county have been vastly improved. At present there are about one hundred twenty-seven teachers employed in the county, over one-half of whom have had normal training. The wages of teachers in the county ranges from thirty-three to seventy-five dollars per month. The grade of teachers ahs been raised and the wages raised as well. The county has a teachers’ association, in which every teacher is required to participate, the certificate of each being effected by attendance at the institute. Mr. MALLARY is a member of the Central Illinois Teachers’ Association and State Teachers’ Association, in both of which he takes an active part. He is also a member of the Schoolmasters’ Club, composed of superintendents and principals, and has been a contributor to the School Journal. He keeps up his reading and study in the classics and is a hard student.

On the 13th of July, 1885, Mr. MALLARY was united in marriage with Miss Catharine NOEL, of Lacon, a native of Ogle county, Illinois, and who received her education at Mt. Morris, this State. Two children have come to bless their union – Ernest and Mae. Both himself and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church, of which he is vestryman. He was made a Mason at Lawn Ridge, Illinois, but has since transferred his membership to the Lacon lodge. He has filled all the chairs, and served as master of the lodge for three years. He has also served as a delegate to the grand lodge of the state.

Extracted May 2011 by Norma Hass from The Biographical Record of Bureau, Marshall and Putnam Counties, Illinois, 1896.

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