Prater, Charles R., Jr. 1949-2014, Civic and Youth Sports Leader

Charles Prater JrCharles R. Prater, Jr., active youth sports and civic leader, was born on January 3, 1949 in Pontiac, Michigan, the son of Charles R. Prater Sr. and Marcella (Gutek) Prater.

Early in the 1950’s, the Prater family moved to Marion and later purchased a home at 419 Charlotte Road. Charles’ father managed Sherman’s Department store on the square in Marion, while Charles Jr. attended Catholic seminary in his youth.

Charles was active in the Marion Jaycees, holding several local offices and participating in numerous community service projects held by the club in the 1970’s and 1980’s.  He was also a member of the Jaycees International Senate and served as the Nation Director of Jaycees of Illinois during that period. Continue reading

Campbell, Lloyd C. 1874-1969, City Alderman, Banker & Businessman

Campbell LCLloyd Cregg Campbell, city alderman, businessman, banker and civic leader, was born in Marion, Illinois on October 16, 1874. He was the son of J.M. Campbell, grocer, and Mollie Eubanks Campbell. The father was born in Kentucky from which he came to Marion when a boy and married. L. C. Campbell was the first child of three.

The 1880 census captured the Campbell family living in Marion. Lloyd was 6 years old and had one sibling, a brother, W. H., who was 8 months old. Lloyd’s father, J.M. was 30 years old and working as an office clerk, his mother, M.L., was 28. There was an 81 year old female named M.E. Askew living with the family.

Lloyd’s early education and training was in Marion schools and he was a graduate of the Marion Township High School class of 1892. After graduation, entered the general merchandise store of Burkhart & Binkley where he sold goods for two months. He then entered the First National Bank, on the square in Marion, as bookkeeper in September, 1892, where he acquitted himself so well that after three years he was elected assistant cashier. Continue reading

Jones, Henry C. 1853-1949, Commissioner, Postmaster & County Clerk

Henry C. Jones, Marion City Commissioner and Postmaster, was born November 3, 1853 near Creal Springs in Williamson County, Illinois to John S. and Sarah F. (Powers) Jones. He secured such education as farm boys generally get in the district schools and followed the plow until 25 years ago.

Henry’s marriage took place while he was living on the farm, February 13, 1871. His wife was Miss Mary J. Bower, daughter of William J. and Elizabeth J. (McInturff) Bower, who farmed near Crab Orchard. Mary J. Bower was born in Christian County, Kentucky on January 4, 1852. Continue reading

1924, Marion Has a Beautiful Park

Marion Has a Beautiful Park

Large Sixteen Acre Plot at Garfield and DeYoung May be Developed

Marion, the city of Opportunity now has a park of sixteen acres expanse, set with scores of beautiful shade trees and located in one of the most beautiful and accessible parts of the city. That may sound startling but it’s nothing new. For twelve years, sixteen acres of ground donated to the city for a city park, has lain idle. With the arrival of summer, many public spirited citizens have become aware of the fact that the city park which people have been desiring has been here all the time, and an attempt is being made to arouse enough interest in the venture to develop the park. Continue reading

Scates, Walter B. 1808-1886, Circuit Court Judge

Walter B. ScatesAlthough Walter B. Scates never resided in Marion he served as one of Williamson County’s first circuit court judges that resided over court in the small county clerk’s office on the public square in Marion before the first court house was ever built. He also helped form not only the statutes of Illinois but was responsible for the passage of legislation allowing lawyer’s to have access to their clients in jail.

Walter B. Scates was born on January 18, 1808 in South Boston, Halifax County, Virginia, and when but a child his parents removed to Tennessee, and soon after to Christian County, Kentucky. He was the son of Joseph W. Scates (1775-1842) and Elizabeth Eggleston Bennett (1774-1849). His brothers and sisters were:  William Bennett (1802 – 1882), Harriet Fields (1804 – 1855), Joseph W., Jr. (1805 – 1856), Elizabeth Eggleston (1810 – 1860), Isaac Coleman (1812 – 1854) and John Tyler Scates (1814 – 1888). Continue reading