the maiden name of Mahala Allison, survived her husband and reared her family. Mr. Scranton's son by his first marriage is Albert Scranton, who now lives in Nebo, and the deceased son was Francis, who died when a lad of about nine years. By the second marriage of Mr. Scranton have been born two children: Clara Maud, the wife of Harry North, who resides upon the Scranton farm in Pleasant Hill township; and Opal, at home.
Politically Mr. Scranton is a staunch republican, although he was reared in the faith of the democratic party. His wife is a member of the Court of Honor and the Royal Neighbors. Mr. Scranton has never been an office seeker, but has earnestly labored to advance his business interests. His entire life has passed in Pike county, and he has helped to improve and make the county what is today, having himself cultivated three farms. In connection with the tilling of the soil he has engaged in raising and feeding stock, handling cattle, hogs and horses. He commenced life a poor man, but by his own labor and enterprise and the assistance of his estimable wife he has become the possessor of a well improved and valuable farm and a good home in Nebo, and is today numbered among the substantial citizens of this part of the state.
McClintock Brown, started out in life on his own account at the early age of ten years and receiving a wage of eight dollars per month, has from that humble financial position steadily worked his way upward to a position of affluence, so that he is now numbered among the substantial farmers of Hadley township, his home being on section 31, where he owns and operates one hundred and sixty acres of land that is today very valuable and productive. In addition to its cultivation he is also engaged in the business of buying, feeding and shipping cattle and hogs.
Mr. Brown is one of the worthy citizens that the Empire state has furnished to Pike county, his birth having occurred in Washington county, New York, near Sandy Hill, about four miles from the historic tree at which Jane McCrea was massacred by the Indians. This tree died in 1849, and Mr. Brown has a snuffbox made from a part of the wood. His natal day was October 2, 1847, his parents being Josiah and Maria (Clark) Brown, the former a native of Vermont, while the latter was also born in the east. The father was a physician and minister of the gospel, and also a shoemaker, having learned his trade in early life. He followed shoemaking at an early day in the Empire state, and also engaged in the practice of medicine at Sandy Hill, New York. There his death occurred in 1851, and his widow afterward came with her family to Pike county, Illinois, being accompanied by her husband's brother, Benjamin D. Brown. They settled in Barry and Mrs. Brown later gave her hand in marriage to B. T. Gray, one of the first settlers of the locality. Mr. Gray is still living in Barry, but his wife is deceased. In her family were five children: Josiah and Jane, both of whom have passed away; Henry W., who is living at the Soldiers' Home at Quincy; James C., who died in Missouri; and McClintock.
In the schools of Barry McClintock Brown acquired his education, having been brought by his mother to the west at an early age. He was a youth of only ten years when he started out in life on his own account, securing employment at farm labor by the month. His time was thus passed for a number of years, during which period he received only about eight dollars per month in compensation for his services. Later he received a larger wage, and saving nearly all of his earnings he was at length enabled to purchase a tract of land, investing in one hundred and twenty acres when twenty-seven years of age. This constitutes a part of the farm which he still owns, but its boundaries have been extended until within the tract are now embraced one hundred and sixty acres. He is engaged in the stock business, buying, feeding and shipping cattle and hogs, and has found this a very profitable undertaking. He ships several carloads of stock each year, and his annual sales bring him a gratifying figure. His son is engaged in the butchering business, having a shop at Barry. In