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History of Lawrence and Monroe Counties, Indiana;
their people, industries and institutions. 
Publ. Indianapolis, Ind. - B. F. Bowen & Co.,


Source: History of Lawrence and Monroe Counties, Indiana; Publ. Indianapolis, Ind. - B. F. Bowen & Co., 1914 - Page

MARSHALL GUTHRIE.  This biographical memoir has to do with a character of unusual force, for Marshall Guthrie, whose life chapter has been closed by the fate that awaits us all, was for many years one of the best known and most popular citizens of Lawrence county, Indiana, having come from one of the oldest and best known pioneer families, and he himself assisted in many ways in advancing the interests of the community with which his life was identified.  While he carried on a special line of business in such a manner as to gain a comfortable competency for himself, he also belonged to that class of representative citizens who promote the public welfare while advancing individual success.  There were in him sterling traits which commanded uniform confidence and regard, and his memory is today honored by all who knew him and is enshrined in the hearts of his many friends.
     Marshall Guthrie, who died at his home in Bedford, Indiana, on December 28, 1904, was a native of Lawrence county, Indiana, having been born near Tunnelton, on the 9th day of July, 1840.  He was the son of Daniel and Lucy (Widdle) Guthrie, the latter being a native of Jackson county, Indiana, and the former born in Virginia.  In his young manhood Daniel Guthrie accompanied his parents on their removal to Lawrence county, Indiana, of which they were the first settlers, having located on what is now known as Guthrie creek.  There the father bought a tract of government land and gave his attention to its improvement and cultivation.  During his entire life he was devoted to farming and stock raising in which he was fairly successful.  He and his wife both died on the home farm near Tunnelton.  To them were born the following children:  Alfred, who died in June, 1913, at his home at Tunnelton, Indiana, is represented elsewhere in this work; Mitchell, deceased, was also a farmer in this county; Hester became the wife of E. Lee and both are deceased; John D., deceased, was a farmer in this county, as was Hugh D., who is also deceased; Millie married Andrew J. Lee, and they are both dead; Erie and Eli were twins and both enlisted for service in the Civil war; Eli gave up his life while in the service, while Erie is now a resident of the state of Kansas; Marshall is the immediate subject of this sketch.
     Marshall Guthrie received his education in the common schools of hsi home neighborhood and upon attaining maturity he and his brother, Alfred, engaged in the mercantile business at Tunnelton, at which they were very successful and which they carried on for many years.  Marshall Guthrie, in addition to his store, also acquired the ownership of a good deal of valuable farming land and during his latter years he gave his attention to the cultivation  of the soil and the breeding and raising of live stock.  He possessed good business qualities, was an indefatigable worker and made money as a result of his energetic efforts.  In local public affairs he took a commendable interest and rendered efficient service to his community as trustee of the township.  He was a Republican in politics and was a prominent figure in the local councils of his party.  Fraternally, he was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, belonging to the blue lodge at Tunnelton, while religiously he was affiliated with the Methodist Episcopal church, of which he was a regular attendant and to which he gave liberally of his means.  A man of marked social qualities, he easily made friends, and numbered his acquaintances throughout this section of the county, among whom he was held in high respect.  He was not selfish in his aims and ambitions, but gave his support to every movement which had for its object the advancement of the best interests of the community, his support being counted upon whenever true men were needed.
     On February 10, 1870, Marshal Guthrie was united in marriage to Mary M. Payne, who was born in Howard county, Indiana, the daughter of William and Susan (Mitten) Payne, who were natives of Lawrence county, this state.  William Payne was a son of pioneers of Lawrence county, and in 1853 he and his family moved to Howard county, this state, where they attained timber land located about six miles north of Kokomo, to the clearing and cultivation of which Mr. Payne gave his attention and was fairly successful in his material efforts.  He was a Democrat in politics, though never an aspirant for public office, and he and his wife were faithful and earnest members of the Methodist Episcopal church.  They  were the parents of ten children, namely: Clara, now deceased, was first the wife of John Chrisman, and afterwards married John Hardman, all of whom are now deceased; Wesley R., who is a painter residing in Kansas City, was a soldier in the Union army during the Civil war; Annie, who lives in Kokomo, is the widow of Zachariah Chapman; Mary M., the widow of the subject of this sketch; Ella married Reuben Thomas, of Howard county, Indiana; Laura is the widow of Joseph Jones, and lives at Shoals, Indiana; Jennie married Milton M. Guthrie, of Indianapolis, Indiana; William J. is a resident of North Dakota; Amanda is the wife of Ad. Patterson, of Shoals, Indiana; Douglas has a machine shop at Linton, this state.  To Mr. and Mrs. Guthrie were born the following children:  Alfred B., who is the editor and publisher of a paper at Chateau, Montana, married Julia Thomas, and they have three children, Bertrand, Charles and John; Howard, who died on February 6, 1907, was a train dispatcher for the Monon railroad and was also for a time with the Baltimore and Ohio railroad.  He married Iva Buchannan, who lives in Bedford, and they had a son, Howard; Charles E. is a bookkeeper at Bedford, and married Elizabeth Kirby, by whom he has one daughter, Margaret; Michael B. who is a successful dentist at Bedford, graduated from the Louisville Dental College in 1908, since which time he has been located in Bedford; Grace is the wife of Dr. Walter T. Sherwood, of Mitchell, Indiana; Clyde is the wife of John Witt of Centerville, Ohio, and they have one child, John Marshall; Lydia is the wife of E. L. Schuberth, a grocer at Louisville, Kentucky.  These children all received good common school educations and were also educated at the State University at Bloomington, to which place Mr. and Mrs.  Guthrie removed in order to give their children educational advantages, but after living there five years, they returned to Bedford in 1899, locating at No. 1108 M street, where they remodeled their home and resided thereafter.  Mr. Guthrie's death removed from Lawrence county one of her substantial and highly esteemed citizens and the many beautiful tributes to his high standing as a man and citizen attested to the abiding place he had in the hearts and affections of those who knew him and of his life and work.  His honorable and successful career was not a path of roses, for he had fought against and conquered adverse conditions which would have discouraged those of less mettle.  He acted well his part in life and while primarily interested in his own affairs he was not unmindful of the interests of others, as his efforts to advance the public good and promote the welfare of his fellow men abundantly attested.  Because of his upright life and business success he was eminently worthy of a place in the annals of his county.
Source: History of Lawrence and Monroe Counties, Indiana; Publ. Indianapolis, Ind. - B. F. Bowen & Co., 1914 - Page 762




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