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Marion Alexander Harrold was born in Green County, Tennessee, April 26, 1837. He died at his home in Ridgefarm, Illinois, December 26, 1906. 

As a young boy, Marion mastered the trade of blacksmith, tought by his father, Uriah. (Uriah was a blacksmith.)

Marion spent the early part of his life near New Market, Tennessee. That is where he graduated college.

Marion's father died before the Civil War. Susannah (Marion's mother) took the family north (along with other Union supporters). The Harrold family arrived in Ridgefarm, Illinois in 1861.

Marion enlisted in the "Pioneer corps of the army" in 1864. Later he was assigned to the "blacksmith department". He served as a blacksmith in the Union army until the Civil War ended. It is ironic that Marion was located for a long time near his birthplace in Tennessee. Click Here for more on the Marion A. Harrold family...

If Robert Simeon McFarland were living today, you would probably find him inside the McFarland Brothers Bank at Logan, New Mexico. He spent more than two thirds of his long life looking after this banking business which he and his brother, Fred, established here in 1904. If he were not too occupied he could tell you how he became a banker, and why he promoted Logan's Ute Dam.

But he might be busily composing a letter inside the red sandstone building which has housed the banking firm for more than 70 years. His typewriter would be an old Oliver machine with a worn out keyboard.

"When my typewriter wore out several years ago, I couldn't get another one like it," he once explained. "Finally, I found this one at a junk dealer's place during the depression days of the Dust Bowl. He wanted two dollars and a half for it, so I bought it."

After Mr. Sim repaired and adjusted the typewriter he used it for another 25 years. Wastefulness and welfare bothered him. "Some of us have to produce," was the philosophy which he firmly typed in a letter concerning government doles. Click Here for more on the Robert S. McFarland family

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