Fred W. Marquart, BiographyPorter County biographical sketches . . . .

Transcribed biography of Fred W. Marquart

FRED W. MARQUART, the popular assessor of Porter County, was born August 2, 1873, in Valparaiso, Indiana, in the house at the location 208 Indiana Avenue, which is directly north of his present location. The house was enlarged from time to time to accommodate the growing family, which consisted of eleven children, five sons and six daughters. The parents were Peter A. and Anna C. (Miller) Marquart, who were natives of Germany and came to America separately and settled in Porter County. The children are: Anna, the wife of John Small; Kate, who is now Mrs. L. L. Casbon; Minnie, the wife of William Topper; Mary, now Mrs. Emory Dye; Fred W.; Jerry, manager of the Northwestern Telephone Company at Chesterton; Clara, widow of Ernest Butler; George, a musician in Chicago; Charles, a showman and widely known as a comedian; and Edward,na graduate of Annapolis, who is now serving as a captain in the United States Navy. Fred W. Marquart was educated in the high school, and Northern Indiana Normal School, which later became Valparaiso University, graduating from the commercial department in 1890. He then engaged in real estate and insurance business with his father. His first political office was as township assessor in 1914; he later served as assistant county assessor in 1920, and was elected to the office in 1922 and renominated for the same office in 1926 without any opposition. Mr. Marquart was united in marriage with Margaret, the daughter of Robert and Jane Cliffe of Genoa, Illinois, on August 16, 1899, in Chicago, Illinois. To this marriage was born a daughter, Gretchen, who is a graduate of Valparaiso High School and Valparaiso University. She served as assistant principal in the Valparaiso High School, and is a vocalist of attainment, being especially noted in choir work at Valparaiso. She has traveled extensively, including a visit to her uncle, Capt. Edward Marquart, in the Panama Canal Zone, when he was stationed there in service. Mr. Marquart formerly controlled the old Howell tract, one of the historic Indian trading posts, but recently disposed of the property to the Sisters of Notre Dame of Milwaukee; it is to be used as a home for the aged and infirm nuns of the order. Mr. Marquart is a member of the Elks and the Odd Fellows.

Source: Cannon, Thomas H., H. H. Loring, and Charles J. Robb. 1927. History of the Lake and Calumet Region of Indiana Embracing the Counties of Lake, Porter and Laporte. Volume II. Indianapolis, Indiana: Historians' Association. 827 p.
Page(s) in Source: 532-533

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Biography transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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