Peter A. Marquart, BiographyPorter County biographical sketches . . . .

Transcribed biography of Peter A. Marquart

PETER A. MARQUART, deceased, was born April 11, 1861, at Valparaiso, Indiana, son of John C. and Mary (Miller) Marquart, and a representative of one of the prominent and influential families of Porter county. John C. Marquart was a well known farmer. He was twice married and was the father of ten children, seven by his first wife and three by the last. Peter was the second born of the first family, the others being John, Charles, Henry, Frank, Lizzie and Mary. The last three were Minnie, George and Herman.

In 1889 Peter A. Marquart and Josephine Clifford were united in marriage. They began their wedded life on a rented farm near Wheeler, and together they went to work in earnest to make a home and accumulate a competency, the result being that their youthful zeal and energy were in time rewarded with deserved success. Then, while yet in the prime of life, Mr. Marquart was called to his last home, his death occurring March 3, 1909. He was, politically, a Democrat and, fraternally, an Odd Fellow, and possessing, as he did, many estimable qualities, he was held in high respect as one of the representative citizens of his community.

Besides a widow, Mr. Marquart left two daughters -- Martha Mary, born September 19, 1890, and Hazel Ruth, born August 14, 1892. Both are graduates of the Wheeler high school; the former is teaching her third term at Graves school, Union township, Porter county, and the latter is studying music at Valparaiso.

Mrs. Josephine Marquart was born near Wheeler, Indiana, October 13, 1868, daughter of Daniel S. and Martha (Collom) Clifford, natives of Ohio, who had migrated to Porter county, Indiana, at an early day. Here Mr. Clifford engaged in farming and acquired a large amount of land, and the Clifford family, like the Marquarts, became prosperous and influential. By his first wife Mr. Clifford had four daughters, Bertha, Laura, Nellie and Josephine, and by his second wife, who before her marriage was Miss Clara Spencer, he had three children, but Clinton, the youngest, died in infancy, the others being Bessie and Clarence. He lived to see his children grown and occupying honored and useful positions in life and to enjoy the fruits of his years of well directed labor. In his declining years he visited California a number of times, and in 1911, wishing to spend the rest of his days there, he removed to that state.

Mrs. Marquart and her daughters are members of the Methodist Episcopal church of Wheeler, and of the Rebekah Degree Lodge, in which she has filled various offices and is now serving as treasurer.

Source: Lewis Publishing Company. 1912. History of Porter County, Indiana: A Narrative Account of its Historical Progress, its People and its Principal Interests. Chicago, Illinois: Lewis Publishing Company. 881 p.
Page(s) in Source: 710-711

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Biography transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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