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Transcribed biography of M. F. Parker

M. F. PARKER - Former directing head of the Parker & Marshall Fruit Evaporation Plant, and later engaged in the manufacture of paint, oils, and varnishes, Mortimer F. Parker was born in Geneva, New York, on February 22, 1868, the son of C. H. and Eliza Victoria Parker. He attended the Chicago Manual Art Training School, which is now known as Armour Institute, and here perfected his technical knowledge. During these years he specialized in the study and experimentation of gas engines, and on the completion of his studies had completed a working model of a one-horsepower gas engine embracing many original ideas. In 1887 he established the Parker & Marshall Fruit Evaporation Plant, and two years later he and his father organized the C. H. Parker Company in the manufacture of paints, oils, and varnishes.

He was united in marriage with Natalie, daughter of Victor and Calista (Bushore) Barcome of Valparaiso, former residents of Canada. To this marriage were born two daughters: Inez Berthiaume and Constance Furman. Inez was united in marriage with George H. Earle, the latter being a graduate of the University of Michigan, and his wife is a graduate of music from Rockford College, Rockford, Illinois. She also studied at the American Conservatory of Music of Chicago, under the tutorship of Harold Spencer, and has studied with VanDusen and Clarence Eddy. She teaches music in Valparaiso now. Mrs. M. F. Parker studied at Valparaiso University; she is a charter member of the Woman's Club, was home service secretary of the Red Cross from 1918 to 1924, and served as director of the Porter County chapter of the Red Cross during the World war.

Constance is a graduate of Valparaiso High School and studied at Indiana University, Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, and received her B. S. degree at Valparaiso University, where she specialized in Romance languages and commercial work. M. F. Parker passed away April 25, 1914.

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: 234

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