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History of Edgar Co. IL, William H. Perrin, Chicago, 1879
MAIL M. CRUM, farmer; P. O. Paris; is a native of Kentucky, Floyd Co.; was born April 8, 1839; lived at his native place until the age of 13, he going to Missouri with his parents, where they remained about two years, then came to Edgar Co., where Mr. Crum has since lived. During his early life, he had but little chance of gaining an education. He was married Oct. 4, 1866, to Miss Melissa Bodine, a resident of Edgar Co.; they have a family of four children – two boys and two girls. He began doing for himself at the age of 19; now, by hard work and good management, he has ninety acres of good land, well improved; Mr. Crum is still a young man, but of good standing in the community, and known as one of the straightforward, honest men of Hunter Tp.