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Captain John MacKenzie


Captain John MacKenzie, a resident of Fulton, and Master of the steamer “Siver Wave,” of the Van Sant & Musser line, plying between Stillwater, Minn., and Muscatine, Iowa, is a native of Whiteside Co., Ill., being born in the town of Ustick, July 3, 1850. His parents, John and Margaret (Ritchie) MacKenzie, were born in the Highlands of Scotland and came to this country in 1843.

John was reared on his father’s farm, and when 18 years of age, or in 1868, he engaged as a deck hand on a Mississippi River steamer. Before the expiration of two years he had qualified himself for the position of pilot, and sailed as such. In 1800 he purchased a third interest in the steamer “Eclipse.” He sold out his steamboat interests in the spring of 1883, since which time he has sailed the “Sam Atlee” andf the “Silver Wave.”

Capt. MacKenzie was married near Creston, Iowa, Dec 14, 1880, to Miss Abbie E. Devore, daughter of John and Josephine (Smith) Devore. Mrs. MacKeenzie was born near Mt. Carroll, Carroll Co., Ill.

The Captain is a stanch Prohibitionist, of Republican antecedents. He is Chairman of the Prohibition County Committee, and was the Prohibiton cadidate for Representative in the late Campaign. He is a member of Fulton City Lodge, No. 189, A. F. & A.M. Mrs. MacKenzie is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church.

Captain MacKenzie has worked up through all grades of a boatman’s duties from the lowest to the highest, and has long been classed among the most popular and skillful of the Mississippi steamboat Captains. He has made his home at Fulton, Ill., since 1881.


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