Petersburg Observer October 25, 1907
Five Generations of People
During a recent visit of Mrs. Amy Markwell of Cleveland, Kansas, among relatives and old acquaintances of Menard county, the five generation group, which appears on this page was secured for The Observer.
A Remarkable Group.
Came to Menard County in 1846.
The first house occupied by them was an old log house, later replaced by the more modern structure recently vacated by Hon. Homer J. Tice. In 1847 they moved upon a farm now belonging to the Smoot estate, where Mrs. Markwell continued to reside for forty-one years, and where her husband died in 1857.
In 1886, Grandma Markwell, following the footsteps of her sons again immigrated westward, settling in the "Sun Flower State" near Cleveland, where she still resides with her son.
Eighty Living Descendants.
Mrs. Markwell is a remarkable woman. Her memory is excellent, she is a fluent talker and nothing delights her more than repeating stories of early history of Menard county. She is a member of the Methodist church and reads her Bible daily, as well as current literature. She left for her home in company with her son and his wife on Wednesday, October 10.