Newspaper Article - Marcus Bain Family

Canton Times, 25 Dec 1880

Bains came in wagon from Illinois

Marcus Brown Bain, of Scotch-Irish descent, was born to Mark Brooks Bain and Matilda Brown Bain, may 28, 1861, near the small town of Reesville, Johnson County, Ill.

Marcus Bain's forefathers came to America from Ireland, first settling in North Carolina. They came to America with the name "MacBain" but soon dropped the "Mac" and from then on used the name "Bain."

The Bains migrated later to Illinois. There Marcus grew up, met a Danish lass, Martha Elvira Gregg. Martha was born at Metropolis, Ill., March 5, 1864.

Marcus B., age 18, and Martha Elvira, age 16, were united in marriage Oct. 5, 1879. They continued living in Johnson County, wher eight of their ten children were born. They lost two sons in infancy. Bain farmed and taught school.

In 1898 the Bains and their four sons, Gene, Ralph, Lloyd, and Alonzo, and two daughters, Carol and Clara, left Illinois for Oklahoma. Of course, they were expecting a good life in this land of hope – little did they know how much was ahead and what they would endure.

Marcus sold his small home and bought extra teams and a covered wagon. The trip was long and sickness and other trials prevailed, but after many, many miles and some stops along the way, they arrived at a small town, Weatherford, where they stayed several years. This town was just beginning and was on a boom. Marcus sold his wagon and teams for enough to buy a small home and soon got a job operating the cotton gin.

While living in Weatherford, their third daughter Della was born.

After about six years Bain decided to file on a claim in Day County (now Roger Mills County). This claim was at the foot of the Antelope Hills. While living there their fourth daughter, Agnes, was born. Bain farmed and took up broom-making. He had to peddle the brooms from town to town by wagon and team.

The claim or farm didn't prove to be a very good one, so again the Bains moved on. This time they came to Oakwood, where Bain continued making and selling brooms. Also, Mrs. Bain and girls operated the hotel.

They stayed in Oakwood three years, moving to Canton in 1914. Bain bought a small home on North Broadway and later built a six-room house on the same lot and made this their home for many years. They also joined the Methodist Church, which was their church home for many years.

Bain continued his broom-making and selling for a number of years. He also bought and tested cream for Beatrice Creamery several years. In 1920 Bain and son Alonzo went into business together at Bain's Garage and Dodge Agency. They bought a frame building on Broadway from Wesley Rogers, later putting up the Houston Edsel building he has now.

In 1927 both Bain and A. G. were listed in the Blaine County edition of merchants.

In 1917 Alonzo served his country in World War I in France in the Army Engineers Corps. A. G. was also a charter member of the Lions Club and of the American Legion Post.

Both were active in civic affairs and in later years Bain served Canton as city judge. Mrs. Bain was always on call day or night to anyone needing assistance in any kind of sickness. During the flu epidemic in 1918 she went from house to house caring for the sick and dying – never thinking of herself. But in all that caring for others she never did get the flue. She never turned a hobo (and there were many in those days) from her door without sharing some of the food they had.

After 83 years of being together, Bain passed away in 1942. Mrs. Bain died in 1947 and both are buried in Canton Cemetery. Their children still living are Lloyd Bain, Eugene, Ore.; Clara Reed, Oklahoma City; Della Mannering, Springfield, Mo.; and Agnes Felder, Canton.

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