L. F. CRAIN, Sheriff, Mound City, was born May 18, 1839, in Clark County, Ohio, near Springfield. His father Joseph M. Crain, a native of the same county, was born September 2, 1807. He was a farmer, came to Pulaski County, Ill., in 1870, and died in 1876. He was a son of John Crain, a native of Ireland, born in 1774, and died in Ohio in 1848, where he had settled in an early day. He was a participant in the war of 1812. The mother of our subject was Delcenia A. (Donovan) Crain, a native of Clark County, Ohio, born 1812, and died in 1853. She was a daughter of William Donovan, and the mother of seven children, of whom six are now living. Our subject spent his early life at home, assisting to till the soil of his father's farm, and receiving such an education as could be obtained in the common schools of his native county; arriving at his majority', he embarked on his career in life as a farmer and fruit-grower, and continued the same uninterruptedly until May, 1861, when he enlisted in the late war, serving in Company I, of the Eleventh Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He was appointed recruiting officer after serving his term of enlistment. He was wounded in the arm, and from its cause was honorably discharged from the service, and returned to his home in Pulaski County, and again engaged in farming, continuing the same until 1880, when he was elected Sheriff of the county, which he is now filling. Mr. Crain has been twice married; first in 1870, to Miss Annis Murphy, who died in 1875, leaving one child, viz.: Nellie, born April 6, 1872. He married a second time Miss Dora Kennedy, who was born in 1853, in Pulaski County, Ill. This union has been blessed with one child, viz.: Earnest, born September, 20, 1880. Mr. Crain has served the county in many of its offices; among them may be mentioned County Assessor and Treasurer. He is an active member of the order A.. F. & A. M., Villa Ridge Lodge, No. 562, and a Republican in politics.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, page 259.