biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
T. E. McDONALD, of Spring Creek Township, owns and occupies a pleasant home on section 10. He was born in Armstrong County, Pa., March 1, 1841, and is a son of Joseph and Ruth (Stephenson) McDonald, both of whom are natives of Pennsylvania, and are of Scotch and German ancestry. They left the Keystone State in 1853, came to Iowa and engaged in farming, and are yet living in this township, following that occupation, The subject of this sketch received careful home training and a common-school education, and after arriving at man's estate was married, Dec. 15,1875, to Miss Isabel (Greer) Sprowl, widow of Hugh Sprowl. By this marriage there have been three children-Walter H., Nelly M., and one child who died in infancy. Mr. McDonald's farm of fifty acres is mostly under fence, and he has a good house and other improvements. Himself and wife are members of the United Presbyterian Church. Politically he is a Republican of the stalwart order, but aspires to none of its emoluments or offices. He is at present serving as School Director in his district, which position he fills in a creditable manner, and is regarded among those who know him best as an honorable, upright and conscientious Christian gentleman.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy