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Name: Mulcaster, John G., (c. 1880-1937.)

Historical Note:

Being a native and life-long resident of Southern Illinois, John G. Mulcaster spent much of his life researching the history of that area.  Born in Monroe City around 1880, he received his education in Murphysboro, Illinois, and later married Ella Walker of Carterville.  In 1898, Mulcaster fought in Cuba as a member of the Signal Corps during the Spanish American War.

Working for the Illinois Central railroad as both telegraph operator and station agent, John Mulcaster was involved in the development of Southern Illinois commerce, but he focused his research elsewhere.  Mulcaster recognized the scenic beauty of his home and the historic value of the forts and visitors to the area, and conveyed this information in numerous essays.  He was also part of the movement to distinguish Giant City as an Illinois State Park.

The later years of Mulcaster's life were spent researching the Indian removal of 1838, concentrating on the hardships faced by the Cherokee while crossing Southern Illinois.  He corresponded with historical societies in Oklahoma and Cape Girardeau, Missouri; countless individuals; and local Native Americans trying to verify information and arrange a centennial celebration.  Sadly, John Mulcaster died on February 2, 1937, one year before the anniversary celebration was to take place. - (from The Carbondale Free Press, February 3, 1937.)

Sources: The Carbondale Free Press, February 3, 1937.

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