McGruder, Mark Austin (1879-1934)

Mark A. McGruder, well known Sedalia attorney, died at the family home, 1403 West Fourth street, at 2:30 o'clock this afternoon. he had been ill only a few days with a severe attack of bronchitis, and his condition had been critical only since Wednesday when pneumonia developed.

Mr. McGruder was born on a farm near Hughesville, September 16, 1879, the son of Monteville and Amy Harris McGruder. He received his early education in the Hughesville district school; Westminister College, Fulton; Missouri State Military School, Columbia; and was graduated from the law department of Missouri University with a degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1901. He was admitted to the bar at Sedalia on July 7, 1901, and since that time had been engaged in the practice of his profession.

He was united in marriage October 9, 1906, to Miss Leonore Cutter, a native of Pettis County. To this union was born one child, Mrs. Aurelia Potter, of Jefferson City, who with Mrs. McGruder, survives.

Mr. McGruder was a Democrat and served as city attorney and city counselor of Sedalia from 1906 to 1907. In 1926 he was elected to the state senate, serving as chairman of the committees on the new capitol, constitutional amendments and permanent seat of government, wills and probate law.

He also served on many other committees. In the fiftieth general assembly, he was elected and served the senate as majority (Democratic) floor leader.

Mr McGruder was a member of the Broadway Presbyterian church. He also belonged to the Masonic Lodge, Granite Lodge, Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons, Sedalia; Scottish Rite bodies, St. Joseph; Mystic Shrine, Ararat Temple, Kansas City; the Modern Woodmen of America; and the Knights of Pythias.

The body was taken to the Gillespie Funeral Home. Funeral arrangements have not been made.

Mrs. Potter and her husband, Samuel Potter will arrive in Sedalia this evening.

Source: Sedalia Democrat, 8 Nov 1934
Submitter: Millicent A. Hale