Source: Waveland Independent newspaper, Waveland, Montgomery County, Indiana, Nov 11, 1921
Judge Duncan Thomas McIntyre one of Mattoon's most prominent citizens, passed away at his home, 1301 Charleston Ave at one o'clock this afternoon from heart trouble and a complication of weaknesses incident to his advanced years. As a young man, he was of slender health, and throughout his life he had fought bodily weakness for intellectual life. During his long life, he fought a battle with disease. His later years found him in better health until an attack of Pneumonia in Dec 1920. In August of this year he went to Memorial Hospital for the removal of a tumor from his leg and since his return to his home he had been obliged to use a wheelchair. Arrangements for the funeral and burial await the coming of relatives from Shelbyville. Judge McIntyre came from distinguished and illustrious families of the old dominion. In his line were jurists, theologians, publicists, educators and scientists. His grandfather was a large slave owner in Va, while his father was against slavery. Judge McIntyre was a son of Rev. Dugald Stuart McIntyre, a Presbyterian minister and Miss Rebecca Hogue.
He was born at Blacksburg, Va. Sept 26, 1835. When he was in his 17th year, his parents removed to Crawfordsville, where they lived for a number of years. The young man prepared for college at Waveland, where his mother afterward made her home and at the college (Wabash) in Crawfordsville. The judge was the oldest living graduate of Northwestern University where he prepared himself by the study of law for his long legal career. He was essentially a scholar, his life was in books and he read Latin and Greek until the day of his death. His mind was clear to the last, and his memory was keen of the results of his reading and study. The young man came to Mattoon by accident while on his way to Indiana to look over some land. He liked the place, stopped over here and traded some land for the Gazette and became an editor and for about a year used journalism as a prop for his entrance to the practice of law. Judge McIntyre marr. in Mattoon in Sept 1864 Miss Sarah Deming, a daughter of Rev. FA Deming, an early pastor of the Presbyterian Church. Four children were b. to them, of whom a daughter, Miss Katherine Hogue McIntyre who home is with her father, and LJ McIntyre, who lives on a ranch near park City, Mont survive. Judge McIntyre was a life long Republican but seldom an officeholder.
He held the office of US commissioner for 8 years but the rest of his life, until his retirement was spent in the practice of his profession. The lines of law in which Judge McIntyre was principally interested were constitution law and the law of corporations. In these subjects he was one of the leaders of Ill. He was offered a chair on the faculty of Northwester Univ. and he was consulted by other attorneys constantly in relation to the subjects that were his specialties. At different times, Judge McIntyre was general solicitor for the Big Four, The Illinois Central and earlier for the Peoria, Decatur and Evansville line. at the time of the Civil War Judge McIntyre was in poor health and thought to be infected with tuberculosis yet in spite of his health, he did constant duty as a civilian in the recruiting and securing of soldiers. At one time he removed to Memphis in the 90s and was general solicitor for the Paducah railroad, a line built while he was there. Judge McIntyre was a member of the Presbytyerian Church and for his entire life was a supporter of all Church enterprises. It was his pride that no Church in the city, Protestant, Catholic or colored had invited his aid in vain, and he was a constant supporter of the interests of the community that are promoted by these organizations - thanks to Jeff S. for this one