Edward McIntire was born in Tippecanoe county, Indiana, in 1832. His parents were William and Nancy McIntire. He moved with his father to McLean county, Illinois, in 1838. Here he remained until 1856, when he moved to Daviess county, Missouri, settling at Salem, where he has since resided, except during an interval of five years, from 1861 to 1865, which time he spent in Iowa and Illinois. He twice offered to enter the army in behalf of the Union, but was rejected on account of his health. Mr. McIntire started in the furniture business in Salem in 1866, and has followed the business almost continuously since that time. He served as constable of Salem township for eight years, from 1871 to 1879; in politics is a Republican, and strong in the faith of his party; and has been a member of the Christian Church for-twelve years.
Mr. McIntire was married, in McLean county, Illinois, in 1850, to Miss. Mary P. Coffey, daughter of the late Judge B. S. Coffey, of this county._ They have had ten children, seven of whom are living, as follows: Margaret A., now Mrs. Armstrong. living in Pattonsburg; Mary A., now Mrs. Butler; William B., married and living in Salem; Nancy, now Mrs. Yarbrough, living in Salem; Martha L., Charles A., and Edwin W. Three have died:. George P., infant, died August 12, 1S73; Clara F., died April 9, 1874, aged eleven years, eleven months, and nine days; Com A., died August 2, 1875, aged five months and fourteen days.
Mr. McIntire built the first dwelling house in the town of Salem and did the carpenter work of the first school-house in the district, and has built three-fourths of the houses in the town.