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Charles P. Dibble embarked in mercantile business in Marshall in 1836, which he still continues with great success, under the name of C. P. Dibble & Son. He is the vice-president of the First National Bank of Marshall, and during the long absence of Hon. Chas. T. Gorham, has been its president de facto. Notwithstanding the magnitude of Mr. Dibble's operations, which receive close and absorbing attention, he nevertheless devotes much time and care to the interests of his church and the public schools of the city. To the latter he has donated $500, the interest of which is always to be used as premium for superior scholarship. Charles T. Gorham sold goods here for a few years, became rich, established the first private bank, finally merged his institution into a national bank, now called " the First National Bank of Marshall," of which he is-president. Mr. Gorham has held the office of state senator, minister to the Hague, and is now assistant secretary of the interior. In all positions lie honors himself and the office he fills. Rev. Randall Hobart was an early and laborious Methodist minister, who is said to have married more and buried more persons than any other clergyman in the county up to the time that he left the state for California. During the prevalence of the cholera he was nurse, doctor, priest and undertaker. Sustained by an abiding trust in God, he went about his trying duties with calmness, having encouraging words for all. The first victim of cholera was Isaac N. Hurd, one of the proprietors of the village.

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