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John Samuel Crawford (1909)


Posted By: Pat Hochstetler (email)
Date: 12/6/2017 at 17:58:30

The Advocate-Tribune
Indianola, Iowa
Friday, August 20, 1909
Page 1, Column 4

John Samuel Crawford was born in Des Moines county, Iowa, Sept. 6, 1845. In 1863 he was married to Mrs. Hannah J. Morrow and in 1870 they moved to Virginia township, Warren county, Iowa. To them were born eight children, of which two died in infancy and one, Mrs. Sarah M. Darr, died in Madison county, Iowa, in 1906.

For many years he fought the dreaded white plague of consumption and made several trips to the western coast to prolong his life. Last June he came home to die and fell asleep August 14, 1909, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Chas. Montgomery, aged sixty-three years, eleven months and eight days.

He left to survive him his widow, four sons and one daughter, all residing near the old home except Albert, who lives at Santa Anna, California. A step-son, Thomas Morrow, mourns as one of his sons for his own father died before his birth and he never knew any fatherís love except that received from the deceased. An aged mother, four brothers and four sisters, three of the sisters being at his funeral are still living and not only these but all who knew him mourn his death and hold his memory in loving remembrance.

He was a great financier and not-withstanding his feeble health he has so ordered his affairs that he had gained much wealth and over 700 acres of Warren county land were his at his death.

This capacity for business and his unimpeachable integrity caused him to be confided in by all who knew him and in the business of his life and in the settlement of the estate as administrator or referee they often called upon him and in the discharge of these trusts he always gave the best that was in him of sound judgement and honest endeavor.

When twenty-four years of age he united with the Church of Christ and afterwards joined the Baptist church near Truro, Ia., and later while living for a few years in Indianola he was a member of the Baptist church there.

The same characteristics that marked his relations in the home and in business were seen in his Christian life especially in the finances of the church and he was for years the church treasurer.

Of quiet demeanor and kind spirit his church life was a striking exemplification of a man who was thoroughly in earnest and who was ready at all times to give a reason for the hope that was within him and to live a life that was guided by the precepts of the gospel of peace in all the relations of life. The influence of such a life is not bounded by earthly existence and can only be computed by the values of eternity. His funeral was at the M.E. church at New Virginia, conducted by Rev. S. W. Lee, of Wick, Rev. D. P. Fogdell, pastor of Truro Baptist church, and Rev. Rusk, of the M.E. church at New Virginia.

Beautiful flowers, a great congregation and weeping eyes told of the esteem of relatives and friends.

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