P. H. Cronin
Among the prosperous citizens of Boyer township few have enjoyed the favors of fortune more abundantly in recent years than P. H. Cronin.
He was born in Warren county, New York, January 29, 1871, a son of Philip and Julia (Hartnett) Cronin, both of whom were natives of Ireland. The father went to England and lived for a time in London, where he worked as a brick mason. He was married in England to Julia Hartnett and soon afterward came with his bride to America. They lived for a while in Warren county, New York, and then decided to locate in Iowa, selecting Clinton county for their home. In 1881 Mr. Cronin removed with his family to Crawford county and permanently located in Boyer township, where he is still living. His wife passed away in 1896. There were four children in their family: P. H., of this review; Timothy, of Willow township; D. J., who is now a druggist at Platte Center, Nebraska; and Mary, the wife of William Shannahan, who lives near Ute, Iowa.
P. H. Cronin received his education in the district schools and early engaged in farming, to which he has since devoted his attention. He has applied himself with gratifying results and is the owner of one hundred and sixty acres of highly productive land. He raises grain and pays special attention to raising and marketing a good grade of horses and cattle. Politically he is identified with the democratic party and has served as a member of the school board. In religious belief he adheres to the Catholic church and fraternally he is a valued member of the camp of Modern Woodmen of America at Dow City. He is unmarried and has no important interests aside from his farm, his chief attention being concentrated upon his business. This accounts perhaps in a large measure for his success.
Source: History of Crawford County, Iowa. Vol. II. Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1911.