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David Chrystal

Farmer & Stockman

Hazel Green Twp.



    David Chrystal, who passed away on the 4th of September, 1913, in the seventy first year of his age, was widely recognized as one of Delaware county's most progressive and foremost farmers and stock raisers, owning four hundred and forty acres of valuable land on sections 17 and 18, Hazel Green township. His demise was the occasion of deep and widespread regret, for he had been a resident of this county for more than four decades and enjoyed the respect and esteem of all with whom he was associated. His birth occurred in Scotland on the 10th of November, 1842, his parents being Robert and Jane (Crowe) Chrystal, who spent their entire lives in that country.
     In 1870, when about twenty eight years of age, David Chrystal crossed the Atlantic to the United States, landing at New York city on the 4th of March. After a short visit with relatives in Canada he came to Delaware county, Iowa, and for a time was employed as a farm hand in Hazel Green township. Possessing the sturdiness and thrift characteristic of the Scotch race, he worked hard and saved his money and in due time purchased a two hundred acre tract of land in Hazel Green township. Subsequently he bought two hundred and forty acres more and this tract has remained the family home to the present time. He erected handsome residences, barns and other outbuildings on both properties and in his undertakings won a measure of success that gained him recognition among the substantial and most progressive farmers and stock raisers of the community. He likewise served as a director of the Farmers Mutual Life Insurance Company and acted as secretary of the local creamery.
     On the 16th of December, 1880, Mr. Chrystal was united in marriage to Miss Margaret Dunlap, a daughter of William and Eliza Dunlap, by whom he had four sons, as follows: William R., who died in 1883; and Frank L., Harry and John George, all at home.
     Mr. Chrystal was a stanch republican in politics and took an active and helpful interest in public affairs, serving his township as trustee and justice of the peace for a number of years. In his demise, which occurred on the 4th of September, 1913, it was generally conceded that the county had lost one of its most esteemed and valued citizens.



~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 390 -391.  Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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