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John Cruise, Jr.





      John Cruise, Jr., has lived in Manchester for several years but during his active life was a farmer residing on section 12, Oneida township. He was born in England on the 22d of April, 1838, a son of John and Harriett (Colwell) Cruise. The family emigrated to the United States in 1845 and first located in Du Page county, Illinois, but in 1854 removed to Delaware county and settled upon a farm in Oneida township. They had entered land from the government in Illinois and did the same in this county upon their arrival here. The parents resided upon their farm in Oneida township until called to their reward. Three of their eleven children still survive.
     John Cruise, Jr., received his education in an old log school house in the neighborhood of his home and when not in school assisted his father with the work of the farm, remaining under the parental roof until he became of age. He then rented land for three years, after which he bought a farm in Oneida township and in 1862 took up his residence thereon. He lived there and devoted his time to its cultivation until 1908, with the exception of eight years. In 1893 he took the prize at the World's Fair for best exhibit of yellow corn. In 1908 he retired and moved to Manchester, where he has since resided. He is a man of sound business judgment and of absolute trustworthiness, and for twenty five years has been administrator for estates, settling up affairs to the full satisfaction of the heirs. He owns three hundred and twenty acres of land in North Dakota and one hundred and thirty acres in this county.
     In 1858 Mr. Cruise was united in marriage to Miss Eliza Rogers, who was born in England, a daughter of Thomas and Jane Rogers, who came to America in 1845 and settled in Du Page county, Illinois, where they lived until 1854, when they made their way to Delaware county, Iowa, taking up their residence upon a farm in Oneida township. Both passed away in this county. Mrs. Cruise was one of a family of eight children and became the mother of nine children: Clara V., the widow of S. M. Cook and a resident of Cedar Falls, Iowa; Elmer F., who resided in Dubuque, where he died; Harriett, the wife of A. Mclntosh, of Manchester; Lucy J., the wife of Thomas McCormell, of Washington, D. C.; Cora M., now Mrs. W. C. Amsden, of Manchester; Louella J., the wife of L. B. Miller, of Minneapolis; Louisa, the wife of F. Kenney, of Waterloo, Iowa; John L., of Atlantic, Iowa; and Martha A., who married Charles Leibe, of Earlville, Iowa. Mrs. Cruise died in April, 1884, and was laid to rest in the Earlville cemetery. In August, 1885, Mr. Cruise married Mrs. Fannie Pooley, the widow of Samuel Pooley. By her first marriage she has three children: Fannie, the wife of S. F. Hersie, of Cedar Falls, Iowa; Mary, who married G. F. Allen, of Spokane, Washington; and Samuel J., of Grinnell, Iowa.
     Mr. and Mrs. Cruise arc members of the Congregational church and gladly support its work by liberal contributions and by giving of their time as well. Mr. Cruise is a republican and has held a number of local offices. He was county sheriff for eight years and treasurer of Oneida township school district for twelve years, proving a capable and conscientious official. Fraternally he was made a Master Mason in Square Lodge, No. 286, A. F. & A. M., at Earlville, in which lodge he is a past master. He is now a member of Manchester Lodge, No. 165, A. F. & A. M.; the chapter, commandery and Mystic Shrine. His life has been one of well directed and fruitful activity, and the high place which he holds in the estimation of those with whom he has been brought in contact is but his just due.



~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 169-170.  Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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