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Biographical and Historical Record of Ringgold and Decatur Counties, Iowa
Lewis Publishing Company, 1887. pp. 340-41.


"J. W. CROUCH, postmaster at Redding, was born in Todd County, Kentucky, August 23, 1828. His parents were James and Rachel D. (Patterson) Crouch, the former a native of Virginia, and the latter of Tennessee. They were married in Kentucky, and had a family of six children, three of whom lived to be grown William F., J. W. and Charles N. When he was four months old his parents removed to Edgar County, Illinois, where they resided four years, then removed to Shelby County, where they lived until 1846, when they moved to Iowa. Our subject was reared on a farm, and received his education in the common schools and at Danville, Illinois. When the family came to this State they first settled in Davis County, four miles west of Drakeville. Mr. Crouch was married December 27, 1849, to Miss M. E. Ralston, of Davis County, and daughter of John and Mary (Trullinger) Ralston. He was engaged in farming in Davis County until 1866, when he came to Ringgold County, and settled in Middle Form Township, section 21, where he improved 120 acres. In 1876 he sold his farm and removed to Old Redding, where he engaged in the mercantile business with C. S. Pugsley, for fourteen months. He then sold his interest and went to clerking. He was appointed postmaster at Redding in 1879, and re-appointed in 1885. He erected the first building in Redding. Mrs. Crouch died April 1, 1875, leaving seven children Mary Jane, Elizabeth F., John M., Delilah J., James W. and Laura E. March 15, 1883, Mr. Crouch was married to Miss Martha E. Trullinger, daughter of Gabriel and Elizabeth (Moss) Trullinger, and to this union have been born two children Ida Louisa and Charles Claude. Politically Mr. Crouch is a Democrat. As a postmaster he is courteous and accommodating, and has made many friends."

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