Marion Richmond Crawford was born on 24 Oct 1895 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.1–5
He was the child of Judson Foster Crawford and Josie Winifred Hammond.1,3
He lived in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States on 1 Jul 1900.6 Marian Crawfod was listed on the 1900 census as the son of J. F. Crawford. According to the census, he was born Oct 1895 in Kansas and was 4 years old at the time.
Marion lived in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States on 1 Jul 1905.7 Marian Crawford was listed on the 1905 Kansas census in the household of J. F. Crawford. According to the census, he was 9 years old.
He lived at 2nd Ward in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States on 28 Apr 1910.8 Marion Crawford was listed on the 1910 census as the son of J. F. Crawford. According to the census, he was 14 years old and born in Kansas.
He lived in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States on 1 Jul 1915.9 Marion Crawford was listed on the 1915 Kansas census as a 19 year old male living in the household of J. F. Crawford in Dodge City, Kansas.
Marion was recruited by the Dodge City recruiting office to serve in the coastal artillery and sent to on 20 Apr 1917 in Ft. Logan, Colorado.10
Two Recruits a Day
Dodge City Office Has Sent 44 Men to Army Since April 1
The Dodge City recruiting office is maintaining an average of two recruits a day, and this morning it made up for several dull days by sending seven men to Ft Logan to be distributed to their respective departments in the army. John M. Lesch was assigned to the cavalry and the following joined the coast artillery: Cecil R. Campbell, Alfred B. Cramer, Joshia B. Owings, John J. Wiseman, Marion R. Crawford, Homer R. Sharp. Forty-four Men have enlisted at the Dodge City station since April 1.
He enlisted in U. S. Army serving with Battery D of the 13th Field Artillery on 23 Apr 1917 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.3,11
In Jun 1917, he was honored by the Methodist Sunday School for serving in the U.S. military in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.12
Methodists Honor Soldiers
Twenty-three Members of Methodist Class Have Gone to Colors
The Methodist Sunday School will pay a tribute tomorrow to the men who have gone from its ranks to the service of their country. Twenty-three Dodge City boys have joined the army or the national guards, all formerly members of the Sunday School. With one exception the men were in the class taught by E. C. Bill.
The honor roll will be unveiled tomorrow in connection with the children’s day program which will consist of flag drills and a patriotic service. Persons attending the services are requested to bring a bouquet of flowers to place upon the roll of volunteers.
The following members of the Sunday School have enrolled in the U. S. fighting service: Don Yandell, Raymond Walters, Force Hobble, Clifford Stone, Harold Stone, John Lighter, Ullin Nickerson, Thomas Neal, James Madison, Marion Crawford, Leon Crawford, Lee Elliot, Fred Bill, Earl Henderson, Austin Tuck, Charles W. Truby, Clyde Orebaugh, Frank Arrington, Cress Evans, Earl Evans, Robert Reeves, Elwood Pendleton and Harry Leatherwood.
In Jan 1918, Marion served in the military in Bat. D, 14th F. A., at Ft. Bliss, Texas13
Where Soldiers of Ford County Are
C. E. Smith Has Helped to Revise List of Ford County Men in Military Service
What is perhaps the most complete list of Ford county soldiers that has been made here, has just been prepared by Clyde E. Smith. Mr. Smith was asked by the local chapter of the Red Cross to mail to all of the Ford county soldiers some printed information that was available regarding the insurance which the government is offering to the men in the army. It was not known which of the Ford county men had taken advantage of the government insurance, so in order to get one of the letters to every man that could be reached Mr. Smith made a special effort to get as complete a mailing list as possible.
The letters urging the boys to take advantage of the government insurance were forwarded to the following soldiers:
Leon Crawford, 14th Co., Anti-Aircraft Bat. of San Francisco, American Expeditionary Forces, via New York
Marion Crawford, Bat. D, 14th F. A., Ft. Bliss, Texas
He served in the military with Battery D of the 13th Field Artillery in 1918 and was stationed in Camp Green, Charlotte, North Carolina.3
He fought in the Battle of the Argonne Forest as a member of the 13th Field Artillery in Aug 1918 in France.3,14
Had Been at Front 14 Days
Marion Crawford, also a son of Mrs. J. F. Crawford here, writes under date of August 14 that he is in good health and feeling fine. Private Crawford is a member of Battery D, 13th Field Artillery, France. Among other things, he says:
“Cecil Campbell came back to the battery a few days ago but I don’t think his folks know where he is, so if you see any of them you can tell them. How is everyone at home? I have seen several anti-aircraft battalion men around here recently, but I haven’t had a chance to talk to any of them so I don’t know whether Leon is near here or not.”
Private Crawford goes on to say that letter writing is done under difficulties in his camp — a mess kit was his desk, he says. Letters also must be finished before dark, as no lights are allowed.
“Our battery so far has been successful in dodging shells,” he writes, “but were often exposed while hauling shells to the guns. We have been on the front since August 1 and haven’t lost a man yet, but I guess we are lucky, although some batteries have been here four months without losing a man.”
On 18 Jul 1919, Marion set sail aboard the U.S.S. Zeelandia from Brest, Bretagne, France.15
He served in the military arrived back in the United States after serving in France during World War I on 31 Jul 1919.11
He ended military service on 6 Aug 1919 in Iowa, United States having .11,16–17 Marion Crawford served as Private 1st Class; Bat. D 13 F.A.
Marion arrived home from military service on 14 Aug 1919 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.18
Three More Boys Arrive
Marion Crawford, Homer, Sharp and Cecil Campbell, members of the Fourth division of the regular army, recently returned home after having been discharged from Camp Grant. They all enlisted in 1917 and have been overseas for several months. They served with the army of occupation in Germany, and previous to the signing of the armistice they saw much hard fighting in some of the severest engagements of the war. Mr. Campbell returned a day or two before the others, having returned as a casual.
He boarded at 504 av G in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States in 1920 and was employed as a switchman for the AT&SF Railway.19–21 Marion Crawford was listed as a 23 year old son of Judson F. Crawford on the 1920 Ford County, Kansas census. The family was living at 504 Ave G in Dodge City, Kansas. Marion Crawford was employed as a switchman for the railroad in 1920.
He was a member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.3
Marion was a member of the Brotherhood of Switchmen in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.3
He died when he fell under the wheels of an oncoming switch engine on 29 Jul 1920 at the age of 24 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.1,3–5,22–25
Injury Fatal to M. R. Crawford
Death This Morning Follows Accident
Young Man Missed Footing when
Attempting to Mount Switch Engine
and Fell Beneath Wheels –
One Leg Severed and the Other
Amputated by Physicians
Marion R. Crawford, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Crawford, 504 Avenue D, was fatally injured early Thursday morning about 2:30 when attempting to step upon the back of an oncoming switch engine. He accidentally missed his footing and fell under the wheels. One of his legs was cut off next to the hip and the other was so badly mangled as to make amputation necessary.
It was necessary to jack the rear of the engine in order to keep from running over the boy a second time. As soon as this was accomplished he was taken to the McCarty hospital with all possible speed, where everything that could possibly be done was performed to save the young man’s life. He remained unconscious almost to the time of his death, which occurred at 8:30 this morning.
Marion R. Crawford was born in Dodge City October 24, 1895. He was well known here, having lived practically his entire life in the community. During the war he enlisted in the army, serving with Battery D, of the 13th Field Artillery, stationed at Camp Green, Charlotte, North Carolina. He was overseas and fought for his country in the Argonne, afterwards serving with the army of occupation. Marion Crawford was quiet, reserved and had a host of friends in Dodge City. After returning from the army he obtained a position with the Santa Fe railroad as switchman, and it was at this job that he was working when the accident happened. He was a member of the A.O.U.W. in good standing and also a member of the Brotherhood of Switchmen.
He is survived by his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Crawford, four married sisters, Mrs. Bernice Allen, of Cimarron, Mrs. Russell Horton of Dodge City, Esther and Lois Crawford and two brothers, Leon and High. His grandmother, Mrs. Mary Crawford, also lives in Dodge City, and Nelson Crawford, an uncle is an employee in the post office.
The funeral arrangements have not yet been made.
6. 1900 U.S.Census, Ford County, Kansas, population schedule, Dodge City, Ford County, Kansas, ED 49, Sheet 18A Image 35 of 42, household 383, Crawford J F; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA T623
7. 1905 Kansas State Census, Ford County, Kansas, Kansas State Census, , page 42 Image 83 of 178, household 291, J F Crawford; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); Kansas State Historical Society
8. 1910 U.S. Census, Ford County, Kansas, population schedule, Dodge City, Ford County, Kanass, ED 45, Sheet 3B Image 6 of 30, household 16, Crawford JF; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication T624
9. 1915 Kansas State Census, Ford County, Kansas, population schedule, Dodge City, Ford County, Kansas, page 2 Image 73 of 279, household 9, Crawford J F; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); Kansas State Historical Society
11. Extract from Discharge Certificate of Enlisted Man to Secure Vitory Medal, Marion R. Crawford; Crawford Family Papers; privately held by Marcia Philbrick, Seneca, Kansas, 2016. passed down to Marcia Philbrick by Winnie Crawford.
15. Lists of Incoming Passengers, 1917-1938; Lists of OUtgoing Passengers, 1917-1938, database with images, Fold3 (http://www.fold3.com : ).
17. Honorable Discharge from the United States Army, Marion R. Crawford; Crawford Family Papers; privately held by Marcia Philbrick, , Seneca, Kansas, 2016. passed down to Marcia Philbrick by Winnie Crawford.
19. 1920 U.S. Census, Ford County, Kansas, population schedule, Dodge City, Ford County, Kansas, ED 53, Sheet 7B Image 14 of 22, dwelling 161, Crawford Judson F; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication T625
20. Etrick’s Directory of Ford County 1920 (Dodge City, Kansas: Etrick Printery, 1920), page 26, Crawford; digital image, Heritage Quest (interactive.ancestryheritagequest.com : viewedonline September 2016).
21. Etrick’s Directory of Ford County 1920 (Dodge City, Kansas: Etric Printery, 1920), page 49, Crawford J F; digital image, Ancestry.com, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 18 August 2021).
23. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online 8 August 2021), memorial for Marion Richmond Crawford (1895-1920), Find a Grave Memorial no. #110357859, created by Marcia Philbrick, citing Maple Grove Cemetery, Dodge City, Ford County, Kansas; accompanying photograph by Tim Tompkins, Marion Richmond Crawford.