Friday Find

Charles Goodrich Hamond

Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and Knox County

page 218

Hammond, Charles Goodrich, Railway Manager, was born at Bolton, Conn., June 4, 1804 spent his youth in Chenango County, N.Y., where he became Principal of the Whitesboro Seminary (in which he was partially educated), and entered mercantile life at Canandaigua; in 1834 removed to Michigan, where he held various offices, including member of the Legislature and Auditor: in 1852 completed the construction of the Michigan Central Railroad (the first line from the East) to Chicago, and took up his residence in that city. In 1855 he became Superintendent of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad, but soon resigned to take a trip to Europe for the benefit of his health. Returning form Europe in 1869, he accepted the Superintendency of the Union Pacific Railroad, but was compelled to resign by failing health, later becoming Vice-President of the Pullman Palace Car Company. He was Treasurer of the Chicago Relief & Aid Society after the fire of 1871, and one of the founders of the Chicago Theological Seminary (Congregational); also President, for several years, of the Chicago Home for the Friendless. Died, April 15, 1884.

Charles G. Hammond evidently had a very successful career with the railroads. A search of for an obituary found several obituaries that provide more details about his successful life.

“The Long Roll,” The Chicago Tribune, 16 Apr 1884, page 2. (Available on

Included in the obituary found in the April 16, 1884 issue of The Chicago Tribune were details about the Ancestry of Charles G. Hammond.

His Ancestry

Col. Hammond’s blameless private life and his eminent success and long and important public services are but another illustration that “blood will tell.” He comes of a long line of intellectual and substantial Christian people. His mother was a Goodrich — a most worthy representative of the old Connecticut family whose name she bor. To Edward Hubbard, Esq., the well-known genealogist and family historian of this city, The Tribune is indebted for the following:

Memoranda of the ancestry of Charles Goodrich Hammond — Col. Hammond was born at Bolton, Conn., June 4, 1804, and was the eldest son of Chester and Fanny (Goodrich) Hammond. His earliest ancestor of whom we have positive knowledge was Thomas Hammond, of Lavenham, Suffolk County, England, who married Rose Trippe May 14, 1573.

They had seven children, five daughters and two sons, whose baptisms are given on the parish register at Lavenham, A.D. 1574 to 1587. The two sons, William, baptized Oct. 20, 1575, and Thomas, baptized Jan. 9, 1856, emigrated to America. William settled at Watertown, Mass., where he died at the age of 87 in 1662. Thomas Jr., with his wife Elizabeth, lived at Cambridge Village (Newton), Mass., where he died Sept. 20, 1675, 200 years ago, at the patriarchal age of 89, leaving two sons and two daughters and what was then a handsome estate inventorying L1,155 16s 2d.

Thomas Hammond third, married Elizabeth daughter of Isaac Stedman, in 1662, and died of small-pox Oct. 20, 1678. They had seven children, of whom the third, Isaac, born Dec. 20, 1668 married Ann Kendrick, daughter of Elijah and Hannah (Jackson) , and had four sons and three daughters. The youngest of these, Elijah Hammond, born Oct. 7, 1711, married Oct. 13, 1732, Mary, daughter of Nathaniel Kingsbury. They, Elijah and Mary Hammond, had children — no record of the number. The eldest, Nathaniel, born Sept. 16, 1733, married for his first wife Dorothy Tucker, and for his second, Eleanor Olmsted. This Nathaniel Hammond lived in Bolton, Conn, and was the father of sixteen children — nine by his first wife Dorothy, and seven by Eleanor — of whom Charles, born Nov. 25, 1779, married oct, 18, 1801, Frances, daughter of John Goodrich, a descendent in the sixth generation from William Goodrich and Sarah Marvin, of Wethersfield, Conn., 1648, ancestor of “Peter Parley” and many other distinguished representatives of that name. Among his other ancestors may be found the names of Bacon, Coleman, Edwards, Jackson, Kendrick, Kingsbury, Stedman, Thompson and Treat — all names of honorable mention among the early settlers of New England.

Friday Finds

Horatio Hammond Death Certificate

Physicians Certificate of Death
State of Illinois, Knox County
State Board of Health

Name Horatio Hammond

Age 81 years 0 months 14 days. Occupation Farmer

Date of death Nov 7th hour 8 am * Widower

Nationality and place where born Born in Connecticut

How long resident in this state Thirty-One (31) yrs

Place of death Ont Twnsp

Cause of death Chronic Nephritis

Duration of disease

Place and date of burial Ontario Ont Tp Nov 8 187[0]

Name and place of undertaker Wm Sumner Oneida Knox Co. Ills
Dated at Woodhull Dec 8th 1879 W. H. Lowry M.D.
Residence Woodhull

State of Illinois
County of Knox

Filed: December 11, 1879

I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and correct coy of the Death Record of the Person named above and that this record was established and filed in my office in accordance with the provisions of the Illinois Statutes relating to the registration of deaths, births and stillbirths.

Dated: January 20 1983 [Yvonne Tahl]
Knox County Clerk
Galesburg, IL 61401


“Illinois Death Certificate” (Physician’s Certificate of Death, ), “Horatio Hammond”. Hereinafter cited as “Illinois Death Certificate”.

Horatio Hammond Will

Horatio Hammond Will

Identifies Children

  • Amelia Hadley
  • Juliette Simms
  • George M.
  • Francis N.
  • Jehiel P.
  • Lucius J.
  • Cornelius R.
  • Richmond F.

Illinois, U.S. Wills and Probate Records, 172-1999
Knox County
Image 1010 of 1585

I Horatio Hammond of the county of Knox
and State of Illinois, being now in the
seventy eighth year of my age, and in
the enjoyment of reasonable good health
and of sound and disposing mind
and while enjoying these blessings
I desire to prepare for the hour of my
death. I therefore make and publish
the following as and for my true
and only last will and testament
That is to say
First, it is my will that my Executor
herein after to be appointed pay all
my just debts and funeral expenses
as soon after my decease, as this interest
of my estate will permits
Second, after the payment of my debts
and funeral expenses aforesaid adn the
costs and charges of settling my estate,
It is my will and I hereby direct that
whatever may then remain of my estate of
whatsoever nature or kind and wheresoever
situate whether real, personal or mixed be
equally divided between my eight chil-
dren, Amelia Hadley, Juli[aeth] Simms, George
M Hammond, Francis N. Hammond, Jehiel [P]
Hammond, Lucius J Hammond, Cornelius
R. Hammond and Richmond F. Hammond

Image 1011 of 1585
Share and share alike in equal parts among
them to their heirs and assigns forever,
and lastly, I hereby constitute and appoints
my friend and neighbor John Calvin [Booth]
to be the executor of this my last will and
testament, hereby declaring this foregoing to be
my only true last will and testaments
and hereby declaring all other wills by me
heretofore made entirely null and void.
In witness whereof I have hereunto
set my hand and seal this first day of
July A.D. 1876
Horatio Hammond (seal)
Signed & sealed in our presence by the said
Horatio Hammond as and for his last
will and testaments this 1st day of July
A.D. 1876
Frans Colton
R. L. Hamamon

State of Illinois
Knox County
In the County Court of said County
In Probate, October Term, A.D. 1879
Personally appeared in open court Francis Colton
and Robert L Hamamon subscribing witness to the foregoing instru-
ment of writing, purporting to be the last Will and Testament of
Horatio Hammond, late of Knox
County, deceased, who, being duly sworn according to law, do depose and say, each
for himself, that he subscribed his name to the foregoing instrument as the
attesting witness at the request of the said Testator and in his presence, and
in the presence of eac other, on the First day of July
A.D. 1876. That he then and there subscribed his name thereto in their
presence and declared the same to e his last Will and testament; and that the said
Testator at the time executing the same as aforesaid was of full age, of sound mind
and memory, and under no constraint.
Subscribed and sworn to in open Court
Fran Colton
R L Hamaman
this 14th day of November
A.D. 1879
Dennis Clark, County Judge

Oath of Executor
Estate of Horatio Hammond Deceased
State of Illinois
Knox County
In County Court, November Term, A.D. 1879
I do solemnly swear, that this writing contains the true
last will and testament of the within named Horatio Hammond deceased,
so far as I know or believe, and that I will well and truly execute the same, by paying first the
debts and then the legacies mentioned therein, so far as his goods and chattels will thereunto
extend, and the law charge me; and that I will make a true and prefect inventory of all such
goods and chattels, rights and credits, as may come to my hands or knowledge, belonging to the
estate of said deceased, and render a fair and just account of my executorship, when thereunto
required by law, to the best of my knowledge and abilities, so help me God.
John Calvin Burt
Sworn to and subscribed, this 20th day of
November A.D. 1879, in open Court before me.
John S. [Whiter] Clerk

Illinois, Wills and Probate Records, 1772-1999, Horatio Hammond, 14 November 1879; database with images, ( : viewed online July 2017).

May Day Baskets

As a child did you make baskets out of construction paper, fill them with candy and flowers and then secretly put them on the doors of your neighbors? Well, the Lilacs are blooming just in time for this age old May Day tradition.

Growing up on Fifth street in Dodge City, Kansas, creating and sharing these baskets was a neighborhood event. While there are a lot of ideas on the Internet for creating May Day baskets, ours were fashioned out of construction paper. The easiest type of basket to make was a simple cone. The Create Whimsy website contains directions on how to make such a basket out of scrapbooking paper and ribbon.

We even made some square baskets that I’m sure required more of mom’s help to get the paper cut correctly. However, it was harder to keep the flowers in the basket.

While this tradition of making and sharing baskets of flowers and goodies on May first may be disappearing, there are quite a few web sites with ideas on how to create these baskets.

May this reminder of an old tradition bring joy into your life.

Happy May Day

Lewis Crandall

Lewis Crandall [L4WP-BLJ]was born on 19 Aug 1807 in New York.1–2 He married Almira Nafus about 1830.3 He held the office of trustee in 1833 in Seneca Township, Seneca, Ohio, United States.4 On 13 Jun 1833, Jane Crandall was born in Seneca, Ohio, United States.5 On 24 Jun 1836, Salome Adell Crandall was born in Ohio, Kentucky, United States.5 On 13 Sep 1836, John Nafus Crandall was born in Franklin, Ohio, United States.6 On 29 Feb 1840, Freelove Crandall was born in Indiana, United States. He purchased land being SE fractional 1/4 section 28 township 69 of range 9 West comprising 100 acres for $125 from Edwin Manning on 1 Mar 1841 in Van Buren County, Iowa.7 About 1842, Eliza Anna Crandall was born in Iowa, United States.8 Lewis witnessed the marriage of Horace Stanley Crandall and Amanda Rambo on 11 May 1843 at house of Lewis Crandall in Washington Township, Van Buren, Iowa, United States.1,9–10 About 1844, Elsey Crandall was born in Iowa, United States.11 He married Anna Tuttle in 1846 in Van Buren County, Iowa.9,12–13 About 1846, Lewis James Crandall was born in Iowa, United States.14 He lived in Van Buren, Van Buren, Iowa, United States in 1847.15 He lived in Washington Township, Van Buren, Iowa, United States in 1849.16–17 Lewis lived in Washington Township, Van Buren, Iowa, United States in 1852.18 He died about Mar 1852 at the age of 44 in Van Buren County, Iowa.13 He died about 25 May 1852 at the age of 44.1 His estate had an administrator appointed on 24 Jul 1852 in Van Buren, Iowa Territory, United States.19–20 Lewis’s minor children were in the care of Jane Crandall on 11 Nov 1854 in Van Buren, Iowa, United States.21 He’s widow, Anna Crandall, petitioned for the partition of the estate in 1855 in Van Buren, Iowa, United States.13 His estate had the third annual report filed with Probate Court on 22 Oct 1855 in Van Buren, Iowa, United States.21 His estate had an order approved to partition the land on 5 Nov 1855 in Van Buren, Iowa, United States.22 Lewis’s estate had appraisers appointed to determine land for dower on 17 Nov 1855 in Van Buren, Iowa, United States.23 His estate had 30 acres assigned as the widow’s dower on 10 Dec 1855 in Van Buren, Iowa, United States.24 The estate’s final report was filed on 8 Apr 1856 in Van Buren, Iowa, United States.25 His minor children had a guardian appointed on 8 Apr 1856 in Van Buren, Iowa, United States.11 His land was ordered to be appraised on 14 Apr 1857 in Van Buren, Iowa, United States.26 His estate made payments to his widow and adult children on 16 Apr 1857 in Van Buren, Iowa, United States.5 His children’s guardian petitioned for the sale of the land on 23 Sep 1857 in Van Buren, Iowa, United States.27 His estate was finalized with the sale of the land and payment to the minor heirs on 1 Apr 1858 in Van Buren, Iowa, United States.14 Lewis may be the same individual as Lewis W. Crandall. .

Lewis Crandall and Almira Nafus were married about 1830.3 She married Lewis Crandall about 1830.3 On 13 Sep 1836, John Nafus Crandall was born in Franklin, Ohio, United States.6 Almira Nafus, daughter of William S. Nafus and Salome Carpenter, died before 1846.

Lewis Crandall and Anna Tuttle were married in 1846 in Van Buren County, Iowa.9,12–13 She married Lewis Crandall in 1846 in Van Buren County, Iowa.9,12–13 Anna Tuttle lived in Washington Township, Van Buren, Iowa, United States on 12 Oct 1850.28–29 She petitioned for the partition of Lewis Crandall’s estate in 1855 in Van Buren, Iowa, United States.13 She sold land on 18 Dec 1856 in Van Buren County, Iowa.30 Anna lived in Washington Township, Van Buren, Iowa, United States on 18 Jun 1860.31 She died after 1860 in Van Buren County, Iowa.

  1. Family Group Sheet of Hampton Lillibridge Crandall , 1996)><, >.
  2. “American Genealogical Biographical Index (AGBI), “ ( : viewed online (October 2017), Elder John Crandall of RI.
  3. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 database, ( Yates Publishing. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 : viewed online 22 April 2022.
  4. History of Seneca County, Ohio Containing a History of the County, Its Townships, Towns, Villages, Schools, Churches, Industries, Etc.; Portraits of Early Settlers and Prominent Men; Biographies; History of the Northwest Territory; History of Ohio; Statistical andMiscellaneous Matter, Etc., Etc. (Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co., 1886)
  5. Iowa, Van Buren. Probate Record, Vol. E-F, 1854-1860. Van Buren County Circuit Court Iowa, Film #967595 DGS 7591599. Lewis Crandall, 16 Apr 1857 Vol F: page 73; Digitized images, FamilySearch : viewed online April 2022.
  6. Oregon, County Births and Deaths, 1855-1970, John Nofus Crandall, 21 December 1914; database with images, ( : viewed online 7 April 2022).
  7. Iowa, Van Buren. Deed Records, lands and lots, 1837-1903. County Recorder, Film #966259 DGS 7574598. Lewis Crandall, 1 Mar 1841 Book C: page 127; Digitized images, FamilySearch : viewed online April 2022.
  8. 1860 U.S. Census, Van Buren County, Iowa, population schedule, Washington Township, Van Buren County, Iowa, page 75 Image 17 of 30, household 578, John S Crandle; digital image, ( : viewed onilne November 2017); NARA microfilm publication M653
  9. Iowa Daughters of teh American Revolution (Marriage) Records from Van Buren County (Iowa: Iowa Daughters of the American Revolution, 1936), Page 42 and 43 (Crandall.IA.029)
  10. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave ( : viewed online 22 April 2022), memorial for Pvt Horace Stanley Crandall (1819-1864), Find a Grave Memorial no. 29402068, created by Irish Eyes Are Smiling, citing Mars Hill Cemetery, Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa; accompanying photograph by Bruce Crandall, Pvt Horace Stanley Crandall.
  11. Iowa, Van Buren. Probate Record, Vol. E-F, 1854-1860. Van Buren County Circuit Court Iowa, Film #967595 DGS 7591599. Lewis Crandall, 8 Apr 1856 Vol. E: page 451; Digitized images, FamilySearch : viewed online April 2022.
  12. “Iowa, Compiled Marriages, 1835-1850, “Early American Marriages: Iowa to 1850, ( : Van Buren County,, Iowa, viewed online (19 April 2022), Anna Tuttle.
  13. Iowa, Van Buren. Probate Record, Vol. E-F, 1854-1860. Van Buren County Circuit Court Iowa, Film #967595 DGS 7591599. Lewis Crandall, 1855 Vol. E: p. 217; Digitized images, FamilySearch : viewed online April 2022.
  14. Iowa, Van Buren. Probate Record, Vol. E-F, 1854-1860. Van Buren County Circuit Court Iowa, Film #967595 DGS 7591599. Lewis Crandall, 1 Apr 1858 Vol F: page 260; Digitized images, FamilySearch : viewed online April 2022.
  15. Iowa, State Census Collection, 1836-1925, Lewis Crandall, 1847; database with images, ( : viewed online 22 April 2022). Original Source: State Historical Society of Iowa.
  16. Iowa, State Census Collection, 1836-1925, Lewis Crandall, 1849; .
  17. Ibid.
  18. Iowa, State Census Collection, 1836-1925, Lewis Crandall, 1852; .
  19. “Iowa, Wills and Probate Records, 1758-1997,” database with images, ( : viewed online October 2017), Lewis Crandall.
  20. Van Buren County, Iowa. Administration and Guardian Bonds, v. A-C 1843-1885. Van Buren County Iowa Circuit Court, Film #967626 DGS 7591593. Lewis Crandall, July 1852 volume A: page 205; digitized images, FamilySearch : viewed online 21 April 2022.
  21. Iowa, Van Buren. Probate Record, Vol. E-F, 1854-1860. Van Buren County Circuit Court Iowa, Film #967595 DGS 7591599. Lewis Crandall, 11 Nov 1854 Vol. E: page 282; Digitized images, FamilySearch : viewed online April 2022.
  22. Iowa, Van Buren. Probate Record, Vol. E-F, 1854-1860. Van Buren County Circuit Court Iowa, Film #967595 DGS 759199. Lewis Crandall, 5 Nov 1855 Vol. E: page 299; Digitized images, FamilySearch : viewed online April 2022.
  23. Iowa, Van Buren. Probate Record, Vol. E-F, 1854-1860. Van Buren County Circuit Court Iowa, Film #967595 DGS 7591599. Lewis Crandall, Digitized images, FamilySearch : viewed online April 2022.
  24. Iowa, Van Buren. Probate Record, Vol. E-F, 1854-1860. Van Buren County Circuit Court Iowa, Film #967595 DGS 7591599. Lewis Crandall, 10 Dec 1855 Vol E: page 336; Digitized images, FamilySearch : viewed onlnie April 2022.
  25. Iowa, Van Buren. Probate Record, Vol. E-F, 1854-1860. Van Buren County Circuit Court Iowa, Film #967595 DGS 7591599. Lewis Crandall, 8 Apr 1856 Vol E: page 449-450; Digitized images, FamilySearch : viewed online April 2022.
  26. Iowa, Van Buren. Probate Record, Vol. E-F, 1854-1860. Van Buren County Circuit Court Iowa, Film #967595 DGS 7591599. Lewis Crandall, 14 Apr 1857 Vol. F: page 52-53; Digitized images, FamilySearch : viewed online April 2022.
  27. Iowa, Van Buren. Probate Record, Vol. E-F, 1854-1860. Van Buren County Circuit Court Iowa, Film #967595 DGS 7591599. Lewis Crandall, 23 Sep 1857 Vol F: page 41; Digitized images, FamilySearch : viewed online April 2022.
  28. Ohio Vital Records #2 1750-1880 (: Broderbund)
  29. 1850 U.S. Census, Van Buren County Iowa, population schedule, Washington, Van Buren County, Iowa, page 263 (stamped), family 95, Anna Crandall; digital image, ( : viewed online December 2018); NARA microfilm publication M432.
  30. Van Buren County Iowa. Deed Book 4, Page 195.
  31. 1860 U.S. Census, Van Buren County, Iowa, population schedule, Washington Township, Van Buren County, Iowa, page 95 Image 17 of 30, family 580, Owen Tuttle; digital image, ( : viewed online 22 April 2022); NARA microfilm publication M653


Have you ever thought about ‘guiding stars’ when it comes to your genealogy research? When I first started doing research, my ‘guiding stars’ were basically information from others. At first, this was my grandmothers and great aunts. As I dug deeper, my ‘guiding stars’ were family group sheets, IGI records, printed genealogies and even biographies in county histories. These ‘guiding stars’ provided information about the family structure (i.e. names), places and dates. Armed with that information, I was able to dig into the records to find documentation to support that information.

Today, I would have to say that my ‘guiding star’ is the FamilySearch collaborative tree because

  • I can capture the information about an individual by pulling said individual directly into my genealogy software and connect them to their family.
  • the information for an individual in the FS tree is the result of several researchers coming to a consensus about the person in the tree.

Unfortunately, there are times when my guiding star, the FS tree, lets me down. While updating my research of the descendants of Lewis Crandall and Almira Nafus, in particular the children of John Nafus Crandall, the FS tree did just that, it let me down.

While researching John’s daughter, Emma, I found that I needed to add her husband and children to my file in order fully utilize a census record. Thus, out to FS I went to grab her husband and children. I had Emma connected to LR5B-VSX on the FS tree. The husband and children on FS matched the census record I had found for Emma Crandall Wiley.

But, this Emma Crandall shows her as the daughter of Charles Crandall and Sarah Robinson and not of John Nafus Crandall. When I checked the sources attached to this Emma Crandall, it appeared possible that the sources were for two different Emma Crandalls.

Before making any changes on the FS tree, I continued to document the life of Emma Crandall Wiley in Oregon. In particular, I was looking for documents connecting Emma Wiley to John Nafus Crandall. I already had an article about John and Charlotte Crandall’s 50th wedding anniversary which names the children.

The children are: L. A. Crandall, I. M. Crandall, A. I. Crandall, Mrs. W. M. Brown, Mrs. A. G. Williams, all of this city; Mrs. L. A. Wiley of Portland, and W. H. Crandall of Roseburg.

“Mr. and Mrs. John N. Crandall,” Oregonian, The (Portland, OR), 9 April 1911, page 6; Digital Image, Genealogy Bank ( : viewed online 14 April 2022).

In addition, I had found an obituary for John N. Crandall in a Smith county, Kansas newspaper that also identifies the children.

“He was married to Charlotte Jane Brown at Bonaparte, Ia., April 4, 1861, who survives him. To this union seven children were born, four sons and three daughters as follows: Lewis A., Ira M. and Albert Il, of Lebanon; M. Harley of Roseburg; Mrs. W. M. Brown and Mrs. A. G. Williams of Lebanon and Mrs. L. A. Wiley of Portland, all of whom were with him during his last sickness and death.

“John Crandall Dead,” Smith County Pioneer (Smith Centre, Kansas), 31 December 1914, page 4; digital images, ( : viewed online 14 April 2022).

In 1922, the obituary for her sister, Lula Crandall Williams, identifies the siblings.

She is survived by her husband, A. G. Williams, her son Lewis, and the following brothers and sisters: M. Harley Crandall and Mrs. L. A. Wiley of Portland; Mrs. W. M. Brown, Lewis A., Ira M. and Albert I. Crandall who have resided here for the past thirty years and are well known.

“Obituary,” The Lebanon Express (Lebanon, Oregon), 5 April 1922, page 4; digital images, ( : accessed 15 April 2022).

Further digging in the newspapers uncovered an article about Emma’s 1900 marriage to Luther Wiley. Unfortunately, it does not name Emma’s parents.

Wiley- Crandall — At the home of the bride’s parents in Lebanon, on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 1900, Prof. Luther A. Wiley and Miss Emma O. Crandall both of Lebanon. Dr. D. M. Davenport officiating.
The groom is one of Linn countys best known and most popular young men. He came here from Illinois when but a child, received his primary education in Santiam Academy, and graduated from Albany College in 1898. Mr. Wiley was a member of the Second Oregon Volunteers and rendered faithful service in the Philippines until the recall of the regiment. He has been elected principal of the Jefferson schools for the ensuing year. The bride is a most estimable young lady, well and favorably known. Prof. and Mrs. Wiley were in Albany yesterday en route to Portland, where they will attend the carnival. After October 1st they will make their home in Jefferson.

“Wiley-Crandall,” Albany Weekly Herald (Albany, Oregon), 13 September 1900, page 3; digital images, ( : viewed online 15 April 2022).

Emma’s husband, Luther Wiley dies in June of 1923. One of his obituaries identifies his wife and their children.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Emma Crandall, and twin daughters, Merle and Merz, 11 years of age. He also has two sisters in Portland, Mrs. Joseph Reddich and Mrs. Ila Robe.

“Former Albany Educator Dead,” Albany Daily Democrat (Albany, Oregon), 28 June 1923, page 1; digital images, ( : viewed online 15 April 2022).

At the time of his death, there are a couple of mentions in the Lebanon, Oregon papers of Mrs. Brown traveling to Portland to spend time with her sister.

Mrs. W. M. Brown has returned from Portland, where she was at the home of her sister, Mrs. L. A. Wiley, during the illness and recent passing of Mr. Wiley.

“Local Happenings,” The Lebanon Express (Lebanon, Oregon), 4 July 1923, Page 5; digital images, ( : viewed online 15 April 2022).

Then, in 1936, the obituary of a brother, Ira M. Crandall, names Emma Wiley as a sister.

He is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Grace Harden and Mrs. Nina Kreitz of Lebanon, Mrs. Hattie Harrison and Mrs Nettie Westerfield of Portland and two grand daughters, Mrs. Frances Bicknell of Bremerton, Wash. and Mrs. Virginia Marks, of Lebanon and one great grandson, Tommy Marks of Lebanon. He is also survived by three brothers and two sisters, L. A. and Mrs. A. L. Crandall and Mrs. Flora Brown of Lebanon and Harley Crandall and Mrs. Emma Wiley of Portland.

“I. M. Crandall, Long Prominent Here, Passes On,” The Lebanon Express (Lebanon, Oregon), 10 December 1936, page 6; digital images, ( : viewed online 15 April 2022).

All of the above newspaper items support Emma Crandall being the daughter of John N. Crandall and wife of Luther Wiley. Fortunately, her death certificate is available to confirm both of these facts.

Now that I’m armed with documentation that Emma is the daughter of John Nafus Crandall, I can begin the process of changing the family connection between Emma and her parents. That’s when I discovered TWO other Emma Crandalls.

  • MQ72-GS4 – Emma Oleno Crandall, daughter of John Nafus Crandall but no spouse or children connected to her
  • MCVG-3QL – Erma O. Crandall wife of L. A. Wiley with a marriage date of 5 Sep1900. Neither Erma nor L. A. Wiley were connected to parents or children.

After finding an Emma Crandall already attached as a daughter of John Nafus Crandall, I

  • added sources to MQ72-GS4 Emma Oleno Crandall
  • uploaded some images of those sources to MQ72-GS4
  • merged MQ72-GS4 and MCVG-3QL into MQ72-GS4 Emma Oleno Crandall
  • merged MCVG-3QW L. A. Wiley and KC54-W7J Luther Alva Wiley into Luther Alva Wiley
  • Attached Luther Alva Wiley (KC54-W7J) as a spouse for Emma Oleno Crandall
  • Attached the children, Merl Wiley and Merz Wiley, as chidden of Emma Oleno Crandall and Luther Alva Wiley.
  • Messaged the individual that had added sources to Emma Crandall (LR5B-VSX), daughter of Charles Crandall that seem to be for Emma, daughter of John Nafus Crandall informing him of my suspicions about the two Emma’s being mixed up.
  • Posted a note on Emma (LR5B-VSX), daughter of Charles about my suspicions

Hopefully, I have provided enough information to those updating and/or watching Emma Crandall (LR5B-VSX) to separate Emma daughter of Charles from Emma daughter of John.

Although my guiding star let me down in this instance, it did prompt me to do further research to make sure that I was going in the right direction.

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun

It’s Saturday Night –

time for more Genealogy Fun!

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible music here) is to:

1) Let’s have some genealogy fun tonight and answer some family history-related questions with four responses (Four Things!).

Four names I go by:

  • Marcia
  • Marcia Philbrick
  • Mrs. Philbrick
  • Mrs. Phil

Four places I’ve lived (resided):

  • Seneca, Kansas
  • Dodge City, Kansas
  • Emporia, Kansas
  • Lincoln, Nebraska

Four ancestral places I have been:

  • Dodge City, Kansas
  • Yates Center, Kansas
  • Warren County, Indiana
  • Preble County, Ohio

Four interesting places I have been:

  • Grand Teton National Park
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Bottom of Grand Canyon National Park
  • Traveled the Oregon Trail

Four favorite ancestors:

  • James Crawford
  • Washington Marion Crawford
  • Hiram M. Currey – Treasurer of the State of Ohio
  • Edward Osmund Briles

Four favorite genealogy record collections:

  • Land records
  • Newspapers
  • Census records
  • Military records

Messy Divorce

Do you have many divorces in your family research? Have you ever encountered a really messy divorce. While I do have some divorces in my tree, I don’t have many. As I go back in time, those mentions of divorce become less and less.

Thus, when I encountered the mention on a Find a Grave record of a child’s name being changed due to a divorce, I had to learn more.

Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave ( : viewed online 23 March 2022), memorial for Alberta Rose Youngson Martin (1879-1912), Find a Grave Memorial no. #106665492, created by Zim, citing Allegheny Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; accompanying photograph by Zim, Alberta Rose Youngson Martin.

Alberta’s obituary makes no mention of the surname Minnick but does mention a brother, John E. Youngson and a sister, Mrs. William H McKelvey.

Mrs. John E. Martin
Mrs. Alberta Youngson Martin died Thursday in her home at Perry, N.Y. She was the wife of Rev. John Edward Martin, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church of that place, and before her marriage had taught in the commercial department of the Pittsburgh High School. Her husband, one son, a brother, John E. Youngson, and a sister, Mrs. William H. McKelvey of Pittsburgh survive.

“Mrs. John E. Martin,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), 27 April 1912, page 6; digital image, ( : viewed online 21 March 2022).

In like manner, her mother’s obituary does not use her married name, but identifies her as Mrs. Ella Youngson. Again a son, John G. and a daughter, Mrs. F. L. Porter, are mentioned

Youngson, Mrs. Ella — At Chautaqua, N.Y., on Saturday, August 2, 1924 at 9:15 a.m. Mrs. Ella Youngson formerly of Pittsburgh and recently of Washington, D.C. and Chautauqua, N.Y., mother of Mrs. F. L. Porter and John G. Youngson.
Funeral from the residence of her son, John G. Younson, 4113 Winidsor street, Squirrel Hill, on Monday, August 4, at 3 p.m. Friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend. Interment private later.

“Youngson, Mrs Ella,” Pittsburgh Daily Post (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), 3 August 1924, page 35; digital images, ( : viewed online 21 March 2022).

An announcement of Alberta’s marriage identifies Alberta’s mother as Mrs. Ella Youngson and her siblings as John B. Youngson and Mrs. W. H. McKelvy

An unusually beautiful wedding was that of Miss Alberta Rose Youngson and the Rev. John Edward Martin of New York, which took place in the chapel of the Third Presbyterian church, with the pastor, the Rev. William L. McEwan officiating. Mrs. W. H. McKelvy, a sister of the bride, was her only attendant. John B. Youngson gave his sister away and Alfred Martin, a brother of the bridgegroom was the best man. After the ceremony a reception for the immediate relatives was held at the home of the bride’s mother, Mrs. Ella Youngson in Fifth avenue. Mr. and Mrs. Martin will reside in Tarrytown, N. Y., where he is religious secretary of the Young Men’s Christian association.

“Society,” Pittsburgh Weekly Gazette (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), 11 September 1904, page 24; digital image, ( : viewed online 23 March 2022).

The above obituaries and wedding announcement make it appear that Youngson was Ella’s married name and not her maiden name. This would cause one to look for a Youngson as the father of Alberta, John and Margaret. However, Wilson Minnick’s obituary also identifies a son, John, and a daughter Mrs. Margaret McKelvey.

Wilson Minnick Goes to Reward

Aged Kewanee Man Dies at St. Francis Hospital at 8 o’clock Last Night

Came to Community Before Civil War

Funeral Service to Be Held at Residence and Church Sunday Afternoon

Wilson J Minnick, who came to Kewanee before the civil war, died last night at 8 o’clock at St. Francis hospital after a fortnight’s illness. His serious condition, due to internal hemorrhages, became such a few days ago that it was considered advisable to remove the patient tot he hospital.
Mr. Minnick was born in Pennsylvania August 21, 1844, so was nearly seventy years old at the time of his death. He came to Kewanee before the war and enlisted in the service as a private in Company H, 34th Illinois infantry. He was mustered out of service October 15, 1864, at Chicago.
Move to Iowa
Mr. Minnick in 1869 claimed as his bride Miss Ella Youngson of Kewanee Later they moved to Afton, Ia., where Mr. Minnick was engaged as a merchant for a number of years, subsequently moving to Pittsburgh, Pa., where the family resided until twenty years ago when they returned to make Kewanee their home. Mr. Minnick during the last years of his life took care of several churches in the city, more recently the Methodist church of which denomination he, was a member.
Funeral Sunday
He was very well known and was held in high regard as an upright and honorable citizen. To Mr. and Mrs. Minnick four children were born, two of whom are living, a son, John and Mrs Margaret McKelvey, a daughter, who with Mrs. Minnick and four sisters as follows, survive: Emma Mentzer of Yates City, Ia ; Ellen Frink of Shenandoah, Ia., Miss Lizzie Minnick of Kewanee, and Mrs. Susie Halterman of Clarinda, Ia.
The funeral service is to be held Sunday afternoon at 1 30 o’clock at the residence, 113 South Elm street, at 2 o’clock at the First Methodist church.

“Wilson Minnick Goes to Reward,” Kewanee Daily Star-Courier (Kewanee, Illinois), 16 January 1914, page 1; Digital Images, Kewanee Public Library District (Advantage Preservation) ( : viewed online 21 March 2022).

Thus, one would wonder whether this is two different families with very similar names or whether it is one family. Following up on the mention of a divorce on the Find a Grave page, I started looking for evidence of such a divorce in the newspapers. I expected to find a one or two sentence mention of the divorce. Instead I found articles spanning over six months detailing the marital conflict and ultimate divorce.

The first article, “Is Minnick Insane?” is about a court hearing that appeared in the 1 March 1890 edition of the Weekly Herald (Shenandoah, PA).

Is Minnick Insane?

Committed to an Asylum Under Strange Circumstances

Claims it is a Conspiracy

He Makes a Serious Charge against a Minister of Monongahela City

The Clergyman Says He Has not Been Guilty of Indiscretions — Prominent Citizen Asssert the Man Imprisoned is Not Crazy — The Doctors Say He Is Insane from Unwarranted Jealousy

Pittsburg, Pa., Feb. 27 — Mr. Wm. Minnick, a well-known resident of Braddock, Pa., has been committed to the Dixmont Asylum for Insane, under very peculiar circumstances.
Mr. Minnick had charged Rev. J. T. Reiley, a Methodist minister, of Monongahela City, with paying improper attentions to Mrs. Minnick during a period of six years. Minnick also accused his wife with receiving improper attentions from several other men and had addressed letters to certain individuals threatening to shoot them if their attentions to his wife did not cease at once.
Dr. Sandels, of Braddock, and Dr. McCord of South Pittsburg, signed the commitment of Minnick stating that Minnick was insane from unwarranted jealousy.
While on the train en route for Dixmont, Minnick vigorously resisted the officers in charge, protesting that he was not crazy, but was the victim of a conspiracy to get him out of the way.
Several prominent citizens of Braddock, neighbors of Minnick, were interviewed to-day, and agree that Minnick is not insane. Some of them openly charge Rev. Mr. Riley and others with indescreet actions with Mrs. Minnick.
Rev. Mr. Riley says that he has not been guilty of any indiscretion, that he had nothing to do with sending Minnick to Dixmont, and that he does not know whether he is insane, but he does know that he is unjustifiably jealous.
Rev Mr Eaton, of Braddock, states that Minnick engaged in prayer in his church last Sunday evening, and that his prayer was not that of an insane man. Squire Lewis, and others, of Braddock, are taking measures to have Mr. Minnick examined and, if possible removed from the asylum.
Braddock is all excitement over the event.

“Is Minnick Insane,” Weekly Herald (Shenandoah, Pennsylvania), 1 March 1890, page 4; digital images, ( : viewed online 21 March 2022).

A later article discusses a judge’s ruling that William Minnick was placed in the Dixmont asylum under false pretentions.

They Took Snap Judgment
The Physicians Who sent Minnick to Dixmont Are Not Sustained

The Prisoner Released by the Court

Sensational Developments of the Habeas Corpus Hearing

Mr. Youngson and the Newspapers

William Minnick is no longer an inmate of the Dixmont insane asylum. The developments of the hearing yesterday in habeas corpus proceedings were of a highly sensational character. Judge White was on the bench. When court opened Mrs. Minnich, her brother Mr. J. B. Youngson, Miss Minnick and Mr. Minnick were all in the room. Rev. T. N. Boyle, the present pastor of the M.E. church in Braddock, and Rev. J. T. Riley, the former pastor, were also there. Messrs. Yost and Price were attorneys for Mr Minnick, Clarence Burleigh for Mrs. Minnick, and George Shiras III, for the hospital authorities.
In opening Judge While said that Mrs. Minnick’s attorneys were bound to prove what was alleged in the physician’s certificate on which Mr. Minnick had been committed. Mrs. Minick was placed on the stand. She said they had lived as man and wife until within a month or two. She was acquainted with Mr. Minnick’s family; he has a sister who is insane; his grandmother died insane, and he has a cousin who is insane. Her husband had been jealous of her before the birth of her daughter Maggie; he more than once accused her of infedelity. She said he had threatened once a week to kill his family and had threated to kill Rev. Riley.. He sold books, but she supported the family, being ticket agent at a railroad station.
Mrs. Minnick’s story
Mrs. Minnick denied that her daughter Maggie had carried letters or messages to Mr. Riley. She had written some letters; some were letters of friendship. when away from home she had never misled her husband as to her whereabouts.
Maggie Minnick testified that her father had told her almost daily that he would kill her mother. She had seen him strike her mother. For the last six months letters had been coming that her father had written to other men. They were outrageous, and when her brother Johnnie would ask his father about them they would quarrel. The night the letter sent to Dr. Dean was returned her father had thrown her across the room. When Dr. Dean came to the house and asked why the letter was sent her father refused to talk about it.
Dr. Dean and Dr. McKelvey told of their experience with Mr. Minnick and his letters. Dr. Dean had thought Minnick insane for five or six years and Dr. McKelvey looked on him as insane on the subject of his wife.
Thinks Him Insane
Dr. Sandels, who had signed the commitment certificate, was placed on the stand. He said he had been called to Minnick’s house and had waited there until Dr. McCord came. They examined the letters written by Minnick and then talked to him. He had thought for eight years that Minnick was on the verge of insanity. From the letters he thought he was a monomaniac. He defined the latter as periodical insanity and insane on one subject. The witness was examined at length. His conclusions were based on the letters and the talk he had with Minnick; they talked about 10 minutes
Dr. J. P. McCord said he had gone to Braddock with J. B. Youngson, who had explained the case. He was introduced to Mr. Minnick, who after a few words walked to a window. Dr. Sandels talked to Minnick about the weather and Braddock improvements. Mr. Minnick had glaring eyes, and would not look anybody in the eye. Witness thought him a monomaniac on the subject of marital infidelity. He came to this conclusion from what he had been told and the letters he read. He said he had not taken hearsay evidence. Judge White conducted the examination of this witness. He spoke on the responsibilities of physicians, and said that he did not wish to reflect on those in this case, but it was proper for a physician to be very careful.
Dr. Hutchinson, superintendent of Dixmont hospital, said Minnick had been Mr. Minnick became greatly excited when witness had talked to him about the case The letters were further evidence of insanity. Dr James G. Graham, resident physician at Dixmount, also thought Minnick insane. After he left the stand Judge White said the letter to Dr. Beebe written by Minnick, in which he threatened to kill Beebe, was an answer to one from Dr. Beebe to Mrs. Minnick as was justifiable.
An Outburst of Applause
There was an outburst of applause at this, and the judge ordered that if this was repeated the offenders should be ejected Mr. Minnick took the stand. He gave an account of the visits of the doctors. They were there eight or ten minutes. He didn’t know what they wanted and didn’t ask as his wife would have told him it was none of his business. On Monday he went to work in Hazelwood. He was induced to go to town by a man named Drum, was arrested and taken to Dixmont. He resisted arrest until he saw the papers.
To Judge White Mr Minnick said he had not constantly accused his wife of infedelity, for at times she had been faithful. He respected Dr. McKelvey. He might be mistaken in Dr. Dean’s case. He had been willing to separate, but thought it better to live together and avoid a scandal. They had lived in the same house, but not as man and wife. He had not threatened to kill his wife; he had said he was tempted to kill her.
“Christ was tempted, but he did not yield,” said the witness.
He denied that he told Dr. Hutchinson he had gotten a hatchet to kill his wife. He said for two years he had had no bed, but slept on the kitchen floor. He had always given his wife money, and gave her $5 on Saturday before he was sent to Dixmont. In conclusion Mr Minnick denied that he was insane or that several members of his family are. Mrs. Minnich had started those reports. He had one sister affected. He wanted to call some witnesses, but Judge White said it was unnecessary.
Judge White Calls the Turn
His honor said that he had heard enough testimony. The act of assembly allowed the commitment on a certificate of two physicians, and maybe the proceedings could be carried on without the party knowing anything about it as in this case.
The two doctors met at the house and made up their minds from letters shown them, and after only a few minutes ordinary conversation with him. On Friday the certificate of insanity was signed, and on Monday Mr. Minnick was induced to come to the city and was taken to Dixmont. Not a friend or citizen of Braddock, outside the family knew anything about it. If the law is administered that way it might do a great deal of wrong. On the stand the doctors did not say he was insane, but was monomaniac, and they determined that from letters. During the conversation with him he was only restless and agitated That was exceedingly slight evidence of insanity. The doctors made the certificate on what they heard, not on personal examination. Upon the testimony of Mr. Minnick the proceedings were a gross outrage of his rights
Minnick a Free Man
Continuing, the judge said he thought Mr. and Mrs. Minnick ought not to try to live together. There were sufficient grounds for divorce. The evidence did not justify sending Mr. Minnick to Dixmount, and he would be allowed to go free.
When he had finished speaking Mr. Youngson, the brother of Mrs. Minnick asked permission to speak. It was granted, and he proceeded with an explanation. He said that until a month or so ago he did not know of the unhappy relations between his sister and her husband. When he learned of it he went there and tried to bring about a reconciliation. He could not do so, and became convinced that Mr. Minnick was unfit to be at large. He consulted physicians as to the course to pursue to send him to an asylum, and learning what was necessary did it. Mrs. Minnick did not know about the proceedings until shortly before the visit of the doctor. He was entirely responsible for sending Minnick to Dixmont . As to the charges of criminal conduct against Mrs. Minnick, they were untrue. Mr. Riley had been a good friend to the family and had advanced Mrs. Minnick money to educate her daughter. Since she has been agent for the railroad, she has repaid hm $200.
Don’t Like the Newspapers
Judge White interrupted Mr. Youngson, saying that he was willing to hear what he had to say bearing on the case, although he did not see what good it would do, as he had decided the matter, unless it was for the benefit of the newspapers.
Mr. Youngson replied that it was not for the newspapers. “They are infernal _” he began, but checked himself. He added that he did not think Mr. Minnick should be free, and that he would do his wife bodily harm.
When he had finished, Mrs. Minnick, in an agitated manner, exclaimed:
“Judge White, I want protection from that man!”
She was quieted by her daughter, and the court room was soon emptied and Mr. Minnick free.

“They Took Snap Judgment,” Pittsburgh Daily Post (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), 6 March 1890, page 3; digital images, ( : viewed online 21 March 2022).

The divorce proceedings are chronicled in August 1890 newspapers. In one hearing, it is stated that the husband’s name is Wilson J. Minnick and not William J.

Finished the Testimony

Another Step in the Divorce Proceedings against W. J. Minnick

The taking of testimony was concluded yesterday in the divorce suit of Elvira Minnick against her husband William J. Minnick, whose vindication from the charge of insanity by Judge White in open court some time ago created so much attention. The testimony was filed in the afternoon. It was learned that the testimony was of very ordinary order. The affiant, it is understood, simply charged her husband with abusing her. The proceedings were of an ex-parte order. In her papers Mrs. Minnick calls her husband William J. Minnick but in the latter’s reply to the charges he declares that his name is not William J. but Wilson J. Minnick.

“Finished the Testimony,” Pittsburgh Daily Post (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), 13 August 1890, page 5; digital images, ( : viewed online 21 March 2022).

Beaten Before Her Children

Serious Charges in a Divorce Suit Against the Family Head

The testimony taken in the divorce case of Mrs. Elvira Minnick against W. J. Minnick, of Braddock, has been filed by J. F. Lazear Esq., the Commissioner. Mr. Minnick did not appear at any of the hearings, and not testimony was taken on his behalf, nor was mention made of the lunacy proceedings in which the family figured in court. Mrs. Minnick testified that they were married in Illinois in November, 1869, and moved to Pittsburg several years later. She said that her husband had beaten her outrageously ever since their marriage.
They separated in February last. Her daughter, Margaret, age 20 years, her son John G. Minnick, aged 16 years and Archibald Dawson, aged 16 years, who lived with the family, corroborated her testimony. The daughter said that her father abused her mother as far back as she could remember. She frequently had to interfere to save her mother.

“Beaten Before Her Children,” Pittsburgh Dispatch (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), 19 August 1890, page 3; digital images, ( : viewed online 21 March 2022).

Then in September, 1890, a divorce decree is published in the Pittsburgh Press.

Decrees in Divorce
In the court of common please No. 2 the following decrees in divorce were granted:
Elvira Minnick vs. Wm. J. Minnick

“Decrees in Divorce,” The Pittsburgh Press (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), 6 September 1890, page 2; digital images, ( : viewed online 21 March 2022).

These articles covering the insanity hearing and divorce support Wilson J Minnick being the husband of Ella Youngson and father of her children.

Navy Boys

The following tidbits of local news regarding Nemaha men who served in the U.S. Navy in 1939.

Duane Simon left last Thursday for San Diego, Calif. to begin training the in the navy. Duane enlisted early in the spring and had just received his call. His brother, James, is also in the navy.

The Courier-Tribune (Seneca, KS) August 17, 1939

Marvin Heaton returned to his work int he navy at San Diego Monday after several weeks vacation.

The Courier Tribune (Seneca, KS) November 6, 1939

Two Nemaha Boys Join the U.S. Navy

Paul Raymond Gerber, Oneida, and Grant Edward Andrick, Centralia, enlisted in the U.S. Navy, Nov. 7 in Topeka and joined 28 other at Kansas City, Mo., proceeded the same day tot he Great Lakes Naval Training Station where they will undergo a short training period before being assigned to duty afloat. A total of 120 men will be enlisted form Kansas and western Missouri during November. A like number is expected for December.

Courier Tribune (Seneca, KS) November 13, 1939

Frank Barber, four years in the U.S. Navy recently of the U.S.S. South Dakota, was at his home in Centralia.

Courier Tribune (Seneca, KS) January 2, 1939

Reuben Bieri, son of undersheriff and Mrs. Pete Bieri, surprised his parents by coming home from the U.S. Navy on furlough. He has just returned from Caribbean maneuvers.

Courier Tribune (Seneca, KS) March 27, 1939

Born to Mr. and Mrs. James Simon Sunday at the Seneca hospital, a son, seven pounds and 12 ounces, whom they have named James Ronald. Mrs. Simon is the daughter-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Simon. Her husband is in the Navy and expects to arrive in Bern sometime soon to take his family back to California.

Courier Tribune (Seneca, KS) April 13, 1939

LeRoy Adams is visiting hsi parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Adams. He is in the U.S. Navy and is home on furlough — Spectator

Courier Tribune (Seneca, KS) May 8, 1939

Friday Finds

Do you remember the sound a modem made when you connected to the Internet? Do you remember MySpace? Can you document your online presence?

Unfortunately, I doubt that I could document my own presence. My incompetence is compounded by the fact that online sites have disappeared. I did manage to save the photos I had saved on Flickr before that site went down but it appears that I forgot to save the posts I had made on Yahoo 360.

I was recently reminded on the Yahoo 360 site when I found a Yahoo 360 printout that my mom had kept containing my dad’s obituary. Even though I did not save these posts, I do have the Word document used to create the post.

Thus, I’m going to re-share this obituary that was first posted in September 2006 on my Yahoo 360 site.

Eugene David Crawford was born on 8 Dec 1927 at Dodge City, Ford Co., Kansas, son of Leon Russel Crawford and Winnie Letha Currey Crawford.   

At the age of 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserves serving at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center.  While in the reserves, Eugene completed his high school education, graduating from Dodge City Senior High School in May 1945. He served aboard the U.S.S. Oneida (APA-221) as seaman 1st class in the Pacific Ocean around Guam and Samar during the summer of 1946.  He received an honorable discharge from U.S. Navy as Seaman First Class V-6 USNR.

After returning from his military service, he attended Dodge City Community Junior College and then Kansas State Teachers College at Emporia Kansas where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in physical science education in 1950. He continued pursuing his education at Kansas State Teachers college receiving a Master of Science Degree in 1951. During his college years he became a life member of the Omicron Chapter, Phi Delta Kappa and of Sigma Pi Sigma, a national physics honor society.

While a student at Kansas State Teachers College, Eugene met his future wife, Roberta Briles. Eugene’s science aptitude and building skills were put to use by Roberta’s sorority in the building of their homecoming decorations and floats. Roberta and Eugene were married on June 9, 1951 in Emporia, Kansas. Many wedding guests told tales of having to find high-dry roads leading into Emporia due to the flooding of the Cottonwood and Neosho Rivers at that time.

After their marriage, Roberta and Eugene settled at Glasco, Kansas where Eugene taught science in the high school. The family moved to Emporia and Kansas City before settling in Dodge City in 1954 where Eugene joined the faculty of Dodge City Community College to teach physics. Desiring to continue his education, Eugene returned to college at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska to pursue a doctorate’s degree in 1965. At the completion of his coursework Eugene accepted a teaching position at Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia, Kansas where he was a member of the physical science department until his retirement in 1992. Eugene received his Doctorate of Education Degree in August 1971 from the University of Nebraska.

After retirement, Eugene and Roberta became “full-timers” in their motorhome as they traveled around the country. During the winter months, their home was in Hondo, Texas. However, spring, summer and fall could find them anywhere in the continental U.S. with many trips back to Kansas. During their motorhome days, Eugene and Roberta were active members of the Southwinders Association. Retiring from their nomadic life, the couple returned to Emporia, living just a few blocks from their original home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eugene Crawford / Leon R. Crawford, Jr. Memorial Scholarship fund at Emporia State University or to St. Marks Lutheran Church, Emporia.