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Title: John H. Crawford
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It is generally considered by those in the habit of superficial thinking that the history of so-called great men only is worthy of preservation and that little merit exists among the masses to call forth the praises of the historian or the cheers and the appreciation of mankind. A greater mistake was never made. No man is great in all things and very few are great in many things. Many by a lucky stroke achieve fame who before that had no reputation beyond the limits of their neighborhoods. It is not a history of the lucky stroke which benefits humanity most, but the long study and effort which made the lucky stroke possible. It is the preliminary work, the method, that serves as a guide for the success of others. Among the citizens of Warren county, Indiana, who have achieved success along steady lines of action is the subject of this sketch.

John H. Crawford was born on June 22, 1855, in Benton county, Indiana, and is the son of James and Nancy (Lemon) Crawford. The subject's paternal grandfather was numbered among the pioneers of Warren county, having come here in 1830 from Dayton, Ohio. James Crawford was born in Dayton, Ohio, on June 1, 1808, and died in October, 1867, while his wife, who was a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, died on May 31, 1865. They were the parents of four children, two of whom are living. The father followed farming all his life and was fairly successful in his efforts.

The subject of this sketch received a fairly good education in the common schools and when old enough applied his efforts to farming, which has in the main been his life work. He is the owner of four hundred and forty acres of land, one hundred and twenty of which are in Warren county, Indiana, and the balance in Texas, while he and his wife jointly own four hundred and forty acres in Warren county. The land is practically all in clutivation and Mr. Crawford has made many permanent and substantial improvements and otherwise maintained the land at the highest standard of agricultural excellence. He is practical and progressive in his ideas, being willing to adopt new methods when their feasibility has been demonstrated by experience. He has followed a general line of farming and has given some attention to the raising of live stock.

Mr. Crawford has always taken a deep interest in the advancement of the community's best interests and was active in the organization of the Bank of Pence, which opened its doors for business in October, 1904. The bank has a capital of twenty thousand dollars and is numbered among the strong financial institutions of this part of the county, much of its remarkable success being due to the influence and personal efforts of Mr. Crawford.

On January 1, 1882, Mr. Crawford was married to Virginia C. Goodwine, who was born in Warren county on February 11, 1861. This union has been blessed by the birth of seven children, namely: Gladys, deceased; Nellie, Mrs. McLaughlin, lives in this county, her husband being a farmer; Maude is the wife of Lew Carpenter, a farmer in this county; Ruth is the wife of Hobart Sloan, of this county; Fred, deceased; Owen and Beulah are at home.

Politically, Mr. Crawford gives his support to the Republican party and at one time served his township as trustee. Fraternally, he is a Freemason, holding membership in the lodge at Hedrick. He is an active member of the Christian church, of which he is a trustee, and his liberal attitude towards the church is evidenced in the fact that the present edifice was built largely through his own generosity, he having been the largest contributor towards defraying its cost. He is a man among men, standing "four square to every wind that blows," and those who know him best esteem him the most highly.

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Date: 1/1/1913
Origin: Past and Present of Fountain and Warren Counties Indiana
Author: Thomas A. Clifton, Editor
Record ID: 00001090
Type: Book
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Entered By: Leslie J. Rice

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