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Dr Alexander Crawford
Dr. Alexander Crawford, known to his nieces and nephew's as "Uncle doctor," came with his family to Miles, Jackson, Iowa in October 1872. He was educated in the Miles schools and taught school for a few years.
After he married he and his wife moved to Chicago where he entered Rush Medical College in Chicago, Illnois and later returned to Miles, Iowa to practice medicine. In 1900 they moved to Mt. Vernon, Iowa, where he practiced medicine until his death. Dr. Crawford was a liflong member of the Methodist Church.
DEATH: DR. A. CRAWFORD DIES FROM HEART TROUBLE EARLY SATURDAY A.M.
Has Suffered From Disease for Some Time
To most people in Mt. Vernon, the death of Dr. Alexander Crawford of heart failure, which occured about 6 a.m. in the home of Mrs. Alice Fellows Rigby, Saturday morning, December [January] 10th, was entirely unexpected. But the doctor had confided to a few of his more intimate friends, about a year ago, when he discontinued his active practice of medicine, that he was doing so in order to prolong his own life, since he knew that his heart was in very weak condition, and death was likely to come at any moment.
While Mrs. Crawford had gone south to be with their son, Prof. B. V. Crawford, Dr. Crawford and remained north in order to minister to the necessities of his aged mother, who lived at Miles, and who died, December 10th, exactly one month before her son's summons came. Then Dr. Crawford decided to finish up some business affairs of his own, and of his mother's estate at once and join his wife and son in Houston, Texas. It was in connection with this business that he had motored over to Miles a week ago today, to be present the following day at a sale on one of his farms. Then on Friday, he drove to Clinton and attended to some business matters during the forenoon, continuing on his homeward drive in the afternoon. On his way he suffered extremely from his heart, but his intense desire to reach home kept him moving on in that direction. He reached his rooms in the Mrs. Alice Fellows Rigby home about 7:15 p.m., where a phsician attended him at once, and the Rigby family kept a watch over him during the night. His pain was quieted by the doctor's minstration, and he slept a good portion of the night. Rousing about 6 a.m., he again seemed to be in distress, and members of the family came to his assistance at once. Then suddenly the heart ceased to function. He passed away without a struggle.
Dr. Alexander Crawford came to Mt. Vernon with his family in July, 1900 since which time, he has been prominent in the professional, social and civic life of the town. Soon after he came, he erected a substantial residence on First Street, and in the same permanent, enduring way, he built up his large practice of medicine and did with efficiency and thoroughness everything he found to do for the civic welfare of the town. For twelve years he gave an untiring and highly intelligent service to the Mt. Vernon Independent District as president of the school board. He was a leader in this capacity and his judgment was always safe and sane. He studied what was being done to promote the welfare of public schools elsewhere and advocated advance steps along all lines here. He never was radical, but was always progressive in his views. The Mt. Vernon public schools have gone foreward steadily under his leadership on the school board. The community owes a great deal to Dr. Crawford for these twelve years of efficient, intelligent service on the Board of Education, for he served eight years of miles before coming here.
He had been a Methodist for about forty-four years and at Miles he was a teacher in the Sunday School. He was a lover of good books and a real student along professional and cultural lines. He was very fond of children, and they in turn loved him. Professionally Dr. Crawford had qualities about him that were especially quieting and convincing to old people.
Alexander Crawford was born in Wellington county, near Hillsburg, in the province of Ontario, Canada, December 24, 1858. His father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Gardner Crawford, came to Iowa 1872 and settled on a farm near Miles. It was here that Dr. Crawford went to school from the time he was fourteen until he finished the course, and himself became a country school teacher. On September 21, 1881, he married Miss Ella Swaney. He took up the study of medicine at Rush, Graduated in 1883. His first work as a practicing physician was done at Andrew, near Maquoketa, but after a little more than a year, he moved back to Miles and practiced in the community where he had grown to manhood, meeting with marked success. When his son Bartholomew Vincent and his daughter Miss Beulah, were ready for college, he followed the inclinations of both Mrs. Crawford and himself in going with the children to a college town, where they could all together enjoy the environment of a college town. And it has been very apparent to all who have known the family that they have all enjoyed the high cultural life of Mt. Vernon. It was not long until Dr. Crawford had as large a practice as the one he left at Miles. Later he took as a partner, Dr. Francis F. Ebersole, and this partnership continued until about a year ago, when Dr. Crawford retired from active practice. Since then he has studied at the Iowa State University hospital, has responded occasionally to calls for consultation.
The funeral services are being conducted this afternoon in charge of Dr. W. C. Keeler. Dr. Gormly with speak of Dr. Crawford's services on the board of education. Some physician will speak of his service professionally.
There are present here today the members of Dr. Crawford's own family, who were all away at the time of his death: Miss Beulah in Washinton, D.C., where she is taking a nurses' training in the Columbia hospital; Mrs. Crawford and Vincent, at Houston, Texas, fully expecting Dr. Crawford to join them for the winter within a few days. Then all of Dr. Crawford's surviving brothers and his only sister are here: J. W. Crawford of McCredie, Missouri; F. P. Crawford of Chicago; and Mrs. M.M.J. Crawford of Miles. Another brother, W. J. Crawford was killed by lightning in 1906. Besides there are present one niece, Mrs. F. C. Koch of Miles; two nephews, E. G. Crawford of Cameron, Missouri, Merwin Crawford, of Chicgo. Another gentleman who is present is Marcus Haas, who has been on one of Dr. Crawford's farms for twenty years.
Besides there are present a number of representatives of the medical profession of the state who knew Dr. Crawford intimately, and who came to express their appreciation of their colleague in the profession.
DEATH: HIS SUMMONS WAS SUDDEN - Dr. Crawford Died Saturday
Dr. A. Crawford, for practically twenty years one of the most active and leading citizens of Mount Vernon, early last Saturday morning passed suddenly from this association of inestimable worth to the community at the comparatively untimely age of sixty-one years. Dr. Crawford was about in his accustomed activity early last week and left on a business trip to his farm in Clinton county. He returned Friday afternoon after a hard motor trip across country feeling unwell and called his former associate, Dr. Ebersole, who spent several hours with him that evening. About six o'clock Saturday morning, Dr. Ebersole was again called and arriving at the bedside found life extinct. Death was due to a complication of heart trouble technically termed angina pectoris.
Few of our citizens knew that Dr. Crawford was not in normal health. Neither in general appearance or degree of activity was there anything to indicate he was not well. About a year since he retired from active practice of his profession and was preparing to join Mrs. Crawford and his son, Professor Vincent Crawford, for a sojourn in the milder climate of the south. His daughter, Miss Beulah Crawford, was also away from home pursuing a course in nursing which she had taken up early in the days of the late war. They were thus summoned home most unexpectedly by life's greatest tragedy, a family bereavement not anticipated.
It is hard indeed, for the family, the friends and the associates who held the doctor in such love and valued association to understand, to submit. To an exalted degree he was one who held the duties of a useful life as the supreme opportunity. In point of service he rendered all and more than the traditional allottment.
The funeral services were held yesterday afternoon, at the Methodist Episcopal church, in charge of the minister, Dr. W. C. Keeler. Personal tributes were also expressed in memory by Dr. G. E. Crawford, a friend and co-laborer, of Cedar Rapids, and by dr. T. A. Gormly, in behalf of the Mount Vernon Board of Education, with which Dr. Crawford had long been associated in valuable and valued service. A male quartet rendered three beautiful and appropriate selection. Stores were closed and business suspended during the hour of the services. Interment following in the Mount Vernon cemetery.
Alexander Crawford, the oldest child of Gardner Crawford and his second wife, Eliza Jane (Gray) Crawford, was born at Hillsburg, Ontario, December 24, 1858. With his parents he came to Jackson county, Iowa in October 1872, the family home being established on a farm north of Miles, and now within the corporate limits of that town. shortly after his coming to Iowa he became a member of the Methdist Episcopal church under the ministry of the Reverend Mr. J. T. Spry. All his life he served for many years before leaving Miles as a member of the Official Board. His education was received in the common schools of Miles, and in a select school maintained there. For a year or two after the completion of his formal education he taught a country school in the vicinity.
In September, 1880, following his marriage on the twenty-first of the month to Elizabeth Ellen Swaney, also of Miles, he removed with his bride to Chicago, where he entered Rush Medical college. Upon completing his course there in February, 1883, he began the practice of his profession at Andrew, Iowa. A year and a half later he and his wife returned to the old home town of Miles where the doctor built up a village and country practice of unusual extent, which often taxed to the utmost his none too vigorous constitution and brought into play the iron will which overcame so many obstacles.
In 1900 the home was removed to Mount Vernon where many of his happiest years were destined to be spent in the intellectual atmosphere which he had all his life craved and in the midst of a circle of intimate and faithful friends. Here, until about a year ago, he continued the active practice of his profession, completing at the time of his retirement 35 years of unusually close devotion to the duties of a physician. His death occurred January 10, 1920, one month to the day after that of his aged mother. The immediate cause was heart weakness aggravated by the exposure and over-exertion of a last effort to bring about his affairs into such position that he might join his wife and son in the south. He is preceded into the life beyond by a brother James, who died in 1896, his father who died in 1904, and his mother, who died in 1919. He leaves to mourn his death his wife, the companion of close to forty years; two children, Beulah and Bartholomew Vincent; a sister, Mrs. Margaret Walker; and four brothers, John, Frank, Robert, and Samuel Crawford.
As a physician, Dr. Crawford never let himself become a mere practicioneer of the science as he first learned it. He read widely and voluminously, atteded society meetings with faithfulness, several tiems did post-graduate work in Chicago and elsewhere, and wrote numerous papers for meetings, several of which were published. He was a member of the American Medical Association, of the Iowa State, the Iowa Union, and the Linn County Medical societies. While still a young physician at Miles, Iowa, he was vitally connected with the investigation and treatment of the food poisoning epidemic of 1895, one of the worst which has ever visited the state. Of this epidemic he prepared an elaborate report which received the authoritative recognition of publication in the journal of the American Medical Association.
In public affairs in general, he did the work of a good citizen. For more than twenty years at Miles and Mount Vernon, he was president or member of the school board. He was deeply interested in al educational affairs, formed his opinions carefully, and fought for them when necessary. He loved books and enjoyed keenly the hours he spent in their society, his only dissipation. He was a friend to every good cause, modest and self-effacing, but to a responsibility once assumed, always faithful.
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Frank Calvin Koch
DEATH: Frank C. Koch Was a Life-long Resident of Miles Community Last rites Were Held Last Week' former Council Member
Frank Calvin Koch, second son of william H. and Elizabeth Ann Koch, was born on the old homestead in Clinton county, Iowa, on May 22, 1874 and passed awy at his home in Miles at 9:10 p.m., June 6, 1944.
He attended high school in Miles and later graduated from Brown's Business College in Clinton.
He was married to Emily Walker February 10, 1904 and they spent forty years of happy wedded life together. To this union were born four daughters, Gladys Lucille and ruth Irene, deceased; Frances Berneice, now Mrs. Frank Hansing, Lake Forest, Illinoise; and Ethel Margaret, Dixon, Illinois.
For four years he farmed on the old homestead and later purchased the adjoining farm where he resided for the next twelve years. In 1920 he moved to Miles where he has made his home ever since.
He has been a faithful member of the Mehtodist church since early boyhood. For the past number of years he has ben unable to attend church services but has never failed to listen to sermons over the radio. Mr. Koch served on the Official Board of the Methodist church for a good many years.
He was on the town council for twelve years, a member of Cyprian lodge No. 603 A. F. & A. M., and of the Modern Woodmen of America.
He is survived by his widow and two daughters. A sister and three brothers remain to mourn his parting. They are Mrs. A. C. Kellogg, George G., James A., and Marshall M., all of Miles. Also, two nephews Wendel G. Kellogg, Detroit, Michigan; and Willbur H. Koch, Miles and five nieces, Mrs. Henry Lange and Mrs. Lester Sodeman, Sterling, Ill., Mrs. John Muhl and Mrs. Juel Colburn, Miles, and Mrs. Paul Hart, Teeds Grove.
Funeral services were conducted from the Methodist chruch in Miles on Friday afternoon by Rev. E. J. Starr followed by the impressive Masonic burial service by Cyprian Lodge No. 603.
Mrs. Will Cook, Mrs. Seymour Watts, Mrs. J. R. Witzigman, Mrs. Gilbert Taplin and Mrs. Chris Kyarsgaard acted as flower bearers. The pall bearers were Milton and Lester Kraggenhoft, Will Cook, Donald Hammond, Ernest Friedrichsen and Otto Baasch.
There were many beautiful floral pieces from relatives and friends. interment was made in the Miles cemetery.
Relatives from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. Hanry Lange and Mr. and Mrs. Lester Sodeman, Sterling, Ill.; Mrs. and Mrs. Paul Hart, Teeds Grove; Mr. and Mrs. F. P. Crawford, St. Charles, Ill.; and S. C. Crawford, Cameron, Missouri.
Marriage Notes for Frank Calvin Koch and Emily Walker-5668
Wednesday evening, in answer to very neat invitations, about one hundred guests gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Gardner Crawford to witness the marriage of their granddaughter, Miss Emma Walker, to Mr. Frank Koch. Long before the appointed hour the home was filled with happy guests waiting to witness the ceremonies.
At eight o'clock Miss henrietta dunn started a pretty wedding march calling the bridal party from the stairway to the parlor. they marched through the dining room and into the southwest corner of the parlor, where they stood under a beautiful arch made of pure white and trimmed with smilax, from which three wedding bells were suspended and the scene was a beautiful one indeed. The line of march was through an aisle formed by ribbons carried by the little Misses Pearl and Olive Crawford, who were dressed in pure white and did their parts as maids of honor most pleasingly. Arta kellogg as best man, and miss Sareta Kach as bridesmaid led the bride and groom to their places in an easy and idgnified manner and stood close by while they made their vows and listened to Rev. A. T. Bishop as he pronunced the words that made them man and wife.
The bride was dressed in white Persian lawn trimmed with shite chiffon applique and white satin ribbon, carrying a beautiful cluster of roses. The Bridesmaid wore a beautiful white organdy gown and carried pink roses. The groom and best man wore the usual black.
After the wedding ceremonies were over congratulations were in order.
when the supper hour arrived the guests were all seated and the supper was served in curses and was something the pen and paper cannot do justice. the Misses Hannah and Nina Kellogg, Sadie Walker and Katherine Bartlett and Seymour and Ralph Watts, Ralph Crawford and Chars. Denick as waiters supplied them all until refusals were heard from all until sides when plates of good things were passed along the line.
Chicken, sliced ham, pickles, salads and coffee were served as the first course and ice cream and cakes were placed before the guests as second course, and the tempting way they wer served was irresistable.
It is but a waste of time and space to comment on this young couple as they are so weel and favorably known that nothing new can be said. The bride is one of our leading young ladies and is numbered among the first in the church work here being ever ready to lend a helping hand for any charitable cause. she is a graduate of the Miles High School and later attended College at Valparaiso, Indiana, where she fitted herself for a teacher. she taught several terms in our high school and proved herself capable and earnest in every task she undertook.
The groom is one of our most prosperous young farmers. After finishing school here he attended Business College at Clinton and has since resided with his father. W. H. Koch, living east of this city and starts out in life's journey well fitted to evercome whatever obstacles he may meet out with the brightest of prospects and have just as many friends as they have acquaintances, who join with us in wishing them all the blessings and happiness possible. a very large number of beautiful and useful presents were left as tokens of rememberance and as positive proofs of the high esteem in which the young couple were held. those few out of town were the Misses Charlotte, nora and Ella and Nicholas Roger, of Sabula; Miss Maude Crawford, from Savanna, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Crawford, of St. Charles, Ill., samuel Crawford, from Missouri, Mr. and Mrs. David Grey, of near Sabula and David Koch, of Ida Grove.