~ Deuteronomy 33:17
Ethel Maude Crawford
Maude Crawford Higdon died at the home of her mother in Emerson, Iowa, and was buried in San Bernadino, California. She has lived in Illinois, Lousiana, Texas, Colorado and California. She joined the L.D.S. church in 1897.
John W Crawford
BIOGRAPHY: When a small child the family moved to Wellington county, Ontario, Canada. In April 1881 he and his wife moved to Iowa and in the following year located near Savannah, Illinois. In 1901 they moved to Emerson, Iowa where he farmed until 1908. Later he bought the elevator at Emerson. His right hand was amputated in an accident there. They spent summers in Montana with their children there. When a child John joined the Methodist Church. Later he joined the Latter Day Saint Church.
DEATH: PASSING OF A WELL KNOWN RESIDENT
J. W. Crawford Dies at His Home in Emerson Friday Morning -- Furneral Held Sunday.
J. W. Crawford, a well known and highly esteemed resident of Emerson, died at his home here Friday morning. mr. Crawford had been ailing for several weeks but not until the week before his death was his condition thought to be serious. For a time he seemed to improve, but the improvement was only temporary. He grew suddenly worse and death followed quickly.
John W. Crawford was born near Sparta, Livingston county, N. Y., July 20, 1853, and died at his home in Emerson, Iowa, July 16, 1926.
He was the eldest son of Gardner and Margaret Crawford. When a young child his parents moved to Wellington county, Ontario. Here his mother died, leaving him and an infant sister. His father married again and the new mother proved to be all that a true mother could be. His early manhood was spent in Canada. Here he learned the milling trade, which occupation he followed for a number of years.
On March 12, 1879, he was married to Miss Grace McDonald at Milton, Ont. Two years later, in april, 1881, they moved to Iowa and the following year located near Savanna, Ill.
After spending a few years in the milling business, they pruchased a farm where they resided for some time.
In 1901, he and his family moved to Emerson, where he farmed just east of town until the spring of 1908, at which time they moved to Madison County, Iowa.
In September, 1909, he purchased the elevator in Emerson and operated this business for a number of years. It was during this time he met with a painful accident and it was deemed necessary to amputate his right hand.
The later years of his life, he and his wife have enjoyed spending the summers in Montana on the farms with the children there, returning to the home here in Emerson each fall.
He leaves to mourn his death his wife, the companion of his youth, and seven children three daughters and four sons. they are as follows: Mary J., of Broadview, Mont., Mrs. Maude Higdon, of Devour, California; Mrs Grace Ivie of Lamoni, Iowa; Gardner D., of Creston, Iowa; Frank P., J. Earl, and John A., all of Broadview, mont. the children were all present at the time of his death with the exception of the second daughter, who was on her way from California.
He also leaves a sister, Mrs. Margaret Walker, of Miles, Iowa, and three brothers: F. P. Crawford of Chicago, Ill.; R. G. Crawford of McCredie, Mo., and S. C. Crawford of Cameron, M., Two other brothers, dr. A. Crawford of Mount Vernon, Iow, and Jas, W. Crawford of Miles, Iowa, are deceased.
When a child he united with the Methodist church but later, in 1897, he joined the Latter Day Saints and has been a faithful, consistant member of the denomination ever since.
Mr. Crawford was a man of sunny, genial disposition, who numbered his friedns by his acquaintances.
Funeral services were conducted from the Baptist church sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock by Rev. T. A . Hougas of Macedoina, assisted by Reb. J. Clyde Clark of the Baptist church and rev. F. A. Heizer of the Presbyterian church. Music for the services was furnished by mr. and Mrs. I. N. Cheney, Mrs. W. H. Cramer and C. D. Greenwood with Mrs. Horace Greenwood at the piano. The pallbearers were Frank Mclain, John Thorson, Sr., Henry Schick, Aaron johnson, W. C. Short and H. A. Rhoads. burial was in the Emerson cemetery.
Besides the children the following relatives from other places were here to attend the funeral: Mrs. F. C. Cook of Miles, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. R. G. Crawford of McCredie., Mo.; Mr. and Mrs. F. P. Crawford and Chicago, Ill.; S. C. Crawford of Camerson, Mo.; A. F. Higdon of Devour, Calif.; L. E. Ivie and sons, Forest and Loyal, of Lamoni, Iowa; Mrs. W. M. Crawford, Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Crawford of Red Oad, Iowa, Mrs. Gardner Crawford and family of Creston, Iowa.
Grace Walkup McDonald
Grace and her husband, John joined the Reorganized Latter Day Saint Church in 1898.
DEATH: other possible death date - April 19, 1914