G W Crooks
Posted By: Tina Keister (email)
Date: 1/14/2006 at 12:58:21
G W Crooks, attorney, Boone; over thirty years ago when the last remnants of aboriginal tribes were preparing to leave for thier new hunting grounds farther west and the vanguard of civilization came pressing forward to occupy the goodly hunting grounds just vacated, a family by the name of Crooks located in the present limits of Boone county; among the most prominent members of this family and one of the most distinguished citizens of Boone county is G W Crooks, Esq; he was born in Clay county, Indiana, July 22,1836; in 1845 he emigrated with his parents to Iowa, first locating in Jefferson county, and two years afterward again removing to this county; here young Crooks was engaged in the hard work of opening up a farm; he followed the business of farming till June , 1863, when he was appointed to fill out the unexpired term of the county sheriff, at the general election the following fall Mr Crooks was elected to fill the office which he was then occupying by appointment; he was re-elceted in 1865, 1867, 1869, and 1871, having been eleceted for five consecutive terms and occupying the office of county sheriff for more than 10 years; during this entire time he discharged the duties of his office with such care, integity and effectiveness, that his character, both as a private citizen and public officer, was never tainted by the breath of suspicion, near the close of his last term of office Mr Crooks, by the advice of friends, determined to study law, he was admitted to the bar in 1873 and immediately entered upon the practice of his profession, in 1877 he was elected to the General assembly, as a representative from the forty-second district; since that time he has been actively engaged in the practice of his chosen profession; he is a member of the firm of Kidder & Crooks, one of the leading law firms of central Iowa, Mr Crooks was married in 1860 to Miss Rebecca Nutt, who is a native of Indiana, and at the time of her marriage was a resident of Pok county, Iowa ; they have two children living; William H and John S; one daughter Hannah C died some years since
From the 1880 Boone Co History Book
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