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O.M. Criswell 1893


Posted By: LuAnn Goeke (email)
Date: 8/16/2009 at 21:01:09

O.M. Criswell has been identified with the interests of Crawford county, Iowa since 1873, when he settled on a farm of 280 acres in section 23, Charter Oak township. This property he has developed into one of the finest farms in this part of the county, operating it chiefly as a stock farm. He keeps full-blooded Durham cattle and Poland-China hogs, and annually handles large numbers of stock cattle, buying and selling and furnishing the supply to feeders in this part of the county. In 1887 Mr. Criswell erected a two-story frame residence, one of the nicest homes in the western part of the county, it being located just outside the corporate limits of Charter Oak, while [next page] a portion of his farm is within the corporation. He has a good barn for stock and grain purposes, and his premises are supplied with water-works. He has bought and sold several other farms, and now owns a number of town properties in Charter Oak, which he rents. While giving his chief attention to his farming and stock operations, Mr. Criswell is also engaged in the real-estate, loan and insurance business, having his office in his brother’s clothing establishment.
Mr. Criswell was born in Blair county, Pennsylvania, February 2, 1851, son of Benjamin and Catharine (Edelblute) Criswell, natives of Pennsylvania and descendants of early settlers of the Eastern States. When he was a year old his parents moved to Iowa and settled in Scott county, where his father still lives. His mother is deceased. The subject of our sketch was reared on a farm in Scott county, and completed his education with a two-years’ course at Cornell College, Iowa. He taught school three years prior to leaving home in 1873, and one year after his marriage cultivated the home farm.
Mr. Criswell was married March 19, 1872, to Miss Flora B. Hart, daughter of Hiram A. and Mary J. (McGuire) Hart, of Clinton, Iowa. The Hart family came from Indiana to Clinton county, Iowa. The mother is now living in Crawford county and the father is deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Criswell are popular in the social circles of their town and are worthy and consistent members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, he being secretary of the Board of Trustees of the church.
Mr. Criswell affiliates with the Democratic party; has officiated in the capacity of Supervisor of the county three years and Chairman of the Board two years; is at present a Justice of the Peace and Chairman of the Board of Education. Fraternally he is associated with the following orders: A.F. & A.M., Sylvian Lodge, No. 507; K. of P., No. 221, of which he is Past Chancellor; and I.O.O.F., No. 105.
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Biographical History of Crawford, Ida and Sac Counties, Iowa. 1893. The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago


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