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Craghill, Edward 1844 – 1915


Posted By: Joy Moore (email)
Date: 1/20/2021 at 13:27:26

Source: Cresco Plain Dealer Nov. 5, 1915 P-6 C-1

Edward Craghill was born in Truesdale, England, on February 5th, 1844. He came to America with his brother Charles when he was but 12 years of age. He settled in Howard county more than 55 years ago. When his adopted country called for aid in putting down a rebellion he entered the service and fought through three years of the civil war.
On March 27, 1866 he was united in marriage to Julia A. Bond, who survives him. To this union was born three sons, James of Cresco, Fred A. of Williston, N. D., and Frank A. deceased. Three daughters also were born of the union, Mrs. Mattie L. Wheeler, deceased, Mrs. May Libbey and Mrs. Jessie Brubaker, both of Minneapolis, Minn. Mr. Craghill is also survived by two grandchildren, Mrs. Ruth White of Cresco and Miss Florence Wheeler.
Mr. Craghill died very suddenly on Friday evening, October 29th.
The funeral services were conducted by Dr. D. T. Robertson, of the Congregational Church from the late home at 2:30 p. m., Monday, Nov. 1st and at 2:30 p. m., Monday, Nov. 1st and the body was placed in the family lot in Oak Lawn.
The above brief notes concerning the life of a man who has for years been a familiar figure in Cresco can not convey to the reader any measure of the esteem and respect in which Mr. Craghill was held by old and young. Admittedly “odd” in many ways, yet be possessed a rugged honesty and strength of character all his own, and every person with whom he had dealings knew that he was always receiving honest treatment and the best service which Mr. Craghill could give.
Few about town knew until his death was announced that Mr. Craghill had been injured, and at first his injuries were not thought to be serious. Yet we believe that Mr. Craghill passed away as he wished virtually “in the harness” for his death resulted after only three days of suffering from a fall while at work driving a dray, his constant occupation for over 40 years.

Oak Lawn Cemetery

Howard Obituaries maintained by Bill Waters.
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