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Andrew Walker Crawford (1918)


Posted By: Mary Welty Hart
Date: 1/20/2011 at 18:26:55

The Winterset Madisonian
Winterset, Iowa
Wednesday, May 22, 1918
Page 1

Death of A. W. CRAWFORD

Pioneer Resident of Winterset Passes Away

A. W. Crawford, a resident of Winterset for sixty two years, and one of the pioneer business men of the city, died at his home on West Court avenue at five o'clock this morning, after an illness of two weeks. While his family and intimate friends have known for several years of his affliction with a serious ailment of the heart, the announcement of his death came as a shock to the public and to his business acquaintances and friends here and elsewhere.

He was one of the few survivors of the men engaged in business here in the early days of Winterset. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, July 20, 1849 and came to Winterset with his parents when seven years old. His father, Andrew Crawford, was one of the pioneer grocers of Winterset. After a period of two years spent in a New York business college, the son took the active management of his father's business and later with his brother, George Crawford, conducted a similar business under the firm name of Crawford Bros. In later years, he engaged in the real estate and abstract business and in all his business affairs, was eminently successful.

He was married to Martha Huston Strong, Oct. 25, 1898. Besides his wife, he leaves one brother, George Crawford and one sister, Mrs. Annette Mills, both of Sioux Falls, S.D.

Since his retirement from active business about twenty years ago, himself and wife have traveled extensively, including a tour of Europe and a visit to the Holy Land.

He held a prominent place in Masonic circles, being a long time member of Evening Star Lodge A. F. and A. M. of Winterset and the Knight Templars and Mystic Shrine of Des Moines. He was an active member of the Presbyterian church, giving able and devoted service as a regular attendant and as an official of the church board of trustees. He was a liberal contributor to public enterprises, the Chautauqua grounds and many of the improvements at the city park being the result of his contributions.

Funeral services will be held at the home on Friday afternoon at 2:30 and the burial services will be under the auspices of the Masonic fraternity.

The Winterset News
Winterset, Iowa
Wednesday, May 22, 1918
Page 1, Column 1


In Ill Health for Many Years. Lived Here All His Life. Pioneer Merchant

Andrew Crawford died at his residence on West Court avenue this morning. Since Saturday, Dr. Davisson had little hope for him getting well. Heart trouble and a general worn out condition caused his death. He was ill when in Texas where he passed most of the winter and became ill here soon after his arrival home in April.

Mr. Crawford lived in Winterset all his life, coming with his parents in 1854 or 1855. His father was the pioneer merchant of the town and conducted a store where Luther fox’s grocery is. The deceased was engaged in the grocery business in Winterset many years but in the last twenty years has been selling Texas lands of which he is a large owner.

He is survived by his wife, who is sister of Taylor and Robert Huston; his sister, Mrs. F. M. Mills, of Sioux Falls, and George Crawford, his brother, of Kansas City.

Coordinator's note: Middle name taken from deceased's probate record.


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