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Hubert Crabtree

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Hubert (Herb) Crabtree was born October 17, 1922, at Camp Dodge, Iowa, to Bert and Ora (Kirkman) Crabtree. They were farmers southeast of Madrid. He graduated from Sheldahl High School, in 1941. To all who knew him, he loved baseball, played for the Madrid Merchants for a time; and was an avid hunter and fisherman.

Herb worked for John Deere Company a few years, but enjoyed sales work best. He worked for Coca Cola Company, National Cash Register and Lund & York Pontiac and finally, with Miller, Pierce, and Bryant Wholesale Office Supplies until his health forced him to quit work.

Herb married Ruby Marie Godden, daughter of Bert and Vivian (Beitz) Godden of Burt, Iowa. They had three children: Connie, Rodney, and Kevin. Connie Jo Crabtree Rogers was a 1966 alumnus of Madrid High School, and lives in Indianola, Iowa. She works for the Postal Service in Des Moines, Iowa. She has two daughters, Jeannette Marie Everhart, 14; Robin Jean Rogers, 7; and one son, Richard Wayne Everhart, 11.

Rodney Dean died in infancy.

Kevin Lee Crabtree was a 1972 graduate of Madrid High School, and lives in Colorado.

Herb died September 2, 1958, at the age of 36. Ruby has remarried, and lives in Jefferson, Iowa.

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