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Rollin and Pat Cronk

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Rollin and Pat Cronk are nearly life-long residents of Madrid, both of them having come to Madrid with their parents as young children, and having been active in the life of this community since.

Rollin Kenneth Cronk was born May 29, 1945, in Emmett County, Iowa, the only son of Kenneth and Betty (Bensen) Cronk. When Rollin was three, the family moved to Madrid where Kenneth was employed at the Firestone Tire and Rubber Works, in Des Moines, and where Betty could be near her parents, Villmer and Ina Benson, sister, Mrs. Mary Jane Brundage of Luther, and brothers, Wilbur and Marvin. Kenneth died in 1952, and is buried in Fairview Cemetery, north of Madrid. On December 31, 1954, Betty married Kenneth's brother, Wesley, and to this marriage were born Pamela Jean (born and died an infant, in 1956); Cynthia Ann (born June 8, 1957); and Kevin Mark (born July 14, 1958). Wesley had two daughters by a prior marriage, and they are Charlene Sonnabend, now living in Minnesota, and Reva Weatherwax, now living in Alaska. Both Cindy and Kevin remain in Iowa, Cindy being employed as a laboratory technician in the Boone County Hospital, in Boone, and Kevin as a banking assistant in Postville, Iowa. Both Cindy and Kevin are unmarried.

Patricia Ann Allen was born March 3, 1945, in Leon, Decatur, County, Iowa, the eldest of three children to be born to Glenn E. and Jean M. Allen. At the time of her birth, Pat's father was serving in the U.S. Marines at the landing on Iwo Jima. It was some six weeks following that he learned of her birth, and Christmas of the same year before the family was united. In 1946, the family moved to Iowa City where Glenn completed his legal education at the University of Iowa in 1948. At that time, the family moved to Madrid where he father joined the law practice of C J. Cederquist. Pat has a sister, Rebecca Jean Mataya, who is also a resident of Madrid, and a brother, James Glenn Allen, who makes his home in Van Meter, Iowa.

Both Pat and Rollin attended the First Methodist Church in Madrid throughout their formative years, being baptised and confirmed in that church and that faith. They began attending the Madrid Public Schools in 1950, where they were enrolled as kindergartners. They graduated in 1963 from Madrid Public High School, two of a class of 30. Pat was valedictorian.

In the fall of 1963, Pat began her studies as an English major at Iowa State University, Ames, and Rollin went to the University of Iowa, Iowa City, enrolled as a chemistry major. He eventually transferred to Ames, and both continued their studies until they were married (in the same church in which they'd grown up) on June 3, 1967. Rollin was drafted in the fall of that year to serve in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, and left Iowa right before Christmas to begin his basic training at Fort Bliss, in El Paso, Texas. He was then transferred to Fort Hood, in Kileen, Texas. Pat joined him in the spring of 1968. Rollin completed his tour of duty at Fort Hood, where he achieved the rank of Sergeant E-5.

After Rollin's discharge from the service, in 1969, they enrolled at Northeast Missouri State University, in Kirksville, Missouri, where Rollin majored in Business Administration and accounting. Pat completed her undergraduate work and began teaching in Milan, Missouri, in September, 1970, and continued work towards her Master's Degree in English. Both graduated in 1971, and they moved back to Madrid that fall, making their home at 116 North Locust Street - the former home of Rollins' maternal greatgrandfather, Terry Hoffman.

The following year, Pat taught at the North Polk high school in Alleman, and Rollin was employed at the Oscar Mayer pork plant in Perry, Iowa. He is currently employed by the Iowa Department of Transportation, known as the Highway Commission when he started to work for them in May, 1972. During his years with the D.O.T., Rollin has worked as an audit manager, an accountant, and, most recently, as the financial accounting manager. In addition, Rollin is self-employed with a small tax and accounting business, which he operates in their family home. In 1972, Pat began working as a legal secretary and assistant for her father's law practice. Finding the work interesting and challenging, she has remained employed there ever since. Pat takes particular pride in the fact that she operates one of the first word processors used in a law firm in Iowa, and the first in Boone County. Both Pat and Rollin have their real estate licenses and are sales associates with the Wagaman Agency here in Madrid.

The Cronks have two children: David Rollin (born August 1, 1976), and Aaron Allen (born May 26, 1977). They attend the Madrid schools, and enjoy fishing, camping, swimming, soccer, and other family games. Another son, Corey (March 21, 1976), is buried in the family plot at Fairview Cemetery.

Pat and Rollin have maintained a strong interest in their community and their church. Rollin is a past president of the Madrid Lions Club (where he remains a member), and a former city councilman. He has served in many capacities in their church, St. Paul's United Church of Christ, and is presently treasurer. He is treasurer of the Madrid Soccer Association, and both Pat and Rollin serve on the local school advisory committee. Rollin enjoys fishing, stamp collecting, bowling, golf, bridge, camping, and working in his yard. Pat is a charter member of the Swede Point Chapter of Questers, and has served as president of that organization. She is a former P.E.O., and is active on the Madrid Public Library Board of Trustees (having three times served as president), and is on the Board of Directors of the Keigley Library Foundation. She has served on the Tiger Tots Board of Directors. She also has served in various capacities in their church, and has taught Sunday School in recent years. Pat's hobbies are bridge, camping, sewing and needlework, bowling, and reading.

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