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1883 History of
Franklin and Cerro Gordo Counties, Iowa


Elnathan CROWELL was born at Cape Cod, Mass., in 1812, which was his home until he was thirty years of age, as it was that of his father and grandfather, who passed their entire lives there. Mr. CROWELL went to sea at twelve years of age. He shipped on a merchantman and during his nautical life saw much of the world. He visited the principal seaboard cities of America, as well as the chief places in France, Spain, St. Domingo and other countries. When he abandoned a seafaring life he followed the vocation of carpenter and worked at Boston and Southbridge, Mass., and at Keene, N. H.

He first located in the west near St. Mary's, Ohio, and came to Mason City in 1856. In June of the next year he became a resident in Lake township.

Mr. CROWELL has been married three times. His first wife was a native of North Dana, Mass., and died eighteen months after her marriage. Her successor was Roxanna GIBBS, who died after coming to Lake. The third wife, Mrs. Sarah (DICKERM) HALL, is still living. One of three children of the second marriage - Lewis C. - still survives.

Mr. CROWELL owns a valuable farm of 120 acres, on section 26, and resides at Clear Lake.

SOURCE: History of Franklin and Cerro Gordo Counties, Iowa. p. 875. Union Publishing Co. Springfield IL. 1883.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, February of 2011



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