|Cherokee County Biographies
Thomas T. was reared on the farm in Carroll County, Illinois, and remained there until he became of age. He had received a fair education in the public schools; naturally having a quick perception and a retentive memory, he easily became proficient in the ordinary branches. His father had seen the possibilities of Cherokee County, and when it first began to be settled he had secured 240 acres of land. He gave Thomas eighty acres when he had reached his majority, and it was for the purpose of cultivating this tract of land that he first came to Iowa. His efforts have met with excellent success, and he has added to the legacy of his father until he now owns 240 acres. This he has highly improved and has admirable buildings with suitable conveniences for handling live-stock.
Mr. Crippen remained a bachelor for some years after coming to the county, but was finally married to Miss Martha Conklin, a daughter of Luther and Harriet (Spees) Conklin. Her father had lived in Cherokee County for years and her mother now resides with her; her father is deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Crippen have had born to them four children; Rufus, Earl, Raymond and Ewing. Mr. Crippen has met with more than average success, and this may be attributed to the fact that he is a man of more than ordinary ability, energy and perseverance. He is identified with the Republican party, and enjoys the respect and confidence of all who know him.
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