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John Crooke
Mendon Twp.

John Crooke, agent for the Home Insurance Company of New York, the Hartford of Connecticut, the Phoenix of Connecticut, the Franklin of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Fire Insurance Company, German American of New York, Girard of Philadelphia, Liverpool, London and Globe of England, Royal of England, American Central of St. Louis, Mo., established his office in McGregor in 1871. Mr. Crooke was born in Boroughbridge, Yorkshire, England, Dec. 22, 1826, a son of John Crooke, Sen., and Mary, nee Dawson. His father was a Baptist minister, and died April 9, 1861; his mother, July 6, 1876, both in England. They had ten children, five sons and five daughters. John was the second child and oldest son; he attended school and studied until fifteen years of age, when he began teaching in the High School, where he taught eighteeen months then engaged in the dry-goods trade three and one-half years. Soon after he opened a private school in Nottingham, England, where he taught until 1852, when he came to America to join his brother in Winnebago County, Ill. He and brother owned and managed a stock-farm and saw-mill. In 1855 Mr. Crooke came to Iowa and located at Strawberry Point, Clayton County, where he clerked a couple of years in a general merchandise store, then purchased a parnership in a grocery store, which he held for one year, when he was elected Justice of the Peace, and appointed Postmaster and notary public, and engaged in the collection business. He remained in Strawberry Point until January, 1867, when he was appointed Deputy County Recorder at Elkader; he held that office four years, then came to McGregor and engaged in the insurance business, which he still prosecutes. He was formerly a member of the Baptist church, and is at present Secretary of the Board of Education, a position he has held since his election in 1874. He is one of the enterprising representative men of McGregor, and has been identified with the county since 1855. In politics he is a Republican.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa, 1882, p. 973-974
transcribed by Sally Scarff and Marlene Chaney


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