[Crawford, Bertha Mae]
Bedford Free Press
Thursday February 23, 1899 [p. 1]
SHE PREFERRED DEATH.
May Crawford Commits Suicide Rather Than Marry One She Did
Sunday night Miss [Bertha] May Crawford, two miles south of New Market, committed suicide by taking
laudanum. The cause for this terrible deed lay in the fact that her parents
opposed her marrying a young man named Cute [Cuit] Adams and wanted her to marry another man who was
wealthier. She left a note, stating that death was preferable to marrying a man
she did not love. Her heart was given to young Adams. She also requested that she be buried with a
ring given her by Adams, but
the watch he had given her must be returned to him.
the body was interred in the Memory cemetery near New Market without funeral
[Crawford, Bertha Mae]
Bedford Free Press
Thursday March 2, 1899 [p. 1]
Carbolic Acid, Not
learn from the New Market Herald that Miss Mae Crawford committed
suicide by taking carbolic acid instead of laudanum, and so strong was the drug
that the stomach was burned to the surface. The note left by the young lady for
her lover, Adams, is as
DEAR CUIT — I am going to end my life tonight. I'll
tell— I have trouble that I cannot stand any longer. I have told you all
of it lots of times—well most all of it anyway. I want you to leave these
rings on my hands, but the watch you take and do just as you please with it. I
expect people will say I was crazy, but I am no more crazy than I ever was, but
I'll tell you for I am worried to death. As I guess that's all so good by. Cuit, be a good boy and you'll never regret it. I've
tried to be a good girl; you know that.
The New Market Herald further
adds: "The letter failed to explain matters satisfactory to Mr.
Crawford, and Cuit Adams, to whom the letter was addressed and with whom Mae was desperately in love, was sent for believing
that he alone could explain what the language of the note, meant. Mr. Adams believed she referred to the courtship between
them, and rather than marry him against the wishes of her parents and not
caring to live without him as her husband, ended the matter as she did. The
fact that she often complained about her parents not allowing her to bring Mr.
Adams to her home while they
permitted her sister to bring her escort into the house, and that she thought
she was just as good as her sister, are in harmony with Mr. Adams' explanation of the language of the letter. A
strange feature of the whole affair is the fact that Mae's conduct and nothing that she said showed the
slightest nervousness on her part. Even the letter, which was undoubtedly one
of her last acts before swallowing the fatal drug, when compared with
considerable other writing of hers, showed that it was penciled with a steady
hand and at least a reasonably clear mind. To us this is a case of most
wonderful love. Faithful to the uttermost extreme to the young man she loved
and obedient to an equal extreme to the wishes of her parents. This sad ending
of a young life should be a lesson to other girls to not give their affections
to a young man before first counseling their parents, if they would be obedient
to the wishes of their parents, and obedience to parents is the noblest virtue
Bertha Mae Crawford was born in
Dallas Township, Iowa, April 18, 1880. She was a bright studious young lady,
and her friends can only be numbered by her acquaintances. Her sad death
brought to the entire community a shock from which it will not soon recover.
[Crawford, Cecil Mark,
Thursday November 5, 1964 [p. 1]
Hunter Dies Near
M. [ark] Crawford, 20, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Dale Crawford, was found
dead of a gunshot wound about 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1.
County Medical Examiner M. T. Gordon ruled the death accidental and said there
would be no inquest.
Young Crawford apparently had
started to hunt squirrels on his father's farm about 3:30 p.m. five miles south
of New Market.
County Deputy Sheriff Allen Akers reported that young Crawford's body was found
on the north side of the barn; nearby was a .410 gauge magnum shotgun.
young Crawford failed to
return to the farm home at dusk, the parents asked neighbors to help in a
search. The body was found by George Stanley.
besides the parents are two brothers, Tom 15, and Mike,
eight; sister, Mrs. Kathryn Cahill of New Market.
services were held Wed. at Walker Funeral Home in Clarinda. Burial was at Old
Memory cemetery near New Market.
[Crawford, Cecil Mark,
Thursday November 12, 1964 p. 4
Cecil Crawford Rites Nov. 4
services for Cecil Mark Crawford of New Market were held Nov. 4 at the Walker Funeral Home in Clarinda, Ia.,
with Rev. Clarence Potter of the New Market Christian Church officiating, assisted
by Erwin Stickelman of Clarinda. He died at his home Nov. 1 at the age of 20
years, 11 months and 11 days. Interment was at Old Memory cemetery at New
Mark, son of Dale and Mabel
Frazier Crawford, was born Nov.
20, 1943, at Cherokee, Iowa. When Cecil was two years of age he moved with his parents to their present home
northwest of Siam.
received his elementary education in the nearby North Star country school, and
was graduated from the New Market High school with the class of 1962.
attended Junior College at Clarinda for one and one half years. He then began
working at the Hy-Vee Store at Clarinda, endearing himself to the friends of
the store by his courteous ways. Cecil was an industrious young man, admired by the older people as well as
his young friends.
is survived by his parents; one sister, Mrs. Richard (Katherine) Cahill of New Market, Iowa; two brothers, Thomas and Michael of the home; a brother-in-law, Richard Cahill and two nephews, Chris and Allen Cahill of New Market; his paternal grandparents, Mr.
and Mrs. George Crawford of
Clarinda, a number of uncles, aunts, cousins and many, many friends.
Thursday April 13, 1944 [p. 1]
Mrs. Crawford Dies Monday in Clarinda
Cecil [Mark] Crawford [Edna Indiana Baker], 45, died Monday night, April 11, at the Clarinda Municipal hospital
after a short illness. Her husband, former Page county sheriff, was killed just
a year ago on the same date.
is survived by her mother and three sisters.
services were held from Walker funeral home in Clarinda Wednesday afternoon,
conducted by the Rev. Roe of the Methodist church. Interment was in Clarinda
Leora "Lizzie" Alexander]
Thursday November 22, 1928 [p. 1]
Hensley handed this office the
following obituary of his niece, Mrs. Lizzie Crawford, taken from the New Market Herald:
[Elizabeth] Leora Alexander,
daughter of [Samuel] David
and Eliza [Hensley] Alexander,
was born in Monroe County, Indiana, February 15, 1862, and passed away at her
home near New Market, Iowa, November 4, 1928, at the age of 66 years, 8 months
and 20 days. When nine years of age she came with her parents to Taylor county,
Iowa, and on September 11, 1878, was united in marriage to Samuel J. [ames]
Crawford. To this union twelve
children were born, six boys and six girls. Her husband passed away August 2,
1921. Also three daughters have passed away: Myrtle, January 5, 1895; [Bertha] Mae,
February 19th, 1899; and Mrs. Ruby [Elizabeth] Ingram, May 18, 1925. The living children are Mrs.
Iowa Weaver, Palmyra, Nebr.; Mrs.
Ella Hills, Linneus, Mo.; Mrs.
Anna [Mary Ann] Ginther Meadville,
Mo.; Oren [Oliver], [Samuel] Dennis, George [Marion] and Howard, reside near New Market; Cecil [Mark] and
Ledger [Nathan], near Clarinda.
Besides her children she leaves three sisters, Mrs. Maggie Crawford, Caldwell, Idaho; Mrs. Pearlie Wagoner, Holly, Colo.; and Mrs. Ollie Jamison, Knowles, Okla.; also eighteen grandchildren and
six great grandchildren. When young, she accepted Christ as her Savior and
united with the Baptist church, which she loved so well. Most of her life has
been spent in this neighborhood, having lived at the old home for almost 55
years. She was greatly devoted to her husband and the care of the large family
given her, but with the many problems that necessarily belong with raising such
a large family, she was always ready to do her full share for the welfare of
the community in which she lived. She was a member of the Valley Sunshine Club,
which she greatly enjoyed. Although her passing came suddenly and peacefully,
she has been in failing heath for several months and has often said to those
around her she was ready to go when her Savior called her.
"The precious one
from us has
The voice we loved is
A place is vacant in our
never can be filled."
funeral was held Wednesday afternoon, November 7, from the New Market Baptist
church in charge of Rev. Dice and burial was made in Memory cemetery.
sincere sympathy of the community is extended to the sorrowing ones in their
[Crawford, Ethel Pearl
Thursday October 29, 1959 p. 4
Mrs. Pearl Crawford Of New Market Dies
[Ethel] Pearl [Shore] Crawford of
New Market passed away Friday morning, October 23 at an Iowa City hospital. She
leaves to mourn her passing a son, Kenneth Crawford of Auburn, Calif.; a daughter, Mrs. Ethel
Anderson of Durant; a brother, Victor
Shore of Winterhaven, Florida;
two sisters, Mrs. George Webb and Mrs. Tommy Harris of New
services were held at the New Market Methodist church Monday afternoon, with
burial at New Market. Rev. Lacy Thompson officiated.
Thursday October 28, 1965 p. 4
Crawford rites oct. 24
services for George [Marion] Crawford, 70, lifelong farmer and stock buyer in Page and Taylor counties,
were held Oct. 24 at the Clarinda Christian Church. Mr. Crawford died Oct. 21 at Clarinda Municipal Hospital.
Interment was at the Clarinda cemetery.
Crawford was born [January 25,
1895] on a farm near Gravity. His wife is the former Nina Moore of Gravity to whom he was married in 1914.
Mr. Crawford farmed in Taylor County until moving to Clarinda
several years ago. At the time of his death, he was vice-president of the
Federal Land Bank Assoc. and had been a partner in the Clarinda Auction Co. for
include his wife, Nina; four
sons, Wade, Clark, Dale and Ralph Crawford, all of the Clarinda community; two brothers, Ledge [r Nathan]
Crawford, New Market, Iowa, and Howard
[H.]Crawford, Minneapolis, Minn.;
two sisters, Mrs. Anna [Mary Ann] Guenther [Ginther], Meadville, Mo., and Mrs. Ella Hills, Chillicothe, Mo.; 11 grandchildren and five
[Crawford, Howard H.]
Monday February 4, 1974
New Market burial for Howard
for Howard [H.] Crawford, 76,
will be held at 2 pm Wednesday [February 6, 1974] at the Lavelle Funeral Home
with Rev John Clark officiating. Burial will be in Old Memory Cemetery at New
died early Monday morning [February 4, 1974] at the Municipal Hospital in
Clarinda after being hospitalized for two weeks.
was born Aug 30,1897, near Gravity, the son of Samuel [James] and Lizzie
[Elizabeth Leora] Alexander Crawford. He was reared in the Gravity and New Market areas.
was married to Helen [M.] Grove on May 17, 1923, at Bedford. They lived in Bedford and Minneapolis, Minn,
before moving back to Clarinda four years ago, the home being at 601 East Main.
was a member of the Christian Church in Clarinda.
was preceded in death by his parents, six sisters and five brothers.
include his wife, two sons, Stanley of Minneapolis, Minn, and Allan of
Meriden, Conn, four grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
[Crawford, Ida Glenn
Thursday December 31, 1964 [p. 1]
Mrs. I. Crawford Dies In Clarinda
services for Mrs. Ida [Glenn Cade] Crawford were held Dec. 28 at the Walker Funeral Home in
Clarinda with Rev. Ralph G. Allen in charge. Mrs. Crawford died in her home Dec. 26. Interment was at the
Memory Cemetery, New Market.
native of New Market, she had moved to Clarinda from New Market shortly after
the death of her husband, [Samuel] Dennis Crawford, in the fall
of 1959. Her entire lifetime was spent in Page and Taylor counties. When able
to work she had been superintendent of the employees lodge at the Mental Health
Institute for 15years. She was a member of the Christian Church in Clarinda.
is survived by a sister, Mrs Newt (Carrie) Jones, New Market, five nieces, and three nephews.
Thursday February 3, 1966 p. 4
Ledge Crawford Rites Jan. 31
[r Nathan] Crawford, 78, well known New Market resident, died at the
Clarinda Municipal Hospital Jan. 29, having been in failing health for about
son of the late Samuel [James] and Lizzie [Elizabeth] Leora Alexander Crawford, he was born [December 2, 1887] on a farm near Gravity and spent
most of his life in Taylor County. His lifetime work was farming, but from 1933 until 1953, he lived at
Lincoln where he was employed at the Mental Health Institute. He had also worked at the Clarinda MHI.
He has lived the last 13 years in and around New Market.
him are his wife, the former Pearl Bates of New Market; three daughters, Mrs. Oma Morgan of Iowa Falls, Mrs. William Hohman, and Mrs. Bennie (Waive) Wolfe, both of Cherokee; a stepson, Orville Bates of St. Joseph, a brother, Howard [H.] Crawford of Minneapolis; and two sisters, Mrs. Scott
[Lee] (Anna) [Mary Ann] Guenther [Ginther] of Meadville, Mo. and Mrs. Ella Hills of Chillicothe, Mo.
Funeral services were
conducted from the Walker Funeral Home Jan. 31 with Preacher Glen Mitchell from
the New Market Church of Christ in charge. Burial was in Memory Cemetery near New Market.
[Note: Source of birth date: World War I Draft Registration card]
Thursday January 3, 1929 [p. 1]
Oren O. Crawford
O.[liver] Crawford, son of Samuel J. [ames] and Lizzie L. [eora
Alexander], was born in Page
county, Iowa, August 31st, 1882, and departed this life December 23, 1928. He
was 46 years, 5 months and 22 days of age at the time of his passing away in
his home, following a fight of several weeks against the grim reaper. On Nov.
14, he fell from his garage, injuring his back and spine, which together with
complications was the direct cause of his death. All that loving hands and
medical skill could do was done, but all to no avail. His untimely death comes
as a severe blow to his relatives and friends.
When but an infant he, with his father
and mother, moved to Taylor County some 5 miles northeast of New Market. Here
was the scene of his development and of affection. He attended the Frog Valley
School. He was married March 15, 1904, to Ethel Pearl Shore who shared with him a happy life for nearly a
quarter of a century. They were blessed with three children, Harry Robert who died in infancy, Kenneth Miles and Ethel Lucile. The family has lived 22 years in their present
home. Next to his family and neighbors he loved the Masonic lodge best of all,
having been an active member for several years. He was a member of Covenant
Lodge No. 453 A. F. & A. M. He has served as Trustee of Dallas Township and
in other ways contributed to civic betterment of the community in which he
lived. Oren was of a generous
disposition, always ready to assist in any worthy undertaking. He was a fine
citizen and will be sadly missed by his neighbors and his friends as well as by
the immediate family circle. His father and mother and three sisters, Myrtle,
[Bertha] Mae and Mrs. Ruby
Ingram preceded him in death. He
leaves to mourn his demise, his loving wife, his son and daughter, his three
sisters, Iowa Weaver of
Palmyra, Nebr., Ella Hills of
Linneus, Mo., Anna [Mary Ann] Ginther of Meadville, Mo.; five brothers, Ledger [Nathan] and Cecil [Mark] of Clarinda, [Samuel] Dennis, Howard [H.] and George [Marion] of New Market; a large number of relatives and friends.
services were held in the New Market M. E. church December 26, 1928. The
pastor, Rev. C. F. Smith, officiated. Interment was in the Old Memory cemetery,
this service being conducted by the Masonic Order.
[Crawford, Pearl Sturm
Thursday December 8, 1966 p. 6
Final Rites Are Held
For Mrs. Crawford
services for Mrs. Ledge (Pearl) Crawford, 80, of New Market were held November 27 at the Walker Funeral Home
in Clarinda with Preacher Glen Mitchell in charge. Mrs. Crawford died November 25 at Clarinda Municipal Hospital.
Interment was at Memory Cemetery, New Market.
Pearl Crawford was born July 9,
1886 near Dunlap, Ill. She was the daughter of T. [homas] J. [efferson] and
Nora Sturm [Eupha Lenora Hegwood].
When she was eight years old, the family moved to a farm near Sharpsburg, Ia.
In 1904 Pearl was married to Roy
Bates. To this union one son was
born, Orval Edwin Bates. They
lived on a farm near Sharpsburg until Mr. Bates died.
July 9, 1929 she was married to Ledge Crawford. Pearl and Ledge worked in
Lincoln, Nebr. at the Mental Health Institute until 1951. They moved to a farm
northeast of New Market.
1958 they moved to New Market and lived in the house in northwest New Market
until the recent illness of Mrs. Crawford. Ledge died on Jan.
was preceded in death by her parents, and one brother and sister.
her son Orval of McCook,
Nebr., and three stepdaughters, Mrs. Oma Morgan of Iowa Falls, Mrs. William Hohman and Mrs. Waive Wolfe of Cherokee, she is survived by two sisters, Olive
Cummings of Council Bluffs and Lula
Beemer of Creston, and two
brothers, Hari [Harlie] Sturm of Gravity, and Irve [Irvin] Sturm of Belt, Mont. She had four granddaughters and 12 great grandchildren.
was an avid writer. She loved to
receive cards and letters and many people have received cards and letters
expressing her concern for their welfare.
Pearl was a member of the New Market Church of Christ
and attended as long as health permitted.
Thursday August 27, 1959 p. 7
Obituary – Dennis Crawford
Dennis Crawford, 70, son of Samuel
[James] and Lizzie [Elizabeth Leora Alexander] Crawford, was born in Taylor County, Iowa, on August 3,
1889 and died Thursday Aug. 20.
entire life was spent farming in this vicinity with the exception of 13 years
when he was employed at the Clarinda State hospital.
was united in marriage to Ida G. [lenn] Cade on October 11, 1911.
was united with the Church of Christ in New Market and was baptized on April
leaves to mourn their loss his wife; three brothers, Ledge of New Market, George [Marion] of Clarinda, and Howard of Spokane, Washington; three sisters, Iowa Weaver of Burley, Idaho, Ella Hills of Chillicothe, Mo., and Anna [Mary Ann] Ginther of Meadville, Mo., his nephews and niece and a
host of friends.
ATTEND CRAWFORD RITES
from a distance attending the funeral for Dennis Crawford were: Howard Crawford of Spokane, Wash.; Kenneth Crawford of Auburn, Calif.; Mrs. Helen Crawford and son Stanley of Minneapolis, Minn.; Mr. and Mrs. Bennie
Wolf of Cherokee; Mrs. Oma
Morgan of Mondamin; Mr. and
Mrs. Guenther [Ginther] of
Meadville, Mo.; Mrs. Ola Eubanks and Mrs. Velma Jones of Kansas
City; Mr. and Mrs. Don Jones of Shenandoah; Mr. and Mrs. Frey of Kansas City, Mo.
Bedford Free Press
Thursday August 11, 1921 p. 5
Sam Crawford Dies Suddenly.
morning, soon after arriving at Clarinda, on the morning train, Sam Crawford died before medical assistance could reach him,
at the Burlington hotel in that city.
his usual health, Mr. Crawford left
home Tuesday morning to go to Ladoga, where he would take the morning train to
Clarinda, walking over from the farm, which is not far. He feared he would miss
the train so hurried along, running part of the way. Arriving at Ladoga he
complained of feeling badly but with assistance he was able to get on the train
when it arrived.
J. Wallace of this place, was on the train and advised that he get off at New
Market and see a doctor. Mr. Crawford insisted in going on and Mr. Wallace took care of him as far as
Clarinda when he was taken over by Allie Pullen and Grant Taylor, who got on
the train at New Market.
Clarinda his condition was found to be serious, and he was assisted to the
Burlington hotel near the depot, and medical assistance called. He suddenly
grew worse and passed away before the doctor arrived.
family was notified and his sons were soon in Clarinda. The hearse from New
Market was ordered and the body brought back to the family home west of here.
funeral was held Thursday afternoon from the Baptist church in New Market at 2
o'clock. —Gravity Independent.
New Market Herald
Thursday August 4, 1921 p. 3
Sam Crawford Dead
Crawford died Tuesday morning at
the Burlington hotel in Clarinda. He left home that morning to walk to Ladoga
to take the train for Clarinda and in order to do so he had to run quite a
distance. Soon after getting on the train he began to feel bad, continuing to
grow worse with each passing minute. When the train reached Clarinda he was
assisted from the train by Allie Pullan and Grant Taylor who took him to the
hotel and summoned a physician. Before the medical assistance arrived he had
passed away. It is supposed that he over exerted himself in running and bursted
a blood vessel.
remains were removed at once to his home northeast of town and funeral services
were held today, Thursday.
Sam, as he was familiarly called, was one of our
well-known and respected citizens and his sudden passing cast a gloom over the
entire community. Obituary will appear next week.
New Market Herald
Thursday August 11, 1921 p. 2
S. J. Crawford
community was greatly shocked and saddened Tuesday morning, Aug. 2, when the news spread through the community that Sam Crawford had so suddenly passed away in Clarinda.
death being so sudden was caused by a blood vessel bursting in the heart,
causing his death before medical aid could reach him.
James Crawford was born in Green
Co., Ind., Sept. 13, 1856. Departed this life August 2, 1921, aged 64 years 16 months and 19 days.
1876 he came to Taylor Co., Ia. Here he met and married Lizzie [Elizabeth] Leora Alexander September 11, 1878. To this union twelve children wee born, six girls and six
boys, ten of which are living. They
are Mrs. Iowa Catuska,
Bedford, Mrs. Ella Hills,
Linneus, Mo., Mrs. Anna [Mary Ann] Guenther [Ginther],
Meadville, Mo., Oren [Oliver], Ledger [Nathan], [Samuel] Dennis and George [Marion] of near New Market, Cecil [Mark], Howard and Ruby [Elizabeth] are at home, [Bertha] May and Myrtle having proceeded him to the better world several
years ago. There are fourteen grandchildren and one great grandson.
his wife and children he leaves to mourn his death, an aged father of Washburn,
Ill., one sister, Mrs. Belle Ashbaugh, of South Bend, Ind., three brothers, Harry E. and Nelson B. of Washburn, Ill. and John of Caldwell, Ida.
a young man he united with the Christian church and since, he has been a
believer and follower of the Golden Rule.
is a vacant chair in the home; a husband and father is gone after a life spent
in devotion to his family.
community has lost a friend and neighbor whose place cannot be filled.
services were held 2:30 Thursday in the Baptist church conducted by Rev. T. H.
August 8, 1921 p. 8
FELL DEAD AT STATION
Samuel J. Crawford from Near New Market Succumbed to Heart
morning when Samuel J. [ames] Crawford, who lived near New Market, reached Clarinda on the 10:30 train from
the east, he felt ill, and was taken to the Burlington Hotel nearby, by friends
on the train to whom he made known his condition.
doctor was called, but before he arrived, Mr. Crawford had passed away, from heart failure. He had made
a strenuous run to catch the train, he told his friends, and apparently the
physical exertion had proven too much for him.
Harmon was called, and viewed the body, but said no inquest was necessary. The
relatives were phoned of the sad affair, and drove over promptly, together with
the undertaker from New Market, who took charge of the body.
Crawford was 64 years of age, and
has several grown children and relatives. —Clarinda Herald.