Biography of J. F. Crampton
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J. F. CRAMPTON, who was born in San Bernardino, California, December 1st, 1856, is one of the pioneers of Arizona who can distinctly recall the really thrilling times experienced by the residents of the then Territory. His father having died when Mr. Crampton was but two years old, his mother married J. A. Moore, and in 1866 the family moved to Arizona and passed through where the city of Phoenix now is. He has the distinction of having been the first white boy in Phoenix, and can distinctly remember wading in the first ditch dug there, with Jack Swilling, the man who dug it. They proceeded to Fort McDowell, where they lived for the next three years, having had an interest in the Seltzer store, which they sold out in '69. They then bought Maricopa Wells and the Overland Mail Route from San Diego, California, to Tucson, and those, Mr. Crampton assures us, were mighty lively times with the Apache Indians. While riding the mail route, on three occasions he had narrow escapes from the Indians, and succeeded in getting away only by the swiftness of his saddle horse. He first went to Globe in 1876, in company with the earliest settlers of the town, and in 1878 he made that his home, which it has since been. He was married thirty years ago to Miss Rovilla Snelling, a native of Indiana, but also a pioneer of Arizona. They have three children, J. W. Crampton, an engineer for the Old Dominion Mining Company, Mrs. Joe Crowley and Miss Evelyn Crampton. Mr. Crampton has been at various times engaged in mining, smelting and the cattle business, but he has also served in various capacities as public official. He was postmaster of Globe one term under President Cleveland, one year Deputy City Marshal and Assessor, and at present is filling the office of Constable. Mr. Crampton has developed in the atmosphere of the pioneers, which makes for sterling worth of character, and is a fitting example of what the sturdy growth of those days will do for a man. He is known far and near, and in him Arizona has one of her best citizens and most enthusiastic workers and well wishers. He is one of the old Odd Fellows of the State, and a member of the Mystic Circle.

From:
Who's Who in Arizona
Vol 1
Compiled and Published by Jo Conners
Press of The Arizona Daily Star
Tucson, Arizona 1913


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