Biography of Earle E. Crawford
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EARLE E. CRAWFORD.
Among those who stand as able and distinguished types of the world's workers is Earle E. Crawford, the efficient and popular principal of the Napa Union high school. He is a man of fine intellectual and professional attainments, gracious personality and strong and virile character and has labored with zeal and devotion in the noble service to which his life is devoted, having lent dignity and honor to his profession. Mr. Crawford is a native of Eau Claire, Michigan, and was born on the 9th of June, 1886, a son of William T. and Mary (Tennant) Crawford. The father was a farmer by vocation and gained a prominent place in his community, having served as a member of the city council of Niles, Michigan. He is of Irish descent and his wife is of Scotch ancestry. Her father served in the Civil war, in which he attained the rank of captain, and he was a pioneer of Michigan.

Earle E. Crawford secured his elementary education in the public and high schools at Niles, Michigan, and the high school at Joliet, Illinois, from which he was graduated. He was under the necessity of making his own way, and it is a mark to his credit that he earned a scholarship in Northwestern University, which he attended for one year. He then entered Michigan University, at Ann Arbor, and was graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Arts, after which he went to Choteau, Montana, where he was engaged in teaching school, being vice principal of the high school for three years. While there he returned to his alma mater for three summer sessions, and he also proved up on a homestead. He was then given the superintendency of schools at Choteau. He remained in Montana for nine years, and in 1918, after the United States entered the World war, he was appointed superintendent of the Great Falls district of the United States employment service. In this capacity he exerted a marked influence on the labor situation, preventing strikes and interesting many in vocational work. At the end of a year he accepted an appointment as vice principal of the Great Falls high school, serving for one year, and he was then chosen principal of the high school at Idaho Falls, Idaho, where he remained for four years. In September, 1924, Mr. Crawford came to Napa as principal of the Union high school, and he is still filling that position, to the complete satisfaction of all who are interested in the school and who are in touch with the splendid work he is doing here. His ability and accomplishments have been widely recognized among educators, and he stands high in educational circles. He is a member of the High School Principals Association of California; was president of the Idaho State Declamation Association and a member of the executive committee of the Idaho State Association of Teachers and for one year was president of the Secondary section of the National Educational Association. He has kept in close touch with advanced educational methods, and to this end he attended two summer sessions at Columbia University, New York city, and one at Leland-Stanford University. He has devoted himself indefatigably to the interests of the Napa high school, which he is maintaining at a high standard of excellence.

Mr. Crawford was married to Miss Velma Webber, of Niles, Michigan, and they are the parents of two children, Eugenia Helen and Donald Richard. Politically he is a stanch supporter of the republican party, while he sustains fraternal relations with the Free and Accepted Masons, being a past master of his lodge. He has attained the Knight Templar degree and is past commander of the commandery, and Mystic Shrine, as well as of the Napa Kiwanis Club. He is highly regarded in the community for his earnest life, high attainments and well rounded character.

From:
History of Solano County, California
BY: Marguerite Hune
and Napa County, California
BY: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago 1926


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