C. W. CROUCH.
C. W. Crouch, one of the progressive, successful and representative citizens of Napa county, was born in Lenawee
county, Michigan, on the 21st of July, 1867, and is a son of F. A. and Rachael (Dutcher) Crouch, natives of New
York state and both of whom are deceased. In 1877 the parents and their two sons, C. W. and Frank S. came to California,
locating in Calistoga. For a while the father rented the J. Greer ranch, raising hay and grain and Mission grapes,
it being one of the first vineyards in the Napa valley, originally planted by Samuel Brannan. Eventually F. A.
Crouch left that place, and in Calistoga he spent his remaining years, his death occurring when he was ninety one
C. W. Crouch received his educational training in the public schools of Calistoga and then became a telegraph operator
for the Central Pacific Railroad. Later he was employed in the civil engineering department of the Pacific Improvement
Company, in the erection of round houses and hotels along the line of the Central Pacific. He also was for a short
time engaged in farming in Napa county, but presently gave that up and went to San Francisco, where he became a
conductor on the Sutter street railway. After remaining there for four years he returned to Calistoga and was engaged
in ranching for a time, but in 1909 he engaged in the real estate and insurance business in the town, and in this
he has been eminently successful. Mr. Crouch was formerly agent for the American Railway Express Company and was
manager of the Calistoga Water Company, the California Telephone & Light Company and the Calistoga Electric
Company. He is now secretary of the Calistoga Chamber of Commerce, a member of the advisory board of the California
Development Association and secretary of the Geyser Highway Association. He is also a trustee of the Calistoga
public library. Fraternally he is a member and a past master of Calistoga Lodge No. 233, Free and Accepted Masons,
and belongs to the Order of the Eastern Star.
On April 23, 1889, Mr. Crouch was married to Miss Grace Cyrus, who was born and reared in California. Her grandmother
was the "Lavina Graves" of the historic Donner party that crossed the plains in 1846. To Mr. and Mrs.
Crouch have been born two daughters: Lelia, who is librarian of the Calistoga public library; and Mrs. Jessie Thomas,
of Marysville, California.
History of Solano County, California
BY: Marguerite Hune
Napa County, California
BY: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Napa County, CA
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