Biography of C. E. Creveling
Decatur County, IA Biographies





C. E. CREVELING.
Four hundred and fifty three acres of excellent land in this county pays tribute to its owner, C. E. Creveling, who is recognized as a most successful farmer and stock raiser. He was born upon his home farm on section 6, New Buda township, August 28, 1860, and is a son of Clemuel and Eliza Creveling. The father was born in Pennsylvania of English, German and Scotch ancestry and in 1854 emigrated west, locating in Washington county, Iowa. In 1856 he came to Decatur county and entered and purchased land in New Buda and Fayette townships and devoted the remainder of his life to the operation of his farm, passing away in 1886. His wife, who was also born in Pennsylvania, came of Pennsylvania-Dutch stock. Her demise occurred on the old home place in 1895 while she was making her home with our subject.

C. E. Creveling was reared under the parental roof and received a good common school education. Following his father's demise he had charge of the settling of the estate and purchased the old home place of one hundred and sixty acres. The father owned in all five hundred acres of land Mr. Creveling of this review has since added to his original purchase and now owns and operates four hundred and fifty three acres of fine land, a quarter section thereof lying in Fayette township, ninety eight in Burrell and one hundred and ninety five in New Buda township. On the 1st of April, 1893, the family residence on the old home place burned down but Mr. Creveling at once rebuilt on the same foundation, erecting a modern country home. He carries on both farming and stock raising and for many years gave much attention to breeding full blooded Duroc Jersey hogs. He still feeds many cattle and hogs annually and derives a handsome profit from their sale.

On the 6th of August, 1894, the marriage of Mr. Creveling and Miss Johanna Dunbar was solemnized. Her father, Benjamin Dunbar, who was a native of Indiana, followed agricultural pursuits and came to Iowa previous to the Civil war. He entered land in Decatur county and became a very extensive landowner. His wife, who was in her maidenhood Miss Elizabeth Johnson, was born in this state. To Mr. and Mrs. Creveling have been born eight children, namely: Perry Orville, whose birth occurred June 17, 1895, and who is assisting his father with the farm work; Venus Cecil, who was born December 8, 1896; Raymond, whose natal day was the 24th of March, 1898; Wallace, born August 17, 1900; Harold, born January 28, 1902; Myrle, who was born April 2, 1903; Mary, whose birth occurred June 25, 1905; and Howard Taft, born July 25, 1909.

Mr. Creveling is independent in politics, voting for the man rather than the party. Fraternally he belongs to the Odd Fellows and the Knights of Pythias lodges of Lamoni and has many friends both within and without those organizations. He comes of a family noted for the large size of its men, his paternal grandfather, Alexander Creveling, weighing three hundred and forty pounds and his father two hundred and forty. He himself is a man of fine physique, which is matched by a keen and vigorous mind and strong character. He has gained More than usual success as a farmer and stock raiser but has not confined his attention to the pursuit of material prosperity but, on the other hand, has at all times been ready to cooperate in movements seeking the moral development of his community

From:
History of Decatur County, Iowa
And its People
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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