John H. Crawford, the owner of Oak View Farm on section 35, Greene township, is a native of Iowa county, his
birthplace being a log cabin on the farm which he now owns. He was born July 11, 1864, a son of John and Sarah
(McCreary) Crawford, who were both born in Ireland, the former in County Derry and the latter in County Antrim.
Both emigrated to America in their youth, the father settling in New York state and the mother in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania. Subsequently they met and their marriage was solemnized in 1861. The father came to this county in
1854, traveling down the Ohio river from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on a flatboat and continuing his journey by
water to St. Louis. From that city he came overland to Iowa county, Iowa. In payment of a small debt he was deeded
eighty acres of land in this county which was practically unimproved. There was, however, a one room log cabin
on the place and there the two older children were born. The father prospered in his work as a farmer and became
in time the owner of six hundred acres of excellent land. He passed away in 1893 and his wife died in 1911, both
being buried in the Daytonville cemetery. To their union were born four children: John H., of this review; William
J., who is a dealer in live stock; Tillie J., who became the wife of Rev. H. C. Millice; and Emma, who died in
John H. Crawford acquired his early education in the public schools of this county and also pursued an academic
course. Through assisting his father with the work of the farm he became familiar with practical methods of agriculture
and has continued to devote his time to the cultivation of the soil and the care of crops. His place, on section
35, Greene township, known as Oak View Farm, is one of the excellently improved properties of the township. He
is energetic and alert and is meeting with gratifying success in his agricultural labors.
Mr. Crawford is a republican and in 1896 served as committeeman from Greene township. The Methodist church finds
in him a loyal and faithful member and those who know him most intimately realize most thoroughly his close adherence
to high standards of conduct.
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Iowa County, IA
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