Benjamin F. Crenshaw, a well known real estate and insurance agent of Marengo, is a native of this city, born
on the 2d of February, 1867. His father, Josephus Crenshaw, who was born in Lexington, Kentucky, was successful
in business and for a number of years before his demise lived in retirement from the cares of active life. He came
to Iowa at an early day in the history of the state, arriving here in the '50s. His widow, who bore the maiden
name of Laura Cadwallader, was born in Ohio and is still living in Marengo. She was the second wife of Mr. Crenshaw
and to their union were born four children. Catherine; Hattie, who is a teacher in Marengo; Benjamin F.; and Mabel,
who has passed away.
Benjamin F. Crenshaw passed his boyhood and youth under the parental roof and acquired a public school education.
His early manhood was spent in the west but fifteen years ago. he returned to his native city and has since devoted
his time to the real estate, insurance and abstract business, specializing in bonding. He keeps a firm grasp on
his affairs, pays attention to the minutest detail and, as he is well informed as to the various lines in which
he is engaged and has sound business judgment, he is meeting with gratifying success. In the real estate field
he has done considerable outside emigration business.
In 1900 was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Crenshaw and Miss Myrtle Swezey, who passed away in El Paso, Texas,
leaving a daughter, Helen. On the 29th of December, 1914, Mr. Crenshaw was again married, Mrs. Grace White becoming
Mr. Crenshaw votes with the republican party where national issues are at stake but at local elections supports
the candidate whom he deems best fitted for the office in question. Fraternally he is quite well known, belonging
to the Knights of Pythias, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Elks. The greater part of his life has
been spent' in Marengo and those who have known him intimately since boyhood hold him in the highest respect, which
is indubitable proof of his sterling qualities of character.
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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