EDWIN R. CRAWFORD
Edwin R. Crawford is a prominent farmer residing in Langworth, two and one-half miles west of Oakdale, Stanislaus County. Mr. Crawford is a native of Michigan, his birth having occurred in Macomb County, April 23, 1834, and the blood of Scotch-Irish ancestors is in his constitution. The family was founded in America at an early day, and among its members were those who, at the time of the Revolution, joined the colonial army and fought for the independence of the nation. His father’s uncle, John Crawford, was a soldier with the American forces throughout the long struggle that gained independence for the republic.
Jacob A. Crawford, the father of our subject, was born in Ontario County, New York, in 1801, and was united in marriage to Miss Harriet Bachelor, a native of his own state. In 1832 they removed to Macomb County, Michigan, and cast their lot with the pioneer settlers of that locality. The paternal grandfather of our subject settled in Milford, Oakland County, Michigan, in 1838, while Mr. Crawford’s parents continued to reside in Macomb County for fifty years, or until 1882. The father was a successful farmer and a man of prominence and influence. His marked ability led his fellow townsmen to confer upon him public honors and offices. For twenty years he was one of the supervisors of the county and was also a postmaster for many years. His wife died in Michigan in 1852, at the age of fifty-one years. They were the parents of seven sons and two daughters, but both of the daughters and two of the sons have passed away, while five of the number yet survive. William Albert resides in San Diego, California. In 1896 the father came to California to live with his sons, Levi and Edwin R., and with them he spent the last years of his life, passing away at the very ripe old age of ninety-two years. In early manhood he had been a member of the Methodist Church, but he afterward joined the Presbyterian Church and in its work took an active interest, serving as elder up to the time of his death. He was blessed with a cheerful and happy disposition, lived an upright, honorable life and may well be termed one of nature’s noblemen. His son, Levi Crawford, came to California in 1862, locating in Stanislaus County, where he engaged in teaching school for seven years, subsequently giving his attention to farming. His wife died in April, 1895, and he survived her less than a year. Their death was mourned by a large circle of friends for their genuine worth. They were highly respected by all who knew them. Luman G. Crawford, another of his sons, was a soldier in the Civil War, enlisting in the Third Infantry Michigan Volunteers July 29, 1864, with commission of second lieutenant; on January 8, 1865, was promoted first lieutenant, and on February 25, 1866, was promoted captain. He was mustered out June 10, 1866. He held the position of commissary of subsistence under General Thomas and was on his staff. He is now a resident of Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Edwin R. Crawford, whose name begins this review, was educated in the public schools and in the Plymouth high school of Michigan, after which he engaged in teaching, with good success. He also devoted his attention to farming until 1866, which was the year of his emigration to California. On reaching this state he made his way directly to his present home, purchasing one-half of the Langworth farm, and today he owns seven hundred and fifty acres, constituting a valuable property, which is conveniently located near Oakdale and is improved with all the modern accessories and conveniences. There is an excellent residence, and good barns and outbuildings which furnish shelter for grain and stock.
In 1869 Mr. Crawford was united in marriage to Miss Mary Jane Gregg, a native of Steubenville, Ohio, born April 30, 1850. Their union has been blessed with five children, of whom four are living, namely: Lucy, now the wife of A. F. Finney, the county surveyor of Stanislaus County; Gertrude, a graduate of the State Normal School, and now a teacher in her home district; Henry and Margaret, who are still with their parents; and Walter, who died when one year old. Mrs. Crawford is a valued member of the Presbyterian Church. Mr. Crawford has been a life-long Republican who keeps well informed on the issues of the day, and is therefore able to support his position by intelligent argument. He is classified among the successful farmers of his county, operating twelve hundred acres of land which is planted to wheat and alfalfa. He follows progressive farming methods, having a thorough understanding of the best methods of cultivating his fields in order to produce good crops. He is practical and enterprising and above all is reliable in his transactions with his fellow men.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2011 Gerald Iaquinta.