from Past and Present of Mahaska County, Iowa by Manoah Hedge The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co. 1906
Horace Crookham, living on section 29, Spring Creek township, is one of the native sons of Mahaska county, born in Prairie town- ship, March 3, 1854. His father, Milton Crookham, a native of Ohio, became one of the early settlers of Mahaska county. He was married, January 17, 1847, to Mary Bunn, a native of Jackson county. Ohio. born March 29, 1829, and a daughter of Peter Bunn. In 1848 Mr. Crookham came to Iowa and entered four hundred acres of government land. Event- ually he owned twenty-five hundred acres, be- coming one of the richest farmers of the county. He made judicious investments in real estate and was watchful of all business opportunities pointing to success. and by his careful pur- chases and well directed business affairs he gained a splendid measure of prosperity. Horace Crookliam was one of a family of twelve children, of whom three are now living. He was the fifth in order of birth, and was reared upon the home farm, receiving a com- mon-school education. He remained with his parents until his marriage on the 18th of De- cember, 1879, Miss Emma Lindly, a native of Pennsylvania, becoming his wife. Her father, B. F. Lindly, settled in Mahaska county. After his marriage Mr. Crookham began farming for his father on land in Richland township, where he remained for thirteen years. He then came to Spring Creek township, where he had pre- viously purchased one hundred acres, upon which he now resides, the farm being conven- iently situated about two and a half miles from Oskaloosa. Here he has made substantial im- provements, and has added to the dwelling and has built a barn at a cost of one thousand dol- lars. His father died in 1891, and his mother the year previous. Mr. Crookham was one of four heirs. Politically Mr. Crookham is independent, casting his ballot for candidates whom he re- gards as best qualified for office rather than for party. He served for one term as justice of the peace, has also been school trustee and was treasurer of Richland township.
Past and Present of Mahaska County, Iowa
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