Everett Willings Crossgrove
E. W. Crossgrove Answers Final Call
Everett Willings Crossgrove was born at Velusia, Chautauqua County, New York on April 29, 1857 and departed this life February 11, 1932, age seventy-four years, nine months, and twelve days. He was the third child of William A. and Mary E. (Kelsey) Crossgrove.
His mother was left a widow with four children when he was four years old. The others all passed to their reward in early life.
He spent sometime in Missouri in 1880, then returned to Westfield, New York, where he was married to Louisa A. Rolph on December 14, 1881. While living there he engaged in fishing on Lake Erie, until the spring of 1885, when they moved to Nebraska and took a homestead in Lincoln County, five and a half miles north west of here. Their post office was then Keystone, which was afterwards changed to Farnam and moved two miles west.
To this union six children were born, Merle, Nora LaBounty and Lynn of this place: Mary Oman of Gothenburg; Jennie Messersmith of Gandy and Morris W., now deceased. He also reared and cared for his nephew, John P. Crossgrove, now of St. Maries, Idaho, who was left an orphan at six years.
The deceased was engaged in farming and stock raising until health failed. They then moved to their present home in Farnam, in March 1919.
He was a member of the American Shorthorn Breeders Association; Nebraska Improved Live Stock Association, also of the A.O.U.W. Lodge; a member of the Farnam Methodist Church which he attended when ever health permitted having attended services the last Sunday before his death.
Mr. and Mrs. Crossgrove had the pleasure of celebrating their Golden Wedding anniversary the 14th of last December at which time more then seventy friends and relatives gathered for the happy occasion. This was one of the outstanding events of Mr. Crossgrove's life in that he looked forward to the time when this could be carried out. Mr. Crossgrove had been in poor health for many years and one of the things which he hoped most was that he could live to enjoy the happy golden anniversary event. It is a great satisfaction to his friends and relatives that this request was granted.
He is survived by his loving and faithful wife, the children, eight grandchildren, and nephew above mentioned, a number of cousins and a host of friends.
The funeral service was conducted from the Methodist Church in Farnam on Sunday afternoon, February 14 at 2:00 o’clock. Rev. Tanner, pastor of the church of which he was a member, and Rev. Craig, a life long friend officiating. A mixed quartet consisting of Mr. and Mrs. Dan McNickle, Mrs. G. W. Pollard and David Banks accompanied by Mrs. Loren Fitch furnished the music. Interment in the Farnam Cemetery.
Another treasure now to wait
Our coming to the pearly gate
Another tie our souls to win
From toil and care, from earth and sin.
The Farnam Echo. Farnam, Dawson County, Nebraska
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