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Robert Crowe
(Abt 1800-)
Rachel Blackburn
(Abt 1793-1840)
George Leas
Mary Breem
Samuel Jackson Crowe
Elizabeth Leas
Robert John Crowe


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Robert John Crowe 1 2

  • Born: 30 Jan 1862, Martin County, Indiana, USA
  • Died: 31 Dec 1942, Springfield, Bon Homme County, South Dakota, USA at age 80
  • Buried: Springfield Cemetery, Springfield, Bon Homme County, South Dakota, USA 3

bullet  General Notes:


John Crow died last Thursday morning at the home of Mrs. Beatrice Hoaglin in Springfield, where he had recently been making his home, his death following an illness of some ten days with heart weakness and the infirmities of age. The funeral services were held in the Congregational Church Sunday afternoon, being conducted by the Rev. A. C. Warner, and Internment was in the Springfield cemetery. The Monfore-Kostel Funeral Service had charge of the service.

Mr. Crow was the fourth child of a family of eight children, two girls and six boys, born to Samuel Jackson Crow and his wife, Elizabeth Lease. His parents were natives of Ohio, who moved to Martin County, Indiana in 1857 and there John was born, January 30, 1862. When he was three years of age his parents moved to a farm near Rossville, Allamakee County, Iowa, and there he grew to manhood. He came to Springfield in 1885 and homesteaded land northwest of town. At a later date he homesteaded also in Charles Mix County, but from 1885 Springfield had been his home.

For a great many years, first on the farm and then later after they moved into Springfield, he made his home with the Webb family, friends who came from the same community in Iowa. Following the death of Mr. and Mrs. Webb, he made occasional long visits with their daughter, Mrs. Roy Wright in Aberdeen, and with his nieces and nephew in Lake Andes and Springfield but kept himself a home somewhere in Springfield and during the past year he had resided in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Tim Holleman, and then for the past few months in the home of Mrs. Hoaglin and her mother. For nine years after he moved into town he was custodian of grounds at the Normal School.

An honored man, industrious and of good habits, he never married, but lavished upon his nieces and nephews and upon the children of his friends, the Webbs, the affections of his life aiding generously in their support and their schooling: and indeed not only they, but others of the youth attending the Normal School owed much in encouragement and in financial backing to Mr. Crow.

He was a man of neighborly helpfulness and friendly interest in the life of all in the community, and his life of 58 years in this region meant much of lasting contribution to its well-being.

One sister, Mrs. Mary Steele, Waukon, Iowa; and one brother, James B. Crow, Stafford, Mo., survive him, but on account of their age and the difficulty of travel they were unable to come for the funeral services. Nieces and nephews who were present were; Mrs. Clarence Hoven, Mrs. James Evans, and Sam Steele, with their families, from Lake Andes; Mr. and Mrs. Remster Slade and family, Tyndall; Mr. and Mrs. I. Spenner and family, Wakefield, Nebr.

Card of Thanks
The kindness of the Springfield people to John Crow in his last illness, and the thoughtfulness and courtesy shown us in the time of our bereavement are deeply appreciated and will long be remembered.
The Brother, Sister,
Nephew and Nieces 3


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

Resided: U.S. Census, 1880, Paint Creek, Allamakee, Iowa.



1 Notes from David A. Leas and/or the 1950 Leas Family Genealogy.

2 Hazel Greeneway.

3 Find A Grave (

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