William Emmett Crawford, M. D., who for almost a quarter of a century has ably and successfully practiced medicine in Council Grove, Kan., was born at Shelbyville, Ky., May 12, 1853. He is the second son of William Crawford and his wife, who was Julia A. Williams, the former of whom was the son of a Virginian and was born, reared and educated in Kentucky. The father, William Crawford, who died in 1883 at McFall, Mo., had become a wealthy Kentucky planter prior to the Civil war and at the opening of the war he owned about one hundred slaves. The mother of Dr. Crawford was born at Eminence, Ky., of parents native to that state, and died in 1892 at McFall, Mo. William and Julia Crawford became the parents of seven children, as follows: George T., born May 8, 1847, who is now a farmer at Fayette, Mo.; Dr. Crawford of this review; John F., who was born Aug. 21, 1857, and is now engaged in farming at Salisbury, Mo.; Abbie, who was born in 1859 and who married Joseph T. O'Neil of Fayette, Mo., is now deceased; Jefferson Davis, who was born in 1861, is now a farmer at McFall, Mo.; Charles L., born in 1863, who is a successful physician at Roswell, N. M.; and Cleora B., born in 1866, who is now the wife of C. W. Brewer, a farmer at McFall, Mo.
Dr. Crawford was educated in the public schools of Missouri and at the State Normal School at Kirksville, Mo., where during his normal course he also studied medicine with Dr. Grove, a physician and druggist. After his graduation from the normal school in 1880 he became a teacher and from 1884 to 1886 was principal of the North Topeka schools. He had continued the study of medicine in the meantime and in the fall of 1886 entered the Kansas City Medical College for a full course in his chosen profession. He graduated in the medical college March 13, 1888, and on March 20 Dr. Crawford began his practice in Council Grove, where in the intervening years he has built up a large and lucrative practice. He is division surgeon for the Missouri Pacific Railway Company, having been appointed in 1898. He is a member of the Golden Belt, Morris County Medical and Kansas State Medical societies and has served as president of the Morris County Society for five terms. His practice covers the city of Council Grove and surrounding country.
Dr. Crawford was married Nov. 15, 1884, to Miss Elizabeth C. Owens, the daughter of William P. and Eliza J. Owens. Mr. Owens was a merchant of Lancaster, Mo., and is now living retired in Council Grove, Kan. Dr. and Mrs. Crawford have three children: Greta C. Crawford, born Dec. 8, 1885; William O. Crawford, born April 27, 1887; and Benjamin Harrison Crawford, born Aug. 8, 1888, who graduated from the Kansas City Dental College with the class of 1910, and is now practicing at Council Grove. Dr. and Mrs. Crawford are members of the Methodist Episcopal church and he is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America.Pages 1535-1536 from volume III, part 2 of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed December 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM195. It is a two-part volume 3.
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