George W. Crotty, who, with his father, owns 5,000 acres of the finest farming land in Coffey county, Kansas, and is recognized as one of the most extensive and successful stockmen of that county, is one of its native sons, born Aug. 24, 1875. His parents are William and Millie (Armstrong) Crotty, the former born in Maryland, in 1837, moved to La Salle county, Illinois, with his parents when one year of age, and lived there until 1860, after which he spent one year in Iowa, five years in Colorado, one year in Utah, and then came to Kansas, where he has since resided; the latter was born in Illinois, where she was married to Mr. Crotty, in 1861. They became the parents of five children, of whom they may well be proud for the achievements they have attained in educational, professional and business lines. Gertrude married Prof. Davenport, for years an instructor in Harvard College, but now at the head of the Carnegie Institute, in New York city; Rose married Leon Mosili; Millie is in Paris at the present time, pursuing a study of languages; George W. is fourth in order of birth; and Julia is a graduate of Rush Medical College, Chicago, Ill.
George W. Crotty received the grammar and high school education to be obtained at Burlington, Coffey county, and then matriculated at the University of Kansas, but was prevented from graduating by being called home, in 1895, to take charge of his father's extensive business interests, the latter being ill at that time. He has since continued in the business with his father, being interested in the raising of fine blooded live stock, and also buying and shipping stock. They are both thoroughly informed in the business and have been very successful.
In 1905 was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Crotty and Miss Alice H. Gillette, daughter of William Gillette, who was a native of Ohio but came to Kansas in an early day, making the journey in a wagon, there being no railroads there then. His life vocation was that of a farmer. Mr. and Mrs. Crotty reside about eight miles from Burlington, where their two children were born. Mr. Crotty is a Republican and has given public service as a member of the township board of trustees, and as an official he exercised the same prudence and foresight that characterized his private business dealings. Both Mr. Crotty and his father have ever been interested in the improvement of conditions, political, educational and industrial, of their locality. He affiliates fraternally with the Knights of Pythias and the Modern Woodmen of America.Pages 627-628 from volume III, part 1 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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