David Henry Baxter Crowell of the firm of Crowell Bros., lumber, coal and grain dealers, Attica, Kans., is a native of North Carolina. He was born September 10, 1856, on a farm in Stanley county, North Carolina, and is a son of James D. and Katherine (Russell) Crowell. James D. Crowell was born in Stanley county, North Carolina, in 1823. He was a farmer, but followed gold mining for a number of years. During the Civil war he served in the Confederate army, and was a private in Stonewall Jackson's brigade, and was present when that great military chieftain received the wound which caused his death. Mr. Crowell saw much service, and participated in a number of important battles from Bull Run to Gettysburg. At the battle engagement he was taken prisoner and sent to the Federal military prison at Elmira, N. Y., where he was confined until the close of the war, or for about two years. In 1869 he removed from his North Carolina home to Illinois, where he was extensively engaged in farming until 1879 when he came to Kansas, and bought land in Crawford county, where he resided until his death, which occurred January 20, 1906. His wife, Katherine Russell, was also a native of North Carolina and a daughter of Robert Russell, a Scotchman. She was born in 1827 and died at Alva, Okla., March 17, 1904. To James D. and Katherine (Russell) Crowell were born eleven children: Margaret E., born in 1844, now the widow of Alfred Honeycutt; James Robert, born in 1846, died July 20, 1884; Josephine, born 1848, died March 9, 1914; Estella Augusta, born in 1850, now the wife of Charles Corether, of Pontiac, Ill.; David Henry Baxter, the subject of this sketch; Doctor Franklin, born December 20, 1858, resides at Pittsburg, Kans.; George Washington, born February 20, 1860, a member of the firm of Crowell Brothers, Attica, Kans.; Thomas Jefferson, born in 1863, druggist, Pittsburg, Kans.; Samantha J., born in 1866, married Frank Knapper; Sarah Katherine, born 1868, married Elijah Millard, of Crawford county, Kansas; Molly N., born in 1870, married R. P. Gorrell, an undertaker, of Pittsburg, Kans. David Henry Baxter Crowell is a notable example of a successful self-made man. He remained at home with his parents until 1880, when he came to Kansas and bought a farm in Crawford county where he was engaged in farming until 1886, when he removed to Attica, Kans., where he and his brother George W. engaged in their present business. The business developed rapidly, proving a success from the start. They engaged in the lumber, coal and grain business, and at one time had as high as twenty grain elevators, in various towns throughout Southern Kansas and Oklahoma, and they invariably had a lumber yard in connection with each elevator. The name Crowell Brothers is a familiar household word throughout that section of the two States. Mr. Crowell was married November 9, 1882, at Girard, Kans., to Miss Martha E., daughter of Robert L. and Elizabeth (Brundage) Dark, the former a native of Tennessee, and an early settler of Illinois, where he spent the latter part of his life, and died in 1879. The mother was a native of Kentucky, and died at Attica, Kans., July 3, 1903. Mrs. Crowell was born in McDonald county, Illinois, July 25, 1857, and is a descendant of pioneer American stock. Her grandfather made the trip to Kentucky with Daniel Boone. To Mr. and Mrs. Crowell have been born two children: William Arthur, born September 16, 1883, died July 10, 1888, and George F., born March 13, 1886, graduated from the Attica High School, class of 1905, and from the Kansas University in the class of 1907, with a degree of L. L. D. In 1908 he was captain of the university football team. Mr. Crowell is one of the substantial business men of Southern Kansas. Politically he is a Democrat, but has never sought public office, however, he has held minor local offices on various occasions. He is a Knights Templar and Scottish Rite Mason, and a member of the Mystic Shrine, and belongs to the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.Pages 197-198 from a supplemental volume 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 October 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM196. It is a single volume 3.
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