WILLIAM ELLIS CRAWFORD. - A well known business man of Kansas City, Missouri, and a large property owner, William Ellis Crawford is an active dealer in real estate in this part of Jackson county, his transactions in realty being numerous and profitable. He was born, January 28, 1865, in Adair county, Missouri, a son of William Allen Crawford, and grandson of James Crawford, of Idaho, who, if he lives so long, will celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of his birth in December, 1911. The grandfather is the founder of a family in which four generations are now living.
William Allen Crawford married Elizabeth Pinkston, from whom he is now separated, he having left her when their son, William Ellis, was a child of eighteen months, going to Idaho to make his fortune, and forgetting to return to his family.
Growing to manhood in Adair county, Missouri, William Ellis Crawford acquired a practical common school education, and a thorough knowledge of the various branches of agriculture on the farm where his youthful days were spent. From childhood he was specially interested in the raising of stock of all kinds, and began his active career as a stock raiser and dealer, continuing in that line of industry until 1908. Since that time Mr. Crawford has dealt largely in realty, buying and selling lands in different localities, and meeting with marked success in his operations. In 1910 he located in Kansas City, Missouri, where he is carrying on a substantial business, his home being at No. 3301 Mougall street, while his phone number is East, 3306. He has extensive property interests in the city, among other pieces of value that he owns being the Manhattan Hotel.
Mr. Crawford married, August 6, 1887, Thursa Holman, a daughter of Joseph and Martha (Cox) Holman, natives of Knox county, Missouri, and they are the parents of five children, namely: Alma, Artie, Joseph, Benjamin and Freda.
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