JOHN WESLEY CROOKS
The Olathe Mirror, Thursday, Nov. 8,
1917, Pg. 1
Captain John Wesley
John Wesley Crooks was born in
Leavetsville, Carroll county, Ohio, on Christmas day, 1832, and departed this
life at his old home, one mile north of Morse, Kansas, October 29, at 10:30 p.
m., at the ripe age of 84 years, nine months and 29 days.
He was educated in Ohio, receiving
a common school and some college work. At the age of 15 he united with the
Methodist Episcopal church of which he remained a member until his death at
which time he held his membership at Morse, Kansas.
In his twenties he engaged in the
public school work as a teacher, then for some time in the boot and shoe
business, later coming to Kansas and teaching school and working at the
carpenter trade, for some time; then he returned to Ohio, but he had been taken
by the Kansas spirit and soon returned.
At the breaking out of the Civil
war he organized a company of which he became captain. This was Co. A,
126th Ohio infantry, and he served through the war, receiving an honorable
At the close of the war he
purchased a tract of land just north of Morse where he spent the remainder of
He was married to Miss Charlott
Amos on September 6, 1859, and to this union one child was born, Mrs. Charlott
Edenfield of Gueda Springs, Kansas. He again was married to Miss Katherine
Harper, October 26, 1865, and to this union four children were born, J. H.
Crooks, Olathe, Kan., E. L. Crooks, Wichita, Kansas, Mrs. Helen Wren and Dr. J.
W. Crooks, both of Seattle, Wash. After of death of this companion he was
again married to Mrs. Rebecca Jane Glasscock, January 31, 1884, and to this
union were born three children, Mrs. Harry Sterrett, Olathe, Mr. Earl Crooks,
who is in training at Camp Funston with Co. A, 353 Infantry, and Mr. Dean
Crooks, Olathe, Kan.
In 1905 he retired from active
farm life, moving to Olathe where he resided but a short time, the farm life
having such fascinations for him he soon returned to the farm where he spent the
The end came quietly and
peacefully on October 29, 1917.
He was grand father to 20 grand
children, two of whom are dead.
He was a faithful member of the M.
E. church for 70 years, and his neighbors always knew that “Father Crooks”
would be on the right side of every moral question.
Thus another veteran has gone to the new “Camp Ground”, gone to the Realm of Glory, where patrons live in peace. Captain Crooks was one of those sturdy, rugged characters who builded for oncoming generation. His acquaintance was extended and his influence great.