HON. NORMAN A. CRUMB, a young and promising attorney-at-law, resident in Brookfield, Madison County, was born here January 15, 1866. Daniel Crumb, grandfather of the subject of this sketch, came from Rhode Island to Brookfield among the pioneer settlers, cleared a few acres of the thickly timbered land, and built his log house. He was a
farmer, and also followed the trade of cooper. He died in the town of Brookfield at an advanced age. James Crumb, son of Daniel, having been educated in the public schools and trained to agricultural pursuits, as soon as he gained his majority purchased the farm of his late father, and paid the other heirs their portion. He married Eunice Collins, daughter of Hoxie and Silvia (Teft) Collins, and lived in the original log house of his parents. His wife's father was a Quaker preacher, and she was brought up in that faith. Her mother was of an old family that came from Rhode Island, and were early settlers of Brookfield. There were four children born to Mr. and Mrs. James Crumb; namely, Francis, Marion, Hoxie J., and Norman. The father still lives on the farm; and his son, Hoxie J., resides with him. The mother died in the town of Brookfield, February 2, 1892, at the age of sixty-three years. A highly respected lady, her loss was sincerely mourned by a large circle of friends.
Norman A. Crumb remained upon the home farm until he was seventeen years of age, in the mean time attending the district school, and later pursuing a course of study at the Brookfield Academy, from which institution he was graduated in 1884. He then taught school for a few terms; and afterward, by way of preparation for the study of law, he took a short course in the Cazenovia Seminary. In March of 1886 he entered the law office of Senator John E. Smith at Morrisville, N.Y., where he studied for two years, and then went as managing clerk into the office of A. O. Briggs, Esq., of Canastota, N.Y., where he remained until his admission to the bar, May 3, 1889, at the general term at Syracuse, N.Y. On September 3, 1891, he married Miss Carrie E. Lamb, daughter of Charles and Helen Lamb.
He cast his first vote in the ranks of the Republican party, and has since been a strong and faithful adherent to that organization. Mr. Crumb is an active and influential member of Brookfield Lodge, No. 632, Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
While yet young, Mr. Crumb has evinced a high order of talent, and has shown himself possessed of a fund of legal lore and a capacity for work that would do credit to a much older member of the profession, so that he already takes a front rank, being considered among the most judicious lawyers of the county. He is essentially a man of peace, and, instead of advising clients to "go to law," is ever ready to adjust differences and settle disputes amicably. He is a man who has risen by his own efforts, always preferring self-reliance, to any outside assistance; and his achievements are the results of his own perseverance, push, and pluck. Straightforward and courteous, he has from a very small beginning built up a large practice, and made for himself an extensive circle of friends, who have the utmost confidence in his integrity and skill. Having a high social position and a pleasant home, he enjoys a well-earned prosperity, and may be trusted to merit and to win still greater successes in the future.
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