GEORGE B. CRANDALL, an unwearied toiler in the fertile fields of Madison County, the years of whose virtuous pilgrimage already exceed fourscore, was born in Brookfield, N.Y., February 12, 1812. His grandfather, Joseph Crandall, a farmer, was born and died in the State of Rhode Island. Henry Crandall, son of Joseph, came to Brookfield from that State, bringing with him his wife and one child. He was one of the pioneers of the town, and bought a tract of timbered land, on which he erected his dwelling-house and farm buildings. The
children of Henry and Polly (Dennison) Crandall who were here reared were Polly M., Luraney M., Esther S., Henry H., Daniel S., Joseph H., William R., George B., and Avery C.
Our subject was educated in the district schools, and remained at his boyhood's home with his parents until the age of twenty three, when he married Miss Sarah Burdick, daughter of Mr. Jacob Burdick, a prominent man of
the town, and moved to a farm near by, where they began housekeeping, residing there for about twelve years. He then bought a place west of his present home, and struggled for some time to pay for it, but met with so many
misfortunes, the greatest one being his inability, on account of the vetoing by President Van Buren of the tariff bill, to find a market for his
wool, that he was unable to do so. For two years he battled manfully with his troubles, but was finally obliged to return to the farm where he had formerly lived. There he remained for twenty years, at the end of that time yielding to the persuasions of his father, and coming to live on the home farm, of which at his father's death he became the owner, and has since resided here.
Two children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Crandall, Lorin B. and Henry D. Lorin B. married a daughter of Stephen Clark, Miss Susan Clark, who died in August of 1893. Henry D. married Miss Lucia Pope, and has one child, Francis O.
Mr. Crandall's wife died at the age of forty years. She was a lovely Christian character, and her death was a great sorrow to her family and friends.
Although eighty-one years of age, Mr. Crandall can scarcely be considered an. old man, as he is hale and hearty, and an active worker yet on his farm, attending to its whole management, his mind being as clear as in his younger days, and his judgment well ripened by long experience of life.
He is a strict and conscientious member of the Seventh-day Baptist church, having never been ashamed of professing Christian faith. A loyal citizen of the republic, he is regardful of his civil rights and duties. He follows the principles of the Republican party in voting.
Mr. Crandall is venerated and esteemed wherever known throughout the county, and no shadow has obscured or tarnished his reputation.
Mr. Crandall has been privileged to see in this marvellous age changes that seem almost like the work of magic. From the plodding ox-team to the rush of the locomotive, from the dim tallow candle to the glare of electricity, and from the rude implements of farm work to the finished machines of
to-day--all these and more have been brought about since he began to walk the earth. And he has seen the growth of the United States into a mighty nation of more than sixty-two and one-half millions of people, with a territory whose area is more than three and one-half millions of square miles.
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