Obit: Crosby, William (1840 - 1927)

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----Source: NEILLSVILLE PRESS (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) 06/23/1927

Crosby, William (5 MAY 1840 - 21 JUN 1927)

William Crosby, father of Judge Emery W. Crosby, passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Otto Henze, in the town of Lynn, Clark County, Wis., Tuesday morning, June 21, 1927, aged 87 years, 1 month and 16 days. He was born in Madison Co., N.Y., May 5, 1840, and when a small boy, came with his parents to Sheboygan Co., Wis., where he grew to manhood. He served with distinction in the Civil War. On his return to his home he became interested in the rapidly developing dairy industry in Sheboygan Co. and went into cheese buying, which he followed for many years. He was also greatly interested in dairy cattle and in later years he lived for 4 years on a farm near Abbottsford, where he raised purebred Holsteins. He moved back to Sheboygan Co. again, and 12 years ago, in order to be near their children, Mr. and Mrs. Crosby came to Granton, Clark County and built a home there. His wife died 8 years ago in February, and since then he has made his home with his daughter, where he died.

Mr. Crosby was married to Miss Adell Little in Sheboygan Co., June 14, 1864. Both the Crosby and Little families were people of distinction. The former were of Scotch-Irish ancestry and the latter of English descent, but living in America from before Revolutionary times, their forefathers taking part in that conflict. Mr. Crosby was a man of keen intelligence and high character. His advancing age had prevented his taking an active part in affairs since her lived her, but he had been a man of energy and business ability for many years.

He leaves the two children before mentioned, Judge E. W. Crosby and Mrs. Otto Henze, also four granddaughters and one grandson.

Funeral services will be held at the Henze home at 9 o'clock Thursday, Rev. Wilson Mallory officiating. The remains will be taken immediately to Sheboygan Falls for burial in the family lot.



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