|James Crawford was born March 23, 1841 in Canada. He arrived in Bureau County around 1864.|
He met Clarissa Eunice Nichols, daughter of David T. Nichols, who was the operator at the C. B. & Q. depot
in Wyanet. James and Clara were married on April 23, 1866 in Wyanet.
Five children were born of this marriage, David Thomas, February 19, 1867, Henry Lee, October 05, 1868,
Clifford Lamotte, September 26, 1870, Robert Irving, September 25, 1875 and twins Earnest and Earl,
October 04, 1878, both who died within three weeks of birth.
In 1867, James started working at the C. B. & Q. - C. R.I. & P. Junction at Wyanet, while his father John was a
baggageman at the C. B. & Q. depot at Wyanet. James Crawford remained at the Junction for eleven years and
within two months of the twins death, he became sick and died on December 27, 1878.
James Crawford after an illness of eight days, died in peace at his residence in Wyanet. He was the station
agent at the Burlington - Chicago Rock Island & Pacific Crossing at Wyanet for the past eleven years.
A man much respected by all the hands on the railroad and was an official member of the M. E. Church. The
funeral was held at the church in Wyanet, the Rev. J. F. Yates officiating. His remains were deposited in the
Forest Hill Cemetery, Sunday afternoon.
He left a loving wife, Clarissa and three sons, David, Henry and Robert to mourn his loss.
Source: Bureau County Republican January 02, 1879