May 21, 1851 Huntsville Schuyler County Illinois, USA
Nov. 26, 1946 Chicago Cook County Illinois, USA
"Benjamin Bacon Crain was born May 21, 1851, and now lives in Augusta, where he has been engaged in the clothing business for the past forty years. He married Nettie A. Catlin, a daughter of John Catlin, one of the founders of Augusta. There children were Roxie, Harriet, Jennie, Charlotte and Alice. Harriet died in infancy and Roxie at the age of thirteen. Nettie Catlin Crain died Sept. 15, 1898."
Excerpt from Ralph Waldo Crain's Pulaski section: Martha Board Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, Augusta's Story (Augusta, Illinois: Augusta Eagle, 1922).
BEGIN OBITUARY Funeral Rites for B.B. Crain Held Friday
Friends Pay Final Tribute to Life Long Resident of Augusta -- Life Sketch
Many relatives and friends attended the final rites at the Presbyterian church in Augusta at two o'clock last Friday afternoon, paying a loving tribute to Benjamin B. Crain [Benjamin Bacon Crain (1851-1946)], who passed away Tuesday morning, November 26, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. R. Blayney, in Chicago. Rev. Ira H McClymonds officiated in the services in a sympathetic manner.
Mrs. Robert Baer, Mrs. Bernard Cain, Wayne Robison and Oren Dennie beautifully sang two lovely hymns, "Lead Kindly Light" and "How Firm a Foundation," with Mrs. McClymonds accompanying at the piano. The floral tributes were lovely and the family was comforted by many other expressions of love and sympathy. Interment was in Augusta cemetery with the following serving as casket bearers: Rollo Robbins, Ross Clark, Alex Denny, Glan Robison, Kent Slater and Clem West.
Life Sketch Benjamin B. Crain, son of William and Harriet Tong Crain, was born on a farm near Augusta, Illinois May 21, 1851. He was the ninth child in a family of thirteen children and was the last surviving. Mr. Crain was united in marriage to Miss Nettie A. Catlin in June 1877. She was a daughter of John Catlin, one of the founders of Augusta. TO this union were born five daughters, Harriet, who died in infancy; Roxie, who passed away at the age of thirteen; Charlotte, who is also deceased; Mrs. Jennie Crain Pendleton and Mrs. Alice Crain Blayney, of Chicago. Also surviving is a grandson, Donald Valentine. Mrs. Crain passed away in 1898 and in 1906 he was married to Miss Nell Hess, who died in 1939.
Mr. Crain united with the Presbyterian church when quite young, his father being a minister. He was a faithful member and was always interested in things tending toward the betterment of the church and community. Mr. Crain graduated from Gem City Business College at Quincy in 1871. He was a member of the J. L. Anderson lodge, A. F. & A. M. of Augusta, helped found the Augusta Savings Loan and Building Association, and held the presidency of it until his death. He served of the board of education several terms and was a member of the Business Mens Association and similar civic associations.
Scanned by Enid Johnson Ruzicka and provided to Sue Hawes on 14 July 2008. Transcribed on 26 Dec 2008. [Probably from Augusta Eagle (Augusta, Illinois), 1946.]
Also father of Jennie Crain b. 1882, m. Elbert Pendleton Charlotte Catlin Crain (1885-1927), m. Richard Ellis Valentine Alice Crain (1891-1964), m. James Blayney