|Birth: ||Aug. 23, 1867|
|Death: ||May 20, 1948|
George Franklin Criger was born August 23, 1867 in Elkhart, Elkhart County, Indiana, the son of Charles Criger and Lovina Stutsman Criger. He grew up in Elkhart with his seven brothers and sisters: Henry David, Mary Elizabeth (Jacob Elias Schrader), Andrew Jackson, Louis (who later was known as Lou Criger, a baseball player for the Boston Red Sox), Noah Arlington, Rhoda Ann (Michael Irvin Holdeman) and Elmer Floyd Criger. He first married Adaline A. Sailor on October 11, 1890 in Elkhart, Indiana, but they later divorced. Adaline was born March 20, 1871 in Indiana and died November 8, 1937. She was the daughter of Abraham W. Sailor and Amanda Jane McDonald. George and Adaline were the parents of two children: Clyde L. Criger, born June 27 1891 in Elkhart and died July 12, 1905 in Elkhart; Lena Criger, born October 4, 1892 in Elkhart and died April 11, 1896 in Elkhart. George worked for the Bell Telephone Company and his work took him out of town. He lived in a boarding house in West Point, Indiana and Adaline felt abandoned and filed for divorce. He next met and married Caroline Marks on July 11, 1899 in West Point, Tippecanoe County, Indiana. Caroline was the daughter of Aaron Marks and Harriet Ellen Van Meter. She was born about 1873 in Odell, Tippecanoe, Indiana and died August 22, 1938 in West Point, Tippecanoe, Indiana. She is buried in the Marks Cemetery in Odell, Tippecanoe, Indiana. They were the parents of three children: Hildrege Lovina, 1903 - 1998 (Earl Lawrence Kerr), Georgia Wauneda, 1905 – 1998 (Irvin Littleton) and Forest Princella Criger, 1908 - 1953
George was a very hard worker, patient and driven. It was said that he played the fiddle after a hard day's work on his farm. He loved nature and the outdoors and loved to fish. He and Caroline had cows and sold milk. They also raised their own meat. He was devoutly religious and loved the Lord more than anyone and shared that love with others. Every one of his Indiana descendents knew the story of his "vision." He had ridden into the woods behind his home and saw something - he described it as a visit with the Savior. The horse he rode was named 'Ole Bell.' He was a deeply spiritual man, kneeling in prayer morning and night. While he was deeply religious, he was never a preacher. He worked for Bell Telephone Company as a lineman and was one of the first ones to help establish phone service to the West Point and Odell areas in Indiana. It was also said he was in the West Point area to get families to sign up for phone service and went door to door in this job, but this has not been verified. George Franklin stayed at a rooming house just south of West Point (called the Reeves house). This is where he supposedly met his second wife Caroline Marks, who worked as a housekeeper for the rooming house. Everyone called her Carrie. George and Caroline owned farm land and the home he built for his family was very nice and is still in the family. It has 3 sets of cherry wood French doors and a cherry staircase to the upstairs and the parlor. It has 5 bedrooms and it was this home he was living in when he rode into the woods on his horse and had a vision, as told to his family. A neighbor did a painting of this experience, as described by George. George was a delightful, but small man. One grandson commented that "being very young and a Catholic, he did stun me with his hallelujah ways but he never, ever used profanity." Another interesting fact told by one of his descendents is that George was also an excellent ball player like his brother Lou Criger, but did not pursue a career in baseball, as he did not think there was enough money in it, so he bought some land and started farming and made a great living from it.
George passed away on May 20, 1948 in West Point, Tippecanoe, Indiana. He died of pneumonia. He is also buried in the Marks Cemetery in Odell, Tippecanoe, Indiana.
Created by: Jeanette Done
Record added: Oct 11, 2011
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Added: Nov. 16, 2011