|Birth: ||Jan. 22, 1855|
|Death: ||May 30, 1924|
The La Crosse (KS) Republican
---Albert O. Crotinger, son of Henry and Catherine was born in Union County Ohio, January, 22, 1855. He was one of a family of ten children, five of whom are living: Hiram Crotinger of Ada, Ohio; Chester Crotinger of Great Bend, Kansas; Miss Viola Crotinger and Mrs. Ollie Wenger, both of Plain City, Ohio; and William Crotinger, of Richwood, Ohio.
---As a young man seeking his fortune, Albert set out for California, the land of promise. In June 1879, he stopped off for a short visit with his brother Chester, who at that time resided on a farm southeast of the present site of Bison. During this visit he fell in love with the plains of Kansas and he decided to remain here casting his lot with Kansas and her people the remainder of his life.
---January 22, 1880 he wedded Sarah S. Ream of near Nekoma. To this union three children were born: William Milton and Ada Elnora of Bison, and Mrs. Lillie Viola Timken of Bazine. While visiting relatives near Nekoma, Sarah was suddenly stricken with appendicitis, and as called home, October 19, 1887. This left Albert with three small children on his hands to be cared for, and a farm to operate, both of which he successfully accomplished with the kind assistance of relatives and friends.
---September 18, 1888 he married Elizabeth E. Strait, who reared the children to manhood and womanhood. To this union four children were born: Chester Henry of La Crosse, Kansas; Samuel Hiram of Seattle, Washington; Cora Catherine, who died in early childhood, and Albert Bennie, who died in infancy.
---Albert, of Ab, as he was familiarly called his neighbors, was intimately acquainted with the hardships and privations of early pioneer life in Rush County. He lived for years in a sod house of his own construction. He passed through the grasshopper years, when not a green leaf or blade survived the pests; he saw the crops wilt and wither under the blighting effects of the hot winds and drouth; he fought the raging prairie fire, and more than once helped save his own or a neighbor's scanty premises from destruction; he felt the sweep of the Kansas blizzard, when livestock and even human beings succumbed to the bitter cold; he even witnessed the destructive force of the Kansas cyclone and had property leveled to the ground by the wind. Yet in spite of all the tribulations of the pioneer, he never murmured or complained, but held steadfastly to the ideal expressed in the motto on the Kansas state seal, "To The Stars Through Difficulties." He possessed perseverence to a remarkable degree, and did not give up and go back east, as did many of his neighbors during the 80's and early 90's. His bravery and his fortitude remained with him to the very last.
---In 1891, he united with the Methodist church, and while for years, he has not taken an active part in church work, yet he has been in sympathy with the work of the church, and has always held a firm belief in the Divine Being.
---He retired from active operation of his farm in 1912, and moved to Manhattan, Kansas, where he lived for three years while his unmarried children were attending college. His many friends, and the endearment of the old home place caused him to return to Bison in 1915, where he spent his remaining years, doing what he could to help those around him.
---It was during these latter years that he was afflicted with a malignant growth upon his left eye, which caused him the loss of that eye some three years ago. During the autumn of 1922 he suffered an attack of pleurisy which caused the pleura and pericardium to unite. This caused a tension or pulling in his chest that produced almost unendurable pain by spells during the eighteen months he had been confined to his bed. The internal glands also became affected in such a away s to cause premature old age, or wasting away of bodily tissues. It was during the attack of pleurisy, that he paid a visit to his mother, who was then ninety-two years of age. He returned from that trip, and took to this bed, so was unable to attend his mother's funeral which occurred shortly after his return. During his long illness, he was very ably nursed and cared for by his loving wife, and daughter Elnora. He breathed his last at six o'clock the evening of May 30th, 1924, just peacefully closing his eyes and going to sleep. His age was 69 years, 4 months and 8 days.
---He leaves behind to mourn his loss, his wife, five children, eleven grandchildren, and a host of friends and neighbors, who will miss his cheering word and pleasant smile. We may well say, in the words of one of his favorite hymns:
"O how sweet it will be in that beautiful land
So free from all sorry and pain,
With songs on our lips and with harps in our hands,
To meet one another again."
---Funeral services were held at the Bison M. E. Church, Wednesday, June 4, 1924, at two o'clock in the afternoon conducted by the pastor, Rev. S. B. Handley. Interment was made in the family lot in Locust Hill Cemetery, at Rush Center.
CARD OF THANKS
---We wish to express to our friends and neighbors our heartfelt thanks for their expressions of sympathy, for the kindnes[sic] shown, for the beautiful floral offerings, and for assistance rendered in our sad hour of bereavement, in the loss of our husband father.
----Mrs. Elizabeth Crotinger
----Wm. Crotinger and family
----Miss Nora Crotinger
----Mrs. Lillie Timken and family
----C. H. Crotinger and family
----S. H. Crotinger and wife
Sarah S. Ream Crotinger (1861 - 1887)*
Elizabeth Elnorah Strait Crotinger (1862 - 1956)*
Lilly Viola Crotinger Timken (1886 - 1965)*
Chester Henry Crotinger (1889 - 1967)*
Samuel Hiram Crotinger (1892 - 1971)*
Cora Catharine Crotinger (1896 - 1902)*
Albert Bennie Crotinger (1900 - 1900)*
Locust Hill Cemetery
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Record added: Jan 22, 2007
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