|Birth: ||Sep. 20, 1895|
South Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Nov. 12, 1985|
Jonas Brewton Crawley served proudly as a Private 1st Class in the United States Army during W. W. I., assigned to Company D of the 319th Engineers Demolition Group. He entered the military at "22 5/12 years of age", which would be February of 1918. He was inducted March 11th at Stanislaus, California and was discharged May 14, 1919. His final discharge papers indicated he was an engineer in civilian life and that he had blue eyes, brown hair, a ruddy complexion, and was 6' 1/2" tall.
Jonas was sent overseas to serve in France. He left the United States June 15, 1918 and returned May 22, 1919. On September 26th and October 10, 1918, Jonas' unit engaged the enemy at the Meuse Offensive. October 5th and 6th, he participated in battles at the Verdun Sector and fought there again on the 29th. When Jonas returned to the U. S., he was given a $60.00 bonus.
Sadly, Jonas' brother, William Brooks Crawley, did not return home safely. He was killed in battle overseas and his name appears on a casualty list for Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Jonas, a self employed auto mechanic and engineer, married his first wife, Aimee Arlene Prothero in 1921. They had two children, Donald and Barbara, then divorced in 1924.
After Jonas and his first wife divorced, they had no further contact. Aimee would not permit Jonas to see his children during their growing up years. On January 17, 1943, his daughter, Barbara, wrote a very touching letter to Jonas, asking if he was her father. She provided her name, birth date, and said she knew her father's initials were J.B. He responded shortly thereafter and although they did not physically meet until the mid 1980's, they did correspond for many years.
Jonas married Daisy May Havens in Las Vegas, Nevada and they remained togther in Hanford for at least forty years. They did not have any children and she preceded him in death.
In the two year period prior to going to live with his daughter, Barbara L. Kraetke, at Eugene, Oregon in 1985, Jonas resided first at The Hacienda Convalescent Hospital, and second at the Valley Christian Home, both in Hanford, California.
From "The Hanford Sentinel" November 8, 1985:
"Jonas B. Crawley
Graveside services will be at 2:00 PM, Tuesday in Hanford Cemetery for Jonas B. Crawley, who died Tuesday in a Eugene, Oregon hospital. He was 90.
Born in Woodruff, S.C., he lived in Corcoran for ten years prior to moving to Hanford where he resided for 60 years. He had been living in Eugene for the past seven months. He was a self-employed mechanic.
He served with the Army in World War I, and was a 35 year member of American Legion Post No. 3 and a member of Hanford Elks Lodge No. 1259.
Surviving are a son, Donald Crawley Slichter of Davis, California; a daughter, Barbara Kraetke of Eugene, Oregon; a brother, Joseph Crawley of Fayetteville, North Carolina; two sisters, Runette and Bonnie Rose of Fayetteville; eight grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. Whitehurst-McNamera Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements."
John Robert Crawley (1859 - 1939)
Elizabeth P. Todd Crawley (1870 - 1929)
Aimee Arlene Prothero Woodcox (1902 - 1965)
Daisy May Miller Crawley (1891 - 1983)*
Barbara Lucille Crawley Slichter Kraetke (1922 - 1994)*
William Brooks Crawley (1888 - 1918)*
Cittora May Crawley (1891 - ____)*
Joseph Thomas Crawley (1895 - 1989)*
Jonas Brewton Crawley (1895 - 1985)
Mary Elizabeth Crawley Godwin (1897 - 1984)*
John Robert Crawley (1900 - 1979)*
Bonnie Rose Crawley Tucker (1910 - 1996)*
Lewis Marvin Crawley (1912 - 1992)*
Plot: Lot #72 Space #2
GPS (lat/lon): 36.32301, -119.63531
Created by: Jo-Ann
Record added: Mar 06, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 66585347