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Daniel Hance Crawford
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Birth: Mar. 29, 1875
McLean County
Illinois, USA
Death: Aug. 15, 1942
Little River
Rice County
Kansas, USA

Published 24 August 1942
Little River Monitor


Daniel Hance Crawford, son of James William and Sarah Melissa Crawford, was born in Rapid City, Illinois, March 29, 1875, and passed away at the Veteran's Hospital in Wichita, Saturday, August 15, 1942, at the age of 67 years.

He came to Kansas with his parents when a small boy, where they lived on a farm in the Lodiana community, moving to Little River in 1880.

James W. Crawford served as postmaster at Lodiana from 1876 to 1880 and was appointed as first postmaster in Little River when a post office was established here.

Dan attended school in Little River. Later he and Percy Perry took a course in the Wichita Business College. He also attended a Barber College in St. Louis, Missouri.

Many of the old time residents of this community remember Dan as a boy, riding his pony, driving the town herd to pasture. As a young man he owned and operated a barber shop for several years. Later he was engaged in various other businesses, helping his father who was in the implement and real estate business.

When the Spanish-American War was declared he enlisted as a volunteer to serve two years, or during the war, with the armed forces of the United States.

Following in his father's footsteps, he accepted an appointment as temporary postmaster in Little River. He was appointed rural mail carrier for Route No. 1 out of Little River and later when the two routes were combined, he continued to serve making his life's work, retiring on March 29, 1940.

In 1922 he purchased a farm 2 1/2 miles southeast of town and lived here with his family for five years. Dan always enjoyed farm life and even though his health had failed, he found pleasure in working on the farm.

He was married December 25, 1905, to Katie Sellers. Three daughters were born to this union, who together with his wife, survive him: Mrs. Irwin P. Smith, Vada Faye and Donna Belle Crawford, all of Little River. A granddaughter, Connie Marie Smith, survives. A younger brother and three sisters preceded him in death.

He was a loving and devoted father, and was happiest when he could be doing something to make the members of his own family or one of his large circle of friends happier. He was very fond of children and took great pleasure in doing things for them and giving them small remembrances, especially buffalo nickels. He was a good citizen always ready to lend a helping hand to any individual or to anything for the betterment of the community.

He was a member of Cornerstone Lodge No. 219 and of Cornerstone Chapter No. 310, Order of Eastern Star.

His health began to fail two years before his retirement from the mail route, but he remained faithful to his duties until his retirement. The past two winters he has spent with Mrs. Crawford in Florida.

Three weeks ago, following a serious heart attack, he was admitted to the Veterans' Hospital, where everything possible was done to help him, but his health could not be restored.

Funeral services were held at the Methodist church, Monday afternoon, August 17, with Reverend C. Cray Jones officiating. Interment was in Bean cemetery.

Reprinted with permission, The Monitor-Journal, 248 Main Street, Little River, KS, 67457. Provided by Young Historical Library, 201 Main Street, P.O. Box 126, Little River, Kansas 67457.


Military service: Company A, 21st Regiment of Kansas Volunteers
Family links: 
  James William Crawford (1843 - 1912)
  Sarah Melissa Wilsey Crawford (1845 - 1926)
  Katie Florence Sellers Crawford (1886 - 1961)
  Edith Ellen Crawford Smith Glaze (1912 - 1991)*
  Vada F. Crawford Hainline (1913 - 2010)*
  Phebe Elizabeth Crawford (1867 - 1889)*
  Hester Crawford Greenbank (1870 - 1941)*
  Daniel Hance Crawford (1875 - 1942)
  Etta Mae Crawford (1879 - 1879)*
  James William Crawford (1881 - 1921)*
*Calculated relationship
Bean Cemetery
Little River
Rice County
Kansas, USA
Created by: Cathy Kessinger
Record added: Apr 23, 2008
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Daniel Hance Crawford
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Daniel Hance Crawford
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