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Charles William Crim
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Birth: May, 1850
Carroll County
Ohio, USA
Death: Oct. 27, 1920
Emmet County
Iowa, USA

Parents are John Crim & Salina Kail

Husband of Sarah Jane McCulla


Atty. C. W. Crim Laid to Rest
Prominent Atty. Who Died Suddenly on the Street of Estherville
Was A Pioneer Settler Here
Had A Well Established Practice in This City and Was a Man of Many Friends
The sudden and unexpected death of Atty. Charles W. Crim who dropped dead on our streets here last Wednesday afternoon at about two o'clock, only brings home to us the stronger, that, "In the midst of life we are in death," and that "Ye know knot the day nor the hour when the son of man cometh."

The news struck the city like a thunderbolt out of a clear sky. Mr. Crim had been actively engaged in the pursuit of his daily profession and of late had seemed in the best of health and spirits. On Tuesday afternoon he called the junior editor of this paper to his office and with his old time friend, M. K. Whelan, we visited for over an hour on the political subjects of the day. On returning to the office the remark was made that Mr. Crim seemed to be in excellent spirits. Mr. Whelan says he was in equal spirits on the morning of the day of his death.

On reaching home that noon he complained of not feeling as well and in fact took a rest after lunch. He walked out into the yard, visited a few minutes with Mr. Callender and started for his office. He had only gone two blocks when he was seen to fall and by the time assistance had reached him he had passed away.

Mrs. Crim, who was ill at home, was not notified at once of the death and in fact not until the daughter, Grace, had arrived from her Y.W.C.A. duties at Fort Dodge. Their son, Harold who is employed with the Sullivan Mining and Machine works at Claremont, N.H., was notified but could not reach the city until Saturday morning. The funeral services were held from the home at two o'clock and from the Episcopal church at 2:14, the Rev. A. S. Hock, assisted by the Rev. LaGrone, officiating. The remains were laid to rest in Oak Hill cemetery. The attorneys attended in a body, and the floral offerings were profuse and extremely beautiful.

Chas. W. Crim was born in Carroll county, Ohio, in may 1850, a son of Mr. and Mrs. John Crim who were occupied in farming in the Buckeye State. In 1855 they with their family moved to Boone county, Iowa, settling near Mineral Springs where the parents of Mr. Crim spent their remaining days. Mr. Crim comes from German ancestry, the early family settling in Virginia before the Revolutionary war. One family opposed to slavery moved to Ohio and then that branch of the family have settled mostly in the west.

Mr. Crim received his education in the school of experience. He worked on his father's farm during the summer and attended the district school through the winter. When eighteen years of age he taught the local school and during the odd hours and nights mastered law until he was able to pass the State Board and be admitted to the practice of law. While accomplishing this he spent a few terms at Simpson College. In 1881 he came to Estherville and establishing himself for the practice of his profession. Here he became one of the leading attorneys and has always been looked upon as one of the substantial men and legal advisors of the city. He was a man, strong of his convictions and fearless in his expression of them. His friends were numbered by his acquaintances and he was widely known in this and the surrounding territory.

In September, 1890, he was united in marriage to Miss Sarah J. McCulla and to this union there were born three children, two of whom are still living: Miss Grace Crim, who is now connected with the Y.W.C.A. in Fort Dodge, and Charles H. who is connected with the Sullivan Mining Machine Co., of Claremont, N.H.

Mr. Crim leaves his wife, a son and daughter, two brothers and four sisters to mourn his departure.

(Estherville Enterprise, Estherville, IA, November 3, 1920)


Obituary of C. W. Crim
Charles W. Crim was born in May, 1850, in Carroll county, Ohio, and died in Estherville, October 27, 1920, at the age of 70 years. He was the son of John and Salina Crim, one of a family of ten children and with them came to Iowa in 1885 (s/b 1855) The family settled at Mineral Point, Boone county, where Mr. Crim's parents passed the remainder of their days.

Mr. Crim was educated in the district schools and studied a few terms at Simpson College, but was in the main a self-educated man, finally passing the examination for admission to the bar. He had the usual experience of a boy in the pioneer days, but his ambition was such that he mastered the difficulties of life in those times.

In 1881 he came to Estherville and in September, 1890, was married to Miss Sarah McCulla, who was at that time engaged in teaching in the public schools. To this union two children, Grace and Charles, were born to gladden the lives of their parents. Mrs. Crim and the children survive.

Mr. Crim was never a seeker for political preferment, although from 1892 to 1898 he was the prosecuting attorney of Emmet county. He would much rather confine himself to the practice of law, and refused to enter the political arena. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity and also of the Knights of Pythias.

Funeral services were held at the Episcopal church on Saturday, October 30, the Rev. A. S. Hock officiating. Interment was made in Oak Hill cemetery.

(Estherville Democrat, Estherville, IA, November 3, 1920)

*Obituaries submitted by: Merllene

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Family links: 
  John Crim (1825 - 1914)
  Salina Kail Crim (1828 - 1893)
  Sarah Jane McCulla Crim (1861 - 1922)
  Sarah E Elliott Crim (1849 - 1875)*
  Olive Grim (1874 - 1886)*
  Jane Crim (1893 - 1893)*
  Charles William Crim (1850 - 1920)
  Margaret Ann Crim Richardson (1853 - 1940)*
  Virginia Crim Richardson (1856 - 1916)*
  Albert Allen Crim (1858 - 1934)*
  Sophia Isabelle Crim Faubion (1861 - 1943)*
  Etta Mae Crim Hanson (1864 - 1908)*
  John Beldon Crim (1867 - 1959)*
  Carrie Crim Condon (1870 - 1934)*
*Calculated relationship
Oak Hill Cemetery
Emmet County
Iowa, USA
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Record added: Jun 20, 2009
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Charles William Crim
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