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John Henry Crews
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Birth: Jun. 13, 1902
New Iberia
Iberia Parish
Louisiana, USA
Death: Aug. 23, 1985
San Leandro
Alameda County
California, USA

John Henry Crews is the son of Henry Luther Crews and Laura Jane Crews (nee French). He had three sisters: Laura Inez 1900-1988 married Lewain Cosbie Friedrich; Florence G. 1905-1991 married William Stonewall Hoover; Louise Tehleen 1911-1993 married Irwin George Kern.

On November 21, 1934, John married Audrey Charlotte Carter 1914-1957. They had one daughter Cynthia Merle. After Audrey's death John married a widow, Helen May Osman (nee Cable) on August 18, 1862, in San Leandro, Alameda County, California. Helen was the mother of 2 daughters and 1 son; Beverly, Sally, and Clayton.

Following is a report John wrote for his step-granddaughter's school project in 1977:

Anything happening prior to school days are rather difficult to recall or maybe uneventful, but school days and those summer vacations are easy to recall. The vacations on my aunt`s big farm were especially enjoyable because I spent most of my time riding my favorite horse. School days were spent doing our best learning the basics of education. In those days of course we were not fortunate to have field trips or other outdoor nature studies, but we did have good teachers who loved teaching and insisted on the best from all of us. On the whole, I imagine I had the average number of fights and other squabbles as do most boys.

As to clothes in those days, we usually wore home-made ones easily washable (for school) and special ones for Sunday school or (dressing up). Until we reached teenage we wore knee length knickers then long pants. And, of course our hair was neatly cut. No boy would dare go to school with long hair or he would be dubbed a "sissy". Transportation to school was no problem; we walked unless we owned a bike.

Life in those days was at a slower pace but people seemed to enjoy themselves much more. There were lots of picnics, fishing trips and family gatherings.

My father died before I was thirteen years of age so I was obliged to spent most of my spare time helping support the family which ruled out any time for hobbies, although when I was able to find the time, I would saddle up my horse (a present from a wonderful aunt) and roam the country side.

Another great change occurred with the advent of T.V. Our treat once a week was the movies. Otherwise we spent the late evenings doing our house work, reading or playing games. Families in those days were much closer and satisfied with a lot less. Also, kids were not allowed to roam the streets after dark, meaning, a lot less crime.

As for the great depression of the 30`s. Well, people found out what it meant to do without a lot of things they took for granted previously.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Henry Luther Crews (1869 - 1913)
  Laura Jane French Crews (1867 - 1952)
 
 Spouses:
  Audrey Charlotte Carter Crews (1914 - 1957)*
  Helen May Cable Crews (1915 - 1987)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Lone Tree Cemetery
Hayward
Alameda County
California, USA
 
Created by: Beverly Osman Morris
Record added: Jan 13, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 32904590
John Henry Crews
Added by: Beverly Osman Morris
 
John Henry Crews
Added by: Beverly Osman Morris
 
John Henry Crews
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Thank you, John, for being such a wonderful grandfather to my kids and those of my sister. May you rest in peace. Your step-daughter, Beverly
- Beverly Osman Morris
 Added: Jan. 13, 2009
 
 
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