Isaac was an Advent minister of the gospel when he registered for the WWI military draft on 5 June 1917; he was 27, short, medium build, brown eyes, auburn hair. In the 1920 census he is called an evangelist. The 1930 and 1940 censuses call him a minister.
He married 15 June 1910 to Orra Isabelle Bixler (1888-1912). Orrie died at age 24, leaving a 13-month-old baby, Robert Allen "Allen" Crecelius (1911-1983)--named after his maternal grandfather, Rev. Robert Allen Bixler. Allen was raised by his maternal grandparents, Robert & Helen Esmerelda (Strait) Bixler until their deaths--Robert in 1921 and Helen in 1930; Allen then lived in Lincoln, Nebraska, with his maternal aunt Florence Savilla (Bixler) Tiffin and her family.
Isaac married 2nd to Irma M. Nolen; at least 2 sons: Morris Wilson Crecelius (1919-1985), served in U.S. Army 14 August 1942 to 30 September 1945; and Charles Isaac Crecelius, born 10 March 1921 in Wisconsin; died 31 August 2015. During WWII, Charles enlisted 4 March 1944 in the U.S. Army; served as a Link Trainer in India. Later he was a teacher & principal in Moravia, California, in the 1950s; wife Jeanette.
The term Link Trainer, also known as the "Blue box" and "Pilot Trainer" is commonly used to refer to a series of flight simulators produced between the early 1930s and early 1950s by the Link Aviation Devices, Inc, founded and headed by Ed Link, based on technology he pioneered in 1929 at his family's business in Binghamton, New York. During World War II, they were used as a key pilot training aid by almost every combatant nation.
The original Link Trainer was created in 1929 out of the need for a safe way to teach new pilots how to fly by instruments. A former organ and nickelodeon builder, Link used his knowledge of pumps, valves and bellows to create a flight simulator that responded to the pilot's controls and gave an accurate reading on the included instruments. More than 500,000 US pilots were trained on Link simulators, as were pilots of nations as diverse as Australia, Canada, Germany, United Kingdom, Israel, Japan, Pakistan, and the USSR. Following WWII, Air Marshall Robert Leckie (wartime RAF Chief of Staff) said “The Luftwaffe met its Waterloo on all the training fields of the free world where there was a battery of Link Trainers.”
Isaac's father, Harrison Ray Crecelius (1847-1945), was the youngest of 18 children of Philip Ausmus Crecelius by his two wives--sisters Rebecca & Drucilla Enlow. Harrison's father died when he was only three years old. His mother died when he was four; so Harrison was left an orphan. He lived with his older sister Drucilla & her husband Thomas Kellums & their children.
At age 98, Harrison was the last surviving Civil War soldier living in Ringgold County, Iowa. He had enlisted 24 September 1864 in Company H, 81st Indiana Infantry; discharged 17 May 1865 (the war had ended); length of service: 6 months, 7 days.
Irma M. Nolen Crecelius
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