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Below is a family biography included in History of Page County, Iowa published by Iowa Historical Company in 1880.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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CROOKS, S. M., of the firm of S. M. Crooks & Co., P. O. Clarinda; born December 25, 1828, in Beaver county, Pennsylvania. When fourteen years of age came with his parents to Jackson county, Ohio, there engaging with his father in the milling and farming business in Jackson and Meggs counties. Was married in Jackson county, at the age of twenty-four, to Miss Lucy Fate, a native of Ohio. In 1855 came to Fillmore county, Minnesota Territory, where he engaged in the milling business until the spring of 1862, when he went to Dakota, and remained during the summer, improving land. In the fall of 1862 he enlisted in the service, and was with General Sully in all his Indian campaigns. Held the rank of sergeant during his term of service. Was mustered out at Sioux City, in the fall of 1865. Returned to Yankton and engaged for a short time in the provision business. Moved in the fall of 1866 to Page county. Stopped at Clarinda, and began as dealer in provisions and stock. In 1871 formed a partnership, making the firm of Butler & Crooks, dealers in stock and grain. In 1875 he opened an extensive mercantile house in Clarinda, to which he gave his attention for two years, when M. R. Ausbach came into business with him, making the firm of S. M. Crooks & Co. In 1877 the firm established a branch house at Snow Hill, and at the location of Coin, removed the branch business house to that place. To this Mr. C. gave his personal attention. In the spring of 1880 erected an elevator at Coin, with a capacity of from ten to fifteen thousand bushels, which he also superintends. Mr. C. has a family of six children, four of whom are at home: Mary, Theodore, Clara, Lulu, Phill. S. and Jessie. Owns a fine residence in Clarinda, and is one of the substantial business men of Page county. Has been since his settlement here closely allied to its interests.

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This family biography is one of 558 biographies included in The History of Page County, Iowa published in 1880.  For the complete description, click here: Page County, Iowa History and Genealogy

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