By John F. Harmon |
Friday, January 11, 1929, in the Christain Church in Ingraham, Illinois, this conducted the funeral services of Benjamin Crouse. We have been taught from old to render "hounor to whom hounor is due", and yet we believe that often one violent law breaker receives more public notice than ten thousand honest law abiding citizens. If all good deeds and good people were given the same publicity that is given to crime and criminals this would look like a good old world.
It is a pleasure to exalt the Crouse Family. Martin Crouse, the father of Ben, was born in North Carolina in 1797 while George Washington was still a prosperous farmer. North Carolina was settled largely by German Moravians and French Huguenots-the best Propestant Spirit and blood of the old world.
In 1819 Martin Crouse was married to Susan Wagner and in 1834 with wife and eight children, one having died in infancy, they drove up out of Carolina and settled on the line of Clay and Owen counties, Indiana, where six other children were born, making a family of eleven brothers and four sisters. Of these eleven boys, one, Jacob died in infancy. William died in 1862 in Arkansas; of the other nine Winson served through the Mexican War, and then, Winson, Eli, Calvin, Stephen, Henry, Benjamin, Harrison and Frederick, all served in the Civil War, giving in all about twenty years to the war service of their country. There may have been other families in the nation who gave more boys to the war than this one, but if so we have not heard of them. Henry was catured by the Confederates, cast into Libby prison where he suffered, starved and died. The other eight returned home and raised large families.
Benjamin Crouse was born in Clay county, Indiana, January 31, 1841; he served three years, one month and four days in Co. A., 49th Indiana Infantry. Soon after his return home from the army he came to Jasper County, Illinois and settled near Wakefield.
November 27, 1866, he married Mary C. Cox and sixty years ago they moved to Clay County and settled in the home where he died January 10, 1929, and where his faithful wife died August 10, 1928. Both were buried in the Ingraham cemetery. Mr. Crouse was a splendid citizen, a successful farmer and a large land holder. One child died in infancy and six sons and three daughters survive the parents. Of these one daughter, Lucinda, and four sons, John, Jim, Judson, and Harry, are all good farmers and worthy citizens living on farms of their own near the old family home. Colonial is well known in Southern Illinois as a high school and college professor. Eli is a successful Methodist minister, now serving as a college pastor in Lebanon, Illinois. Addie and Stella both married Methodist preachers, one lives now in Newton, Illinois, and the other in Canada.