Mary Crabill

F, b. 26 December 1797, d. 13 February 1880
     Mary Crabill was also known as "Polly". She was born on 26 December 1797 at Shenandoah Co., VA. She married Abraham Rhodes. Mary Crabill died on 13 February 1880 at Harrison Co., IN, at age 82. She was buried in February 1880 at Hillgrove Cemetery, Corydon, Harrison Co., IN, Findagrave #34062547.

Children of Mary Crabill and Abraham Rhodes

Sarah Crabill

F, b. 27 June 1806, d. 31 March 1879
     Sarah Crabill was born on 27 June 1806 at Virginia. She was the daughter of David Crabill and Barbara Bear. Sarah Crabill married George Kiser, son of Philip Kiser and Elizabeth Kite, on 19 September 1833 at Clark Co., OH. Sarah Crabill died on 31 March 1879 at Clark Co., OH, at age 72.

Susan Crabill1

F, b. 21 June 1820, d. 28 April 1912
     Susan Crabill was born on 21 June 1820 at Virginia.1 She married John Steinberger. Susan Crabill died on 28 April 1912 at North Topeka, Shawnee Co., KS, at age 91

Obituary -- The Topeka State Journal, Topeka, Kansas; Monday, 29 APR 1912, p.7 (

Mrs. Susan Steinberger, widow of the late John Steinberger, died Sunday morning at 9 o'clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. T. Pence, in North Topeka. She was born in Virginia June 21, 1820, but spent most of her life in Ohio, coming to Topeka in 1904. She was the mother of four sons and five daughters, all of whom survive her. They are Festus Steinberger of Urbana, Ohio, and Aden Steinberger of the same place; Wiley Steinberger of Newcastle, Pa; Charles Steinberger of WaKeeney, Kan; Mrs. W. T. Pence, of Topeka; Mrs. Mary C. VanBuskirk, of Chicago; Mrs. Elizabeth Ruffner of Degraff, Ohio, and Mrs. Alma Griffith, of Osceola, Iowa. The deceased was a member of the Regular Baptist church, and a most noble woman. The funeral services will be held on Tuesdday from the home of Elder W. T. Pence, 1335 Topeka avenue, at 1 o'clock. Interment at Prairie Home cemetery.

NOTE: Her daughter Florence V. Sonner was also alive and well at Logan County, Ohio, in 1912. DLB 2020.

Child of Susan Crabill and John Steinberger


  1. [S3239] 1860 Federal Census, Champaign County, Ohio. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M653, Roll 942; FHL #803942.

Susannah Crabill

F, b. 1745, d. 1 February 1821
     Susannah Crabill was born in 1745 at Frederick (now Shenandoah) Co., VA. She was the daughter of Christian Krahenbühl. Susannah Crabill married Johann Philip Bittmann in 1770. Susannah Crabill died on 1 February 1821 at Shenandoah Co., VA.

Children of Susannah Crabill and Johann Philip Bittmann

William Christian Crabill

M, b. 7 November 1796, d. 8 July 1866
     William Christian Crabill was born on 7 November 1796 at Shenandoah Co., VA. He married Christena Eberly. William Christian Crabill died on 8 July 1866 at Toms Brook, Shenandoah Co., VA, at age 69. He was buried in July 1866 at Crabill Cemetery, Toms Brook, Shenandoah Co., VA, Findagrave #112326672.

Child of William Christian Crabill and Christena Eberly

Esther M. Crable

F, b. 20 March 1915, d. 28 May 1994
     Esther M. Crable was born on 20 March 1915 at Circleville, Pickaway Co., OH. She was the daughter of Seymour Crable and Leah Hixenbaugh. Esther M. Crable married Thomas F. Dollison, son of Pearl Cleveland Dollison and Bertha Alice Welch, on 17 January 1933 at Pickaway Co., OH. Esther M. Crable died on 28 May 1994 at Maumee, Lucas Co., OH, at age 79. She was buried in 1994 at Forest Cemetery, Circleville, Pickaway Co., OH, Findagrave #125940753.

Children of Esther M. Crable and Thomas F. Dollison

Seymour Crable

     Seymour Crable married Leah Hixenbaugh.

Child of Seymour Crable and Leah Hixenbaugh

Frances Annabel Crabtree

     Frances Annabel Crabtree married Henry Allen Betts.

Child of Frances Annabel Crabtree and Henry Allen Betts

Hugh Robert Crabtree

M, b. 12 December 1897, d. 28 September 1956
     Hugh Robert Crabtree was born on 12 December 1897 at Bunker Hill, Russell Co., KS.1 He was the son of Walter R. Crabtree and Mary Adele Wells.1 Hugh Robert Crabtree began military service on 5 August 1918 WW I service -- AS 3913623 Corporal Motor Truck Co. 518, enlisted 5 AUG 1918, served with A. E. F. in France 1918, returned from France on USS Charleston. discharged Fort D. A. Russell, Wyoming, 18 AUG 1919.

He married Martha Ellen Davault, daughter of William Frederick Davault and Catherine Beal Benson, on 29 June 1931 at Tremonton, Cache Co., UT. Hugh Robert Crabtree died on 28 September 1956 at Parma, Canyon Co., ID, at age 58. He was buried in 1956 at Riverside Cemetery, Emmett, Gem Co., ID, Findagrave #43833549.


  1. [S4927] 1900 Federal Census, Russell County, Kansas. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Roll 498; FHL #1240498.

J. M. Crabtree

M, b. 10 August 1845, d. 4 January 1899
     J. M. Crabtree was born on 10 August 1845. He married Carmelia Florence Coffee, daughter of Joel Thomas Coffee Jr. and Judieth B. Heard, on 3 January 1886 at Clay Co., TN. J. M. Crabtree died on 4 January 1899 at age 53. He was buried in January 1899 at Varney Andrews Cemetery, Cellna, Clay Co., TN, Findagrave #25976276.

Child of J. M. Crabtree and Carmelia Florence Coffee


  1. [S595] 1900 Federal Census, Clay County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Roll 1562; FHL #1241562.

Lester L. Crabtree1

M, b. 28 September 1900, d. 15 June 1988
     Lester L. Crabtree was born on 28 September 1900 at Missouri.1 He married Ethel Faught circa 1923.1 Lester L. Crabtree died on 15 June 1988 at age 87. He was buried in June 1988 at Greene Lawn Cemetery, Walnut Grove, Greene Co., MO, Findagrave #86345499.


  1. [S3975] 1930 Federal Census, Greene County, Missouri. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T626, Roll 1189; FHL #2340924.

Mabel Crabtree

F, b. 1896, d. July 1973
     Mabel Crabtree was born in 1896 at Oklahoma. She married Robert Gordon Evatt Sr. on 20 August 1915 at Oklahoma Co., OK. Mabel Crabtree died in July 1973. She was buried in 1973 at Fairview Cemetery, Shawnee, Pottawatomie Co., OK, Findagrave #97920777.

Child of Mabel Crabtree and Robert Gordon Evatt Sr.

Thomas Coffee Crabtree1

M, b. 6 October 1886, d. January 1977
     Thomas Coffee Crabtree was born on 6 October 1886 at Celina, Clay Co., TN, WW I draft registration.1 He was the son of J. M. Crabtree and Carmelia Florence Coffee.1 Thomas Coffee Crabtree lived in 1918 at R.F.D. 4, Greer Co., OK, WW I draft registration. He died in January 1977 at Quail, Collingsworth Co., TX, at age 90.


  1. [S595] 1900 Federal Census, Clay County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Roll 1562; FHL #1241562.

Walter R. Crabtree

M, b. 6 July 1867, d. 22 April 1938
     Walter R. Crabtree was born on 6 July 1867 at Black Hawk Co. (probably), IA.1,2 He married Mary Adele Wells circa 1891.2 Walter R. Crabtree died on 22 April 1938 at Reno, Washoe Co., NV, at age 70. He was buried in April 1938 at Masonic Memorial Gardens, Reno, Washoe Co., NV, Findagrave #129802398.

Child of Walter R. Crabtree and Mary Adele Wells


  1. [S2139] 1870 Federal Census, Black Hawk County, Iowa. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M593, Roll 377; FHL #545876.
  2. [S4927] 1900 Federal Census, Russell County, Kansas. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Roll 498; FHL #1240498.

Pearl Duke Cracraft

F, b. 1879, d. 25 December 1966
     Pearl Duke Cracraft was born in 1879 at Mason Co., KY. She married David Oscar Sutton, son of Daniel B. Sutton and Martha Loe. Pearl Duke Cracraft died on 25 December 1966 at West Union, Adams Co., OH. She was buried at Glen Forest Cemetery, Yellow Springs, Greene Co., OH, Findagrave #106584766.

Child of Pearl Duke Cracraft and David Oscar Sutton

James Thomas Cradick

M, b. 8 September 1911, d. 26 April 1972
     James Thomas Cradick was born on 8 September 1911 at St. Louis, MO, WW II draft registration. He married Mary Louise Imboden. James Thomas Cradick died on 26 April 1972 at age 60. He was buried in 1972 at Resurrection Cemetery, Affton, St. Louis Co., MO, Findagrave #47687383.

George R. Cradit

M, b. 1882, d. 1954
     George R. Cradit was born in 1882 at Michigan.1 He married Bessie May Triem, daughter of Wilson D. Triem and Mary L. Newell, on 30 June 1933. Occupation: Carpenter in 1940 at Colorado Springs, El Paso Co., CO.1 George R. Cradit died in 1954. He was buried in 1954 at Fairhaven Memorial Park, Santa Ana, Orange Co., CA, Find A Grave Memorial# 143992813.


  1. [S4089] 1940 Federal Census, El Paso County, Colorado. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T627, Roll 462.

Maria Craemer1

     Maria Craemer married Johann Jost Brombach, son of Jost Brombach and Catharina Klein, in 1701 at Muesen, Nassau-Siegen (now in Nordrhein-Westfalen), Germany.

Children of Maria Craemer and Johann Jost Brombach


  1. [S21] B. C. Holzclaw, Ancestry and Descendants of the Nassau-Siegen Immigrants to Virginia 1714 - 1750, 54.

Bessie Maude Craft

F, b. 4 August 1889, d. 9 June 1932
     Bessie Maude Craft was born on 4 August 1889 at Pickens Co., AL. She was the daughter of Thomas Clarence Craft and Mattie Sherod. Bessie Maude Craft married Elbert Hudson Windle, son of Andrew Mose Windle and Louisa S. Jennings, on 27 December 1911 at Pickens Co., AL. Bessie Maude Craft died on 9 June 1932 at Pickens Co., AL, at age 42. She was buried in June 1932 at Franconia Cemetery, Aliceville, Pickens Co., AL.

Children of Bessie Maude Craft and Elbert Hudson Windle

Clyde E. Craft

M, b. 3 September 1909, d. 19 February 2009
     Clyde E. Craft was born on 3 September 1909 at Zearing, Story Co., IA. He married Norma G. Christian. Clyde E. Craft died on 19 February 2009 at Apache Junction, Pinal Co., AZ, at age 99

Obituary -- (

Clyde E. Craft, 99, of Apache Junction, Ariz., formerly of La Porte City and Jesup, died Thursday, Feb. 19, at Apache Junction Health Care Center.

He was born Sept. 3, 1909, in Zearing, son of J.W. and Myrtle Perry Craft. He married Norma Christian Oct. 9, 1930, in Zearing. He later married Sue Lauffer on Sept. 16, 1978, in Giard.

Mr. Craft was a farmer for many years in the La Porte City area.

Survived by: his wife; a son, Duane (Joanne) of La Porte City; six grandchildren, Debra (Lee) Rottinghaus of Jesup, Allen (Joyce) Craft of Colesburg, Angie (Mike) Reinert of Cedar Rapids, Teri (Dwaine) Brown of La Porte City, Courtney (Karen) Mether of Benson, Minn., and Stephanie (Dean) Abner of Kerkhoven, Minn; 18 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mae Schrader of La Porte City.

Preceded in death by: his parents; a daughter, Diane Mether; a grandson, Theodore Mether; five brothers, Vaughn, Leslie, Don, Ray and Leland Craft; and two sisters, Leola Christians and Marie Johnson.

Services: 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul United Methodist Church, with burial in West View Cemetery, both in La Porte City. Visitation for an hour before services Wednesday at the church. La Porte City Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

He was buried in February 2009 at Westview Cemeteyr, La Porte City, Black Hawk Co., IA, Findagrave #34084263.

Child of Clyde E. Craft and Norma G. Christian

Duane Eugene Craft

M, b. 24 August 1932, d. 23 November 2020
     Duane Eugene Craft was born on 24 August 1932 at La Porte City, Black Hawk Co., IA. He was the son of Clyde E. Craft and Norma G. Christian. Duane Eugene Craft married Joanne Marlene Wilt, daughter of Earl Warren Wilt and Mildred Margaret Mussman, on 25 October 1953 at First Methodist Church, La Porte City, Black Hawk Co., IA, The Courier (Waterloo, Iowa); Monday, 26 Oct 1953; Page 8; (


LA PORTE CITY -- Nuptial vows were exchanged by Miss Joanne Wilt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Wilt, and Duane Craft, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Craft, Sunday at 2 p. m. at the Methodist Church.

The Rev. D. R. Corrick performed the ceremony. Miss Delores Wilt was the maid of honor and Mrs. Ralph Dunkelberger and Mrs. Dean Craft, sister of the groom, were bridesmaids. Flower girl was Kathy Fry, Van Horn, and ring bearer was Mike Craft, cousin of the groom.

The groom chose his cousin, Dean Wienands, as best man. Junior groomsman was Farry Wilt, brother of the bride, and ushers were Ralph Dunkelberger, Truman Kaiser, Ronald Fultz and Neal Rathjen, Cedar Falls.

Mrs. Craft, who attended Gates Business College, Waterloo, is employed at the La Porte City State Bank and the groom, who attended Iowa State College, Ames, is engaged in farming with his father. They will live on the Craft farm after a wedding trip to the West coast.

Progress Review (La Porte City, Iowa); 1953 October 29; page 1, column 7; (

Joanne Wilt, Duane Craft Married Sunday

Mr. and Mrs. Duane Craft are on a two weeks honeymoon trip to the west following their wedding Sunday afternoon in the First Methodist Church.

For traveling, the new Mrs. Craft chose a two-piece blue knit dress and matching small hat with navy blue accessories.

The former Joanne Marlene Wilt is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Wilt of southeast of La Porte City.

She was given in marriage by her father to Duane E. Craft, son of the Clyde Crafts of northeast of La Porte City in a double ring wedding ceremony performed at 2 o'clock.

Rev. D. R. Corick, pastor of the First Methodist church solemnize the couple's vows at the altar where a white kneeling bench, twin seven-branched candelabra and pedestal bouquets of white chrysanthemums formed the setting.

Nuptial Music

Neal Rathjen of Cedar Falls and Don Harting, Truman Kaiser and Ralph Dunkleberger seated the 200 guests before Cliff Burr accompanied by Mrs. Burr, sang "Because" and "O Perfect Love."

As the bridal party approached the altar, Mrs. Burr played Lohengrin's wedding march and Kathy Fry of Van Horns, cousin of the bride, scattered rose petals down the white carped isle.

Mrs. Burr played "Through The Years" as a musical background for the wedding service and "The Lord's Prayer" while the couple knelt for the pastor's prayer.

Dolores Wilt, sister of the bride, served as her maid of honor, and Mrs. Ralph Dunkleberger, friend of the bride, was her bridesmaid.

Dean Wienands, the groom's cousin, attended him as best man and Ted Shaw, friend of the groom, served as groomsman.

Diane Craft, sister of the groom, and Gary Wilt, brother of the bride were junior bridesmaid and junior groomsman, respectively and lit the candles.

Mike Craft, cousin of the groom, carried the rings on a heart shaped white satin pillow.

Traditional White Gown

The bride wore a traditional white gown and a white illusion net veil edged with Chantilly lace for her wedding. Two-fold net, gathered at the waist, fell over shimmering satin to form the floor length skirt of the gown and Chantilly lace made the bodice and long sleeves. Chantilly scalloped edged panels added interest to the skirt and pearl buttons set in lace scallops from a mandarin collar to the waistline featured the bodice. A row of lace covered buttons descended down the bodice back and closed the wrists of the bridal pointed sleeves.

Pearls and rhinestones trimmed the crown from which the veil fell to the bride's finger tips.

The bride's only jewelry was her groom's gift of a triple strand pearl choker. Her flowers were chrysanthemums and talisman roses in a ribbon tied stylized bouquet.

Gowns worn by the bridal attendants were identically styled with two-fold net over taffeta skirts, strapless lace bodices, lace jackets with short sleeves and Peter Pan collars and matching lace aprons over the skirts. The maid of honor's was coral and the bridesmaid's blue.

They wore matching braided net crowns dotted with rhinestones and carried stylized bouquets of chrysanthemums.

Lace and net made the flower girl's full-skirted floor length white dress, styled with puffed sleeves and a low round neckline encircled by a rolled collar.

The groom, his attendants and the ring bearer were attired in formal white jackets, dark blue trousers and bow ties and wore red carnation boutonnieres.

Both mothers wore blue wool suits and pink chrysanthemum corsages.


Mrs. Herbert Johannsen was hostess for the reception held in the church parlor after the wedding.

Aunts of the bride, Mrs. Max Loehr of Waterloo and Mrs. William Fry of Vinton cut the cake; Mrs. Neal Rathjen and Mrs. Melvin Tibbitts poured. Miss Beverly Mussman of Vinton registered the guests and Miss Carol Fry of Van Horne and Miss Janet Wilt and Miss Donetta Wilt presided at the gift table. The Marion Warner Circle was in charge of the serving.

Smilax, dotted with white pom poms enwreathed the three-tiered all-white wedding cake at the serving table center. Bride and Groom figurines under a white arch and doves, surmounted the cake and three-branched candle sticks holding coral and blue candles flanked it in smilax encircled bases.

Both the bride and the groom graduated from the La Porte City consolidated school in 1950. The groom attended ISC, Ames for a year and a half and has since been engaged in farming with his father. The bride attended Gates Business College until Dec. 1951 when she began working as bookkeeper in the La Porte City State bank.

Mr. and Mrs. Craft will reside on a farm five miles northeast of La Porte City. Mrs. Craft will continue working at the bank.

Note: The Courier (Waterloo, Iowa); Wednesday, 17 Dec 1958; Page 3; (

Craft Takes County Corn Contest With 141.88 Bu.

Duane Craft, who farms four miles northeast of La Porte City, is the 1958 Master Corn Grower of Black Hawk County with 141.88 bushels per acre.

This announcement comes from Ed Oberhauser, chairman of the county extension land use committee, sponsors of the contest.

THIS CONTEST based on the highest yield of corn from five acres has been sponsored continuously since 1931. Its purpose is to select each year the champion corn grower of the county.

The corn is figured on a 15 1/2 per cent moisture basis.

In second place was Myron Jepsen of Cedar Falls with 132.51 bushels per acre.

Yields of other entrants in the contest were:
J. P. MEISCH, Peyner township, 136.21 bushels; Donald Beck, Eagle township, 123.97; Guy Stover Jr., Lincoln township, 122.60; John Kirlin, Lincoln township, 115.60; J. E. Entz and Sons, Cedar township, 104.00.

All fields were harvested with a mechanical picker and the harvesting was supervised by disinterested persons to assure fairness and accuracy. The contest rules are set out by the Iowa Crop Improvement Assn.

A trophy which is furnished annually by the agricultural committee of the Waterloo Chamber of Commerce will be presented to Craft later in the winter.

The Courier (Waterloo, Iowa); Sunday, 15 Mar 1959; Page 47; (

Here's Fertilizer Plan Of County Corn Champ (extracted) -

Q - How much fertilizer did Duane Craft use in producing over 141 bushels of corn per acre in the 1958 Black Hawk County Master Corn Growers contest?

A - Duane's records show that he plowed down 900 pounds of 10-10-10 per acre and uses 125 pounds of 5-20-20 starter with the planter. This was second year corn with hay in 1956 and oats in 1955.

The Courier (Waterloo, Iowa); Saturday, 05 Jun 1965; Page 21; (


LA PORTE CITY (CNS) -- Mr. and Mrs. Duane Craft have purchased 90 acres of farm land in Benton County near La Porte City, formerly owned by Mrs. Nate Miller of La Porte City. Craft has been farming this land for some time, so has taken immediate possession.

"News of your Home Town FOLKS," Progress-Review (La Porte City, Iowa); Wednesday, 10 Jan 1968; Page 14; (

Forty-six descendants of the last J. A. and Myrtle Craft including their eight children gathered at the Legion Hall Sunday, January 7th, for their annual belated Christmas dinner. After the noon meal the afternoon was spent visiting, playing cards and games. Those who attended were Mr. and Mrs. Vaughn Craft, Hudson; Don Craft, Waterloo; Mr. and Mrs. Walter Craft and family, Sumner; Mrs. Tom Meeker and sons, Waterloo; Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Craft, Independence; Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Mether, Hudson; Mr. and Mrs. Gary Christian and David, Brandon; Mr. and Mrs. Warren Schrader, Hudson; Mr. and Mrs. Herman Griswald, Eldora; Mr. and Mrs. Ray Craft, Mr. and Mrs. Lester Craft, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Wienands, Mr. and Mrs. Dean Wienands, Mr. and Mrs. Duane Craft and family and Mr. and Mrs. Merle Lewis all of La Porte City.

Sheriff's Log - The Courier (Waterloo, Iowa); Monday, 29 Mar 1976; Page 5; (

TWO BLACK HAWK County farmers reported gasoline was stolen from their farms over the weekend. Duane Craft, Rt. 1, La Porte City, said 200 gallons were stolen from a storage tank and a battery charger was missing from another building. William Weber, Rt. 1, Dunkerton, said about 16 gallons of gasoline were stolen from his gas tank.

Waterloo Court Log - The Courier (Waterloo, Iowa); Tuesday, 23 Nov 1976; Page 3; (

FINED $75 each after pleading guilty to criminal trespass charges were Robert Jay Lamkin, 18, of Hudson and Richard Lee Sass, 18, of 7220 La Porte Rd., Washburn. They were arrested by Black Hawk sheriff's deputies Nov. 12 after they were found acting suspiciously around a gasoline tank on the Duane Craft farm in Spring Creek township.

The Courier (Waterloo, Iowa); Thursday, 02 February 1978; page 8; (

Crafts host rehearsal dinner

Mr. and Mrs. Duane Craft of La Porte City will host a wedding rehearsal dinner Friday evening honoring their son, Allen, and his fiancée, Joyce Shelton.

The 8:30 p.m. dinner for 25 quests will be at Nino's Steak Roundup.

The couple will be married at 7 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul United Methodist Church, La Porte City.

Article - "Non-conforming builders......," The Courier (Waterloo, Iowa); Thursday, 21 Dec 1978; Page 12; (Newspapers,com):
(Extracted portion)

THE COMMISSION [zoning commission] also recommended approval of a special permit for the Martin Marietta Corporation to allow it to extract sand from a 45-acre site northeast of La Porte City.

The company plans to lease the area for 15 years from Duane E. Craft.

.... the Martin Marietta request for a special permit must be approved by the county Board of Adjustment.

The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa); Friday, 14 Sep 1979; Page 5; (

Brandon men face charges for barn fire

INDEPENDENCE --- Buchanan County authorities have arrested one man and are expected to arrest another man in connection with a barn fire near Brandon on Oct. 17, 1978.

Authorities said Robert F. Traux, 20, of Brandon was arrested at 9 p.m. Thursday at his home on a charge of conspiracy to commit arson.

Truax is being held in the county jail at Independence.

According to warrants filed in Buchanan County District Court, Traux and Dennis Conrad, age unknown, of Brandon will face the same charges. Conrad was expected to be arrested this afternoon.

The arrests stem from nearly a year-long investigation of two barn fires in the Brandon area last October.

Traux and Conrad are suspects in a fire that destroyed the Duane Craft farm near Brandon in Jefferson Township.

The Courier (Waterloo, Iowa); Thursday, 10 Jan 1980; Page 26; (

Brandon men sentenced

INDEPENDENCE -- Two Brandon men, Denis Conrad, 21, and Robert Traux, 20, were given one year jail sentences in Buchanan County District Court before Judge William G. Klotzbach. The sentences were suspended, after the men admitted to counts of conspiracy in regard to the arson case on the Duane Craft farm in Jefferson township. Conrad and Traux admitted to setting fire to a barn on Craft's farm in October 1978.

Both men were placed on probation to the First Judicial District Department of Correctional Services for two years.

Sheriff's log - The Courier (Waterloo, Iowa); Monday, 26 Nov 1984; Page 7; (

Larceny: tools were taken from an open storage shed at the home of Duane Craft, 9038 McStay Road, La Porte City.

Quad-City Times (Davenport, Iowa); Wednesday, 11 Jul 1990; Page 26; (

Obituary for Kari Ann (Truelson) McDonnell, 22, - a step-grandchild of Mr. and Mrs. Duane Craft of La Porte City, Iowa.

The Courier (Waterloo, Iowa); Wednesday, 11 February 1998; Pages 1 & 7; (

A river runs through
The Cedar giveth and the Cedar taketh away

By Christine Willmsen, Courier Staff Writer, La Porte City

The county has taxed Duane Craft for his supposed 40 acres of land near the Cedar River near here for 55 years.

But a recent survey shows Craft's land has shrunk to almost half the original size because the river has changed its course over the years and meandered through his property.

And for the past several years he's been paying taxes unknowingly on a river, sandbars and even some land on the other side of the river formerly owned by Max Bartlett and now the County Conservation Board.

And what makes it a volatile situation with no easy answers is the ever-changing Cedar River that serves as the boundary for lot owners like Craft.

Craft and at least 40 other rural river-bottom land owners discussed their problems with county officials Monday.

County Conservation Director Steve Finegan said there are two issues that need to be resolved -- "what land you own and what you pay taxes on."

At this point, he said they probably don't match up.

The County Conservation Board was interested in purchasing property for a public hunting area from Bartlett, a land owner across the river to the south of Craft.

Due to changes in the boundary and property lines, the County Conservation Board ordered a state-funded $24,000 survey and title history of Bartlett's land in 1997. It later purchased it in December of that year.

That survey showed Craft, the owner to the north of the river, had lost considerable land.

Craft discredits the survey completed by Helland Engineering and Surveying Ltd. in Cedar Falls, saying the river hasn't changed.

"We paid taxes on it for 55 years," Craft said. "Can someone explain why we don't know about it and how we don't own it?

"It's a hostile takeover in my opinion: Craft said. :They're stealing my land; that's what we call it out on the farm."

Craft owns land north of the Cedar River in section 12 of Poyner Township -- which was 40 acres. He also was taxed on that 40 acres which was valued at $10,790 in 1997, according to the Assessor's office.

For taxing purposes, the assessor's office honors, under the advice of the county attorney's office, the old 1845 plat map regardless of its knowledge that the river has changed. The office will reassess land only if there is a new survey recorded or litigation.

However, throughout the years Black Hawk County and other counties haven't done surveys on river property because the land wasn't too valuable and the surveys traditionally were costly.

Now, due to the change in the Cedar River the surveys shows Craft owns approximately 32.12 acres -- not 40 acres -- with a current value of $7,640. In 1997 he paid $198 in taxes. He will pay approximately $176.79 in 1998, according to the new survey.

Craft and other nearby landowners believe he should be reimbursed for the taxes he paid on land he technically didn't own. However, the probability of that happening is unlikely, because officials would have to review all landowners near the river. Those who now own more land than they originally thought would owe taxes from prior years.

Craft has another property in the same area that has lost almost two acres of it's original 20.

Most of government lot owners on the river also have lost or gained land since the 1845 plat because of the river, Finegan said.

"Duane (Craft) was on the losing side of the river," he said. :There's a whole series of errors along the river. It's an unfortunate situation."

"They didn't have the ability to determine exactly where the rivers were" in the 1840s, he said.

Through the 20-plus years Finegan has worked for the county, he's seen the Cedar River move through miles of property.

It gets even more confusing when the river and its water is taken into consideration because it is "sovereign water" owned by the state.

For property owners to really know what they own versus what they've been paying taxes on for years they need a survey and title opinion. The cost is unclear, but a recorded survey will change the boundaries in the Assessor's Office.

County Assessor Vicki Atkins said the new geographical information system, a computer countywide mapping system of land parcels, could solve the problem. Atkins will need the authority to change property based on that computer information.

County Conservation attorney Bruce Zager will review the information and in several weeks determine what to do and answer questions for the land owners.
"We're hitting a moving target."

Personals - The Courier (Waterloo, Iowa); Sunday, 22 February 1998; Page 71; (

I'd like to thank all the concerned people and Leon Mosely who took time from their busy schedules to come to the B.H. Co. Courthouse to hear me attempt to reclaim 40 acres of land which the B.H. Co. Conservation board has recently took into a Public Hunting area with no negotiation - no compensation - just took.

Judging from what we learned at the meeting, I'm sure you agree, there should be some housecleaning done in the B.H. Co. Conservation Dept. And maybe a little cleaning up in the Courthouse wouldn't hurt either.

Thank You,
Duane Craft

65th Anniversary & photos (not extracted) - Duane E. Craft & Joanne Marlene Wilt, The Courier (Waterloo, Iowa); Sunday, 14 Oct 2018; Page V2; (


LA PORTE CITY - Duane and Joanne Craft will soon be celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary.

They were married Oct. 25, 1953, at the St. Paul United Methodist Church in La Porte City.

Their family includes three children, Debra and Lee Rottinghaus of Jesup, Allen and Joyce Craft of Eldora and Angela and Mike Reinert of Cedar Rapids. They also have 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

No formal celebration is planned, but cards may be sent to their home address: 10001 Craft Lane, La Porte City 50651.

Duane Eugene Craft died on 23 November 2020 at La Porte City, Black Hawk Co., IA, at age 88

Obituary -- (

Duane Craft, 88, of La Porte City, died Monday, November 23, 2020 at his home.

He was born August 24, 1932 in La Porte City the son of Clyde E. and Norma Christian Craft. He was a 1950 graduate of La Porte City High School.

He married Joanne Wilt on October 25, 1953 at the Episcopal United Methodist Church in La Porte City.

Duane farmed in La Porte City and surrounding areas for many years. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta at ISU, Iowa Corn Growers Association, where he was Master Corn Grower for a year.

He had a love of nature and could recognize every tree and plant. He loved to take old farms and make them new.

Survived by: a son, Allen (Joyce) Craft of La Porte City; 2 daughters, Debra (Lee) Rottinghaus of Jesup, Angela (Mike) Reinert of Cedar Rapids; 13 grandchildren, Ryan (Holly Moser) Rottinghaus, Mindy (Lingheng Ye) Rottinghaus, Brianna Rottinghaus, Lucas (Cheyenne Dean) Rottinghaus, Andrea Rottinghaus, Daniel (Jennifer Gardner) Craft, Laura (Allen) Mast, Christopher (Anni) Craft, Matthew (Andrea) Reinert, Jennifer (Samuel) Renning, Amy (Benjamin) Grose, Jonathan Reinert and 14 great-grandchildren, William, Jackson, Issac, Oliver, Briar, Hinley, Willa, Finn, Aaron, Adrian, Liam, Nolan, Norah and Margaret.

Preceded in death by: his parents; a sister, Diane Mether and a grandson, Benjamin Rottinghaus.

Private Family Graveside Services will be held in the West View Cemetery. A video of the service will be posted to the funeral home website. La Porte City Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

He was buried in November 2020 at Westview Cemetery, La Porte City, Black Hawk Co., IA, Findagrave #218975011.

Jacob Craft

     Jacob Craft died at Norristown, Montgomery Co., PA, No children. He married Elizabeth Price, daughter of Rev. John W. Price and Mary Detwiler, No children.1


  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 20.

Rachel Ellen Craft1

F, b. April 1876, d. 1 May 1963
     Rachel Ellen Craft was born in April 1876 at Indiana.1 She married Robert A. Hockersmith, son of Charles H. Hockersmith and Rachel Maria Gilmore, circa 1898.1 Rachel Ellen Craft died on 1 May 1963 at Preble Co., OH, at age 87. She was buried in May 1963 at College Corner Cemetery, West College Corner, Union Co., IN.

Children of Rachel Ellen Craft and Robert A. Hockersmith


  1. [S287] 1900 Federal Census, Preble County, Ohio. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Roll 1285; FHL #1241315.
  2. [S256] 1910 Federal Census, Preble County, Ohio. Microfilm Image, Series T624, Roll 1225; FHL #1375238.

Thomas Clarence Craft

     Thomas Clarence Craft married Mattie Sherod.

Child of Thomas Clarence Craft and Mattie Sherod

Mary Elizabeth Crafton

F, b. 4 November 1902, d. 2 August 1965
     Mary Elizabeth Crafton was born on 4 November 1902 at Henderson Co., KY. She was the daughter of Robert Farley Crafton and Elizabeth Willingham. Mary Elizabeth Crafton married Edmond L. Starling, son of Stewart Starling and Nellie Ford. Mary Elizabeth Crafton died on 2 August 1965 at St. Luke's Hospital, Houston, Harris Co., TX, at age 62. She was buried in August 1965 at Fernwood Cemetery, Henderson, Henderson Co., KY.

Robert Farley Crafton

M, b. 27 March 1878, d. 21 December 1957
     Robert Farley Crafton was born on 27 March 1878 at Henderson Co., KY. He married Elizabeth Willingham. Robert Farley Crafton died on 21 December 1957 at Henderson, Henderson Co., KY, at age 79.

Child of Robert Farley Crafton and Elizabeth Willingham

Marcus E. Crago

M, b. 10 October 1914, d. 26 December 1968
     Marcus E. Crago was born on 10 October 1914. He married Mary Kathryn Dawson, daughter of Earl Dawson and Stella M. Steinhauser, After the death of Marcus, Kathryn married a Mikitka and was living at Farmington, New Mexico in 1992. Marcus E. Crago began military service on 20 July 1943 WW II service, U.S. Army, enlisted. He lived in 1945 at Columbus, Franklin Co., OH. He died on 26 December 1968 at Fayette County Memorial Hospital, Washington Court House, Fayette Co., OH, at age 54. He was buried at Washington Cemetery, Washington Court House, Fayette Co., OH.

(?) Craig

     (?) Craig died at Eden Townland, Donaghedy Parish, County Tyrone, Ireland. She was born at County Donegal, Ireland. She married Jeremiah Smyth, son of James Smyth and (?) Rogers.

Child of (?) Craig and Jeremiah Smyth

(?) Craig1

     (?) Craig married Sarah Stover, daughter of George Stover and Anna Rader, after 1871.1


  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 566.

Adaline E. Craig1

F, b. May 1867, d. 1952
     Adaline E. Craig was born in May 1867 at Pennsylvania.1 She married Robert McWhinney circa 1885.1 Adaline E. Craig died in 1952. She was buried in 1952 at Homestead Cemetery, Munhall, Allegheny Co., PA.

Child of Adaline E. Craig and Robert McWhinney


  1. [S1732] 1900 Federal Census, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Roll 1370; FHL #1241368.