Joseph K. Cralley

Contributed by Jim Simmons. Thanks, Jim.

Pub. Times, December 6, 1923


       Joseph K. Cralley, son of Vincent K. and Rosanna B. Cralley, was born in Evansville, Indiana, April 28, 1848, and departed this life at his residence in McLeansboro, November 28, 1923, at the age of 75 years and 7 months.

       At a very early age, Mr. Cralley moved with his parents to Mt. Vernon, Indiana where he resided until 1890 when he moved to Hamilton County and educated on a farm six miles south of McLeansboro.  After retiring from active work he moved to McLeansboro where he resided until his death.

       He learned the blacksmith's trade in early boyhood and worked at this trade nearly all his life.

       He was married November 23, 1870 to Laura Greenfield at Madisonville, KY., and to this union were born four children, namely: J. W. Cralley, McLeansboro; John K. Cralley who died in infancy; Edward F. Cralley, Mt. Vernon, Illinois; and Mrs. Amy Florence Crane, McLeansboro.

       He was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, having joined Lodge No. 49 at Mt. Vernon, Ind., about 43 years ago.

       Mr. Cralley was a board minded, kind hearted man, honest, and always ready to do a kind deed for a neighbor or any person in distress.  He was a kind and affectionate husband and an indulgent father, always happy when he was helping his good wife or his children.

       On Sunday, November 25, he and his good wife celebrated their 53rd marriage anniversary.  During all these years he was a sympathetic and helpful companion.  Many happy days and some sad ones, have they spent together.

       His friends are legion and limite4d only by his acquaintance.

       He leaves to mourn their loss his wife, three children, two sister, Mrs. Laura Wilburn, Mt. Vernon, Indiana and Mrs. Olivia Sharp in California, fifteen grandchildren, two great grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.

       Funeral services were conducted at the family residence, Friday afternoon, November 30 by Rev. W. D. Richardson.  Interment in Odd Fellows Cemetery.

       The following six grandsons of the deceased served as pall bearers: Harvey N. Crane, Lester J. Crane, Marion Cralley, Earl Cralley, Samuel Crane and Walter Manning.

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