Carroll County Biographies


JACOB HARRISON CROUSE

Mt. Carroll Township


This leading agriculturist of Mt. Carroll Township owns an interest in one of the finest farms in Carrll County, located on section 17. His father, Daniel Crouse, and his mother, Mary Maurer, were both natives of Chester County, Pa. In their native State they were married, and lived there until the spring of 1856. On April 12 of that year they took up their residence in York, IL, staying there but one yar, however, when they came to Carroll Township and bought the farm which is now a part of our subjects possessions. In early life the father was a tanner by trade, but his later years were devoted entirely to the pursuit of agriculture, and he lived on the place where he first settle duntil his death which occurred on May 30, 1885. The mother died in December 1887.

Our subject was the fouth in order of birth, of nine children, and was born July 17, 1838 in Chester Co PA. After coming to this county he attended the Mt. Carroll Seminary three terms. When 21 years of age he engaged in farming with his father and since then has never left the home-place. The original farm that is in his possession comprised 400 acres, and to this has been added by subsequent purchases 185 acres more, about 400 of which are under cultivation. This farm is regarded as one of the best to be found in Carroll County. It is cultivated in a most thorough manner, is all under good fence, and the improvements are first-class. The fine residence was built by his father, and on the eastern half of the estate is still another residence, also rerected by his father. All of the out-buildings are of a class as good as areusually found in this country. His barn is 70 x 58 feet and is fitted with all the appliances and conveniences necessary to the successful modern agriculturist. Another fine building is a wagon-house and corncrib combined, which is 26x 40 feet in area, and the other buildings correspond to these.

Our subject gives his attention almost sholly to the raising of stock, and all the grain he raises on his farm is fed on the place. He has at all times from fifty to 100 head of cattle, between 100 adn 150 hogs and at the present time has in his stock-barns 30 head of graded Norman horses of the best strains of blood. His cattle are mainly Short-horns, he, at present, having in stock 20 head of registered animals from the best families.

Mr. Crouse was united in marriage, Oct. 24, 1872 (Stephenson County IL) with Miss Barbara awetzel, the daughter of Paul & Elizabeth (Leaphart) Wetzel, both of whom are of German birth. Of the union there were nine children - Mrs. Crouse being the third in order of birth. She was born in Somerset County, PA Aug. 2, 1848 and was six years of age when she came with her parents to Lee County IL. Later the family removed to Stephenson County IL, locating two miles east of Lena. There she was living when she married our subject and removed to her present home.

Mr. and Mrs. Crouse have four children, all under the parenta roof and receiving the best education possible. Annie Lora was born Jan. 14, 1874; Paul Oscar Jan.15, 1876; John Webster, Oct. 19, 1877 and Davis F., May 24, 1880. Mr. Crouse, although one of the best-known men in the township, in whose public affairs he is much interested, avoid, as far as possible, the holding of public office; but being a warm friend of the cause of education, has consented to serve on the School Board. He and his wife are active members of the German Baptist Church, commonly called the Dunkard Church, in which he is a leading member. Mr. Crouse believes that this people are obeying more of the commands of God than any other denomination, and hence are more nearly right. He is a man of most undoubted probity, and is held in the greatest esteem by all, even by those who differ with him in his political or religious views.

Portraits & Biographical Carroll Co 1889 Pg 882
Photo courtsey of IL GenWeb Ogle County Roger Cramer

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