ANDREW J. CRUM. Among the attractive farms and homes of North Palmyra Township, the traveler is sure to notice those belonging to the gentleman whose name appears at the head of this sketch. His property is located on section 20, and bears every mark of the hand of a thorough and systematic farmer, who takes pride not only in making his acres yield a profitable income but also in providing for his family and his stock, suitable and comfortable accommodations.
The father of our subject, Joseph Crum, was born in Clark County, Ind., and his mother, Maria L. Burnett, was a Kentuckian. Their marriage took place in Macoupin County and they settled in North Palmyra Township at first but afterward removed to South Palmyra where they spent the remainder of their days. Their son Andrew was one of the older in a large family of children and was born in South Palmyra Township July 13, 1846, and there was reared to manhood.
September 9, 1873, was the happy wedding day of Andrew J. Crum and Phoebe E. Allmond, daughter of Dr. R. J. and Ann G. (Talley) Allmond. For further historical facts in regard to the family of this well known physician we recommend our readers to peruse the sketch of Dr. Allmond to be found upon another page of this volume. His daughter Phoebe had her nativity in Ohio, May 5, 1851.
The young married couple settled at one in North Palmyra township, and engaged in farming which they made their life business. They owned one hundred and eighty acres upon which they had erected a good house and made various substantial improvements. They have been the parents of nine children, namely: Nellie M., Edwin W., Lee B., Joseph R., Robert R., Golda T., Ola B., Carl C., and a baby whose name is Glen P. Two of the sons, Lee and Joseph, died in early childhood.
The offices of Collector and School Director have been bestowed upon Mr. Crum. He takes an active part in political matters, his sympathies and vote being with the Democratic party. Religious movements find in this couple hearty support, and although they are not united in their church connection they are in their sympathies in all good works, Mr. Crum being an active and efficient member of the Church of Christ and his wife a devoted worker in the Methodist Episcopal Church. This interesting family make a bright spot in the social and business life of the community in which they reside, as they are universally esteemed and justly so.