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James Crosson (1823-1891)

Arne H Trelvik on 22 March 2005
Lebanon Gazette 14 May 1891 [copy obtained from microfilm available at the Warren County Genealogical Society]
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A Prominent Citizen Born in Warren, Dies in Clermont.

The announcement of the death of Hon. James Crosson, which took place at his home in Wayne township, Clermont county, on Sunday morning, May 3, is made and will be received with regret. He had been steadily declining in health and strength for the past two years, so that at any time during that period his death would not have been a surprise to his friends. He himself noted the lengthening shadows, the indescribable, almost imperceptible haze, that begins to make itself manifest just after middle life, and felt the chill that comes with it, just as after the middle of the brightest summer we are warned by many signs and portents that a change is approaching, that something that was beautiful is fading, that something that was fragrant is losing Its sweetness, that something which we cling to is slipping from our grasp - not oppressing us with much regret, because we know that the autumn will develop new beauties, and that though the gayest scenes of the year have passed there is a tender sweetness in the note of Bob White, who takes the place of bright songsters, and that forest and sky, meadow and bottom lands, hill top and valley, the stream, and the roadway that ends at the old home gate, will ever be beautiful, no matter in what garb nature may dress them.

Mr. Crosson noted these changes, and often during his visits to Batavia he spoke of them and of the death of men with whom he had been familiar, and of the coming in of the new, the going out of the old, and the decline of all things that can never seem, in the eyes of the aged, as good, as bright, as perfect, as the things of the good old days when we were boys. On each visit the pallor of the old gentleman's face seemed to have grown more intensified. His voice took on a childish treble, his once hearty laugh had thinned down to a silent smile, and his footsteps grew more tremulous as

they approached the end. Often we wondered if he could live to get home, and often as he came his friends were saddened by the indications of rapid decline. And now that he is gone the writer feels to pay such tribute to his memory as only poor words can give to one who was honorable in his dealings, manly In his manhood, just and charitable In his conclusions, true to his friends, generous to his foes and fair to all his fellows. He was a friend to the poor, giving aid without question, and sympathy without reserve. By reason of his easy good nature, his generous heart, genial disposition, he was loved by his fellow men, politics being obliterated in the better and purer light of friendship. He has passed from the scene that was enhanced by his action in it, and the gavel has fallen on a life that was a blessing to many another life.

James Crosson was the second son of William Crosson, who settled in Morrow in 1806. He was born June 12, 1823, and thus lacked but a few days of having reached his 68th year. He was married in 1847 to Miss Michel Butler, of Warren county, and settled on a fine farm in Wayne township in 1848. He had by his wife one son, who died at the age of 22, in 1874. His wife died in 1876. Deceased was an old line Democrat, and in 1852 was elected township assessor, and later justice of the peace, in which office he served six years. In 1861 he was elected sheriff of the county, and re elected in 1865. In 1877 his friends sent him to the legislature to represent the county, which he did in a manner acceptable to his constituents and to the public satisfaction. He was, however, defeated for the second term by a small majority. He was a prominent member of the masonic order, and was a charter member of Batavia chapter 112 royal arch masons. He was buried yesterday from his home on the old farm, which was cleared and cultivated by his own hands. No man who ever knew Mr. Crosson but will sincerely breathe a heartfelt sigh to his memory and a whispered peace to his dust. -
Clermont Courier.

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