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THE WESTERN STAR, 12 March 1898
Death of J. W. Crozier

Died, in this city, at 4 a.m., on Wednesday, March 9th, 1898, of softening of the brain, J. W. Crozier, in his 80th year.

In the course of human life, death comes to all alike. Some live a long life, while others are cut down before their ambitions are realized. In this instance an old timer has fallen; one who has passed the spring-time, the summer and fall season in the stage of action; a father
in the land, has passed over, so to speak and "rests in the shade of the trees."

The deceased leaves a wife and some grown up sons and daughters. One year ago last September, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Crozier came from Michigan to Coldwater to make their home with their daughter, Mrs. L. M. Rich. Though feeble from age, Mr. Crozier had not been bed-fast for more than a week before his death.

Joshua Wood Crozier was born in Flushing, Belmont county, Ohio, May 18, 1818, and had he lived until the 18th of next May, would have been 80 years old. After graduating at the academy at Mount Pleasant, Ohio, he
spent his early years in agriculture. In 1853 he took charge of the Ohio "Mine" in Ontonagon county, Michigan; subsequently he entered into partnership with Geo. D. Emerson, editing and publishing "The Ontonagon Miner." In 1856 he became sole proprietor of the paper until 1868, when he sold out his paper and engaged in the mercantile business. He was postmaster in Ontonagon for twelve years, and spent all his life there except five years (when he resided at Menominee, Michigan) until after the great fire a year ago last September, he came to Kansas to reside with his daughter, Mrs. L. M. Rich. He was a member of the society of "Friends" in his early life and in 1856 he united with the Presbyterian church at Ontonagon, and was one of the elders in that church as long as
he remained there and was also superintendent of the Sabbath school for twenty-five years. In all his business career he has been a prominent and influential citizen, and a kind father and husband.

"There is rest for the weary."

The funeral took place from the family residence at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon, Rev. A. M. Livingston conducting the services at the house and cemetery. The remains were laid to rest in the Coldwater cemetery.

Transcribed and Contributed by Shirley Brier

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