Obit: Crothers, George E. (1862 - 1937)

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----Source: Greenwood Gleaner (Greenwood, Wis.) 12/30/1937

Crothers, George E. (13 Sep 1862 - 20 Dec 1937)

George E. Crothers, 75, for half a century an outstanding figure in the public life of Neillsville and Clark County, passed away at the hospital in Neillsville, Monday, Dec. 20, 1937 at 5 p.m. from the effects of pneumonia, which set in following a stroke, with which he had been taken about 10 days previously. Up to this time he had been active and in good health. Mr. Crothers had been for nearly 40 years connected with the Neillsville Press as editor and manage, and when the present publisher purchased the paper last August, Mr. Crothers was invited to remain as editor emeritus, contributing a very popular feature, "Under the Lamplight", containing reminiscences and philosophy. Mr. Crothers was an attorney for years, and the desk at which he worked as editor and attorney is still in the Press office. His last article was a write-up of the late Major A.C. Martin, written by special request of the family.

Mr. Crothers was elected County Superintendent in 1888, serving with signal ability in systematizing the county schools. About this time he studied law in the offices of C.F. Grown and S.M. Marsh and later was admitted to the bar. For over 20 years he served on the board of education, on the library board, was a director of the First National Bank. Fraternally he was an active member of the Masonic Order.

Mr. Crothers was born Sept. 13, 1862, in Adams Co. He was married Jan. 5, 1893 to Miss Electa Johnson, who preceded him in death in Oct. 1919. To this union were born 3 children, who survive: Donald and Mrs. James Musif (Marie) of Neillsville and Wendell of the town of York, 7 grandchildren, 3 brothers and a sister also survive.

Funeral services were held Thursday at Masonic Temple with Masonic services and sermon by Rev. Longenecker. Burial was in the Neillsville Cemetery.



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