Spooner Clark CRAPO

Spooner Clark CRAPO

Male 1837 - 1905  (68 years)

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  • Name Spooner Clark CRAPO  [2
    • Biographical information provided with permission of the Greater Cleveland Peace Officer Memorial Society.

      Born in Pittsfield Township, Ohio on October 12, 1837, Crapo was orphaned as a small boy. He later called Rochester Ohio, home. Rochester is a small village in the south west corner of Lorain County, Ohio. It is here that he spent the majority of his 68-year life, with the exception of 20 years when he resided in Charlotte, Michigan.

      Crapo was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving 4 years and 19 days beginning on August 3, 1861. He was known to be a comrade of General George Custer during the Civil War. He was Sexton of the Baptist church, the president of the local school board, a member of the Hamlin Post and Company H 2nd Ohio Cavalry. Following the U.S. Civil War, train hopping became a common means of transportation as the railroads began pushing westward, especially among migrant workers.

      Additional hazards included being jostled off the train at high speeds, or being attacked by other train hoppers, who were ex-cons, and violence was not uncommon among the transient population.

      On the evening of Saturday, November 11, 1905, at 8:00 PM, Crapo age 68 was performing his duties in the rail yard, chasing some kids who were trying to jump a boxcar. He was often found giving his full attention to this area of enforcement. During the foot chase, he stepped out on the next track. Partially deaf, he was struck by a train, approaching from the opposite direction. He died instantly.

      Marshal Spooner C. Crapo was survived by his wife Elizabeth, two sons, one daughter, five granddaughters, and one great-granddaughter.
      He was buried in Station Cemetery in Rochester, Ohio.

      By: Det. Al Leiby, Elyria PD (retired)

      Thanks to John Jaros for this information.
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    Born 12 Oct 1837  Pittsfield, Lorain Co., Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    Gender Male 
    Census 1850  Living with step-father in Camden, Lorain Co., Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Census 1870  Living in Carmel, Eaton Co., Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Census 1880  Living in Carmel, Eaton Co., Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Census 1900  Living in Rochester, Lorain Co., Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Died 11 Nov 1905  Rochester, Lorain Co., Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Rochester Station Cemetery, Rochester, Lorain Co., Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I14232  Main Tree
    Last Modified 26 Oct 2015 

    Father Henry CRAPO,   b. 1827,   d. 1843, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 16 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Phylura LUCE,   b. 1808,   d. Bef 1850, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Family ID F15749  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth GARRIS,   b. 12 May 1844, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Aug 1918  (Age 74 years) 
    Children 
    +1. Ina L. CRAPO,   b. 15 Apr 1864, Lorain Co., Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Feb 1943, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)  [Birth]
     2. Peter Willis CRAPO,   b. 6 Oct 1868, Carmel, Eaton Co., Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jan 1948, Charlotte, Eaton Co., Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)  [Birth]
    +3. Joseph Glenn CRAPO,   b. 7 Aug 1882, Chester, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Apr 1948, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 26 Oct 2015 
    Family ID F15750  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 12 Oct 1837 - Pittsfield, Lorain Co., Ohio Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1870 - Living in Carmel, Eaton Co., Michigan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1880 - Living in Carmel, Eaton Co., Michigan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1900 - Living in Rochester, Lorain Co., Ohio Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 11 Nov 1905 - Rochester, Lorain Co., Ohio Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Rochester Station Cemetery, Rochester, Lorain Co., Ohio Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Spooner Clark Crapo
    Spooner Clark Crapo
    Spooner Clark Crapo is the son of Henry Crapo and Phylura Luce and the husband of Elizabeth Garris.

    Photo Added on Find A Grave by: James Myers

    Headstones
    Spooner Clark Crapo and Elizabeth Garris Headstone
    Spooner Clark Crapo and Elizabeth Garris Headstone
    Spooner C., the son of Henry Crapo and Phylura Luce, and his wife Elizabeth Garris, are buried in the Rochester Station Cemetery in Rochester, Lorain Co., Ohio.

    Created by: Jim Z>
    Photo Added by: Jim Z>

  • Sources 
    1. [S02329] Find A Grave Website.

    2. [S00091] "The Peter Crapo Clan" by Richley H. Crapo, (Name: Name: Updated 7 Dec 2005;;).

    3. [S7873] 1900 Census Rochester, Lorain County, Ohio.

    4. [S7876] 1850 Census Camden, Lorain County, Ohio.

    5. [S7874] 1870 Census Carmel, Eaton County, Michigan.

    6. [S7875] 1880 Census Carmel, Eaton County, Michigan.