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Born in Pulaski county, Virginia, on March 1, 1841, at a time when the differences between the North and the South were taking definite form and an inevitable tendency toward the arbitrament of the sword, by which they were afterward settled, David C. Crowell, of Craig, one of the enterprising and progressive merchants of that community, grew to the age of nineteen years in his native county amid indications of approaching turbulence which overshadowed every other consideration and left him but slender opportunities for attending school or preparing himself for business. He secured a limited education at the district schools and remained at home with his parents, Joseph and Mary (McLaughlin) Crowell, like himself native Virginians, and assisted in the work on the farm until the war cloud burst on our unhappy country. Then, joining his fortunes with those of his section, he enlisted in the Confederate army as a member of the Fourth Virginia Infantry, Stonewall Brigade, in which he served until April 9, 1865, when he was mustered out as a first lieutenant. During his army experience he was in almost constant active field service, participating in many of the leading engagements of the war and many of its most trying marches, taking food when he could get it and snatching often at long intervals a few hours of repose from the exacting duties in which his command was continually occupied. He saw all forms of hardship incident to the war except wounds and imprisonment, and was called on to perform all kinds of hazardous service. Prior to entering the army he passed a year as fireman on the Virginia & Tennessee Railroad, a service also oftentimes, at that period and in that section, fraught with peril and privation. After the war he returned to his home and went to work as a carpenter, continuing until 1870, when he moved to Denver, this state. Here he spent nine years contracting and building, then moved to Leadville and soon afterward located at Ten Mile, where he opened a general store which he conducted with good success until the fall of 1881. He then sold out his interests there and took up his residence at Frisco in Summit county, where he carried on a hotel and livery business and also served as clerk and recorder until 1883. In that year he moved to Bear River and located the ranch now owned by Cary Brothers, and which they purchased from him in 1888. After the sale of this he changed his base of operations to Steamboat Springs. There he ranched and devoted his time to contracting and building with good returns until 1894, then sold out and moved to a ranch on Fortification creek, which he purchased in 1893 and which he occupied until 1903, when he sold it to Charles Ranney. Since then he has been in active personal charge of his confectionery store at Craig, which is one of the leading mercantile enterprises of the place. He was married on June 6, 1865, to Miss Mary J. Hawthorn. They had three children, of whom Mary E., wife of William Gerrish, and Walter W. are living, and Mrs. J.D. Ashley has died. Mr. Crowell is an Odd Fellow, a Republican in politics and belongs to the Christian church. His parents died in Virginia some years ago.

(Source: Progressive Men of Western Colorado, Publ 1905. Transcribed by Kim Mohler)




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