|Fannie Anne Crawford
|Born: April 5, 1865 Springfield. IL Died: December 27, 1951 Susanville, CA
|Fannie Ann Crawford was one of 4 children born to George William Crawford and Rebecca Ann Roberts.
Her father George was born in Ireland and her mother was born in Scott, Kentucky. Both her father and mother had prior first marriages.
Her father George had four children from his first marriage in Ohio but her mother had no children from her first marriage in Kentucky.
George and Rebecca were married about 1864, likely near Springfield, Illinois, where Fannie was born. At some point, the family moved on to
Elgin, Kansas, where her father died in 1877. Fannie met and married Charles M.C. Crawford there on 7/31/1887.
Charles and Fannie kept on moving westward and were fairly early white settlers to southern Colorado, arriving sometime between
1887/1888. Once they saw the lovely area around Pagosa Springs they settled down in Chromo along the Navajo River. In those early days,
Pagosa Springs was only accessible by horse, wagon or on foot. The nearest railroad station was at Amargo/Lumberton, 28 miles southeast
of Pagosa Springs. A stage coach run by Byrne and Kern serviced the run between Pagosa Springs and the railroad and delivered
passengers and mail.
C.C. and Fannie Crawford had 10 children born to them on their little ranch in Chromo. One baby girl, Myrtle Crawford, died at age seven
months. Another young child William Crawford died at age 4 after he was bitten by a rattlesnake. Timber rattlers were common and in 1892
the newspaper reported that a rattler was killed that was 3 Â½ feet long! All of the other children survived and flourished and attended the
original clapboard Chromo School.
Like most early settlers, Charles was hard working and found various ways to support his family. He farmed his land successfully and in July
1890, the Pagosa Springs newspaper notes that he is growing â€œthe boss potatoes on the riverâ€�. Many of the local Chromo farmers
grew hay for cutting, grain crops, and vegetable gardens. They also ran cattle, sheep and horses. My grandmother, Rosie Leora Crawford
related to her children that in those days, they ate little meat in the summer as it would spoil quickly. Basic fare was potatoes and beans with
garden vegetables as they came in season. In the winter, they ate more meat since the outside temperatures would make a cache possible.
They would build an ice cave next to the house and store their perishables (meat, milk, cream, and butter) there.
|When Fannie and CC left Kansas, her mother Rebecca Crawford and her
children came with them to Chromo.
Rebecca Roberts Crawford owned her own land there by 1890.
Rebeccaâ€™s youngest three children grew up in Chromo: Sadie, James W.
and Lin Crawford. Sadie married Charles W. Lewis, who eventually became
the Chromo Postmaster. James W. and Lin Crawford became farmers in
Chromo, married and raised their families there. Rebeccaâ€™s stepson,
John Crawford, also came to live in Chromo and stayed in the area until his
death in 1919. He is buried in the Hilltop Cemetery in Pagosa Springs.
The photo at left is of Fannie Crawford standing next to her mother Rebecca
Ann Roberts Crawford (seated). Rebecca died in Pagosa Springs on
June 26, 1929, at the age of 90.
|Fannie's husband C.C. Crawford lived on his ranch in Chromo until his death in 1925.
He was buried at the old Chromo Cemetery that is now located on the Ed Bramwell ranch.
Fannie Crawford survived C.C. by 26 years. After C.C. passed away, she lived for a time with her son Walterâ€™s family in Ignacio, La Plata
County. Eventually she went to live with her daughter Mary in Lassen County, California, a booming logging area.
Fannie passed away in Susanville in 1951 at the age of 86.
|Fannie on the right with her daughter Rosie Leora on the left.
Westwood, California about 1940.
|Fannie Anne Crawford all dressed up.
Westwood, California about 1938.
|The Crawford women in Westwood, California about 1938.
Back Row: Fannie Crawford in the middle with daughter Mary on the left and daughter Rosie on the right.
Front Row: Rosie's gr-daughter Nancee, Mary's daughter Lucy Mae, Rosie's daughter Peggy.
|Rosie & Walter Crawford about 1892
|Emma and Ida Crawford about 1906
|Mary Laura Crawford about 1926
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