January 19, 1928
R. W. CROFOOT
Word was received in Troy Thursday afternoon of the death of R. W. Crofoot, 83, former resident and business man of this city.
His death occurred at his home in Toledo at noon Thursday following a short illness from pneumonia. Mr. Crofoot had been in failing health for several years and in his weakened condition fell and easy prey to the disease. Mr. Crofoot was identified with the business and civic life of Troy for more than a quarter of a century. He came to this city in 1893 and was associated with the Troy Tile and Brick company for a short time. He then entered the lumber business establishing the Crofoot Lumber company which was located on Grant street on the property now owned by the Troy Sunshade company. This venture proved a success and Mr. Crofoot was actively identified with the lumber industry in this community for 20 years. In 1914 he disposed of his business to the Troy Lumber company which moved the lumber yard to its present location on South Market street. Following the disposal of his lumber interests, Mr. Crofoot retired from active business. A little over a year ago he and Mrs. Crofoot moved to Toledo in order to be near their daughter, Mrs. Pratt Tracy. Mr. Crofoot took an active interest in school and municipal affairs while residing in this city. He served for many years as a member of the school board and was also a member of the civil service commission for several years. His interest in religious affairs was also marked and he was one of the most active members of the First Methodist Church. He was born in Painesville, Ohio, on April 9, 1884. Early in life, he removed to Chesaning, Mich., and engaged in railroad work. He came from there to this city. Fifty-four years ago he was united in marriage with Mary Hurley of this city. To this union two daughters were born. One of them, Mrs. Ivy Cairns, died a short time ago, and the other, Mrs. Catherine Tracy, resides in Toledo, who with the wife, is the only near relative surviving. Four grandchildren are also living. The funeral services were held Saturday afternoon from the Methodist church in Maumee with burial in that city.
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